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1996  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: planning a new layout / layout tables on: January 03, 2015, 03:47:21 PM
1" would work, but doesn't give as much flexibility for river valleys as 2", or even 4", would.

Len
1997  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: planning a new layout / layout tables on: January 03, 2015, 02:34:24 PM
If you can find an old Ping-Pong table, with the 3/8" or 1/2" plywood top, it would be okay to use.

The new ones, with the 1/8", or thereabouts, hardboard tops tend to droop and develop waves over time. You could probably use one as a base for 2" pink or blue insulating foam to build a layout on.

Len
1998  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: still need help,,,trying to configure a branch or spur line to park an engine. on: January 03, 2015, 01:39:09 PM
One comment on the 205 Connector. The picture jbrock27 links to shows 'Common Rail' wiring, using a single wire, for turning power on/off to DC blocks.

The 205 Connector switches can also be used with two wires, requiring both rails be isolated, to turn power on/off to DCC Power Districts and blocks. Which simplifies troubleshooting when trying to find the pin dropped across the rails while working on scenary.

Len
 
1999  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Convert Hook and Loop couplers to Knuckle couplers on: January 03, 2015, 01:20:13 PM
This Ribu 502 adaptor might work: http://www.trainaidsa.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=156

I've never used one on a passenger car, only some Thomas freight cars, so can't say for sure it will work with the HE.

Len
2000  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: question on: January 03, 2015, 10:03:08 AM
Interesting video on the Troy Union RR in the 1956 - 1959 time period at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw8AnDnDmwI

A bit of history here too: http://penneyvanderbilt.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/troy-union-railroad/

Len
2001  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: inclines and train not climbing on: January 03, 2015, 09:23:22 AM
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The scene came on where the train does a VERY STEEP and TIGHT spiral up a mountain.

Getting a 2-8-4 Berkshire pulling 8 - 12 (it varies through the movie) heavyweight cars up a very steep and tight spiral only happens when they belong to people who can also get reindeer to fly! Grin

Len
2002  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Convert Hook and Loop couplers to Knuckle couplers on: January 03, 2015, 09:16:39 AM
Coupler availability isn't the problem with the Hogwarts Express conversion. It's the amount of 'surgery' and modifications involved to get it done.

Much simpler to get one of the coaches MilwaukeeRoadfan261 mentions and make a coupler of 'hook & loop to knuckle' conversion cars using the Bachmann or Kadee NEM shank knuckle couplers.

Personally, I wish Bachmann would start using NEM pockets on the Thomas & Friends, and other European based, locos and rolling stock they're producing. It would make life a lot easier for us folks that keep getting asked to make it work with "American" equipment people already have.
 
Len
2003  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: inclines and train not climbing on: January 03, 2015, 08:16:07 AM
I think the riser/pier set discussion got started because of this line in the original post back in December by Bill, "I have a Bachmann "Jingle Bells Express" set and added track and the graduated piers."

Bill can confirm one way or the other, if he's still paying attention, but my suspicion is he was building a temporary Christmas layout. Not something permanent that might offer better options than using a pier set.

Len
2004  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: inclines and train not climbing on: January 02, 2015, 08:51:39 PM
Jerry,

I gave him the grade based on the measurements provided, the grade formula, and common pier set grades in post #23 above. Here it is again:

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(3.5:" rise/52" run)*100 = 6.7% grade.

The Bachmann 18pc pier set gives a grade of approximately 3.1%, the Atlas set, which as more pieces giving a longer run, is roughly 2.6%. Of course the Atlas set doesn't work very well with EZ-Track.

Based on the "run" number, I suspect he's using the 16 piece pier set that's better being used as a "trestle" to cross a valley than for up and over layouts. The 18 piece set's better for that, even better with the shim modified two set configuration I described.

Len


Len
2005  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: im just a grandmother, please help! on: January 02, 2015, 02:55:30 PM
Doh! Forgot to mention the short possibility.

Quick way to find out. Take the train completely off the track, and make sure there are no pins, needles, etc., laying across the track. If that stops the blinking, there's a short.

If taking the train off stopped the blinking, put the loco on the track by itself to see if it's the problem. If not, try the cars one at a time until you find the one causing the problem.

Let us know what you find.

Len
2006  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: im just a grandmother, please help! on: January 02, 2015, 02:35:18 PM
The magnet is normally for using the uncoupling feature of the EZ-Mate couplers.

If lights are blinking, your controller may be in programming or function mode. Pressing the 'Stop' button should get it out of programming mode and back to normal mode. If that doesn't clear the blinking, press the funtion button to exit function mode.

If the blinking lights stopped, press the '3' button to select address 3, which is the default address from the factory. Turn the throttle up, and the loco should move.

The EZ-Command manual has detailed instructions on how to use the function feature to trigger different sounds.

Len


2007  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Coupler problems? on: January 02, 2015, 02:07:00 PM
My '1860' style cars use medium center shank couplers.

Len
2008  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: inclines and train not climbing on: January 02, 2015, 11:58:49 AM
(3.5:" rise/52" run)*100 = 6.7% grade.

The Bachmann 18pc pier set gives a grade of approximately 3.1%, the Atlas set, which as more pieces giving a longer run, is roughly 2.6%. Of course the Atlas set doesn't work very well with EZ-Track.

If you have the room, one way to ease the grade for EZ-Track is to use two sets of Bachmann piers. 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.

Just remember you run is going to increase quite a bit as the grade comes down.

Len
2009  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO NS gp50 on: January 02, 2015, 11:42:12 AM
Ok. Thank you for your reply. I will avoid this loco as it does not fit my needs. Is it safe to say that this locomotive likley has similar issues
http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/Bachmann-HO-EMD-GP40-Con-p/bac-63516.htm


The motor in the GP40 is isolated from the chassis, so installing a decoder is pretty straight forward. It's not "DCC Ready", so a 'hardwire' installation involving some soldering will be required. And the picture at the link you gave shows the loco already has knuckle couplers.

The locomotive is different, but the installation method of whatever decoder you use is pretty much the same as this:

http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/HO_Scale/Bachmann/Baldwin_RF-16_Shark/Baldwin_RF-16_Shark.html

Len
2010  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO ALCO 2-6-0 Mogul on: January 02, 2015, 11:34:03 AM
It may just need some break in time to smooth it out. It's generally accepted practice to run a new loco with no cars for about 30 - 45 minutes in forward, varying the speed occasionally. Then run it in reverse for the same amount of time. This gives the gears, and mechanism, a chance to smooth out.

If it's still jerky after that, then the running gear may be binding, and it probably does need to be serviced. This is what Bachmann's warranty says about that:

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Items less than a year old are fully covered and will be serviced or replaced at no charge when accompanied with registration card and proof of purchase.

Len
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