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Forum: N Scale Yesterday, 02:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 153
Posted By DonR
With or without wood sheet underlay, 2" foam...

With or without wood sheet underlay, 2" foam offers
the opportunity to carve contours doe your layout...small
ditches, a nice pond...or even a river. You
Also could run your wires UNDER it and...
Forum: N Scale 02-14-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 269
Posted By DonR
Sam There is no technical reason why you...

Sam

There is no technical reason why you couldn't have
both N and HO trains on the same benchwork. With
DCC, you could even run both layouts from the
same controller at the same time.

Did...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 02-14-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By DonR
Your turnout stationary decoders should take the ...

Your turnout stationary decoders should take the
power from your track bus direct from your DCC
controller. The rails on the turnout should take
the power from connected tracks and should...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 02-14-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 220
Posted By DonR
Bill From what you say it would seem that...

Bill

From what you say it would seem that the Plymouth
and your Proto 2000 locos have the same decoder
address.

The solution would be to change the address of
ONE of them to a different...
Forum: HO Scale 02-13-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By DonR
The motor on your loco is DC. So if it is...

The motor on your loco is DC. So if it is running
the wrong direction, you probably connected the
wires from the decoder to the motor backward.
Flip them. The wires from the trucks to the...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 02-13-2020, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By DonR
Could your detectors be 'seeing' the EZ turnout...

Could your detectors be 'seeing' the EZ turnout decoders?
They would draw about the same current as an idle
loco decoder. Is it possible to 'feed' the EZ's off
of a bus that is not a part of your...
Forum: My Layout 02-13-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 565
Posted By DonR
When you have a yard and also sidings and spurs ...

When you have a yard and also sidings and spurs
you are going to need a passing siding. The siding
makes it possible to run 'around' a car. That would
enable a loco to push a car forward into a...
Forum: HO Scale 02-13-2020, 02:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 539
Posted By DonR
Fine looking locomotive. It could probably...

Fine looking locomotive.

It could probably pull a lot more of those big
hoppers if you would replaces the actual 'coal' load with
foam or other lite material 'topped' by the 'coal'.

Don
Forum: New Member Introduction 02-13-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 89
Posted By DonR
Welcome to the fun place for 70 year old folks. ...

Welcome to the fun place for 70 year old folks.

I was over 80 when i began my latest layout and
that worked out fine...HO
is just right for the space you have available.

Now is the time to...
Forum: HO Scale 02-12-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 117
Posted By DonR
This video shows how the new Twist lock Peco...

This video shows how the new Twist lock Peco motor
works and how easily it is installed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKLWGKr_nwQ

These would be a desirable replacement for the PL10 Peco...
Forum: HO Scale 02-12-2020, 04:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 238
Posted By DonR
It would be very unusual for a loco to draw more ...

It would be very unusual for a loco to draw more
than .4 or .5 amps, most are much less. First thing to
do is find out what your loco is drawing. Disconnect
one wire to your track. Set your...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 02-12-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 336
Posted By DonR
You can't go wrong with Peco turnouts. You just...

You can't go wrong with Peco turnouts.
You just don't have turnout caused derails
with them.

However, you should be aware they offer
'Insulfrog' and 'Electrofrog' versions.

Those with small...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 02-10-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 527
Posted By DonR
That sure seems to be a very complex device. ...

That sure seems to be a very complex device.
Way above my pay grade.

I assume you have seen this video and read
the manual.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei--8gl1U8U

Don
Forum: HO Scale 02-10-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 140
Posted By DonR
What voltage does the motherboard maker claim ...

What voltage does the motherboard maker claim
for the LED output? If more than 1.5 volts your
incandescent bulb would soon die.

If there is no information, you would best use
your multimeter...
Forum: HO Scale 02-10-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 798
Posted By DonR
Possibly the easiest urban area to plan for your ...

Possibly the easiest urban area to plan for your
layout is a small town. Building kits are widely
available at hobby stores. But it is enjoyable to
create your own. Hobby shops have scale...
Forum: Union Station 02-08-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 437
Posted By DonR
I sure agree, an off the air antenna is the way...

I sure agree, an off the air antenna is the way to go.
Mine is an RCA designed for digital and mounted outside
the on fascia. I think it ran around 30.00 at Walmart. Easy install.
They claimed...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 02-08-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 145
Posted By DonR
The BLUE wire on decoders is the common, and it...

The BLUE wire on decoders is the common, and
it is POSITIVE. So, if you are using LEDs you'll
need to see that the blue wire connects to the
positive wire on each LED.

Decoder light feed is 12...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 02-07-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 252
Posted By DonR
Michael Your DCC controller does feed all...

Michael

Your DCC controller does feed all tracks in the
layout, I assume. That being the case, your
main controller and any other hand held controller
can run any trains anywhere on your...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 02-07-2020, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 167
Posted By DonR
The craft section of Walmart, Michaels and Hobby...

The craft section of Walmart, Michaels and Hobby Lobby
have excellent very low priced water based paints. One 'color' available is asphalt. You can mix your own. Black with a little white or gray...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 02-07-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 121
Posted By DonR
Ron Yes, the PL10E has tabs that fit in...

Ron

Yes, the PL10E has tabs that fit in slots of
the Peco turnout. Bend the tabs over to lock
it in place. Cut off the excess pin. I suggest
that you solder 'pig tails' to the PL10 terminals...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 02-07-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By DonR
Azatrax has reverse loop controllers for both DCC...

Azatrax has reverse loop controllers for both DCC and
DC.

http://www.azatrax.com/model-railroad-reverse-loop.html

Here is what you need to do if you continue to use
your reverse loop:

1. ...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 02-07-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 396
Posted By DonR
I grew up in a small Illinois town. The main...

I grew up in a small Illinois town. The main 'downtown'
streets were brick. The remainder of the town's streets
were annually graded then a coat of some type of 'oil' was
applied. This was...
Forum: New Member Introduction 02-06-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 277
Posted By DonR
Not sure what you mean by 'group of wires' but ...

Not sure what you mean by 'group of wires' but
if your locos run well on the track as DC, they'll
likely run just as well with DCC on the track.

The typical DCC loco running at a visually...
Forum: HO Scale 02-06-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 196
Posted By DonR
Ozzy You would probably be better off to get...

Ozzy

You would probably be better off to get complete used boxcars
for around 3 to 5 $ at train shows. You could
use your bottomless 'shells' for scenery 'storage' units
on your layout.

Don
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 02-05-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 814
Posted By DonR
Pardpn my unfamiliarity with foreign language...

Pardpn my unfamiliarity with foreign language spelling
but to cv-acr...au contraire...

Going way back in railroad history many yards had 'towers' where switchmen operated huge
levers that, using...
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