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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Rail clamps on: March 23, 2014, 06:59:43 PM
Being as you are posting on the Bachmann forum, I will make the assumption that the question is relative to the Bacmann brand of track. If you are referring to the stampes steel track that comes with every starter set, I don't think many of the track clamps work well as the track does not have a profile compatible with others clamps.
Bachmann's latest brass track offering on the other hand looks like it will work well with all the rail clamps. Of those I like the least are the SanVal Conductors.  They are manufactured from stainless steel with stainless steel screws. On the surface one would think the stainless steel would be better - only if you are going to install them ONE TIME ONLY.  The reason for this is the screws are tapped straight into the base plate. When the bottom surface of the screw head contacts the top surface of the rail head it does so on the outer edge of the head creating an eccentric loading on the screw.  This eccentric loading will cause the threads of the screw to gall.

This will make the screw impossible to rwmove later.  I have had success with these clamps by replacinh the screws with either plain steel or brass. Yhe addition on an anti-sieze compound also works well.
Otherwise Bill is correct - Hillman, Split-Jaw, Train-Li, Aristo Craft and others all work well. I prefer some to others, but that is a personal thing.
Bob C.

Does the anti-seize compound interfere with the electric current?  The layout is outside and everything I have is brass Although I would like to switch the track over to stainless as I hear it requires less cleaning.  Thanks for the input about those screws...I will definitely keep that in mind.
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Rail clamps on: March 23, 2014, 06:52:33 PM
Hi Steve,

All the different types work fine for me.  There are many different types used for different purposes.  some can be clamped over a rail joiner others clamp directly to the rail. Some include a spacer that provides an electrical gap for block control. some have a tab for connecting a feeder wires. 

I have used almost every brand because I buy used at railroad meets, or get excess from friends.  I never had an electric continuity failure when correctly installed.

If I were still using electric track power, I would use clamps on every joint!


Yes Bill, I remember you saying that.....that you have never had a failure with the clamps, as opposed to joiners that fail when needing a cleaning or it is corrosive.  You also told me that they are more expensive than joiners but worth the cost.
See i do listen to ya.  You have taught me somethings on this board.  Kinda like a mentor.   Smiley  That is the have clamps on every section of track.

3  Discussion Boards / Large / Rail clamps on: March 23, 2014, 01:11:15 AM
What is the benefit of using a split jaw clamp compared to using another type of rail clamp?

4  Discussion Boards / Large / Power pack & moisture on: March 08, 2014, 03:37:56 PM
We have locomotives that can run in the rain and push snow out of the way.  Has anyone run across a power pack that is moisture resistant or "water proof".  Seems to me whoever can make a power pack that could survive a rain shower would make some serious money.  I came close today of my 10 amp transformer getting wet.  The darn thing cost me $225, so my heart skipped a beat. Does anyone have their power pack inside  a box or enclosure that prevents it from getting wet?  If so can you post a photo of it?   Undecided
5  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Bachmann Large Scale Database survey Question Please vote on: March 01, 2014, 12:52:14 PM
Hey there Bill,  I would never be interested in purchasing "Lil Big Haulers"  based on the looks and size.  That information would be meaningless to me.  That's just my 2 cents worth.
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Buying a G scale Diesel on: March 01, 2014, 12:40:38 PM
OK, thanks to all that replied.  I will NOT be buying a Lionel Locomotive.  I will stick with either Aristo or USA locomotives.  I detest the way LGB even looks. This is why I read this board, to get the opinion of others, who have more experience than I.  Thank you!!!!
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Buying a G scale Diesel on: February 24, 2014, 07:12:26 PM
OK....stupid question time!!! Huh?

I have my eye on a Conrail GP-7 ($350) 4 axle dual motors and a remote for the sound control.

My concern is it is made by Lionel.  It is large scale and they say it runs on 45mm  G scale track.

Is that true?  Will I run into any problems if I buy this diesel locomotive?  My track is Bachmann with a few LGB.  All my cars are Bachmann. I am using a 10 amp power supply.

And if Bachmann reads this:   Start producing a few diesels!!!!
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Conductive Glue on: November 23, 2013, 07:14:45 PM
Hi all,
My soldering skills are just terrible. While surfing the Internet I came across a product called "conductive glue".  I was wondering if any of my fellow railroaders have used conductive glue and the results they experienced. Is there anything I should look for or stay away from?     Thanks, Steve
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Check on repair on: November 20, 2013, 07:07:08 PM
sir you can check the status of your repair if you have signed up for an account/ normally i send a request to them thru my account to service dept for a repair # they post it and you put that number along with your loco and send it to the service dept with the repair # and they will post when it was repaired or replaced and sent back to customer. like the previous poster said you can also phone  to inquire ,but again all this works more smoothly if you have a repair number. i have been doing it this way for past 4 yrs and it has worked well for me. also this is the start of the busy season for the service dept so patience is definately needed. hope this helps you resolving your problem.
regards &later KEWATIN

Thank you for the reply.  I sent my 4-6-0 in to have the front truck rewired on Friday Nov. 15 and today(Nov. 20) they called me to say it was done.  They chose replace the chassis and not mess with the rewire.  For $55 you can't beat it.  Counting the travel time via USPS, Bachmann only had my loco <48 HOURS!!!  Impressive!
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Check on repair on: November 18, 2013, 05:23:36 PM
Hi, I have a quick question......Is there a link on the Bachmann site......we can use to check  the status of a repair?

thanks, Steve
11  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Limits of a Transformer on: January 17, 2013, 03:42:26 PM
We use a transformer like that at our annual train show. I run a 4-6-0 on a 60' oval all day with no problem. On an outside layout, good connections and clean track are vital. Service the engine on a regular basis. As said earlier, rain and moisture are the enemies of transformers.

Larry I just restocked my oils and grease in November. My connections are pretty good, but the track runs under 4 different rose bushes throughout the layout.  I am NOT allowed to touch the rose bushes per the engineer of the house (Sherry). Shocked  So I bought a sander with a pole which makes quick work of it. I do not have to bend down either that way.  I usually am cleaning that area of the track a couple of times a week. On the first point you made I have to watch because I tend to over lubricate the locomotive, which is a bad thing (not sure why).
12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Limits of a Transformer on: January 17, 2013, 03:33:49 PM

That will be problem free with one or two engines.  Even with smoke sound and lights.  Do not leave the power supply out when not in use.  Heat and cold is not a problem, but wet IS.


PS I like the way you have made a loop, rather than a reversing loop. 

Well thank you Chuck. I figured the more fancy you make things the more that can go wrong down the road. That is the main reason why I made a loop instead of a reversing loop. I occasionally run smoke but rarely if ever do I run with sound.  The darn connector at the end of the wire of the tender keeps coming loose and then just comes off.   I knew water is an enemy of the transformer but was unsure about heat and cold.  As a little extra precaution or to give me an extra minute or two, the stand for the transformer is cemented under the overhang of the house in case I am in the front yard when it starts to rain.  If someone out there wants to become rich... develop a transformer that is water proof. I know I would buy it.
13  Discussion Boards / Large / Limits of a Transformer on: January 16, 2013, 05:05:34 PM
1st off...I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and having a Great New Year so far!!!

I do not have a problem or an issue just an information question.  I have finally replaced my 2 amp transformer with a 10 amp transformer.  My question is this:

1)  Is there a limit as to how long I can keep my train running without giving the transformer and/or my 4-6-0 a break?
2)  We live in Ohio and we were wondering if the cold or heat can ruin or weaken the transformer?

I now have 10 guage wire going to the track since my transformer sits about 15 feet away. Also, I am replacing my track joiners with rail clamps at about 10 new clamps every 2 weeks (since they are more expensive).  Both of these things should help keeping the current at a good level.  Thanks for any information or help.  S&S

14  Discussion Boards / Large / 12 g wire to the track on: December 20, 2012, 12:11:43 PM
  My transformer is about 15 feet away from the track.  So I have bought 12 g wire in hopes to reduce power loss to the track.  Not thinking ahead I ran into another to attach 12 g wire to my track?  Obviously it is too big for the track screws to handle.
   I could splice the wires together, but wouldn't that be defeating the purpose of buying a bigger wire?  OR would using the 12 g wire up to the power clamps be the same thing as having my transformer next to the track?  My layout is not that big.  3 photos below.  I appreciate any input given.

UpDate #2:  I think I need to clarify the layout.  I have no switches.  That is why you see side by side track for 20 feet. Basically I have made a lop-sided figure 8.  Sorry for the misunderstanding
Presently I am using a clamp such as this:

This is my 10 amp transformer:

My little layout:
15  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: 4-6-0 needs service on: November 29, 2012, 12:42:07 PM
Thanks Bill, that is what I thought.  Also considering buying the chassis and using that pre-wired truck assembly.  The Chassis I believe is also $30.  Unsure of what my model number is.  Where would I find my model number on the locomotive at?
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