Yeah Todd, I hear oyu on that. I want to buy a mini lathe but th... moreYeah Todd, I hear oyu on that. I want to buy a mini lathe but then you have to learn to use it and make sure you have all the cutters. I know I will use it if I do get it but just hard to justify the cost.
Especially after Kevin resent me the tire profile I need done. I am sure for someone that knows what there doing it will be an easy project but for me it looks tough.
Thanks Sean, So far I have run a Roundhouse Billy A Berkeley Cri... moreThanks Sean, So far I have run a Roundhouse Billy A Berkeley Cricket A Bellflower Cricket. And they all ran great on the layout. I will be posting some video this weekend.
Chuck, Its currently owned by Roger Ciazza and is painted in New... moreChuck, Its currently owned by Roger Ciazza and is painted in New York Central colors. Manufacturer, builder or prior ownership is unknown to me. I think he bought it from someone that was or is a club member.
Sean, some of the FLLS members mentioned that club and we may try to find some time and info to visit. After TrainOps, we are going to try to be tourists for awhile.
Using proper lubricants, as the original note states, is a no-br... moreUsing proper lubricants, as the original note states, is a no-brainer.....yes, lubrication is a rather good idea. In a lot of cases, proper lubrication allows more cars to be pulled by a single locomotive, at less expense than the cost of bearings, which in most cases need lubricating as well.
On our pike, we seldom see any visible wear on journals even with much use. All trucks are lubricated before being put into service....also a drip of plastic compatible oil on each Kadee coupler, to prevent rust in the knuckle.... less
Well the polyfuse is not the culprit (guess I'm not a bonehead a... moreWell the polyfuse is not the culprit (guess I'm not a bonehead after all ) so I will now start disconnecting bits till I find the problem.
What is confusing me is that when I had a 14.4V 5000mAH LiPO battery connected, the loco worked fine all I have done battery wise is change the chemistry of the batterey.
I have added a relay switch to drive a couple of LEDs but can't remember if that was after I changed battery types so that is the next thing to eliminate, after that its the original setup ESC wise, so where to from there I do not know.
Another ESC may be. less
Oh and Dave M I know you use the Bachmann metal wheels I assume ... moreOh and Dave M I know you use the Bachmann metal wheels I assume that these are the wheels that do not need to have their axles modified?
"...They were kind enough to allow me to shoot some spectacular video, including CAB RIDES, of several of their Main Lines, which cover three dif.... "
Did ya acquire the VIP backstage tour pass (+$12)? Or did subtle persuasion work :)
Did a little more work to the grain car. I see the original pict... moreDid a little more work to the grain car. I see the original pictures are gone though....hmmmm. Anyway, I used the camo paint on the trucks, which don't show up in the pictures. I'm going to give up on the cell phone and actually start using a digital camera. lol. Anyway, here's the updated pics.
I still need to lighten up the streaks beneath the rust spots. But I like this for an old rusty car. I wanted a rusted out grain car and I think it's coming along ok. I'm going to let my daughter do the graffiti on this one too. Yep, this car will be tagged. She's an outstanding artist and I think that would be cool. I'll have some prototype pictures for her handy so that she has an idea. She's not into trains, but does like them.
Finally got a chance to run them together. These will be used to... moreFinally got a chance to run them together. These will be used to pull my bethgon's. Right now I don't have the batteries in the engines, so I have to drag that box car behind them. Eventually I'll get batteries in them.......or at least stick one inside a bethgon. Anyway, here's the vid. Not the best quality.....but it's still a train vid. :D
Long time no see! I had some family stuff to take care of, my wo... moreLong time no see! I had some family stuff to take care of, my work has been bat crap crazy, and I was told I had to vacation this year, since all I do is work. When I did get a free hour, I always would run a train. lol. I also had trouble finding the same color/style retaining wall blocks. I finally found some that are close to the same color, but are the same style block......an hour and a half away......one way. So, I went and picked up 105 more blocks. I have enough to finish the crossing for people to walk over and enough to build the rear retaining wall behind the yard barn. Weather and work permitting I'd like to have the back filling all done by the end of this month. But, my progress seems to be at a snails pace. Anyway, here's the wall.
Thanks Greg - I found the official installer "for IT Professiona... moreThanks Greg - I found the official installer "for IT Professionals" on Microsoft.com. I'll be grabbing that soon. I'm told this only works if you have your W7 or W8 key, which I believe I do for most machines. The 'automatic" upgrade seeks out your key from the registry.
Changing a weathered number, and having the changes blend in is ... moreChanging a weathered number, and having the changes blend in is difficult. Very difficult. So yea, changing the number on the other one would probably work out better.
As to the loco, I found the cast B'mann wheels quickly lose thei... moreAs to the loco, I found the cast B'mann wheels quickly lose their plating and then do poorly at absorbing track power.
Todd Brody's suggestion of using the tubular/graphite wheel "plugs" (contacts) electrical source makes sense. The bracket with those contacts installed is simply attached between the wheel axles with one screw. However, while the cost is high, the alternative I have used is to replace the tender's wheels with one set of the LGB ball bearing wheel/axles that draw current. I have one set on a mogul tender that has run for six years without a glitch. I did make sure of consistent + to +, etc. wiring into the locomotive. I do (gasp!) apply the 0-20 Mobil 1 oil to the backside of the wheels to absorb into the bearings. Is that a reason for the durability? I can't make a claim since I started doing it once installed. My guess is Train Li has those brackets.
Pardon my editorial on this oil-the-axles issue: I have found NO, that's zero dirt, dust, et... less