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766  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: some newbie questions on: July 16, 2008, 04:35:17 PM
Regular turnouts are powered by the AC terminals of your powerpack. I'm not sure if DCC controllers have a set of AC terminals. Since most people  start out with DC they would just utilize their old controllers. Actually any 18-18 Volt  AC  transformer would do the job .
767  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: No 6 Crossover Problem on: July 16, 2008, 08:53:03 AM
Good Morning Jay :  I think you may about due to consider adding to your library : Model  Railroader Books , "Easy Model Railroad Wiring" by Andy Sperandeo , Second Edition  1999 , printed by Kalmbach Books. There maybe by this Time a newer edition , but the current one does touch on DCC operation.
       There is also a Book by Atlas that covers wiring and control utilizing Atlas  Switches  & Track  . They have layouts both DC  & DCC.
768  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Cleaning on: July 16, 2008, 08:24:26 AM
I stand corrected. I found the equipment in the Micro-Mark Catalog : Fall 2007  this morning when looking for something else . They even have media for use in the device and it functions off canned air cylinders or air compressors  able to generate  30psi . I still think it would not be the optimum method for track cleaning.
769  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Cleaning on: July 15, 2008, 10:41:00 PM
I certainly hope that "sand blasting " is a facietious answer . Strangely enough I do have sand blasting equipment in the shop in two different sizes, but I seriously doubt that in would be worth the mess that would result.  Finding an oppropriately sized media would be a chore, not to men-
tion the the environmental hazard of airborne dust.  The only safe method would be to do the job in a booth , which would entail disassemblly of tracks.
Even worse I don't think anyone actually manufactures equipment small enough to do the job, nor are most people actually skilled enough to do the work properly without magnification and micro manipulaters. I did some peach pit blasting on molded plastic contact insulations when I worked at Pyle National to remove flash before inspecting & measuring Parts and its loud & messy.
770  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track Cleaning on: July 14, 2008, 08:01:52 AM
Try using iso-prophyl alchohol it comes in  70% & also 91% . It is readily available in drugstores.  Crocus cloth is extremely fine graded abrasive cloth normally used for polishing metal . The dust should be vaccuumed up to remove it from the area as it is abrasive.
771  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is this????????// on: June 19, 2008, 08:02:01 PM
I vaguely remember reading an article about some parts of the Canadian railway  were laid with extremely  long sleepers when going through some regions of Canada with boggy ground . This is a fairly ancient practice. The ancient wooden roads in keltic regions of Europe were similarly constructed. The Romans replaced some of these original roads with stone.  The Celts had superior war chariots  ; the wheels had  bearings  constructed with wooden rollers for higher speeds and less friction .
772  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: nice Web page upgrade on: June 15, 2008, 09:28:22 AM
Nice upgrade .  Looks really good on my widescreen LCD Monitor.
773  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Back to Traction Tires on: June 14, 2008, 10:34:25 AM
To Engineman :  I don't think there is a spell checker on this site. Due to the typos and really bad grammar I have seen , it does not exist. Your chose of spelling appears to be British English . This should be intelligable to American and Canadians . The only problem with English is that it is not spelled phonetically and loves to retain archaic spellings but aside from that it is one of the most flexible of languages in current use.  Goodday.
774  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need Info re: Adjusting the Height of Kaydee Couplers on: June 14, 2008, 10:00:30 AM
Wouldn't it be better to raise the couplers on your diesels instead of lowering the couplers on your cars ?  All of your couplers should of course should be in conformance to the coupler height gage .
775  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: CLass J Drivers on: June 12, 2008, 09:56:41 PM
Please remember that Locktite comes in several different formulations. Use one that doesn't  require a jackhammer or blasting caps to remove if you have to do repairs later.
776  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Balanced Thinking on: June 04, 2008, 09:06:03 PM
Tried both tests .   Clockwise ,  Totally left brained dominant.   Suprises me since I'm such a fan of science-fiction and fantasy literature.
777  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Cancer Warning lable on: June 02, 2008, 09:40:47 AM
Dihydrogen Monoxide  is also Hydrogen Hydroxide.   H2O   is its chemical symbol    and  in English    Water is it's common Name .  Like everything in the universe when misused  is dangerous.
778  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Radius minimums for HO Steam Locos on: June 02, 2008, 09:24:19 AM
To Pacific Northern :  The Manufacturer is Bachmann . The Set is Overland Limited , Product Code : 00614 , Road Name : Union Pacific , Price :$250.00
I hope that information Helps .  I had to look up what type of 4-8-4 it was in some of my train books as I don't remember that was specified in the literature . Please note this is a DC Set. Currently this is my largest steam engine  and  I admit will  influence  my  track layout if I ever get a design finalized.   It came with freight  cars , but  I have puchased  a heavy-weight set of Bachmann  UP passenger cars. 
779  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Radius minimums for HO Steam Locos on: May 30, 2008, 09:34:17 AM
Since my  4-8-4  FEF  came packed with  22" Radius  track I would assume that is the Minimum  for that type of  Engine  anything larger would require a  larger radius .  I would also assume that a #5 turnout would also be the minimum  , and would probably  prefer a #6 for crossover use.
780  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: train derailement on: May 28, 2008, 04:14:43 PM
Interesting  flix . I suppose it was more efficient to blow  up trains  going over tressels and bridges  where sufficently large amounts of explosives could be planted .  I do remember a article about the utilization of American  16 inch Railroad guns being used in France during the First World War to shell  Railroad Yards . They had a degree of success but the French were a tad upset by the amount of damage the Large guns recoil did to the
tracks the gun carriages were riding on . Don't remember where the article was in whether it was in a railroading magazine or in a book on war machines . It has been a while.
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