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I started off this week with a couple packages. One was my new Smiley Antenna 5/8 160 mhz Slim Duck, which I’ll review later. The other was from a fellow D&H modeler (hint, not the same person as last time). Inside the box were three freight cars!
The first was an Intermountain D&H 40 foot boxcar. The detail on these Intermountain cars are beyond my level of comprehension.
The second was another Intermountain car, this one a PS-2CD covered hopper. I love the D&H red, although the logo bothers me. I have been informed that this was prototypical though.
These also have something that I have never had on a car, air hoses… sorry about the blurry photo.
The last car, and possibly my favorite, is an Atlas D&H caboose! This has to be the most detailed D&H caboose I’ve ever seen. Well, except for maybe Ken Karlewicz’s cabooses…
The other thing I did recently was install DCC in my Walthers TrainLine GP9M. This engine is far from DCC ready, but it wasn’t impossible. I started by carefully removing the shell and metal weight.
I then taped the decoder to the underside of the frame, as the TCS guide shows. TCS has some very good decoder install help for dozens of locomotives, even if you aren’t installing a TCS decoder. I’m using a Digitrax HO scale economy decoder that I picked up at Tony’s Trains for 18 bucks.
Hurley lends a helping hand to solder the headlight.
One thing to note: One of the motor contacts is located below the top of the frame, which makes it quite tricky to solder. I got my soldering iron plenty hot and once I got into the space I worked as quickly as possible.
I put the shell back on the loco and gave it a test before reprogramming it to address 41.
A quick reminder, I will be live on GFW Trains live-stream this Friday at 8 PM eastern time. Here’s one of the trains I’ll be running:
I’d love to see you there and answer any questions… -Harrison
This article first appeared on northcountrytrains.wordpress.com
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