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2431  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Inexpensive cheap replacement motor / drives on: February 07, 2009, 04:59:51 PM
If that's a Life-Like diesel with a 35xx cab number you may be able to get a replacement motor from Life-Like through Walthers. Contact their Customer Service folks at 1-800-487-2467 to check availability. Probably run you $12 - $15 plus S&H if they have them.

2432  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Kaydee Couplers on: February 02, 2009, 07:19:00 AM
FYI for those who prefer metal couplers when doing conversions, the KD #47 is the metal equivelant of the plastic KD #27.

2433  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Layout planning software/programs? on: January 31, 2009, 02:08:41 AM
Also, if you go with the free Atlas RTS8.0 use the 'True-Track' library.

This will avoid the problem Joe mentions, since the 1/3-18in radius section with the switches is locked into an outward curve the same as on EZ-Track.

2434  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: more questions on #6 crossovers on: January 26, 2009, 10:53:04 AM
You mean after all this time Bachmann still doesn't include instructions for converting these things for straight DC power in the box? Sheesh!

2435  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: General Question Re: Roundhouse Rolling Stock on: January 23, 2009, 03:21:49 PM
Didn't say there weren't Roundhouse kits out there, just the new production under Horizon is all RTR. As someone else mentioned, some Roundhouse tooling is now used on Athearn 'blue boxes' kits now.

2436  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wire gauge for splicing in extensions on: January 23, 2009, 02:11:06 PM
Why not just use the 10ft extensions available for both?

PN: 44498 for the 10ft Red Power Extension

PN: 44598 for the 10ft Green Switch Extension

2437  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: General Question Re: Roundhouse Rolling Stock on: January 23, 2009, 11:22:58 AM
Since Roundhouse was taken over by Horizon, there are no more kits. All Roundhouse cars are RTR now.

2438  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Insulated joiner size for ez track on: January 21, 2009, 01:01:27 PM
Actually, I think Gene meant to say was rail height in 1000th's of an inch. It's easier to say code 83 rail than 83 thousandths high rail.

Short of rail heights:

Code55 = 0.055in
Code65 = 0.065in
Code70 = 0.070in
Code83 = 0.083in
Code100 = 0.100in

2439  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiring a smoke generator to a dcc decoder? on: January 12, 2009, 10:31:35 AM

I went and looked in one of he AF locos I converted a while back, and your correct about the diode. I did them long enough ago I forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

2440  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiring a smoke generator to a dcc decoder? on: January 10, 2009, 03:38:50 PM
Then like I said, there should be room for a low control voltage solid state or micro-sized relay rated to control 12VDC to handle the track power to the smoke unit. Then you can use the decoder function output to trigger the control side of the relay.

I've done this with some old American Flyer locos that I converted to DC can motors and DCC control. The decoder only has to supply a volt or two to trigger the relay. The main relay contacts actually handle the track voltage to the smoke unit.

2441  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 20 in. and 24 in. radius HO Track on: January 10, 2009, 12:59:17 PM
Atlas makes 24in radius sectional track in their Code 83 and True-Track lines.

2442  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiring a smoke generator to a dcc decoder? on: January 10, 2009, 12:57:28 PM
You don't say whose smoke generator your using, and some of them can pull a hefty current load, regardless of operating voltage.

You might want to consider using the function output of the decoder to trigger a relay on/off that actually controls the power to the smoke unit, rather that connecting it directly to the decoder.

2443  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Layout planning software/programs? on: January 08, 2009, 11:12:53 AM
I use RR-Track at the store to help folks figure out if their plan drawn on a napkin will really work. They are pretty good about keeping the track libraries updated with new items, and updates are free.

2444  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coupler issue on: January 07, 2009, 10:58:35 AM
Life-Like has a new knuckle coupler that's a direct replacement for the horn-hooks with a small mounting hole.

You can see a pic at:

Unfortunately, they're sold out until early March. Life-Like under estimated the demand, and the first production run sold out in two months.

2445  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Warning sticker on the back of boxes on: January 02, 2009, 05:36:52 PM
There is a good summation of the Prop 65 fiasco, and why it's simpler for manufacturers to slap the labels on everything, on this page:

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