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TMCC/Legacy/DCS Cross Compatibiity Questions Answered

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I’ve been asked many times which systems can control what engines, so here’s a video that will hopefully answer those questions. Enjoy. Check out my train blog at www.ericstrains.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5

What are good questions to ask at interviews?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Question by Kate: What are good questions to ask at interviews?
I’m applying to an electrical company for an electrician apprenticeship and was hoping to find out some good questions to ask an electric company, as well as good questions to ask any company when at an interview. I’m terrible when it comes to thinking of questions to ask, so it’d be great help to know what other people think are good questions!

Best answer:

Answer by Joe
When the interview is nearing its end, ask what type of person they are looking for to be integrated into the company. Also ask if there is anything they see in you that you can improve upon.

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MTH & LIONEL QUESTIONS?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Question by ComputerGenious#1: MTH & LIONEL QUESTIONS?
I want to buy a MTH or Lionel train set. Please keep all my questions simple, I am new to model trains.

1. Do the model trains have battery’s or is there electricity in the railroad?
2. Can you connect Lionel freight cars to an MTH locomotive? (or connect MTH to Lionel)
3. If I buy a train set, would I be able to buy more freight cars, tracks, and replace the freight cars that came with the train set with new ones?
4. Which is more cheap?
5. What is the difference between gauges? Which is better, the O gauge or the N gauge, why? (I don’t want G gauges because I heard they’re toys and made of plastic.)
6. What is a good train set for $ 200 or under. (O gauge)
7. Do tracks come with a train set?

Best answer:

Answer by Lastdue
1. Do the model trains have battery’s or is there electricity in the railroad?
Lionel makes some battery operated trains but most are powered by the track. MTH to my knowledge is all track powered.

2. Can you connect Lionel freight cars to an MTH locomotive? (or connect MTH to Lionel)
Yes

3. If I buy a train set, would I be able to buy more freight cars, tracks, and replace the freight cars that came with the train set with new ones?
Yes

4. Which is more cheap?
That depends on the quaility you’re looking for. Lionel is more common and seems to be reasonable on the secondary market (ebay).

5. What is the difference between gauges? Which is better, the O gauge or the N gauge, why? (I don’t want G gauges because I heard they’re toys and made of plastic.)
MTH and Lionel don’t make N scale products. Common scales for model trains are G, O, S, HO, N and Z, the size get smaller as you go from G to Z. Each has pros and cons.
G takes up a lot of room but most of it will hold up outside so it gets used in garden railways. I had one in the backyard a few years ago. Some of it is toy like but this scale lends itself to scratchbuilding. I used to make my own cars out of wood. The scale varies from 1/32 to 1/20 with several variations.

G scale 45 Tonner Operating 015

O scale is 1/48 or one foot represents 48 feet in real life. It’s been around a long time is still popular. It does take up a lot of room.
HO is about half the size of O scaling out to 1/87. HO stands for “half O”. It’s the most popular scale, has lots of items available, and can be modeled in a realatively small area. Layouts on a 4X8 sheet plywood are common.
N is about half the size of HO at 1/1160 scale. This is a newer scale dating back to the 60’s. I have quite a large N scale collection. You can have a fairly decent layout in a small space. Using a door for layout is common. Most items in HO scale are also available in N scale. The small size allows for modeling longer trains.

Christmas Peace Through Strength Train

Z scale is the newest scale. It’s 1/220 about 3/4 the size of N scale. It would be great for someone with only a coffee or end table for a layout. Items tend to be pricey and I doubt my eyes could take it for long.

6. What is a good train set for $ 200 or under. (O gauge)
I’m not sure what the quaility level is going to be this price range in O scale. I think I would look at Bachmann On30 sets. (On30 trains are O scale but run on HO track, these are narrow gauge trains.
It would take too much to explain it here but do a search on “narrow gauge” online. There is plenty of info out there) These appear to be OK. I have some Bachmann Spectrum locomotives in N scale that are top notch. Make sure it’s the Spectrum line. Lionel also makes O scale set but at this price range you may be buying trouble.

7. Do tracks come with a train set?
If it’s a set then it will come with an engine, cars, transformer and tracks. They usually spell it out for you on the box.

Good luck and hope this helps.

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HO model railroad questions about Shinohara code 100 turnouts?

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Question by : HO model railroad questions about Shinohara code 100 turnouts?
1) Are these turnouts compatable with Atlas code 100 track?
2) Do these turnouts snap back and forth like a Peco switch does?
3) What is the difference between the #4 and the #6 double crossover turnouts? Does one have a little bit tighter radius than the other, or is one unit longer than the other? It’s a little bit hard to tell by just looking at the photograph.
4) Are these good quality turnouts?

Thanks. Any answers will be greatly appreciated. I already have different size Atlas and peco switches, but this crossover turnout is a great idea and would sure save a lot of work and time, and I’d be able to use my regular switches somewhere else..

Best answer:

Answer by AJ Gonfiantini
I’m not sure about the second question because I don’t own a Shinohara switch/turnout, but I have the flex track and it is fine with Atlas Code 100 track. To preven derailments I solder the rails together. I would assume it’s a tighter radius. The Walthers flex track is ok, but I would think the switches are good too.

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Questions on model railroading?

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Question by : Questions on model railroading?
i have a few questions on the matter, i want to go with G scale because of the size and possibilities but im also want to do HO, as i wont have the room for G scale in over 2 years … im at a cross roads as i can only do one hobby, im needing help on the pros and cons of both scales and just something to aid my decisions … i have neither scale collected as of yet

Best answer:

Answer by Jim S
HO scale offers much more along the line of accessories and available information. It is also more realistic. Financially speaking, I think you’ll get more bang for your buck with HO.

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I have three questions regarding model trains. DCC, Track, Coupler conversion.?

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Question by metalsuitman: I have three questions regarding model trains. DCC, Track, Coupler conversion.?
I have just recently gotten back into model trains. I guess I have some leisure time on my hands working here in China and have set up a layout which is a work in progress.

My first question is regarding track and how to determine size that a curve will take up. I know from the track I have which is standard but I need a tighter curve and wonder how to accomplish this. I have read there is flexible track but I am in China and do not know where to obtain it. I also think if I had the shorter curve track that might solve my problem.

My second question is regarding the new style trains and the mentioning of DCC which I know about but have not concerned myself with getting into. The question is: Will a DCC train work on a standard transformer run track? I assume it will but not sure.

My third question is: I have some older trains with the old style couplers in HO gauge. Is there a conversion to the new style?

Thanks for you help. Any other help is welcome.

Ted
My trains are HO Scale. I have an outside track which is a standard curve. I wish to run a track inside that with a tighter curve. I know they make shorter curve track and I suppose this will enable me to do this. I just don’t know the distance from one side of the curve to the other. Going to a hobby shop is not possible since there are none here in China that I have found. I just want to know the distance from the beginning of one side of the curve across to the other side of the curve. I can get the track but am building the layout and want to make sure I make the upper portion big enough to accept the curve.

The DCC is digital control and I do not have that. I want to buy an engine that says it is DCC ready and want to run it with a conventional transformer. Is there a compatibility problem doing that? Later I can do the DCC but for now just want to run the trains the old fashioned way.

How about coupler conversion to the new style. Wnat to convert to new style.

Best answer:

Answer by Michael C
the size of the train set should be on the box it came in .
that will give you the size of the lay out .
from there you can use less of the track which should give you a shorter curve .you could also use a size whitch will put a turn in it the less track you use the shorter your curve will be .
you can obtain the track on eBay or at a hobby shop.
as for the DC that is the us transformer
the older trains should run on the same track as long as it is ho scale

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HO Scale Model Train – Couple Questions regarding turns, grades?

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Question by Infamous: HO Scale Model Train – Couple Questions regarding turns, grades?
Hello, I’m returning to model train crafting again, and I finally got a 13 foot x 9 foot in-door patio to work with, and I plan to turn at least half of the patio into a world.

Based on the size of the patio, I’m planning to turn the “large” sections of the patio into no more than 3-4 feet of plywood, leaving room in the center to stand and be able to reach across (since my arm length is about 2 feet). Some sections will have multiple heights (bridges, cliffs, etc).

Based on that description, here are a few of my questions;

1) How much feet (or maximum grade) will be needed to elevate the train for every 6 inches? (In other words, how long does the grade need to be to accomplish going up for 6 inches?

2) How much space is needed to accomplish a 180 degree turn?
3) What about a 90 degree turn?

4) Is there any wiki or online resource for getting these measurements or percentages?

Thanks in advanced! 🙂 This is a fun hobby.

Best answer:

Answer by Diane B.
Check out some of the model railroading sites and forums, or there are probably books on model railroading at the library.

Here are some possibilities online:
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+HO+model+railroad+grades
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+model+railroad+grades
http://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+make+model+railroad

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Looking to get CDL, Have a few questions about HazMat, and other things, please give your input on this?

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Question by brambo: Looking to get CDL, Have a few questions about HazMat, and other things, please give your input on this?
I am looking to get my CDL, trucking has been something I been around basically all my life, and now I wanna work, and have my CDL license as well,

“””””””””””””PLEASE keep reading as I am gonna type quite a bit to try my best so that you can best understand what I am trying to say here””””””””””””””””

But here’s the thing, I have not graduated high school, and I don’t know if I could pass the Hazmat Endorsement test,

First off, please don’t jump to conclusions here, just because I did not finish high school doesn’t mean I am a retard.

Secondly, I don’t really wanna haul dangerous cargo in the first place.

Will this effect me at all in getting my CDL?

Also, I would like to find out, If I go to a qualified CDL training school, or to a major trucking company that has their own school, and I ALREADY have a CDL permit, does that make things go any faster?

Basically, Can I or can’t I go to school if I already have a CDL Class A permit from the state I live in, do they skip a lot of things if I already have it, or is there still a lot of classroom work?

Do I have to do much more paper work after that, or is it mostly hands on type of things?

Believe me I know and understand there is quite a bit of paper work involved in the trucking industry, and I intend on learning about all of that when I chose a good school to achieve my CDL.

I been asking friends, family, and watching things here online about what your require to remember and do to past your CDL road test and such, it seems like a lot, but I believe if I try my best I can do it without a problem.

Basically what I could use here is a answer from someone who has a CDL and went either through a qualified CDL school somewhere, or went to a company and trained through them….Cause I think they could best understand what I am trying to ask here…

What really would be the simplest and quickest way to go about getting my CDL?

Do many companies require that you have a G.E.D. or High School Diploma? Or a Hazmat endorsement?
Or are these just things recommended but not required? (etc I would get less freight to haul because of not having this endorsement?)

Please be real and thoughtful in your answer to my question..I am just a simple guy who has been around trucks basically since I was old enough to know what a truck is…And one way or another I am gonna be getting my CDL soon..

Just looking for some advice on how I should go about it, and given my history and certain things I typed above that I don’t have, will these things hold me back totally? or hold me back from getting the “quote good jobs?”

ALSO, This Would Help Very Greatly If Someone Could Explain What I Typed Below To Me..

If there is someone on here who could sorta break down to me what I would have to go about doing everyday from when I wake up until I go to sleep, when I have my license and drive over the road….

Like a example days work, what paper work is involved? When and how often do I have to send messages to the company dispatcher? What needs to be included in a trip packet, (I believe they are sent at the end of each week if I am correct?)

Is it quite easy to get Logbook violations out on the road, if my Logbook isn’t perfect enough for a DOT officer?

“If there is a backup when waiting in line for a scale on the highway, and I am sitting 20-30 minutes, I mark it as on duty driving, but do I flag it in my remarks? Little things like this is whats really bugging me…

ALSO,
In a log book, If I write down my trailer and tractor number for the start of the day, and later in that day, for example I switch out trailers with another driver, what do I do? Start another page in my Logbook ? If my truck for instance breaks down, I am on the side of the road for several hours, which line do I mark it under in my Logbook? And what do I write below (if DOT wants to know what I did during that time for example) Sorry If I seem like I am going a bit over board here, I just wanna create the best question, to try and receive some good input on my situation and my questions…

There’s just some things I can’t seem to find the answers for so that’s why I am looking for help here…

Best answer receives 5 stars from me.

Thank you all..And if you would like to ask me something, say it in your question, and I will reply to you by adding Additional Details to this question. Or you can e-mail me by checking my profile…Any information is most helpful…

Hope everyone had a good Holiday, and New Year!

Best answer:

Answer by TIMOTHY F
you did the first step right having a permit .second step is what do you want to hull lumber or steel ?if you want to hull for a company most times they like you to have a haz-mat indorsement.school on the other hand like truck driving is alot faster and they put you to work after you graduate.most trucking companys like you to have a ged.it’s not as hard as you mite think or what you here.i know because i just got my CDL and i’m on the road and i hull lumber and steel so i didn’t need a haz-mat indorsement for what i hull.

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Looking to get CDL, Have a few questions about HazMat, and other things, please give your input on this?

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Question by brambo: Looking to get CDL, Have a few questions about HazMat, and other things, please give your input on this?
I am looking to get my CDL, trucking has been something I been around basically all my life, and now I wanna work, and have my CDL license as well,

“””””””””””””PLEASE keep reading as I am gonna type quite a bit to try my best so that you can best understand what I am trying to say here””””””””””””””””

But here’s the thing, I have not graduated high school, and I don’t know if I could pass the Hazmat Endorsement test,

First off, please don’t jump to conclusions here, just because I did not finish high school doesn’t mean I am a retard.

Secondly, I don’t really wanna haul dangerous cargo in the first place.

Will this effect me at all in getting my CDL?

Also, I would like to find out, If I go to a qualified CDL training school, or to a major trucking company that has their own school, and I ALREADY have a CDL permit, does that make things go any faster?

Basically, Can I or can’t I go to school if I already have a CDL Class A permit from the state I live in, do they skip a lot of things if I already have it, or is there still a lot of classroom work?

Do I have to do much more paper work after that, or is it mostly hands on type of things?

Believe me I know and understand there is quite a bit of paper work involved in the trucking industry, and I intend on learning about all of that when I chose a good school to achieve my CDL.

I been asking friends, family, and watching things here online about what your require to remember and do to past your CDL road test and such, it seems like a lot, but I believe if I try my best I can do it without a problem.

Basically what I could use here is a answer from someone who has a CDL and went either through a qualified CDL school somewhere, or went to a company and trained through them….Cause I think they could best understand what I am trying to ask here…

What really would be the simplest and quickest way to go about getting my CDL?

Do many companies require that you have a G.E.D. or High School Diploma? Or a Hazmat endorsement?
Or are these just things recommended but not required? (etc I would get less freight to haul because of not having this endorsement?)

Please be real and thoughtful in your answer to my question..I am just a simple guy who has been around trucks basically since I was old enough to know what a truck is…And one way or another I am gonna be getting my CDL soon..

Just looking for some advice on how I should go about it, and given my history and certain things I typed above that I don’t have, will these things hold me back totally? or hold me back from getting the “quote good jobs?”

ALSO, This Would Help Very Greatly If Someone Could Explain What I Typed Below To Me..

If there is someone on here who could sorta break down to me what I would have to go about doing everyday from when I wake up until I go to sleep, when I have my license and drive over the road….

Like a example days work, what paper work is involved? When and how often do I have to send messages to the company dispatcher? What needs to be included in a trip packet, (I believe they are sent at the end of each week if I am correct?)

Is it quite easy to get Logbook violations out on the road, if my Logbook isn’t perfect enough for a DOT officer?

“If there is a backup when waiting in line for a scale on the highway, and I am sitting 20-30 minutes, I mark it as on duty driving, but do I flag it in my remarks? Little things like this is whats really bugging me…

ALSO,
In a log book, If I write down my trailer and tractor number for the start of the day, and later in that day, for example I switch out trailers with another driver, what do I do? Start another page in my Logbook ? If my truck for instance breaks down, I am on the side of the road for several hours, which line do I mark it under in my Logbook? And what do I write below (if DOT wants to know what I did during that time for example) Sorry If I seem like I am going a bit over board here, I just wanna create the best question, to try and receive some good input on my situation and my questions…

There’s just some things I can’t seem to find the answers for so that’s why I am looking for help here…

Best answer receives 5 stars from me.

Thank you all..And if you would like to ask me something, say it in your question, and I will reply to you by adding Additional Details to this question. Or you can e-mail me by checking my profile…Any information is most helpful…

Hope everyone had a good Holiday, and New Year!

Best answer:

Answer by TIMOTHY F
you did the first step right having a permit .second step is what do you want to hull lumber or steel ?if you want to hull for a company most times they like you to have a haz-mat indorsement.school on the other hand like truck driving is alot faster and they put you to work after you graduate.most trucking companys like you to have a ged.it’s not as hard as you mite think or what you here.i know because i just got my CDL and i’m on the road and i hull lumber and steel so i didn’t need a haz-mat indorsement for what i hull.

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Several law questions.?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Question by Fatefinger: Several law questions.?
I met this former marine where I am working now and we talked about guns and he said a lot of things which I don’t think are true. Both on the federal and state level.

First he said in AZ dragons breath shotgun shells are illegal. Then why can I still buy them? I have found no law on this. I know Illionios, Florida and kalifornistan banned them.

Second he said that in AZ having a side or underfolding stock on ANY rifle is illegal. Again I don’t see anything on this. And I can find AK’s with folding stocks at any gun store.

Third he said in AZ pistol model AR’s and AK’s are illegal.

4th he said firing a weapon from a moving vehicle is illegal under federal law. Even on private land. He said it was “militia training”. All I could find on that anywhere are hunting regulations where you cannot fire at game from a vehicle moving or not.

I think he’s confusing AZ law with kalifornistan law. That or he has no idea what he’s talking about.

Best answer:

Answer by Newell
In Maricopa County, under Sheriff Arpaio, EVERYTHING is illegal.

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