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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any particular steps needed to store Equipment? on: June 27, 2020, 12:59:41 AM
I transport my stuff all the time to the club and, well, I tend to break stuff just as much.  I recommend storing locomotives in original packaging.  If you don't have it, at least use tissue paper (preferably white but if not that's ok) against the engine, with layers of newspaper and/or bubblewrap outside of that.  For cars, honestly, just a single sheet of newspaper.  Store this all in a cardboard box because, trust me, bags break.  A lot LOL.

Luckily, I have the boxes for MOST of my equipment.

For the few pieces I dont have them, I actually have a really cool thing, and I wish I knew where to get more of them but its this:

these are the boxes that a store I used to work at recieved their loose flash drives in. I took three of them home one day and they are fantastic. because the slots are so numerous and close together, you can cut our more or less the exact contour of the cars and have very snug fitting space to hold them. Its really great.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any particular steps needed to store Equipment? on: June 26, 2020, 11:08:13 AM
Excellent Song. Not bad advice Either  Wink

I'm pondering maybe gluing a short straight section of track to a board I can keep laid up against the wall or something so I can at least run a loco back and forth every now and then, when I get the urge. Gonna be interesting moving to this smaller space. Hopefully, when I get my own place, I'll have enough room to rebuild a proper layout.

I too wonder about the purpose of upright storage.

I keep the box to most things I own, helps for packing AND when I retire equipment (usually electronics) and can sell it as Complete in box
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Any particular steps needed to store Equipment? on: June 25, 2020, 06:07:44 PM
I'll soon be moving into an apartment that is too small to bring the Layout with me (it aint much, a simple 4*8, but still too big for this space). I am planning to pack up the locomotives, Rolling stock, and  perhaps the track (undecided on that point, its regular ez track). Anything in particular I need to do to the locomotives to prepare them for storage? I expect it'll be a while until they are broken out again, at least a year.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Brand new Bachmann HO Pennsylvania 2-8-2 DERAILS on EZ Track power curves on: June 19, 2020, 08:55:47 PM
My current Steam Fleet is

3 Bachmann 2-8-0
1 Spectrum SY 2-8-2 
1 Bachmann USRA 4-6-2
1 Bachmann 2-8-4

I also used to own a 2-10-0, which I loved, but it broke down and was swapped by bachmann service for the 4-6-2.

All of these run on the 18 inch curves... but the 2-8-4 will occasionally jump track so its not reccomended.
From what I see, the USRA 2-8-2 is supposed to work on 18, but its probably cutting it close, and i cant imagine it looks terribly good doing it.

My reccomendation for good steam on 18 is the 2-8-0. Its a great looking engine, runs well, strong puller, and will run fine on those curves.

As far as your Mike goes, I'll second the assertion that you should look at the trucks and see if they are catching. also, do you have the drawbar set on the close or far holes? You might need to back it up.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Are Bachmann turnouts junk and I made a hugh mistake??? on: May 20, 2020, 02:27:16 PM

This is a picture of the turnout i filed, and the spot i smoothed is circled in red. Not saying this is your problem, just a possibility.

Edit: I Just noticed that You said its always the tender that derails, May also want to check that the tender is sitting flat on the rails, I used to have a 2-10-0 where the tender came off CONSTANTLY as the wire harness lifted the front of the tender slightly.
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Are Bachmann turnouts junk and I made a hugh mistake??? on: May 20, 2020, 11:39:05 AM
I haven't had this problem with mine for the most part, however I did have one particularly bad turnout that caused frequent derails. What I did was take a needle-file and file down the point so the transition from straight to divergent (when switch was thrown to divergent) was a little smoother. This fixed it for me.

Edit: Also possible that the cars/loco decoulper lever might be grabbing the point, I had that happen once too for a coupler that was a tad low, bending up the lever fixed that
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: The new decapods are here on: December 31, 2019, 02:13:19 AM
I too am curious, especially since old-run russians are regularly avail for under 150 in the second-hand market.
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: November 11, 2019, 08:51:38 PM

OK I get it.  bridge is 70 feet high and 500 feet long. scaled up.  I'll make it work.  I kinda like it now... especially after all that work.

Thanks guys!




I like it, I think it looks good, you find a place for that thing!
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: November 02, 2019, 10:41:13 PM
Love it so far. A properly Handbuilt Trestle is something I've always wish i had the skills (and patience) to do. for now, there's no space on the ol 4*8 for such a thing anyway so i can just pretend THATS why i dont Tongue
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 4-6-2 CV Chuff Rate Settings on: October 18, 2019, 03:09:19 PM
FWIW, I try to match the 4 chuffs per revolution at fairly low speeds.  Once you get up to "road speed" you can't really see whether the rate is exactly 4 per rev, whereas at low speeds you can see if the chuffs and revs are in sync.

I think it depends on how you run it. i very rarely have the pacific crawling, it spends 90% of its runtime at speed step 50/128, stock motor CVs, so thats where i matched it, and i can definitely tell that its in sync. for a switcher, if i HAD any with sound, i'd match lower.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Sound Value 4-6-2 CV Chuff Rate Settings on: October 16, 2019, 09:45:14 PM
its been a while since i did mine, but as i recall it was roughly 85 to match closely at "road speed". its a tad fast at crawl but really close at speed.

12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Class J 4-8-4 Slow In Curves on: September 09, 2019, 05:14:31 PM
What is the radius of your curves?  If they are 18" (or less) it is likely that the loco is binding a bit on the curves due to its long wheelbase.

This 100%, there will always be some slight resistance on curves, but given how drastic yours is being described as, and the long wheelbase of that loco, sounds like your curves might be too tight for it.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Problem with new Bachmann GP-30 on: September 09, 2019, 05:13:08 PM
IF the motor is spinning but the wheels aint, sounds like a problem in the mechanism, something like a cracked drive shaft or gear thats broken/not meshing. I'd remove the shell and observe the mechanism to try and find the problem if you are handy
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Best way to quiet EZ Track on: July 19, 2019, 12:53:46 AM
Solid suggestions folks, i like the shelf liner idea, assuming it can be fastened to the pink foam decently (I had exected a need to fill the empty space would be required, neat to know that an underlayer will do it). i may pick up some to test
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Upgraded Russian Decopod on: July 17, 2019, 12:56:59 PM
None of my ten year old Spectrums run anymore.  Motors spin, on two of them and the third one the wires between plug and motor broke away from the plug.

Oh what to do as they have all been detailed, new stem dome, new sandbox, new stack, modified teners etc..   If I send them back to Bachmann, I wont get them back and what I will get back won't be Spectrum.  :-(
Yes, what to do?

Roger T.

I know what you mean. I sent my last Russian back recently and recieved a usra Pacific instead. It's a nice engine, good runner. But I looks bland next to my Connies and sy Mike. Bachmann has definitely taken several steps back in the detailing dept, but prices continue to climb.
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