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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2015 11:11 am
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Thanks James :thumb:

Keeping track of the recharges will be a piece-o-cake, keeping track of operating hours not so much.

Actually, I don't care that much how long an engine will run, but it's a question that most "non-believers" always ask.

I guess it depends on how the engine is used, running continuously or in short bursts, such as in switching. The big factor would be how much "stuff" on the engine is using power.

Right now all I have is the motor, headlight, and backup light. If I install sound or a especially a smoke unit, I expect the length of run time will go down.

I don't ever plan on using smoke again, but I've learned to never say never. As far as sound, I do kinda miss the steam chuff effect but not the whistle/bell. If I could find a deep, throaty chuff module that is small enough to fit I'd probably get it to try in at least 1 engine.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2015 10:59 pm
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Hi Bob there are still some makers of sound for dc power which should run off your battery supply. Dallee electronics is one I have seen over your way. Mylocosound has units that would work too and there must be others about.
As we know, your operating method is better suited to battery than mine as I am mainly train watching on the outdoor layout, often for hours on end while I snooze or read a book. When I did test the water, even a small lithium pack was plenty for the amount of time I guessed most would spend in a switching session. Smoke would certainly use up the battery quicker but again only testing would show if the battery was big enough for a session with all bells and whistles in operation.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 19th, 2015 11:34 pm
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Thanks Bob, I've been looking at both those sound systems.

I would like to test a smoke unit just to see what kind of power drain it would cause, but I yanked all the smoke units out of my engines as soon as I got them, they're too much trouble IMO.

The steam chuff is the one sound I would really like in all my steamers, synchronized to the speed of the engine of course :)

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 Posted: Sun Aug 30th, 2015 12:59 am
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I pulled up about 50 feet of track the other day!!!

I had a Wye and kept having trouble around one of the turnouts. Found out I had an 054 turnout when the other 2 were 072 (don't know how that happened) and that leg of the Wye was causing a few derailments.

The fix was to re-locate a bunch of track, had to move it about 18" to fix the problem and avoid a "S" curve in the process. Had to remake a drop-down bridge in the process.

I've got the roadbed and track back in place, just need to secure it (with zip ties) and rewire 4 turnout motors.

Hopefully I'll have trains running in the next couple of days, then I'll have to redo some scenery that had to be ripped out as well.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 30th, 2015 03:40 am
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Look forward to seeing your progress Bob. S curves are best avoided so in the long run this will be for the better.... at least that's what I tell myself in similar situations :>)
I'm on hold at the moment. I have a kit coming of a NSWGR 36 class 10 wheeler in a few weeks time. Recently commissioned from DJH in the UK so it should be a pleasure to put together if the HO locos from that factory I assembled over the years are anything to go by.

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I had to look that engine up Bob, it's a chunky-looking beast for sure :2t:

Should be a blast putting together, I wish there were more locomotive kits available.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 30th, 2015 11:22 pm
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The 36 class were the premier express engine until the arrival of the 38 class Bob. Nicknamed "pigs" by the crews, they were a result of a stupid policy to keep building engines that would fit on existing tiny turntables. Hence the chunky look as they squeezed the biggest boiler they could into the loading gauge and short wheelbase. A dodgy firebox and often supplied with crap coal they were often a nightmare for the crews. It was the commercial need to have passenger trains with a/c and the addition of dining cars to compete with road and air that finally convinced the govt masters that they would have to build a longer engine (38 class). Even that was a compromise as it was a hand fired Pacific when a stoker fired Hudson or more sensibly a dual purpose engine such as a Berkshire would have been a better choice.
I think the sales of this loco will determine if more kits from this source will be forthcoming. It is only a small market but there are people who just like to build loco kits so response might be surprising.

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 Posted: Sun Aug 30th, 2015 11:25 pm
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I saw their HO engines, but not any O scale stuff. Need to look again!

Thanks for the history behind them Bob.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 31st, 2015 03:23 am
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Might not see them on the DJH site as they might be exclusive to modelokits.
Have a look starting here sometime Bob.
http://modelokits.com/products/

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 Posted: Mon Aug 31st, 2015 03:50 pm
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Some really well detailed locos and cars at that site, and for the apparent quality not all that highly priced.

But---be aware that 7mm O scale is 10% larger than 1/4'' cars and locos. Doesn't sound like much until you compare the two side by side.

Now about that Garratt--Slobber---drool---whine


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PS Did I mention the Garrett?



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