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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Geometry? on: March 19, 2019, 11:31:38 AM
The standard switch is 18r 30 degrees. It was intended to be a drop in replacement for both a 9" straight and a full 18r section. However, the points are inset 1.5" from the end, so if you want to complete a circle using the curved route, you'll need to insert a 1.5" straight 180 degrees opposite the switch.

The #4 is roughly 15 degrees.

The #5 is 12 degrees.

The #6 is roughly 10 degrees.

Using basic geometry, you should be able to plan a layout with that info
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: NWSL closing Aug 2019 on: March 19, 2019, 11:25:24 AM
NWSL will be missed. They made the Cadillac of metal wheelsets, an extremely high quality product.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: running DC engines on DCC EZ Command? on: March 07, 2019, 03:09:25 PM
I have a Percy that is made the mistake of letting sit on DCC powered track a few years back. It did ruin the motor. Percy is a small locomotive with little room to dissipate heat, and with a small cheap motor. If I had to do it all over again, i'd have taken it apart and installed a Z scale decoder before running it on my layout.
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: train loses speed on: March 06, 2019, 01:26:39 PM
I agree. It is obviously an issue of power loss in the track. Most likely some of the rail joiners are loose and not making full contact. You could also try to tighten them up, which would be a temporary solution. Or you could solder the joints, a permanent solution that would mean you can no longer take those sections apart.

Bear in mind that if you are setting this up and taking it down you will eventually run into the same problem again with other sections of track.
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: train loses speed on: March 06, 2019, 11:56:42 AM
Is your track level? How long is it? DOes the train slow down on curves? Straights? How far away from the power connections to the track does it slow down?

Are there any associated noises when the train slows down?

You've got to provide alot more informantion if you want to solve the problem.

6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 3 Mile long consist on: March 04, 2019, 07:27:28 AM
those are stored units, not needed at the moment. As traffic levels increase they may be reactivated.

Since these are in long term storage, most likely they have had all fluids drained and were towed here dead. If and when the order comes down to reactivate them, it will be for specific locomoaites which will be dug out of the line and taken to a yard to be prepared for service.

if they were all online, they wouldn't be able to pull any more than a normal consist, due to the strength of the couplers. Most railroad have restrictions on the number of axles that can be under power at the head of a train. Apply too much power and you can yank the drawbar right out of the first car. During my time on the railroad i saw it happen numerous times. Always a bad day for the crew when that happens.
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Any way to adjust speed? on: March 02, 2019, 10:56:47 AM
I did the research before I bought my first system. I still have it, and liked it enough to by a second, upgraded version of the same system. And both of them are fully compatavle with all the other products that  company sells.

That is my biggest objection to the stripped down entry level systems. For what you pay for them they don't do much. And they're usually not upgradable, or compatable with the full featured ones. By checquing the MSRP on them, you only "save" $20-40 over something that will grow with you. When you figure in the costs of replacing a dead end system you've outgrown, the cheaper option costs much more in the long run.

it pays to understand what you're getting for your money before you buy.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Replacement Parts on: February 27, 2019, 06:25:58 PM
The Atlas RS1 should use the same truck as the RS3. Try looking for the parts you need under that locomotive at the link Rich provided. There are enough parts listed that you should be able to assemble a complete truck from them.
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: running DC engines on DCC EZ Command? on: February 27, 2019, 09:16:53 AM
DC locomotives do not consist the way dcc locomotives do. To run more than one DC locomotive, you simply couple them together and run them. DC locomotives on DC track will all run the same direction. That is why block control came about, to isolate sections of track so you could independently control more than one DC locomotive.

What Trainman said is true. Running DC locomotives on DCC powered track is not a good idea. It van shorten motor life, and even burn out motors. It's especially bad if you leave a DC locomotive sit  with the DCC power on the rails.

the takeaway: Even if your system is capable of running a DC locomotive, do not do it. Power the track with a DC controller to run these locomotives, or put a decoder in them for DCC.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Smoke Issues - Bachmann 660 HO Santa Fe #3781 Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive on: February 20, 2019, 02:47:40 PM
as far as I know, Santa Fe kept all their f units. Amtrak got some from SOuthern Pacific but none from Santa Fe.
11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Smoke Issues - Bachmann 660 HO Santa Fe #3781 Northern 4-8-4 Steam Locomotive on: February 20, 2019, 06:02:53 AM
Nice photos, as an aside that is not a blue bonnet

This is a Blue Bonnet, and they have been made in HO scale too. There is also a yellow and gold bonnet in the same general scheme.

I'd call the one you pictured a blue bonnet. The freight bonnet was a rare creature but they did exist. They were painted in the blue and yellow freight colours similar to a hood type unit. There was no silver on a freight bonnet
12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Hello! I'm new and searching... on: February 17, 2019, 09:28:41 PM
I must respectfully disagree. For what you pay for an EZ command, you can get a DCC command station that is not only capable of full programming of decoders, but is also expandable. EZ Command's fatal flaw is that it is a stand alone, dead end system with extremely limited capability. If you know you're going to have to replace something in a year anyway, why not get the better system to begin with. Especially of the cost is similar.
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Hello! I'm new and searching... on: February 16, 2019, 06:48:05 PM
As others will probably tell you, a used HO train set probably isn't worth a whole lot.

The locomotive you have is a Bachmann U36B. I believe there were two versions produced. One had all wheels geared "8 wheel drive" which had a chassis with the motor in the center and the wheels driven through worm gears on either side of the motor. This is similar to the way most locomotives are set up to-day. If this is the one you have it is probably a decent runner.

The other, cheaper version has only 4 wheels driven through a truck mounted pancake motor. The other 4 wheels are free rolling and can be easily spun by hand. If this is the version you have it is a notoriously poor running locomotive. Bachmann has greatly improved the quality of their locomotives since then.
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Hornby DCC Controller-Bachmann HO 64303 F7A Diesel Loco. on: February 10, 2019, 02:02:31 PM
plas man,

Let me get this straight. you use TWO DCC systems to do what one decent one would? How much money did you save? For what you spent on those two you could have gotten something that would do all that and more, and have money left over for decoders.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Multiple crissoves on: February 03, 2019, 10:38:34 AM
You can operate two at a time, as in a crossover, from most power supplies. More than that may cause problems unless you add a capacitor discharge unit to the circuit.

Switch motors are wired in parallel, so every one you add that is operated off the same control box is going to further decrease the power to them.
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