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  • Kurt Moose's Avatar
    Today, 04:36 AM
    Oh, wow-the GN fan's are gonna' love this!! ;)
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  • Kurt Moose's Avatar
    Today, 04:36 AM
    Glad to see ya' back on your feet!! Life has it's up's and down's, just gotta stay positive, and keep on modeling!!
    247 replies | 59509 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 AM
    Although I am unfamiliar with the specific loco, I'd guess an internal poor contact problem.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:25 AM
    Rick- We used to have a TrainBoard Group about this type of thing. Might take a look and see if still there.
    192 replies | 9933 view(s)
  • dalebaker's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 AM
    Hi Alan, I always enjoy seeing pictures of your layout, you pack a lot of detail in. Thanks for posting the pictures of the GP-30. Dale
    192 replies | 9933 view(s)
  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 03:15 AM
    Yes, it was a "canteen", though I also heard it called a "water buffalo".....? Here's a better shot of the whole train as it was exiting the Bay St. Louis (MS) trestle.
    12 replies | 235 view(s)
  • C&O Railfan's Avatar
    Today, 03:07 AM
    I set up a small 4X6 loop for my daughter to watch a train go round and round and make noise. When I got my BLI 2-10-4 on the track, it would stop every so often, not in the same place, and speed didn't matter. The brake squeal would sound too, acting as if I'd moved the throttle to "stop." Nudge the control and it would start going again fine for half a loop or so and stop again. 2 other engines ran fine. Zephyr command station. Any suggestions?
    1 replies | 30 view(s)
  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 AM
    Haaa... haaa... I'm right there with you on that issue. What ever extra ribbed-back Kadee/Micro-trains wheel sets I may have accidentally acquired over the years are so well stashed away... I can't find them without a time consuming hunt.
    16 replies | 771 view(s)
  • ztrack's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 AM
    John I am glad the job hunt went well. We need to get you back in that train room! I have missed seeing updates on the layout. Rob
    247 replies | 59509 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:26 AM
    If my metric system knowledge is decent, 3mm would be about one eighth of an inch. Not much of a depression, but should be noticeable. What is the 3D leg clip you mentioned? At this time, I am not recalling what that might be?
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  • shamoo737's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 AM
    Glad to hear John. Looking for a job is one of the most stressful things in life.
    247 replies | 59509 view(s)
  • tjdreams's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 AM
    tjdreams replied to a thread Fast Traks Question in Z Scale
    Jeff thank you so much for taking the time to edit the pick and show me what, where, and how, to fix / improve the turnouts. And thanks to everyone else for all the tips tricks and advice. I'll be giving it all a try. Now I get to try being patient while I wait for my next package from Fast tracks to arrive. David
    9 replies | 556 view(s)
  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    Calzephyr replied to a thread Rock Island Model Parade in N Scale
    Hi There Mark... These FP7A units are beautifully decorated models... a paint scheme I would never consider attempting... considering I find basic black a difficult paint scheme. ;) I'm sure you've already noticed on these models... they should have arrived for Christmas... so their glowing red noses could help Santa find his way. :funny: I'm not too sure how I'll get around to fixing that glowing red nose... but... If any of you guys...
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  • badlandnp's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 AM
    badlandnp replied to a thread Hog Waller Junction in N Scale
    Gotta love it when the supe gets a surprise like that! Like how you are getting the bridges together. Hadn't thought about cutting the Atlas bridges shorter like that. Neat!
    85 replies | 3541 view(s)
  • SYROUS's Avatar
    Today, 02:00 AM
    Great work, can't wait to see finished build.
    123 replies | 16847 view(s)
  • sd80mac-ns's Avatar
    Today, 01:55 AM
    Working on a couple Norfolk Southern high hood SD40-2s. They still need alot of work, but major surgery is done.
    4303 replies | 613921 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 AM
    fifer replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Oh yeah that one is on my do not watch list !!!! LOL Mike
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  • John Bartolotto's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 AM
    So after closing on our house on June 27th 2014 my job was eliminated due to a reorganization on July 14th 2014 and I was out of work. What a kick in the head. Since then I have not had much desire to work on my layout, finding a job took top priority. I finally landed a new job on January 5th 2015 and just tonight I started to get my train room organized – there is still a lot to do. It’s been frustrating not being able to work on it but...
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  • randgust's Avatar
    Today, 01:34 AM
    OK, well, needle in a haystack, but I found ONE, repeat ONE of the original metal-wheel wheelsets in my junk wheelset drawer. Left to right - metal ribbed back wheel on plastic axle; plastic ribbed wheel on metal axle, and our newest entry in 'extinct' wheel sets, the brown lo-pro. I did find that railbus front truck, one of the last projects I ever tried in HO using N wheelsets, and they are metal MT wheels that I jammed on a steel...
    16 replies | 771 view(s)
  • Jeepy84's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 AM
    I get linked to friendfinder from Google results on the computer and my phone as well, but not from yahoo searches (when I run Firefox instead of chrome). Makes me think its a Google vulnerability being exploited. Sent from the magical mystery box
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  • phil55's Avatar
    Today, 01:01 AM
    You are going to hear a lot of bad from the bashers but for the money Bachmann is closing the gap between Atlas and Kato.
    10 replies | 646 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 AM
    John Moore replied to a thread Hog Waller Junction in N Scale
    Cut down yet another Atlas bridge tonight from a 5.0 inch bridge to a 3.50 inch bridge in length. Thought some about maybe using a Z scale bridge but not sure it would be wide enough. Depending on what I end up doing with the upper left level I might do yet another. Had a little humor tonight when the Big Guy walked in the room to take his usual supervisory position on the upper left. Not more than 2 secs after planting his ample behind than...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Well worn. Worth about one tenth the asking price.
    3810 replies | 318389 view(s)
  • UP_Challenger3985's Avatar
    Today, 12:36 AM
    This sounds pretty awesome, MisterBeasley! Would be cool to see a video of it in action. As for me, I got a few things done that I'm happy about. To start, I got a few Caboose Hobbies switch stands installed. I have a few more ready to go (styrene glued to the bottom and cork on the table all glued and dried). I'll install those sometime this week. I also fixed a few buildings that were bugging me. One of them was my car shop, which I...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 AM
    I was born a few years too late for the post-WWII industrial leaps. Sure wish trains looks this handsome today, but they simply do not...
    3 replies | 88 view(s)
  • DrMb's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 AM
    DrMb replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Don't play any drinking games with this one.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 AM
    If not for those trees, I'd swear this was another time of year!
    12 replies | 235 view(s)
  • Hardcoaler's Avatar
    Today, 12:23 AM
    Old Fort, NC, taken on a lovely 12/26/2013
    12 replies | 235 view(s)
  • PaulBeinert's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 AM
    The general practice is for reversing loops to be long enough for the longest train that will use it. I was thinking that the crossover could be powered by a PSX-AR but then the design wouldn't work for DC.
    43 replies | 1271 view(s)
  • RT_Coker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:52 PM
    RT_Coker replied to a thread DC/DCC Wiring in DCC & Electronics
    The center part of the crossover would be the ideal place for the auto-reverse unit, if it were not such an extremely short section of track. That is why the crossover is typically wired so that the crossover path can be used without the DC (or DCC) loco stopping. The crossover and adjacent track could also be wired as two independent track sections (a top section and a bottom section). One section would then have to be controlled by a...
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  • PaulBeinert's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    Absolutely and that is exactly what the PSX-AR will do for you at the gaps when running DCC. Under DC, you will flip the DPDT for the next block to align the polarity. but with the way I show it wired, this will happen at the gaps not in the crossover
    43 replies | 1271 view(s)
  • ztrack's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    AMERICAN Z LINE April 2015 New Release – Part 1 We are kicking off April with offerings for our Great Northern fans. Also, we are excited to announce the RTTX flats are back with an all new special load combination of vehicles from Any Hart from Z-Panzer! GN Wide Vision Caboose: 921006-1 GN Wide vision caboose X97 - MSRP $61.00
    1 replies | 56 view(s)
  • thetramp's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    thetramp replied to a thread Locomotive of the Day in HO Scale
    Let me know how your Dockside comes out. The parts engine that I used has a can motor in and I was thinking about trying to get that running. It need a bottom frame that the wheels sit in and also the wheel set with the gear.
    161 replies | 17053 view(s)
  • Doug Gosha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    Doug Gosha replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    Oh yeah. Mine's on my layout too. If anybody asks, I'll just say it's a big, small town church. ;) Doug
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  • Doug Gosha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    I just wish I could find mine. They aren't in any of the usual places I stash things so that means I put them in a place where I would be able to find them. :oops: Doug
    16 replies | 771 view(s)
  • Grey One's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    If I was in my 30s / 40s, and if I could, as John Moore mentioned, sell some of my designs then, ya, maybe / probably I would buy one. At this stage of the game, I'll stick to using laser and inkjet printers to make buildings and such.
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    My be closer to TT Scale...but...hey...n scale people are small anyways...LOL :teeth:
    703 replies | 64898 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    No Problem Paul...hope it helped.
    703 replies | 64898 view(s)
  • Doug Gosha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:04 PM
    Doug Gosha replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    Hey! The Atlas Small Town Church! Closer to TT scale. I have one too I just assembled after having it for who knows how many years! Doug
    703 replies | 64898 view(s)
  • Mike C's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    I think that most brass has a clear coat covering . Although early brass, I believe , was uncoated. If you have tarnish I would try a hobby sized sand/bead/other type blaster and then a coating of gloss or dull coat .
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  • Donstaff's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    Donstaff replied to a thread DC/DCC Wiring in DCC & Electronics
    So far, so good. I understand that.. In fact, I have a great example: If I'm running a DC loco slowly on this level and take the crossover, it stops at the point that the front trucks venture across the insulated center point of the crossover. I can then pull the loco across the insulated point and if I switch the direction on the power pack, the loco continues in the forward direction. So what we want is for the reversing modules to...
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  • PaulBeinert's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    PaulBeinert replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    George, Thanks for confirming how to wire the double crossover.
    703 replies | 64898 view(s)
  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:32 PM
    I subscribe to Classic Trains and received my March edition, all about FTs, some time ago. I would suspect a local mail problem.
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  • PaulBeinert's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    Don, The attached diagram represents the wiring required for DCC to be able to utilize the crossover functionality. I happen to use the PSX-ARs on my system but they can be be replaced with any auto-reverser product. For the blue section, it is important that the wiring be as indicated other wise you would not be able to run trains thruough the double crossover when thrown. For DC operation, you would replace the PSX-ARs with DPDT...
    43 replies | 1271 view(s)
  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    fitz replied to a thread NYC circa 1948 Train of Tomorrow in Fallen Flags
    Good looking train, Roger. Anderson must have been a good place to live back in the 40's and 50's. You have posted some very interesting photos from there. I never saw the Train of Tomorrow, but wish I had.
    3 replies | 88 view(s)
  • Steve S's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:14 PM
    I don't know if anyone saw it, but last week a company called Carbon3D unveiled their new 3D printing technology that is 25 to 100 times faster than other printers, and has a surface finish approaching that of injection-molded plastic. It's similar to the SLA method in which a model rises up out of a bath of liquid resin, but theirs doesn't have the distinct layering effect that other printers suffer from. They describe it as a continual...
    35 replies | 2408 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    RUSSIA: The first of two prototype EG2Tv electric multiple-units developed by Transmashholding’s... More...
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  • Metro Red Line's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:10 PM
    Seriously speaking, LHSes need to jump on this ASAP. Not everyone likes to tinker with CAD files and not everyone can afford their own printer. If a LHS had an in-house printer, they'd be doing a sweet business, especially if they offered their services online as well.
    35 replies | 2408 view(s)
  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    I remember those wheel sets being phased out in the mid 1980's... a hobby shop owner suggested I buy the spare wheel sets he had in stock because they would become collectable. I remember making a comment like... the wheels are collectable too?? I didn't buy them because of my skepticism towards model train ' wheel ' collecting. Hard to believe but true though... if those blister-packs are auctioned... they will fetch a high price. Sent...
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  • Metro Red Line's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:06 PM
    Of course I will -- but only when the cost gets lower and the detail gets higher. :)
    35 replies | 2408 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:44 PM
    Thank You sir and it is better to be outside and getting that natural vitamin D !!! Mike
    12 replies | 897 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread T.H.E.R.R. Reborn! in N Scale
    Thnxs David.... A little of this...a little of that...sooner or later I figure I can almost call it done...lol. Running trains is a whole lot more fun :cool:
    703 replies | 64898 view(s)
  • SJ Z-man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    SJ Z-man replied to a thread Fast Traks Question in Z Scale
    David, I look down the rails, thru the frog. If it sticks out, you'll see it and it could pick wheels. However, that is the job of the guard and wing rails, primarily the guard rails on the point-to-frog direction. Make sure the guard rails are placed properly. Get an Nn3 track gauge (https://www.republiclocomotiveworks.com/show_item.php?ID=570) or David K Smith's NZT gauge set (backordered). Or, you can hold and axle or truck's wheels forcibly...
    9 replies | 556 view(s)
  • UshCha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    I have made the leap. Mainly for wargaming but I have done some bits like buffers. It depends whatryou want. My printer has a layer resolution of 0.1mm. Interesting that at model railway/wargameing ranges (about 4 ft) that is not noticeable. It does have some limitations like 1mm diameter section and its a bit rough. However for my N scale tanks its fine. We have to use commercial printers for some stuff but there are places...
    35 replies | 2408 view(s)
  • UshCha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    Finaly I got progress! My first corner failed due to the box warpiing. So as a newbe I went back to a flat board of 12mm MDF raised on a new type of 3D printed leg clip. This takes even less room so in a box I could stack quite a few in a small space. However at 12mm deep it got me thinking, I could I form a small depression in the 12mm without losing too much strength and it would make it lighter and may ass scenic value. From an art...
    2 replies
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    Should be interesting, as usual. I'll give this a watch come evening. Right now the sun is out, and I'm pruning the apple tree. Gotta be today, as there's supposedly rain and snow coming tomorrow afternoon.
    12 replies | 897 view(s)
  • SJ Z-man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    AZL's chassis and especially the shell, are narrower. There is no way a GP7 shell will fit on an MTL chassis. A GP9 shell will need shims inside to sit on a narrow AZL chassis. So what is the reason you want to so switch what with what ?
    5 replies | 233 view(s)
  • Jerry M. LaBoda's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    AOL? What's that??? (Sorry... had to see where I was in the pecking order.)
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    Hello guys , It has been a while since I have selected and done a how to for the channel , but here is the latest selection submitted by Jerry Paauwe. Hope you find it useful. Thanks , Mike
    12 replies | 897 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread Hog Waller Junction in N Scale
    Visited Michael's today and picked up some cheap Acrylics and at last I have a nice green base to build my turf on. With the colored base it doesn't matter if over time a little of the grass gets a bare spot. I also can use less of the turf finishing the area. So far it is working out well and still drying. The stream beds are a toned down blue revealing where erosion has exposed some of the rich Moly ore bed beneath. Time to clear the workbench...
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  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:03 PM
    Thanks I'll keep my eye open for that. I have some Bachmann steamers, 2-8-0 Consolidation with factory DCC and a 4-8-4 Class J that I put in the decoder myself. I also have a 4-8-4 Northern that I paid someone else to put in a decoder, but I think I got ripped off because it runs, only not very well. I’m considering buying the new Bachmann Berkshire that just came out, but still undecided. As far as sound goes I have the 4-6-6-4...
    10 replies | 646 view(s)
  • randgust's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:57 PM
    I think I have precisely ONE truck set of metal wheels on plastic axles, and it is old, very old, because I actually used them in HO on a failed attempt to make a powered railbus front truck (think like a Mack lead truck), I'll guess maybe 1970-71. But yeah, to confirm it, I've got one set of metal ones in the remnants of that HO railbus front truck. It wasn't brass, it was some kind of zinc alloy. I remember the futility of trying to set...
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  • bubule's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    Thank's to all.:blush: Today some views of the construction of the main face of the glass building. It is the ligther structure whitch hold the windows. An heavier will comme later to hold the entire building. I start to realise to templates symmetrically opposed to create the structure. Here is the putting togever of the square of .080 : Here is the putting togever of the I beams of .080 :
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  • GP30's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:48 PM
    Went out of town for a wedding, didn't get much done. I installed some Sergent couplers on around 20 cars, I had assembled the Sergents earlier last week in my hotel room at work.
    5 replies | 138 view(s)
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