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Forum: Painting, detailing and decaling Today, 12:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 130
Posted By DonR
MikeB It's really not that difficult. Use...

MikeB

It's really not that difficult. Use cheap water based 'flat' paints from Walmart or other craft section..get the basic colors and
white/black. Mix desired colors in bottle caps with a...
Forum: HO Scale 07-12-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By DonR
0Gaugeguy The test Michael suggested can...

0Gaugeguy

The test Michael suggested can identify what
is causing the derail.

You get a good light on the turnout, run the loco
(with the cars) as slow as it will go. At the very
moment you...
Forum: HO Scale 07-12-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Posted By DonR
HOfabricator has the right spirit for our...

HOfabricator has the right spirit for our hobby...be
creative.

Dollying up cars is a fun chore.

One of the easiest cars that you can work on is
the 'lowly' flat car.

I had a couple that...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 07-11-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 556
Posted By DonR
I think Lemonhawk is referring to the Stapleton...

I think Lemonhawk is referring to the Stapleton 751 series
turnout control switches. The twin coil version does have
a built in Capacitor Discharge Unit and does have
terminals to power panel and...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 07-09-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 104
Posted By DonR
NMRA standards require that all makers use...

NMRA standards require that all makers use decoder wires
using the same color codes: Red for right rail power pickup,
Black for left, for example. If your loco is DCC ready
and you wish to add...
Forum: HO Scale 07-09-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 221
Posted By DonR
I'm wondering if the specific circuit diagrams...

I'm wondering if the specific circuit diagrams for
commercial DCC equipment would be patented
and thus unavailable to anyone outside of each company.

Don
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 07-06-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 436
Posted By DonR
I'm a little curious about the accessory's 'need'...

I'm a little curious about the accessory's 'need' for
an 8 to 10 volt current. I had always thought that
just about every 3 rail system used approximately
the same voltages, usually around 12 to...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 07-03-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 713
Posted By DonR
I really like your basic track plan. A single...

I really like your basic track plan. A single track
main with several passing sidings affords lots of
continuous running with two (or more) trains going
clockwise AND counter clockwise. (assuming...
Forum: Train Shows, Events 07-01-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 119
Posted By DonR
ANOTHER BIG FLORIDA TRAIN SHOW

68TH Florida Rail Fair

Saturday July 13, 2019 9A - 4P
Volusia Co. Fairgrounds
FL 44 just off I-4 West of Daytona Beach.

Many vendors with trains and train accessories
for all gauges.
...
Forum: Union Station 07-01-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 311
Posted By DonR
U.S. streetcars (trams outside the Americas) are...

U.S. streetcars (trams outside the Americas) are required
to sound a bell as they started out. The bell was also
used when the motorman saw a potential accident.

Remember, Clang, clang, clang...
Forum: North America 07-01-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By DonR
Like the others, I had been there, rode the...

Like the others, I had been there, rode the train, but
don't recall the coach colors. However, there is one
tid bit of trivia, the train was painted yellow for it's
appearance in the movie, HELLO...
Forum: HO Scale 07-01-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 529
Posted By DonR
Really great post. It reflects the very...

Really great post.

It reflects the very essence of our Hobby, using our
brains and our hands to create. The satisfaction of
seeing a successful project is the result.

Don
Forum: HO Scale 06-29-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By DonR
It's not unusual for the wire from loco truck ...

It's not unusual for the wire from loco truck
pickup wipers to the 'innards' to break. You
may have lost all power from one truck.

You can test this by connecting a wire from your
power...
Forum: Union Station 06-29-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By DonR
In later years this cylinder type recording...

In later years this cylinder type recording device was
improved by using wax cylinders and electronic amps.
The major brand being sold was DICTAPHONE. Execs
dictated to the machine and their...
Forum: HO Scale 06-27-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 156
Posted By DonR
I suspect that much of the station platform ...

I suspect that much of the station platform
equipment colors varied from one railroad to
the next. However, the Railway Express carts,
which were likely the same across the country,
were...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 06-26-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 672
Posted By DonR
From what you have said, the first reaction is...

From what you have said, the first reaction is that
you have a shorting in the wiring or track which is
why you were seeing such high amp draw.

You report that singly one loco runs fine but that...
Forum: HO Scale 06-26-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By DonR
The movements of the train wouldn't matter when...

The movements of the train wouldn't matter
when you have a reverse loop controller. It
powers the isolated section with correct 'polarity'
automatically.

Like the others have said, power the...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 06-25-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By DonR
You may notice a difference in rail head size...

You may notice a difference in rail head size when
comparing 027 and 0 gauge tracks and turnouts,
otherwise yes, they can all be used on the same
layout.

Most layouts using only one transformer...
Forum: HO Scale 06-25-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By DonR
Agree with Trainman, wheel cleanliness and easy...

Agree with Trainman, wheel cleanliness and
easy rolling is paramount. The truck must easily
swivel, and the wheels need to be easy rolling.
I recommend using a powder lubricant such as
graphite...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 06-25-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Posted By DonR
' Graffite is good for car truck axles and...

'
Graffite is good for car truck axles and knuckle
coupler boxes.

Don
Forum: For Sale or Trade (member-to-member) 06-24-2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 687
Posted By DonR
The layout is SOLD. A very nice couple came, ...

The layout is SOLD. A very nice couple came,
shoved money at me, took it apart and trundled
it away. It was amazing how quickly they were
able to pack the roster, the buildings and other
scenic...
Forum: HO Scale 06-24-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By DonR
I've enjoyed the Bachmann S4 switcher. It's...

I've enjoyed the Bachmann S4 switcher. It's heavy
enough to pull a cut of cars without wheel slip and
it has the capability of 'slow walking' thru a yard.

It's available with DCC and Sound.
...
Forum: HO Scale 06-22-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 363
Posted By DonR
The length of the track has no bearing on the...

The length of the track has no bearing on the power
of the source. So if your power pack runs your
train satisfactorily it will be sufficient for the
whole layout. You should run a bus around...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 06-21-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 556
Posted By DonR
It seems unusual that the NCE stationary decoders...

It seems unusual that the NCE stationary decoders do not
have terminals to control signal and panel LEDs. Considering
the cost of these devices you would think they would have
that ability.
...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 06-18-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 379
Posted By DonR
Mesenteria Couldn't find the suggested...

Mesenteria

Couldn't find the suggested instructions. Could you
provide a link? Just how are
these 'gaps' powered, by what source?

The way many of use use a 'wye' only a loco and
perhaps...
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