Posts Tagged ‘test’

Test Track: Lionel Acela -1

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The Cadillac of my collection, an Acela Express by Lionel takes center stage with the full 6-coach trainset. This train is noteworthy for being the *first* O scale model of a high speed passenger train. Other HST’s have been modeled before, in HO or N scales, but as far as I know, this is the first time one has been done in O scale. This train chock-full of little electric motors, giving it the ability to raise and retract its pantographs, open and close the passenger doors and tilt the coaches in curves at speeds over 25 scale MPH. I turned all of that off to avoid blowing the 6-amp breaker on my transformer (which happened after running with the passenger car lighting turned on), and to avoid tempting fate (like the real Acela, this train is highly sophisticated and has a matching penchant for electrical/mechanical gremlins). I also did not try to simulate the speed of the real thing, as a derailment with this train’s hook/loop couplers would be messy and expensive. In Part Two of this video, you can see a low-speed runby close-up where the interior details of the passenger cars are fairly easy to see.

Test Track: MTH NYCTA R142A Subway (ten-car train) 1 of 2

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

After a two-year wait, the MTH R142A subway cars have been delivered, and I got mine on the test track just as soon as I got them home. Unlike many of my videos, this train is a brand-spanking new product that is just hitting stores as of a week prior to this video being uploaded. Thus, you can find it at your MTH dealer (assuming they carry subway trains–you might have to look around a bit if you don’t live in the Northeast), or Ebay. Although Protosound2 doesn’t yet have a program for direct-drive electrics (like older subway sets, it uses a diesel program (albeit with more memory for the station stops), which explains why traction motor sounds often rev up and down independent of the train’s actual speed), the MTH sound engineer did a fine job working around the limitations, so as long as you accelerate at a prototypical rate, the AC propulsion sounds will play just like the real thing. I’d advise turning off the speed control (one long horn, two short bells) if you run these with anything less than a *big* transformer (I’m using a 100-watt Z-1000). Details MTH included include: –Accurate A and B cars –Underbody detail unique to both A and B cars –Separate air spring/shock absorber details on the trucks –Trip cock details on the proper location on the trucks –Separately applied grab irons and storm-door chains. –Car numbers printed on their roofs –Short-shank couplers installed In the second part of this video, I attempt to demonstrate a station stop sequence

LEGO Train Crossing Test Footage

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Trying to make an animation with a train. Sets used in this video: 10219 Maersk Train and 7936 Level Crossing. Watch in HD! Twitter: Flickr: Facebook:
Video Rating: 3 / 5

Help me interpret blood test results (metabolism related)?

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Question by tankertruck: Help me interpret blood test results (metabolism related)?
I have very poor health insurance — requesting a second opinion isn’t possible. After seeing my “normal” results, my doctor seems unwilling to consider a thyroid problem, and from what I am reading online, I think he should consider the possibility that I do have a (slight hypothyroid) problem. Can anyone help interpret my results and symptoms?

First, the test results that concern me:
albumin 4.7 g/dL (reference range, 3.7-5.1)
globulin 2.2 g/dL (ref. range, 3.7-5.1)
albumin/globulin ratio 2.1 (ref. range, 0.8-2.0) high / abnormal
T3 uptake 30% (ref. range, 22-35)
T4 free 0.9 ng/dL (ref. range, 0.8-1.8) low end of scale
TSH 1.61 mIU/L (ref. range, 0.40-5.50)

Symptoms: unexplained weight gain of 40 lbs over 3 months. Since weight gain, I’ve been doing an hour of cardio 6 times per week, weight training 3 times a week. I tried eating a balanced diet (approx 1200 cals per day), but no weight loss. I can only lose weight now that I’ve cut back to 500-1000 calories a day.
Thanks all. Unfortunately, my insurance doesn’t allow me to see an endocrinologist without a diagnosis. Because my test results are normal (even though I have other symptoms), my general practitioner can’t/won’t diagnose me with anything — and thus, I can’t see an endocrinologist.

Also, I did try upping my calories. I was eating normally (balanced, healthy diet), but when that didn’t work, I started restricting heavily — very low calorie intake has been the only thing that’s allowed me to lose even a little weight.

Thanks again for your responses.

Best answer:

Answer by curious
My best advice would be make an appointment with and endocrinologist. Just because your tests are normal does not mean that you don’t have a thyroid problem. Some people have thyroid storms. I have that problem but we never catch it on time to get the lab work done. I have seen a endocrinologist and they can tell you if anything is wrong. It doesn’t cost anymore than going to your regular doctor.

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G-scale SD40-2 USA TRAINS test run

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Test run of a SD40-2 from USA TRAINS. The engine is drived by a Zimo MX69-V decoder and sounded by a Phoenix big soun P8 board. All the light have been changed and are now high power warm white LED. The decoder is really great and have smooth low speed and great programmable functions. The sound board with a 2.5″ speaker is very powerfull and and have great features like rev up and down diesel to simulate free rolling or grade opperations.

Test Track: MTH NYCTA R62 Subway (10-car train)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Test track session with a ten-car version of MTH’s R-62 subway set. For this run, the non-powered cars are equipped with short non-operating couplers so the cars ride a realistic distance apart. The two powered cars (first snd seventh in the train) are unmodified. At the conclusion of the test a battery failure prevented the second power unit from coming out of neutral, so some repairs are in order. Oh well, I did construct this track to find mechanical issues within my collection.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Test Track: MTH Coors Light® Silver Bullet® – 1

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

This test session belongs to my Coors Light Silver Bullet set by MTH Electric Trains. This unusual specimen was for a number of years a frequently-requested item for MTH and apparently Coors as well. A detailed account of how this train set came to be can be found in the December 2007 issue of O-Gauge Railroading magazine. The set comes with the Silver Bullet locomotive and three operating reefer cars (no track or transformer). Additional cars are available to expand the set (I bought two) and for 2008, there will be a round-tailed end car to finish off your set in proper style. Like it’s companion cars, the end car will also operate, responding to commands originating from the onboard computer in the locomotive during a simulated “Coors Delivery Stop” sequence, which will be demonstrated on Part 2
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Rialto Yard Test Video

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Just A Test Video Of The New “Rialto Service Yard” On My “Rialto Flyer Railroad” Layout. This One Kind Of Sucks A Little, So I Will Be Adding A New One Soon.

USA Trains G scale Big Boy running test

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

This is my USA Trains G scale Big Boy first running test, wonderful locomotive.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Grumman Tiger Jet test pilot loves his Lionel Electric Train Set TV Commercial

Monday, May 16th, 2011

This test pilot teaches his sons to love Lionel Trains as much as he does. Find more Train Toy Commercials at
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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