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2011  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: turnout switches on: February 16, 2015, 03:43:38 PM
The short piece is straight, and just extends the length of the diverging leg while "blending" the roadbed. I don't have a #5 to be able to measure the short section, but it looks about 1-3/4" long in the picture.

If you want to use a curve section instead, you'd have to cut the angle on the roadbed yourself.

The angle of a #5 switch is 12 degrees, which doesn't match any of the smaller radius curves. So if you want to use a curve to create a parallel track, you'll have to cut one down yourself. It's not hard to do, I explained the technique to someone else here:,29354.msg216104.html#msg216104

For operational reliability, I would suggest cutting down a 22" radius curve, rather than an 18" radius curve.

2012  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Suggestion for #5 "Yard" Turnout on: February 16, 2015, 12:11:28 AM
Though I've not chosen to undertake the task, there is no reason you could not modify ez track and shorten it. just make sure to measure correctly and be VERY careful, and It would probably work fine. Of course you risk destroying a 25+ dollar turnout if you mess up. If you intend to do so, I'd recommend practicing on a spare piece of track like a straight you have lying around.

Did you actually read "Reply #3" in this thread??

2013  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New HO layout for the local model train museum! on: February 15, 2015, 10:09:05 PM

You don't say what area you'll be modeling, but if it involves Illinois you should check this out:

Lots of cardstock models of historical buildings.

I'll have to dig the URL out of my old computer, but there's another site with free downloads of actual railroad structures to print and make your own cardstock buildings with. It also includes instructions on adding glueing tabs, etc., to your own photos into printable cardstock buildings.

2014  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Small switch yard layout on: February 15, 2015, 09:34:17 PM
Len, On your design, could you move the yard turnout to the left one section & make the yard that much bigger?

I could, but kd said he was putting the turnout near the middle of the oval.

2015  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Dynamis Help! on: February 15, 2015, 09:32:21 PM
This sounds like you've got a bad Dynamis.

Do you have a friend with a DCC layout? If so, try the loco there. If it works, your Dynamis needs to go to Bachmann Service.


2016  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Small switch yard layout on: February 15, 2015, 08:28:30 PM

I agree, but KD said he already had the regular switches. That's why I did the diagram the way I did.

I just started another thread suggesting Bachmann come out with a "Yard size" #5 switch that's shorter than the current one, to make building yards easier.

2017  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: QSI Sound and DCC conversion on: February 15, 2015, 08:07:50 PM
The K-Line cars with the remote use track power to operate the mechanism once a radio signal is received from the K-Line remote. I don't own any WBB operating cars, but they are probably the same if they use the K-Line system.

2018  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Suggestion for #5 "Yard" Turnout on: February 15, 2015, 07:59:58 PM

I'm just trying to suggest an addition to the EZ-Track line.

One I believe will sell with those who aren't comfortable doing surgery on their track. Or who want the convience of not having to use a razor saw on half a dozen switches to get a compact yard.

I've cut down a lot of EZ-Track for various reasons over the years. But it's not something people should have to do on a regular basis to get a yard with tracks that aren't 5" apart to fit a 4x8.

And a quick forum search will show variations on "how do I get my yard/siding tracks closer together" is a fairly common request.

Here's a quick comparison of the current EZ-Track #5, Shinohara #5, and Peco #5 (squares are 6"):

If Bachmann came out with something between the Peco and Shinohara size, smaller would be better, it would make a lot of people happy.

2019  Discussion Boards / HO / Suggestion for #5 "Yard" Turnout on: February 15, 2015, 04:16:39 PM
#5 turnouts are great for building yards, but...

The Backmann EZ-Track #5 turnouts are just too long. They're fine for hignspeed mainline crossovers, but they just take up too much space to be practical in a yard.

What's needed is something along the lines of what Atlas did with their Code 83 #6 switches. The "Super Track" version has a long diverging leg, for mainline use, while the "Custom Line" version has a much shorter diverging leg for yard use. Assuming you have space to use #6 switches in a yard.

Looking at the existing #5, what's needed in EZ-Track  is a version of the #5 that has a diverging route that ends around the 3rd long tie from the end. It wouldn't hurt to bring the straight route back to the 2nd long tie from the end either.

This would create a switch that lets people build practical yards with EZ-Track, instead of using other brands to build a yard on plywood and splice it into an EZ-Track layout.


2020  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Connecting power to track on: February 15, 2015, 03:08:42 PM
If you'll only be using what's in the Track Pack, one power connection should be fine. If you start expanding, you'll probably need to add additional feeders. Kalmbach Publishing and Atlas both have good books on wiring small layouts. You can order them direct, Amazon, or through your local book store.

2021  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Connecting power to track on: February 15, 2015, 03:00:12 PM
The two screws labeled "VARIABLE" on the MRC 501 are used for track power.

The track pack should have included a red power connection wire with a flat connector on one end, and either a mini-phone plug or two spade lugs on the other.

The flat black connector of the red wire plugs into the terminal/rerailer track section. Make sure it seats completely into the track section. If the other end has two spade lugs, they go to the "VARIABLE" screws on the MRC 501, one under each screw.

If the end of the red wire has a mini-phone plug, you basically have three options:

1. Cut the phone plug off, strip the ends of the wires, and put the wires direction under the "VARIABLE" screws.

2. Order a power wire with spade lugs from Backmann. It can be found here:

3. Solder feeder wires directly to the track and don't use the red wire at all.

Almost forgot, the "16VAC" terminals are for accessories like switch controllers, etc. The "12VDC" terminals were originally for an add-on expansion throttle that's no longer available. It can also be used for accessories, in particular building lights using 12V lamps, and Tortoise 'Slow Motion' switch machines that operate using DC.


2022  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Small switch yard layout on: February 15, 2015, 02:42:13 PM
Also, here's another idea for a double oval with yard. Note the section of inner loop between the crossovers doubles as a switching lead for the yard. The grey square shown on the yard throat is a coupler magnet location. You'd probably want to put others to allow cars to be set out in the passing siding.


2023  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: turnout switches on: February 15, 2015, 02:38:47 PM
Try attaching a regular piece of track to the diverging leg of a #5 turnout. You'll find the road gets in the way, so you can't connect it properly. The included short section is to give you a piece of track that has the correct angle to cut on already marked, so you don't have to experiment with a regular section. You could also use it as a guide to make a cardboard template for cutting the correct angle on any other track section you wanted to attach to the #5.

2024  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Small switch yard layout on: February 15, 2015, 02:10:24 PM

A couple of questions, when you say you have a double oval layout, does it have crossovers between the ovals?

And do the "two left DCC turnouts, and one right DCC turn out" include the left turnout to get from the inner loop to the yard? Or are they in addition to the left turnout from the inner loop?

2025  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Any Ideas regarding turnout and trailing truck on: February 15, 2015, 10:25:27 AM
If you have a Michaels or AC Moore craft shop in your area, you should be able to find small files there. Either in the tools or jewelry making section.

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