Archive for June, 2012

A transformer is used to convert 120 V to 15.7 V in order to power a toy electric train.?

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Question by : A transformer is used to convert 120 V to 15.7 V in order to power a toy electric train.?
If there are 214 turns in the primary, how many turns should there be in the secondary?

Best answer:

Answer by Mohasa
use V1/V2 = n1/n2

where V1 = 120 V, V2 = 15.7 V, and n1 = 214 turns

so n2 = n1 V2/V1

…… = 214*15.7/120

n2 = 28 turns, number of turns in the secondary

Hope this helps

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Saturday, June 30th, 2012

model railroads
Image by skabat169
Night scene on the Penn State Model Railroad Club layout

The Polar Express Lionel Railsounds Tender and Conductor Car

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

The Lionel Polar Express with the Railsounds tender and conductor car, as well as the other add-on cars. Makes a nice long train. Check out my newest Polar Express video – “The Polar Express – Christmas Comes to Lionel Town “.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Southern Steam in London – Brixton, Clapham and Wandsworth Road in the 50s

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Five minutes and twenty seconds of pure Southern joy in South London in the 1950s. A) Brixton in the 1950s 1) A Maunsell 4-4-0 (either an E1, D1 or L1 class) rounding the curve at Loughborough Junction. 2) A Maunsell ‘N’ Class 2-6-0 and an ex-LBSC E2 Class 0-6-0T run light towards Herne Hill. 3) An electric train with a Maunsell 4-LAV unit at the front. 5) An ex-LMS Fowler designed 2-6-2T with a single parcels van, having entered Southern metals via the ex-Metropolitan Railway ‘widened lines’ at Snow Hill. 6) A Bulleid BoB ‘Battle of Britain’ Class pacific. 7) Another ‘N’ Class mogul on a train of green Maunsell coaching stock. B) Clapham in the 1950s; originally called “Clapham and North Stockwell” this station on the South London Line was renamed Clapham High Street in 1989. 1) A Bulleid 4-SUB of the later all-steel variety. 2) A Maunsell ‘Q’ class 0-6-0 on an empty stock train consisting of 8 Maunsell coaches and a Bulleid at the rear. 3) A Bulleid BoB ‘Battle of Britain’ Class 4-6-2 on a Ramsgate service which includes a brace of Pullman cars 4) One of Maunsell’s ‘W’ Class 2-6-4T heavy tank engines on one of the cross-London freight services for which they were designed. 5) 4-SUB units pass to reveal another Maunsell ‘W’ on a lengthy cross-London freight service. 6) BR Standard Class 7MT ‘Britannia’ Class 4-6-2 No.70004 ‘William Shakespeare’ on The Golden Arrow. 7) A Maunsell ‘N’ Class 2-6-0 on a train consisting of a 3-car ex-SECR ‘Birdcage’ set, three BR Mk1s and
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Electrofrog Points (Peco) Pt1

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

In this video we take a look at Electrofrog points.I’ll do my best to try & explain a little about model railway Electrofrog points made by Peco (in the UK).Part two will follow later today.

The Turbo Train Visits Manitoba

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

On June 26 Jason Shron of Rapido Trains brought his personal VIA Turbo to the Selkirk Model Railroad Club.
Video Rating: 0 / 5

CG599 Sweeping Landscape

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

CG599 Sweeping Landscape
ho model trains
Image by listentoreason
Visit to Northlandz in January of 2010. An astonishingly large HO model railroad layout, recommended for train enthusiasts. It occupies a building the size of a large 3-story warehouse.

+ Quirky – some of the scenes are pretty amusing
+ Detailed – lots of fine work. You can spend a long time in one place, just looking at the subtleties
+ Huge – Very extensive dioramas
+ No that does not quite do it, how about "Gargantuan?"
+ No, still not right. I think this: "You’re lying. It cant be that big." – No, it is. Jaw-dropping. That link shows only part of one of maybe a dozen rooms. Plan on 90 minutes if you jog through, three hours if you take your time and enjoy it.
+ Organ music – The builder and owner, Bruce Zaccagnino, is a skilled organist and plays for visitors (I think every day) in a little theater in the middle of the building.

Dust – Lots of it. I’m sure it’s a nightmare to clean, but it needs it. At HO scale, it’s up to the inhabitants’ ankles.
Disrepair – Plaster landscape cracking in places. Little figures fallen over. Not too often, but enough to jar you from your reverie.
Few trains! – When we visited most rooms were largely silent; I guess it made the trains more exciting when they did come through, but they did so rarely, and often only a handful of cars.
– Somewhat inflexible – you have one shot at moving through, then you need to buy another ticket if you want to revisit a scene. Not a big deal… except there’s only one bathroom inside at the halfway point. Remember, it’s HUGE. Know your kids’ tolerances if you go.

All in all if you like railroads (or have kids that do) you should probably see it at least once.

Steam Engines – Great Central Railway Part One

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

For more information about the railway featured in this film please visit For more information about the producer of this film please visit
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Is Melissa and Doug Railway set compatible with Take Along Thomas and Friends trains?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Question by : Is Melissa and Doug Railway set compatible with Take Along Thomas and Friends trains?
Melissa and Doug 130 pc railway set says it is compatible with “Thomas,” but there are 3-4 different sizes of Thomas trains series. I bought Lionel Railroad set, but the rails were too wide for Take Along Thomas and Friends trains that we had. I searched for the width of Melissa and Doug railroad but couldn’t find it anywhere. If anyone has Melissa and Doug Railway set, how wide is the rail from one grid to the other? Is it narrow enough to fit the die-cast Thomas trains?

Best answer:

Answer by batraylover
The Melissa and Doug Wooden Railway set is compatible with both Thomas and Brio wooden train systems. The Take Along Thomas and Friends sets are different then the traditional Thomas sets and are not compatible with the Thomas Wooden Railway. The Thomas Wooden Railway is the ONLY Thomas set that is compatible with the Melissa and Doug Wooden Railway set.

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Larry Lionel Young, candidate for Oakland mayor

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Larry Lionel Young, candidate for Oakland mayor
lionel trains
Image by Alameda County Community Food Bank
Focusing on recreational facilities can help solve the hunger issue. Job training, education and resources in central locations in neighborhoods.

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