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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO 2-6-6-2 DCC Top Speed on: February 20, 2020, 06:56:52 PM
Wikipedia also mentions they were used on logging railroads. No extra speed needed.They came with no tender also and water tanks on the loco. Google it.
Other countries used this style loco.

Measure yours with three feet distance and a stop watch.



The logging 2-6-6-2s are half the size of the C&O mainline freight 2-6-6-2s.

Not a fair comparison.

2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-4-0 tender in Bachmann parts. on: February 17, 2020, 08:59:33 AM
Don't be afraid of your Prodigy unit Terry.

I have used an Advanced Squared unit for 10 years now. Simple as can be. Even had a couple friends toss their Digitrax setups for MRC.

3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO powering and soldering on: February 16, 2020, 04:56:15 PM
I’ve “almost” never done either one on 50’ of mainline. I’ve always thought that such work was overkill by frustrated electricians.   In 10 years only 2 joiners have let go; I soldered them and everything was fine.  There are people who really like to solder who will tell you that a lot of such work  is needed.  Sometimes that may be the case but in mine it was not and my layout is subject to periodic high temperature and humidity. your track all painted and ballasted?

4  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: New Decapod on: February 12, 2020, 05:45:55 PM
except that one of the signal wires from the tender to the loco was too long and occasionally caught on a frog or guardrail.  That's a minor fix.

How do you fix that? I have a locomotive that I haven't run for a while because of that problem.

On most of my Bachmann steamers, I have fixed the problem by gently tucking a bit of the offending wire back into the bottom of the tender with a fine tipped pair of tweezers.

5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Sound on a Spectrum Saddle Back switcher??? on: February 12, 2020, 05:43:17 PM
Rich......there are no more Yahoo Groups. It's all been shut down.

6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: 4-8-4 side rod bolts/screws on: February 11, 2020, 11:17:20 AM
Logic would say you have the wrong screw.

7  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Jonathan's Layout #3 on: February 09, 2020, 07:40:06 PM
Coming along nicely Jon. Once the white plaster goes away, things really shape up.

I have been doing a little scenery also, and doing just what you are. I am starting in the furthest. Hardest to reach corners and working out in little bits. Photos to come.

8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: The new AT&SF Decapod on: February 06, 2020, 07:29:38 PM
I see them called "Spectrum" in the new releases announcement.

9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO scale Western Maryland # 744 item no. 84504 on: January 29, 2020, 07:18:36 PM
I thought he was talking about the two wire and four wire bundles between loco and tender. Both have a clear plastic tube over them. I cut that tube out. Maybe the sets are different now.
I made them look like hoses.


He is talking about those am I. I have 15 year old Bachmann's all black tubing.

10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO scale Western Maryland # 744 item no. 84504 on: January 29, 2020, 03:49:47 PM
On my Bachmann steamers, I very carefully slit the clear plastic tubing over the DCC wire bundles. I mean very carefully slit the clear plastic tubes. I had a pair of sewing scissors from my wife's sewing box that were small and long points. The wire bundles were then loose.


Can't say as I have ever seen clear tubes around the wires. All mine have been black and they are shrink tubes that haven't been heated yet.

Once you get the wires positioned, use a fine soldering iron to shrink those tubes down around the wires.

Rich's memory can be off at times.

11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO scale Western Maryland # 744 item no. 84504 on: January 29, 2020, 01:07:19 PM
Just to add one thing to what Jonathan has posted......

Excess wire can usually be tucked back into the tender using some tweezers. Once the wires are shortened up, route them around the drawbar, and you should have years of good running.

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A video full of ideas on: January 22, 2020, 01:43:38 PM
Davis......those were pretty much my thoughts too. I found myself looking at some of the "real" scenery and thinking it looked more like a "model" railroad than anything.

13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / A video full of ideas on: January 21, 2020, 09:37:49 PM
I just finished watching this, and realized I hadn't said a word through the whole thing. Just sort of watched in quiet amazement.



14  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Homosote on: January 17, 2020, 12:00:52 PM
Homasote is virtually unheard of in Canada. I have asked at a lot of building supply stores, and most have never even heard the name. Availability is zero.

15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Track level on: January 16, 2020, 04:11:15 PM
This is a pretty neat idea.  Sell it to micro mark.

Micro-Mark is way ahead of you lol. Here is their Digital Mini Level. This thing is about 2.5" square, magnetic and very sensitive. Reads in degrees and percentage.

Here I am using it to level out the plexiglass that I am using for a pond surface. It is sensitive enough to detect lateral differences easily.

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