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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Geometry? on: Today at 06:23:42 AM
It's not the greatest, but this is the Bachmann HO EZ-Track Demo from the RR-Track software:

2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: using ez command turnouts with nce powercab system on: March 15, 2019, 11:01:47 AM
These instructions may help:

Note the 'caveat' mentioned here:

3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: running DC engines on DCC EZ Command? on: March 03, 2019, 08:35:54 AM
To me running a DC loco using a DCC system is one of those things that falls in the, "Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should.", categories. When using address '0' on a DCC system for a DC loco, the decoder is still putting out a Pulse Width Modulated DC (PWN) signal. Which is essentially a square wave with a fixed peak voltage that has it's width increased or decreased to control the motors speed.

PWN has been used for years in Large Scale, where motors are big enough to handle the extra heat generated. But the extra heat can be a problem in smaller scales like HO, N, and Z. Particularly when the loco is stopped. Power isn't actually removed, like in a DC system, the pulses just get so narrow there's not enough voltage to spin the motor. But the pulses still cause the motor to heat up, enough to cause damage in N and Z locos if they are left sitting with power on the track for too long.

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Martinsburg No. 1 Coal Mine on: February 28, 2019, 11:31:17 AM
LaserKit Mine No. 1, and the extenstion for the trestle, are still available direct from LaserKit:

Also from several other places on line at a slight discount.

5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Testing Engines- Dyno vs Track on: February 24, 2019, 04:55:11 PM
I was strictly a repair shop, not a hobby shop, so there was a limit to what I could turn down and still pay the bills.

6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Testing Engines- Dyno vs Track on: February 23, 2019, 04:56:43 PM
When my repair shop was open, and a customer came to the counter with a loco in their hands, the five words I dreaded hearing the most were, "I bought this on e-Bay."

7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Speed Matching on: February 22, 2019, 11:19:16 AM
More than you'll ever need to know about speed matching:

8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Testing Engines- Dyno vs Track on: February 22, 2019, 02:50:53 AM
A clicking sound usually indicates a split drive gear, which may not show up until the locomotive is put under the stress of actually pulling a train. Replacement geared axles for the GP50 are available from Bachmann:

Or you could replace the entire truck or gear box assembly. Going to the parts page and entering "HO GP50" in the "SEARCH" box will get you the list of parts currently available. Gear boxes and truck assemblies, with different color frames, start around page 3 in the listing.

9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Smoke Issues - Bachmann 660 HO Santa Fe #3781 Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive on: February 20, 2019, 03:12:30 PM
War Bonnet:

Yellow Bonnet:

Blue Bonnet:

Freight Bonnet:

Early Freight Schemes:

10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: When your drug store has a traction drive through. on: February 10, 2019, 02:20:25 PM
Based on the trolley pole position and the scrape marks in the street:

It was on the same track as the other trolley in the pic, trying to make the left turn when the back end broke loose and carried it backwards into the drug store.

11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: "Prototype" 4-6-0? on: February 08, 2019, 01:18:25 PM
Well, it's not an out of production Walthers Trainline FA-1. The underbody is completely different:

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Nomenclature question. on: February 03, 2019, 02:46:57 PM
Supported with abutments, it's a bridge. Supported with bents, it's a trestle. Correct? I'm just trying to educate myself.

According to my uncle, who explained it to me as a kid, that's pretty much it in a nutshell. He worked for Great Northern most of his life, so I figured he would know.

13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: A new layout for the new house! on: February 03, 2019, 10:40:00 AM
Wiley - If anyone asks, tell them the steam locomotive is part of your roads off layout "Heritage Museum" program. And like UP's #844 is still maintained for Class I service.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Multiple crissoves on: February 03, 2019, 10:32:12 AM
If what you're asking is if more than one crossover and/or turnout can by operated by one control, then the answer is yes. For EZ-Track turnouts and crossovers, with the built in control plut, it will some wire cutting and splicing to do this.

15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Nomenclature question. on: February 03, 2019, 03:37:34 AM

Obviously you do not live around a navigable waterway. In areas where bridges have to clear marine vessels, it is common to use trestle like approach ramps to the major spans over the waterway, similar to what the Bachman bridge and trestle set does, except on a much larger scale. Thus, if you had a river on your layout and used the bridge span to cross it, you'd be pretty close to what the real railroads actually do.

I'm aware of that. Which is why I pointed out the arch bridge in picture 5 connects to a trestle structure on the right side in the picture. The bridge itself is supported by abutments on each side of the river.

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