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  1. Thread: Fun Ratios

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    I have about 33 sq ft of area, with about 35 ft...

    I have about 33 sq ft of area, with about 35 ft of main line.

    If I count correctly, I currently have 27 "normal" freight cars, 3 track cleaning cars, 2 cabooses, and 8 heavyweight passenger cars....
  2. https://youtu.be/Itx3YrjHMCU Still playing...

    https://youtu.be/Itx3YrjHMCU

    Still playing with the sounds and drive parameters... but am pretty happy with it so far. Much improved over the sound and drive characteristics of the factory 1st gen...
  3. Continued from previous post... The final task...

    Continued from previous post...

    The final task was to swap out the current dropping resistor for the headlight, located towards the rear of the main PCB. The factory resistor was labeled 510"......
  4. Continued from previous post... PART 3:...

    Continued from previous post...

    PART 3: SWAPPING THE HEADLIGHT LED.

    From the factory, my challenger came with dim “pumpkin orange” headlight and backup light. The backup light LED was on the...
  5. Continued from previous post... Obviously, the...

    Continued from previous post...

    Obviously, the wires had been inverted somewhere... I essentially ran color coded wires straight from the decoder to the loco, so could not see anywhere my wiring...
  6. Continued from previous post... Step 6:...

    Continued from previous post...

    Step 6: Fitting, capacitors, speaker, weights, and the new decoder. In my FEF-3 decoder install, I used a 1000 microfarad (uF) capacitor as a “keep alive” to...
  7. Upgrading my Challenger: A new decoder, headlight LED, and shortening the drawbar...

    I took a break from February’s scenicking to work on my Athearn Challenger. You might remember this as the loco in which I installed a factory replacement motor late last year. I wanted to make three...
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    Poll: I answered modeler AND railfan, but my...

    I answered modeler AND railfan, but my interest/obsession is pretty much restricted to N. American steam locomotives... as is my modeling.
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    If you can't get it re-inserted or glued back...

    If you can't get it re-inserted or glued back together, I would guess that you could repair in place by soldering a new throwbar made from a PCB tie to the two point rails. Would require some careful...
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    Shucks... I did that in 5th grade! Estes model...

    Shucks... I did that in 5th grade! Estes model rockets, that was... yet another hobby I could get back into in my retirement!
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    Continued "roughing in" some landscape... ...

    Continued "roughing in" some landscape...

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    A few more pieces of foam to place before I take a break to perform a "brain transplant" on my challenger...
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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...
  14. Thread: bridgehunter.com

    by NDave
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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...
  15. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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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