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For the type of layout she's contemplating, one of the limited systems like Bachmann EZ Command or MRC Prodigy Explorer would work well. They're not much more than a good DC power pack.
 

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got my 0-6-0 locomotive and tender today, earlier than expected! tomorrow, it's off to the hobby store for more track. I'll take this with, so I can get the right controller for it.
what FUN! we are on our way. I'm sure I;ll come home with some extras. scenery? trees? little tiny people? buildings? who knows! it's where ever my whim will take me.
 

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What do you have or will get for rolling stock? Can't have a very long train in that bench!...LOL. Who makes your new loco? I see it's D&S road.
 

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What do you have or will get for rolling stock? Can't have a very long train in that bench!...LOL. Who makes your new loco? I see it's D&S road.
good question. Now I have to hunt down my magnifying glass to see if there's a maker on the bottom.
but first I need coffee. had a red bull last evening, and fell asleep before 8:30, now it's just after 6 am and I feel like I was run over by a train. lol in about an hour, I'll be feeling really good. lol
 

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so. update. new engine is Bachman. there's a coupler included, so now i guess I need to learn how to attach it without destroying everything.
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lol. helps if I read the instructions it came with. sort of. it's a dummy coupler for train set only, whatever that means.
 

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It's a coupler with no moving parts. Cars are coupled/uncoupled by lifting the car and sliding one coupler into the other. A dummy coupler can only be used with another dummy coupler.
 

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It's a coupler with no moving parts. Cars are coupled/uncoupled by lifting the car and sliding one coupler into the other. A dummy coupler can only be used with another dummy coupler.
ahh! thankyou! I thought it looked a little...
simplistic. I probably won't be using it. I want couplers that really couple.
lord that sounds rude. lol
 

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I have taken the plunge, and ordered: basic oval and siding and something called a Kato power pack.

I'm hoping this gives me enough track and more, and I have no idea how the power pack will work. It's all due in less than 2 weeks. And in the meantime, I've discovered small spots for even more, even tinier, layouts.
the top of a wooden bar stool, for example.
a 12" ceramic tile. (I could put the tile on the stool.)
and a small silver chafing dish, with lid.

I have fallen into the pit. gone down the rabbit hole. got sucked into the vortex.

pray for me.
 

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From a photo it looks like you are using Kato Unitrack. The power pack plugs into a feeder track from Unitrack so you need the feeder track.
 

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Well, looking at that “dummy coupler”, it’s not a dummy coupler after all.....it’s called a Rapido coupler, and it does operate and will couple, albeit only with other Rapido couplers.....Rapido couplers were the ones that came with all early N gauge trains, until Micro Trains came up with their knuckle couplers.....FYI.....
 

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Yes, but as my brother said between his sons having motorcycles and his daughter having a horse, when they tired of them the horse still cost money to feed and keep!
 
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