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    I have both the Tomix and the CMX cars. For track...

    I have both the Tomix and the CMX cars. For track cleaning I prefer the CMX car. You just have to swallow hard at the price of the CMX but it is extremely well made. I only use the Tomix car for...
  2. That Freightliner engine is really cool.

    That Freightliner engine is really cool.
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    Why not list your items on this site?

    Why not list your items on this site?
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    I have installed light kits in seven different...

    I have installed light kits in seven different Kato Passenger Cars sets and the results are mixed at best. Most of the dome cars have no provision to illuminate the dome itself. How did you get the...
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    Very nice layout. Thanks for posting.

    Very nice layout. Thanks for posting.
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    Attaching wires to cast metal frames has worked...

    Attaching wires to cast metal frames has worked best (for me) by using Capton Tape. Just be sure the wires can't move while running the locomotive.
  7. I already checked both using the Micro Trains...

    I already checked both using the Micro Trains Gauge and they are in spec.
  8. I suppose that might help but the drivers on Kato...

    I suppose that might help but the drivers on Kato Steam engines have a lot of side to side play at the axles so I doubt the flanges are a problem. I tend to think it is the traction tires....
  9. What is a Blind Driver?

    What is a Blind Driver?
  10. It does make sense Scott and I do appreciate your...

    It does make sense Scott and I do appreciate your explanation. I guess I am getting somewhat discouraged with Steam Locos for that reason. I just spent a bundle to buy the "Morning Daylight"...
  11. That makes a lot of sense to me and if DCC can...

    That makes a lot of sense to me and if DCC can compensate I guess that is just another reason to choose DCC. Unfortunately my current set-up is DC and it would be very expensive for me to put...
  12. Thanks for all your responses. My layout is...

    Thanks for all your responses.

    My layout is small and that somewhat limits what I can do with curves. My layout is all Kato Unitrack with the most common curves being 11 inch radius although I...
  13. What causes Kato Steam Engines to slow down on curves ???

    I have several Kato GS4 and FEF3 Steam Engines and they all slow down in the curves when run at lower speeds. It makes no difference what the curve radius is. I am wondering if it is the traction...
  14. Thanks for posting. A lot of fantastic video...

    Thanks for posting. A lot of fantastic video there.
  15. Do all Atlas Locomotives run at "scale speed" ?

    Some time back I purchased an Atlas Locomotive and was disappointed it ran at a much lower speed than my Kato Locomotives do at a given throttle input on my DC transformer. I was told that is because...
  16. Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. By the...

    Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. By the way, I use a Kato Soundbox which has some side benefits that affects lighting in addition to providing sound.

    The circuitry in the Soundbox applies...
  17. How do I make headlights brighter on Kato Locomotives

    All of my Kato engines are DC. Some of the headlights are nice and bright while others are kind of dim. What do I have to do to make them brighter?

    Any advice and/or how to's would be...
  18. Very Interesting Q+A Documentary with Jason Shron of Rapido

    This was just posted yesterday and I think model railroaders will like it. There is lots of good information in here as well.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9VYBuqUHdY
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    One other thing to consider. While some of the...

    One other thing to consider. While some of the newer rolling stock is incredibly detailed (and costly), all of those "individually applied" pieces really add to the cost. And unless you look at all...
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    Look hard at the used market. You can find some...

    Look hard at the used market. You can find some good bargains there. I have bought much of my rolling stock on the used market and I have only purchased a few cars that turned out to be junk.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I disassembled the...

    Thanks for the suggestions. I disassembled the chassis and checked both of those brass clips that sit in close proximity to the worm gears for each of the trucks. They both looked OK and showed no...
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    Kato AC4400CW makes a Loud Whining Noise

    What is the most likely cause of a loud whining noise on my Kato AC4400CW? I have two of these locomotives and the other one is whisper quiet. I just thought I would ask before I start taking it...
  23. Thanks for posting. I really enjoyed that.

    Thanks for posting. I really enjoyed that.
  24. If you mean the Silver Charger Zephyr engine, i...

    If you mean the Silver Charger Zephyr engine, i know I would like one. The few that show up on eBay from time to time are very expensive. Here is the review on Spook Show ...
  25. Broadway Limited Big Boy will come with a Smoke Unit !

    I just received an announcement from TRAINWORLD about preorders for the Broadway Limited Big Boy and it will come standard with their Paragon4 Sound System as well as a Smoke Unit. I have only ever...
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