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1  Discussion Boards / N / Re: bachmann new trucks with coupler on: April 09, 2012, 06:21:23 PM
I have used them for Model Power rolling stock as well.  They work great
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Brushless motors for trains? Feasible? on: March 06, 2012, 09:33:47 PM

All the OP had to do is a Google seach for brushless dc motors.


 No, that's not what I only had to do.  Had some extremely knowledgeable brushless motor experts tell me exactly how to set an N or HO loco up brushless.  The non feasiblity copnclusion was done after analysis.  Google didn't do doodley squat for me.   Wink
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Switchers with Rapido Couplers on: March 06, 2012, 09:30:04 PM
Why?  What are you going to switch?  What the deuce?

I have no idea why on Earth someone would make, or someone  would buy, a switcher that can't switch?

Rant over.  Carry on.   Wink

4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Brushless motors for trains? Feasible? on: March 06, 2012, 06:35:32 PM
OK, my research shows:

 -The brushed motors in our locos do not wear out often, and when they do, are cheap to replace

-Unless someone wants a 2,000 scale mph train, the brushless is overkill

-brushless systems are expensive (would be about $200 to install a motor and ESC

Chalk it up to another great idea that isn't so great   Cheesy

5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: brushes on: March 04, 2012, 10:10:00 AM

I can't agree with GoCanes that you should install a brushless motor. I believe we already have enough evidence that current brushless motors leave something to be desired in model trains and I'm not so sure that using your model as another test of that is such a hot idea.
                                                                                                                                                                  -- D

I hope Brian reaized I was being funny when I advised him to be the brushless tester  Smiley
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: brushes on: March 03, 2012, 06:31:40 PM
Get a new, brushless motor (see my thread on this subject) and tell us how and if it works out?


7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: DCC Performance on: March 03, 2012, 06:29:42 PM
So, a DCC loco still uses it's decoder and DCC stuff even when it's on a DC only track? 

What about DCC ready locos? Do they need more volts because of their DCC stuff, when it's on DC only track? (or does it only apply to actual, decoder installed DCC locos?)
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Brushless motors for trains? Feasible? on: March 03, 2012, 06:25:34 PM
Anyone ever thought of putting a brushless motor in a locomotive? (Ho, N or any gauge)

Much faster, more efficient, and lasts longer than their brushed counterparts.

I wonder if it is feasible?  It is an easy thing to install, but would it be worth it, I wonder?

I got the idea when I repaired a guy's G scale, propane and live steam powered locomotive, which had a reciever in the coal tender, and was controlled by 2.4 radio system.

I also wonder if  it would be compatable with DCC (the brushless system with ESC)?

Anyhoo, one thing is for sure, the locos top speed would be unlimited, for all intents and purposes.

9  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N scale buildings on: February 28, 2012, 07:17:31 PM
25-30% larger seems more like a 1/100 TT or 15mm Wargaming scale
10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: E-Z Track layouts in N on: February 28, 2012, 07:16:19 PM
Never knew that!  Thanks  Wink
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Make up your own Railroad? on: February 28, 2012, 05:15:45 PM
Here's a cool site to get lost in for a while. It is a list of Florida bridges, some with pics. This is just Florida. There are others. I didn't see any hills.

Thanks, I'll check it out.  We have hills and mountains in FL, but I think it's easy for the trains to avoid them and thus have to make tunnels
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Make up your own Railroad? on: February 27, 2012, 08:05:12 PM
I wonder if their are any tunnels, or hills/grades or train trestle overpasses in Florida, besides bridges over water?
13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: E-Z Track layouts in N on: February 27, 2012, 08:02:09 PM
Atlas ( has "True Track" N scale layouts that are basically identical to EZ track (they use 12" curves and switches, and 6 and 10" straights instead of 5" and 10".

Any N guage layout is adaptable to EZ track with some easy modifications when it involves certain turnouts.

I LOVE "Mike's small Layout" page, lots of good N scale stuff in all sizes.

Bachmann should have a layout forum here, IMO
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: N Scale Shipbuilding Plans on: February 27, 2012, 07:38:13 PM
Excellent, as a 10mm (just about N scale) wargamer, I can tell you that you will have many fans, not just N scale train folk.

How about some N scale trawlers, barges, and Contenders?  Wink
15  Discussion Boards / N / Re: telephone pole spacing on: February 22, 2012, 02:45:17 PM
The fun begins when you add N scale wires to your poles.  (try it, it's great!)

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