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1951  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: using bachmann ez track for grand valley layout by woodland scenics on: February 24, 2015, 12:00:12 PM
Huh! I was getting frustrated, because it seems like no matter how I shifted things around, I always ended up with two locations that didn't line up. Then it clicked, using the 2" pieces on all four sides of the 90deg crossing was the problem. Calling the top of the layout 'North', changing the NW leg to 2.5" and the SW leg to 1.5" almost brought everything together.

Up in the NW corner of the layout, in the area circled in red, replacing a 2" section with a 2.25" piece and moving it to the other end of the 18" curve did the trick.

The gap between the NE leg of the 60deg crossing and the first curve is 8.83", but a 9" straight will work as the slight kink created can be spread around the rest of the loop and not be noticable.

Some minor changes to the riser layout will be needed, but nothing significant. I used the Atlas Code 100 Deck Truss Bridge, because I find the trusses of a Warrent Truss Bridge tend to get sideswiped by longer cars when placed right after 18" radius curves.

The Grand Valley layout using EZ-Track (See the track plan on the WS site mentioned above for tunnel portal placement):

Track list for EZ-Track Version of the Woodland Scenics Grand Valley layout

(11)    EZ 44511 9 inch straight
(13)    EZ 44512 3 inch straight
( 3)     EZ 44592A 2 inch straight
(33)    EZ 44501 R-18 30? curve
( 2)     EZ 44531 R-18 15? curve
( 1)     EZ 44561 std LH turnout
( 1)     EZ 44562 std RH turnout
( 1)     EZ 44542 60? cross
( 1)     EZ 44541 90? cross
( 1)     EZ 44513 2.25 inch straight
( 4)     EZ 44530 R-18 10? curve
( 2)     EZ 44592B 1.5 inch straight
( 1)     EZ 44592D 1.0 inch straight
( 2)     EZ 44591 Hayes bumper
( 1)     Atlas c.100 84 deck truss bridge

Total of 76 items

1952  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Opinions on EZ Track Layout on: February 24, 2015, 11:23:31 AM
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1953  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: using bachmann ez track for grand valley layout by woodland scenics on: February 24, 2015, 08:31:09 AM
This is what Woodland Scenics says in their FAQ's about using non-Atlas track for this layout:
Can I use track other than Atlas with HO Grand Valley Layout Kit?

This is possible, but requires designing a new track plan and reconfiguring the layout of the Risers and Inclines/Declines. The track plan for the Grand Valley Layout Kit was designed using Atlas Code 83 Snap-Track.

Another potential issue is Atlas discontinued some track sections used in the original Grand Valley layout design. A revised track plan to account for this, and a track sections needed list, is here:

At first glance it looks like all of the pieces are duplicated in Bachmann EZ-Track, except the truss bridge. That shouldn't be an issue, as any Code 100 bridge could be used and matched up to the EZ-Track to cross the gap.

The bigger concern is the tunnel portals. The foam roadbed used under the Atlas track is narrower than the plastic roadbed used under EZ-Track. So the tunnel portals might have to be carved out a bit. Actually, they had to be carved out on the original layout if you wanted to run anything longer that a 50' car.

After I have my coffee, I'll fire up RR-Track and try duplicating the 'Revised Layout' noted above with EZ-Track. I'll post what happens later today.

1954  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Small switch yard layout on: February 23, 2015, 08:45:05 PM
You're welcome. Hopefully we'll see some pictures when you get it set.

1955  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO From Start to Finish - where to find parts on: February 23, 2015, 08:39:17 PM
This takes you directly to Walthers main search page. A good one to bookmark:

There's a link over on the right side of the search page to get the manufacturer ID's to use in the search. Or you can bookmark this to go directly to the list:

Bachmann's manufacturer ID on Walthers is 160.

1956  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any HO use found for vinyl mini blind louvers? on: February 23, 2015, 04:10:28 PM
Curl the ends and make skis for the garden gnomes? Grin

1957  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC Sound for DCC on: February 23, 2015, 04:09:11 PM
The DCC equiped RS-3 fuel tank has the 'ring' for a speaker. You have to drill out the sound holes yourself though.

1958  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Small switch yard layout on: February 23, 2015, 04:02:25 PM
Using the #5 Wye doesn't really gain anything. In fact, because combined with the curve sections need to bring the yard track parallel again, it's quite a bit longer than using #4 turnouts.

I'd put one magnet in the straight portion of the diverging leg of the mainline to yard turnout. Another just into the industrial spur, and somewhere near each of the crossovers, so the "Yard Lead" and outter loop can be used as a runaround track. You might also want to snag a couple of those bamboo BBQ skewers. They're handy for 'spot' uncoupling when you don't want to hunt up a magnet.

I'd probably run the inner loop clockwise, and the outter loop counterclockwise, to cut down on "facing point" switching manuevers. Of course the "caboose track" in the yard has to be facing point, just to keep things interesting.

1959  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DCC Questions on: February 23, 2015, 12:51:12 PM
Page 6 of the EZ-Command instructions explains how to get in and out of 'Function' mode. When you're in 'Function' mode, F10 should turn the lights on and off. You have to program the decoder for other things, like "Rule 17" operation of the lights, which should be covered in the decoders documentation.

1960  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Looking for remote switches for EZ-Track Turnouts on: February 23, 2015, 12:39:35 PM
Are you talking about these?

They're under 'Order Parts', not the 'eStore'.

1961  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Figure 8 layout on: February 23, 2015, 11:19:27 AM
If you have a loose freight truck, roll it through the crossing with a little down pressure. See if the wheels are falling into the gap between the 'diamond' and stock rails. Or trying to turn like it's on a switch. It's the places to the left and right of the area circled in red:

I had that problem with an HO 30deg crossing. Closing the gaps up with a bit of styrene cured the problem.

1962  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Small switch yard layout on: February 23, 2015, 11:04:07 AM
Okay, just for jollies I redid the double oval w/yard with #4 turnouts and shifting the yard turnout to the left. It opened up space for an industrial area on the other side, and using #4's with 1/2 18" radius curves makes it easy to get tracks parallel without eating up half the layout board. The lower industiral spur could also go off at an angle instead of coming back parallel. Revised layout:

And the track list to put it together:

Track list for EZ-Track Double Oval w/Yard

(12)    44501 R-18 30 curve
(16)    44503 R-22 22.5 curve
( 1)     44575 #6 LH crossover
( 1)     44576 #6 RH crossover
( 2)     44592A 2 inch straight
( 2)     44592C 1.25 inch straight
(20)    44511 9 inch straight
( 4)     44557 #4 LH turnout
( 7)     44514 4.5 inch straight
( 2)     44592 1.5 inch straight
( 2)     44592 1.0 inch straight
( 4)     44531 R-18 15 curve
( 7)     44591 Hayes bumper
( 3)     44558 #4 RH turnout
Total of 83 items

1963  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO From Start to Finish - where to find parts on: February 23, 2015, 01:33:10 AM
Interesting, I hadn't heard about MRC picking up Model Power. From the few Model Power buildings being offered on the MRC site, I wonder if they got the tooling and will continue production, or if their just selling off existing inventory? There are a few of the MP buildings that worked real well combined with some of the newer Plasticville buildings.

1964  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO From Start to Finish - where to find parts on: February 23, 2015, 12:47:01 AM
Floquil/Poly-S was bought by Testors and phased out. Some of the colors will eventually be phased into their Model Master line, but no time-line has been announced I'm aware of. The 'Mfg#' below are for Walthers. Even if you end up getting things elsewhere, it's a handy place to look over to see what's available.

The good news is, Tru-Color (Mfg#: 709) has virtually the entire line of railroad colors Floquil/Poly-S had, plus a few they didn't.

Alternatives to the Polyterrain and ballast items are available from Woodland Scenics (Mfg#: 785), and Northeastern Scale Lumber is still around (Mfg#: 521). You may be able to substitute the Faller #130171 Quarry Rail & Truck loader for the Gravel Tipple. "Don's Shoe Store" is out of production, but if you really want a shoe store, 'Smalltown USA' makes Vivian's Shoe Store (699-6013). Most of the other buildings are easily substituted with others that are similar in size.

Model Power is out of business, but DPM (Mfg#243) has an assortment of building kits that could substitute for the kits. In fact, they sell wall module packs that let you design your own buildings.

1965  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Brass Track on: February 22, 2015, 06:00:01 PM
Doh! Maybe it's time for new glasses.

Looks like brass HO track has fallen into the "Rare" hole on the Bay:

Which means you'll be able to buy a bunch more nickle silver track for the same money. And as long as it's code 100, it will line up fine with the old brass stuff if the OP really wants to keep it.

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