Tagged With "Atlas O"

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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Scrapiron Scher ·
Tony, i recommend Atlas O but not directly on foam. Atlas O needs a secure base. I would not invest in Atlas O ($5 per foot) without knowing if track screws would hold in foam. I would suggest a good quality 1/4" birch plywood base and 3/4" Gargraves track screws. The plywood looks cabinet grade for appearance and you will be pleased with Atlas O track. If the plywood is glued to the foam, you will have less noise. Eliot
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

PJB ·
Tony, I don't know if I would use finish nails on Atlas O ties, and agree that Atlas should be fastened. I too would suggest a luan type surface. It will allow use of rail screws to securely fasten and will help with your goal on not gluing and needing to replace the foam annually. Peter
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Amfleet25124 ·
If you're going to use Atlas O track, it's best to get Ross Roadbed from Ross Switches. The roadbed has grooves that match the ties and the track fits right in without moving. No nails needed!!! Makes the Atlas track which is already low noise, even more quieter. It is very affordable and is on Page 6 of the price list . No, I'm not the PR firm for Ross Switches, they just make very good product. I may plan on buying some for my Christmas layout when it is built (which has to be very soon...
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Traindiesel ·
Forget the nails and screws. I used strips of two-sided carpet tape to secure Woodland Scenics vinyl roadbed and Atlas O track to a styrofoam sub-roadbed on my permanent layout. I've been operating my trains, including heavy steam locomotives, on this layout for 12 years without any problems. It holds the track and roadbed great and it's easy to pull up if you need to make changes. Just put a 3-4" strip at every other track joint. If you have a long 40" straight track put a piece in the...
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Atlas O TMCC signal issues

CLARKSTER ·
I am having issues with all of my new Atlas O locos. The trouble appears to be a signal issue. The lights flicker randomly, horn and bell operation is a maybe, and speed control is sometimes not available. I have several Lionel TMCC and Legacy engines that have no issues, no flickering or control problems. I am running 4 loops of track, with a reverse loop splitting the center loop and several yard tracks off the reverse. All loops are connected with turnouts. I have isolated the center...
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Re: Wanted. Dead or alive! Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel

Roo ·
Simon. I appreciate your offer mate, but I already have one in Union Pacific what I want is another C&O and yes I know what you mean about being disorganised which is why yesterday I took a car load of books and O scale items I don't need anymore and gave the lot to the Local club I am finally cleaning the place up! Thanks Roo.
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Atlas #50 switch controllers

mike mccormick ·
I need 4 of the Atlas # 50 switch machines to finish my switches. I know that they have been recalled by Atlas BUT, IF there is anyone who has some extras for sale OR if you know a dealer who might have some please e-mail me. I live on the big island in Hawaii so searching by computer is the only way to buy stuff from the mainland. My e-mail address is dpwrwcsmco@aol.com. IS there a chance that another brand will work with Atlas switch machines? Thank you, Mike
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Re: Atlas #50 switch controllers

Martin Derouin ·
Are these the blue buttons you push to operate the switch. I have some because I don't use them, how many you need?? Marty
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Re: Atlas #50 switch controllers

pennsyfan ·
My buddy just sent his back to Atlas for a refund. We are going with a momentary toggle, an Atlas #200 relay and LEDs for his layout.
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Re: Atlas #50 switch controllers

mike mccormick ·
No martin,the atlas ones have green and red leds. thanks for the comeback
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Re: Atlas #50 switch controllers

mike mccormick ·
Thanks bob. I guess none are still out there.
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Re: Atlas #50 switch controllers

pennsyfan ·
Mike, I don't know whether you are aware of the reason for the recall. I spoke with the Atlas electronics guru at York a few Yorks ago. The #50 has caused the switch solenoid to overheat and meltdown. After considering the possible consequences we decided to pull them.
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Re: Atlas #50 switch controllers

mike mccormick ·
Thanks Bob, mine are working fine so far. Guess i will just use the blue ones for now. Mike
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Atlas NYC F3B

gene m ·
Looking to buy 1689-1,2 unpowered or 1639-1,2 powered Atlas B-unit. Thank you Gene M
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Hot Water ·
Our entire layout is Atlas track & turnouts. Everything is glued to VibyleBed road bed, which is glued directly down to the 3/4" plywood. We used TightBond Professional Wood Glue, and removed any/all screws once the glue was set. The layout is pretty quiet.
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Tony_V ·
Thank you all for the replies. Not the answer I was hoping for, but better knowing than spending $5 per foot and finding out the hard way. The original concept for what I build was a CTT build years ago. It featured FasTrack and that works well. The problem is the noise. They layout in my house is only about 10' from where our TV is. My wife gets grumpy when she has to turn up the TV... Tony
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Question for Atlas track users

Tony_V ·
I am considering an additional loop of track for my Christmas layout. The layout is built on top of 4" of styrofoam board. The only way I can fasten it down is with finish nails through the ties to keep it from sliding around. I am trying not to glue any sections to the styrofoam because i don't want to damage or have to replace the foam board every year. I've successfully used FasTrack like this. I tried Gargraves but it really needs to be mounted and not just held in place with finish...
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

PJB ·
Tony, If this the issue (noisy fasttrack), I had the same issue with our first temporary (fastrack) layout. I tried a few different (unconventional) things. Spray foam insulation into the underside, cutting homasote and vinyl roadbed pieces to fit in the underside, etc. I finally end up deciding on brushing the underside with a thin layer of brush-on liquid rubber (the stuff they advertised on TV to create water seals in gutters, etc.) to create a barrier with the underside parts that carry...
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

CP BOB ·
Tony, I used silicone chaulk/glue for foam to secure Atlas track to extruded foam. I read about the technique in a book or magazine. I will try and find this week. It has held for over 7 years. Not sure what is going to happen when I dismantle it later this year. Bob
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

sinclair ·
So, to answer your question, the Atlas track will be just like Gargraves in your situation.
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

DoubleDAZ ·
The problem with GarGraves and Atlas is not the track, it's the mounting surface. You would have better luck replacing the Styrofoam with rigid foam like this, but I don't know about the noise level. I've only seen 1" thick sheets here, so it would take 4 to get to 4". I tried Styrofoam with RealTrax and then moved to the extruded foam. Noise wasn't much better because it was on a raised frame and not on a plywood base, table or floor, It was never by the tree, so I moved it to the garage...
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

DoubleDAZ ·
PJB, I do not recommend using rigid foam instead of plywood/Homasote. I was only recommending the OP use it in place of Styrofoam because it will hold the nails better to keep his Atlas or GarGraves track in place. I used 1" thick rigid foam on a 12"x12" grid of 1x3s with RealTrax on a temporary layout a couple of years ago and it was noisy. To be sure, RealTrax is noisy to begin with, but the foam seemed to resonate the noise both above and below the layout. I used it for weight because I...
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

DoubleDAZ ·
PJB, There is no reason you have to use plywood/Homasote to cover the whole layout. You can use it under the track only and use foam everywhere else. Or use foam inserts wherever you want something you can remove easily. Foam makes a great pop-out platform for buildings and other landscaping elements, even mountains. All you have to do is add supports for it beneath the layout. You cut out a piece of the plywood/Homasote between the grid rails, add some new support rails or crossmembers so...
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

PJB ·
Steve and Dave, We're considering using foam board instead of plywood and homasote. You say "the 2" thick version can be used by itself and forms a great base..." Am I understanding that, with joists placed every 16" apart, I can just use one layer 2" foam instead of plywood and homasote - meaning one layer of 2" stiff foam board is sturdy enough to support my track, all trains, even a Big Boy sitting on a siding for days or weeks, all buildings and terrain, etc? Thanks.
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Steve Horvath ·
Dave is correct. You would have much better results using rigid foam board. I use occasionally when needed 2" thick 4 X 8 sheets. I found them to be available at Loews and H D . The 2" thick version can be used by itself and forms a great base to work from. I use Woodland Scenic s "Foam Tack Glue #1544 to hold the track in place. The glue dries quickly and clear.
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

PJB ·
Hey Dave, Thanks so much for the in-depth reply! We never used foam before and the new layout we're planning will have several city blocks, several of which will be pop-outs so I've been exploring use of materials (like foam board) due to lighter weight than plywood. Thanks again for such a helpful reply. Peter
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PJB ·
Thanks Steve. That's what I thought, but I was hoping (probably rationalizing a little too) that maybe foam board was so sturdy I could use it in place of plywood due to weight considerations. Thanks again. Peter
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Richie C. ·
Or maybe just a good set of headphones is the easiest option ?
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Steve Horvath ·
My suggestions were intended for the gentlemen who started the thread and wanted something for under the Christmas tree . The 2" foam would lie directly on the floor. For a permanent layout I would not choose this option.
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Jan ·
Since this discussion has degenerated into one of sound reduction, here's a link to another discussion which might make some things clearer. Sound reduction Jan
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

DoubleDAZ ·
Brian, can I assume you added ballast? If so, doesn't that help keep the track stable?
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Re: Question for Atlas track users

Traindiesel ·
Dave, I haven't added ballast yet, but I will. When I add the ballast I'll use the two- sided tape also. I'll use 1" tape butted up against the ties on each side of the track, or maybe a little bit under the ties, and attach the ballast to the tape and let the ballast sit freely between the rails and ties. This makes it easy to pick up ballast to reuse if you make changes to the track plan. The tape has really held the track stable for years on my layout and continues to do so. I learned...
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Re: atlas freight cars

Hot Water ·
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atlas freight cars

bigmanal501 ·
do atlas freight cars match up with lionel and mth couplers or do i have to swap out couplers on atlas freight cars? thanks
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Wanted. Dead or alive! Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel

Roo ·
It's a big ask I know due to where I live, but I have to try. I am looking for an Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel like in the photo if it doesn't run no worries just need the body and frame in good condition. I want to make a matching pair to run the Hot Metal train around to Valley Forge. I'm not a painter so I have to try and find Factory paint jobs. I can pay with Pay Pal or credit card as I am in West Australia and the shipping will be much more than the Loco is worth but that's life. If...
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Re: Wanted. Dead or alive! Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel

Simon Winter ·
Roo, I have one in Union Pacific that you can have gratis, as in $0.00. There is however, a catch.......I have stuff in multiple locations, and I am not sure I can find it. Let me look a bit and I will get back to you here on this thread. I do recall that it is missing the horns, but I think it is otherwise OK. Those engines are F9's, and were made by Roco. Simon the disorganized
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Re: Wanted. Dead or alive! Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel

RSJB18 ·
Hey Roo- Not sure if this will work for you but I just saw this Williams C&O on Trainz site. https://marketplace.trainzauct...-%282%29---3-8448877 Bob
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Re: Wanted. Dead or alive! Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel

Roo ·
Thanks Bob. Close but not what I wanted. Thanks. Roo.
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Re: Wanted. Dead or alive! Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER ·
I moved this to the want to buy category since that is where it belonged...also all discussion was either deleted or edited since this is not a discussion forum..... If you would like to post what you are doing in your workbench/layout area, then please start a separate thread....thanks!
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Re: Wanted. Dead or alive! Old Atlas (70's) C&O diesel

Roo ·
Sorry about that, first time I have posted a wanted item ever, anywhere, usually do my own research, didn't realise there was a separate category. Roo.
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ATLAS MASS BAY PASSENGER CARS

Joe Lettieri ·
I'M LOOKING FOR ATLAS MASS BAY COMMUTER CARS, THEY MUST BE GOOD SHAPE WITH ALL INTERIOR LIGHTS WORKING. WILL PAY REASONABLE AMOUNT. THANKS My E-mail jlettie@verizon.net
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Atlas O 10" straights with brown ties

Donna D-H ·
Hi! I am trying to finish up my o scale layout.  I am in need of 12 pieces of Atlas O brown tie 10" straight track. They don't need to be new just in good useable condition.  I usually pay by PayPal friends/family.  I have bought some on OGR but cant seem to come up with enough track. Thank you for checking. Donna
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Help Converting 2 Rail Gunderson to 3 Rail

Paulie D ·
Has anyone converted 2 Rail Atlas O Gunderson stack cars to 3 Rail? I just bought a pair of andrews trucks and am about to tackle it but I can use some tips. I E-mailed bill from atlas and he responded " You have to mill the end platforms to go...
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Re: Atlas O 10" straights with brown ties

Bill Robb ·
There seems to be much more Atlas O track with the dealers than last fall. Try searching for Atlas O 6050 if you no other replies.
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Re: Atlas is not making switches or much anything for Industrial line.

Ace ·
Wasn't the "Industrial" track selection very limited, and Atlas has since expanded their line of "Atlas O" track to include O27 curves and O36 switches etc? I would suppose that Atlas has chosen to focus more on the upscale O-gauge market, and not have two different track systems.
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Re: Atlas is not making switches or much anything for Industrial line.

Colonial village ·
The Atlas O line is just track and doesn't come with a roadbed. They have some roadbed pieces in the catalog but I don't know if they are manufacturing any.
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Re: Atlas is not making switches or much anything for Industrial line.

Oman ·
If you are working a temporary layout, then YES you have a problem. If you are building a permanent layout, buy regular Atlas O and add roadbed from the many suppliers out there.
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Re: Atlas is not making switches or much anything for Industrial line.

challenger3980 ·
Atlas has had 027 curves and 036 switches in the line up for years, the 036 switches may have been hard to find in the last couple of years, I don't know. I have had some Atlas O 036 switches and a factory box of 027 curves for several years, I wish that Atlas would produce some 027 switches to go with the curves that I have. I want to build a couple of "Coffee Table" layouts on hollow core doors, and need the 027 switches that Atlas hasn't made yet(or even said they would ever make). IIRC,...
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Re: Atlas is not making switches or much anything for Industrial line.

Dominic Mazoch ·
To me, it seems all of the major O importers have lost focus. We hear Atlas here. WBB is a shell of when it was under Jerry. MTH has cut back on RTR sets. Only Lionel has kept up with some sort of low end product.
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Re: Atlas Couplers

Keystoned Ed ·
Alan Starting with the 1970's era O gauge product line (made in Austria by Roco) over the years Atlas revised the design of their O scale coupler at least 5 times. The one common denominator was a coupler box with snap on lid and hidden mounting screws that do not match Kadee's spacing or setback from the end sill. The latest AtlasO design has a Kadee 805 clone head with an external spring. As you've discovered they still have issues but as others have pointed out the cane operate better if...
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