Question by Speedy2006: How can i uncouple HO scale boxcars without doing it manually and messing up the whole train?
Answer by Steven D If you have knuckle couplers you can get or make a magnetic uncoupler. If you have hook and horn couplers you can use a crochet hook. Hope this helps. Model railroading lasts a life time.
Question by Alex K: How do I do an electric vehicle conversion without using the transmission?
I would like to convert my 99 Toyota Tacoma 2wd to battery electric.
Every conversion kit that I’ve come across involves bolting an electric motor to the existing transmission. I would like to remove the transmission and mount the electric motor directly to the drive train.
I’ve heard this can be done successfully but there is little information available. Anyone have any experience or ideas on this?
Answer by Bertsta I think gearboxes are often used to allow a greater speed range. Single speed vehicles aren’t quick enough for the road (eg. fork lift truck). To keep up a good speed you will have to flog it and the range will suffer as a result.
But there’s no technical reason why you need a ‘box. Maybe have a look at a fork lift truck and see how it’s done, and maybe “borrow” the parts you need while you’re there 😉
Question by Benjamin: Can you control on model railroad with a personal computer without a DCC equipped locomotive?
I was wondering if I can control the trains on my O scale or HO scale model railroad without having the locomotives DCC equipped. Is there any software and/or hardware out there that would allow me to do this?
I was thinking that the computer could connect to a regular DC control that alters the electricity to the track, so you could control the train that way. Is there anything out there that could do this?
Answer by Bob NO
A computer has to have something to talk to to interact. The decoder.
Question by chris: for HO scale trains, how many cars can be attached to one engine without causing wear to the engine?
i know that it depends on the quality of the engine, so lets assume that the quality is average
Answer by Lionheart ® It also depends on the transformer. I just have the cheap ones that come with sets. I burned out one when the engine derailed, but kept drawing power for several hours. Another burnt out when I tried running two engines at once. But the most I had was about 20 cars.
Remember, a scale model train is a microcosm of a train and whatever scenery you have. A 10 car train can represent a 50, or more, real train.
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