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    Bachman sold spare trucks with needle bearings...

    Bachman sold spare trucks with needle bearings for a number of their steam loco tenders (4-6-0, 2-8-0, etc). Most are now out of stock... this is the only two-axle truck I found that wasn't, for the...
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    More of an update on last week... I have been...

    More of an update on last week...

    I have been roughing in some landscape ideas, with a "Southwest desert" theme.

    On the left end, some red rock buttes/mesas (still working out the...
  3. Thread: bridgehunter.com

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    bridgehunter.com

    I was searching the internet for images of railroad tunnels, and ran into this site... allows you to search for images of tunnels and bridges by state. Thought it might be useful to others looking...
  4. My experience was that this method did NOT work...

    My experience was that this method did NOT work (with Microsol) to remove the factory lettering on my Kato FEF-3. For that, I used basically the same technique but with 100% IPA (which will also...
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    I am panning similar surgery for my 4-6-0s and...

    I am panning similar surgery for my 4-6-0s and 2-8-0... did you use a dremel cutoff wheel to cut the valve gear linkage from the bottom of the cross-head?
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    The problem I face is that the ends of the layout...

    The problem I face is that the ends of the layout are NOT accessible... there's <1" between the ends and the walls of the room. But, the layout is on casters, and is fairly easy to roll out from the...
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    I see a potential Pepsi commercial! Could mean...

    I see a potential Pepsi commercial! Could mean more $$$ for your railroad!
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    Bought four 2 ft x 2 ft sheets of 1" pink foam...

    Bought four 2 ft x 2 ft sheets of 1" pink foam insulation and some Gorilla glue construction adhesive Thursday, and started landscaping... it's been 40 years since my last attempt at scenicking. Hope...
  9. Thanks. I feel like I am just a beginner,...

    Thanks. I feel like I am just a beginner, compared to Victor and Randgust... but want to do what I can to help others that might find themselves in the same situation I might be, whether it be...
  10. Reviewing this today... and want to mention an...

    Reviewing this today... and want to mention an important step: after the new motor is finally in place, use fine forceps to push each of the intermediate U-joint pieces towards its worm gear, until...
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    Jim, It sounds a bit like you have a "dead"...

    Jim,
    It sounds a bit like you have a "dead" segment (pole) in the motor... Did you just increase the throttle and it stopped? Or, did you stop it, then it wouldn't start up again when you increased...
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    Jim... by "reset everything" I assume you mean...

    Jim... by "reset everything" I assume you mean that you set CV8 to 8, or whatever the global factory reset is...

    Just for kicks, now use your Powercab to set CV125 to 1.

    While customizing the...
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    If it was a mechanical stall, I would expect the...

    If it was a mechanical stall, I would expect the current draw to go up to the stall current. Don't know what that is for this model, as I have had no reason to check mine (is your 2-8-0 the most...
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    Can you monitor current draw as its running and...

    Can you monitor current draw as its running and slowing down? Is it pulling higher current when it slows down? (Don't know what cab you use, but my NCE Powercab has a setting that displays the system...
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    Thinking about it some more, I wouldn't be at all...

    Thinking about it some more, I wouldn't be at all surprised if one of the motor lead connections to the PCB (M1 and M2 near the left side of the pic I posted) is bad. On my loco, these joints were...
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    Don't know how it would react to DC power, but...

    Don't know how it would react to DC power, but what you see with DCC (chuffs speed up, but motor doesn't turn) is also what you would hear if there is a bad connection to the motor (I heard exactly...
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    Bachmann's EZ-mate couplers...

    Bachmann's EZ-mate couplers might be an easy "drop in" solution...I used them for pilot couplers on my Bachmann 4-6-0s. They mate well with MTL couplers (don't know how good they are at magnetic...
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    Here's a link to the YouTube video......

    Here's a link to the YouTube video...

    The engineer was going to miss spotting under the tank, so he hit the emergency brake...

    The headlight and MARs light are too bright for my camera, so...
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    Here's a link to the YouTube video...

    The engineer was going to miss spotting under the tank, so he hit the emergency brake...

    The headlight and MARs light are too bright for my camera, so the...
  20. About the time I got the new light pipe from...

    About the time I got the new light pipe from KatoUSA, I decided NOT to use the factory headlight LED, worrying that the light pipe would attenuate the light, making the headlamp dimmer than the MARS...
  21. So, here's what the tender install looked like...

    So, here's what the tender install looked like (sans light) at this stage. It's close to the final version, but I haven't yet made connections for th backup light, so its leads are just coiled up:
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  22. Without the loco and tender shells installed,...

    Without the loco and tender shells installed, everything ran wonderfully... motor control was very good, even with factory settings, but was even better after making some adjustment to the low speed...
  23. The next image just shows the sizes of the 1000...

    The next image just shows the sizes of the 1000 microF capacitor and 13mm x 18mm sugarcube speaker, as I was trying to decide how to configure them in the tender (this is NOT the final...
  24. Swapping decoders in a Kato FEF-3: my process and observations (long post!)...

    As related in my other thread , I recently decided to swap the factory Loksound decoder in my Kato FEF-3 for a Soundtraxx Tsunami 2 Steam 2 decoder with a 13mm x 18mm sugar cube speaker from SBS. I...
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    Something I forgot to mention last night, for...

    Something I forgot to mention last night, for those of you that might be planning on re-painting their FEF-3s...

    Before re-painting, I stripped the white factory lettering off the tender shell and...
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