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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: Today at 11:13:15 AM
I wonder if putting them in a zip lock bag with those little white packets of desiccant would work.
2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: June 02, 2020, 10:32:30 AM
I like the way it's coming along. You're rocking it! Smiley
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Silent DCC Startup on: June 01, 2020, 07:57:35 PM
Here's another one. This is what one guy said -
"Regarding Bachmann — There are two versions of SoundTraxx Sound Value decoders,
1) SoundTraxx CV 113 Quiet Mode Time-Out Period is not a feature of the “Sound Value” decoder factory installed in some Bachmann locomotives.
2) SoundTraxx CV 113 Quiet Mode Time-Out Period is a feature of the “Sound Value – Econami” decoder factory installed in some Bachmann locomotives.
RR Baron"
https://www.dccguy.com/?p=6843
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Silent DCC Startup on: June 01, 2020, 07:50:20 PM
Here is a discussion about it. I'm no decoder whiz so I'm just reading what they are saying. Apparently CV113 will do it but Sound Value doesn't have CV113.
http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/744/p/256249/2868058.aspx
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: In case you get tired of “mountain” railroads on: May 29, 2020, 11:48:18 PM
I'd love to do that Hiwassee ride from the dome. With my health I doubt that I will ever do it. It's about 500 miles from me. Then, my small tanks of oxygen only last between 3 1/2 and 4 hours. That mean I'd have to take an extra tank or take one of my bigger tanks whch gives me about 6 to 6 1/2 hours. That is pretty heavy to carry so I'd probably have to use the rolling cart with it. If I took the rolling thing, they'd probably charge me an extra fare for the room that takes up. The they probably wouldn't let me up in the dome with that because I would have to walk the cart up the stairs. If they charged an extra fare, that would be $186 for a dome ride for me.
The moral of the story is: Don't smoke cigarettes and you won't have to miss out on a dome ride when you get old.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: In case you get tired of “mountain” railroads on: May 29, 2020, 12:19:46 AM
I've been to the museum but I don't think we took the train ride. If I remember, we stopped there on the way to Florida one year and didn't spend a whole lot of time there. $42 for a coach ride and $93 for a dome ride.
https://www.tvrail.com/events-exhibits/rides/hiwassee-loop
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Schnabel car on: May 27, 2020, 12:36:44 PM
There sure isn't much clearance as it passes the platform.
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Ho nickel silver with grey roadbed ez track questions on: May 25, 2020, 12:15:42 PM
This is what you would have if you used 22" radius on the inside. That only gives you 2" between tracks. You could use short straight fitter pieces to enlarge the inner part but then that gives you less than 2" between tracks. Disregard that 6 on the right side. I thought I had deleted it.
9  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Suggestions for new HO buildings on: May 23, 2020, 10:18:37 PM
Walther's has one.
https://www.walthers.com/skyview-drive-in-theater-kit
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Passenger cars through the years. on: May 22, 2020, 11:03:46 AM
Bach-man - I took your advice and bought the two volume set The American Railroad Passenger Car by John White, Jr. I'm about three quarters of the way through the first volume.
I never thought that there would be so many different types and designs of passenger cars in the earlier years. The Pullman story part is really interesting. I always assumed each railroad owned all their cars but I see now that Pullman and others  leased their cars to the railroads. Even the evolution of sleeper cars is a really interesting read.
Thanks for the recommendation.
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HMinky on: May 18, 2020, 11:19:47 PM
I tried the Wayback Machine" and got this message - "Sorry. This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine."
https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com
12  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: RIP - hminky (Harold Minkwitz) on: May 17, 2020, 10:55:13 AM
I'm sure sorry to hear that. I enjoyed his site and following his projects.
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: My 'power" board on: May 16, 2020, 07:06:53 PM
I have a question about the power supplies to the controllers. I have the wire going from the DC controller to the E-Z Command controller. I'm using the booster, too.
When I plug in a power supply to the DC one, the E-Z comes on also without a power supply connected to it. If I connect the power supply to just the E-Z, the DC one doesn't come on.
Can I use the whole set-up with just the power supply connected to the DC one since it also furnishes power to the E-Z via the connecting wire that goes into the DC hole on E-Z?
I would only have to use one power supply.
14  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum Shay with Onboard DCC and Sound Model Number on: May 16, 2020, 06:55:52 PM
You could look in their online catalogs or Google it.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: My 'power" board on: May 16, 2020, 12:55:27 PM
Because I rarely run Thomas so I keep him on that side of the board. I won't get him confused with any of the other locos either. I might switch the addresses around again. Maybe steam on one side and diesel on the other. I could have put Mogul at 7 because it's 7082. This was just my first thoughts on doing this. I'll probably make changes as I go.
On the paper with the info, I put clear tape on both sides and then taped the edges to the board. That way I can just make a new one when needed and the old one is easy to remove from the board.
I thought about a small layout picture on there with turnout numbers. I could tighten up the text and make room for the pic. As it is now, I have small pieces of foam with numbers on them. I ran longs pins through them and stuck them by the pairs of mated turnouts.
I pretty much have everything worked out now with controls and track plan so now I can do something with the terrain. I might just put ground cover over the sheet because the board is really ugly underneath, I have been using it for different layouts over the years. It has with small holes and dings and some paint and some bare foam and bits of white glue. The sheet is like having a fresh canvas.
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