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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum DCC ready 4-8-2 wiring diagram on: October 16, 2021, 10:31:07 AM
I don't see those legends on the PCB. I have pics of the PCB but too large for the forum. I can send them if anybod is interested.

Jim

To post pics you need to upload them to a hosting site like FLickr, PhotoBucket, or similar. Then put the link to the pic between [i m g] [/i m g] tags here.

That Attach: button under "Additional Options" is a relic of another time, and should have been removed long ago. There are general instructions for posting pics in the General Questions FAQ towards the bottom of the main forum page.

Len
17  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Different tracks on: October 12, 2021, 06:09:26 PM
One way to connect HO EZ-Track and Kato UniTrack together is by using a pair of Power-Loc track adapters back-to-back at each connection.



Oritinally intended to connect Power-Loc (originally Life-Like, now Walthers Trainline #931-1370) track to other brands, such as EZ-Track. By connecting two adapters back-to-back, the staggered ends slide together sideways, you can connect code 100 EZ-Track to one side and code 100 Kato UniTrack to the other. The plastic bits on the ends of the EZ-Track and UniTrack slide into an opening on the end of the adapter. So the only physical connection is the rail joiners, meaning this is best done on a layout that will be fastened down.

Len
18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Item No 51317 2-8-0 Consolidation Questions on: October 02, 2021, 03:09:34 AM
Putting img tags around the link you posted makes the pic show up right here:



And that is a really nice pic.

Len
19  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Item No 51317 2-8-0 Consolidation Questions on: October 01, 2021, 01:39:17 PM
Shapeways makes a coal-to-oil bunker conversion kit.
https://www.shapeways.com/product/EHKDY5BNC/ho-tender-oil-bunker-kit

Chicago & Northwester Class Z 2-8-0 locos had 61" drivers.

Len
20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: elevated train on: September 19, 2021, 09:51:39 PM
ITLA has part for making a Chicago or NYC style HO elevated trains:
https://itlascalemodels.com/collections/elevated-the-l

Shapeways also offers a number of items for building an elevated HO or N train:
https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/trains?tag=elevated

There are also others offering elevated bits and pieces, or instructions on how to scratchbuild your own. Just put 'HO elevated train', without the ', into a search engine.

Len
21  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: roundhouse help please on: September 15, 2021, 06:28:02 PM
Tidmouth shed is item #45236, but doesn't seem to be available at this time. There may be some online retailers who still have some in stock. Being based on the Thomas series, it has a European look to it, but a bit of 'kit bashing' and some paint can fix that.

Len
22  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Big Boy in St. Louis on: September 13, 2021, 01:51:23 AM
Okay I don't understand.  Great images of a steam engine, but is that steam engine actually able to pull all those cars?

It could pull much more than the cars used for the tour, as seen in this vintage video about the Big Boy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXcD6ZdPR9k

The diesel is in the mix of the tour train for three primary reasons:

1. Due to boiler explosions, mainly involving steam tractors, some localities passed restrictions on steam locos operating in their jurisdiction. The diesel is used to get through those areas.

2. To get the Big Boy back to the shop if there is a mechanical problem interfering with the Big Boy's operation.

3. As a size comparison of the Big Boy against modern equipment.

Len
23  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track cleaning -any recommendations? on: September 13, 2021, 01:34:08 AM
The reason behind this... is I purchased some old E-Z track (again both grey and black) and for some reason seem to be getting hits and misses in engine operation on this used purchased track. 

One problem with used track is the rail joiners may have spread open through use, so they are not making good contact with the connecting rail. You can use a pair of flat nose pliars to squeeze them slightly closed, so they are making good contact with the connecting rail.

Len
24  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann 6607 Transformer on: September 11, 2021, 06:27:10 PM
If the lights are cutting out, it's because you have enough lights pulling current to exceed the transformers rating. You'd probably be better off using a 16VAC wall-wart type transformer rated 1 amp or better for the lights.

Len
25  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Future suggestions/predictions thread on: September 09, 2021, 11:16:10 AM
Thanks for the 'heads up' Cheeky. Just put myself on the notification list for when it becomes available.

Len
26  Discussion Boards / Thomas & Friends / Re: Future suggestions/predictions thread on: September 09, 2021, 06:48:07 AM
I wish Bachmann would make an HO/OO and N/Narrow Gauge track cleaning car with 'Thomas' style couplers. I'm not so concerned with what the car actually is, just that it can couple to 'Thomas' locomotives and help clean the track in tunnels and scenary encroached areas.

Len
27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: RRAMP METER on: September 08, 2021, 03:26:50 PM
It works.

Whether you actually need one or not is the question. These days you can get a reasonably close to true RMS multimeter that will give the same readings for a lot less. But some folks like having a permentantly mounted meter for their layout, which multimeters aren't so great for. Also, multimeters don't have a "DCC Present' light to let you know if you're actually looking at DCC, or AC connected to the wrong place. And the end contacts and 'DCC Present' light can be really helpful for checking connections between modules with a modular layout. Especially one that's set up at shows.

So, what it really comes down to is what are you looking for in a meter, and what are you willing to pay for it?

Len
28  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: In search of tender trucks on: September 03, 2021, 01:55:19 PM
The old Athearn 4-wheel 'Commonwealth' trucks are still available on eBay. And these guys: https://americanscalemodels.com/index.php?_route_=HO/HO_Detail_Parts/Trucks have several different 4-wheel and 6-wheel 'Commonwealth' tender trucks available as brass castings.

Len
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: oil on: September 02, 2021, 04:00:17 PM
If it says 'plastic compatible' somewhere on the container the fishing reel oil should be light enough. Sewing machine oil light and plactic safe, so is okay to use. Apply just a drop where needed using a tooth pick.

Aside from being on the heavy side, 3-in-1 Oil is not recommended because it can attack styrene plastic. Some people say, "But the spout on 3-in-1 oil is plastic.", which is true, But it's high density polypropylene (HDPE), which is a completely different type of plastic than styrene.

Len
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: In search of tender trucks on: September 02, 2021, 07:02:15 AM
On the prototype, Is there a name or number for that particular style of truck?

Len
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