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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Snowplow Project on: January 05, 2018, 08:22:40 AM
This is very cool!

As always, excellent work JV!
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EZ Track on: January 05, 2018, 08:20:38 AM
  Getting the factory joiners off is quite simple.

Nope, not always.  For anyone interested in facts, it would behoove them to check out the multitude of posts about this very subject on this very Board (but then again most never bother b4 asking a question, cause they might actually see it has been addressed 3 or 4 times, already.....)
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coupler alignment on: November 19, 2017, 12:53:23 PM
If one was to go that route, getting a thin sheet of styrene would be the way to go.  Drill a hole to accommodate the bolster, then use a hole punch to punch a disc out around that center hole, like Jim Banner would do from time to time.
4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coupler alignment on: November 19, 2017, 09:48:39 AM
Would replacing the coupler w/an Underset shank one, work for you?  (assuming the one in there is not already one of those).
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: transformer on: November 19, 2017, 09:39:10 AM
Indeed.  (see PM)
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: transformer on: November 19, 2017, 09:19:53 AM
MRC makes the best DC power packs out there.  Virtually bullet proof and rarely have plastic parts that break or electric components that go bad.  New or Used, hard to go wrong.
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 2017 SPRING ANNOUNCEMENTS NOW ONLINE on: May 02, 2017, 06:59:05 AM

I thought traffic in Philly was always lousy? Cheesy
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 28, 2017, 08:37:15 PM
The old layout was not soldered, as that would defeat the purpose of using ez track.

Gee whiz Joe, you don't say.... Roll Eyes

And if you solder the joiners, what was the point in buying the EZ Track in the first place?

...not sure why you bothered to ballast the EZ Track in the first place, but I thank you for answering my questions. Smiley
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Ballast Spreader on: April 28, 2017, 07:37:48 AM
I do not recall having Continuity problems with ballasted EZ track.

Is this bc you soldered the joiners beforehand, or no, you did not?
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replace Metal connectors with plastic connectors on: April 28, 2017, 07:22:32 AM
I am with Sid.  

Even employing Narrowminded's method, I have found inconsistent results, which includes wrecking a rail as you have found.  You can Search here Saul for this very same Topic, as it has come up here many times in the past.

I therefore 2nd Flare's suggestion, adding that you can also use a Cutting Disc from a Dremel or Dremel like tool to cut the gap and instead of having to use a Styrene I Beam, just use a small piece cut from a sheet of Styrene, the thickness you need to fill the gap.  After gluing you can trim the Styrene down to rail profile using an Xacto knife and the proper blade (chisel).

Good luck.  Hope this helps.  Smiley

PS-If you use the powered cutting tool, make sure you wear eye protection.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Layout Progress on: April 28, 2017, 07:12:39 AM
Terrific work, as per usual!

Since you're striving for realism, perhaps allow for a little more slack in the lines if possible given the set up; they seem a little taught compared to ones out in the real world.

*Fun Fact: Did you know the lines have a tremendous built in ability to be stretched, basically to the ground, w/o breaking? Wink
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Voltage measurement on: April 27, 2017, 08:06:04 PM
I did not know there were more than one kind.  It is nickel/silver if that's what you mean.

Happy to see your answer Smiley  There is also Steel EZ Track but that is crud, so you got the good stuff Wink.

I take it bc it is EZ Track, you don't have the joiners soldered?  If that is the case I would consider testing the continuity/resistance (OHMs) from one section to the other for those spots where you are having trouble by removing the sections one section of track past either side of where your troubles are and then testing the continuity by putting the probes at opposite ends on the same rail and see what the resistance is like.  I suspect what you are going to find is loose rail joiners that may be loose from age and being put together and taken apart a few times.

Just a suggestion, hope that helps.
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What does the # mean on: April 27, 2017, 07:43:55 PM
Could be wrong, of course, but believe those numbers are manufacturing lot numbers, like where and when kinda stuff.  I have several pieces of 18"R N/S EZ Track but they have a different series of numbers, similar to the ones you are referring to, but the numbers are not identical.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Voltage measurement on: April 27, 2017, 06:56:20 AM
Which kind of EZ Track?
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Question about SD40-2 on: April 27, 2017, 06:54:41 AM
that commercial MIGHT have been a bit misleading

Yep, a large part of what advertising is all about... Wink
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