Track Talk Live: August 2016

August’s Track Talk Live with MRA’s Allen Keller, Doug “Clickety” Hodgdon and Steve “Clack” Doyle featured a wide range of topics including news from the recent NMRA Convention, advances in decoder technology and how to foster the growth of model railroading among young boys and girls. Participants from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, South Africa and England – submitted questions on common problems of layout building, wiring, decoder troubleshooting and creating water effects.

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41 Responses to “Track Talk Live: August 2016”
  1. Chris Horn

    Hi what would you say is the best dcc system out ther for reliabilty and ease of use?

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    • Larry

      Digitrax I have used this system for years, have ran on others this is the best one

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  2. Bob

    I collect American Flyers. (S) It hard to find ones from 40s to early 50s. What part of the country would they be around the most?

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  3. Norman Shriver

    Do you know of any resources for setting up LCC with current equipment available? Will this be a future video topic of MRA?

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  4. michael

    I have just restarted a track in ho scale have you ever change your plan during construction be cause of too tight of turns & pulled up your track you have already layed. did you get frustrated & stalled in starting getting going again. From Adelaide in south Australia

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  5. John keenan

    Out club, central Texas model railroad era holds clinics for kids through the Temple railroad museum. We have a number of teens and pre teens as club members and mentor them until they are proficient enough to operate on the club layout.

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  6. Carl

    My height of my railroad is 60 inches off the floor to the top of rails. Reason is I am six foot three inches tall. This height is good when I am standing and good when I am sitting in the chair. I like looking up at my trains.

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  7. Ron Fry

    I am modeling mid-1930s in the Sierra’s and welcome modelers in Natchez MS to help operate. Anyone in this region available with interest, DCC Digitrax experience is helpful.

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    • Sam Kirchoff

      Unfortunately, there is a connection problem with Google Hangouts at the moment that is currently out of our hands. It will be addressed before the next live event, however!

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  8. stan

    Can you recommend a person that wires model trains that operates with battery on board?

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  9. Stefan

    Hello from Western Canada. I’m planning my first permanent layout and I’m considering doing it point to point with looped staging yards in order to turn the whole train around. [It’s more a complicated concept than that but trying to keep it simple for the live stream.] Can it be done in traditional DC?

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  10. Ed Romain

    My yard is too small for G Gauge modeling, so I have been thinking of trying O Gauge. Can I run O gauge outdoors.

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  11. James

    Hey guys, enjoying your webcast here from beautiful Hamilton, New Zealand (Lunchtime here). Always great to hear folks talking about model railways. Just wondering in your opinion do you believe the hobby of model railroading is growing

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  12. Maurice

    I would like to put DCC and sound in some old HI Scale Hobbyown locomotives with open frame motors that pull more than one amp. I’m concerned that there will be feedback from the old open frame motor. I’m trying to avoid repowering because my favorite aspect of the hobby is keeping “old school” locomotives alive. Any thoughts?

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  13. David stoner

    Where can I get a list of scenery, and accessories for z scale buildings hangers, etc.

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    • David stoner

      Would like to build a 1944 army air Corp. base looking for buildings , hangers,etc.

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      • David stoner

        Wanting to build in Z scale with the trains an Army Air Corp. base do you know where to get the buildings for it.

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  14. Martin Kolczyk

    I have used Bachman DCC before and just purchased NCC PowerCab and it’s not working! Any idea what is wrong?

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  15. Chris Horn

    Do you guys have any experience with tam valley boosters and how easy is are they to install?

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  16. Maurice

    With the wealth of ready to run locomotives and cars on the market, is kitbashing a thing if the past? I would really like to see some locomotive kitbashing shows on Trainmasters.tv

    Keep up the good work!

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  17. michael

    THank for answering my last question. I have a ho scale rail service vehicle with dcc that the has light capability. its a dodge wagon how would you fit front & rear lights as well as flashing lights on the roof would you use led with glass fiber optic with the lights so only using 1 led each colour

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  18. Clyde Mc Donald

    I have a number of Broadway loco that start up as soon as I apply power to the layout. Is there a way to make them not startup without placing them on a dead track

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  19. Russ

    I’m building and torn between electro frogs and insulated frogs. I’m ho scale and run primarily diesel locomotives

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  20. Maurice

    I own an HO scale Fox Valley Models Milwaukee Road Hiawatha Atlantic. It’s a 4-4-2 wheel arrangement and when I run it, it oscillates from side to side. I’m sure this is due to having only two driving axles. I’ve been considering firming up the drawbar between the locomotive and tender, or modifying the front or rear truck on the locomotive to reduce the oscillation. Any thoughts?

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  21. Gerard

    Two part question… Why is it most videos, presentations, and layouts featured are of a size that would befitting a club, what about us with small layouts? And the second part; why is it that next to no manufacturers have out smaller vintage styled steam era locomotives, the prototype that may be third hand and relegated to contractor type applications? Gerry Dombroski, former designer of a few MDC kitbash kit parts.

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  22. Gerard

    Drat! submitted a question and browser or youtube died. Tried all the steps suggested and still get the same; an error occurred…

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  23. Brent Groth

    I hope I’m welcome as I model Gauge one or G gauge. So far I’m a collector, but I intend to start building a layout soon. My question is about the compatibility of G gauge track made by different companies. Are they all interchangeable? Are there some that are more desirable? Is there some that I should definitely stay away from?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Angelo. I’d recommend using a fine tooth razor saw. The rail itself could be cut with a rail nipper or Dremel tool.

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