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1966  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:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/181667158628?lpid=82&chn=ps

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.

Len
1967  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any HO use found for vinyl mini blind louvers? on: February 22, 2015, 05:50:13 PM
If your modeling modern, the only thing I can think of would be gas station pump canopies. Or maybe to create the "hump" for an abandoned track right of way. Tunnel liner? Hot Wheel track?

Or donate them to a Habitat Restore if you have one in the area.

Len
1968  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Brass Track on: February 22, 2015, 05:37:04 PM
It would have been nice if the OP mentioned what scale he's looking for.

Maybe he's a Large Scaler, there about the only ones with manufacturers still offering brass track.

Len
1969  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Technical Department's Advice on DCC Programming on: February 22, 2015, 04:11:01 PM
Sorry, didn't mean to get so far into left field. I was just trying to respond to Hunt's comment regarding CV read problems with Digitrax systems in general, and DCS50/51 systems in particular.

Len
1970  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Unit A & B Consist on: February 22, 2015, 04:04:20 PM
Roger, you're not the only one that's cheap. Although I perfer the word frugal.

Len
1971  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any HO use found for vinyl mini blind louvers? on: February 22, 2015, 01:46:20 PM
Do you have recycling in your area? That would be a better option than the landfill.

Len
1972  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Figure 8 layout on: February 22, 2015, 08:08:40 AM
If it derails in one direction, but not the other, check for flash or other junk between the guardrail and stock rail. Also make sure the rail joiners on the side it derails from are actually on both rails, and not sliding under one of them.

Len
1973  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann Technical Department's Advice on DCC Programming on: February 22, 2015, 08:04:11 AM
The answers to the main DCS50/51 programming issues can be found searching their Tech Support page.

The one most relavent to Bachmann locos would concern Tsunami decoders, and is found here:

http://www.digitrax.com/tsd/KB33/programming-soundtraxx-tsunami-decoders-with-digit/

The 'low current draw' decoder solution is here. Even though the article mentions Atlas N scale, the issue involves all low current draw decoders:

http://www.digitrax.com/tsd/KB362/atlas-dcc-decoder-programming-problem-d-nd-on-dcs-/

There is also an issue with conflicting directions on how to progam 4-digit addresses using different throttles and systems.This is what worked for me, including Bachmann locos, using a DCS50 during the 14 years my shop was open:

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Put the locomotive on the Zephyr's 'Program Track'.

A. Press PROG and Page should come up,press LOCO to get Ad4,
Enter the 4 digit address number (####) then press CV-WR and EXIT.
It should be programmed and you should not have to do anything else.

B. If for some reason it still does not want to run, place it back on the Program Track,
   press PROG and get Page,
   then press STEPS, then press 29,
   then press STEPS, then press 38
   and then press CV-WR and EXIT.

Repeat the steps in A. above.
Try the loco on the layout track (connected to Rail A & B).

The one exception to the above is Tower 55 locos, if you have one check the Digitrax site for a 'How To' on programming 4-digit addresses with the DCS-50/51.

Len

1974  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: My Old Repair Shop on: February 21, 2015, 03:59:41 PM
I learned real quick, if I wanted to find anything the next morning, to pick it up and put it away before I left for the day. Grin

When you've got three repair jobs going at the same time, it's easy for things to get lost in the clutter.

Len
1975  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: graduated pier set for On30 village sets on: February 21, 2015, 02:18:22 PM
The EZ-Track graduated  pier set includes the pieces to go up and come back down. The problem is, it's a fairly steep grade that some locos have trouble climbing.

The suggestion of combining two sets of piers, if you have the room, is to ease the grade for the EZ-Track. Doing this makes the distance to go up, and then back down, longer.

Measure the height difference between adjacent piers in a set. Find another use for the tallest piers in one set, then make shims half that thickness of the height difference and put them under the remaining piers of that set. Starting from the tallest regular pier, alternate regular (R) and shimmed (S) piers using the standard spacing. So you end up with: Top of Grade R-S-R-S-R-S-R Bottom of Grade until your level again.

Len
1976  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / My Old Repair Shop on: February 21, 2015, 02:05:43 PM
I was cleaning files off my old repair shop computer, and came across some pictures from when I first set up back in 2001 I thought you might find interesting. This is before I got the milling machine, resistance soldering unit, and a few other goodies.

Early repair shop layout:

Right side, with mulitscale test bench. Throttles and DCC systems are in the drawers:



Left side with workbench, Arduk tester for 3-rail stuff, and toolboard:



Better shot of the tool board:



Final floor plan with new benches for additional equipment. For some reason, I never took pictures of this layout:



Now I just need the weather to warm up, and my daughter and grandkids to move out, so I get this stuff out of the garage and into a spare bedroom next to the layout room.

Len
1977  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Help replacing E-Z mate couplers on engine on: February 21, 2015, 11:42:21 AM
Greg,

You almost got the picture posting, but 'Dropbox' is more for posting pictures for others to download. It's not set up to be very friendly for linking pictures to other sites. It can be done:



But it's a convoluted process. Using Firefox, you have to right click on the page with the picture, select 'View Page Info', then copy the very long URL that gives the actual location where Drop Box stored the picture. Which isn't the same as the one you download from. And paste that into your post with the [i m g[]/i m g] (no spaces) tags.

Photobucket is much more "User Friendly" for being able to link pictures to other sites. They give you various URL's, like picture location, right next to the picture. Or you can just right click on the picture and select 'Save image location', which Dropbox doesn't allow. Right clicking there just gets you a "Download" button.

And like others have said, the little clip directly under the doorway diaphram can be spread with a small screwdriver, or heavy toothpick, and it pops off allowing the coupler box to open.

Hope to see more pictures.

Len
1978  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track profile book on: February 21, 2015, 11:23:03 AM
Trainman203 said:
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If you can find such a book, it would be a gold mine of information to turn an average model railroad into an operationally viable recreation of a real railroad.

And just where does one find such a book??

Len
1979  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Multiple locomotives on multiple DCC Tracks on: February 21, 2015, 11:19:31 AM
A couple of more questions:

Have you verified the power lead to the inside rail of one loop goes to the same Power Cab connection as the inside rail of the other loop? If the inside rail of one loop goes to the connection for the outside rail of the other, one loop at a time will work, but not both as the locos on the track will create a short.

You don't mention a short indication though, so:

Does the Bachmann have sound, or is it just a basic motor control and lights decoder?

Does the BLI loco have sound, sound and smoke, or just a basic motor control and lights decoder?

If both locos have sound, and especially if the BLI also has smoke, you may be pushing the upper limits of the Power Cab's 2amp power supply and need to add a 5 amp booster. Yeah, I know, almost all control systems say, "Will operate X trains at the same time.", but that's for straight motor control with lights decoders. Not necessarily for power hog sound decoders.

Len
1980  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Time for a "DCC" Discusion Board on: February 21, 2015, 11:06:11 AM
Gotcha Len.  Smiley

Still think it's a good idea, too bad other members are not contributing to this conversation.

Cheers

Roger T.

Well, Yardmaster said:
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It's a good idea. We will see what we can do.

Guess we'll just have to see what happens.

Len
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