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331  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z Track on: December 31, 2016, 08:01:20 PM
In case you don't know, David, black base E-Z track uses steel rails and the gray ones have nickel-silver rails.

Nickle-silver doesn't oxidize as quickly as steel and the corrosion on n/s is still somewhat conductive as opposed to plain old rust.

This is most likely why gray roadbed also comes in a greater variety of turnouts, curve radii and other goodies.
332  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coca Cola Christmas Train on: December 31, 2016, 03:58:26 PM
Please, just somebody post the image on a comment! This links to this website for this image, just don't work at all!


Let's try this one:  https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/14/09/b5/1409b54b1853150a9fe85a3eee1a5274.jpg

There was also an On30 one at one time, but I don't think it's still available new:  http://www.terapeak.com/worth/hawthorne-village-coca-cola-christmas-express-train-by-bachmann-complete/262113962349/
333  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coca Cola Christmas Train on: December 31, 2016, 03:40:20 PM
How about this link?  It should be the Bradford Exchange's train page.

http://www.bradfordexchange.com/mcategory/villages-and-trains_9876/trains--accessories.html
334  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Where to start with HO (premade sets, E-Z lock, compatibility) on: December 31, 2016, 01:43:39 PM

I see there is Bachmann flex track, wondering how hard it would be yo mate with EZ track.

It's not that hard, just trim off the excess rail(s), place it on roadbed, add a joiner and you're set.
335  Discussion Boards / On30 / Breaking in older locos? on: December 31, 2016, 01:33:48 AM
I just got a Streetcar off the bay that appears to have been sitting for a few years, and it's not running well.

I opened it up and replaced the old gray grease with the pink stuff, put heavy gear oil on the motor bearings, and cleaned the contacts.

It will eventually go full speed after a little back and forth motion on the track, but what speed is ideal for a long break-in run?


I also have my eye on a New Old Stock 2-6-0 that I imagine will have the same problem.


Thanks in advance!

336  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Getting 22 inch E-Z Track Curves Apart on: December 30, 2016, 04:06:09 PM
Have you tried turning them over and gently pressing the tabs inward as you pull?
337  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Christmas Train Stopped working after adding track on: December 29, 2016, 02:27:52 PM
This page explains the necessary wiring involved for analog reverse loops:  http://www.azatrax.com/model-railroad-reverse-loop.html


A simpler, but much more expensive option would be to use DCC control since it uses alternating current instead of direct current the train can go in both directions on the main line and commercially available modules on the isolated reverse loops will detect the short as the train enters the loop and instantly reverse the loop's polarity.  You will also need a power booster or two for the extra power requirements of large scale.

http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=264_274&products_id=1824
http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=264_274&products_id=1823

Depending on the age of your train the locomotive might not have the necessary DCC decoder, or even a socket for easily installing one.   Sad

338  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Where to start with HO (premade sets, E-Z lock, compatibility) on: December 28, 2016, 12:49:16 AM
You don't need to use the same track that comes with the set, any brand of HO track will work.

I'm partial to Atlas' Code 83 track, it comes with brown ties that are more accurately sized and spaced than Bachmann's and has a large variety of pices available.

Also, HO model trains these days have knuckle couplers that are usually compatible with each other.
339  Discussion Boards / N / Re: EZ app for N scale on: December 27, 2016, 06:23:44 PM
Out of curiosity, how small do the chips have to be? TDK has had a 3.5 mm x 3.5 mm x 1.0 mm chip on the market since mid-2015. Does a chip for an N-scale locomotive need to be considerably smaller than that? 
As I understand it, Bachmann partners with BlueRailTrains for bluetooth control.  BlueRail's DCC boards for end-users measure 28mm x 58mm.

http://bluerailtrains.com/board-sign-up/

The green square in the upper left corner of the images appears to be the receiver, which might fit on an embedded N scale board, but it's still on the large side.
340  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Christmas Train Stopped working after adding track on: December 27, 2016, 12:09:14 AM
Did you set up the switch in a way that allows the train to go through it one way and come back through in the other direction?

That's called a reverse loop and requires special wiring to avoid a short-circuit.
341  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Rail Bus sound module? on: December 26, 2016, 08:14:17 PM
I'm not sure if this helps at all, but this is Bachmann's exploded view diagram page of the Rail Bus which gives an idea of how it comes apart and back together:

http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/28457.pdf


It shows that the pre-installed decoder connects to a standard socket so swapping it for a sound-equipped decoder should be easy once you get it apart.

It does not show a pre-installed speaker, but there does appear to be a cutout for a speaker in the roof near the decoder socket.
342  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Command Smart Interface on: December 23, 2016, 02:08:46 PM
It's a real shame that it was never commercially available.

I'm hoping they'll revive the idea using a bluetooth add-on instead of Wi-Fi.
343  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: programming new loco on: December 22, 2016, 09:32:28 PM
Did you purchase the loco used?  You can try asking the previous owner.

Some modellers assign their locos the number painted on them to avoid confusion.
344  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Auto-Reverse on: December 21, 2016, 11:24:00 PM
Short answer: I don't see why not.

Long answer:  The product pages indicate that the Brills are not DCC and the Peter Witts have dual-mode DCC decoders, so both should work on the reversing track which uses standard DC and not DCC.

345  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Auto-Reverse on: December 21, 2016, 08:10:52 PM
Any model of the appropriate gauge that's compatible with DC should work just fine.
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