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301  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
302  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.
303  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.
304  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
305  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.
306  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.
307  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.
308  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?
309  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?
310  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.
311  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.

312  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.
313  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Regular turnouts on DCC layout. on: January 23, 2017, 02:36:15 PM
They WILL work, but they will need their own AC power source.

An inexpensive analog controller with accessory terminals is ideal.
314  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Running DCC engine on DC transformer? on: January 23, 2017, 02:16:40 PM
Bachmann On30 Porters made in the last few years do have dual-mode decoders.  They say DCC on the end of the box.

If in doubt you can still find the older ones that are DC-only.  Wink
315  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Wish to add DCC to 0-6-0 Locomotive on: January 22, 2017, 01:16:49 PM
Probably not. The motor pretty much fills up the entire cab -

-Mark

True, but there appears to be some empty space ABOVE the motor.  Wink
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