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  • SP125's Avatar
    Today, 06:20 AM
    I am trying to get a feel for this board, Is there a group for narrow gauge in specific?
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 06:11 AM
    Probably not: http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/showthread.php?127501-ALL-READ-OUR-POLICY-ON-DISCUSSING-RETAILERS However, it is good that more of the line is arriving.
    4 replies | 55 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:56 AM
    Welcome to TrainBoard! I am an N scaler, also work in HOn30.
    3 replies | 16 view(s)
  • Point353's Avatar
    Today, 05:50 AM
    Be sure to tune in for the next exciting episode when the secret identity of the dealer where the turnouts are in stock is finally revealed. Or not.
    4 replies | 55 view(s)
  • J911's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 AM
    Welcome to the board! Plenty of us from CA.
    3 replies | 16 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 05:43 AM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Crime Scene... in N Scale
    Yea...but ya see...it was/is the wipers on the FVM. The Atlas...I have no clue. There was NO crude on the FVM wheels...but cleaned em again anyways. I havent cleaned the track yet. I havent touched the Atlas. But they are both running fine now. The FVM still has issues...but thats another story for another thread. Oh wait...I already did that thread a long time ago. ;-) Cue the "Twilight Zone" music....LOL
    6 replies | 229 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 AM
    Have you seen or heard what the difference is in the materials? Just speculating here, but the price difference could be worth it if the material is better enough (and no, I'm not an English major)
    6 replies
  • YoHo's Avatar
    Today, 05:27 AM
    YoHo replied to a thread Crime Scene... in N Scale
    Now see, I would have started with cleaning the wheels and maybe the track. 9 hours of running in 2 sets of 5 and 4 hours over 2 days would mean a whole lot of crap on those wheels. I mean heck, when the club runs for shows, we try to run a cleaner every 4 hours if not constantly.
    6 replies | 229 view(s)
  • santafe's Avatar
    Today, 05:20 AM
    www.いいいいいいい.com
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  • SP125's Avatar
    Today, 04:52 AM
    My name is Karl, I was raised and grew up on real trains, Dad always said we weren't brain washed but train washed. use to play with my dads old HO when I was young, then got into Lionel extensively, My Lionel was stolen when I was over sees about $10-15 thousand dollars worth years and years of TTOS auctions. So I gave up on that, I model in 7 1/2 gauge. Still do a lot with prototypes, and would like to get back into a modular club again some...
    3 replies | 16 view(s)
  • tonkphilip's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 AM
    I meant to say #5 turnout!
    4 replies | 55 view(s)
  • SLSF Freak's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    Interesting - when I first looked at the comments there were only 14, now the conversation is really going. Lots of people sharing similar observations as mine - doubling prices. I'll have to play around with some of my models to see if there's anything I can do to reduce the price increase but I don't think there is too much that can be done. That's just the nature of the beasts we model.
    6 replies
  • tonkphilip's Avatar
    Today, 04:19 AM
    I see that Atlas Code 55 #4 turnout are in stock! I am surprised that people are not jumping for joy!
    4 replies | 55 view(s)
  • Ryan Wilkerson's Avatar
    Today, 04:12 AM
    Ryan Wilkerson replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Take a look at this auction. http://www.ebay.com/itm/281450667117 The photos are rough but are some of these cars brass? If so, I'm going to kick myself because I'm pretty sure it was listed at $150 for the lot, then someone started bidding.
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  • Ryan Wilkerson's Avatar
    Today, 04:10 AM
    I was thinking of making a module with double track coming from both sides but go to a single track in the middle to encourage cornfield meets :-) Maybe have a roadside stand selling corn at the junction and a hulcher cleanup facility nearby.
    17 replies | 1116 view(s)
  • gcav17's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 AM
    I think they are the logical choice for a new mechanism. But let's see what happens with the new model power possibilities. Hopefully MRC can get things up and running again soon..
    17 replies | 980 view(s)
  • ns737's Avatar
    Today, 03:51 AM
    all the engines are newly painted. so way would there be a faded look? I seen the engine up close and the stanchions and railings are the same color and the yellow was not faded.
    4 replies | 97 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:32 AM
    I would not be at all surprised.
    139 replies | 5611 view(s)
  • u18b's Avatar
    Today, 03:27 AM
    I'm not an expert, but it doesn't look right to me either.
    4 replies | 97 view(s)
  • oldrk's Avatar
    Today, 03:15 AM
    You are spot on in your logic. It all seems so simple. Bachmann seems the logical choice to do this since they have made N scale steamers with metal boilers and separate add on detail as well as DCC and sound. Bach man are you listening?
    17 replies | 980 view(s)
  • wmcbride's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 AM
    I agree. In the photos I posted it looks like a "normal" Reading yellow. Reading units tend to fade almost toward white -- a really pale yellow. In person, this really has a green tint to it and it is bright. Weathering can cover a lot. I am really just more puzzled by the handrail color.
    4 replies | 97 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Today, 02:54 AM
    Twenty bucks? Write them up, Chumlee
    139 replies | 5611 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 AM
    It does look like photos I have seen, showing Reading units with somewhat faded yellow.
    4 replies | 97 view(s)
  • wmcbride's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    Well, my new Fox Valley NS Heritage/Reading SD70ACe arrived today. I've been waiting for these FVM units for a long time. I was really surprised by two things at first look: 1. The handrails are a kind of light orange while the stanchions are yellow (I can't find a prototype photo where the handrails are anything but yellow but maybe I haven't looked enough). 2. The yellow on the shell looks almost like that awesomely bright zito green...
    4 replies | 97 view(s)
  • WPZephyrFan's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    WPZephyrFan commented on blog entry Unsuspected Train! in WPZephyrFan
    Since I work at night, I don't get to see any trains in the area. I've seen track building equipment in various places and I've seen news about bridge rebuilding that's going on. There's also a freeway widening project that's going on and from what I understand, they're tied together financially. I was really surprised when this train passed and I hope this becomes a regular thing.
    2 replies | 79 view(s)
  • atsf_arizona's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    Good discussion, all. James Norris, I realized I'd better point out what sort of Atlas B40-8 mechanism modifications (i.e. metal removal) I had to do to get the Mehano/Model Power RSD-15 shell to fit. The amount of metal removal is a bit significant..... and I'm not sure if an unmodified Atlas B40-8 mech is going to be able to fit under a properly dimensioned 3D printed RSD-15 shell. Maybe someone who has plans of the B40-8 can can...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 AM
    I had noted the Q&A ongoing after their notice. Some interesting exchanges.
    6 replies
  • u18b's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 AM
    u18b replied to a thread The Return of the Atlas Shay! in N Scale
    Years ago I kitbashed a giant M-1 decoder with a socket for the Shay.Heck , today, the modern tiny Z decoder would be MUCH easier. You don't have to do what I did, but here are some ideas. http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Installation_Pictures/N_Scale/Atlas/Shay/Shay%20M1%20Advanced.pdf
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • cuyama's Avatar
    Today, 01:16 AM
    Somewhat, the rule-of-thumb is simplified. But note that the worst section of effective grade is nearly always the limiting factor, so for all but the shortest arc lengths and shortest trains, it's what one needs to be concerned about.
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  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Today, 01:04 AM
    Maybe the spare parts will return with them, too. I had one that I bought used, and some parts of the driveshaft detail were lost. I sold it again because Atlas couldn't give me anything for replacement parts. I would much rather prefer a heisler or climax now, instead, anyway.
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • Jerry M. LaBoda's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    I just wonder how long it will take for someone to report a "Cornfield" meet being caused by an operator being distracted by the detail of the cornfield? B ) (You youngins out there may have to look up "cornfield meet" to learn its meaning if you haven't ever heard of this "phenomenon"...) B )
    17 replies | 1116 view(s)
  • Shortround's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    Wouldn't the arc length of the curve and length of the train affect this formula as well?
    5 replies | 97 view(s)
  • SLSF Freak's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    I see your last post but not one from earlier...
    6 replies
  • euromut's Avatar
    Today, 12:00 AM
    Thanks you. We typically model mid 70s western New York (Penn Central / Early Conrail). But clearly members can run what interests them on normal club nights. The fall scene really pops. But it's a departure from the rest of the layout, which is spring summer. With the cooler weather returning it's nice to get back inside and start preparing for our January open house.
    6 replies | 191 view(s)
  • phantom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    Looking good! I do like the trucks. :)
    6 replies | 168 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    Hmmm. I made a post earlier today. It seems to be invisible.
    6 replies
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    I wouldn't mind having the WP A-A pair. Had those as a boy, as part of my accumulation. Loved the horn. Honked it so many times.... I wonder how much they gave to the sucker who brought it in? Oh well.
    139 replies | 5611 view(s)
  • Ryan Wilkerson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    When I read "injection molded" I thought these would be more economical in mass quantities to make a nice field on one side of a module. Seems a shame to have to dummy up the inside of a field if these have such nice detail that could be seen from above.
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  • Flash Blackman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:39 PM
    I agree with the idea that a curve adds drag or "weight" to the train. I don't have any idea how much but John Allen's 32/R seems about right. I shoot for a two percent grade, maximum. One percent is a lot better. (Of course you can always add engines.)
    5 replies | 97 view(s)
  • Westfalen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:38 PM
    People have hard wired decoders into them, I have one myself, so a factory install should be no problem at all. European manufacturers put DCC into locos that make the shay look like a Big Boy.
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  • sumfred's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    apparently yes. There were numerous instructions floating around how to do it, can't remember where they were. Fred
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • Westfalen's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    When everyone orders parts from Atlas to rebuild your old RSD15's be sure to tell them what you want them for, that might get across to them how desirable the loco is.
    37 replies | 1760 view(s)
  • cuyama's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    The HO rule-of-thumb first postulated by John Allen is that curves add to the effective grade by the amount of 32/R, where R is the radius of the curve through which the grade runs. So for your 24" radius curves, the additional effective grade caused by friction would be 32/24 or 1.3%. Assuming that you mean 4% grade and not 4 degree grade (they are different measurements), the resulting effective grade through the curves would be 5.33% --...
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  • Flash Blackman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Can you put DCC in one of these things? Seems very small.
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • sumfred's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:08 PM
    After installing DCC on over 50 steamers I thought I would get a break Fred
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    Pawn Stars! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lionel-Train-Set-Lifetime-Collection-Circa-1950s-/221564202852?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item3396416f64 Lifetime collection. 282 crane is RARE! Transfer table with no table! Everything chipped and rusted! Truth in advertising! And look at all that "special" 027 track! Not even 031! How many cars are there for a "lifetime collection"?
    139 replies | 5611 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    It's the latest Government Mandate. Now they ship them without so you'll have to THINK and ACT to install dcc! "No Train Left Behind"
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • sumfred's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    But only DC Would have been nice with installed DCC Fred
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • PEIR's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    PEIR replied to a thread Bowser C-636 Update? in HO Scale
    Bowser went to Loksound with the first run of the C430's. IIRC, when the C636 was announced they were still using Tsunami.
    23 replies | 1307 view(s)
  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    Wow. That is some outstanding modeling. Great work.
    749 replies | 97873 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Protection at shows? in N Scale
    Make a 'peashooter' out of an old BIC pen or straw. Not only gets their attention...but easily worth hours of fun...LOL. Ahhhhhhhhh 'spitwads" !! Funny I can remember the fun times from my school days...but still have a hard time grasping math...roflmao :teeth:
    15 replies | 462 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Crime Scene... in N Scale
    So does Howard Wolowitz. :)
    6 replies | 229 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread Protection at shows? in N Scale
    l have many horror stories to tell but mainly we just keep a vigilant eye on the barrier crashers. The event that really got me was the time that a college student (we were set up in the rotunda at the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas) stretched the stanchion chains and leaned over to start throwing switches and revving up the throttles on our NTRAK layout. It caused a bunch of derailments. He claimed that the controls should...
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  • JMaurer1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    Atlas just announced that the 2 truck shays are returning the second quarter of 2015 in 4 new paint schemes and 2 previously done paint schemes. Returning paint: Crown Willamette Paper Co. 1 Sugar Pine Lumber Co. 10 New paint: Argentine Central 4
    8 replies | 244 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread Crime Scene... in N Scale
    "...locomotives who thought they were in the cast of Toy Story." I like that LMAO !!! And yes...was having "one of those days." Went back out there when I remembered I had unlocked the drivers door to THE RV last week so I could pop the hood to hook up a battery charger to the bank of batteries for the RV ! Retrieved the keys...unlocked THE RV. Took a deep breath and went back in. What I am finding through the process of elimination...
    6 replies | 229 view(s)
  • jpwisc's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    Holy Cow! Are you trying to model all of Nebraska? I plan on getting about $100's worth to try out on my module edges. If you are trying to cover 4 square feet I recommend using the cut foam method in the middle surrounded by an inch or two of the Bluford Shops corn. No sense in breaking the bank on something you are only going to see the tops of.
    17 replies | 1116 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    It is hard to do but Alco classified them as the same.http://www.american-rails.com/alco-rsd1.html
    5 replies | 102 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    It looks like six Rock Island RS-1s were taken by the US Army to make RSD-1s. http://www.berail.be/usa/rs1/
    5 replies | 102 view(s)
  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:57 PM
    fitz replied to a thread Alco RSD-1 in Railfanning Discussions
    Not being a diesel person, how could you tell the difference between A-1-A and C trucks?
    5 replies | 102 view(s)
  • Inkaneer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    Inkaneer replied to a thread Protection at shows? in N Scale
    Best solution is to raise the level of the layout so the kids have to stand on a chair. Have some chairs around (provided by the set up location) so the parents can grab one. It is either that or the parents have to hold the child. Just be sure that the chair is away from the layout.
    15 replies | 462 view(s)
  • Ghengis Kong's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    I know the Rock Island had 5 or 6 ordered, but did any of the first RS-1s make it to their purchaser or had the War Department already requisitioned them from ALCo off the assembly line?
    5 replies | 102 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    You might be on to something. I checked my Farmers Almanac, looks like it might be the historic annual Sucker Harvest time.
    139 replies | 5611 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    There must be something blowing on the breeze, to cause this pricing insanity. Or maybe it's the time of year, and they're just harvesting a fresh crop of suckers?
    139 replies | 5611 view(s)
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