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  • Garth Hamilton's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 PM
    Fence looks great, but would like to see more of the layout on which it sits, your picture is an interesting tease.
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  • Bill Denton's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 PM
    Well, at least the B units !
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  • Bill Denton's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 PM
    Thanks Otto, glad you liked it and found the article useful. The Loksound units have such great motor control. Also a big thank you to John Colombo who, as mentioned in the article, inspired my installation. I think the biggest surprise is that this install requires NO FRAME MILLING or even disassembly of the mechanism. This couldn't get much easier for anyone trying their first sound install. Now, hopefully my magazine will show up in the...
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  • brokemoto's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 PM
    Those of you who live on the Atlantic Seaboard, or close to it, might remember a number of years back when the owner of sold it. The new owners did a poll, and, allegedly, there was a large number of people who favoured eliminating the toys and going to trains, only. The new owners implemented the policy. It did not last long. While this is not the case in mine, in more than a few households, She controls the purse strings. Daddy goes...
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  • ArtinCA's Avatar
    Today, 11:44 AM
    Nope, just widened.. :-) Central American stuff is still alot different than the DRGW stuff. But the lokies were fairly close.
    73 replies | 4037 view(s)
  • GimpLizard's Avatar
    Today, 11:25 AM
    Search for Google Earth images of the area, and choose the portions of the actual line that you want to model. You will probably have to selectively compress some, in not most, of them to fit the space you have available. But if it's prototype you want, there's probably no better way to go about it.
    1 replies | 35 view(s)
  • GP30's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 AM
    GP30 replied to a thread Considering a change in N Scale
    Bob, thanks for that great post! Having hand laid some Code 55 in HO, I would definitely give some consideration to hand laying Code 40 on Sidings and 55 on the main. Any track plan I go with on shelves I mentioned won't have return loops... I'm not a fan of continuous running. I do have a plan in development, with two passing sidings and 2 or 3 industries with a big focus on scenery. Point-to-point with the future in mind (to plug into a...
    19 replies | 493 view(s)
  • N-Jineer's Avatar
    Today, 09:14 AM
    N-Jineer replied to a thread Genesis GP38-2 EMDX in HO Scale
    More likely lost in translation; after all, are not windows in general "All Weather"?
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  • robert3985's Avatar
    Today, 08:47 AM
    robert3985 replied to a thread Considering a change in N Scale
    In the space you have, if you're considering code 40, I'd advise you to hand lay it using PCB ties every fifth tie. The problem is that with ME code 40 flex, you have to have truly low-pro wheelsets for your engines to run on it. Hand laid code 40 track, on the other hand, will accommodate even pizza cutter flanges. Such engines as Kato F's and Atlas GP-9's won't run on ME code 40 flex without sanding down the inner spikeheads...which...
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  • SP&S #750's Avatar
    Today, 07:52 AM
    Say, what?! We can put sound into IM F units!!! I need to order NSR then I suppose as I have 5 IM F units with two more on the way.
    4 replies | 88 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 07:10 AM
    CHINA: Construction of a 700 km Passenger-Dedicated Line linking Beijing and Shenyang in Liaoning Province began last month.The project was approved in 2009, when work had been scheduled to... More...
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  • wm-webb's Avatar
    Today, 07:10 AM
    I can remember my Grandfather telling me about cutting firewood and selling it to the railroad. They would take seasoned (dried), split wood to the tracks and stack it along the fence. Then tie a rag to the fence to signal the engineer that the wood was ready. The train would stop and 5 or 6 men would form a chain to fill the tender. Conductor would estimate how much wood was loaded and either tie the money into rag or put it in a can that was...
    1 replies | 55 view(s)
  • J911's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 AM
    J911 replied to a thread Shelf layout in Layout Design Discussion
    Brackets are going up easily. Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk
    15 replies | 426 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 AM
    The Owens Valley is taken care of. As for your question, I'll have to leave that and hope that someone better versed at RI can assist - sorry...
    5 replies | 51 view(s)
  • J911's Avatar
    Today, 06:01 AM
    Just came up on our one year wedding anniversary. Got permission to go on a shopping spree at my train store. We dated 5 years before marriage. Never had a serious fight! I can owe that to the golden rule, communication. We never ever go to bed angry. She loves my hobby. She has one as well. She likes the fact that im here at home and doing something I enjoy but I have heard the many questions already posted that wives ask "is it done...
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  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 05:58 AM
    Loksound decoders in all units work and sound great! If you do not want the sound, use the LokPilot Micro mobile decoder. It has the same motion programming as the Loksound.
    4 replies | 88 view(s)
  • pastoolio's Avatar
    Today, 05:50 AM
    Eagle, yeah, I was just gonna delete the album "the owens valley sub." That's no longer needed. It's funny, I can click on Railimages and click on "my photos" and I get to all my albums and pics. But under the "my albums" link, it says what I put in the previous thread. Is there any way to fix this? Thanks again for the help. Mike
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  • p51's Avatar
    Today, 05:47 AM
    A pal said it best, "Women always say they want you to be yourself, and they do, so they know what they'll have to change once you're married." Trains don't bug my wife, my interest in military history does. I do reenacting and collect WW2 US stuff. Many re-enacting friends had it happen, they'd get married, and they'd drop out of the hobby, then turn up divorced and back into the hobby years later. I was ready for what happened 6 months into...
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  • ia's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 AM
    ia replied to a thread Sound player in DCC & Electronics
    More information can also be found here: http://goo.gl/QD9BDH
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  • Cajonpassfan's Avatar
    Today, 05:44 AM
    Nice article by Bill Denton in the May/June NSR magazine! Thanks Bill, and you used the sexy Santa Fe warbonnets to illustrate your well thought out design and article! Thank you! I have multiple sets of I/M F units and this gives me an inspiration get started.... What decoders would one use in the A units, w/o sound but with appropriate lighting effects, to be compatible with the B unit LokSounds? Also thanks to John Colombo for his pioneering...
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 05:34 AM
    I can locate a number of Railimages albums under your name. If you can tell me which one, I'll try to help. If you remember the album's title, and if you can confirm that you want all those pictures File 13'd.
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  • pastoolio's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 AM
    Thanks Eagle, but when I click on "my albums" it says "sorry, personal albums are not enabled" so I guess that would lead me to ask how do enable them? Thanks again for the help, and no wonder I couldn't see how to delete the albums! Mike
    5 replies | 51 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 AM
    If you follow these steps should be able to: click the Railimages button above click "My Albums" to the right of the name and photo of the album should be a gaggle of links click "Delete" this should take you to a screen asking if you're sure you want to delete the album and all its pictures confirm the deletion it should all go away
    5 replies | 51 view(s)
  • pastoolio's Avatar
    Today, 04:42 AM
    hey guys, haven't been on here in a long time, and wanted to delete a couple of old albums on railimages. I don't see anywhere to delete the whole album, just individual pictures. Is there any way to delete the whole album? Thanks, Mike
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:39 AM
    I sure understand the huge dent in finances a horse can make. Our household funds were precarious to start with, that's what has now ruined us financially, as well as what was left of the marriage. By comparison, model railroading is quite inexpensive.
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  • argonaddict86's Avatar
    Today, 04:38 AM
    So I got the official rejection email this afternoon, but after reading it the 6 month rule only applies to that location not all the maintenance jobs. I have applied to several in Texas so well see what happens with the othera I've applied to. Thanks for all the help and kind words fellas
    19 replies | 355 view(s)
  • Primavw's Avatar
    Today, 04:37 AM
    Primavw replied to a thread Considering a change in N Scale
    About a year ago, I considered switching to HO. At first I was blown away by the offerings at the LHS in the HO category. But when I hopped online, I found that there is still a massive range of locos and rolling stock offered in N. Loksound offers amazing sound for N, and 3d printing picks up the slack in the detailing and miscellaneous structure and vehicle catagories. Give it a shot. I stuck with N because I couldn't justify the start-up...
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  • Dameon's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    I knew from the get-go that when I ever got married, my wife did not need to share my hobbies but she had to be tolerant or accepting of them, not just put up with me "playing with his d@mn#d toys" as I had so often heard how my friend's wives talked of their hobbies. I knew that didn't work out in the long run. You don't need to share you partner's hobbies but you need to be respectful of them. My wife is onto horses and making jewelery, so...
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    Thanks so much Joe , I just posted a video here. http://youtu.be/V0rEnLOHZYg Mike
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:16 AM
    Argh. :( :( :( So these current projects won't be finished?
    73 replies | 4037 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 04:13 AM
    fifer replied to a thread BNSF Riding Platform in Railfan Photos
    Most of you have seen this in progress but here is a short video I put together for comparison of the real thing and the model. Mike
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  • plus1hdcp's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 AM
    I think the OSHA statement and other regulations may be what's the hindrance in my earlier comment.
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  • Kevin Anderson's Avatar
    Today, 03:52 AM
    Charlie it took about 15 years for me to start my layout. Now I almost half way done laying track. My wife has her own Lionel train now. So the support has grown especially now that she sees what work I have done on it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
    64 replies | 3455 view(s)
  • Kevin Anderson's Avatar
    Today, 03:49 AM
    Jerry welcome aboard! When will you be traveling with us? That is my route between grand junction CO and Winnemuuca NV. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
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  • JoeW's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 AM
    Mike that is a cool beater hack (caboose) you've got some talent.
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  • k3ndawg's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 AM
    Jerry, I've only ridden on Amtrak twice, but I too tipped as if I was at a bar or restraunt. As for the trip... :) once you get into Colorado, there are a couple of Bald Eagle nests along the Colorado River that I know of. One at the Dell siding and the other at Dotsero. Both to the west of the tracks. In the last week, I've seen four Big Horn Sheep, literally hundreds of Mule Deer, and 4 Bald Eagles. Even some turkeys. Let me know...
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  • JoeW's Avatar
    Today, 03:30 AM
    Keith It will build in various positions. I.E. The ballast plows can be set in or out. The shroud can pivot by shortening the cylinder rod. It also has an optional hood assembly. Check this out it should give you better idea what I am talking about.
    2 replies | 97 view(s)
  • ArtinCA's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 AM
    After the Des Moines GTE, I've been thinking of a rebuild to HOn3. Kinda hard not to want to model that when 3 dealers had alot of Blackstone there..
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 AM
    John, those details do make a world of difference. I'd personally suggest either cardstock or styrene (maybe 030/040) sheet for a base. Mike, that caboose is a work of art!
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  • jlundy46's Avatar
    Today, 02:36 AM
    Did some more on the Texaco station - details like pop machine, tire rack, interior cabinets, and did more on the tanker truck. Not happy with the wheels, so need to touch them up. Any suggestions on what to use as a base? It will be part of my layout.
    3716 replies | 452822 view(s)
  • emaley's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    emaley replied to a thread Question: Working with photo etched metal fencing in Z Scale
    This was the final solution for my fence.
    7 replies | 451 view(s)
  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 02:21 AM
    When wood burning engines first existed and if forests along the line were used for fuel, after the crew chopped it down, how were these still green, wet logs able to burn or burn properly in the fire box ? Was this wood then first brought to a mill where it was traded for dried out, cut wood ? Or, the type of wood they sought naturally just burned right there in the fire box ?
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 AM
    The longer days are coming. Get your camera ready, pack a big lunch and go. Watch the parking at Cle Elum. It's State Park, so requires the permit. The bridge at Beverly is off limits, but you can get close for photos. Remember that is rattlesnake territory. If you stop in Beverly, watch yourself. The population there is not the best caliber these days. Not much to see except the old oil tower base.
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 AM
    Will it build as shown? Or can it be built in various positions? In use, parked, etc... Definitely gonna have to look into one! Sweet looking kit! Thanks.
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  • p51's Avatar
    Today, 01:56 AM
    Wow, amazing thread, I just spent a lot of enjoyable time looking through it all. I passed through Lines West country only once, on my cross-country tip when I was transferred to WA in the Army (I got out and stayed, now live close to a MLW grade to Aberdeen). I so badly wish I'd known what I was passing through, I drove by all kinds of stuff I either never saw or didn't know what I was seeing. I have not been East of Yakima by car since moving...
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  • JoeW's Avatar
    Today, 01:42 AM
    Something new from Showcase Miniatures #58 About the model: It is a kit made up of very fine metal castings Featuring a photo etched cab with additional separate etched grill components. The kit should be fairly easy to build for most N scale builders. (1 to 2 evenings) Comes with a full page of exploded view illustration to assist. Order Item #58, Ballast Regulator.
    2 replies | 97 view(s)
  • Spooky's Avatar
    Today, 01:10 AM
    Spooky replied to a thread Should I be concerned? in BNSF Railway
    Well, I only had the one I actually went to; I could only afford to go to one. I had a few invites for other locations and several rejections. If they offer you another opportunity, I would just go anyway.. what's there to lose?
    19 replies | 355 view(s)
  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    MarkInLA replied to a thread Short in locomotive in HO Scale
    Yeah, sure sounds like a tender axle got flipped to wrong ends...as Bill says. Again, look close at tender wheels' insides....See if all the insulated (added plastic in wheels' rears )are on same side, as they should be, and that they are on opposite side from loco wheel insulators. It may not be a short (polarities colliding ) but an 'open', no connection/no juice. If loco and tender have insulators on SAME rail this means an open, as one...
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  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 AM
    No names, but perhaps there are some interesting eateries in Greenwich Village and or SOHO (south of Houston). Catz's Deli on Houston. Chinatown...
    19 replies | 373 view(s)
  • Emdalco01's Avatar
    Today, 12:27 AM
    Hi, If you're considering building or are in the process of building a layout based on the LAJ then you might want to consider reading the website of Lance Mindhiem (www.lancemindhiem.com). No doubt some of you may of heard of Lance as his HO scale switching layout, The Downtown Spur, has recently appeared in Model Railroader magazine. He has also produced a series of books on designing, building and prototypically operating switching...
    1 replies
  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 12:26 AM
    Amazing !! I lived at 70th and West End Ave. in Lincoln Towers when I was in HS in 1964 ! I had a girlfriend who's parents owned the Sacred Cow on 72nd St. I remember the subway station that was above ground 72 & B'way. Moved to L.A. in 1978. Whilst now out here I met a man who worked the token booth at same !!! Yeah I had a feeling they were adding those full frontal cabs to the cars. Too bad, huh ? Wow back in the day we'd ride between cars...
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  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    Copy that. 10-4 ...
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  • BnOEngrRick's Avatar
    Today, 12:02 AM
    On a Chic-LA trip a few years ago, we tipped the car attendant $50 each way. He was a great guy, and lucked out by having him both ways. I tipped an attendant $20 one way Toledo-Albany one trip in a roomette.
    5 replies | 46 view(s)
  • scottmitchell74's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    Do N Scale rolling stock all have a possible Micro Trains truck replacement option, or will I have to go with truck or body conversions in some cases? I guess I'm not totally grasping the Micro-Trains' conversion chart - http://www.micro-trains.com/conversions/sheet004.pdf . I'd like to do full truck replacement if possible in all cases. Thanks!
    12 replies | 590 view(s)
  • BNSF_DFW_FAN's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    I bought this thinking i had room for HO scale and didn't so it is opened box but unused. I'm looking for 210+ shipping or best offer. Features Athearn Genesis HO scale already assembled EMD SD70ACe locomotive features Genesis driveline with dynamically balanced five pole skew wound motor and dual flywheels, all-wheel drive and electrical pick-up, DCC quick-plug equipped, and correctly sized operating ditch lights. This also has MU hoses,...
    0 replies | 39 view(s)
  • BuddyBurton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:54 PM
    Just an FYI, the CN Geometry car, that was on the Iowa Interstate.
    6 replies | 137 view(s)
  • starski's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    looking for ideas for a n scale prototype switching layout . i have about 8 x 10 area in a corner in the attic , i would like to model some of the local railroad here with maybe lumber mill,paper mill,plywood mill maybe a quarry on a coastal plain
    1 replies | 35 view(s)
  • Virginian Railway's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    I think I have some hopper suggestions for you. The most detailed are Micro Trains hoppers. MT has several different styles of two bays, and one 3 bay. MT's are the best detailed but getting a lot of them may get a little expensive. Bluford Shops cars are available in two body styles, both 3 bay. BLuford's cars are possibly even more detailed than MT's cars for about the same price. They also offer a neat little transfer caboose. ...
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  • starski's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    pine level is about 1.5 hrs away ns chocwitny is about 30 min
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  • Emdalco01's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    Sorry about the repeated post. I'm not sure why that happened.
    4 replies
  • starski's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    yes i have been to tweetsie it was great
    10 replies | 91 view(s)
  • machinehead61's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    I didn't even notice the wires overhead. I believe that there was no electricity in Rome after the Germans left. The Nazis destroyed the power generation before retreating and the Allies brought in generators and the first train had a load of coal for power. Steve
    299 replies | 10932 view(s)
  • Emdalco01's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    Hi, First thanks for starting a group on the LAJ. I love these industrial switching roads that the US has. I'm a freight locomotive driver here in Australia and unfortunatley this type of operation never happened. I do drive in one of the major terminals in the city of Melbourne and we do a lot of switching, or shunting as we call it, but nothing like the LAJ. It's rare to find track side industries over here anymore. In regards to your...
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  • Emdalco01's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Hi, First thnks for starting a group on the LAJ. I love these industrial switching roads that the US has. I'm a freight locomotive driver here in Australia and unfortunatley this type of operation never happened. I do drive in one of the major terminals in the city of Melbourne and we do a lot of switching, or shunting as we call it, but nothing like the LAJ. It's rare to find track side industries over here anymore. In regards to your...
    4 replies
  • Candy_Streeter's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    Looking better. Sorry for my typos but there is no editing function to fix them.
    200 replies | 30308 view(s)
  • SecretWeapon's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    SecretWeapon replied to a thread ATSF Line Started in N Scale
    :cool:I love the comments. New guy, that was good.
    5318 replies | 466326 view(s)
  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    SleeperN06 replied to a thread 4014 in Union Pacific Railroad
    Really, I was going to wait for it on Yermo Rd along the 15 and then try to beat it to Las Vegas, but if it’s going to stop at Kelso, then I may check it out there. Thanks for the info I’ve never been on that part of the tracks. :cool:
    44 replies | 1274 view(s)
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