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526  Discussion Boards / On30 / Adding weight to Porters? on: December 07, 2015, 12:59:03 AM
I'm looking for ways to get my little loco to pull another car or two without the wheels slipping, and the only solution that comes to mind is adding weight to the locomotive for increased adhesion.

My web searches have turned up "dress up" kits, adding weights, and replacing the cab with one made of heavier materials.

Do any of you have suggestions I can add to this list?  Or stories/advice regarding how you added weight to your Porters?
527  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Power Pack and Speed Controller on: December 05, 2015, 10:50:43 PM
Ebay returns:  Item not as described.  Tongue

And what does Ebay have to do with this Huh?

You asked why any of us should care, I'd care if I sold one of these in a box with unchanged graphics and the buyer got picky about it.
528  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Models not done in a while on: December 05, 2015, 09:25:09 PM
I've never seen a 0-2-0 model produced, though I have seen some home-made ones in magazines.
529  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reverse loops on: December 05, 2015, 09:20:48 PM
I think Jerry offers a good suggestion.

Indeed he does.  I'll give it a shot next time I redo my layout.
530  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reverse loops on: December 05, 2015, 08:52:10 PM
So, have you ever checked w/an NMRA gauge to see if the track is still in gauge after using the pliers on the rails?  And why would you have to even be considering buying a new piece of track, before using the pliers?

I don't have one, but my trains aren't derailing either.  I use the pliers correct misalignments since the joiners don't 'join' the gapped rails together, and if I overdo it and damage the rail, it was worth trying to save a few dollars on another piece with better 'luck of the draw' on alignment.
531  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Power Pack and Speed Controller on: December 05, 2015, 07:56:09 PM
Ebay returns:  Item not as described.  :P
532  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reverse loops on: December 05, 2015, 07:48:01 PM
Ahh, but doesn't using the pliers run the increased risk of putting the rails outta gauge?  Or have you never checked?  Not to mention bunging up the rail heads with the pliers (that is also a question).

Yes there's a bit of risk involved, but I'm willing to try it before buying another piece of track.
533  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Porter kitbashing advice? on: December 05, 2015, 07:41:13 PM
Well I went ahead with the project and I'm quite proud of the result:

For anyone else attempting this, the method I assumed would be easiest worked without having to cut or solder any wires.

Be very careful not to bend or break the electrical pickups when refitting the wheels, and make sure the axle bearings are in their slots when reassembling.

Also be sure to remove the screw in the side of the boiler.  (It's hidden by the in-cab bunker on the 0-4-0.)  Once it's out you can lift the boiler and free the footplate.

Sadly, the wires in the 0-4-0 won't reach the bunker of the 0-4-2.  Those will need to be hidden in the cab or lengthened.
534  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reverse loops on: December 05, 2015, 06:00:27 PM
No apology needed, thanks for clearing it up.  I get it now, so on the insulated rail side, the 2 rails are never joined, just the other side with the metal joiner is joined.  I guess the EZ track snapping together, keeps the unjoined rails from getting out of alignment?

I clip and insulate both rails where a gap is needed.  And yes, the E-Z track usually does a good job of keeping the rails aligned.

When two rails do happen to be a little off from each other, I use pliers to coax them closer together.
535  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reverse loops on: December 05, 2015, 01:35:48 AM
I don't bother, I clip off one side of the plastic insulating joiners instead.

Pliers work quite well, but you need to use a lot of force and sometimes the track gets damaged when the joiner finally gives.  I've pulled a few rails completely off the ties when removing joiners, that's why I clip them off now.

Ok, you've lost me ???  Looks like in one instance you are stating your clip off the metal rail joiners instead of using pliers to keep from damaging the rails, then you reply about working on insulated rail joiners...?  Help us out here.


I do both: I remove the protruding part of the metal joiner and leave the rest attached to the rail.  I then use a plastic joiner to ensure the two rails don't touch, cutting off one side because the plastic joiner can't go over what remains of the metal one.

I apologize for the confusion.
536  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: auto reverse track and DCC on: December 04, 2015, 05:33:17 PM
You don't HAVE to use DCC control for Bachmann's DCC-equipped trolleys/locomotives.  The decoders automatically switch to 'analog mode' when controlled by DC controllers like the ones included with auto-reverse sets.
537  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: auto reverse track and DCC on: December 04, 2015, 04:47:52 PM
Bachmann auto-reversing track has additional wiring underneath it that is designed for use with an auto-reversing controller included with auto-reversing starter sets (which use DC, not DCC) to power trolleys and locomotives.  Bachmann also uses Dual-Mode DCC modules that are compatible with DC operations.

The 'DCC Reverse loop module' is designed to allow a DCC-controlled train to travel through a loopback track without shorting out.  It is not meant for end-to end operation.
538  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Running DCC/DC engines on DC layout on: December 04, 2015, 02:40:42 PM
You are correct, the DCC decoders installed in your locos run in 'analog mode' when operated on DC layouts without having to change anything.
539  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Reverse loops on: December 04, 2015, 02:06:11 PM
If the rails get bent you can forget it, time to toss it.  So, Flare Gun, after you "clip them" how do you get the remaining part of the joiner off the rail?

I don't bother, I clip off one side of the plastic insulating joiners instead.  Doesn't bend or pull the rails nor damage the plastic spikes holding them in position.

Works great for my layout.
540  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Porter lubrication and maintenance instructions? on: December 03, 2015, 01:50:13 AM
Thank you very much.   :D
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