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Forum: Union Station Yesterday, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 129
Posted By DonR
This change would deprive so many the 'touch of...

This change would deprive so many the 'touch of luxury'
that the dining car offered. Key to that, the white
table cloths. You really felt rich and living the life
of Riley as a waiter placed a...
Forum: Union Station Yesterday, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 248
Posted By DonR
So good to see that you were able to save your...

So good to see that you were able to save your dog.

I wasn't so lucky, or perhaps, I didn't know what
to do when my Shelty couldn't move first thing
one morning a few years ago. I tried to help...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 09-21-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 228
Posted By DonR
In the limited views afforded by your pics it...

In the limited views afforded by your pics it appears
that the Transformer and the track are very well
maintained. As others have suggested, suspect the
locos. Wheels and center contactor must be...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 09-21-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 321
Posted By DonR
In all the years of my HO room size layout, not...

In all the years of my HO room size layout, not one time did I
lift a finger to dust. Why? It made my buildings, trains
and other scenic effects even more realistic. Of course,
I regularly ran...
Forum: HO Scale 09-20-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 389
Posted By DonR
Severn The DCC track voltage is around 14 or...

Severn

The DCC track voltage is around 14 or so
volts modified AC. A DC motor would sense
the reversal of the polarity and try to react.
The motor cannot actually revolve and
over heating...
Forum: HO Scale 09-20-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 389
Posted By DonR
The complexity of your layout upgrade depends on...

The complexity of your layout upgrade depends on
the number of trains you expect to run at one time.

If it's DC, and you expect to have more than one
train running at a time, you'll continue to...
Forum: HO Scale 09-18-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 261
Posted By DonR
Ed Your post 5 shows the wheels and axle...

Ed

Your post 5 shows the wheels and axle quite
clearly, you can even make out the shiny treads
and the flanges on the Pittsburg incline car.

Don
Forum: HO Scale 09-17-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By DonR
Best I recall the Marklin trains ran on an 00...

Best I recall the Marklin trains ran on an 00 gauge
track which is essentially the same as HO. If so,
couldn't you simply substitute the Marklin wheels with
HO freight car wheels, either plastic...
Forum: HO Scale 09-17-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 261
Posted By DonR
Tom Wasn't there two cars connected together...

Tom

Wasn't there two cars connected together
acting as counter balance?
One goes up as the other comes down.

Maybe you could consider a Tortoise or similar
slow action reversible DC motor to...
Forum: HO Scale 09-17-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 121
Posted By DonR
Marklin makes both AC and DC trains. You may be ...

Marklin makes both AC and DC trains. You may be
able to buy wheels designed for DC track direct
from them.

https://www.marklin.com/

After you change the wheels, will your loco
designed for...
Forum: HO Scale 09-17-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 163
Posted By DonR
Cab1 You want to achieve effect! There's a...

Cab1

You want to achieve effect! There's a big difference
between 'it' and an actual scale model. I had what
appeared to be a large wholesale IGA food distribution
warehouse on my HO layout. ...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 09-17-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By DonR
Fire21 is correct. Metal wheels do short when ...

Fire21 is correct. Metal wheels do short when
spanning the insulated joiners that form an
isolated reverse loop section. However, if
your isolated section is longer
than the longest lighted...
Forum: HO Scale 09-17-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,250
Posted By DonR
Bonz Those old gear trains will likely need...

Bonz

Those old gear trains will likely need the
gelled grease cleaned out. Over time it
hardens and 'gums' up the gears.

Don
Forum: HO Scale 09-17-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By DonR
Chops Sure am sorry to hear your poor...

Chops

Sure am sorry to hear your poor experience
with Bachmann locos. I had the direct opposite.

I can't speak for the steamers...but I've
run 10 Bachmann DCC locos with out problems.

2...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 09-16-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By DonR
51 Chevy (My first car...a used 51 Chevy 2...

51 Chevy

(My first car...a used 51 Chevy 2 door hardtop with
POWERGLIDE auto transmission!!! Beautiful 2 tone
green paint)

But back to reality...anytime a train on your layout
can go around...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 09-16-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By DonR
Joe Unless you are running 5 or 6 locos at...

Joe

Unless you are running 5 or 6 locos at the same
time or a number of sound locos, the DCC system
you have is sufficient. You do not need a
booster.

The type or amount of track on your...
Forum: HO Scale 09-16-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,250
Posted By DonR
The important factor to look for and be assured...

The important factor to look for and be assured of is
that whatever lubricant you use on your trains be
plastic friendly.

You can get, at hobby shops or on line, LaBelle
products that will not...
Forum: Painting, detailing and decaling 09-15-2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 185
Posted By DonR
For special paint matches for such as your ...

For special paint matches for such as your
insulators I have used the water based paints
from the craft sections of Walmart, Michaels
or Hobby Lobby.

I'd get a good brown, a red and a yellow. ...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 09-15-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 285
Posted By DonR
I had both the Bachmann DCC system and the...

I had both the Bachmann DCC system and
the Bachmann F unit locos with Bachmann
decoders.

The response of the decoder to a change in
direction is fairly quick, so while it necessarily
will...
Forum: HO Scale 09-15-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By DonR
Here is one on line dealer's listing of Peco...

Here is one on line dealer's listing of
Peco turnouts.

You first should decide, Insulfrog, or
Electrofrog. Unless you run small 4 wheel
locos, Insulfrog would be a good choice.

You'll have...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 09-15-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 467
Posted By DonR
The best guide to rusted rails is to go see for ...

The best guide to rusted rails is to go see for
yourself. Check the mainline rails, then
the yard rails, and also the seldom used spurs.
There is a difference that you'll see right off.
They...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 09-15-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 156
Posted By DonR
If in doubt of wheel diameter size on your hopper...

If in doubt of wheel diameter size on your hopper car
compare them with those on a typical caboose or freight car
such as a small box car or flat car. If the same, the wheel
size would be 33",...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 09-14-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 233
Posted By DonR
I have both the Kadee and NMRA gauges. I think...

I have both the Kadee and NMRA gauges. I think the
Kadee model is easier to use for aligning couplers, especially if you get the plastic version that can straddle a live DCC track.

Kadee's has...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 09-14-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 666
Posted By DonR
The typical decoder light output is 12v dc. The...

The typical decoder light output is 12v dc. The blue
wire is common, and you should note when
connecting LEDs, it is PLUS.
You would need resistors for the LEDs.

You can set the CVs on the...
Forum: HO Scale 09-14-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 474
Posted By DonR
I used only the Peco Insulfrog small turnouts on...

I used only the Peco Insulfrog small turnouts on my layout, never
a problem even with my 70 foot passenger cars in
the yards. However, I only used 4 wheel truck locos.

The amount of space you...
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