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Forum: My Layout 10-13-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,270
Posted By J.Albert1949
The Kato track makes it easy to move and adjust a...

The Kato track makes it easy to move and adjust a plan to taste (while still looking good).

Regarding placement of "the tower" in your pics above:
A tower like that would generally be located...
Forum: HO Scale 10-12-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 390
Posted By J.Albert1949
wvgca wrote: "if you are setting the air line...

wvgca wrote:
"if you are setting the air line above the rails, it's way too high, lol"

Hah.
(not sure whether your post was intended as a joke, or not)

If it's NOT "above the rail head", it's...
Forum: HO Scale 10-11-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 390
Posted By J.Albert1949
I found the Kadee coupler alignment tool leaving...

I found the Kadee coupler alignment tool leaving the "curleycues" too low.

So... I came up with my own way to set coupler height.
I use a plastic credit card.
Set it on the rails.
The curleycue...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-08-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7,379
Views: 2,113,966
Posted By J.Albert1949
I was never a GE fan in my working days (the...

I was never a GE fan in my working days (the EMD's were the superior engine), but I saw this Rivarossi U25c on ebay and grabbed it for the minimum bid. I put a 21 pin ESU #53614 decoder into it,...
Forum: HO Scale 10-06-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 228
Posted By J.Albert1949
Could the old motor be "seized up" inside, taking...

Could the old motor be "seized up" inside, taking a couple of minutes to "loosen up" and come back to life? Particularly if it was sitting unused for years and years?
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-04-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By J.Albert1949
yankeedabbler.com is good for dcc items, and...

yankeedabbler.com is good for dcc items, and shipping is usually only $3.
Forum: O Scale 10-03-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,740
Posted By J.Albert1949
I'm an HO gauge guy. Entirely different world...

I'm an HO gauge guy. Entirely different world (dcc) than I reckon most old O-gaugers use.

But... if you want to see what's possible with wireless (wifi) control, try this. It hurts nothing and you...
Forum: HO Scale 10-03-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 824
Posted By J.Albert1949
I use Kato HO unitrack on 1/4" plywood, and...

I use Kato HO unitrack on 1/4" plywood, and although it generates some "running sound", I don't find it to be particularly noisy or displeasing.

Perhaps that's because I don't "hard fasten" it to...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-02-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By J.Albert1949
OP: Tell us: - how much space do you have...

OP:

Tell us:
- how much space do you have for a train layout? (most folks start out with 4x8 (or close to that)
- will "the setup" be in a permanent place, or will it be something you "put down,...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 09-29-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 633
Posted By J.Albert1949
I saw at least one piece of equipment in the...

I saw at least one piece of equipment in the video that I actually worked on back when I was young!

(Amtrak turboliner, formerly used on the Hudson line between Albany and G.C.T.)

What does...
Forum: HO Scale 09-28-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 403
Posted By J.Albert1949
I reckon that the reason there are so many models...

I reckon that the reason there are so many models of the SD-40 is because they were such a great engine on the big trains.

Great pullers, reliable, rode "light as a feather" despite their size,...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 09-26-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 486
Posted By J.Albert1949
There really isn't a good comparison to be drawn...

There really isn't a good comparison to be drawn between "getting prepared for the trip" on the big trains, vis-a-vis getting a train ready to go on a model railroad.

Most of the prep work on the...
Forum: HO Scale 09-23-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,308
Posted By J.Albert1949
OP wrote: "The dc one is not my layout. I was...

OP wrote:
"The dc one is not my layout. I was just trying to come up with a path of least resistance for them. Looks like realistically its dcc or nothing."

Getting the layout wiring changed is...
Forum: HO Scale 09-21-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 600
Posted By J.Albert1949
Hard to tell from the pic (image is too small)...

Hard to tell from the pic (image is too small) but that looks like an SD-45 to me...
Forum: HO Scale 09-21-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,308
Posted By J.Albert1949
OP wrote: "I did also kind of wonder about the...

OP wrote:
"I did also kind of wonder about the preserved option above. In this fantasy scenario there's a huge switch labeled "DC/DCC" -- you know think young frankenstein stuff."

It's probably...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 09-21-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 793
Posted By J.Albert1949
An impertinent comment, but... Look at the...

An impertinent comment, but...

Look at the guys who spend hours "weathering" their trains to make them look like they're collecting the dust and dirt of the real world...

and then...

... who...
Forum: Structures Forum 09-20-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By J.Albert1949
Where on the branch was this located? In my...

Where on the branch was this located?

In my younger days, I worked passenger and freight on the Harlem line.
When Conrail was still around, we'd switch "84 Lumber" right at Golden's Bridge...
Forum: HO Scale 09-20-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,308
Posted By J.Albert1949
You didn't tell us how large the RR is. ...

You didn't tell us how large the RR is.

Simplest way to convert the entire RR to dcc would be to remove the switchboard[s] and existing wiring.

Then, set up a dcc power "bus line", with...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 09-15-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 337
Posted By J.Albert1949
I don't have the equipment or loco that you have....

I don't have the equipment or loco that you have.

But with dcc, I've found that the engine will first stop, then reverse.
Not "instantaneous reverse" as with dc.

If you have CV 4 (deceleration...
Forum: HO Scale 09-12-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 824
Posted By J.Albert1949
I considered dcc-controlled switches. But...

I considered dcc-controlled switches.

But the Kato "switch levers" are plug-and-play, and you can buy an "extension cord" so that the leads can be extended (or make your own).

They work well...
Forum: My Layout 09-11-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 202
Posted By J.Albert1949
OP: I enjoyed the video with the PC stuff...

OP:

I enjoyed the video with the PC stuff (being a PC/Conrail guy myself),
BUT...
I couldn't take "the music" you added for a soundtrack.
That just doesn't "do it".

Much better would be...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 09-09-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 521
Posted By J.Albert1949
Did you try resetting it, using CV8 --> 8 yet?

Did you try resetting it, using CV8 --> 8 yet?
Forum: My Layout 09-09-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 19,612
Posted By J.Albert1949
Everything looks great. Who made the express...

Everything looks great.
Who made the express truck pictured in post 289 above?
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 09-09-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7,379
Views: 2,113,966
Posted By J.Albert1949
Found a Bowser c430 (non dcc) on ebay and snagged...

Found a Bowser c430 (non dcc) on ebay and snagged it for a very good price.

Took the shell off and tried to remove the existing 21-pin "dummy" board, and BROKE one of the pins! It was at one end,...
Forum: HO Scale 09-08-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 312
Posted By J.Albert1949
"Burlington Northern 4246" That looks like a...

"Burlington Northern 4246"

That looks like a July, 2002 release.
It should have an 8-pin connector inside.
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