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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

trainroomgary ·
Hi Jim - Great job on the Sunday Caboose Project. I hope it is OK to show this video of your last layout, because you had to built a guest bedroom. "Sights of the City" - You did a great job on this downtown area and I still watch it from time to time. Gary - Cheers from The Detroit and Mackinac Railway
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

BobbyD ·
More of your very nice work Jim!
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

Jim Policastro ·
Thanks again, guys. Gary, I do miss that downtown area sometimes, although a few of the buildings found a home on my present layout. It's good to have the videos and photos, even if that video was shot with what I call my old ND ("No Definition"!!!) video camera. Jim
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Re: Modifying the Williams by Bachmann #41807 PRR Tuscan 5-stripe Scale GG-1

rtraincollector ·
While your at it have you considered adding some form of command control my self would be TMCC but I know other would be Proto 2 or 3 I have this engine and my plans in the future is to add TMCC and then will decide on LED lights and all but time will tell thats on the back burner for now
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Re: Modifying the Williams by Bachmann #41807 PRR Tuscan 5-stripe Scale GG-1

Marty Fitzhenry ·
I am a big fan of the scale Williams GG-1. I have converted many of them to PS-2 with great success.
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Re: Modified Road Champs 1:43 scale diecast 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck

pro hobby ·
Here is another similar Ford F100 model that also has been modified. This pickup has a completely repainted underbody. This model has a Texaco emblem on the doors. Original diecast model before modifications.
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Re: Modified Road Champs 1:43 scale diecast 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck

tackindy ·
Yeah with a few little easy mods these trucks look a lot better! Although its hard to see in your pictures that you painted the bench seat. Just a few screws on the bottom and you can open up the cab to paint the seat, steering wheel, etc..... I also dremel off the "trailer hitch" if it has one and paint the wheel wells inside along with the floor of the bed sometimes.
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Re: Modifying the Williams by Bachmann #41807 PRR Tuscan 5-stripe Scale GG-1

pro hobby ·
Williams GG-1 updated photos. Since the engineers cab area is not clearly visible through the cab windows a very simplified custom cab detail has been added. Not shown is the cab area lighting, the number board lighting and directional LED headlights.
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

Hudson J1e ·
Nice job Jim. I like the weathering.
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

MNCW ·
Jim, Nice looking bobber. Rain is better than snow! Tom
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

wmtrainnut09 ·
That turned out really nice Jim!
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

Jim Policastro ·
Thanks, guys. Sometimes you need simple one day projects to keep up your interest during layout building. Jim
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

Alex M ·
Hi Jim, Very nicely done, as all of your projects are !!!! Thanks, Alex
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

Bob Delbridge ·
Nice Jim I read that some of Seaboard's cabs had mule hide for roofing material...what could we use for that?!?!?!
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Re: Sunday Caboose Project

handyandy ·
Pretty cool. Can't wait to see the rest of the train.
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Re: Modifying the Williams by Bachmann #41807 PRR Tuscan 5-stripe Scale GG-1

pro hobby ·
More progress. The motors have been wired in series. The reverse board and the sound board have been relocated as shown. The sound board is now mounted next to the speaker. Note the differences. Wiring for the directional LED headlights has not been completed. Also the simulated cab interior and lighting plus number board lighting has not been completed. Plastic tie wraps have been used to better organize the wiring.
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Re: Modifying the Williams by Bachmann #41807 PRR Tuscan 5-stripe Scale GG-1

pro hobby ·
My preference is to only update to command control my existing collection of MTH Premier Proto 1 engines at this time. The modifications to my collection of Williams engines are mainly rewiring of the motors and the lighting system due to the small added expense. See the photos of my rewiring of the GG-1.
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Sunday Caboose Project

Jim Policastro ·
Spent a rainy Sunday afternoon with a Lionel bobber caboose. Since I no longer have an On30 narrow gauge line on the layout, I want to create a train of little, "backwoodsey" freight cars to run on the 3-rail mainline. This SF bobber caboose was the first "victim" of a makeover. Before: After: Removed the cast-in cupola and sanded off all roof detail. Covered the roof with thin 0.01" styrene sheet material, then tar-papered the roof with pieces of fine sandpaper. Modified the end railings...
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MTH Country Passenger Depot modified.

Marc C ·
A completed project tonight.  
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Modified Road Champs 1:43 scale diecast 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck

pro hobby ·
Modified Road Champs 1:43 scale diecast 1956 Ford F-100 pickup truck This 1:43 scale diecast vehicle is a neat model that could be used with O scale model railroads. It is a close replica of the classic 1956 Ford pick-up truck. The model has "rubber" tires and a detailed interior. The side doors and tailgate can be opened. The model has been modified to remove the rear trailer hitch. The bumpers and the interior bench seat have been painted to provide a more custom look. The following photo...
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Modifying the Williams by Bachmann #41807 PRR Tuscan 5-stripe Scale GG-1

pro hobby ·
Modifying the Williams by Bachmann #41807 PRR Tuscan 5-stripe Scale GG-1 The Williams scale GG-1 O scale engines are nicely detailed conventional powered models that have good quality paint and lettering.  The model has an overall wheelbase of 16-7/8 inches  or 67 scale feet. This is close to the prototype wheelbase of 69 feet. The model has two flywheel equipped motors and True Blast horn and bell. This  PRR Tuscan model appears to be painted in more of a dark brown...
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Re: MTH Country Passenger Depot modified.

bigtruckpete ·
Wow Marc! Nicely done. The wood flooring is what really grabs my attention and the the dulled down roof helps pull it all together. Fantastic!!!
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Re: MTH Country Passenger Depot modified.

Marc C ·
Thank you. Appreciate that.
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Re: MTH Country Passenger Depot modified.

Berkshire President ·
Very, very nice!
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Re: MTH Country Passenger Depot modified.

wmtrainnut09 ·
Nicely done MARC! Love it! Thanks for sharing.
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Modifying the Lionel Three Rivers "Pittsburgh Region" caboose #6-36653 - Built date 2010

pro hobby ·
Modifying the Lionel Three Rivers "Pittsburgh Region" caboose #6-36653 - Built date 2010 This model is a very nicely detailed modern version of the classic Lionel "porthole" caboose. The lettering on the car is road number 477939. It is designated as Pittsburgh Region. The caboose features plastic trucks and lighted interior. The body features full rivet detail including the rivet strip under the portholes. The car is missing a roof top smoke jack. This model has been modified to include an...
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Re: Modifying the Lionel Three Rivers "Pittsburgh Region" caboose #6-36653 - Built date 2010

pro hobby ·
Here is another Lionel model with the same PRR "road number". However this one is marked Eastern Region.
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Re: Modifying the Lionel Three Rivers "Pittsburgh Region" caboose #6-36653 - Built date 2010

TomlinsonRunRR ·
I'm assuming the Eastern Region variant is unlighted? It comes unlighted with the current PA Flyer set. Will you be adding a smoke jack? The roof has a little circle where it should go. If so, I'd be interested in your technique. Tomlinson Run Railroad
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How To Improve Operation of Lionel #197 Rotating Radar Antenna Without Modifying The Accessory

James Aldecoa ·
You can easily improve the operation of the Lionel #197 Rotating Radar Antenna by substituting a Lionel #3520-016 , 6-Finger Drive Washer and by adding a K-line #620-1394-015 Paper Friction Washer. First, clean all moving parts (as well as the coil) with 70% isopropyl alcohol and then thoroughly dry them. Next, apply a small amount of Hob-E-Lube #HL652 Dry White Lube to the top of the rubber drive washer, the paper friction washer, the driving slug, and the drive shaft. Place the paper...
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Re: How To Improve Operation of Lionel #197 Rotating Radar Antenna Without Modifying The Accessory

ZWPOWER13 ·
Thanks for the tip! I suppose this could work for the rotating beacon too!
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
This is a requirement insisted upon by a couple of individuals in my club (San Diego 3 Railers), who maintain the wiring on the layout. I can't find any information about this either. That's why I'm asking. I can imagine one would wire a jumper around the component that varies the voltage in the channel on the TIU's mainboard , but this sounds useless if you only run fixed voltage brick transformers on DCS to begin with. The only thing I can figure is that their current configuration allows...
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

gunrunnerjohn ·
And, how did the tech get the information on exactly what to mod?
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Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
I'm asking this question more for my own knowledge than anything. From my understanding, the variable voltage outputs on the TIU can be set to fixed through the remote control. Other than blocking someone from switching the output back to variable, why would one need modify the TIU to permanently bypass the variable output? I've seen references to this practice, but I can't find any how-tos or whys, even in the 3rd edition of Barry Broskowitz's book. Sorry if I missed it in the book. I'd...
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

EscapeRocks ·
Don, I have set up my TIU so that all channels are fixed voltage. I run no conventional DCS or TMCC/Legacy, so I just want the constant voltage on the tracks. Each of my channels has its own power supply, from Lionel PH-180's
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
OK, David, but did you have to physically modify the variable outputs to switch them to fixed, did you just use the command from the remote control, or are you running the fixed voltage transformers through the variable output without making any changes to the TIU? I'm asking this because, as one of the San Diego 3 Railers dealing with the DCS mess on the layout, the explanation I'm getting for them not switching out the ancient TIU to see if it may be defective is that the variable channels...
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

Gregg ·
DCS gives you the option of setting up a var channel to var mode or fixed mode... Yes you have to set them with the remote ... Menu/system/ dcs set up/ Select the var channel and hit FXD... The channel is now in fixed mode just like fixed 1 &2 and will stay that way on each power up unless it's change it back to var mode with the remote. The FXD key is like a toggle switch. With each press it changes the channel from fixed to var with each press. However the remote will tell you what...
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

L & N ·
The National Capital Trackers have had most of the club TIU's modified to all channels fixed. We do not use the TIU to vary voltage, we use the transformer handle. We use 3 channels on the TIU, the 2 fixed and one variable set to fixed, the variable channel was being reconfigured back to variable and that wasn't being communicated to the next person operating on that track. In this manner all 3 tracks operate the same now. One benefit of this, is at venues where there is more than 1 club...
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

Wigville RR ·
Don go to track control screen in Barry's book it tell you how to set max volts with the soft keys on the variable channels I did this on a layout with brick's on all of the channels so when they turn on the power everything saw the watch dog signal at the same time and they did have to turn up the power on the variable every time they turn on the layout . Guy
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

EscapeRocks ·
Sorry I didn't reply to your next question, Don, but the guys above nailed the answer
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Another point is if you have the variable channels in fixed mode, simply selecting the track and varying the voltage will revert them to variable mode until the next power cycle of that channel's power.
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
If I'm reading you all correctly, then, there really isn't any advantage to modifying the circuitry on the TIU to make a variable output channel fixed permanently. The software control of the output is good enough.
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
I was typing my reply when you answered, John. So, the variable output can be inadvertently switched out of fixed mode. But cycling the power to the TIU will switch the variable channel back to fixed if it's set in the software that way.
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
So, modifying the circuit of the variable output channel to a permanent fixed operation would be advantageous to reducing confusion in a club layout where many different operators are coming and going. I would just put up with having to cycle the power to the TIU myself. I suppose that if you really needed to have four, idiot proof fixed outputs that using two TIUs in super mode, and just utilizing the fixed outputs on those, would be better than messing with the motherboard on a singe TIU...
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

gunrunnerjohn ·
Clearly, it would be much easier to simply have two TIU's if you're that worried about someone messing the signal up.
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L & N ·
I was really surprised at how often we had to do that. Some of our members would unnecessarily power down the entire layout when they just needed to cycle TIU power. We even have a toggle switch for just that. At least for our group it was worth doing. We even had an MTH authorized tech make the conversion. Steve
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

Barry Broskowitz ·
Just as an FYI, it would seem to me that the "secret" to improved operation of a club layout boils down to two things: Educate all members regarding the proper operation of the layout. This would apply to all club layouts, not just those that utilize commands control. However, command control operation most likely would require that those members who have always operated only in conventional mode would have to "unlearn" some things, as well. To keep operation of dual-mode (conventional and...
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
I'm not worried. I'm just trying to understand the options they are choosing at the SD3R layout. Thanks for the information.
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Re: Modifying the TIU variable voltage output channels to be fixed: Why?

DJ's Trains ·
Barry, Yeah. A lot of the signal issues and other problems stem from the confusing plethora of switches the SD3R layout has for running conventional, DCS, TMCC, and legacy, as well as switching between the power bricks and the Z4K transformers.
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