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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Ken's Railroad on: July 31, 2020, 07:53:38 PM
Did you do the upper beam using pegged halved bridled and squinted scarf joints?



Len
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Which Spectrum 8-40CW is DCC Ready? 86019 or 86030 on: July 26, 2020, 04:15:50 PM
On a related note: Why did Bachmann jump their model numbers around with regards to the engines being DC, DCC Ready, or DCC? 

Only the powers above at Bachmann can answer that one. Maybe someone there just likes making people come to the forums to ask about it.

Len
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: logging engines on: July 26, 2020, 04:09:45 PM
At 1/64 scale the track gauge would be 14.3 mm or 0.5629921 in.

1/64 = 0.015625, so 0.5629921"/0.015625 = 36.0314944", call it 36" for practical purposes.

And there's not a lot of that size track available commercially.

Standard gauge HO track, 16,5mm (0.649606299213 in.) gauge. In 1/64 scale would be 0.649606299213"/0.015625 = 41.574803149632" or pretty close to 42".

Len
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: logging engines on: July 26, 2020, 02:23:54 PM
I believe Harold Minky was doing Sn3 in 1:55 scale, which can operate on HO track. Which is one of the reason the Mantua 2-6-6-2 makes a good starting point for an Sn3 locomotive. Sn3 in 1:64 scale has a narrower track gauge, so track would pretty much have to be hand laid.

Len
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: logging engines on: July 26, 2020, 10:38:24 AM
The Mantua 2-6-6-2 locos are a bit oversize for HO, but make a good starting point for an 'S' scale narrowgauge loco.

Len
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Which Spectrum 8-40CW is DCC Ready? 86019 or 86030 on: July 26, 2020, 10:37:06 AM
The Dash 8-40C is 'DCC Ready', the Dash 8-40CW is 'DCC Equiped'.

Len
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: turntable on: July 22, 2020, 04:38:27 PM
If you use sections of flex-track on cork roadbed you should be able to add a gentle curve to bring the stall tracks into a 15 deg. spaced roundhouse.

Len
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: turntable on: July 22, 2020, 01:59:56 AM
The 46299 turntable tracks are spaced 20 deg. apart, which is a bit wider than most of the other commonly used turntables. It's possible to use small sectional curve sections to get tracks to align with 10 deg. and 15 deg. spaced roundhouse stalls, such as those on the Walthers and Atlas roundhouses. Some trimming of the curve sections might be required to use a 12 deg. stall spaced roundhouse, such as the one by Faller Gmbh, intended for use with the Trix and Marklin turntables.

The current small Atlas turntable uses 15 deg. track spacing. The Trix (2-rail) & Marklin (3-rail) C-Track turntable use 12 deg spacing. The 90, 110 & 130 ft Walthers turntables all have customizable stops, allowing up to 99 tracks. Actually installing that many would involve some custom frog work, as seen in some prototype installations, because the stall tracks would overlap.

Len
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GG-1 ho gauge how to wire for catenary operation on: July 18, 2020, 12:00:13 AM
The exploded diagram for the DCC Ready version is here:
https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/dwg/dwgs/HO_GG-1_(DCC_Ready).pdf

The 'with sound' diagram is the same, except it shows the speaker.

There should be 4 screws on the bottom that are removed in order to lift off the shell. They are labeled, "SCREW# 10215X4" on both diagrams.

A list of various product manuals and locomotives can be found here:
https://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/references.php

Len

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: layout expansion to HO on: July 17, 2020, 12:06:14 PM
There are some pics of Shay's on 1 in 20 (5%) grades, and text references to the 1 in 14 (7%) grades here:
https://railwaywondersoftheworld.com/shay-locomotive.html

There's a link to a pic of a Shay with some logging buggies that is claimed to be on a 12% grade here:
http://www.catskillarchive.com/rrextra/shay.Html

This is the pic:


I have my doubts that's actually a 12% grade, as the max I've ever seen mentioned in prototype grade specifications is 1 in 14 (7%).

Len
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Amtrak 350 Lighted EMD F40ph Diesel Locomotive on: July 17, 2020, 11:53:20 AM
Also, if it is Life-Like, some Model Power pancake motors will swap into Life-Like chassis.

Len
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-10-0 TCS sound and motor control on: July 17, 2020, 11:29:27 AM
One of the things that got me switched over to TCS decoders was the instructions are written for real people, not just "DCC geeks".

Len
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-10-0 TCS sound and motor control on: July 17, 2020, 10:06:46 AM
TCS has a handy CV guide for programing different sounds on their "WOWsounds" decoders on their web site. It can be found here:
https://tcsdcc.com/4CVSteamV4

Or you could use the "Audio Assist" capability of the decoder itself, explained here:
https://tcsdcc.com/node/1977

Len
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: layout expansion to HO on: July 17, 2020, 09:42:36 AM
You could use a layout planning software, like "AnyRail" to do the track plan in HO, which would give you a rough idea what the size would be.

A 6% grade is really pushing it. But it would be in the upper range of possible on straight track for some prototype Shay geared locomotives pulling up to 200 tons that could make it up 1 in 14 (7%) grades. As curves are added, or got sharper, the amount of slope that could be handled went down. This is due to the increased friction put on the drive wheels by the curves.

If keeping the same track plan, reducing the slope of the grade will increase the length of the layout.

Len
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Amtrak 350 Lighted EMD F40ph Diesel Locomotive on: July 17, 2020, 09:15:02 AM
You could just pull the gears out of the truck and use the loco as a 'dummy' pulled by another loco. Or a static unit near an engine shed or roundtable.

Len
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