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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Converting Atlas Snap Track to Bachmann EZ Track on: October 13, 2018, 03:10:00 PM
While it is true that adding a 1/3 section of 18r to a snap switch makes it the same as the Ez track version, many published track plans that use snap switches do not use the extra curved section. Using only the 20 degrees of the atlas snap switch allows parallel tracks to be spaced closer together than they would be if you used the extra 10 degree section to make a full 30 degree curve. Because of this, the layout plans need to be modified to reflect the wider track spacing. In some cases, a plan may not be able to be redrawn.

My laptop quit, so I can't draw up a plan to demonstrate what I mean. Unfortunately, I can't find a track planning program for andriod.
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Converting Atlas Snap Track to Bachmann EZ Track on: October 13, 2018, 11:12:47 AM
 The biggest difference between the two brands is in the geometry of the switches. The Bachmann standard switch comes closest to the atlas snap switch. They both have an 18 inch radius (18r) curved side. The ed track curved side is 30 degrees while the atlas is 20 degrees. This means that in many plans drawn using atlas snap switches, you would have to trim the ed track switch to fit the plan. The numbered switches for Ez track are not even close to their atlas custom line equivalents.  You will find that due to these differences, Ez track takes up a lot more room  when a lot of switches are used, such as in a train yard.

Your best bet is to use scarm .or anyrail to redraw the plan you are interested in, modifying it to use Ez track. Once you learn how to use these layout planning programs, you'll find them fun to use. They will let you try out your ideas before you buy any track. They will show you exactly how much room your layout will take up, and provide a list of track pieces needed.
3  Discussion Boards / E-Z App / Re: Replacement bodies on: August 27, 2018, 09:52:34 PM
The GP40 and GP38-2 should use the same chassis, which is several scale feet longer than the gp30/gp35.
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Semi rail on: August 26, 2018, 08:39:55 PM
must be nice not to have to worry about off tracking.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: OLD "Bachmann Hershey"body, can I get a new engine (frame) to set it on? on: August 25, 2018, 11:48:15 PM
There appears to have been two versions of the Hershey locomotive. One is gold and brown, it is a b23-7. The other is a brown and silver GP40. The B23-7 appears to have been discontinued, but the GP40 is current production. B23-7s can be found relatively easily at train shows.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EMD GP40 on Kato M1 set does not move until at 75% speed power on: August 25, 2018, 09:13:47 AM
it shouldn't take that much power to move. How old is this locomotive? You said t had been lubed once upon a time. How long ago was that? You may need to re lube it.

Does it make any weird noises when it runs? Clicking, perhaps? Does it get hot when it runs?
7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: August 24, 2018, 11:42:43 AM
I agree with your club. No Kadee wheelsets, or any other brand with plastic axles.
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EMD GP40 on Kato M1 set does not move until at 75% speed power on: August 24, 2018, 11:09:06 AM
is this a DCC locomotive that you are running with a DC controller?
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Road numbers on E60s??? on: August 23, 2018, 08:26:56 AM
I suspect that may be the case, but I can find no record of those numbers being used.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Road numbers on E60s??? on: August 18, 2018, 08:29:27 AM
I have also combed through whatever Amtrak rosters and photos I could find. Apparently, when they were rebuilt they were renumbered in the 600 series. The only ones I ever saw in person, in 20th street in 1986, were in the low 600s. Nowhere could I find any reverence to E60s above 975.

That's not to say they didn't exist as a fluke. Stranger things have happened when a railroad is in transition. A good example would be NS 7329, a former UP sd90mac. It only wore that number crudely painted with a spray can while awaiting rebuild at Altoona. Plans changed, and it emerged from rebuild as 7319. NS rosters don't show 7329 as a former UP locomotive, but I have photographic proof it existed.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: woodland scenics inclines on: August 11, 2018, 01:48:23 PM
when I used them I did not cover them until after the track was laid. I didn't want any surface imperfections to affect my trackwork. After the track is laid, you can bring the plaster cloth right up to the edge of the roadbed and not worry about having twists in your track (which cause derailments) caused by ripples and bumps in the plaster cloth.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DCC chip for Bachmann Alco S4 DCC ready engine on: August 04, 2018, 04:03:02 AM
When you say you have no speed control does it just sit there? Or does it take off running at full throttle?
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 04, 2018, 03:59:57 AM
I found the reference to Tru Scale roadbed interesting.

My Dad's layout is built entirely on Tru Scale. We bought the plain roadbed, and laid our own ties and rail on it. 40 years later, it's still in regular use with few if any problems.

I haven't found any roadbed  out there that is as good for handlaid track. But it's almost impossible to find now. I am wondering if i'll have to make my own out of pine moulding.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tourist lines on: July 01, 2018, 06:51:32 PM
I know when the MT Washington Cog Railway ran steam, the boilers were tilted forward for this reason. Their steepest grade is 37%.
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tourist lines on: July 01, 2018, 02:55:20 PM
One thing you have to remember about Cass is that the line has excessive grades and two switchbacks. The line to Bald Knob rises something like 2300 feet in 11 miles which works out to an average grade of well over 4%. there are sections in excess of 10%. There are car attendants on every car, and they work the handbrakes on the ride down to supplement the air brakes.

I would imagine that keeping the water levels in the boiler at an appropriate level on the trip would dictate that the locomotive always faces uphill except for the section near Whittaker station that lies between the two switchbacks. Even though there is (Or was, it's been a few years since I rode the train) a wye about a mile from the top, they tend not to turn the locomotive there.

One of the most interesting rides I had was one where they had a work train out on the line. It ducked into the wye to let us by. That was the only time I ever saw a meet at Cass.
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