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31  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC decoder help on: November 15, 2018, 10:17:58 AM
M.B. Klein, AKA ""
32  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Removing snow from the snow plow on: November 13, 2018, 01:22:00 PM
You can gloat now that you are out of hurricane season.  Here in Maryland, we can get both.  Rather have the snow.
33  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Really good looking diesel locomotive on: November 05, 2018, 02:47:05 PM
While we are participating in trivia, has anybody else noticed that the time stamp for these posts still seems to be on Daylight Savings Time?
34  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Problem with 4-4-0 - #52704 on: October 02, 2018, 07:27:38 PM
Watching the video makes me wonder if there is an out-of-gauge problem with the loco wheels or (and?) the turnout rails.  Because the loco can successfully navigate the turnout after it was "fixed", it seems that the loco was at least part of the problem.  For the future, you should get an NMRA gauge for your scale and learn how to use it to check both the wheels and rails for proper dimensions.  It isn't hard to do with the proper gauge and the instructions that come with it.
35  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann #51461 N Scale B&O Baldwin 4-6-0 on: September 27, 2018, 08:14:13 PM
I'm not talking about the plug that a decoder would plug into.  I am talking about the wires that run between the tender and locomotive on steam engine models.  Those are now typically 6 wires, and I can't see them going to more than that for a number of reasons, including no need for more and trouble getting more into a bundle that won't mess-up the way the loco and tender track.
36  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann #51461 N Scale B&O Baldwin 4-6-0 on: September 27, 2018, 09:49:48 AM
It sure would be nice if Bachmann (or even the whole industry) could decide on a standard 6-pin connector and wiring setup for connecting tenders to steam locomotives.  Bachmann, in particular, could profit from that because they could sell their superior tenders  to just about everybody who has bought somebody else's loco models.
37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Control + Non-Bachmann DCC Locomotives = Compatible? on: September 25, 2018, 07:57:28 PM
Another guy who started with an E-Z Command giving a vote to upgrade with an NCE Power Cab.  But, it is not necessary to use something other than the E-Z Command to run non-Bachmann locomotives.  Most locomotives will run on most DCC systems, because there is a DCCvstandard that most manufacturers try to comply with.  But, systems with more capabilities than the E-Z Command will make it easier and more fun, especially with sound and other functions.
38  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bachmann #51461 N Scale B&O Baldwin 4-6-0 on: September 25, 2018, 10:41:51 AM
Mark,  Do you know if simply plugging one of the new tenders from the Bachmann 2-8-0 (with DCC + sound) onto one of the older Bachmann DCC without sound locomotives will work?  Or do the various wires not have the same positions in the plugs for the different versions?
39  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Removing snow from the snow plow on: September 18, 2018, 06:16:48 PM
Not trying to be a smart ass.  But, there is a huge difference between a wind storm with winds of 122 mph and a hurricane with higher winds plus storm surge from the ocean and torrential rains, both together in one event that can drown you in more than one way.  Yes, I know that torrential rains can also occur in other places for other reasons, too.

My point was really that most every place has its potential natural disasters, and we get to choose which ones we want to live with.  But, I can't think of any place that is immune to all natural disasters.

For instance, Trainman203 is comfortable with extreme heat, but not with extreme cold.  He says that he can "slow down or lay down" and endure in heat, but thinks that "extreme cold can kill."  Actually either can kill.  In extreme cold, you need more clothes, more shelter, more fuel and more food.  In extreme heat, you need shelter and continued cooling like A/C. 

My comment was made to respond to a guy who thinks he is going to a safer place by getting away from the cold, while he is actually going to a place that simply has other potentially deadly natural hazards.
40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Removing snow from the snow plow on: September 18, 2018, 09:29:58 AM
Yeah, but they don't get hurricanes or tornadoes in Alberta.
41  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Sound in Bacmann F7 a/b on: August 30, 2018, 09:39:46 AM
Rather than strip a powered unit of its motor, why not start with a dummy B unit?  Or even with a box car that you will leave attached the diesel units all of the time? 

And, of course, there is another manufacturer who now sells F-7 A and B units that come with DCC and sound.  Just getting a B unit from them would work, too.  But, you would probably need to do some speed matching in the DCC speed table to run their B with the Bachmann units.
42  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Steam The MIKADO & 2-8-0 on: August 30, 2018, 09:34:41 AM
I second the interest in a Mikado.  The only "competition" is the very old technology (and detail level) Model Power / MRC product.  A Bachmann Mike with DCC and sound with all-wheel tender electrical pickup and details at the Spectrum level should sell very well, and dominate that market quickly.
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Workable coupler on front of 0-6-0? on: July 06, 2018, 10:22:57 AM
For the B&O fans, the D-30 was basically the Bachmann USRA 0-6-0 with a "medium tender", not a slope-back.  So, feel free to make an ugrade.
44  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Workable coupler on front of 0-6-0? on: July 05, 2018, 09:47:08 PM
Considering that Bachmann did revise the motor and did make a DCC-ready slope-back tender, it does seem like they are slowly working their way to a DCC version.  Perhaps the problem is "mission creap", with the DCC desire becoming a DCC w/sound" desire, plus the difficulty of putting a speaker in that slope-back. 

But, when they finally get around to doing it, I hope they include a working back-up light Roll Eyes
45  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnouts on: June 29, 2018, 10:51:19 AM
It is common to wire turnouts together if they need to operate together.  For instance, the two turnouts for a cross-over between 2 parallel tracks need to both be straight-through or both be branching at the same time, so are often wired to one actuating switch.  On double cross-overs, all 4 turnouts are often wired to the same switch.
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