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  1. Thanks Victor. I'll have to try pulling a little...

    Thanks Victor. I'll have to try pulling a little harder (there is no way I see to reach the eared pegs that grab the mounting post). Didn't work on it at all today (worked a bit on the sound &...
  2. How to remove/replace rear tender truck on Kato FEF-3?

    I finally decided to replace the coupler on my Kato FEF-3... although the factory Kato coupler mated well enough with the MTL couplers on all my rolling stock, it was a pain to uncouple with a Ric's...
  3. Athearn Challenger: tips for removing cover plate from front gearbox?

    I'd like to do a little maintenance on the front gearbox of my challenger, and for the life of me have not figured out the trick for removing the forward gearbox cover plate. There are two screws,...
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    Sticky: Thought we needed another steamer in this...

    Thought we needed another steamer in this thread...

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    One more (long) video for Mr. Moose... #1585...

    One more (long) video for Mr. Moose... #1585 pulling 8 MTL heavy weight passenger cars* a full circuit around the main-line:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkYSvxlMeMc

    Here's the tour guide...
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    Couple other things that came to mind... The...

    Couple other things that came to mind...

    The dimensions Soundtraxx gives for the decoder appear to be just the PC board size, not including the heat shrink wrapper... or at least not all of it. On...
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    My initial impression is that you can match chuff...

    My initial impression is that you can match chuff rate very well at low (switching) speeds, and that the DDE will keep it pretty well matched. In my experience, where the Economi and Tsunami 1 were...
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    Sound is a very subjective thing, I really like...

    Sound is a very subjective thing, I really like the sound I got from the combo of the Tsunami Steam 2 and the sugar cube speaker in this install. I will definitely go this route (but hopefully a...
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    Climbing a 2% grade (really, average grade is...

    Climbing a 2% grade (really, average grade is calculated at 1.8%) with a 14 car train (13 MTL freights and caboose). A little trouble following focus... but you get the idea.

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    I went ahead and signed up for a YouTube...

    I went ahead and signed up for a YouTube account... let's see if I can post a couple videos. Sorry, my camera doesn't focus very closely, so you get broad views. Also apologize for the lack of...
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    Seems you need to host videos on an external site...

    Seems you need to host videos on an external site like YouTube... I don't have an account, and don't really want one. I can e-mail a video(s) to someone willing to post it(them) to YouTube and send...
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    Been trying to get a movie of that (it's 14-15 x...

    Been trying to get a movie of that (it's 14-15 x 40' freights, not coaches. But I bet it would pull 5-6 heavyweights up the grade!)... but my camera is having trouble tracking focus on the moving...
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    Continued... After removing the water pumps,...

    Continued...

    After removing the water pumps, and installing the new pump and running board:

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    And the loco is separated from the old tender... note the labels on each wire on...
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    I completely stripped out the tender. Here's the...

    I completely stripped out the tender. Here's the starting point:

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    I wanted to preserve as much weight as possible, and minimize grinding... this was my first iteration:

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    The ...
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    Fixed the pic... don't know why it didn't work...

    Fixed the pic... don't know why it didn't work the first time. Also, when I previewed, the images were embedded in the message, instead of just showing as links.

    A couple other things I'd point...
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    Here's a fireman's side view of #1585: 103379

    Here's a fireman's side view of #1585:

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    New look for a Bachmann Ten-Wheeler...

    About 6 weeks ago, I procured a surplus ten-wheeler from the Mount Tahoma and Pacific RR (co-founded by Mr. Moose) for use on my free-lanced railroad that will be inspired by the western divisions of...
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    You might be able to improve pickup by bending...

    You might be able to improve pickup by bending the spring contacts on the board (F & R, L & R) down a bit, to better contact the tabs from the trucks... I think the trucks for the 2-8-0 tender have...
  19. Thanks for the suggestion, but the existing pumps...

    Thanks for the suggestion, but the existing pumps are too far apart. I wouldn't hesitate if the shell with details was plastic... but grinding off metal is a bit riskier. I do have a spare shell, and...
  20. Well, I waded thru ~2000 images of UP steam in...

    Well, I waded thru ~2000 images of UP steam in two unsearchable web collections yesterday, and found one image (but a good one!) showing the fireman's side of UP #1585 during the time period I am...
  21. Union Pacific Prototype Locomotive Photos vol 12: Ten Wheelers?

    Does anyone here have a copy of this book published by the UP Historical Society, with photos from the Ehernberger collection?

    I am trying to model UP 4-6-0 #1585 circa WWII in N scale, and have...
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    It is my understanding (I am pretty new at this),...

    It is my understanding (I am pretty new at this), that full power, whether DCC or DC, will blow the LEDs used for lighting in model railroading. A resistor is needed to limit the current to the LED....
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    The PCB in the tender of the 4-6-0 was dual...

    The PCB in the tender of the 4-6-0 was dual function... one half was the DCC decoder, which could be cut off and replaced. The other half had soldering pads for wiring in a new decoder, probably some...
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    I also burnt out the LED on my 4-6-0 during a...

    I also burnt out the LED on my 4-6-0 during a tender/sound decoder install (swapping for a Bachmann USRA short tender with a Tsunami2 Steam 2 decoder), but was planning on moving the (new) headlight...
  25. Another good news and bad news post... Swapped...

    Another good news and bad news post...

    Swapped tenders today... I finally gave up on the idea of including a microconnector in the leads between loco and tender. Connectors don't bend, and there...
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