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  • hoyden's Avatar
    Today, 10:15 AM
    One possible reason for "DCC friendly" is that with DCC the rail connects to a sometimes very large power source of 5 or more amps. A short can melt a lot of metal at those power levels; hence the reliance of quick acting power limiting circuitry. I have a Digitrax Zephyr that limits power to 2.5 amps so that was never much of an issue. In addition I use current limiting light bulbs in series with almost every track feed and other loads are...
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  • hoyden's Avatar
    Today, 10:08 AM
    I never encountered the "don't use #22 wire beyond 6 inches" before wiring my layout. By chance I acquired a 1,000+' roll of two conductor solid wire; orange and white, either #22 or #24. I wired the whole layout; feeders, bus, turnout control with it. I can see sometimes up to 2V drop between power pack and rail but for the most part it's not a problem. The bigger challenge is how to interpret the wire color to know what the wire does. The...
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Today, 10:03 AM
    Thus that railroad's status seems not to be easily established. Maybe with local shippers? On the opposite, "my" railroad's status is rather straightforward: only two shippers on a 90-mile branch, giving way to 1 to 2 trains a week every way, in an equatorial environment where you can hear weed and vegetation growing... ;) Dom
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  • hoyden's Avatar
    Today, 09:56 AM
    I enjoy the insight reading the various reports. When I am trackside I have a clearer understanding of what I am seeing; ties pumping mud, rail head shelling, fullness of tie cribs, to name a few. The reports give life to words like field and gauge side of a rail and "on sheet". There's a lot of reading, fasure, and some of it scary and exciting. All of the information rolls back into my enjoyment of model trains. With major trackwork...
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Today, 09:53 AM
    Wasn't there a strike in Port of Los Angeles these last few days? Dom
    11 replies | 197 view(s)
  • Ironman63's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 AM
    Ironman63 replied to a thread Scale reducing in N Scale
    I searched from Yahoo and used "site:trainboard.com/resin reduce" and it was the second one from the top. This seems to get more and better results than using the search feature here in the forum, plus it works for any forum.
    7 replies | 169 view(s)
  • daniel_leavitt2000's Avatar
    Today, 08:45 AM
    Just to follow up on a previous post, finding models outside the US, Europe Australia, and Japan is very difficult. There are a few models for Hong Kong, some in China and a select few in Korea. I have found very little in Thailand, with nothing being region specific. It's a damn shame too, the scenery is rugged, the mountains rise up like walls and it's just begging to be modeled.
    14 replies | 338 view(s)
  • daniel_leavitt2000's Avatar
    Today, 08:39 AM
    I'm curious what you use for equipment. I know models of SE Asian trains are almost nonexistent. I wanted to make a shelf layout based on Hat Yai Thailand for our summer house in Songkhla, but could never find any models. Really good scenery!
    14 replies | 338 view(s)
  • Carsten Weye's Avatar
    Today, 08:34 AM
    Hmmm, is this one gone completly dead? Well search area is hereby narrowed down to MO, AR, LA, TN and MS. Furthermore, there is a danish chocolatebar, which name is the same as the first half of the town we're in ;-) Now go find that railroad :)
    7 replies | 317 view(s)
  • rvn2001's Avatar
    Today, 08:11 AM
    As long as you do all the aircraft for the carrier too...:rolleyes:
    3 replies | 98 view(s)
  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 07:52 AM
    I used several NTSB reports for a research paper. Good, sometimes scary reads.
    3 replies | 73 view(s)
  • md11's Avatar
    Today, 07:18 AM
    Here are some more pics: First generation of commuter trains in Zurich area: Third generation of commuter trains in Zurich area:
    5 replies | 119 view(s)
  • md11's Avatar
    Today, 07:14 AM
    Well, it is not common in Switzerland that way. But due to higher or lower passenger capacity, train units, such as ICN (Intercity Neigezug - these are Pendolinos), S-Bahn (Suburb communter trains) will be added to or removed from an existing train. Mostly, this happens at end-stations or in Zurich main station. On IC2000 bi level and EW-IV singel level trains (in service for Intercity and Intergergio trains), there are some extention...
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  • jhn_plsn's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 AM
    Hmm, must have allowed my buddy onto a live console.
    11 replies | 197 view(s)
  • Pete Nolan's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 AM
    Pete Nolan replied to a thread Scale reducing in N Scale
    How to violate every copyright law out there--just shrink it down. But it is certainly OK for personal use, and often the only way to make some stuff.
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  • Pete Nolan's Avatar
    Today, 05:44 AM
    Thanks! Impressive without doubt. Still don't know if it's buildable. Can't wait to get back to Ohio to try the window walls on the Black Cat cutter, as the Silhouette Cameo won't cut it even at 10X times. But I'd rather not spend 12 hours stuck on I-65 between Nashville and Louisville, or about the same on I-75 between Chattanooga and Lexington. Sheesh! May have to do the window walls in brass. Except for my customer, I'm not sure anyone...
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Scale reducing in N Scale
    LOL...beat me to it by a few minutes !! I had just searched under 'shrinking Ho scale vehicles" and found it on page 5 of the results... ^5
    7 replies | 169 view(s)
  • Ironman63's Avatar
    Today, 05:32 AM
    Ironman63 replied to a thread Scale reducing in N Scale
    I think this is what you are looking for: http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/showthread.php?127981-How-to-cast-N-scale-vehicles-from-larger-scale-masters
    7 replies | 169 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:17 AM
    Well, if you were sitting here, you could browse through my Rocky Mountain, Idaho and Coast ETT. You'd need to go back a ways to find where they called a transcontinental freight at a specific time every day, and maintained that schedule. The biggest factor in the XL Special and The Thunderhawk was the amount of time it took to get from point A to point B. You can find references to those train numbers, but they are mostly bookkeeping and...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Scale reducing in N Scale
    It does seem vaguely familiar, but I cannot place it. :(
    7 replies | 169 view(s)
  • greatdrivermiles's Avatar
    Today, 05:03 AM
    greatdrivermiles replied to a thread Scale reducing in N Scale
    spent quite a while looking through the entire site. I was hoping someone at least remembered who posted it.
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  • Metro Red Line's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 AM
    I'm quite sure it's related to the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach backup. I also heard of empty container car movements around City of Industry today so it might be some of those.
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  • Sharper's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 AM
    Our "N" Scale club has been using these systems at shows for many years with good success. One of our units has malfunctioned and they are no longer serviced. We are in need of a new or used system to replace the sick one. Any help is appreciated. Crest; Aristo-Craft CRE55470 is what we need for compatibility. Thanks, Skip
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  • cajon's Avatar
    Today, 04:00 AM
    Here's a very rough draft showing my suggestions. Hopefully you'll use flextrack so you're not "stuck" w/ the snap track version. Also to get a little more length to the mainline run it from corner to corner diagonally. This track arrangement isn't "cast in concrete". You can moving these tracks anyway you want.
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  • shamoo737's Avatar
    Today, 03:47 AM
    Pete, that's one impressive looking boat
    3 replies | 98 view(s)
  • Pete Nolan's Avatar
    Today, 03:31 AM
    One of the largest wooden hull ships, if not the largest. I think there's only one model, in HO, that's ever been built. I've gotten so crazy I'm doing it in both Z and N scales. It's 433' long and 116' wide--a baby aircraft carrier. I'm doing the Z scale for a customer, and it has a zillion parts, and it's nearly 2 feet long, so I'm wondering if there is any interest in a kit? A built-up is going to be more than $6000; a kit in Z would probably...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 AM
    Like my wife's younger brother. He is supposed to be on a dedicated run, in the southeast. Instead, is running coast to coast and all over the USA. There are times when we hear from him 2-3 days a week, and others when it's 3-4 weeks in between.
    561 replies | 34117 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 AM
    OK. Thanks. Next question- Were any of these units set up with dual control stands, to operate either direction?
    7 replies | 185 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Scale reducing in N Scale
    Be sure to search in the Inspection Pit. It could be there.
    7 replies | 169 view(s)
  • BarstowRick's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 AM
    Anyone seen Jim out there on the highways and byways? Who knows where they've got him running? We will give it a wait and see. You never know where he is going to pop up next.
    561 replies | 34117 view(s)
  • pdx1955's Avatar
    Today, 02:50 AM
    Well, since the first GS&S was HO on a 1x6 footprint, a HCD version would allow for a more realistic version like adding runaround tracks at the bottom and top and having more room for structures. Peter
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  • Virginian Railway's Avatar
    Today, 02:41 AM
    It is still set up for LHF as the F is still on the long hood.
    7 replies | 185 view(s)
  • RGW1's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 AM
    RGW1 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I some times will watch a item just to see how high it goes or if it sells
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  • greatdrivermiles's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    Some time ago I saw a post about someone taking an HO scale vehicle and reducing it to N scale via a certain type of resin casting method. I am wanting to give it a try but I cant seem to find the post it was in. anyone remember this thread?:question:
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  • CarNutandTrainNut2's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    I have no clue sir....
    7 replies | 185 view(s)
  • Heay Equipment Designer's Avatar
    Today, 02:14 AM
    Dom, This reminds me of a line that ran from Needam MA, through Dover and into Medfield... As a kid it was used a lot by Conrail then bought by Bay Colony railroad and it hardly got used.... Not quite as over grown as this but close... In the 90's they had to stop at every crossing and have a flag man jump off the locomotive as all the crossing signals no longer worked... I dont think its officially abandon but nothing has run on that line...
    52 replies | 1206 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread From the good ole days. in N Scale
    All three of mine still run. They have been modified considerably but you can't mistake them when they are "grinding" those metal gears down the track.
    44 replies | 2713 view(s)
  • dalebaker's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 AM
    dalebaker replied to a thread Logandsawman's Layout in HO Scale
    I'm very jealous of your basement being from the flatland where we never heard of basements! It's a great start, I'm looking forward to seeing more of the layout!
    15 replies | 324 view(s)
  • Doug Gosha's Avatar
    Today, 02:03 AM
    Doug Gosha replied to a thread From the good ole days. in N Scale
    Ah, the (in)famous Rapido Baldwin with the 100% prototypically accurate trucks! Ya gotta love it. Doug
    44 replies | 2713 view(s)
  • fitz's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 AM
    4501 was one of the best excursion locomotives and it's great she is back operating again. I only got to see her once at the TVRM and she was out of service at the time.
    2 replies | 71 view(s)
  • CedarCreek's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 AM
    Well thanks a lot every one. The whole time I was reading about making a switch DCC friendly, I was thinking to myself ??What?? My switches don't short out now... why would they short out with DCC??? Thanks again!
    9 replies | 204 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread From the good ole days. in N Scale
    That caboose does make a good stand-in. I am surprised it looks this nice.
    44 replies | 2713 view(s)
  • Hardcoaler's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 AM
    Hardcoaler replied to a thread From the good ole days. in N Scale
    Here's some of my early Arnold Rapido N. The locomotive dates from 1968 and still runs pretty well. I was fortunate to be able to combine parts from my unit with a basket case unit bought at a show to rebuild an undamaged running unit. Arnold's freight car prototypes were excellent choices and well done for the time. These cars are from around 1970. Arnold's big boxy wooden caboose was well suited for the L&NE's, so while not a perfect...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Might just be folks reading here, and then looking in at that link.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 AM
    "Something happened..." Would be interesting to know specifically. M-O-W delay? An incident of some type?
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  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 AM
    That was pretty interesting reading thanks Rick.
    11 replies | 197 view(s)
  • Tubetriode's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    correct. And one more thing I guess it is convenient for the staff to grow vegetables as you will see, they grow different kind of vegetables in the station. I think this fence was custom made, and could be used in industrial area.
    11 replies | 255 view(s)
  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 12:09 AM
    SleeperN06 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Wow I am just shocked at the price of that MTL Graffiti Series “Bixel” Tanker. it says "5 watching" could it be possible that someone is actually considering buying it.:rolleyes:
    3640 replies | 306740 view(s)
  • Tubetriode's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 AM
    [ Agreed! I stay in Viet Nam but go back and forth to the US. Yes!It is hard to find stuffs but I have tried to make things as close to the prototype as possible.
    14 replies | 338 view(s)
  • Tubetriode's Avatar
    Today, 12:00 AM
    I will post photos soon.Thanks for your interst!
    14 replies | 338 view(s)
  • Jeff Shriver's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:46 PM
    Jeff Shriver replied to a thread Never Say Never Again in N Scale
    Good to see you back, I for one enjoy your posts, and I have to think other do to. Look forward to the good things in our hobby and for me I think of the fun this hobby brings to me. There are times that things get to me too, but it like eating liver, once its ate, you have look forward to desert. Think of the good things you have done, for I will bet that there are more good things the bad.
    15 replies | 872 view(s)
  • Loren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:44 PM
    Yes, keep buying Z scale.........it's worth much more than government bonds :o)
    35 replies | 1224 view(s)
  • cajon's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    Prefer the Tru Color paints myself. But in all reality no one makes the "perfect" paint. There's too many variables like viewing conditions, variations w/in any one brand's colors, etc, etc, etc. But to my eyes the Tru Color Santa Fe blue & yellow look real good! And if you weather your loco like in your image who's going to really know if it's the "right" color or not. LOL
    4 replies | 125 view(s)
  • Silverrush's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    Thanks for all the help guys. Is there any other advice or comments anyone wants to make?
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    Makes sense.... ;) Dom
    3 replies | 87 view(s)
  • RT_Coker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    The first open-source Direct-Bluetooth-Train-Control HO units (similar to DCC train decoders) are nearing completion. In addition to the typical front and rear light outputs; these units will have two auxiliary-function-outputs (F2 & F3). When these functions are on, their outputs will be grounded. What might these function outputs be used to control? What function control(s) would be desired? (Where a function control would be...
    0 replies | 51 view(s)
  • logandsawman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    Our cats are perfect model railroad pets in that one is too old and chubby to jump and the other only has 1 back leg.
    15 replies | 324 view(s)
  • lexon's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    Hope the below might help. Store the link in Favorites. Check his home page for many other good links. http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/nswmn1/Lights_in_DCC.htm Rich
    8 replies | 910 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    The last time I ever saw a PC train was 1969. Looked like a GN SW with a couple of cars, heading through Maple Valley under HWY 18 toward Black Diamond direction. Of course I was en route elsewhere and could not stop to look.
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  • RGW's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    We are modeling Henrys, just using a bit of "imagine this" to pull it off. I actually have a pic of train going over Henry's at home, will post it later.
    676 replies | 44259 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    I seem to vaguely recall this from another source. (MRHA?) One of the crew worked for the MILW, or some such story.
    3 replies | 87 view(s)
  • montanan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    montanan replied to a thread Logandsawman's Layout in HO Scale
    We have dogs, dachshunds.Short legs. Can't jump up on the layout.
    15 replies | 324 view(s)
  • Maletrain's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    Maletrain replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I am glad that I model the transition era, where the main "gaffiti" were hobo marks, not spray-painted murals on the sides of everything that didn't have an armed guard at night. I would not like to spend a lot of effort duplicating that in a model, because I don't like it in real life. Steve
    3640 replies | 306740 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    Direct link to store: https://kalmbachhobbystore.com
    7 replies | 124 view(s)
  • RGW1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    RGW1 replied to a thread wheel question in N Scale
    there are MT trucks with what looks like Mt body mounted couplers. Mt wheels pop right in and roll good
    3 replies | 208 view(s)
  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Interresting. But do one know why this aircraft was tagged with Milwaukee Road logo? Dom
    3 replies | 87 view(s)
  • CHARGER's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    Stumbled across this and thought I'd share. Interesting photo of WWII B-17 bomber "Chippewa" and crew with some sort of dedicated important relation to either the MILW or a significant MILW fan.... From : http://www.91stbombgroup.com/crewphotos/chippewa.html
    3 replies | 87 view(s)
  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    I do confirm: this is indeed FCCM, that has been sold to Mexican federal gov't by G&W in 2006, after an hurricane torn out that railroad's one line out of two. But of course motive power kept its paintscheme after the new company (FIT) took over. Dom
    52 replies | 1206 view(s)
  • logandsawman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Thanks for looking at the plan and pics, vid; I want to get some more backdrop done but will do one of the flyover type videos in a week or two. We have 2 cats and they show up in a video ever so often, cameo appearances at no additional charge!
    15 replies | 324 view(s)
  • Pete Nolan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    Absolutely gorgeous!
    16 replies | 711 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Logandsawman's Layout in HO Scale
    Thanks for the track plan and video. Now we have a really good sense of what is happening.
    15 replies | 324 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    The primary route for their Enumclaw Line was from Bagley Junction. If my memory is correct, at one time, there was a connection track to the NP just north of Kanaskat and the Green River. But this was before the Dam caused line relocation, and construction of Palmer Junction. I have been told by a reliable source there were NP detours. But how many and why I wouldn't know. A guess would be weather related damage to Stampede Pass. Then also was...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    'Nother hint- Don't use one she is still using. Yikes. :ohboy:
    15 replies | 394 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    Just wondering- In your various scenes, does any one have a feel of the old PCRR bridge over the NP at Henry's?
    676 replies | 44259 view(s)
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