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    • May 27, 2017 7:57 AM EDT
    • Closest diagram/parts list is the 2070/2171 pdf.  It is a 3 wire motor block and will need one motor lead isolated from the track.

      Hopefully it is not the split case as the wheel brushes and springs will fly away when the wheels are removed to get at the access screws to split the block.


    • May 24, 2017 9:06 PM EDT
    • Yea, "DCC ready" means that the locomotive was built so that a decoder can be plugged into a plug inside the locomotive. The plug will have a jumper board plugged into it, so the locomotive will run on DC. So, technically you want to make the locomotive DCC able, not really DCC ready.

    • May 24, 2017 7:23 PM EDT
    • I can't find the manual, but it may be out there.

      I'd guess it is a 3 wire block, which needs a wire soldered inside the motor block and a small insulator added.

      Then you have 2 track pickups and 2 motor leads.

      Can put almost any decoder in there, but it is NOT what you would call "DCC ready".



    • May 24, 2017 2:43 PM EDT
    • A friend has a LGB Zillertallbahn 2071D (purchased in Germany approx 1991.)  He is interested in making this loco DCC-Ready.  I am not familiar with this loco.  Is this something that can be fairly easily converted to DCC-Ready so it can be used with a decoder?  Is there any motor isolation required? or anything that makes the job more challenging than normal?

    • May 24, 2017 10:58 PM EDT
    • Nice !

    • May 24, 2017 12:58 PM EDT

      A quick and dirty project for a train order semaphore at Burke.


    • May 5, 2017 5:53 PM EDT
    • Cool.   Will we know what to do?   Or just act as usual - pretend I know what I'm doing?

    • May 5, 2017 5:42 PM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:

      Does this mean we should expect to see signals for TrainOps this summer?   

      Possibly in the area around Williamsport. That's been my test bed area. No promises.

    • May 5, 2017 5:04 PM EDT
    • Does this mean we should expect to see signals for TrainOps this summer?   

    • May 11, 2017 5:15 PM EDT
    • Forrest, the debt consolidation place told me, way back when, that my only option was to sell my truck and go on welfare. By the time I got home from there, I was past being hurt, and just so darn mad, that I started calling back all of the places I had interviewed with just to make sure that they really didn't want to hire me. They had said no, but did they really mean no? One of them had hired a guy that didn't work out, so they gave me a try. 24 years later and I am still repairing copiers, never once was on welfare, and eventually traded in that truck on a Jeep, after I put another 140,000 plus miles on it.

    • May 11, 2017 5:01 PM EDT
    • R.J. DeBerg said:

      Sounds like ya need to cut back on expenses Later RJD

      Brings to mind a budget math exercise which showed I could live pretty comfortably on Social Security disability if I got rid of the car, the phone, and the electricity.

      And, no, that's not a joke.

    • May 11, 2017 2:37 PM EDT
    • Sounds like ya need to cut back on expenses Later RJD

    • May 11, 2017 6:24 AM EDT
    • I used to carry nail polish in my tool bag. It was a common repair item back in the days of analog copiers.

    • May 10, 2017 8:13 PM EDT
    • Oh, I thought maybe for dress up days or if you have nieces...

      that awkward stage eh?


    • May 10, 2017 4:58 PM EDT
    • Toe nail polish? Why would I have that? I do have some grain of wheat bulbs. I'll ebay some 2mm LEDs next week when the account is barely above zero again.

    • May 10, 2017 1:15 PM EDT
    • I figured you'd just paint a couple with toe nail polish. If it was good enuf for grain of wheats.... then.



    • May 10, 2017 10:24 AM EDT
    • Designed it for 3mm 'cause I thought I had some. Since I don't, I decided it would look better with 2mm LEDS anyhow.

    • May 8, 2017 8:56 PM EDT
    • Tom, I have been there, done that. Better days are coming.

    • May 8, 2017 7:08 PM EDT
    • Finishing up a little project on the day the bank account goes negative till next week and... I don't have any 3mm red LEDs!



    • May 5, 2017 5:25 PM EDT
    • Signal update (2017) on the Ironwood Peter's Pond & Western Railroad......

          The signal systems were once again activated for the 2017 season. Slight modifications have been made to the newest application; from St.Helens to Craigleigh....just the power supply and LEDS.....

         There are indications that the station at Firgrove, may finally have electricity installed.  This will mean that the train order board will be electrified, to save the station staff from having to climb a ladder to fill the lantern, twice a week....!!........and will it be long before the needed approach signal is installed at the Firgrove mile board....who knows.....lots of things happening....

        Fred Mills