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316  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.
317  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
318  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 -


True, but there appears to be some empty space ABOVE the motor.  Wink
319  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Wish to add DCC to 0-6-0 Locomotive on: January 21, 2017, 06:26:22 PM
Might a Digitrax Z scale decoder like the DZ126T fit in the cab?

Its dimensions are 14x7.13x3.25mm and it does a LOT for such a tiny board.

I installed one in my On30 Mogul's boiler which also has very tight clearances.
320  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: What length couplers do passenger cars use? on: January 20, 2017, 06:02:37 PM
That's what I was thinking.

The World's Greatest Hobby On Tour is coming to my area this weekend, I'll see if I can get a deal there.
321  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: January 20, 2017, 04:18:06 PM
I just wish it came out more than once a year................

If it did they'd have to change its name.
322  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Building a New Layout on: January 20, 2017, 01:57:28 PM
Yes, the bleeding light seems to be an issue.  I'll noodle that out eventually.  Smiley

How about painting the inside area black to absorb the light?
323  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Several General / Newby Questions... on: January 20, 2017, 01:55:01 PM
1:  It depends on how the locomotive is built.  If the motor is electrically isolated from the frame and there's enough room for a decoder then the answer is probably yes.

2:  The maximum voltage should give the locomotive and any cars behind it just enough speed to negotiate the curves of the layout without falling off.

3:  Bachmann controllers operate at 16 volts.

4:  Yes, assuming it won't fall off or crash into something.

5:  I believe Bachmann says to lubricate and maintain locomotives after every 8 hours of run time.

6:  That depends on how often they're run and the level of care given.

7:  Here's Bachmann's N scale maintenance video:

8:  Yes you can.  If you want to have a large analog layout with multiple trains look up 'block control';  It separates sections of the layout into electrically isolated 'blocks' so you can control direction and speed for different trains while avoiding short-circuits.

9:  All locomotives have a weight limit, when that's reached the weight of the engine on the rails won't be enough to overpower the weight of the cars.

10:  No, how else are you going to learn?  Wink

11:  Sounds like a good cause, but no.

12:  Youtube actually has videos of N scale logging layouts:

Personally, logging layouts are my favorite.  I hope you upload pictures when it's ready.  Smiley
324  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Slow Locomotive on: January 19, 2017, 10:17:37 PM
A locomotive speed depends on the voltage available to the motor all other applicable factors being the same.

Locomotive will run faster using DCC system "A" than DCC system "B" if DCC system "A" voltage available to the motor is more than "B" 

That's what I thought, thanks.
325  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Installing the HO GE B23-7 w/ DCC on: January 19, 2017, 06:54:24 PM
I have taken the loco shell of the B23-7 and it appears that the pick-up from the trucks is attached to the PCB.

Should I unsolder the the pick-up from the PCB and solder it onto the red wire of the decoder?

Do the trucks move on their own without the PCB attached?
326  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Slow Locomotive on: January 19, 2017, 06:02:02 PM
It is normal for a locomotive to run slower DCC vs DC power pack.

Example - With DCC motor gets about 12 volts DC at full throttle vs around 16 to 18 volts DC from a DC power pack. Thus the locomotive will run 25% (12/16 = .75) to 33% (12/18 = .67) slower using DCC vs DC.

Doesn't the voltage depend on what system is being used?  My DCC system uses 16v.
327  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: New at trains on: January 19, 2017, 04:49:31 PM
Is your layout configured in a way that allows the train(s) to reverse direction of travel?

If so, that's called a reverse loop and requires special wiring to avoid short-circuits.
328  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Smoke on: January 18, 2017, 07:59:09 PM
What do you mean by 'best'?

Are you asking which fluid to use, the optimal voltage to generate a specific temperature, or whether or not to use it at all?
329  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Gas-Mech minimum radius? on: January 18, 2017, 07:57:00 PM
This is the the On30 gas mechanical, but its on such a tiny circle of track that it may bring some amusement to you:

I'm guessing that circle is 6 inches wide, and my math says that a G gauge equivalent would be 16.3125 inches.
330  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Smoke on: January 17, 2017, 06:33:54 PM
Is the smoke switched on and the smoke unit filled?

The switch can be found behind the door at the front of the locomotive.  If run without fluid the smoke unit could burn out.

As for the track, the set should include clips to hold the segments together.
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