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31  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Cars on: February 21, 2007, 11:31:31 PM
I just measured my Bachmann and Rivarossi passenger cars.

Bachmann cars are about 80' if you measure from coupler to coupler. Rivarossi's are about 85' coupler to coupler

Side by side, the Bachmann cars are about 5 feet shorter than the Rivarossi's and the so is the wheelbase.

My Rivarossi's will run on 22" radius if they have long shank couplers.

My Bachmann cars have no problems at all on 22" radius track. They might work OK on 18" radius with long shank couplers.

When I got my Bachmann cars about 10 years ago, they had a little pivoting coupler mechanism that didn't work too well because they drooped. I removed them and body mounted the couplers instead.

Do they still use those pivoting couplers on Bachmann cars?
32  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: AHM Golden Car Series... on: February 21, 2007, 01:03:32 PM
How do you know they came weathered? Can you show us a photo of the car and the box?
33  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Turnout question.... on: February 19, 2007, 11:06:02 AM
It is possible to modify the bottom of the turnout and make it route selective. I had a very old brass Atlas snap switch that somehow became route selective because the contacts in the frog area were damaged.  The power was transmitted by the switch points, but wasn't very reliable.

One other solution is to use a Peco "route selective" turnout and somehow adapt it to fit onto the EZ Track ballast. It will be almost impossible to power the switch machine, but it could be used manually.
34  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old Spectrum 2-8-0 runs poorly, need help. on: February 18, 2007, 09:59:00 AM
Wipers on the axle doesn't make any sense. Only one side or half the wheels would pick up the track voltage.  The axle has to be insulated on at least one side so you don't have a short across the wheels.

Older steam engines and brass use the axles in a metal frame for pickup.  Plastic framed engines all have some sort of wiper that contacts the back of the driving wheels.

Jake, can you show us a photo of your loco?
35  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: EZ Track Turnout question.... on: February 18, 2007, 09:48:31 AM
My EZ Track #6 crossover has powered frogs.

The instrctions didn't say anything but there were two loose wires taped to the bottom of the turnout. There was also two electrical connections on the bottom and if you connected the wires, the frogs became powered.
36  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: bach-man on: February 12, 2007, 07:22:53 PM
Here it is at Tower Hobbies for $211.99 USD

37  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Test picture post on: February 12, 2007, 04:48:29 PM
I tried to "modify" the post to remove the 250 size restriction, but that doesn't work now either..... 

38  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Coupler springs. on: February 11, 2007, 05:40:39 PM
When you buy a pack of Kadees, they include extra springs in the package.

You can also buy them by the dozen:

39  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: new to model railroading on: February 10, 2007, 06:04:17 PM
There are 2 types of pilots on K-4 Pacifics.... Slatted and Solid:

40  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Test picture post on: February 04, 2007, 08:49:53 PM
Like I said before, you have to edit your post and remove the 250 limit.

width=250 height=187

41  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Test picture post on: February 04, 2007, 08:49:34 PM
42  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Test picture post on: February 04, 2007, 04:54:07 PM
I am having the same problem even when the image was downloaded to my photobucket account.

If you go back and modify the image, you will see that there is a image size added to the link. I just deleted it and now it is full size again.

Very strange. Huh?
43  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Test picture post on: February 04, 2007, 04:50:03 PM
44  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 5 pole can motor? what is it? on: February 04, 2007, 12:03:47 PM
More poles means better slow speed running because there should be less "cogging" as the poles rotate past the magnets. Another way to reduce "cogging" is the skew the armature.

Here is photo of a regular and skewed armature. They are not model railroad motors but illustrate the difference well.

45  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old Model Power Baldwin Shark on: February 03, 2007, 10:21:57 AM
E-R Models Sharks are HO scale. They share the same drive as the E-R Models FP-7. They have Roco trucks, a very nice can motor, and come with a DCC ready plug.

I think Roco built the Model Power Sharks and E-R Models used the Roco design in their Sharks. They just  upgraded the motor and added a DCC ready circuit board.

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