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61  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: JINGLE BELL EXPRESS & DCC QUESTIONS on: January 17, 2018, 07:44:53 PM
I have converted these 0-6-0s to dcc. There isn't a lot of room, so I removed the smoke unit and used that space to hold a Z scale decoder.
62  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need help. Locomotive stopped to work. HO scale 'CARGO KING' set w EMD GP40 Dies on: January 16, 2018, 10:37:56 PM
You mentioned VAC, which means volts-AC. Did you accidentally connect the track to the AC terminals of your power supply instead of the dc? That could have catastrophic effects on a DC locomotive.
63  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Passenger Car Minimum Radius? on: January 14, 2018, 10:38:26 PM
I'd say 24r or greater.
64  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What is your locomotive roster? on: January 14, 2018, 10:37:14 PM
Got so many i'm not even sure what I have anymore.
65  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Adding weight to tankers on: January 14, 2018, 06:13:20 PM
Don't y'all think that the argument over what to call those cars has detracted from the posts that actually HELP the guy?
66  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 14, 2018, 01:40:35 PM
Power routing may not be a good idea with dcc. On a power routing switch, both points and frog are the same polarity as the rail that one of the points is in contact with. That leaves a situation where the wheel backs may brush a point of opposite polarity, causing a momentary short. This is not noticeable on DC, but on DCC it may instantaneously shut down your command station.

I learned this lesson the hard way when I first started using dcc with my handlaid switches, which were easier to build as power routing types. I had to modify my construction methods to eliminate the problem.

Much better with DCC to use an isolated section with an on-off switch (spst) to kill the power.
67  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 14, 2018, 01:33:41 PM
remember the larger locomotives also have more wheels. The weight is spread out over more bearings, so they shouldn't need to be heavier. I'm sure Bachmann uses standard parts where possible, to keep costs down.
68  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Troubleshooting Uncoupling on: January 13, 2018, 04:01:21 PM
before you spend money, look carefully at the couplers themselves. when they are coupled, do their heights match. If not you need to adjust one so that they are even. Do they have small springs on the side of the knuckle? if so, are all the springs present?  missing knuckle springs can cause uncoupling.

Is the problem between two specific cars? or does it affect all cars and the locomotive at random?

I wouldn't mess with the trip pins. From your description, all you have is a circle of track with no switches or crossings for the pins to hang up on. So that can't be your problem. Trust me, if you have a trip pin low enough to snag the ties on a normal piece of track, you've got alot worse problems than a trip pin.
69  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 13, 2018, 03:37:25 PM
The density of pennies is incorrect. Remember that they are copper plated zinc.
70  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Adding weight to tankers on: January 13, 2018, 10:50:05 AM
Back to the original question.
I've found that HO tankers are big enough that you can use pennies as weights, The Bachmann 3 dome car has an interior saddle type frame that the tank body fits over, and you can glue the pennies vertically in the saddle. I've found that 5 cents in each end brings the car up to NMRA weight.
71  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Making and adding weights on: January 13, 2018, 09:02:36 AM
Here is the states lead is considered a health risk. I've heard of copper roofs but never lead ones.

Back to the original post: if there is room I like to use pennies for weights. I don't care what you are buying to use as weight, it can't be cheaper than the good ole penny. I would guess in an HO steamer you ought to be able to put several in the cab. You'd definitely be able to put more in a larger scale like On30.
72  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DC on a DCC Layout on: January 13, 2018, 08:53:24 AM
I routinely wire my layouts similar to this. Not only does it give you a safe place to park your dc locomotives, it also reduces the load on your command station as well. Dcc locomotives draw power whether you are using them or not, so parking them on isolated tracks will make sure you don't exceed the limits of your dcc system. EZ command is only rated for one amp, and if you have multiple locomotives, especially sound equipped ones, sitting around drawing power you are asking for trouble.

73  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New to ho trains having trouble with speed on: January 01, 2018, 03:08:13 PM
I am going to assume you have one of the trestle sets for your up and over track?

The overland set has about 8 cars and caboose. That is a pretty big train to haul up the step grade that results from the use of the pier set. A locomotive will only pull 1/6 on a 4% grade of what it will pull on the level. Resulting grade from the pier set is even steeper than that, which would further reduce pulling power. Since this is an issue of traction the use of a larger power supply will have no effect.

You can try two things: First, you can reduce the amount of cars in the train until the locomotive can pull them. Or you can reduce the steepness of the upgrade by moving the foot of the climb further back, resulting in a longer run. I would recommend no more than 3/8" rise per full track section, that works out to approximately 4%. If possible, lessen the steepness even further. The less steep your upgrade, the more cars you will be able to pull.
74  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: maintenance of way (MOW) models on: December 30, 2017, 12:46:11 PM
In my area, washouts aren't that common but landslides are. They use the difco's to haul out the fallen rock. Plus, the quarries that the NS gets its ballast from are in Pennsylvania. It's interesting watching them load those cars from an overhead bin.
75  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What connection do you have to railroading? on: December 30, 2017, 07:39:24 AM
I grew up in a family of railfans, I am a third generation railfan. Trips to the tracks, and model railroads in the cellar were an integral part of my childhood.

Later, I was fortunate enough to work for the railroad for several years. I was involved in the daily operation of the railroad, and learned a lot during those years, including how rough a life where you're constantly on call can be. During this time, NS had taken over Conrail, and I had a front seat view of the problems of a botched takeover, the erosion of service, and the subsequent rebirth of my railroad.
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