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 Posted: Sat Jul 20th, 2013 01:20 am
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Yes, I know that hand-laying is preferable, Mike...but I'm an elderly man with a Parkinson's Disease affliction which would make it impossible to hand lay every tie.  I can hardly write my signature in a legible manner anymore! 

However, I feel up to spiking down flex track sections!

Cheers to you...

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 Posted: Sat Jul 20th, 2013 02:56 am
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That's a bummer, Hal. Ill bet that makes using that Colt effectively difficult too. Well, enjoy the hobby in any way you can.....



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 Posted: Sat Jul 20th, 2013 01:52 pm
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Mike, I haven't taken any of my Irons to the range in 3 or 4 years!

My wife used to go with me...she has her own pet Iron!

(I'd better get off THAT subject right away!)

 

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i'm fond of black power irons have a single shot pistol kit working on a pos but is like model building you can modify it



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Thanks for all the replies! Looks like I'm going to be a regular "questioner" (because I don't know a lot). My question was primarily motivated toward conversion of 3 rail equipment into two rail. Ebay has had some nice 3 rail locos and passenger cars (my "fetish") but I don't know a thing about easily converting them.....or even if it's possible. From your answers, looks like I'll forgo Proto:48.

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HEY MICHAEL

Why not just buy 2-rail equipment?

That's what I'm doing!

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Converting 3 rail 0 scale to 2 rail is easy.

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=3946&forum_id=53&page=1

Remove the roller things that ride on the center rail and the track pickups then convert to Radio Control with Battery power.

First, check the Amp requirement of the loco motor and get an RC Receiver that can handle the Amp's necessary or something like that.

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Yes, it may be easy to convert 3 rail "tinplate" locos & cars to 2 rail...BUT...the deep flanges on the locos and cars won't operate well on "scale" 2 rail O scale track. To make it work, you would need to turn down all the flanges and re contour the wheel treads for smaller rail and the gauge may need to be "adjusted" also. I would look for O scale locos & cars if I were to want to run on 2 rail track. I am sure that my views of this will be shot at by someone, it never fails.
Experience is advising you here.

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Maybe I'm just not very well exposed to all that's available in 3-rail stuff but my perception is that most of it is fairly toy like. That which is not toy like, is expensive enough that there is no advantage to converting it.... Unless you just can't get that same model in 2-rail.

That said, if I were a wealthy man, I'd have a collection of prewar Lionel stuff sitting on shelves on one wall of a train room. I just think it looks cool.

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Yay! THAT'S what I was looking for..the conversion process . Thanks!

Michael:bg:

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