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    Hi Victor, One thing you may not have yet...

    Hi Victor, One thing you may not have yet encountered with this L1 model is that if built as they designed, they have insufficient spacing between the tender and the locomotive. Mine will not run on...
  2. Thread: T-1 Duplex

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    You are correct regarding the lack of full 180...

    You are correct regarding the lack of full 180 degree curves here, and yeah I see where that is a different story.
  3. Thread: Replacement bell?

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    Bachmann has them from time to time on their...

    Bachmann has them from time to time on their parts website, several different varieties depending on models(s).
  4. Thread: T-1 Duplex

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    Oddly so can mine, which I bought from Spookshow.

    Oddly so can mine, which I bought from Spookshow.
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    My MP 2-8-2 (1st run) has no hitch or hop in...

    My MP 2-8-2 (1st run) has no hitch or hop in running, very smooth. I suspect a small misalignment of the running gear. I have run 30+ cars on my no elevations layout. A medium Bachman tender...
  6. I applaud your efforts to improve steam engines...

    I applaud your efforts to improve steam engines Victor. The 4-6-4 Concor/Kato you graciously repaired and improved has continued to run beautifully wth the Bachmann 2-8-0 motor you installed....
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    Buy a pair of Kato caboose trucks with the built...

    Buy a pair of Kato caboose trucks with the built in electrical contacts, cut appropriate slots for the "ears" in the underbody and you're in.
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    The newest units with wiring to the tender and...

    The newest units with wiring to the tender and all wheel tender pickup are very nice, very pleased with mine. My older MP engines continue to run well with Bmann tenders and DCC but were a bear to...
  9. Thread: MP 4-6-2 CV's

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    MP 4-6-2 CV's

    Hi, I have a new 4-6-2 from MP with factory DCC & sound that I'd like your help with. It runs well and pulls a ton but I have not been able to get the slow start/ low speed operation that I expect-...
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    Keep trying, it can be worth while. With the...

    Keep trying, it can be worth while. With the assistance and advise of folks here I was able to resurrect an old Concor/Kato 4-6-4 Hudson to useful and attractive status. A little additional detailing...
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    Sounds like you're good to go!

    Sounds like you're good to go!
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    The headlight has it's own electrical contacts...

    The headlight has it's own electrical contacts with the 1st drivers independent of the pickup strips. Just push down on the light assembly to restore contact for the light. Spookshow has the answer...
  13. Thread: Sound locomotives

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    I'm having some reservations about sound in...

    I'm having some reservations about sound in locomotives. I have half a dozen from 2-8-0s to 2-8-8-2s and Challengers with a variety of ESU, Tsunami, MRC, and Digitrax decoders, all of which sound...
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    Thanks for the info RR, all my MP steam except...

    Thanks for the info RR, all my MP steam except the newest 4-6-2 have B'mann tenders with DCC and you're right, it does make all the difference in the world regarding electrical pickup.
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    MP Light Mikado repair?

    After years of wonderful operation my Mikado has suffered a mechanical issue. The right front electrical pickup somehow poked the forward little strip into the spoked driver and is mangled. As I see...
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    Can't speak to your current issue but the...

    Can't speak to your current issue but the Digitrax Zephyr DCS51 is a capable and flexible unit that will handle a number of engines running simultaneously (3amps) and allows access to higher f...
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    For a smaller locomotive 4-6-0s aka ten wheelers...

    For a smaller locomotive 4-6-0s aka ten wheelers saw service in branch line passenger/mixed freight service up into the 1940's at least. The Bachmann 4-6-0 with DCC can be had new for around $110 and...
  18. LL/Proto 2-8-8-2 Mallet, 2nd run with DCC and...

    LL/Proto 2-8-8-2 Mallet, 2nd run with DCC and Sound, a perfect functioning engine with good sound. One day I may replace the electronics with an ESU LokSound Micro but that is just to streamline my...
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    Another you might consider is the 2-8-0 from...

    Another you might consider is the 2-8-0 from Bachmann, excellent crawl and pulling power. Easy DCC conversion with later issues and big enough for a sound decoder (I used ESU Loksound Micro).
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    This loco is a great runner and will pull an...

    This loco is a great runner and will pull an astonishing load. Sound is OK and can be varied quite a bit. The only caveats I can think of are that some were not lubricated at all by the factory but...
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    Norfolk & Western Passenger cars

    I would like to put together a passenger train for my #611 to pull. Smooth sides mostly although I think they ran some heavy weights too. My question is in regard to body color- is the Tuscon Red...
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    So far the 4-6-2 has shown perfect pickup with...

    So far the 4-6-2 has shown perfect pickup with the stock tender/pickups and I'm encouraged. All six of my other MP steamers underwent a B'mann graft and are much better for it. Usually just swap out...
  23. Thread: Coupler Shanks

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    I have found that short shank couplers work well...

    I have found that short shank couplers work well on all 40 or 50 foot cars, especially truck mounted ones. Longer cars like the heavyweights by MicroTrains seem to work a lot better with mid length...
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    They are great pictures as they are. I don't...

    They are great pictures as they are. I don't think that more sharpness will necessarily improve them. Nice work with old stuff.
  25. epumph, I use small fishing split shot flattened...

    epumph, I use small fishing split shot flattened with pliers, a large variety of small sizes are available.
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