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2581  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track gauge adjustment on: May 27, 2011, 01:56:15 PM
If the rails are tipped outward, putting them out of gauge, you could use a Micro-Engineering or Kadee track gauge to hold the rails in gauge and upright. Then put a drop of gap-filling CA glue to the bottom of the rail, so it wicks between the rail and roadbed. Once it sets, the rails should stay in gauge.

If the problem is worn rails, e.g., the turnout is directly off a curve and the railhead has been worn away by passing trains, there's not much you can do short of replacing the turnout. This usually happens when running long steam engines, x-8-x, x-10-x, that create a lot of side pressure on the rails in tight curves.

2582  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: how to remotely control the Atlas #4 switche installed on my code 83 layout on: May 27, 2011, 01:26:40 AM
I think the original question had more to do with contolling switches with the OP's NCE DCC system than with Atlas switches per se. But it probably wouldn't hurt to ask in the Atlas DCC forum as well. Someone there may have additional insiight into using the NCE system to control switches.

2583  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: how to remotely control the Atlas #4 switche installed on my code 83 layout on: May 26, 2011, 07:24:24 PM
While Atlas #4 switches are "DCC compatible", they do not come with switch machines. So you'll need switch machines if you don't already have them. The Atlas switch machines are #583 ( left hand), #584 (right hand), and #64 for their under table machine that works with either. Or you can use another brand if you want, many opt for the Tortise slow-motion under table machines.

You then wire the switch machines to a DCC switch controller, which is in turn controlled by your DCC system. The NCE switch controllers can be seen at The Snap-It controls twin solinoid machines, like the Atlas, Bachmann, and Peco. The others are for Slo-Mo machines like the Tortise. You could also use a Digitraxx DS64, which will control up to 4 of either type. The DS64 can be controlled using hard wired DCC connection, you don't have to have Digitraxx's Loco-Net. I didn't see any EZ-Command switch controllers listed on the Product Info pages. Possibly because the decoder is built into the EZ-Track DCC switches.


2584  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 2-8-0 consolidation and 18" radius on: May 26, 2011, 10:34:21 AM
Since the "What radius?" question comes up a lot on the forums, and a lot of folks don't have a Bachmann catalog, it would be a 'good thing' if the recommended curve size info was included in the on-line Product Reference.

2585  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: tank car weight on: May 23, 2011, 09:39:44 AM
Using "Low Temp" hot melt glue in a gun that can do "Low Temp" should be fine. A "High Temp" glue gun may get the glue hot enough to melt something.

Personally, after getting the tank off the frame, I drill a hole along the center line and load it with a premeasured load of BB's and a shot of white glue to lock them in place. Rattle things around a bit to spread the glue out, let it set up overnight, remount to the frame, and it's good to go.

2586  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 30 degree crossing on: May 20, 2011, 01:38:04 PM

I laid it out with real track and discovered the joints on the curves are generally 'sloppy' enough to allow some flexibility on the length of the straight fitter piece. The joints between curves felt smoother with the 1-1/2in straight, but a train operated with no problems using the 2-1/4in piece once the joints were evened out. Go figure! Grin

2587  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 30 degree crossing on: May 18, 2011, 02:53:06 AM

I don't disagree with #1, I was just doing a 'quick & dirty' to see what it took to make a Fig-8 with the EZ-Track 30deg crossing. The 1/2 curves can really go anywhere off of each leg.

I used the RR-Track software, and it came up with a 1-1/2in gap on each side between the curved legs on each side. If I get some time tomorrow I may lay it out using real track and see what it takes.

2588  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: bachmann manual turnouts on: May 17, 2011, 04:13:40 PM
Since the manual throw lever operates 90deg off from the Caboose ground throw slide, you might be able to set up a 'bell crank', like the RC plane folks use, to connect the two. The bell crank would turn the in/out motion of the ground throw to side-to-side motion for the switch lever.

2589  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 30 degree crossing on: May 17, 2011, 11:15:06 AM
The figure 8 would have to be a strange one, with extra curves to get the righe degree match, normally an 8 uses a 90, or sometimes a 60.

A Fig-8 with a 30deg crossing is pretty straight forward. Come off each leg of the crossing with 5 full 18in radius curves. Then file the gap with a 1.5in straight with a half (15deg) 18in radius curve on each side. Viola! You now have a 30deg crossing Fig-8 that's slightly over 3ft wide by 6ft long.

2590  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Degrees of curve to run parallel track from a #6 turnout on: May 09, 2011, 12:04:44 PM
If this is a permanent layout, another option would be to use flex track on cork to create an "easement", rather than a fixed radius, between the curve and switch.

2591  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: changing couplers on: May 04, 2011, 12:44:26 PM
You should be able to swap them out with EZ-Mate Mk-II's, Kadee #5's, or #148 couplers.

If the couplers are mounted to a bracket that plugs into the metal chassis, it's easiest to removed the entire bracket before popping the coupler cover off and removing the horn-hook. If the coupler box is part of the chassis, there will either be a plastic pin or small screw holding the cover on. Remove it, remove the cover, swap out the coupler and replace the cover.


2592  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: rails to use with a bridge on: May 03, 2011, 01:07:39 PM
You're welcome. And if you think this hobby is costly, check out the price of a decent set of golf clubs and green fees!! Grin

2593  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: rails to use with a bridge on: May 03, 2011, 10:51:16 AM
If you're just using the trestle you can use a code 100 9in straight piece of sectional track for the bridge. The trestle is designed for the ties to slide under the tabs on the sides of the "walkways". If the rails don't line up with the EZ-Track, just shim the ends of the bridge a bit until they do.

The code number refers to the height of the rail, without the ties, in thousanths of an inch. "Cd" is often used as a shorthand way of writing code. So Cd83 track has rails that are 83/1000's (0.083) of an inch high. Cd100 rails are 100/1000 (0.100) inches high, and so on. It's a lot easier to ask for code 83 track instead of asking for the track with the 83/1000 inch high rails. It should be noted the code number is strictly a reference to the rail height, and has nothing to do with scales.

Adapative, or transistion, rail joiners are designed specifically for joining different code rails together. The most commonly seen is the Atlas #551 Transition Joiner for connecting Cd83 to Cd100 track. It has a slight bend in it to compensate for the 0.017in difference in rail size. That's one nice thing about Atlas Cd83 track, they add that 0.017in difference to the thickness of the ties, so the railhead lines up with their Cd100 track. Most other brands of Cd83 track have thinner ties and have to be shimmed to get the railheads aligned.

2594  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: rails to use with a bridge on: May 03, 2011, 06:09:20 AM
The 931-802 Bridge & Trestle kit is the same, except for the color plastic used, as the old Tyco Bridge & Trestle kit. I suspect Walthers ended up with the old Tyco tooling for this, and a few other pieces.

It's designed to work, and looks best, with code 100 sectional track pieces installed. Since EZ-Track uses code 100 rail, code 100 sectional track from the trestle should line right up with ground level EZ-Track if you leave out the end ramp, and possibly the first trestle.

Be aware these trestles were designed to be fastened down to a table top, not used free standing.
2595  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Isolating two loops using EZ Track #6 Crossovers on: May 03, 2011, 05:43:14 AM

It is possible to modify these crossovers for DC operation. Changes have to be made to the connections underneath the crossover. David Harrison has an explanation of what needs to be done on his web page at:,_The_Need_For_Speed/Modeling_Techniques.html The instructions are way down towards the bottom of the page. You may need to copy the pictures and blow them up a bit, as they're a bit hard to see on the web page.


When is someone at Bachmann going to figure out they'll sell a lot more of these crossovers if they redesign them with removable jumpers to isolate the sides for DC operation?? Or, at the least, include instructions for modifying them in the box?

I've always wondered why whoever at Bachmann thought only people using DCC on their layouts would be interested in these crossovers?? Especially when, even now, DCC users are still in the minority of HO & N modelers.

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