Thursday, June 18, 2009

Marklin Ltd Dutch 37267 NS Series 1700 Electric Loc

Märklin HO 37267 Ltd Dutch NS Series 1700 Multi Purpose Electric Loc
Road number 1739

With the coat-of-arms for the city of Dalen

Prototype: Dutch State Railways (NS) class 1700 general-purpose locomotive. New classification for the former class 1600. Road number 1739 with the coat-of-arms for the city of Dalen.

Model: This locomotive comes with a digital decoder, controlled high-efficiency propulsion and a sound effects generator. 2 axles powered. 4 traction tires. Headlights will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. Horn sound effects as well as the acceleration and braking delay can be controlled digitally with the 6021 Control Unit and Marklin Systems. Length over the buffers 21.0 cm / 8-1/4".

How to Take Care of Your Model Trains

Author: John Vanse

All the components necessary to build up a successful model train layout are expensive - locomotives, rolling stock, tracks, power controllers, buildings, landscaping, to list just some - these are all expensive. It is no wonder that the hobby of setting up and maintaining a model train collection is considered one of the more costly hobbies that you can become involved in. However, that does not stop many thousands, may be hundreds of thousands of people, spending a considerable amount of money on their model train collections.

Because of the significant amount of money you will have invested in establishing your model train collection, it is essential that you should take all the necessary measures to ensure that it is properly cared for. You would not want to have your investment to end up in the trash.

You will find that taking good care of your model train collection will save you a significant amount of money for repair and maintenance in the years to come.

The following simple guidelines should remind you of the basic essentials of the good habits you need to develop that will help take care of your very valuable model train collection and maintain it in prime working condition:

• make sure you store the most expensive parts of your model train collection - the locomotives and rolling stock -all the wagons, carriages, etc in a safe place when they are not in use. They should preferably be in a cupboard or containers to prevent dust and moisture affecting them. If you have your model train layout in your garage or in a basement, make sure it is damp proof;

• make sure you always wipe dust and dirt off the model train collection components. Use a soft cloth or a soft sponge when doing this. This will help prevent dirt accumulating, particularly in many of the surface ridges. An accumulation of dirt can potentially, over time, destroy the paintwork and can inhibit the proper functioning of any of the individual items;

• if you are using batteries to operate your model train, as many people still do, take them out of the train if you will not be using your train for some time. Batteries leak if not in use for a period of time. The leakage could damage the model train because the chemicals in batteries are harsh and abrasive;

• if you are operating electric control of your trains, make sure the tracks which carry the current are kept clean. Otherwise the proper functioning of your model train layout can be severely affected;

• let the locomotive of your model train run on its own power. Try to avoid touching a locomotive when it is operating. Doing so can often cause damage to the motor.

While you may find that the tasks of maintaining your model train collection properly, such as keeping it clean and safely stored, are somewhat tedious, and tend to detract from the enjoyment you get from having and operating your model trains on your layout, the development of good maintenance habits will, in the long run, add to your enjoyment by providing a well functioning, good looking model train collection.

And - it will save you money by not requiring costly replacements for poorly functioning components.

About the Author:
John Vanse, a model train enthusiast, has a network of model train sites - all relating to aspects of establishing and maintaining your model train collection. These sites can be accessed through the key site : The Model Train Guide

Article Source: - How to Take Care of Your Model Trains

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bachmann HO Spectrum GE33 Norfolk and Western BAC82403

Built in 1956-57 by the General Electric company for the Virginian Railway?s electrified lines, the GE E33 locomotive was primarily used to move coal from the mines to industrial locations. As a 3300-horsepower locomotive, it was well suited to traverse mountainous terrain. After Norfolk & Western acquired the Virginian Railway in 1960, its twelve GE E33 locomotives were sold and resold to a number of US railroads where they continued their long careers.

Features include:

DCC ready
die-cast frame
operating pantograph
5-pole skew wound motor
dual flywheel and die cast gear box
12-wheel drive
working headlight
RP25 metal wheels
E-Z Mate? Mark II couplers

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