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1981  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track grade on: December 30, 2014, 09:24:29 AM
Most standard 'Up-and-Over' type pier sets used for Figure-8 layouts on a 4x8 table give roughly a 3% grade. This is considered steep, and limits your operations considerablly. A 4% grade is extremely steep, and generally only seen in 'back woods' logging operation type layouts.

If you have the room, grades between 2% and 2.5% should be the maximum used. Most model locos can handle them, while pulling a decent size train, with no problems. Of course, on the prototype, a 2% grade would be considered a problem, as they try to keep grades in the 1% or less range if at all possible.

Oh, if you're wondering, '% grade' is just Rise divided by Run times 100, or 100(Rise/Run), where Run is normally specified as 100 to simplify the math, but could be any distance. So a 100" run of track that rises 3" would give (3/100)=0.03*100=3% grade. Simple.

1982  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann to tyco couplers/controllers on: December 30, 2014, 01:05:51 AM

For the old Bachmann cars with the odd size hole in the horn hook, drill out the Life-Like coupler mounting hole. There's enough extra plastic around the hole to do it.

I haven't done one in a while, so don't remember the drill size off the top of my head. If you have a set of 'number' drill bits, find the one with a shank that just fits the LL coupler mounting hole. Use the next larger size to drill out the hole, and the Bachmann mounting screws should fit. If not, go up one more size.

1983  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 29, 2014, 05:39:39 PM
Depending on the loco/motor combination, you should be able to use either the 1.76" Ball-to-Pin [ATH49060] or 1.39" Ball-to-Pin [ATH48060] drive shafts. Measure your old shafts to be sure which to use. They're listed for specific locos, but as long as the lenth matches they'll work with the new motors in old 'Blue Box' locos.

1984  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: tackle or tool box for train tools on: December 29, 2014, 01:02:57 PM
Before I was able to set up a dedicated work bench, I used one of these for many years. Picture for illustration purposes only, I got mine at a local craft shop.

1985  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann to tyco couplers/controllers on: December 29, 2014, 12:56:47 PM
jbrock27 - Unfortunately the LL knucles use plastic springs. So don't park a train going down hill, so the couplers are pushed open, and leave it over night. The spring will take a set, and not keep the knucle closed. Sort of like the original EZ-Mate couplers. Other than that, they work fine until you get around to upgrading to body mounted couplers. Even backing moves are less likely to derail than using horn-hooks.

ALCO0001 - Couldn't agree more. If nothing else, you don't have to worry about practicing your modeling techniques on a $1 Tyco car before getting into upgrading old Bachmann, Athearn, etc.

1986  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann to tyco couplers/controllers on: December 29, 2014, 11:34:19 AM
I've upgraded most of them with knuckle couplers, either using the Life-Like ones...

Life-Like makes knuckle couplers?


They are designed to be direct replacements for the horn-hooks with the small mounting hole use in old Bachmann, Tyco, Life-Like, etc. cars with talgo mounted horn-hook couplers. For Tyco, and a couple of others, you need to clip 1/16" - 1/8" off the end of the whiskers to fit the coupler box correctly and not bind.

1987  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann to tyco couplers/controllers on: December 28, 2014, 09:13:54 PM
A 'truck tuning' tool does a lot to improve the rolling performance of older cars with plastic trucks. Even if you leave the original wheels in. Micro-Mark also offers a similar tool. Replacing plastic wheels with metal ones also makes a big difference. And can effect how often you have to clean your rails.

I got into refurbishing old Tyco, Life-Like, Athearn, etc., when the uncle who got me into HO as a kid passed away several years ago. He left me three boxes of the stuff, and the first thing I wanted to do was add knuckle couplers. This was before Life-Like came out with their small mounting hole knuckles.

There was definately a learning curve at first. But know I can do the basics, body mount coupler, screw mounted trucks with metal wheels, in about an hour. Cars I decide to go all the way with, trim off the molded detail and install wire grabs, etc., take an afternoon. Not counting repainting. I don't do a lot of those, when the trains moving you don't really notice anyway.

Now I pick up the Tyco, etc., cars for $1 or so at the local train shows and refurbish them for kids who don't have the skills, or budget, yet.

1988  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 28, 2014, 08:54:15 PM
I've found the cheapest place to find what they call, Quick Disconnects, is the local autoparts store. Unlike Radio Shack, the autoparts place sells seperate packs of male and female connectors. And you save the shipping charge, which is often more than the cost of the connectors.

1989  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: Ready to run sets on: December 28, 2014, 04:30:22 PM
Except a few years back Lionel, when they went completely to FasTrack in their sets, announced they were no longer using the the 'O' and 'O27' terminology. They switched to 'Standard O' and 'Traditional O' instead.

And yes, a lot of folks came into the LHS looking for 'Standard Gauge' (the prewar big stuff) track, locos, and rolling stock. Unfortunately, several other companies and retailers, as well as TCA folks, have also started using Lionel's new terminology. So it can get confusing.

Personally, I still prefer 'O' and 'O27' to differrentiate the 1:48 from the 1:50 (or there abouts) equipment. Keeping in mind that with the 1-1/4" actual gauge 3-rail track, we're actually operating on "1:48 scale" 5ft gauge railroads. Grin

1990  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: GP-9 Grinding noise on: December 28, 2014, 04:19:22 PM

If that was an older loco, at some point they changed from a 3.0mm to a 3.5mm screw on the newer upgrade kits. That's probably why you had to drill out the mounting deck.

1991  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 28, 2014, 03:33:21 PM
So Len, will those still work for the purpose I am looking for?  If so, do you have a part # for that assembly?  Thanks again.

If you're just looking to fill the empty hole and get light out, no, the DW part's not what you want. They provide complete headlight assemblies, with shades, MARS light, etc., of specific road types, e.g., Southern Pacific, Nickle Plate, etc., that do not include the lens. You have to get the lens separate, and may have to do some surgery to allow a separate headlight/MARS light LEDs to be mounted.

DW's mfg# on Walthers is 229. Use keyword 'light' to see what they've got.

1992  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 28, 2014, 12:39:06 PM
The bronze clips on top and bottom are technically brush spring retainers. They come with replacement motors, and are no longer available separately. You may find them somewhere that carries parts for old Athearn locos.

Poke around the Athearn 'parts' page a bit, the new motors [ATH84086] aren't all that expensive. You will need the new mounting pads/screw kit [ATH84028], and the 'dog bone' end drive shafts [ATH49060] to fit the flywheels though. Other than that, they are a 'drop in' replacement for the old motors. Not exactly 'can' motors, but better than the old open frame stuff.

Details West makes headlight assemblies, and lenses for them, not the slip in lenses to plug directly into the F7A body.


1993  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 9 pin decoders on: December 28, 2014, 11:03:55 AM
The 21 Pin MTC decoders are mainly used in European locos. They actually use a 22-pin connector, with one pin blanked out to force proper orientation during installation. The NMRA recognizes it as a 'defacto' standard, but stopped recommending it's use in 2010.

21 Pin MTC is slowly being phased out in favor of the PluX (PluX8/12/16/22) standard, which is being adopted by both the NMRA and NEM.

1994  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 28, 2014, 10:51:07 AM
M V Products makes an F7 headlight lens. Walthers carries them, but they're out of stock until mid-January next year. Mfg#: 516 Item#: 11.

You can also get the window set (ATH11016) directly from Athearn and use a piece of sprue to make your own headlight lens.

1995  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum GP30 noise on: December 28, 2014, 09:04:42 AM
The Athearn motor brushes (ATH90037) are out of stock until March 2015. They're $11.98 for a bag of 24. The brush springs (ATH84014) are currently in stock. They're $8.98 for a bag of 36.

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