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Hornby Locos Test

Garth asks:

“I am cleaning Hornby HO locos (DCC) for a friend and want to test them. I have a Digitrax system. On the Hornby box it indicates the power to the loco is DC (direct current). The track power from the Digitrax is AC and I’m concerned this may damage the decoders in the Hornby locos. We live in different towns, so I can’t easily test on his track.”

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Keeping Track Of Model Trains

Raymond asks:

“Are there any recommended free programs for keeping an inventory of my model trains?”

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Circuit Polarity and Power Needed To Haul 4 Engines

David asks:

“I have an N scale layout DC system with five main loops, a number of sidings and a turntable using a separate DC controller for each of the five main loops and isolating switches for sidings and turntable. My question is going to DCC do I just parallel up all circuits maintaining same polarity? The main layout is approximately 8X4 feet, each loop is probably about 20 feet. Also what size power supply would I need to probably run about 4 engines at any time?”

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How To Build Tall Scale Model Industrial Buildings To Add Detail, Character, and Realism To A Model Train Backdrop Scene. Watch How…

This demonstration shows the more complex method of construction this scale model, because uses a method of cutting out the doors and windows to provide a greater 3D effect. You can simply glue the plan to card or corflute (foam board) instead which will still provide a good 3D effect, but not to the same extent. Simply decide which method you prefer based on the 3D effects you want to achieve.

You can download the plans at https://www.modelbuildings.org/background-buildings

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NCE Power Cab Issue

Richard sent in this question:

“I have a problem and I am hoping that you and you followers can help. I am located in Florida and have not been able to get help locally. I have all new DCC equipment and NCE power cab. Everything was running fine and the next day it was not running at all. The screen on the handheld was showing “NCE procab v1.3 cab address =02″. I called NCE and they told me that I have a short. How can that be and what do I do?”

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Radio Controlled Locomotives

Zolton asks:

“Hello everyone, Could someone recommend me please a supplier who is offering HO scale locomotives having a radio remote control and battery on the loco, so I do not have to use a digital control and energy supply trough the rails?”

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How To Sell My Model Train Layout

Gordon asks:

“We’re downsizing and I need to dismantle and sell off the freightable components of my layout i.e. engines, rolling stock, and possibly structures… if they stay in one piece. I know I will need to trash some things. If you have tackled this exercise then I would be interested in your experiences and any suggestions or pitfalls. I’m not sure who to approach or where to advertise. I know I will take a big loss but I have had a lot of enjoyment over the years. Ideas please.”

If you can guide Gordon, please post your comments and suggestions below.

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Proto 2000 GP9 Gear Box

Adam models HO and asks:

“The front gearbox on my Proto 2000 GP9 diesel has seized up. The rear drivers still turn as do the flywheels and front drive shaft. The front driver gears won’t. I will need to take out the motor and gear boxes, but I’m not sure how to go about that and fixing the problem. Some words from the wise would be very much appreciated. With thanks.”

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Watch This Freight Depot Under Construction

This plan is available to download and construct to OO, HO, or N scale here https://www.modelbuildings.org/railroad-structures

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Lights Not Working on Newer Athearn Genesis Locomotive

Ken writes:

“Greetings, you’d think it would be an easy fix to get the lights to come back on on my HO Athearn Genesis locomotive. I’m using a Digitrax DCS52 controller and have read (and tried) every CV code written to no avail. I’ve even reset the factory settings and the headlight not directional lights come on anymore. And yes, I’ve selected ‘0’ on my controller. Athearn couldn’t help me, they said I should reach out to Soundtraxx. Soundtraxx will only send me a link to their CV guide. No one seems to want to give me a straight answer. I’d hate to send the locomotives back to the shop just for a quick CV change, so I’m hoping someone here will have any ideas that I may not have tried. Thanks guys.”

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Fleishmann Wiring Diagrams

Gary asks:

“I am helping a friend reassemble a small HO railway with Fleishmann turnout and a 6920 relay. There are also signals at one of the turnouts.  Is there a source for wiring diagrams?”

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DC to DCC and DCC to DC?

Jim models in HO scale and asks readers:

“This is an interesting question, at least to me. A lot of the modelers are either already running DCC or are switching to DCC. I have seen many videos about how to take a DC engine, install a computer card on the engine and make it able to run as a DCC engine. Here’s the question — can a DCC engine be striped down (DCC card and chip removed )and rewired as a DC engine and then run on a DC layout?????”

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Sound On DC Layout

Gerry models in N scale and asks:

“I want to have sound on my dc layout.  Any suggestions?”

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Problems With My Elevated Structure Subway Layout

Michael model in HO scale and writes:

“I have a double wye and crossover track but on the left side of the structure the train stops on both isolated plastic joiners. What can I do to get the train to go through this curvature section of track without changing track status of the rail? My layout has three track turnouts into a double wye with a crossover track. The left side of layout has curvature problems. I have plastic isolators on both rails of the track.”

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NCE Pro Cab DCC Not Working

Richard writes:

“I have a problem and I am hoping that you and you followers can help. I am located in Florida and have not been able to get help locally. I have all new DCC equipment and NCE power cab. Everything was running fine and the next day it was not running at all. The screen on the hand held was showing “NCE procab v1.3 cab address =02″. I called NCE and they told me that I have a short. How can that be and what do I need to do?”

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Make This Harvest Grain Distributors Building. Plan Just Released!!

The Harvest Grain Distributors Building is one in a series of 5 new background buildings just released. Plans can be downloaded in PDF format and this, and the other models, can be made to HO scale, S, OO, or N scale size. https://www.modelbuildings.org/railroad-industries-scale-models/ This 3 minute tutorial runs you through the basic process for constructing the models in this series.

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DCC on a Budget

Jeff writes:

“I am 100% new to this hobby, but intend to build a DCC controlled layout from scratch, around 8 sqm in size. I have read a lot of information and realize how important it is to start off correctly.One thing I am struggling with is I want a computer controlled system and want to know what I can get on a budget. Could your readers please advise me on what might be best?”

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Connecting American Flyer Baldwin 355 and 21801

Fred has S scale and asks:

“I have an American Flyer Baldwin 355 and a 21801. I would like to hook them together so the 21801 would be controlled by the 355’s E Unit. Can that be done?”

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