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31  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Flex Track pro's & con's on: May 11, 2014, 11:47:20 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.
32  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What NON-engine models should Bachmann make next? on: March 06, 2014, 11:05:13 PM
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.
33  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New releases of n steam Locomotives on: March 02, 2014, 10:45:52 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.
34  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New releases of n steam Locomotives on: February 28, 2014, 01:57:02 AM
Yes, it does make it easy, and I agree. I'd love to see a Berkshire.
35  Discussion Boards / N / Re: New releases of n steam Locomotives on: February 26, 2014, 11:41:58 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.
36  Discussion Boards / N / Re: What should the next model be from Bachmann? on: February 13, 2014, 04:46:46 PM
I would like to see a New York Central Hudson or a Niagara.
37  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Help with used 65' Passengr Coaches and Combine on: February 02, 2014, 11:00:30 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.
38  Discussion Boards / N / Re: CURVED TRACK (RADIUS) on: January 02, 2014, 11:40:40 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.
39  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Disassembling / Assembling Instructions for S4 on: October 22, 2013, 04:27:52 PM
This video shows a very easy way to remove most N scale diesel shells. I've used this technique many times without damaging any engines. By the way, that's not me on the video.
40  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Disassembling / Assembling Instructions for S4 on: October 22, 2013, 04:22:34 PM
I went to Toward the bottom of the page he says:

"To remove the shell, insert a small screwdriver between the chassis and the sidesill and pry the shell upwards slightly. Once raised up from the base of the chassis, the shell should pull off readily."

Here is the Spookshow address:

This is the page for the S-4:

I often refer to this site when trying to decide if I should buy a loco or pass it by. He has a review of just about every N scale loco ever made.
41  Discussion Boards / N / DCC F7 Question for Bach-Man on: August 15, 2013, 01:26:30 PM
The new F7 looks great, but there's one thing missing, a New York Central version. Are you planning to offer this model painted for the NYC in the reasonably near future? Now , I'm not complaining. I have the NYC GP7, RS3, 4-6-0, 2-6-0, the new DCC doodlebug and coach and I have the S4 on order. I'll be ordering the NYC NW2 soon. You've made a lot of NYC engines and I'm really grateful, but I'd really like the F7. If you make it, I will buy it.

One other thing. I see you are offering a heavyweight coach and combine in NYC in HO. Is there any chance we will see this in N scale? If you were to offer similar cars in N in various roads I'm sure they would be very popular.

42  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale Sound decoder in Bachmann N Scale 2-6-6-2 w/ Vandy tender on: August 08, 2013, 12:24:08 PM
Let us know how you do. I would think the hard part would be mounting the speaker and getting the sound out.
43  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale Sound decoder in Bachmann N Scale 2-6-6-2 w/ Vandy tender on: August 06, 2013, 04:17:53 PM
I have never tried. I'm replying so you know this is being read, I would think very few have tried.
44  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Please Help identify this train set on: July 17, 2013, 10:53:31 AM
Photobucket is excellent. I use it. It's free and easy to use, much easier than trying to upload pictures to a forum. As Rich said, just copy the IMG link and paste it into a post. Very easy.
45  Discussion Boards / N / Re: A newbie's derailing problem - need help, please! on: July 15, 2013, 10:34:28 AM
Your derailment problems may be because you have an S curve. This occurs when you have a curve in one direction, say a left curve and go into a right curve without enough straight track between them. S curves are notorious for causing derailments. I don't know exactly how you have the track set up, but this is my best guess based on your description.
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