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    • November 17, 2018 6:59 AM EST
    • Did you need the bell or bell and holder, Trainli sells either/both.

    • November 16, 2018 10:44 AM EST
    • probably TrainLi

    • November 16, 2018 10:43 AM EST
    • does anyone know where vI can obtain a bell that will fit the LGB "Casey" engine?

    • November 12, 2018 4:07 PM EST
    • I'm not familiar with LGB products.  I want to remove lettering.  I've done that with other brands.

      use an eraser?  vinegar?  alcohol? 

    • November 7, 2018 11:38 PM EST
    • I agree, just watch it, I have pictures somewhere of an overheated smoke unit melting the body...


      The RS-3 is one of the more complex locos to disassemble. I have detailed step by step on my site when you do take it apart.



    • November 6, 2018 9:53 PM EST
    • so my atsf rs-3 must  have a bad regulater ...but the b and m it must still work . wish I could get in there and disable it . but don.t want to tere engine apart just for that.

    • November 5, 2018 12:58 PM EST
    • Aristo smoke units, the newer ones with the microprocessor, are known to make great smoke just before they (literally) melt down.


      On the RS-3, old style, just a heating element and fan, and I think there was a regulated supply, have to look, but I think they make great smoke when the regulator gives up and sends full track voltage to the fan and the 5 volt heating element!



    • November 5, 2018 7:34 AM EST
    • Is that the Rio Grande next week??  Or the Atlantic from Mexico to Europe?  He He He

    • November 3, 2018 9:25 PM EDT






      "Click HERE" for Greg­'s web sit­e is not really needed as the con·"greg"·tion is already headed your way !

    • November 3, 2018 9:11 PM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      wonder what the outcome was

      You already know Greg along with a few others so you are not alone! Perhaps other forums have the answer?

    • November 3, 2018 8:43 PM EDT
    • wonder what the outcome was

    • October 26, 2018 11:35 PM EDT
    • Warning, the one with the quit fan will melt down.


      There were 2 fan units, the big one with the hose, and the smaller compact all in one unit.


      Not great smokers, and if they start smoking well, that normally means the regulation circuit is gone and it will melt down.



    • October 26, 2018 7:47 PM EDT
    • I have 2 aristo rs-3s    1 is older the smoke unit works fine pours out smoke like crazy . fan did work but quit but still lots of smoke ( vary happy)  the other was newer weights more head 2 axels with rubber tires it was  new but ran and quit, sent it back to factory thay fixed it and paid to get rid of the rubber wheels . it will try and puff a little smoke out  sometimes . also bought a new replacement smoke unit of e bay . does the same . hook up wires to it out of engine to track smokes fine . is there any way to get more power and amps to unit on the newer rs-3 to work like the older one . it is atsf 2099 the newer one is b & m 1513 witch is my most liked loco . thanks in advance bobgfla   ps both were new when bought .

    • October 23, 2018 12:32 PM EDT
    • Bill Hendrick said:

      Larry Bangham used a low voltage bulb as a butane tank heater.  

      if any one knows how to contact him, please advise

      All Larry's articles were published in SitG several years ago.  I'd contact the editor, Scott, and ask him to contact Larry on your behalf. Steam-in-the-Garden Magazine

    • October 22, 2018 4:07 PM EDT
    • Larry Bangham used a low voltage bulb as a butane tank heater.  

      if any one knows how to contact him, please advise

    • October 20, 2018 8:38 PM EDT
    • My Frank S was a shelf queen for many years.  I got it in an estate sale and ran it last week in Sacramento's 80ºF weather with no problem. I took it to Saramento Valley Live Steam Fall Meet today and did the usual proceedure.  It filled with fuel the first couple of times I ran it, but less time than the run last Monday.  After it cooled down, I refilled the tank(s) and tried to run it again.  No luck.  At first it acted like it had no fuel, even after two different containers and adapters were used.  We cleaned the jet into the engine and tried again.  Then the flame wouldn't stay on.  The flame would light, then pop and go down the smoke stake, then go out. Repeatedly.  So I brought it home and called it a day.

    • October 12, 2018 5:02 PM EDT
    • USA Trains SD70s operating with Intermodal cars on layout.

      I know some folks may have had derailing issues operating the SD70s with Intermodal cars on their layout curves.  To my recollection all the train cars, including the Intermodal cars, had truck mount couplers.  

      I want to share my experience with a similar train having all body mount Kadee centerset type couplers installed.

      I set up a 31 car test train that includes  4 USA Trains Intermodal individual cars (I  don't have an articulated set yet).  Again, the locos and all cars have body mounted Kadee centerset couplers.

      There is play list hosted for me by Greg E on his YouTube site that includes 3 videos I recorded, each having a detailed text description below the video that can be read before or after a video is run.

      Video 1 shows the Intermodal cars coupled to 2 back to back SD70s operating OK on a tight 10 foot diameter 270 degree loopback on my underhouse layout.  The Intermodals have only one container in them for clearance reasons.

      Video 2 shows the test train with double stacked containers on the Intermodal cars coupled to the locos on the outdoor layout with 2 SD70s & 1 SD40-2 needed to pull the train up helix grade.  This video is long, so I suggest looking at least the beginning showing the train ascending the helix and near the end showing the train Intermodals rounding the viaduct 10 foot diameter curves.

      Video 3 shows the test train coming down the helix grade, though the Intermodal cars are on the back of the train.

      The YouTube Play List is at link:


      The illustration below summarizes what's done to the SD70s being fitted with body mount, 3-D printed swinging coupler boxes and other components that afford more pleasing prototypical aesthetics.

      USA Trains SD70 with CamPac 3-D printed components


      The illustration below summarizes what's done to improve the Intermodal cars performance with prototypical aesthetics.

      USA Trains Intermodal Car Modifications





    • September 27, 2018 2:26 AM EDT
    • I'm working offline with Roger... at first glance it appears there is a discrepancy between the way the decoder is working and the sheet provided with it that lists the CV settings... when I get it solved I will report back.



    • September 26, 2018 7:40 AM EDT
    • I use zimo decoders and the chuff can be selected by reed switch sensor or by motor back EMF (BEMF).  BUT the rate by BEMF needs a DCC system to set it to the right value to match the wheel rotation in CV 267 and this can only be done on a DCC system while running the engine.  I do this for myself and club members and Trainli installs.

      Also, the Phoenix $160 sound unit I thought is for DCC, for analog operation you need the version that is near $250.

    • September 26, 2018 6:58 AM EDT
    • Greg - Your offer to program Roger's decoder for him is very commendable........a super nice gesture.