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  • druno123's Avatar
    Today, 04:22 AM
    interested pm me just had to get reconfirmed
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  • jhn_plsn's Avatar
    Today, 04:20 AM
    What are you programming with? NCE, Digitrax, aftermarket programmer? Mark is on to my solution in N scale. The speakers are so small that the whistle or horn simply cancel out with the chuf on my GS4. I read many suggestions to turn the lower tones down that the small speakers have difficulty producing, so I turned the lowest three down. Much better experience.
    5 replies | 91 view(s)
  • EspeeGoldenState's Avatar
    Today, 04:16 AM
    I'm looking to acquire a UP Dome-Lounge-Observation. I know this is probably a long shot since it is the tailcar for the Kato City of Los Angeles. PM or reply if you have 1 that you are looking to part with or happen to know where I can get one. Chris
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 AM
    Then dont click on threads that indicate "woe is me" inside... Not rocket science...sheshhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Venting is just as much a part of the hobby and forums as "Yippppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" threads
    2 replies | 0 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 AM
    ScaleCraft replied to a thread Show us your tank cars in HO Scale
    Metal wrappers, sprung trucks, DeVore or MDC couplers. Couple of MANY. Both are SilverStreaks.
    64 replies | 5916 view(s)
  • jpwisc's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 AM
    jpwisc replied to a thread Discouraged and sick of it in N Scale
    Sell everything and move on. I'm getting really tired of the "woe is me" threads on here. I come here to enjoy the hobby, not to listen to others whine about their dissatisfaction of the hobby.
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  • thx712517's Avatar
    Today, 03:59 AM
    Today has been a series of screw-ups on my part. I'm too frustrated to go to bed. I noticed my locomotive, a Dapol-made Hall class 4-6-0, was bouncing its rear set of drivers off the track in random places. I went over my layout carefully, and the track (Unitrack) is in good condition. I looked at the locomotive and saw that its traction tires (fitted on the rear set of drivers) had become swollen. Most likely from my overzealous lubrication...
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  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 AM
    Itís been about 2 years since I gave up on it and except for some photos Iíve posted looking for help Iíve forgotten everything. I would have to clean the dust of off it and fire it up to identify all the problems. I also knocked off a couple of servos on the last move from storage that needs fixed before I can do anything although I guess I could manually switch some turnouts like I did when I was testing trains through the turnouts before I...
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  • M&E Alco's Avatar
    Today, 03:33 AM
    M&E Alco replied to a thread N Scale Babyface Baldwins in N Scale
    Zsolt posts his photos on Yahoo Groups, so that's where you'll find them. If you can't locate them there, send me a PM. Cheers Steve
    7 replies | 183 view(s)
  • cajon's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    You could just as easily put a staging tray there also.
    24 replies | 1351 view(s)
  • wmcbride's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 AM
    For sale: Three, like new Atlas Dash 8-40BW BNSF engines with DCC decoders. These engines are basically test-run only after installing the decoders. Maximum run time on any of them does not exceed ten minutes, if that. The parts bag is sealed in each. Price: $65 each plus USPS priority mail. I will use flat-rate box for multiple engines. From top to bottom in the photo: BNSF Warbonnet #573 (stock # 48806) with NCE decoder BNSF H2 #511...
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  • RedRiverRR4433's Avatar
    Today, 02:52 AM
    Johnny: I remember you really enjoyed your Unitrack layout way back when..... Why don't you go back to it. Unitrack has fewer issues than code 55 and in the end, you'll enjoy running your trains. Code 55 doesn't work for everybody. So I think you have some decisions to make regarding the direction you'll take.:cool: Shades
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • Point353's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 AM
    Before you give up on this layout, I'd suggest identifying exactly how many underperforming turnouts/switches you have right now and contacting Atlas about replacing them - especially since new shipments of track are finally arriving. You could also PM Paul Graf via this forum. In a previous post someone mentioned Jerry Britton, an early adopter of Atlas code 55 who ran into many problems with a much larger layout several years ago. At the time,...
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  • Arctic Train's Avatar
    Today, 02:27 AM
    AFAIK (again speaking only in N) you get either a "DCC ready aka. plug and play" or "Non DCC". No speaker mounting lugs, holes or pre-milled space (if you are referring to the fuel tank area) are provided. Most of em you have to be into bashing to get the speaker to fit. Brian
    3 replies | 54 view(s)
  • John Smith's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 AM
    John Smith replied to a thread Show us your tank cars in HO Scale
    What kind of walkways are you looking for? Are you looking for an OEM walkway? I have 4 old DuPont tanks like the one you showed in the pic. If you need one... let me know! JMS
    64 replies | 5916 view(s)
  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 AM
    Well believe me I did not just up and did this on a whim. I sought advice every step of the way on both TrainBoard and a couple of other forums. I made daily posts of my progress with questions all the way. Plus I had already done cork roadbed on a previous layout where I made many mistakes and had plenty of experience repairing it all, so I really didn’t consider myself a novice. And yes I did test every turnout especially after the the first...
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Creeping throttle.... in N Scale
    Yup...have that on the Digitrax too. I can 'emergency stop' from the throttle...and that ends signals going to the decoders. I have a toggle switch in line with the 15v going to the command center. That shuts it down. I have the 'main' breaker on THE RV that shuts everything down. Lots of options...I just forgot a step. As you say...no damage...everything is good. Just curious 'why' the throttle had 'creep' when zeroed. :headspin:
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 02:13 AM
    LOU D replied to a thread N Scale Babyface Baldwins in N Scale
    I meant Zsolt's shells,not the real ones..
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  • randgust's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    One of the N-stickies is for the announcement of the Atlas Shay rerun - in 2012. It's now been announced for mid-2015. If you like Grassy Knoll conspiracy theories, Area 251, and Bigfoot on my woods property (seriously, they filmed a 'Finding Bigfoot' episode at my land) then this is your obvious explanation.
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  • wormgear's Avatar
    Today, 02:03 AM
    Probably not absorbant, since the plastic bag doesn't appear to be porous. Weathering powder sounds like a possibility, as well as getting the shine off the coal. Sounds like the same stuff you got with your 2-8-0.
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  • CBQ Fan's Avatar
    Today, 02:03 AM
    I threw in a post just for grins and giggles.
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • M&E Alco's Avatar
    Today, 02:01 AM
    M&E Alco replied to a thread N Scale Babyface Baldwins in N Scale
    The are lots of photos of the Baldwins and Black Marias on the Yahoo Groups "Alco, Baldwin & FM" page. Cheers Steve
    7 replies | 183 view(s)
  • RedRiverRR4433's Avatar
    Today, 01:59 AM
    George: I'm not a big fan of command stations with with knob controls. I use a NCE Power Pro with a digital read-out. When I shut down the DCC command station, I automatically turn off the power to the plugs of the command station. N ever the less you really have to be careful when you shut down the power on short notice. Anyways, there was no damage, so life goes on. Have fun with your trains....:cool: Shades
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Creeping throttle.... in N Scale
    No kids or pets in there. I also know the throttles where zeroed when I left...and...zeroed when I went back in. It didnt 'jump' to '1' . That all being said.... I do notice that when advancing the throttle...one can sometimes turn the knob a few 'clicks' before the display shows the next speed. I suppose it is possible that when it said 'zero' it was actually one click shy of full zero and still sending a small movement signal to the...
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  • Burlington Bob's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 AM
    Well, they aren't accepting new applications for membership so my suspicion is that it's a fluke. I agree with the unlocked house analogy. Would be great if they brought it "back to life", given the proximity to Halloween.
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • kmcsjr's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 AM
    Sigh..... is that why they closed it?
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    May have been a server reboot off of an old data file...that didnt have the board locked. Either way...if it IS back up...it wont take long for the 'turf wars' to start again and Atlas will close it again....lol
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  • retsignalmtr's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 AM
    Moisture absorbent? Weathering powder? Nose candy? When I bought a Bachmann 2-8-0 Consolidation it came with a plastic bag of black powder that I think is supposed to be used as coal dust to weather the loco with, to get the shine off the coal on the tender. There was nothing in the instructions about it either..
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 AM
    LOU D replied to a thread N Scale Babyface Baldwins in N Scale
    Anybody got pics of these shells?
    7 replies | 183 view(s)
  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    Don't feel so bad. My HO Bach modern 4-4-0's CV 128 master volume is maxed at 255 and the whistle volume I've raised little by little to 251 and whistle is still not strong enough. Moving around CV 115 to 1, 2 or 3 has helped but it's not the type of sound I really want..Plus had to lower other sounds to make whistle 'seem' louder...Leave alone this is a replacement loco for my non-repairable 2-8-0 ( merely had 2 broken decoder wires at the...
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  • wormgear's Avatar
    Today, 01:20 AM
    I have managed to acquire a Bachmann Spectrum J-class 4-8-4 steam locomotive new-in-the-box. Included is a clear plastic bag of gray powder. Does anybody know what the purpose of this might be? I don't think it's graphite, and it is not mentioned in any of the paperwork. I have a theory that it could be used to dress up the coal load in the tender, but thought I would ask around to see if anyone knows for sure. Thanks!
    2 replies | 55 view(s)
  • Point353's Avatar
    Today, 01:12 AM
    I don't use Atlas code 55, so I'm not trying to support it any way. Just trying to determine if you put down all the track before you tested any of it and then found a bunch of problems. Whatever brand and code of track you choose, you're better off laying a small section, testing it with your most trouble prone locos and cars, finding and fixing any issues and only then moving on to the next section.
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 01:07 AM
    Thanks. I have been in DCC about 5 years now, with NCE control. I have 3 Bach HO locos; a modern 4-4-0 (came with no bell !), a 2-6-0 (ironically, sound is broken on it so I stopped running it until I feel like dealing with Bachmann repair for the umteenth time. What I am up up here with is that Bmann has a repair Dept., but they seem to do little if no repair and instead either offer you a new one (OK unless you've painted, weathered and...
    3 replies | 54 view(s)
  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 AM
    A friend has wanted to get into the wonderful world of speed matching. He's contacted me, read my blog post on speed matching and wound up sending me two of his Bachmann GP7's that are DCC equipped so I can see what if any CV's are modifyable. I got them in the mail today and after work I ran down stairs to the laboratory. Placed them on the programming track and did a "READ" on them with DecoderPro3. One was advanced consisted, the other...
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  • Arctic Train's Avatar
    Today, 12:33 AM
    Paul Graf, any comment?????
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:31 AM
    Most likely. Someone probably found a loophole. There has been no announcement, which anyone thinking would look for first. I wouldn't get too excited, come Monday it may go away.
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • Arctic Train's Avatar
    Today, 12:27 AM
    Howdy Markinla the terms can be confusing huh. Here's the way I interpret all the DCC "lingo" "DCC on board" means a decoder is already installed. "DCC ready" means one need not solder anything when installing a decoder. They are either "drop in" (ala new Atlas or Kato) or plug in (ala Fox Valley) "Not DCC ready" means you will either have to modify the frame to make room for a decoder or at a minimum have to solder the decoder to...
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  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 AM
    I donít know where youíre going with this, but I did run some cars behind and I didnít really have a problem with the cars. The majority of the problems showed up with the heavy steamers although my 86í Auto Part Cars had some difficulty. Anyway Iím growing tired of the 3rd degree and in my opinion the Atlas Code 55 is crap. I think itís great that some of you like it, but for me itís just not worth it.
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • ScrewySqrl's Avatar
    Today, 12:10 AM
    the possibility of that being an inglenook hadn't directly occurred to me, but it does appear possible. As for Acme and Qual-Cytel, I don't want spurs where I have to move one business's cars out of the way to get to the other. Annoying to the business that's still loading/unloading. All turnouts are manual, but open parking spaces, roads, or alleys will make sure I can reach the turnouts. as for staging, the very long interchange is...
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  • M&E Alco's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    M&E Alco replied to a thread N Scale Babyface Baldwins in N Scale
    Hi I believe the shells are complete, it's just that I am building a different version, so Zsolt sent me enough parts to play with to make the CNJ version. Cheers Steve
    7 replies | 183 view(s)
  • randgust's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    Last one to post before they figure this out gets a special prize...
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  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    All this is not at all new to me. But, i never knew the following : If an ad for a loco says 'DCC on board', I completely realize there is no sound but is otherwise DCC. I also assume DCC ready means engine is basically still analog but leads exist to add (plug in or solder in) a decoder. Here's what just dawned on me : Whether DCC on board or DCC ready, if we want sound, does the present decoder have the capability to produce this sound, but...
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  • Point353's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    OK, that's just one loco. Did you then test it with a complete train and in both directions?
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • Glenn Poole's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    I also was able to post
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • Bill Denton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:31 PM
    I just did and was also able to post.
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    fifer replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I do not need it ! Mike
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  • wingnut1974's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    I will have to check this out anybody else try it yet???
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • wingnut1974's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    wingnut1974 replied to a thread Hello in New Member Introductions
    welcome to group cody
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  • RT_Coker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    Another False Myth: That the Bluetooth range will never be sufficient for large layouts. Bob
    2 replies | 396 view(s)
  • ArtinCA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    I used the search engine here... http://the-railroad-index.com/rd_item_control.php and found HOn30 mentioned once, but lot's of On30 references.
    3 replies | 70 view(s)
  • Jerry M. LaBoda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    William, I'll PM you his email address...
    7 replies | 183 view(s)
  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    fitz replied to a thread New Toy Enroute in Photography & Trains
    Ken, unfortunately no steam events coming up, except maybe the Holiday Express in Portland. I wasn't going to volunteer this year as I do not enjoy driving around Portland (not familiar with the streets) in the dark after a shift. Maybe I'll just run up there for a day and get some shots without working. Rick, I will find out if the focus can be remotely controlled, but doubt it. I do not have nor use the Helicon software.
    3 replies | 87 view(s)
  • Zug's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Zug replied to a thread Creeping throttle.... in N Scale
    Any possibility of kids or pets? The other possibility is a ghost. This kind of reminds me of years ago I walked up to my layout and seen some scenery material moving. turned out it was a tiny spider carrying off some loose Woodlands "gravel" that wasn't glued down..
    9 replies | 267 view(s)
  • Zug's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:50 PM
    This just shocked me.. I was going to browse the old Atlas forums to look for ideas for mail order site.. and it's UNLOCK, in other words. POSTING is online again! Yes, posted on the Nscale board just a few minutes ago.. Totally shocked here
    11 replies | 354 view(s)
  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    It took me a long time to put it together and as soon as I got one loop done I used alligator clips to power it up and do a test run.
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • ns737's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    ns737 replied to a thread N Scale Babyface Baldwins in N Scale
    HI Zsolt Kemeny from hungry did them in kit form.
    7 replies | 183 view(s)
  • John Barnhill's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    Yessir it is. Currently a home. When I was there last, like seven years ago, the guy living there was quite nice and told me about opening the freight doors for spring cleaning and such. :)
    5 replies | 1008 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    I agree. Good idea.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Same here. I got into old time radio shows a few years back. Spending a lot of time searching for goodies, sorting, filing. Lotsa fun tho'....... Some really fascinating things have survived.
    16 replies
  • Point353's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    Question for the OP: After the roadbed was laid, sanded and painted, did you lay all of the track (and ~50 turnouts/switches) all at once - and then find out you had multiple problems - or did you install, for example, one loop (or siding/yard track) at a time, get that running correctly and then work your way either in from the front or out from the center?
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Looks like a good day of fun. Is that depot a two story?
    5 replies | 1008 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:29 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Creeping throttle.... in N Scale
    I think you might have the answer here.
    9 replies | 267 view(s)
  • JPIII's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    The trees are coming along. I can only work on em' for short periods...then something else grabs my attention. I should get back to em'......but there is some extra pull that is keeping me attached to this computer desk chair.:ohboy:
    16 replies
  • jhn_plsn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
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  • casmmr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:33 PM
    I have found that to lay track without problems is impossible. No matter how careful you are, problems will pop up, some times years later. I used code 80 on my permanent layout built in 1992. I sanded the Midwest Cork Roadbed smooth and level and gapped the track, had leads to each section of Atlas flex track, used peck turnouts, med and long. During the twelve years I had the layout, I replaced one med turnout at least 6 times. The track...
    68 replies | 2824 view(s)
  • PipesnCigars's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    Hello everyone, I am currently selling several hundred HO scale items on ebay. All items were purchased back in the early 90's and are all discontinued today. My plan is to have 7 items up for auction per week. For every item that sells, I'll add a new item in its place. All auctions will start and end every Saturday at 1 PM CST. So check it out, you might just find something you've been looking for. Thank you for looking! ATHEARN...
    0 replies | 49 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    Ha ha. My chair magnet is also in fine shape. (My wife's works even better.) I've never minded the weather. Rain and snow mean I can spend more time indoors, playing with my toys. I have a ton of hobby stuff to do this winter, beyond trains. My hydroplane racing button collection neede to be re-sorted and re-catalogued. I have RR paper and slides a-plenty to scan. And model RR projects in progress on my work bench. When i am buried in these...
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    It's on back order from Athearn... ;) Looks like it threw oil from the stack shortly before setting itself on fire. Nice barbecue...:cute:
    13 replies | 423 view(s)
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