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Forum: HO Scale Yesterday, 10:23 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By traction fan
West Kadee & Micro-Trains trucks

Cab1;

Yes, Kadee makes a full line of trucks, with, or without, couplers attached, Bettendorf, Roller Bearing, Archbar, and other designs. They also make all-metal trucks in HO-scale. :thumbsup:...
Forum: New Member Introduction Yesterday, 09:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By traction fan
West Welcome aboard!

Twiskers;

Welcome to the forum! On the new Walthers locomotive, clean the wheels even though it's new, they get oxidized pretty quickly. The older loco will need a good wheel cleaning too, but...
Forum: New Member Introduction Yesterday, 09:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 132
Posted By traction fan
West Welcome aboard!

Buckster;

Welcome to the forum! I'ts nice to hear that you and your daughter can share an interest in trains. For now, since she's having fun with that bare 4x8 and a loop of track, that's fine!...
Forum: My Layout Yesterday, 07:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 739
Posted By traction fan
West Wiring a wye

spikedrivingblues;

I have two wyes on my layout. The wiring is actually pretty simple. When I was using DC control, I used an old system called "Tower control" which used one power pack for each...
Forum: HO Scale Yesterday, 05:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 453
Posted By traction fan
West Night and day LED lighting

EdC;

Your idea of adding a top to support lighting is a good one. Many larger layouts have lighting hidden behind a "valence" board running along the ceiling. My own smaller layout has a...
Forum: HO Scale Yesterday, 04:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 453
Posted By traction fan
West Attaching photos

scottmac99;

If your whole post disappeared, or never appeared, it may be held up in moderation. You can ask gunrunnerjohn about that.
If the text went through, but a planned photo did not,...
Forum: Painting, detailing and decaling 12-04-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By traction fan
West Better view of semaphore lenses

tr1;

This (unfortunately overexposed) view of the semaphore, from the other side, shows the red, yellow, and green, epoxy lenses better.

Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:

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Forum: Painting, detailing and decaling 12-04-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By traction fan
West Epoxy lenses

tr1;

Epoxy makes excellent lenses that are waterproof and perfectly clear. I made the lenses in this N-scale scratchbuilt semaphore from 5 min. epoxy stained with Tamiya's clear red, green, &...
Forum: Painting, detailing and decaling 12-04-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 110
Posted By traction fan
West Chalk yes, dullcote no.

DavidJones;

I weather with pastel chalks. (A much cheaper version of the commercial "weathering powders.) I do not use dullcote, or anything else, to cover, or "protect" the weathering. I've...
Forum: My Layout 12-04-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 739
Posted By traction fan
West If not now, definitely sometime!

spikedrivingblues;

I strongly recommend you look at cutting an access aisle to reach the center hole of your layout. You can bridge the aisle with a hinged section or lift out. I don't see the...
Forum: My Layout 12-04-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By traction fan
West Duck under? Oh no!

Jscullans;

You might consider cutting an access aisle through one of the short sides of your layout. It could be bridged by a hinged section. This will be infinitely better for your back and...
Forum: HO Scale 12-04-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 453
Posted By traction fan
West (Book) shelf layout

EdC;

My layout is a bit more than a typical "switching"(only) type layout, but it definitely qualifies as a shelf layout. It is based on an old (January & February 1977) Model Railroader...
Forum: HO Scale 12-03-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 169
Posted By traction fan
West Truck-mounted couplers

Curtis;

Without photos I can't see what you have/need in terms of a replacement truck assembly. It sounds like you are, perhaps, unlikely to be able to find a direct factory replacement part. If...
Forum: HO Scale 12-03-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 385
Posted By traction fan
West Peco vs Atlas turnouts, no contest! Peco wins by a mile!

FiremistSLK;

Your research-based decision to use Peco's excellent turnouts instead of Atlas's "considerably-less-than-excellent"(aka lousy) Snap Switches is right on the money. I have used both...
Forum: New Member Introduction 12-02-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 276
Posted By traction fan
West Programer and controller

Haystack;

While what Tom_C says above is quite true, it occurs to me that since you are not experienced with model trains, you might not understand some of what Tom is saying. The Bachmann...
Forum: New Member Introduction 12-02-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 276
Posted By traction fan
West Bachmann EZ-track turnouts vs Kato Unitrack turnouts

Haystack;

I'm going to, possibly, disagree with the advice you have been given about going with Bachmann EZ-Track, depending on your personal long-term plans. First if you feel that all you will...
Forum: New Member Introduction 12-02-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7,724
Views: 812,866
Posted By traction fan
West Welcome aboard!

magnum0970;

Welcome to the forum! We will be happy to answer any questions you have. I have some for you. What scale are the trains you now have? Do you plan to build a permanent layout, or stick...
Forum: New Member Introduction 12-02-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7,724
Views: 812,866
Posted By traction fan
West Welcome aboard!

JackA;

Welcome to the forum! For a reusable Christmas layout, you might consider using extruded foam insulation board as a base. This is the hard, pink, blue, or green foam sold in 4' x 8'...
Forum: N Scale 11-30-2019, 05:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 359
Posted By traction fan
West Heated super glue

David;

First of all, congratulations on fixing your own problems, in your own way. Heating super glue can release toxic, eye and throat irritating fumes. Be careful. It would be a shame to hurt...
Forum: New Member Introduction 11-30-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7,724
Views: 812,866
Posted By traction fan
West Welcome aboard!

Big Chief;

Welcome to the forum! If you really like O-scale, then go with it. As for room restriction, we all have that, at least to some degree. One way to fit a large scale into a small space...
Forum: HO Scale 11-30-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 208
Posted By traction fan
West No it shouldn't be all that obvious

Latestarter;

If you have the railtops even, which of course you have to operationally, and the track is painted and ballasted, I doubt anyone would even notice the different rail sizes. Have you...
Forum: HO Scale 11-30-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By traction fan
West Campbell shingles

I don't recall ever building a Campbell kit. However, these days I often don't recall what I went out to the garage to get, so who knows? :laugh: I do use Campbells paper shingles, which were...
Forum: N Scale 11-29-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By traction fan
West Too high rail

Sorry, duplicate post.


Traction Fan :smilie_daumenpos:
Forum: N Scale 11-29-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By traction fan
West Too high rail

tbarber1027;

You are correct that code 80 rail in N-scale would be over a foot high if scaled up to real life, full size. You are also right that no prototype railroad, at least that I know of,...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 11-29-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 759
Posted By traction fan
West Yes change it.

John;

I think it's time for a baner change. While we're on the subject of changing things on the forum, how about updating the printed descriptions attached to the scale sections. The N-scale...
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