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1  Discussion Boards / N / EZ Turnouts and Atlas Snap Relay on: January 21, 2018, 09:04:19 PM
I'm trying to do a layout based on an amusement park (

The layout of the real park:

I only need one turnout and it's a Bachmann #6 left (item 44859). Is it compatible with the Atlas snap relay as I want to have 2 trains? Each train with a B-Man 4-4-0 and 3x B-Man Jackson Sharp cars (one train yellow cars, the other brown cars that I already have). The engines are B-Man CP Jupiter and UP 119. I also want the train on the siding -- from the diverging turnout route -- to turn its engine headlight off when the points are set for the straight turnout route.

The instructions for the Atlas relay say to splice the lone siding feeder wire to the wire from the turnout frog and then put the whole connection to common on the relay, with both main line feeders going to the terminals on the other end of the relay. The power wires to the relay get spliced to those for the switch machine, which then go to the control box.

If it's significant, I will also have 3 other power blocks in the main track but these will all be spliced to a pair of bus wires, and all track power will be had through straight pieces with the hidden terminal plug. And the layout doesn't need a block signal because if one train is on the stub siding the other is operating by default as that's how the real park does it. My transformer is MRC Tech7 Ampac-700 which isn't even made anymore but the instruction sheet is still available. I believe the main bus goes to the DC terminals and the turnout controller, relay and switch machine all go to the AC connections -- all are Phillips screws on the power pack.

Additionally can anyone advise on a coupler with working knuckle for the Jackson Sharp cars? I'll be using a Micro Trains #1049 on both tenders, none needed on the engine pilots as double heading and combined trains will not be used.
2  Discussion Boards / N / Baldwin 4-6-0: Dimensions for Custom Decals on: October 09, 2015, 12:40:05 PM
I intend to buy a Baldwin 4-6-0 locomotive in the future from a local dealer. The engine will be the unlettered version with red window frames and white stripes. Then I am going to attempt to make my own decals for the cab and tender so as to effectively produce an N scale version of Long Island Railroad #39. The prototype of LIRR #39 is a historic locomotive as it is one of two former Pennsy class G5s steam engines lettered for the LIRR that are known to exist.

What are the dimensions of the long side of the Baldwin 4-6-0 tender shell and those of the area on the cab side under the window?


3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: World's Greatest Hobby Track Pack #44896 on: May 22, 2011, 08:59:02 PM
I was able to make the layout from the World's Greatest Hobby track pack in the AnyRail CAD program using these E-Z Track items (AnyRail part #'s):
  • 44801 (16 pieces)
  • 44802 (4 pieces)
  • 44811 (5 pieces)
  • 44820 (2 pieces)
  • 44829-1 (1 piece)
  • 44829-2 (2 pieces)
  • 44861 (2 pieces)
  • 44862 (2 pieces)
  • 44891 (2 pieces)
  • 44899-2 (1 piece)
  • 44899-4 (1 piece)

#44861 is the left turnout, #44862 right turnout, and #44891 bumper.

I have also posted a thread for this on the AnyRail forum:
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Digitrax on: May 22, 2011, 06:41:25 PM
I just got my RS-3 back from the DCC installer with a Digitrax DZ143 in it and the loco runs perfectly even after I re-prorgammed it.  The installer tested the decoder at his shop before I picked it up.
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: American Eagle set on: May 22, 2011, 06:30:25 PM
I have a Bachmann Old Timer HO set that I got from someone who's friends with my parents.  It has brass track and a transformer with screw terminals for track power.  If the set referenced by the original post in this topic is as old as my Old Timer set, its track is brass.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Pro Box Upgrade From Dynamis Starter on: March 20, 2011, 11:56:57 AM
I have a Dynamis starter system and plan to upgrade to the Pro Box.
  • Does the Pro Box include a receiver?
  • Does the Pro Box need its own power supply?
7  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 4-6-0 Tweeks and Tips (revised) on: February 14, 2011, 07:05:14 AM
My DC power pack is an MRC Tech 4 model 260.
8  Discussion Boards / N / Re: 4-6-0 Tweeks and Tips (revised) on: February 12, 2011, 03:53:16 PM
I just got my Union Pacific 4-6-0 and the painted side of the pilot truck faces the track.  I don't know anything about pilot trucks on steam locos, but I think it could be upside down.  Seeing that my Atlas MP15 only goes in reverse and my Bachmann 44-tonner stops after about 6 inches with an analog power pack, the 4-6-0 is the only N gauge DCC equipped unit I have that runs at all on DC.

I also want to upgrade from the factory decoder to something like a Digitrax DZ125 but the MP15 has an NCE decoder and I plan to upgrade to NCE decoders in my Bachmann HO gauge GP40 and my Atlas N gauge RS-3.  If anything, which NCE decoder will fit in the 4-6-0?
9  Discussion Boards / HO / GP40 Decoder Upgrade on: January 12, 2011, 06:41:40 PM
I have a GP40 diesel item #60348 that's DCC equipped.  Trying to upgrade from factory decoder to one that has CV5, CV6 and programmable speed table, like NCE's BACH-DSL:

The BACH-DSL is $20.  Is there a decoder similar to this one that would work as a replacement for the factory decoder?
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track on: January 12, 2011, 06:21:50 PM
It's #44502.

The link is to a dealer in New York City, so if you buy from them and get it delivered anywhere within New York (the whole state), you'll have to pay local sales tax and shipping.  The shipping charge is $13 for a $25 order but it's less if you buy lower value items.
11  Discussion Boards / N / Bridge and Trestle Piers on: January 12, 2011, 02:00:31 PM
What is the height of the tallest pier in #42523 (Graduated Trestle Set) and #44871 (14-piece Graduated Pier Set)?  Also, what is the increment from one pier to the next in each set?

I'm trying to build a setup for twice around with up-and-over using E-Z Track.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Long Island RR Loco/Cars on: June 29, 2008, 07:27:11 PM
I live in the Long Island area of New York, and can't seem to locate a Long Island RR passenger train set.  Atlas makes LIRR diesel loco and caboose.  Where would I be able to find LIRR pieces in a commuter train set (will buy loco and coaches separately if required)?
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Figure-8 Layout on: June 29, 2008, 01:22:23 AM
8, 22" radius curves

I did some additional research on this using a demo of the AnyRail track planning software, and I need 4x 3-inch straight tracks in addition to the extra curved sections.

This came from an old HO scale book I have:

In Atlas turnouts and crossings the intersecting rails are notched so they do not come into contact with each other.  The areas around the crossing rails are molded in plastic, which holds the rails in place so they cannot short electrically or shift mechanically and cause trouble.

Does the Bachmann 90-degree crossing have these features?  Atlas HO true track is cheaper than Bachmann ez track, and I dont want to have to buy Atlas unless the Bachmann crossing has same features as Atlas.
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Can you use an HO transformer and powerpack on Nscale? on: June 28, 2008, 11:15:40 PM
If you havent already noticed, if you buy a Bachmann HO set, and then buy the same Bachmann set in N, both will come identical power packs.  The power pack is item number 46605A.  Figured it out because I have Bachmann McKinley Explorer in both scales (#24010 in N, #00624 in HO).
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Figure-8 Layout on: June 28, 2008, 07:35:59 PM
My parents want me to build a figure-8 layout with my McKinley Explorer set.  I currently have the tracks that come with the set, plus 24 additional 9-inch nickel silver straight tracks and a 90-degree crossing.  What additional tracks do I need to make the figure-8?
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