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Forum: HO Scale 09-12-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 489
Posted By ggnlars
Your can replace these couplers with either old...

Your can replace these couplers with either old horn hooks or newer Kadees. I've done it so many times I lost count. If you are using Kadees, I would use a 27 or 47 because they have a...
Forum: HO Scale 09-05-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 687
Posted By ggnlars
Athearn BB units were very competitive in their...

Athearn BB units were very competitive in their day. The industry has come a long way since. There are several GP7/9 units available that are much better quality cosmetically. These units are more...
Forum: HO Scale 08-31-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By ggnlars
This link is for a specific plug:...

This link is for a specific plug:...
Forum: HO Scale 08-28-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By ggnlars
Decoders have to work on DC. That is part of the...

Decoders have to work on DC. That is part of the "standard". The problem is that people who run DC, seldom run pure DC. Years ago, it was discovered that providing a PWM or pulse wave modulation...
Forum: HO Scale 08-26-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By ggnlars
It really gets down to who makes what you want. ...

It really gets down to who makes what you want. Between these two, The Athearn Genesis is better, but the cosmetic quality on some of the Genesis line was really bad. The Walthers models can take...
Forum: HO Scale 08-21-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 486
Posted By ggnlars
The three you list are down on my list for...

The three you list are down on my list for running ability based on extensive testing. Atlas, Rapido and Bowser would be better choices. Athearn & recent Bachmann would come next. As important is...
Forum: HO Scale 08-19-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By ggnlars
Brushes and springs do not wear out suddenly. ...

Brushes and springs do not wear out suddenly. You would notice a different speed in reverse vs forward. Does it not run by itself? Assume the motor is in the cab. If you have the top of the...
Forum: HO Scale 08-17-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By ggnlars
Just to be sure, Take the wheels out of the...

Just to be sure, Take the wheels out of the trucks and apply power appropriately to either side. The unit should run freely. Before doing that rotate the flywheels, there should not be any...
Forum: HO Scale 08-15-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 581
Posted By ggnlars
Yes it is an early P2K unit. The problem is the...

Yes it is an early P2K unit. The problem is the axle gears. These crack and eventually will cause the unit to bind, which is a motor stall that can look like a short. You can tell which axles are...
Forum: HO Scale 08-07-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,942
Posted By ggnlars
It has nothing to do with DCC. It has to do with...

It has nothing to do with DCC. It has to do with the quality of the upgrade. I've seen many DCC engine lash ups that had wires strung outside of the units, so they were somehow in sync. The person...
Forum: HO Scale 05-14-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By ggnlars
I think the cab is wrong for a dash 8 or 9 model....

I think the cab is wrong for a dash 8 or 9 model. It is probably a dash 7. The length will determine if it is a B or C.
Larry
www.llxlocomotives.com
Forum: HO Scale 05-14-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By ggnlars
Assume the SDP-40 is an Athearn Blue box or early...

Assume the SDP-40 is an Athearn Blue box or early RTR. Like the P2K units you referenced, they are prone to cracked axle gears. The tower bearings can/will also seize causing the unit to stop dead,...
Forum: HO Scale 05-14-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By ggnlars
For performance, I would drop Walthers several...

For performance, I would drop Walthers several slots as well as the Intermountain. This is based on my testing that I have documented on my web page.
Larry
llxlocomotives.com
Forum: HO Scale 02-08-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,077
Posted By ggnlars
Low end cars like model power use 27 couplers. ...

Low end cars like model power use 27 couplers. TYCO cars use #5 or 28 couplers. You have to be flexible, because these trucks can be warped or or theese be off. In that case you may need a #5 when...
Forum: HO Scale 02-08-2017, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,527
Posted By ggnlars
You need to reduce the draw force per car. ...

You need to reduce the draw force per car. Tuning the trucks is a good way. Reducing the car weights if practical. You need enough weight for reliability, but additional will reduce the train...
Forum: HO Scale 02-02-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,318
Posted By ggnlars
Age will be critical here. Early Spectrum fell...

Age will be critical here. Early Spectrum fell slightly below Atlas Roco engines. They ran fine when new, but..... A common problem was the motor brushes were held in place by a plastic frame. ...
Forum: HO Scale 01-10-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 713
Posted By ggnlars
The VO-1000 is a upgraded Stewart model. I have...

The VO-1000 is a upgraded Stewart model. I have found the people at Bowser to be very accommodating to ensure they have a good model. They replaced the trucks and fuel tank on the first C636...
Forum: HO Scale 01-10-2017, 01:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,209
Posted By ggnlars
It may be an over saturated market. On another...

It may be an over saturated market. On another forum there was a lot of discussion and potential desire for the perfect SD40-2. It has been a mainstay in the real world. However, there have been a...
Forum: HO Scale 12-05-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,669
Posted By ggnlars
The mount screws look like Athearn. Recent...

The mount screws look like Athearn. Recent Genesis have out side frame Kato clone trucks.
Kato units almost always have the classic Kato symbol etched some where on the bottom. Athearn units are...
Forum: HO Scale 12-04-2016, 07:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,703
Posted By ggnlars
If you put the engines at $15 and the cars at $7....

If you put the engines at $15 and the cars at $7. That would be $300, so anything less than that is a bargain.
Larry
www.llxlocomotives.com
Forum: HO Scale 12-01-2016, 10:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,820
Posted By ggnlars
Missing traction tires will cause this problem. ...

Missing traction tires will cause this problem. Units designed with tires have to have them in place. If not the unit will lean into the slot where the tires were. This causes the other truck...
Forum: HO Scale 12-01-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,522
Posted By ggnlars
A number of reasons why engines do not run the...

A number of reasons why engines do not run the same speed, even from the same manufacturer. Variations in the models and decoders are the primary reason. Age and wear will magnify the differences. ...
Forum: HO Scale 11-29-2016, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By ggnlars
That axle is really cracked. Because of this, a...

That axle is really cracked. Because of this, a new axle gear is the best solution.
I find this to be typical of a lot of Bachmann steam, and some diesels with this same wheel axle design. I...
Forum: HO Scale 11-29-2016, 03:50 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,694
Posted By ggnlars
The cost of inventory is no different relatively...

The cost of inventory is no different relatively today than it was forty years ago. Most of the "inventory" was stored at the end seller. He had to have something for you to buy when you came in the...
Forum: HO Scale 11-29-2016, 07:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By ggnlars
What is the weight of the car. Is it derailing...

What is the weight of the car. Is it derailing on sharp curves?
Larry
www.llxlocomotices.com
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