Im new, anwsers wanted

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by rcwatkins, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. grlakeslogger

    grlakeslogger Member

    Great Websites for MRRers new and veteran

    Hello. Two really great and informative sites for anybody in the hobby are maintained by the National Model RR Ass'n (NMRA). They are: , and (my personal favorite)

    I got started in HO in the mid-60's back when neither this sort of access to information nor the almost embarassing wealth of manufactured products we have today was around. ...and I made a lot of mistakes learning it the hard way. Please, give the sites a look-over. Best of luck getting going in this greatest of all hobbies.
  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Good advice, GLLogger, and the NMRA regional sites are also a great sorce of info. They are linked from hte NMRAs site.
  3. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Well, so far I have a Kato SD80MAC(NS #7204) & a total of 2 cars. :p I have more cars waiting for MT's. I have most of the benchwork done, I just have to reinstall new legs & move it into my room.
  4. zeeglen

    zeeglen Member


    This may be a bit late, joined the Gauge after your first post and haven't seen this till now. If you haven't bought one yet or are looking for a second one, there is a big performance difference between the MRC 1300 series and the MRC Tech II series for a slightly higher price.

    The 1300 outputs 120 Hz full wave rectified unfiltered sine pulses of varying voltage as set by the position of the throttle knob. The incoming 60 Hz AC is frequency doubled as a normal product of full wave 4 diode bridge rectification from AC to DC.

    The Tech II outputs pulses in pairs - higher voltage 60Hz pulses interleaved with lower voltage 60Hz pulses. Both pulses have a peak voltage as set by the throttle knob, but as the knob is set for higher speeds the voltage difference between pulse pairs decreases so at full throttle the output is 120 Hz equal level pulses. But at low throttle the main pulses are predominantly 60 Hz followed by very low voltage interleaved pulses. This lower frequency 60Hz gives smoother running and higher torque than 120Hz.

    In the photo the blue trace is the MRC 1370, the yellow trace is the MRC 1440 Tech II. Both are set to medium speed, 55 smph for a Z scale Micro-Trains F-7 locomotive. All my trains, both N and Z scale, run much nicer at slow speed on the Tech II .

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  5. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Well, today in I got 2 Atlas cars. It was from a new hobby shop that isn't as far away but doesn't have great N stock. The benchwork is almost done, however I will have to move it & put new legs on it. It has also been painted.
  6. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    A couple of things for you
    When modelling in N scale,there are 2 good magazines out there.
    N-Scale and
    N-scale railroading
    They are an every other month publication and run around 27.00 per year for a subscription.
    They will give you a ton of information+ tell you when and where train shows and meets will take place.The shows sometimes have some great bargains for the budget minded modellor.The MRC power packs are excellant.I have a tech 2 1370 and a tech 4 240.I like the momentum and braking features on the tech 4 it gives you the feel ing of having alot of weight behind you when operating.There is also a book out there called N scale model railroad that grows(check for a used copy) this will give you a plan that can be built and added onto as time and money allow.Good Luck to you!!:thumb:
  7. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I also got some figures, benches, & vehicles. Anyway, my parents will move the table sometime later this week.
  8. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I got to open some early presents & got 6 LL cars, 2 Model Power "Power Packs", & some plaster.
  9. stary

    stary Member

    get some of the Model Railoading "how-to" books from KALMBACH PUBLISHING. They're availble at your L.H.S. (Local Hobby Shop) if the's one near yoy, online from a number of dealers, or from Kalmbachs web site at WWW.KALMBACH.COM/BOOKS
    They're EXELLENT. Also cheeck out the web site of the N.M.R.A. (National Model Railroad Association) at WWW.NMRA.ORG
  10. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Re: $200

    I have 1 loco & 11 cars, 9 of which need MT's.
  11. csxnscale

    csxnscale Member

    My adice, first change the 9 cars with MT's.
    Second, make an oval with the Unitrack and run your train(one loc with eleven cars).
    You will see you get bored, no problem with Unitrack, change your oval to a point to point, or change the original oval by creating a few sidings with a runaround and then run your train again with the need to switch industries located on your sidings.
    You will see, no boring at all, just try to give each client of your railroad his cars and replacing the (empty, loaded) by others.
    Hope this helps.
  12. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I bought a decent transfomrer (RailPower 1370), a railroad ruler, Some more cars, a couple of structures, and some more track.
  13. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Okay, here's an update. I have a Railpower 1370 (as mentioned in previous post). In roadnames I am leaning toward NS. I don't have a trackplan that I like yet (gotta get more track) so my progress is stalled. What I do have is that some of my industries include a box factory, a grain industry, an old general store, and a pick up/drop off point for trucks and intermodal containers. I do have a foam board down though and am testing trackplans for my layout. I have little money and don't know where to go from here. I also ran an operating session today. It was just me and it only lasted one hour but I know that sooner or later (preferably sooner) I'll need to try and get my switches working.
  14. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    You could always do what most clubs do---set on a track plan you like, build the bench work accordingly, setup the mainline trackage, then scenic and add secondary trackage as time and funds dictate. You'll be running trains in no time. Gotta love that classic understated paint the NS has, keep us posted :thumb:
  15. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Papa Bear's layout has inspiried me to get going on my layout..But where to begin?

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