Track Talk Live: December 2016

December’s Track Talk Live with Doug Hodgdon and Steve Doyle was the final installment of 2016, and featured many questions regarding paint stripping, basic track design and electrical hookups, selling vintage post-war trains, adding DCC to engines and best materials for creating mountains. MRA members and live Track Talk Live viewers from around the world were looking forward to the holidays for a little extra time to tackle those special projects on their layouts – or merely the joy of running trains!

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23 Responses to “Track Talk Live: December 2016”
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  1. Ken

    How about showing the layout from the Addams Family that Gomez blew up. I’d like to build that layout in O scale.

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  2. Jim

    Working on 8×12 ho layout which will be raise to ceiling complete with a 2×12 yard. I need extra yard space because I have 22 locos over 150 passenger cars and freight cars. 21 locos non dcc and 1 dcc. Am converting to dcc. Starting fresh. My question is…is it hard to put a lift system in that will work. I have a 2000 # superwinch to install.

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  3. Robert Eash

    I have an MTH railking Bigboy which responds to all commands except actually moving. I have tried resetting features and engine and reloading and conventional mode. Nothing. Do you think the board is shot or is there something else I can try?Thanks so much.

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  4. Maxwell

    I am considering converting to dcc I have a large amount of DC locomotives many are from the 1970s and 1980 ‘s
    I have always enjoyed sound. should I consider converting my old equipment to dcc sound is it easy to do? And affordable

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  5. William

    I just finished my track framing and installation, but even with 30 inch curves some of my E8’s derail

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  6. Robert

    Using a Digitrax SE8C for signals on a modular layout. Would like to use connectors for the ribbon cable at the table separations. Any concern with voltage drop from any resistance from the connectors?

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  7. Dave Ramirez

    Where do you see train products in the next 10 Years? Manufacturers maybe not making product but designs to be downloaded to print? Or do you still see injection molding still dominating the hobby?

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  8. john moore

    “Magne-Traction” was Lionel’s magnetized-driving-wheel(s) solution to wheel-slippage; wheels would adhere magnetically to the toy-track rails, increasing tractive effort. (i was/am AF [Pull-Mor], so cannot speak to specific Lionel details nor when M-T was ceased)

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  9. STEVE COTTLE

    I CANNOT GET HORNBY.RIVAROSSI TO ANSWER THE PHONE OR RETURN MESSAGES REF SERVICE ON MY BERKSHIRE 2-8-4. ANY SUGGESTIONS?? THANKS YOU. YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT SERVICE, I WOULD PUT YU AT MODEL RAILROAD VIDEO 901

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  10. STEVE COTTLE

    AH..HA.. SO A DCC ENGINE ON STD BY , SOUND ON, LIGHTS ON, TURNING UP THE VOLTAGE WILL ALSO INCREASE THE VOLUME, SUCH AS THE BELL SOUND?? I AM USING THE BACHMANN EZ TRACK SYSTEM WITH BACHMANN ENGINES

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  11. Scott Nesbit

    What adhesive would you recommend for attaching figures and vehicles to a portable (goes down the road on metal racks in a trailer) modular HO layout?

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  12. James Heggblom

    I sent in a question for last month’s Track Talk Live asking for a discussion about the pros and cons of using lift-out vs. swing-gate vs. flip-up sections to allow for easy access to a layout. The topic was mentioned at one point, but I believe it was Doug that said you would be talking more about that later, but then nothing else was said about it. I thought maybe it would be carried over to December’s show, but I just watched it and it was not mentioned at all. Did I miss it somehow?

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