Model Train Help Blog Model railroads and model trains Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:59:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tricks to Maximizing Layout Space for More Trains and Scenery Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:59:31 +0000

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Peco 3-Way Electro Frog Turnout (SL-E99) with a PL-10E Turnout Motor Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:45:56 +0000 Lou models in HO and asks readers:

“I just installed a Peco 3-way electro frog turnout (SL-E99) with a PL-10E turn out motor. The motor is fitted directly to the turnout and dropped into the base table through a 40mm x24mm hole. Before installing the motors to the SL-E99, I wired the motors and tested them before attaching them to the track. All worked well.

When I attached the PL_10E’s to the SL-E99 the motors would bind. One in “right” direction when I activated the switch and the other in the “left” direction when I activated the switch. If I gave the motor a little help when I activated the switch it moved the point rails in the proper direction. No problem going in the other direction, and without any help other than the switch motor.”

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MRC Sound Decoders Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:20:14 +0000 David has this question for readers:

“I have a MRC HO 1730 16-bit universal EMD 567 Diesel sound decoder coming in the mail. Can anyone tell me anything about this decoder?”

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House and Garage Plans To Download Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:17:38 +0000

Plans for 8 Houses & 4 Garages – Click Here

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Starting a Layout with 3 Modules Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:31:40 +0000 Steve is planning to build that is divided into three modules and would like some words of wisdom from those in the know:

“At long last, I am going to start an HO layout(s). When I was young, my dad wanted to have a layout – he bought a lot of components, but we never got around to it. My kids are grown and grandkids are coming, so I want to do a layout for them. I would like to do the layout in 3 components so that when the time comes, each of the kids can have a layout. The question(s) are how do I start and do you have any suggestions for 1 large layout that can be set up to be split.  I have an area about 12×15 for the layout(s).”

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Altering Train Layout Configuration Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:51:33 +0000 Patricia has an N scale layout and asks:

“I have my dad’s train set which I have had since before his death in 2002.  It is on a 3’x8’piece of plywood with mountains and buildings.  The central part of the display is a mining town and this takes most of the display.  On one end is a very small New England town and the other end has a more modern residential area.  The mountains are along the rear 8′ length. My dad was very creative and he made the mountains. The two residential area are slightly elevated over the mining area and have a Styrofoam base. Because of the space the train occupies, I have been trying to think of a way to make the display take less space, possibly by moving the two cities upward to a higher level, but this would entail redesigning the track.  I have never actually worked on a model train set and I have no idea how to proceed. Also, there may be a time in the future when the train has to be moved again and I would like for it to be somewhat more portable.  We had to rent a U-Haul to move it to my house. Any ideas”

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Reverse Loop Switching Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:57:27 +0000 Don models N scale and asks:

“Some time ago I saw a circuit which used a double break in each rail, the small isolated piece of rail would then go live when a metal wheel hit it, which would trigger a latching relay to set the correct polarity on the loop track.  It proved almost impossible to cut and solder to that tiny bit of track. Any ideas or do most people use infra-red train sensing? Any other thoughts?  Thanks.”

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How to Install Guard or Check Rails Wed, 14 Feb 2018 23:55:40 +0000 Andy models HO and asks readers:

“Guard or check rails are parallel rails on the inside of the wheel carrying rails; they help prevent derailments, especially on bridges and in tunnels.  I seldom see them used on model railroads.  Has anyone found an easy way to install them?  In particular, I’m looking for a way to add them to Marklin C track.”

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Is it a Problem with my NCE Powercab or is it a Problem with the Loco Decoder? Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:30:18 +0000 Bryant asks readers this question:

“Hi and Thank you in advance. I am using NCE Powercab and attempting to change the volume in my Walthers Proto loco. I am successful at lowering the volume but at the same time changing the volume also changes how my cab works e.g.(the bell button turns on and off the headlights). Would that be a problem with the decoder or would it be a problem in the Powercab? Thank you for any help.”

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Designing an Oval Helix Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:27:40 +0000 Chip is hoping a reader might be able to supply some advice:

“I plan on building a helix for my HO layout. However, instead of building it circular, I am going to build it in an oval. Has anyone got a formula or a plan that would help me plan out what I need to do?”

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Scene Master Knuckle Couplers Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:01:03 +0000 This blog doesn’t do buy/sell/swap, but someone might know of a supplier or store where this reader can purchase some Scene Master knuckle couplers – “Where can I get Scene master knuckle couplers. They seem to be non-existent.”

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1960’s Train Tracks Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:20:00 +0000 Johnny models HO and asks this interesting question:

“Back in the early 1960s I had some track for my HO scale train that consisted of a wooden bed that had sections (app. 3 ft. long) and rails that were one piece (app. 4 ft. long) that you used miniature spikes to install the rails to the bed. I don’t see this being used anymore. Am I remembering something that is of my imagination or has anyone else ever seen this type of track?”

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