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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Reversing loop question on: February 20, 2020, 12:25:03 PM
I watched the Internet on how to do a reverse loop. First; put insulating rail joiners on all four tracks, I got that part, then wire in the polarity reversing module. My question, after the put on all four insulating joiners, can't I just run a new power lead to the now dead section of track (the loop), instead of using the expensive reversing modules?
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO powering and soldering on: February 16, 2020, 07:57:58 PM
Sid,

Nothing is painted and no ballast yet.

My layout is "U" shaped in a room 9' * 16'

I have a main run that is "U" shaped and does this loop twice as I have an 8" riser. Total run is about 100'. The 2nd loop is 50'

I have connected and re-connected old Lionel 027 track a million time's as a kid (60 years ago), and I guarantee the rail joiners were abused. The run was about 50" I only ever had one power connecter and it always worked fine.

On another layout last year I bought a Piko ICE train and set up a 4 * 8 layout and only used one power connecter and it works perfectly.

So when I read on various message boards that guys solder every rail joiner and added did power connecters on every track, it seemed like overkill to me. Mechanical pressure connecters (rail joiners) make an absolute great electrical connection and are used on millions of products worldwide. But I'm asking experts here who know by experience and I truly appreciate your valued opinions.
 
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / HO powering and soldering on: February 16, 2020, 01:04:59 PM
I'm using HO E Z track on a new layout and want to know how often (distance in feet) I need to power the track? Also, do I need to solder the rail joiners?
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / G guage cutting on: January 22, 2019, 02:47:12 PM
I need 6" straight track to fit my new layout. Can I cut G gauge, hollow tin (not brass) track. If I can, how do I put on the track connectors and where do I get the plastic track pins? Thanks. Jim D.
5  Discussion Boards / Large / How to handle a loop back? on: January 30, 2013, 11:46:15 AM
I'm new to RR'ing and am planning a G scale layout in my basement to be a shelf mount next to the ceiling. The room is 42" x 12'. One of the 42' walls is not where I want a train track so I'm thinking about using the same track on the other 42' wall for running the train in both directions. That means I need some type of switch to make a loop back. Are there automatic switches to do this or any other type of switch that you would recommend? Thanks, Jim
6  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Beginner needs help on: January 21, 2013, 07:35:18 AM
I'm getting really good information that is helping me a lot. Thanks everyone. I can see its easy to make new RR friends.
7  Discussion Boards / Large / Beginner needs help on: January 20, 2013, 11:52:33 AM
I have spent many hours on the Internet reading blogs and I have enough information to now be thoroughly confused.  Iím new to railroading and want to set up a G train & track in my basement. I plan to put a 6Ē shelf close to the ceiling and it will only be a simple loop with no intersections.  From my reading I understand that I must use at least a 4íRadius corner to handle diesels locomotives and look realistic. My room is 42í x 12í and I plan two 4íR corners  on the one end, and the other end will be a 6íR Ĺ circle.
My questions:
1. Is my understanding so far correct? Is a 6Ē shelf the minimum size I can put up?
2. Since its indoors, should I use steel or brass. Brass is much cheaper but I heard it requires a lot of cleaning? What do you suggest for indoors?
3. I donít want to get into bending flex track, so can I buy 4íR & 6íRadius corners pre made in both brass and steel?
Any other suggestions to this new railroad modeler will be greatly appreciated.
Jim
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