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361  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!

362  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?
363  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

364  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.
365  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.
366  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.
367  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.
368  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.
369  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.
370  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.

371  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.
372  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Are Railtruck replacement gears still available? on: December 18, 2016, 07:52:15 PM
Now I'm getting frustrated.

I took the railtruck off the bench again with the idea that maybe the rear axle was the problem, and tried spinning it with the rear section of the driveline removed.

The rear axle spins freely.  Just like the drive line when I try it with no rear axle.  But together, they bind up.   Angry
373  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: New to HO. It's been 30 years on: December 18, 2016, 07:44:30 PM
How simple of a layout do you and he have in mind?

If you want to use Bachmann's E-Z Track (With built-in plastic roadbed) their "First Track Pack" has enough track to make the figure eight with some to spare.  http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=879_604_782_783&products_id=2494

And in addition to what JBrock mentioned, Bachmann has their own graduated pier set for their E-Z Track:  http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=879_604_782_784&products_id=2529


If you do decide to make your own roadbed, I will say that Atlas' code 83 True Track is a lot more prototypical than Bachmann's.
374  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Jupiter 4-4-0 on: December 18, 2016, 07:14:36 PM
Old stock you say?

Might be a good idea to give 'er some fresh oil and gear grease in case the old stuff has dried out.
375  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Tender Shell - Assorted (N Scale 2-10-2) on: December 17, 2016, 12:10:12 AM
Generally it means that you'll get a random roadname from what's available.

If you want the shells to be all black, you should be able to use Testors ELO (Easy Lift Off) to remove the Seaboard decals.
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