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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 01:34 PM
    The steam powered cranes look interesting. I guess I would ask, about what year are you modeling and when did the area your modeling convert their cranes from steam to diesel? Either way, I hope you post a build thread on them. Winter projects for me are many. Newly liberated from work regarding Model Airplanes has really opened up my schedule. My short term goal is to just get a regular job so I can concentrate on my own hobby endeavors....
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  • MisterBeasley's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 PM
    Watch that first step, Mrs. Preiser! I've done bits and pieces of ballasting to finish up the bridge scene and the disturbed trackwork around it. I had a small kink where the liftoff section met the original lead track, so I cleaned that up first. I could plunge ahead, but I think I'll take a step back this weekend and ..... clean track! Yes, it's time to fill up the old CMX machine and haul it around. I've already got most of the...
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  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    arbomambo replied to a thread N Scale T-Trak in N Scale
    Hello all! I'm excited to announce that our local model railroad club-SWARM-South West Alabama Railroad Modelers- has srarted a T-Trak interest group...the group has their roots in O gauge, and has a beautiful modular layout that is set up at all the regional shows. The Group supports all scales and gauges; many of the members model in N scale and there are some impressive layouts in the area. A number of us decided that a T-Trak interest group...
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    Still into reducing my excess model railroad equipment in phase three of my downsizing. Looking at my M of W rolling stock I have far too much of that equipment especially cranes. Since I am doing a harbor scene and need some dockside cranes the thought came to me to adapt a couple of my 120 ton Tichy Trains cranes to dockside cranes. So I went web searching to see if there was anything even remotely like what I want and came up with this....
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  • SP-Wolf's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    SP-Wolf replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    This is truly funny!! I'm guessing the seller doesn't know trains. http://www.ebay.com/itm/KATO-N-SCALE-SOUTHERN-PACIFIC-6110-DIESEL-LOCOMOTIVE-TENDER-/251695117860?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item3a9a32b624 Wolf
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  • SP-Wolf's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 PM
    I am using the Walthers 130' TT and 2 Heljan/Walthers roundhouses. Works very well. Thanks,
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 PM
    An eerie yellowish light pierces the dark morning as the wind blows and a nearby crow cackles. An unnerving sound is heard as the earth rumbles. What could it be? Why it's the spooky Weekend Modeling Plans Express! Hard to believe that October is about done and with it it unleashes it's goblins, ghosts and vampires. For me, the only thing spooky is the $120.00 it will take to pay for my plates on one of two Jeeps. Jess will have to wait until...
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  • Spookshow's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 PM
    Is that the first release? Kinda surprised they didn't do an unlettered version... Cheers, -Mark
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  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 PM
    Hytec replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    Thanks for the overview, you definitely have a well developed integrated system. I'm also impressed with the LED lighting, it gives much better color saturation.
    617 replies | 49469 view(s)
  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    PGE-N°2 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Or, there is this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NSC-SPECIAl-RUN-1-Meat-Packers-40-Stl-Reefer-5-PAK-N-SCALE-/171518701861?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item27ef4fb125 Are we bidding on the NSC SPECIAl RUN cars, or on the long haired chihuahua?
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  • JoeS's Avatar
    Today, 11:49 AM
    JoeS replied to a thread What's on your workbench? in Z Scale
    Those spreaders look neat, but I doubt they will work with trackbed track from MT or Rokuhan.
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  • Backlash's Avatar
    Today, 11:09 AM
    Is it the Digitrax system that you have to convert the CV values to Hexidecimal to program? For me the big selling point with the NCE system was in the ability to expand the system without making the older equipment redundant.. You could for example, start with a PowerCab system, and then later upgrade to a 5 or 10 amp PowerPro system, and continue to use the original PowerCab handset as a second Cab on the PowerPro system.. Here is an...
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  • mixy's Avatar
    Today, 11:05 AM
    Many users asked about the file with the small steam engine that I used for demonstration of the new cylinder features in SCARM v. 0.9.25. Here is it: Drawing of Prussian T3 Steam Loco in SCARM The article shows most of the steps in the drawing of a close representation of Prussian T3 loco in HO scale. In example, here is the wheelset - as parts and assembled: See more pics in the blog post and download the project file to see it...
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 10:04 AM
    You've got to admit that's a space-saver if you apply that to railroading - combine both the roundhouse and the turntable! Just have tracks radiating away to wherever.;) Think of the big blimp hangars at NASA Ames... They could probably hold all of the Big Boys ever built... :wideeyes:
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 09:26 AM
    USA: Florida East Coast Railway is about to take delivery of the first of 24 GE Transportation ES44C4 locomotives which it ordered in January. All of the Tier 3 compliant Evolution Series... More...
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 09:01 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    Someone has asked me to post a "T.H.E.R.R. Layout Overview" inside "THE RV"...Here ya go...ENJOY !! :-)
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  • prbharris's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 AM
    Back in 1984 Thrall introduced their Lo-Pac wellcars. Initially for APL in 5 car units in the APLX series, two APL intermodal trains ran LA to Chicago via the UP and C&NW. A third ran Seattle to Chicago via Conrail. Later there were K-Line, Maersk and Santa Fe dedicated units, with an additional APL/APC unit. APL also had several sets with generators placed on the A unit to run reefer equipment on the containers. The second version was a...
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  • UshCha's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 AM
    UshCha replied to a thread Thoughts about 3D printing. in N Scale
    Thre needs to be some realism. If you look at my 3D printer (Replicator 2) it has reached some physical limits like conventional printers. It lays down 0.004" layers. Much smaller and the printer would need to be in an air conditioned enviroment as temperature would impact accuracy. Speed is limited by inertia of the head. Like weaving looms there are limits. lazer paper printers have been out for years but few have one for home use. ...
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  • arx's Avatar
    Today, 07:02 AM
    arx replied to a thread DRGW Survivors in Fallen Flags
    From recent trip to Utah, a little survey needed because of the recent repainting. They are going to be converted to lodges. one of the D&RGW 63300-63499 series XM D&RGW XM #63119 D&RGW XM/L #63767
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Creeping throttle.... in N Scale
    Yup..bought THE RV for a song and a dance...gutted it...and put in the layout ! Its been working great for over 2 years now :-)
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  • Kevin Anderson's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 AM
    Be the pic and the idea of using an old RV as a train room. All self contained. ;) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
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  • leikec's Avatar
    Today, 06:40 AM
    leikec replied to a thread Thoughts about 3D printing. in N Scale
    Now is not like the past, the future will not be like the present. There's also an even chance that the demographics of the hobby will be much different, and that will certainly alter the way business and manufacturing is done in the model train hobby. Jeff C
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Creeping throttle.... in N Scale
    Hey Gary... Most everything in THE RV runs off 12v from the inverter which is at the black drop down door in the center of this pic. That inverter also has the 30 amp 110v breaker that shuts all the power off...to everything. That includes the roof air conditioner in the summer...and the furnace in the winter. :-( The command station is behind the right door at the end of the aisle. Behind that same door is a toggle switch which...
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  • Kevin Anderson's Avatar
    Today, 06:28 AM
    I always dispatch the locos first then if I leave the room turn the track power off. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
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  • silentargus's Avatar
    Today, 06:26 AM
    I'd love to have one.
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  • JimInMichigan's Avatar
    Today, 06:13 AM
    It states " Moderate compression for filling irregular gaps ". Might be too spongy.
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  • JimInMichigan's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 AM
    Listening to all of your idea's/comments, I have come up with this: I took the advice and moved the industries to the right. Added by-passes and sidings, and made them accessible to engines going from either direction. I want to leave room for a downtown district and a few houses on the left. Grand kids would love a farm with animals, so I'm thinking that could go on the lower left corner by the bridge. As for the question of why 2...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:35 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a discussion New to HCD in group HCD Layout Society
    A door is a very good place to start. Sturdy enough to move around. Enough area for a couple of nice scenes with actvity.
    2 replies
  • SJ Z-man's Avatar
    Today, 04:20 AM
    SJ Z-man replied to a thread What's on your workbench? in Z Scale
    Thanks Jerry. 19 'Watching' now !
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:09 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Been there, done that. Makes a person want to grit their teeth...
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  • davec's Avatar
    Today, 03:58 AM
    davec replied to a thread DRGW SD45 Rivet Counter Question in Fallen Flags
    Good idea! Thanks!
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  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 AM
    Now looking for the N scale Intermountain PS2 4750 cu.ft. 3-Bay Hoppers lettered for Washington State Grain Train (6 road #'s) In the grey with maroon lettering. (The yellow ones are too flashy).
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  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 03:48 AM
    PGE-N°2 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Something to roll the eyes at: I bought one of these little trolleys for fun a few years ago. Back then, $75.00 was the cheapest price on Ebay... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kato-14-070-Hiroshima-Railway-Type-200-Tram-Hannover-grust-Hiroshima-N-scale-/361088008555?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item541285c16b Now they are selling for $23.00 :rolleyes:.
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  • davec's Avatar
    Today, 03:46 AM
    davec replied to a thread DRGW Look who showed up....... in Fallen Flags
    3029 and 3030 also had a GP60 style blower housing. Athearn Genesis is going to produce these in HO scale. I was going to build one from an Atlas model and Cannon parts, But I got my pre order in instead! One of the Rio Grande Diesels book by Strapac has the info on them. I think it is Vol. #2 I am going to go out on a limb and say that they were a sort of phase 3 variant since they were built so late.
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  • Altoona1223's Avatar
    Today, 03:34 AM
    I'm in for one Judd
    2 replies | 150 view(s)
  • davec's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 AM
    davec created a blog entry DRGW Caboose Pics in davec
    I caught these in Santa FE Nm. in Nov or Dec. They were being used to build the New Mexico Rail Runner line down I-25
    0 replies | 131 view(s)
  • ckblum's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 AM
    I've recently acquired a larger place and have a spare 8x10 room. I've been spending the last while organizing my garage and recently been making plans to turn the spare room into my train/computer room. Scale is N, Minimum radius is 12.5, grades are 2% and less (might be too small to read on the pic). My idea was to have a somewhat longish mainline run, a small intermodal yard (center bottom), few industries (lumber yard, left side and...
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  • Rip Track's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    I'm an aviation buff. I don't remember exactly where I found this pic. But here's a forum thread with pics from the "Aeronauticum" museum in Germany. http://mainescenery.proboards.com/thread/11076 There is an interesting picture of some of the 8 wheelpacks under the turntable. (See the 9th pic in the first post.)
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  • bobbymaxwell's Avatar
    Today, 02:15 AM
    bobbymaxwell replied to a discussion Anything new??? in group Hill Line Modelers
    Hey, guys, I still can't post pictures from the laptop; on this particular discussion, the only option is to post pictures from URL! I'd like to show my SP&S stuff in N, so will try to post an album. Wish me luck! Bob
    10 replies
  • RedRiverRR4433's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 AM
    MaleTrain: A turntable and Roundhouse takes up alot of real estate in N scale. I have a large around the room N scale layout. I have a 24 stall Roundhouse (Walthers- 8 three stall kits) and a Walthers 130' turntable. The Roundhouse and Turntable with service tracks takes up a space of over 48"x48". You will need about nine square feet to make a six stall Roundhouse with a turntable and service tracks around the turntable. Have fun...
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 AM
    If you look at my roundhouse,you'll see that the matching Heljan TT is actually the smallest TT you can use.The ties are hidden under ballast,but on the ends at the pit,the ties actually need to be trimmed a little to get them positioned correctly..You can go bigger,but not much smaller..The Heljan is the smallest you can go to get six stalls,but it needs a big TT..
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  • RedRiverRR4433's Avatar
    Today, 01:35 AM
    OffShore: I've been using DCC for over 13 years. My large N scale around the room layout is run by a Radio controlled NCE Power Pro which is a fantastic DCC system. There are three power districts on my layout. All my switches/turnouts and signals are run by the NCE Power Pro. What I suggest that you do is read as much as you can about DCC. A good source for a beginner as well as advanced DCC users is Tony's DCC Primer. There is plenty of...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 AM
    That's different! I wonder how many Big Boys it would hold? How did you find this?
    25 replies | 569 view(s)
  • Maletrain's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 AM
    LOU D, I understand the geometry. What I really need to know is what TT is compatible with what RH. And, to some degree, how big a 6-stall setup would be, since room is at a premium. (If it room was no issue, I would be doing G scale and scratch-building everything.) Your Heljan TT + RH picture looks like what I would like to have. The TT seems bigger than I though it would be, though. And, then there is the question of how well it...
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  • Rip Track's Avatar
    Today, 01:04 AM
    Here's a turntable for you. It's the German Zeppelin hangar at the Landflugstation Nordholz, circa 1918. It's 200 meters long, 70 wide, and 30 high. It could hold two Zeppelins. It took the turntable 1 hour to make a full turn. With it the airships could safely be pointed into the wind before lift off.
    25 replies | 569 view(s)
  • Point353's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 AM
    Among the November releases, are two HW diners 146-00-050 PRR #4400 and 146-00-040 ATSF #1403.
    27 replies | 3351 view(s)
  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 AM
    To give you an idea on roundhouses & TT's,just imagine this..If you have a 5" bridge,you may only be able to get 18-20 or so tracks around the outside of the whole circle.If you look at that,a full circle roundhouse will end up with wide stalls,and only have as many stalls as you have tracks.The one upside is,since the stalls are wide,you can have relatively short lead tracks.It's the opposite with big TT's,you end up with long lead...
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  • Locomotion's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 AM
    Two options, 1. physically reverse the wires on the motor, or 2. Program CV 29 to run in reverse, read the current contents of CV29 and if it is an even number then add 1, if it is odd then subtract 1. as in my previous reply the Normal direction of travel is controlled by bit zero. 76543210 00000001 0 = Motor forward / Loco forward 1 = Motor reverse / Loco forward
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  • maxairedale's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 AM
    maxairedale replied to a thread Creeping throttle.... in N Scale
    George, Like you my railroad is not in the house. When I leave, I kill the AC to the layout. Gary
    27 replies | 899 view(s)
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