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N / Re: layout conversion
August 10, 2014, 11:58:44 AM
It looks like a fabulous layout. $200 seems like a bargain. You can easily adapt it to DCC. Just set all the block switches to the same power pack and connect your DCC system there. You can even leave the other blocks DC so you can run locos that don't yet have decoders.
N / Re: Berkshire Question
July 28, 2014, 10:00:31 PM
I'm interested in the Boston & Albany because it has white lettering. All I would have to do is to remove the road name and add my white Alma & Jupiter Bay Railway decals, easy peasy. With gold or any other color lettering I have to remove it all. Gold lettering isn't a deal breaker but it's not as easy.
N / Berkshire Question
July 27, 2014, 11:00:19 AM
I am very excited about the Berkshire but disappointed that there is no painted unlettered or Boston and Albany version. Might we see these next year?

I have noticed that you have not done painted unlettered versions of locos lately. Do these not sell well? I like them since I model a custom road and add my own decals. I use white lettering so I have to remove all the gold lettering to customize the loco.


N / Re: New releases in time for NMRA
July 14, 2014, 06:31:02 PM
OK, I can wait a few more days.
N / Re: New releases in time for NMRA
July 13, 2014, 01:01:09 PM
We have been very patiently waiting for this announcement. Any news?
Quote from: heintz on May 24, 2014, 06:49:43 PM
Obviously, PRR E6 and K4

Not so obvious to me. I have no interest in either. Whatever they produce, some of us will be happy and some of us won't.

The K4 is a PRR loco. I don't know if Bachmann would sell enough of them to make it worth their while. They did produce a K4 in HO, but the HO market is about 3 times the size of the N scale market. I'd love to see some NYC steam engines but I think generic locos that could be lettered for a number of roads make more sense in our scale. Unfortunately, there's just not enough of us. I don't think we will ever see the road specific steamers like HO has. Of course, I hope I'm wrong.
N / Re: DCC Tenders
May 13, 2014, 02:07:04 PM
Thanks for that link Rich. I wonder why the tenders are lettered for certain roads. I would think they would sell a lot better if they were painted but unlettered. For me to use any of them I have to strip the lettering. I'm sure there are many like me who don't model those roads.
N / Re: Flex Track pro's & con's
May 11, 2014, 11:47:20 AM
Quote from: nearboston on May 09, 2014, 08:56:21 AM
Two Questions on Flex Track

1) What is the tightest radius that one can reasonably expect using flex?  I am building a traction/trolley layout and curves are very tight: R=10"-12 "

2) I have read where some users disassemble the rail from the ties and use a rail bender to aid in making curves.  What is the opinion on this?

Thanks in advance

Piyer is correct, you don't need a rail bender for N or HO track. Rail benders are used for G scale track. The rail and ties are sold separately in G. The rail is very heavy and hard to bend by hand. N and HO track can be bent to very tight radii very easily. Even O gauge, like Gargraves track, can be bent by hand, though it is more difficult than the smaller scales.
I like the idea of generic passenger cars that can be used by many different railroads. The coach that comes with the doodlebug would be a good start.
N / Re: New releases of n steam Locomotives
March 02, 2014, 09:45:52 AM
Quote from: Yardmaster on March 01, 2014, 09:36:45 AM
Guess we will all have to wait until the July NMRA show to see if it is true or not....

This sounds promising. Is there a new steam loco coming? I will have to be patient I guess.

I don't think what Life Like produced in the past will matter. If Bachmann makes a Berkshire it will have DCC on board and maybe even sound. The Life Like Berkshire wasn't DCC ready. Besides, Bachmann has recently made the GP7 and the RS3, which have been made numerous times by other manufacturers. I'm excited to see what's coming this year.
N / Re: New releases of n steam Locomotives
February 28, 2014, 12:57:02 AM
Yes, it does make it easy, and I agree. I'd love to see a Berkshire.
N / Re: New releases of n steam Locomotives
February 26, 2014, 10:41:58 AM
I also don't understand what you are asking. Are you asking for them to produce new runs of the same locos plus a berkshire? Are you asking for new roadnames? New locos? It's really not clear.
N / Re: What should the next model be from Bachmann?
February 13, 2014, 03:46:46 PM
I would like to see a New York Central Hudson or a Niagara.
N / Re: Help with used 65' Passengr Coaches and Combine
February 02, 2014, 10:00:30 PM
The roof and window glass are one piece and are press fit on the car. Gently pry the roof off and you will have access to the inside of the car. I took the lights out of my cars and replaced the trucks and couplers with Micro Trains 4 wheel trucks and couplers.
January 02, 2014, 10:40:40 AM
Radius is easy. If you make a full circle of track, no straights, just curves, you go from the center of the circle to the center of the track, between the rails. That's the radius of the track. 10" radius make a circle little bigger than 20" when measured from the outside of the track across to the outside of the track. Also, radius is 1/2 of the diameter.