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Forum: Beginner Q & A Today, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 124
Posted By DonR
Traction fan Lionel does have a system...

Traction fan

Lionel does have a system somewhat similar
to DCC for 3 rail layouts. I'm merely aware of it
and don't know the details. GunrunnerJohn
is very experienced with it and could give...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion Today, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 115
Posted By DonR
George Glad to have another new guy to come...

George

Glad to have another new guy to come on board.

The Walther's catalog is a year round wish book for
modellers. Walther's is the Nationwide wholesale
supplier to most local Hobby Shops....
Forum: Beginner Q & A Yesterday, 03:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 127
Posted By DonR
Charlie For a layout as you describe yours,...

Charlie

For a layout as you describe yours, only one or
two track drops would be sufficient, each powered
from a 2 wire bus from your power pack. The same
would be true even if you expanded...
Forum: Beginner Q & A Yesterday, 03:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 124
Posted By DonR
You might want to look through some of the...

You might want to look through some of the layouts
in our Layout design forum. You might see something
that would inspire your own creative track design.

The need for any additional...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-14-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Posted By DonR
Shorty I'm not personally familiar with the...

Shorty

I'm not personally familiar with the Zepher, but it
is a full feature DCC system. You can use it as it
comes, and if your layout grows it can easily be
upgraded. You can add power, or...
Forum: HO Scale 10-14-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By DonR
You'll be glad to know that today's HO model ...

You'll be glad to know that today's HO model
trains are made with so much better quality than
ever before.

Any recently made HO loco will give you very satisfactory
operations for a long time...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-14-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Posted By DonR
Shorty There is so much available for us...

Shorty

There is so much available for us train modellers
today, it can be daunting.

But when you get down to it, things are actually
much more simple now. And the trains are better
quality...
Forum: HO Scale 10-13-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 448
Posted By DonR
Hobo Many of us DCCers have the track...

Hobo

Many of us DCCers have the track 'live' even
when working on a car...maybe because it just
uncoupled in error and that needs attention...so with
the plastic 'insulated' Kadee tool, you...
Forum: HO Scale 10-11-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 401
Posted By DonR
A track cleaning car felt pad would seem to snag...

A track cleaning car felt pad would seem to snag on
turnout points, but in all my runs it did not ever snag.

There may be some other material that can hold
a 'charge' of 'alky' and not have the...
Forum: HO Scale 10-11-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 448
Posted By DonR
One of the most helpful special tools around a...

One of the most helpful special tools around
a layout is the KADEE COUPLER ALIGNMENT tool.

With it you can make your couplers match vertically
and laterally. It has 'points' for body height as...
Forum: HO Scale 10-10-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 401
Posted By DonR
You can easily make a track cleaning car from ...

You can easily make a track cleaning car from
one of your train cars. Simply fashion an underframe
support for a piece of felt wide enuf to span both
rails. Add weight to the car. Just dribble...
Forum: HO Scale 10-10-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By DonR
For a hose, you might pull the metal wires from ...

For a hose, you might pull the metal wires from
their plastic insulation and use that.

Don
Forum: N Scale 10-10-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By DonR
Sometimes metal wheels will short at a narrow...

Sometimes metal wheels will short at
a narrow turnout frog if their tread is too wide.

You can often remedy this by using a tiny
dab of clear fingernail polish on ONE rail
of the frog where the...
Forum: S Scale 10-08-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By DonR
The reverse unit 'dropping out' would indicate...

The reverse unit 'dropping out' would indicate loss
of power. Does the headlight blink at the point
where the unit 'drops'? If so, there is a loss of
continuity from track to 'innards'. Does...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 10-07-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By DonR
Mike Your choice of turnouts relates to the...

Mike

Your choice of turnouts relates to the question,
do I need drops on my yard tracks.

Some turnouts, such as Peco Insulfrog, are
power routing. They 'turn off' power to divert if
points...
Forum: HO Scale 10-07-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By DonR
I have cut a 'sliver' of rail from scrap, filed ...

I have cut a 'sliver' of rail from scrap, filed
the lower flange, and inserted it into the gap joiner.
Once in you can solder, or even simply glue it.

Don
Forum: Beginner Q & A 10-06-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 215
Posted By DonR
Ronk There really is no complex wiring for...

Ronk

There really is no complex wiring for the main
lines of your layout.

You have what we generally call a continuous running
layout, using DCC, you certainly can have several
trains...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-06-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By DonR
You are very wise to decide to create your own...

You are very wise to decide to create your
own buildings. You'll have many satisfying
moments.

The typical hobby shop local or on line has a large
selection of materials that you will want to...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 10-04-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 298
Posted By DonR
I accidentally erase a post from time to time...

I accidentally erase a post from time to time because
I let a finger get on the CTL key as I type...that, in
combination with another keyboard key, erases
almost instantly.

I also have failed...
Forum: HO Scale 10-03-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By DonR
There are members here who have the experience ...

There are members here who have the experience
to help you get your Mantua loco running
but they will need to know what's wrong.

Is it DC or DCC?

Do the lights work?

Does the loco run at...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-03-2019, 02:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,074
Posted By DonR
There are likely few of you who can remember ...

There are likely few of you who can remember
the annual Sears Christmas catalog...it was full of
toys, decorations and other gift ideas. Us 'kids'
always looked forward to it and it became the...
Forum: HO Scale 10-02-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 394
Posted By DonR
It's generally the opinion of many members that ...

It's generally the opinion of many members that
the quality of locos on today's market is very high,
actually there is little difference between brands.

What difference there is...is in the...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-02-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 934
Posted By DonR
Can't help with the tender 'luvin'... But...

Can't help with the tender 'luvin'...

But didn't the driver wheel size have to do with
the intended purpose of the locomotive?

Think gear ratio.

Basically the larger drivers were used on...
Forum: HO Scale 10-02-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 505
Posted By DonR
Soldering the joints is a good thing...BUT... ...

Soldering the joints is a good thing...BUT...

...if you are not yet certain of your track plan and
just want to get trains running...hold off...see how
things go...most likely you are going to...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 09-30-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By DonR
Pilot I agree, you have only a long single...

Pilot

I agree, you have only a long single track main that
crosses over itself. There is no 'reverse loop'.

From your video, I understand that if you use ONLY
one feeder from your DCC...
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