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751  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: BLI - Blueline HO - UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 - Sound not working in DCC on Digitrax on: July 29, 2008, 08:50:27 PM
Good Evening Yampa Bob .  I don't think your losing your mind any faster than the rest of us . Yes it did seem that the train and decoder were working  fine everywhere but his home layout and yes he should have take his controller in along with the rest.  When things are going to Hell it  takes a very good trouble shooting plan to find whats wrong . One should resist the urge to panic and follow a logical procedure.  Hang loose but hang in.
John II
752  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Layout pics on: July 28, 2008, 03:45:24 AM
Nice work and well thought out selection of pictures. John II
753  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 1960 Model Trains Magazine. on: July 27, 2008, 08:41:12 PM
Plastic molding  has improved considerably  in 30 + years.  Used to have a similar problem with Plastic Ship models  " Airfix Models" used to have the most brittle plastic & the most Flash on their parts.   Revell had the best. Bandai were good but had instructions  in Japaneze English ;Aurora & Lindberg weren't Bad  either .
754  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A MAJOR list! on: July 27, 2008, 08:31:23 PM
I would like to add the following Railroads from the Chicago Area:

Aurora Elgin & Fox River Electric    Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal
Belt Railway of Chicago                 Chicago & Eastern Illinois
Chicago & Illinis Western              Chicago Great Western
Chicago & Western Indiana          Chicago Aurora & Elgin
Chicago Heights Terminal Transfer   Chicago Short Line
Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee    Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago West Pullman & Southern   Elgin Joliet & Eastern
Gulf Mobil & Ohio                              Grand Trunk Western
Indian Hill & Iron Range                    Indiana Harbor Belt
Illinois Northern                                Manufacturers' Junction
Monon                                               Soo Lines

Please Forgive any Duplications. Tried to weed out the larger Lines 

John II
755  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Elevating a section of track on HO on: July 24, 2008, 10:51:17 PM
Probably in the range of 1.5 to 2 % would be acceptible ; any more  starts leading to slippage and reduced towing capacity.
756  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Train Quiz. on: July 24, 2008, 10:38:25 PM
Did they go down with the ship they were on?
757  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Beginner's Questions on: July 24, 2008, 11:35:00 AM
There definitely is an adapter for the Power-Loc Track . I bought several  since  I have  three  different brands of Track  : Power-Loc , E-Z Track . and Atlas  Code 100.   I do have several Types of couplers and am eventually going to change them all over to either  Bachmann  or Kadee just to eliminate the compatibilty problem . 
     I must admit that I like the way Power-Loc goes together , But it has too few types of track and switches  to make more than a beginners track .
758  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old Chicago Railroad Stations on: July 23, 2008, 11:17:19 AM
I'm going to look at The Milwaukee Station Price Later today , I'm doing furniture repair today.  I do have to admit it reminds me a little of the original   Chicago Union Passenger Depot  that was replaced by the current Station .  I did see a modified layout that  had  4 stub tracks North & South and One Through Track that would give you the flavor of the operation .  The throat tracks were much more possible to do without going broke and/ or crazy.  I do wish the tracks were more utilized , with Petrochemical prices as high as they currently are this may come about . Energy policies head a long list of government  policies  that are rationally bankrupt . 
     I like the look of that new tranfer table too.
759  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Vandy tenders for 2-10-2 and 4-8-2 on: July 23, 2008, 10:49:32 AM
Having been an inspector for many years , wiring codes do make a differents.   While  I admit that many things can be handled by simply numbering the wires ,  wiremarkers do fall off eventually .  I  do remember most of the connector  cables we  terminated  for Railroad Equipment
( Prototype ) were done in single color  with markers .    But we also made & terminated  cables that had well over  a hundred  pins and most of the cable wires  were colorcoded .    Since contact position and color code were specified  you had to make sure they matched . Thank God I had automated
equipment to do the continuity , hypot , IR  ; for some customers we even had to have print outs from the machine  to verify the results .
760  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Beginner's Questions on: July 23, 2008, 10:17:47 AM
To add to what Gene just said , I would suggest getting a copy of the current Walthers Catalog . It would allow you to see what's available on the market and would also show you what literature there is to answer most of your Questions about the various aspects about model railroading . Welcome  and Good Luck on Your New Hobby.     John  II
761  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Good points - bad points at Service on: July 22, 2008, 10:42:44 AM
Unfortunately the way the tax codes are written , manufacturers keep as little
stock of parts as they can get away with . Considering that a good deal of the manufacturing is done outside of the country most of the parts are in the country of origin.  All parts in the parts department have to be inventoried al least once a year for tax purposes . It is time and cost that has to be payed for by the company .  Companies are in business to make as much money as possible with the least expediture. Sadly Economics truely does drive everything.
762  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old memories...train-car there anything like this today? on: July 21, 2008, 09:08:20 PM
I remember seeing some operating road systems in the current Walthers catalog. Take a look in there. I think one of the European companys makes programble traffic scenes .
763  Discussion Boards / HO / Old Chicago Railroad Stations on: July 21, 2008, 09:01:52 PM
Does anyone know if any body make HO scale models  of Chicago Union Station or the Chicago Northwestern Station ? All of these Stations have been built over their air rights and are no longer visible except for the main house of the Chicago Union Station and I heard some rumor that they were considering adding more stories to that stucture . Considering that the European Manufacturers have a good number of stations in their catalogs , one would think that American Companies would have more.  John  II.
764  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Plasticville Union Station on: July 18, 2008, 10:14:11 PM
If you think about it the original   "O" gauge was  1/4" scale or 1/4" = 1foot, if you assume the original   "HO" gauge was supposed to be Half O gauge then  1/8" scale or 1/8" = 1 foot does make sense from a historic perspective. Since HO scale was later changed to its current 1/87 ratio this is where the change becomes apparent .
765  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Turnout Numbers on: July 18, 2008, 10:52:05 AM
From what I remember it describes the number of lengths of the width of the the track gauge to cross over.     Numbered turnouts have straight track on both legs with the exception of the standard E-Z track turnout which has a 18 inch radius curve in HO scale. There are of course  curved turnouts with curves on both legs but not in E-Z track. You might want to acquire a Walthers N & Z scale catalog to find out what other kinds of track are available for your scale . Sorry about the expense but hobbies and other vices cost time and / or money and usually both.
There are a number of books on track laying on the market, check your local hobby store or brows through the Walthers Catalog. Good Luck !     John II
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