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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Remodeling a 1/1 scale yard on: September 01, 2019, 11:40:02 AM
I spent way too much time around grandkids who grew up with 'Thomas' and all that Brit railway terminology.

Len
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Remodeling a 1/1 scale yard on: September 01, 2019, 10:18:46 AM
I think "P Way" is short for "Permanent Way", or what we'd call "Main Line".

Len
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Reworking the layout on: August 24, 2019, 10:53:17 PM
Set the "Days Without an Accident" board back to 0.

Len
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann loco on Lionel transformer on: August 23, 2019, 03:26:46 AM
The action you are describing for the throttle lever does not sound right. According to the manual for the G-180:
https://www.lionelsupport.com/media/servicedocuments/6505737947250GW180.pdf

Raising the orange throttle lever should only increase the voltage to the track. The "Direction" control button, on the oppoiste side from the orange throttle lever, is normally used to control the direction of the locomotive by interrupting power to the track when pressed. This will cycle the loco through the 'Forward - Neutral - Reverse - Neutral - Forward' each time it is pressed. It is normal for the lights to be brighter in the 'Neutral' position, since the motors are not using any voltage. An alternative method of controlling direction is to raise and lower the throttle lever to turn the track voltage on and off in sequence. Generally speaking, leaving the throttle in the off position more than 30 seconds causes the loco to default to 'Forward' when power is applied again.

Are you sure you have the thottle connected properly? The center rail of the track should be connected to the "Track" 'A' terminal post, and the outer rails to the "Track" 'U' terminal post. The power indicator light be green, and stay on. If it turns red and flashes, something is creating an overload condition. If this persists more than 3 seconds, the power indicator will turn solid red.

Len
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: NWSL Great News on: August 20, 2019, 12:27:39 AM
Hurrah!! Looks like I'll be able to finish some projects I started a while back after all.

Len
6  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / 4-Wheel Truck Availability on: August 15, 2019, 11:30:41 PM
Any idea when the 4-wheel geared truck with coupler will be available again?
https://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=77_219&products_id=9627&zenid=bm5v5apsihk3lvps8dhpeoncl1

Several of the GP-9's used on the display layout I maintain at the shopping center are down due to worn out brass drive gears. So they are out of service until I can replace the trucks, which means even more wear on the locos that can't be rotated out for routine service.

Len
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Rock Z21 on: August 12, 2019, 01:30:02 PM
The steps for configuring stationary decoders are a bit different with the Z21 than with a "standard" DCC controller, but once configured the EZ-Track DCC turnouts should work fine.

Len
8  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: E7A only works in the aft direction, forward produces slow clicking on: August 07, 2019, 10:28:23 AM
You mention an 80-watt power supply. Is this E7A three rail O/O27 or two rail HO or N? It makes a difference in troubleshooting.

Len
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Adding on a yard to our layout on: August 03, 2019, 01:17:42 AM
Some ideas from another thread you might be able to use "as is" or modify to suit your needs:
https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php/topic,35369.msg260997.html#msg260997

Len
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Dead End Siding to store 2nd train on: August 01, 2019, 03:45:27 PM
Only if you don't mind idle locos sitting on a siding with their decoders still pulling power. It's still best for the power supply and the decoder to be able to turn the power off to a siding with a loco on it that isn't being used. Especially on a larger layout, with mulitple locos.

Len
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Steam powered turntable on: August 01, 2019, 07:01:53 AM
Also on the B&O, this is generally the size of 'armstrong' powered turntables I've been able to find pics of:



Len
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Steam powered turntable on: July 29, 2019, 04:32:07 PM
From what I've read and seen on line, I suspect turntables at most small shops were human powered by a long lever on the end of the bridge. Some beng upgraded to electric motors when electrical lines became more or less common place. I would think the cost of upkeep and fuel would restrict a steam powered setup like you showed to larger, high volumen, roundhouses.

Len
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Blown Speaker or Uncontrollable Rattle? on: July 28, 2019, 06:02:17 AM
A wire caught under the edge of the shell on one side or the other can lift it just enough to cause vibrations. It may not be very noticable, so look carefully for a gap. Another possibility is a slightly warped shell creating a gap. A bit of adhesive tape built up to fill the gap, and colored to match the locos deck, will usually take care of that.

Len
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New layouy what code track? on: July 22, 2019, 12:23:18 PM
I modified some older 'pizza cutter' flange steamers to run on Code 83 track by putting them in a Ribbonrail cradle, applying power to get the wheels spinning, and gentle application of a cheap sharpening stone to the flanges. By putting the stone on all drivers at the same time, I was able to get consistent flange sizes. The lead and trailing trucks were done with a fine stone in a Dremel tool.

Len
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann GS4 STANDARD 4-8-4- MOTOR wanted on: July 22, 2019, 10:21:58 AM
These are the only 4-8-4 motors still listed as available from Bachmann:

https://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68_89&products_id=696&zenid=j3ksj3f6kap5uge4vjhmde1kd3

https://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=68_154&products_id=4198&zenid=j3ksj3f6kap5uge4vjhmde1kd3

If it's not one of them, you'll need to check eBay, Craig's List, etc., for one to strip a motor out of.

Len
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