Question by Shadow: model railroad question: what does this mean?
im currently looking for people figures and equipment like band saws, drill press, ect. and in one of my search result, i have some items with “A scale” show up.
Does that mean any scale or is that a new scale?
I’m only operating HO scale and i was looking for certain figures that i could add to my custom locomotive/machine shop.
I was looking thru a search result and some of the items that came up had an “A” in the scale box.
here’s an example:
look at the scale column and hopefully you we will understand what i am talking about
Answer by glenagalt I’ve never heard of “A” scale but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I suspect, though, that the term is used in the catalogue to refer to items that aren’t actually models at all but tools and other supplies used to make them. Your link leads to a 3″ lathe which is not a model but a real tool. You wouldn’t place it on your layout but on your workbench and use it to make models. Until you mount it on a loco or car, a wheel is just a wheel. Turn a 24mm diameter wheel on it and in HO it would be 7′ diameter, but in my own scale of 16mm;1′ it would represent a mere 18″. You could use such a beast for anything between Z gauge and Gauge 3- though I wouldn’t fancy trying to turn iron castings for live steamers on such a small machine.
Question by AJ: If an overload indicator’s light is lit, does that mean the power is being cut to it?
I have a model railroad and my power supply has an overload indicator/relay on it. I have been wondering about this because it has gone off before, when it is lit, does that mean that it is cutting power to it and there is an overload in the circuit, or is there still current flowing and there was an overload detected?
Answer by Bud Vet You need a bigger power supply. The power supply you have probably still is puttting out but its letting you know its overlaoded. A direct short will open the circuit and the supply will not produce any current typically.
These are excerpts from National Geographic’s “The Great Indian Railway”(1995), probably the best documentary ever on the Indian Railways. As a young boy, I used to travel to Grandma’s place by the Howrah Mail from Madras. In 1989, on one such trip, My dad pointed out to a gigantic engine puffing smoke in the shed at Madras central as our train was leaving and said: “Manu, look, that’s a steam engine”. I forgot about steam engines later. In 1999(10 years later), I watched the National Geographic’s special screening of this documentary on TV. I remembered my encounter with the puffing beasts in 1989. I couldn’t stop crying by the end of this documentary. Starting in the early 80’s the Steam engines of the Indian Railways have been slowly phased out of all the main lines in favor of Electric and Diesel locomotives due to economic pressures. By the turn of the 90’s, it had become a rare sight to see a Steam-driven train. You can buy the DVD or VHS of this 115 minute documentary on nationalgeographic.com. It costs including US local postage. Video Rating: 4 / 5
Question by Taylor Hatfield: what does rtr (as in model railroading) mean in layman’s terms?
Answer by sailerwan im a model railroader and many pre built locomotives/rolling stock say RTR or Ready To Run or Ready To Roll it means that the product is ready to use straight out from the box.
Hope this helps,
Question by mopar_street: what is dcc and dc in model train(HO) mean?
I am in the process of building a layout and have not kept up on new tech for electronics and rolling stock upgrades in a more years than Id admit to. There are some new words and abreviations I am unfamiliar with,any answers or can some one direct me to some information that will put me up to date on information to create a modern layout?TY in advance
Answer by Steven D DC is the old school control system. Straight from the transformer to the tracks. DCC involves radio controlled receivers that serve more like realistic cab controls on locomotives.
Here’s some links:http://www.micromark.com/DCC-Controls-and-Electronics.html
Personally, since I’m on a limited budget, I stayed with DC. It all boils down to preference. I really wouldn’t justify the expense of converting my locomotive roster to DCC.
By the way. I’ve been working on the 3rd incarnation of my LJ&S so don’t feel overwhelmed. I used to have a ’64 Plymouth fury as a project car but had to get rid of it due to health concerns.
Question by attorneyinmichigan: Does Fasttrack for Lionel trains mean that they just snap together? Are they of good quality?
I am considering getting some layouts that I don’t have to spend too much time putting them together.
Answer by frank I think Neil Young uses Lionel so fuck yeah dude, get that shit! Even better I think he owns it…