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301  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Power Packs on: February 14, 2017, 04:18:59 PM
The power pack is typically the speed controller for the trains;  Accessories connect to the AC terminals and the track connects to the DC terminals.

If you're using DCC instead of analog operation it gets more complicated, but a 16v AC "wall-wart" power supply should work for your AC accessories if you go that route.
302  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: February 13, 2017, 01:26:41 PM
I've replaced all the couplers using Kadee 'standard' heads, and they're holding wonderfully now.

Thanks for your help everyone!
303  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: rail care on: February 07, 2017, 03:06:25 PM
I use a Dapol/Atlas track cleaning car, it has a motorized rail polishing head, a reservoir for cleaning fluid, and the cleaning head can be swapped with a vacuum head to clean dust and debris from your layout.

It also has an 8-pin socket for DCC control of the motor if your layout uses that.

Just keep in mind that the wheels aren't powered, it still needs a locomotive.


http://www.atlasrr.com/HOFreight/hotrackcleaningcar.htm
304  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: How to install wheelsets on: February 07, 2017, 02:56:29 PM
The last time I needed to remove wheels from their trucks, I was able to push the axle against one side, allowing the other side to disengage.

Some force is necessary, but since I assume you don't need to use the trucks again you shouldn't need to worry about bending or breaking them.


Another option would be to use Kadee wheels, they're sold in bulk without trucks.  Wink

https://kadee.com/~kadeecom/htmbord/page532.htm
305  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: newbie and derailments on: February 02, 2017, 02:10:45 PM
I had the same problem with one of my locomotives;  I solved it by getting a new switch.

Something else you can try is using a NMRA gauge for your scale to make sure the rails, wheel flanges, and flangeways in the switch are up to spec.
306  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: February 01, 2017, 08:11:17 PM
I did discover that the baggage car sits lower than the others and as such the body-mounted couplers need to be replaced with center-shank couplers, so I removed that from the train last night

As I watched the other four it appeared that the couplers simply 'let go' from the tender, then as the cars continued to roll the front one disengaged from the one behind it.

On another set of curves the second car came undone from the first, which then let go of the tender on the next segment.

I doubt it's coupler length as well for two reasons:  Firstly, the locomotive and three of the cars came as a set with 18" curves, and second not all of the 18" curves are doing it, just a select few that didn't come with the set.
307  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: February 01, 2017, 06:13:10 PM
I'm cheap, but I'm not THAT cheap.  Tongue

Though a few sets of couplers do appear to be less expensive than replacing the track sections.  XD
308  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: January 31, 2017, 11:34:05 PM
The extra resistance didn't help.  The cars still uncouple.
309  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: January 31, 2017, 07:27:07 PM
Strange.
Just for fun, to amuse a silly dutchman, take a caboose and couple it at the end.
A caboose has a bit of bracking power because of the pickup's for lighting underneath it should pull the couplers tight.
See what happens.

Ton


Alright, I also have some scratch-built cars from the Bay that don't roll well.  I'll see how the couplers hold with their resistance too.
310  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: January 31, 2017, 06:42:36 PM
It's odd that they do that on 18" curves. I use mine on 15" curves and they don't uncouple.

Indeed.  I've even tried replacing the original Mark II couplers with recent ones.
311  Discussion Boards / On30 / Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: January 31, 2017, 03:08:28 PM
I have 5 passenger cars and they like to come undone from each other and my 2-6-0's tender on some of my 18" E-Z Track sections.

I have verified that the couplers are the same height and the rail ends are even.

Is there something else I can try aside from buying wider curves?
312  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: is a return loop possible with two cotrollers? on: January 28, 2017, 02:25:07 AM
Why not use a return loop module?
313  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: false uncoupling on: January 25, 2017, 06:36:29 PM
Is this an older set without springs on the sides of the couplers?

The Mark II couplers are more reliable.
314  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Excursion car on: January 25, 2017, 06:14:20 PM
Why are they listed as freight cars?


I saw them there too, the guy at the booth said they should be available in April.

I wouldn't mind showing my respects by getting Mr. Riley's car as well, but I really want the yellow version with silver roof; should go well with my D&RGW set.

315  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Running DCC engine on DC transformer? on: January 23, 2017, 06:30:05 PM
It will run them in analog mode, but not with the advanced functions of DCC.
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