Well Todd, you are on the right thread, because your question is... moreWell Todd, you are on the right thread, because your question is the majority of the posts now it seems.
There is nothing that fills that niche exactly. Maybe the Bluerail and a $80 sound card like mylocosound.
That's about the functionality and the sound.
The one thing that is not in Bluerail is consisting, and also the price is a little deceptive, since you need a good smart phone with a large screen, so it's either a lot more expensive including the phone, or about the same price neglecting the cell phone cost.
You can go either up or down in features and price from there. If you want features like the Revo, you need to go to the AirWire in my opinion and choose the DCC decoder of your choice.
There is definitely nothing as inexpensive as the Revo with all the same features.
David Maynard said:
Well, if the track is laid at full expansion... moreDavid Maynard said:
Well, if the track is laid at full expansion, then it would only contract from there. But how much? Would the resultant gaps be too large? These and other questions, I have no idea what the ultimate answer is.
This is kinda what I am wondering. If I am laying it in the hottest time of year on the hottest days then I would think I could but them darn near directly. Its in the mid 90's and we occasionally see 100's. But specifically when it comes to the yard they are mostly straight runs. I am wondering if I go fairly tight and if they need to expand would they just push to the end of the track. Seems to me without knowing anything I should be fairly OK in the yard. Now contraction will be a matter of wait and see.
Out on the mainline I will use clamps. But what and again on hot days I can butt them up. As the weather cools I will ba able to look at the track and see whats going on won't I. I really am guessing here. Temps swings go from100+ to 10-20 below. and with Aluminum I just wond... less
Craig Townsend said:
Steve Featherkile said:
The aforementioned ... moreCraig Townsend said:
Steve Featherkile said:
The aforementioned Dave Goodson lives in Kent, Wa. He runs an operating session on the first and third Fridays of each month. PM me, and I'll get you his email addy. I highly recommend that you get in touch with him. He has been very helpful to all of us.
Actually, he lives in Kirkland... But close enough for a eastsider like your self Steve.
You might consider joining the Puget Sound Garden Railway Society.
I'm not an active member, but I know quite a few of the members from OP nights at Dave's. It's a fun group of people with a wide range of interests from; simply trains in the garden to complex operations (aka Goodson).
I'm over on the 'westside' of the Sound in Port Orchard.
Isn't everything between Seattle and Bellingham considered Kent less
On the old Pacifics, the wheels were insulated by that plastic a... moreOn the old Pacifics, the wheels were insulated by that plastic axle center. So the wheel journals (bearings) would pick up power from both wheels on the axle. Replacing that split axle with a solid metal axle shorts things out. That's why one side of the truck needs the wires disconnected.
Dave Marconi said:
Devon Sinsley said:
I was wondering how to ta... moreDave Marconi said:
Devon Sinsley said:
I was wondering how to tackle those. Have you messed with the already flat top LEDs.
I have used them and abused them on installation Devon. As long as you don't cut to the metal they will still work. You can even 45 them and tilt the beam if the need arises. Flat head or round head. I got mine at all electronics as I was building the BL2
I didn't quite mean to thank you so many times. I was having a computer problem. But I do thank you
Steve Featherkile said:
Bob McCown said:
Someone needs to make t... moreSteve Featherkile said:
Bob McCown said:
Someone needs to make this for us. Any 3d modelers want to take the plunge?
Tony Walsham was brainstorming something like this ten or so years ago, but gave up on it as economically impractical.
I have a RailDriver for TrainSim, and other RR Sims. Its supposed to be able to operate a model railroad, somehow.
It would be cool if we could make this work with a tx.
That's exactly the purpose of the post over at MRH. Make something semi-realistic to use instead of the traditional knob.
I will say having run both a traditional locomotive and a RCU/RCO locomotive, the RCU controls are much harder to work than a traditional control stands. Instead of having 8 notches, it has preselected speed steps; stop, coupling <4mph, coast, etc. For what it's worth, my money is on the traditional control stand.
Paul Norton has a nice write up on how to add Phoenix P8 to a ve... morePaul Norton has a nice write up on how to add Phoenix P8 to a very similar K27.
Shows nice color pictures, too.
OVGRS K27 with P8
I do not know about the Chuff circuit for the C19-if needed or not.
Dennis, but that isn't true. You can shunt some current past the... moreDennis, but that isn't true. You can shunt some current past the LEDs with a resistor. If you have 3.2 volts across the LED, and you want to shunt 5 miliampers past the LED, a resistor value of 640 ohms would do that. 2 330 ohm resistors in series would give you 660 ohms, pretty close, and the 330 is pretty common.
I have this product listed as an alternative to adding a decoder... moreI have this product listed as an alternative to adding a decoder to USA trains locos.
It's a board that replaces the original mother board, and has a socket for a QSI, etc.
What I have never gotten a description of, or seen, is the LED kit for replacing all the LEDs in the loco, since this board only drives LEDs.
The LED "kit" is $60, and I cannot get any information on it, pictures, etc.
Has anyone installed this product with the LED kit, and can share observations and pictures? I'm actually trying to help the guy by giving him space on my site, but no information or feedback. The lighting in USAT Diesels is arcane to be kind, all different lights, voltages, mounting methods.
So, I'd like to see the solution from Train-Tek that is worth $60, done right it could be worth it.
Great pics and stuff, Bruce! Sorry I missed this year - an... moreGreat pics and stuff, Bruce! Sorry I missed this year - an early trip home to the GWN, a three week break, followed by two visiting cousins from down near the lake, another three week break and then almost a month in Oregon puts a brake on vacation money for us poor old pensioners, y'know.
A nice win of the lottery would see us spending 90 days ata time over in the real world, though....soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo............
Hallmark does not exist anymore. Bobbye Hall passed away se... moreFYI:
Hallmark does not exist anymore. Bobbye Hall passed away several years ago and her Hobby shop at the address on the box is closed also.
She was a classy lady and visited her store many times, even meet Malcom Furlow there once.
Joe Zullo said:
John Caughey said:
What track Diameter/Radius/Chord/ Arc is apropos for a 2-10-2?
I'll pass it's just too dag burn big for my yard.
In 1975 I nearly bought a GN caboose for $2000, delivered to the closest siding of my choice.... but couldn't get the location to agree.
That's my brush...
Here's more grief for ya....
The loco "Madam Queen" is a 2-10-4. less
Super job Eric. Thanks for all the time your putting in in... moreSuper job Eric. Thanks for all the time your putting in in behalf of the convention. Seeing your place will be one of the highlights on my list. I'm guessing you just leave the "glass" out of the windows to provide that venting? Do you paint the interiors too, so they are protected fro water that gets through the windows?
I'd have to think a bit to really see if there is any effective ... moreI'd have to think a bit to really see if there is any effective difference. The natural inclination as an engineer is to dissipate the BEMF by passing it through the relay coil, but blocking it should be fine as long as the reverse voltage rating of the diode is high enough, which should be easy.
OOPS, I forgot. But usually I remember my punctuation! I w... moreOOPS, I forgot. But usually I remember my punctuation! I will try hard to make better sentences, and increase the proper use of all those other buttons, even the ones located on the top row.