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781  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Power stalls on: February 05, 2009, 04:36:17 PM
Welcome back to the hobby.
New track is not clean. Clean the tracks by wiping with lint free cloth and isopropyl alcohol. Then clean the wheels of your locomotive and rolling stock using a Q-tip and the alcohol.
After that, if you still have the problem on the re-railer, check to see if the wheel flanges are bottoming out on the flange way and “lifting” the loco.
Random power surges and screeching sound to me like dry motor shaft bushings may be the culprit. A small drop on each with plastic compatible light oil should quiet them.
782  Discussion Boards / N / Re: switch track problem on: February 03, 2009, 07:41:25 PM
“would you need a power feed (terminal track) at each heel of the switch tracks???”

No, it’s not necessary, but maybe helpful depending on the size of your layout.

The terminal track does not have to connect directly to the turnout, it just needs to be somewhere along mainline before the turnout. (i.e. at the bottom of the “Y”.)

“also what does "power routing" mean?”

Power routing means that power will only flow in the direction of the switch points not to both legs of the turnout. Power will only flow to one or the other, either along the main or to the siding/spur, not both at the same time.

Maybe this thread can help;,967.0.html
783  Discussion Boards / N / Re: switch track problem on: February 02, 2009, 09:36:58 PM
Please draw a track plan of what you have, highlighting the position of your turnouts and the power feed and post it here as either a gif. or a jpg. or similar.
B’mann EZ track turnouts (switch tracks) are power routing.
784  Discussion Boards / N / Re: wiring track on: January 26, 2009, 09:22:30 PM
As TC says you will get a lot of opinions on this.
Here is mine;

Note a higher gauge number is smaller wire (diameter) while lower number denotes a larger diameter wire.

For feeder wires nothing smaller than 20 gauge.
I like 18 gauge cut into one foot lengths and soldered to the bus wire, Spaced about every 6 feet.
On my next layout I will solder one feeder to each piece of flex track. Overkill? Yeah, a little bit, but I will no longer rely on rail joiners to carry power from one section to the next.
Current layout is all sectional tracks.

For Bus wires, I like 14 gauge. 16 gauge would work but I have a ton of free 14.

I prefer solid to stranded wire for the simple reason, whenever I strip stranded wire, I always manage to accidently cut off a few strands in the process.

If you want to get technical you can research Ohm’s Law to figure it all out.
You don’t need an Electrical Engineering degree to enjoy Model Railroading, but a very basic understanding of Ohm’s law sure comes in handy, as does a Multimeter.
While using DC, small fluctuations may seem negligible, using DCC that may not be the case. DCC is much less forgiving.

785  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HELP!! EBAY "SITUATION" on: January 15, 2009, 09:37:42 PM
From some of your previous posts you “claim” to be an “older gentleman” (55+) I can only give you the benefit of the doubt.

However from some of your previous posts, I question that claim.

That said:
Surely, if in fact, you claim your are somewhat advanced in age (40+) you are familiar with the term “Return receipt”.
My dilemma is that whenever sending “monies” through the postal system (Cash, Checks, or Money Orders) you would not request a return receipt.

Something smells like fish to me.
You post on a forum that you “sent it”.
What proof do you have?

Hopefully (if the seller never received the money order) the seller will give you a negative feedback as some type of scam artist.
I would.
Bid on my item and don’t pay.
I’d blast you.

You come here asking for help… we only know one side (allegedly) of the story.

No sympathy from here.
Suck it up

786  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HELP With New N Scale 0-6-0 Steam Train on: January 08, 2009, 09:24:02 PM
"New" track is not clean.
Wipe it with alcohol on a rag, you will see.
787  Discussion Boards / N / Re: electricity on: January 08, 2009, 09:15:03 PM
Un - plug it from the wall, just as any small appliance.
If it's pluged into a power strip, switch the power switch off.
788  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What nails for tacking HO and N EZ Track down? on: January 08, 2009, 09:06:35 PM
Consider Aleens Tacky glue if using EZ Track.
If you change your mind about track plans its removable with little effort.
789  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Why Do Hobby Shops Do This To People? on: January 08, 2009, 08:49:31 PM
Like every hobby, and every hobby forum I have ever visited, there are cliques.
I won’t say anymore about that.
I’m an N Scaler.
I have several B’mann 0-6-0’s both solid and split frame.
Is there something I might help you with?
790  Discussion Boards / N / Re: work bench foam or what? :) on: January 02, 2009, 09:40:20 PM
the blue comes in different colors

umm... did I read that right?

the blue comes in different colors it is pink here it can also be yellow or blue

Umm... ahhh...err...

...I give up...

Good luck in your search.

791  Discussion Boards / N / Re: work bench foam or what? :) on: January 01, 2009, 02:33:45 PM
Not sure where you live in FL
I live near Tampa.
Lowes carries it at least this far south in 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4in. 4X8 sheets.
792  Discussion Boards / N / Re: turnouts on: January 01, 2009, 01:50:09 PM
Short answer is no.
It depends on your application.
Depending on what you want to do, each has its merits.
There are lots of things to consider.

It would be like asking “Which is better a Hummer or a Funny Car?”

Have a look here:

793  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Lighting N guage Passenger Cars on: January 01, 2009, 01:26:42 PM
There are several ways to light them.

Track or battery power?
Grain of wheat bulb or LED?
Do it yourself or kit?
794  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Engine Maintenance on: December 11, 2008, 10:05:20 PM
A poster here, goes by the name of “Hunt”, gives excellent advice regarding loco maintenance.,5659.0.html

Or search his threads.

795  Discussion Boards / N / Re: American 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive with tender on: December 11, 2008, 08:15:27 PM
Hi mustng,

I have one here.
The B’mann 4-4-0 came equipped with traction tires on all four drivers.
Similar to an “o” ring but flat in both inside and outside roughly .250 - .300 Dia. and roughly .025 wide.
See if all four are in place on the drivers.

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