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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    Today, 12:15 AM
    Some excellent modeling going on here for sure. Always amazed and delighted to see what everyone is up to. Been working on this for the last few days, it was one of the last D&RGW wide vision cabooses in this paint scheme and really shows its age. Over the years things got kinda dirty and grimy. The LED's are battery powered with a slide switch on the bottom that will light either end of the caboose. They are not nearly as bright, must be the...
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  • ppuinn's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 AM
    Nice concept. Have you tested loco pulling power on comparable grades/curves? How many cars can they pull without slipping? You may want to reposition the hidden portion of the dogbone, so it is not under those sidings (or, at least, less of the track is under the sidings). You could probably use foamboard or thin hardboard to support your town/buildings and still easily remove the whole town for maintenance of the hidden track, but...
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  • Westfalen's Avatar
    Today, 12:03 AM
    There you go, they can do it in O scale, and they've done it in as many roadnames as some of their N scale locos so not being a popular prototype doesn't wash as an excuse.
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  • James Norris's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    I have matched locomotives very successfully using diodes, you don’t get the heat issue you do with resistors and it works for DC and DCC. I did a post explaining what I did on my blog if you are interested http://jamestrainparts.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/cost-effective-dcc-installs-for-consisted-locomotives/ -James
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  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    Too bad. I guess I can just keep posting photos, instead. The only problem is, there are only a very few modules that I can use in the local Ntrak layouts that even remotely resemble Milwaukee locations. Nothing like the big bridges of St Paul Pass, but I do try.
    121 replies | 13458 view(s)
  • Arctic Train's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:07 PM
    PM Sent to you Boxcab. Arctic Train
    8 replies | 264 view(s)
  • swissboy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    swissboy replied to a thread Bowser C-636 Update? in HO Scale
    They now say a first batch is on the water. So I guess they depend as much on China as basically all the other ones do. I hope that first batch is fairly substantial, at least. Tried to up my order at my customary internet store, but no more C636s on the list.
    13 replies | 925 view(s)
  • Doug A.'s Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 PM
    Doug A. replied to a thread P&D Marsh Products in N Scale
    I have some of their tombstones. They look nice, no complaints. I have a "don't ask don't tell" policy with regards to model railroading materials/chemicals. :uhoh:
    2 replies | 107 view(s)
  • Spookshow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:24 PM
    Gee thanks, Randy. I don't know about poor Hans, but you managed to scare me to death! :-) Cheers, -Mark
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  • Bronxarnie's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:08 PM
    I have several rare/hard-to-find, attractively detailed N-scale brass tanks imported by Pecos River Brass: (a) Three (3) PRB brass Vertical Water Tanks with flat roofs made in the mid-1980s by Gangsan Model (Korea) @ $125.00 each. (b) Two (2) brass Vertical Oil Tanks made in the mid-1980s by Gangsan Model @$95.00 each. (c) One (1) #1906 Vertical Storage Tank, 48 x 60, made in Korea by Yulim; AT&SF prototype @$225.00. All of the brass...
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    HA !!!... I remember a thread thread from awhile back...cant remember the railroad...wanna say PRR...not sure. Anyways...to make the story short...the railroad was actually the first to put the "F" stencil on the end of the locomotive telling everyone what end they wanted leading...regardless of what the engineer and crew wanted. ;););):teeth:
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  • SP&S #750's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    SP&S #750 replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    It all came down to railroad specifics, take the 4 hill lines: GN and SP&S ran long hood forward on Hood units(most of them, not counting later Alco, GE, and EMD's.) NP and Q ran short hood first(I think the Q did not sure, I know the NP did.) Once more modern locos started arriving(in the 60's) the operating schemes were changing, THis is just a thought but by the 50's and 60's most engineers and crews were used to steam locos which...
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:55 PM
    LOU D replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    Mechanically,all the Atlas Geeps are nearly identical during like production years...The GP30 & GP35 use the same chassis,and are slightly longer & heavier than the GP7/9..The 38 & 40 are,once again,just a little different in size from the 30/35..
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  • santa fe 56's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    Ah…… that is very good news indeed… thanks...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:47 PM
    I wish. But right now I don't even have the money for a ridiculous passport. :angry:
    121 replies | 13458 view(s)
  • RGW's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:22 PM
    RGW replied to a thread Building the South Lewistown in HO Scale
    They look just fine from here. Nice work. M
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  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:21 PM
    If only that were true, but alas, it's only in N scale. Although if you come to the local train show up here in mid-October, I'll probably have a few 21st Century Milwaukee Road trains running, then.
    121 replies | 13458 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    A nice, clean scheme. Reminds me of one a fellow I knew had for many years on his HO empire. Worked very well.
    23 replies | 839 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    Cars are exposed to all kinds of wear and tear, many different ways. Looks good from here!
    214 replies | 10700 view(s)
  • BarstowRick's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:06 PM
    BarstowRick replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    How did you become such a know it all about trains? Gosh, That was the first post I've seen from you that actually, well...almost made sense. LOL You may want to rethink this. The crews were so used to running their locomotives from the rear of the stove. That when the BLM's & GP 7's & 9's showed up they ran them the same way, long nose first. N&S was the only railroad that considered it safer for their crews to run long nose...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    Never thought I'd see something like this created in N scale. Wow.
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  • Spookshow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    Two IM F units should, in theory, run at the same speed. Are they lubricated? It could be that one has too much lubrication (gumming things up) or one doesn't have enough lubrication. Not all locomotives are assembled the same either, so if you really want to get into it you could try completely dismantling and then reassembling them. Of course, if the motors don't spin the same when presented with the same voltage, you're pretty much screwed. ...
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  • Alan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    Alan replied to a thread Building the South Lewistown in HO Scale
    Looks ok to me also. Have mine to do yet..... Alan www.andersley.co.uk
    214 replies | 10700 view(s)
  • randgust's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:02 PM
    Couldn't disagree more. You have to think differently but there are a couple tactics. First, forget resistors. Ohm's law will get you every time, and with enough current draw on either the motor itself or the load, you'll be overheating the resistor in no time unless it's rated big. The only success I've had has been on very low-current motors like Faulhaber, or on 3.5v pager motors on gearheads where the gearing effectively...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    Response sent! :)
    8 replies | 264 view(s)
  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    Email Sent
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  • JimJ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    JimJ replied to a thread Building the South Lewistown in HO Scale
    You're wrong, the weathering is great. I like all the rivets.
    214 replies | 10700 view(s)
  • JMaurer1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    Nope. That's one of the great things about DCC is that you CAN speed match. I guess you could always put a small resistor between the power pick up and the motor but finding out what that resistance needs to be would be a huge pain and then you have to deal with the heat of the resistor...
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  • Point353's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:07 PM
    Link to coupler survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YGGJS8V
    6 replies | 341 view(s)
  • Adrian Wintle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Adrian Wintle replied to a thread P&D Marsh Products in N Scale
    Their products are made of 'whitemetal' which is primarily a lead/tin alloy. This is mentioned on the Hints & Tips page of their website. Note that their N-scale items are UK N-scale (1:148) Adrian
    2 replies | 107 view(s)
  • CaryH's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:46 PM
    CaryH replied to a thread Operating Open Bench Trolley in N Scale
    Thank you for your kind comments. The motor was one of the major challenges of the project. As you can see in the picture, it is set back over the last axle and there is shelf-like piece over the front axle. The side frames are thick as well. Add to this the fact that the running boards restrict its swing. I tried several methods of trying to attach it to the trolley body; none of which worked. I tried mounting it with an 00-90...
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  • Hansel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    Hi, Is there anyway to speed match a set of DC locomotives? I have two Intermountain F-units an A and a B unit , and they both run at different speeds for the same throttle position. Seems like the faster loco, the A unit, is always pulling the B unit, along with pulling the train. Thanks, Hans
    5 replies | 127 view(s)
  • wcfn100's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:24 PM
    wcfn100 replied to a thread Green and Creme's in BNSF Railway
    I've been seeing more that really needed paint the last month or two. This is probably why. Thanks for the heads-up. I'll make sure to get what I can. Jason
    3 replies | 86 view(s)
  • Burlington Northern Fan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:17 PM
    Right, as they needed paint. now they are getting repainted as part of their class overhaul.
    3 replies | 86 view(s)
  • StickyMonk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    First of the new batch of MC freightcars nearing completion, needs air hoses, coupler cut bars, stirrups (now it is not being handled anymore) and Kadee 158's. It is fitted with Exactrail trucks, not good when your track is not flat...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
    They've out the tracks back in? Cool! I'd better make plans to head over there! :)
    121 replies | 13458 view(s)
  • umtrr-author's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
    True on the thread here, however the "Coupler Survey" box on the MTL site is no longer there.
    6 replies | 341 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    Paying for research I understand. But that cost can so often cut a lot of folks out of the loop. :(
    3 replies | 88 view(s)
  • StickyMonk's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    Very nice model, the detail on those trucks is incredible, what radius can it go round?
    13 replies | 492 view(s)
  • HOexplorer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    Great work Gerd keep it up. Don't be bothered with those who feel threatened by your work. Jim socalz44
    9 replies | 464 view(s)
  • Palouse 51's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:39 PM
    Thanks for the reply. Yes the GN-NP Archive was one of my first stops. I did find some early diagrams there. Not everything on them is readable but they are definitely good enough to be useful. I have also checked the NPRHA website and found only 2 nearly identical photos of the one corner of the building that I already have reasonable photos of, so those won't be much use. I've combed through books, magazines etc, and searched the internet...
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  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:30 PM
    The result of another Railfan hike out to Boylston Tunnel.
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:20 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    For me....and its just my opinion... Those high short hoods just look out of place. Granted the railroads...back in the day...ran long hood forwards (for the crews safety in an accident). As time went on the railroads decided visiblity was a good determent to accidents in the first place and started running short hood forwards. That high short hood still didnt help with visiblity. That tall short hood looks like a Jimmy Durante nose on the...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    AUSTRALIA: The first scheduled service on the 7 More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    UK: On September 22 Bombardier Transportation announced that, together with consortium partner Vossloh Kiepe, it had signed an option worth 34m with Transport for Greater Manchester to supply an... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    EUROPE: The European Commission announced on September 22 that it had approved the restructuring of Thalys as a 60:40 joint venture between SNCF of France and SNCB of Belgium. Operating high speed... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    JAPAN: East Japan Railway train manufacturing subsidiary J-Trec has won an order to supply its Sustina design for the Purple Line in Bangkok. A fleet of 21 three-car sets will be delivered to... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    UK: Crossrail Ltd announced on September 23 that it had selected Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd as preferred bidder for contract C631, covering the supply of platform screen doors for seven... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    InnoTrans 2014 opens. More...
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  • williemoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:53 PM
    williemoe replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    I just don't like the way the GP7/9's look. It's just an "artistic preference". Thank you for the history lesson - most interesting. William
    8 replies | 202 view(s)
  • EMD F7A's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    EMD F7A replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    You know, the GP7/9's generally received far more decorative and fanciful paint schemes, due to the era in which they were produced, and GM/ALCO et al trying to "WOW" the crowds when dieselization first became a mainstream notion. Because of this, most of us here on the board probably would have a reverse opinion, preferring the early hood units (cowl/carbody units being the full-width F3's and the like) to the later, more complex but also...
    8 replies | 202 view(s)
  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:40 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" :teeth:
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  • Point353's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:39 PM
    Atlas only need to shrink down their O scale model: http://www.atlastrainman.com/Locomotives/tmorsd715.htm
    8 replies | 256 view(s)
  • John Smith's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:38 PM
    Nice progress so far! Always fun to redo an area! Well, I think it is. LOL! JMS
    27 replies | 1076 view(s)
  • sd90ns's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:33 PM
    sd90ns started a thread P&D Marsh Products in N Scale
    Anybody have any experience with this companys products? They have quite a collection of cast metal kits and detail parts currently being sold on e-bay. I bought some of their streetlights at a show and found they actually contained lead and were so soft they bent under their own weight. Not to mention ridding them of the casting marks was less than appealing Do their current offerings contain lead? Any info would be appreciated.
    2 replies | 107 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:20 PM
    I lot of folks I know would love to own it. A lot of folks I know just don't have the funds. :( Thankfully what I would model in MILW electrics, is an area sans Little Joes. And nobody, (except scratch builders and maybe someone using Shapeways), makes Boxcabs, yet.
    13 replies | 596 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I don't understand why someone would chop up an expensive, higher end SD40-2, in a very (very) popular road name, and make it into what is essentially junk.
    3203 replies | 224476 view(s)
  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:16 PM
    Bendtracker1 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Sure looks that way...
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:15 PM
    mtntrainman replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    RE: KATO MILW SD40-2 EARLY Missing walkways....blind center drivers...hinky couplers. I'm thinking someone tried to run that big 6 axle on some really short radius track. The walkways woulda hit anything in the middle of a tight curve....cut em off. The blind center axle would help the longer 3 axle truck negotiate tight radii and not derail...grind em down. The hinky coupler would have made it swing more so the car right behind the...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:14 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I am quite surprised to read they were all sold, in Japan. I know there are a couple of MILW fans there. Tey must just simply like funky traction stuff.
    3203 replies | 224476 view(s)
  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:06 PM
    Bendtracker1 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    They look like they've been retro'ed with a truck mounted coupler???
    3203 replies | 224476 view(s)
  • SP-Wolf's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:49 PM
    To follow up on what Randy had said about using an Atlas B-40 mechanism, here is what John Sing is working on: http://www.pbase.com/atsf_arizona/n_scale_rsd15&page=all Regards, Wolf
    8 replies | 256 view(s)
  • Inkaneer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:45 PM
    Inkaneer replied to a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    The GP7/9' s are first generation units while the GP30/35's are second generation. They exhibit a progression in design and power (and cost) from one generation to the next. There are still some GP7/9's in operation on short lines and tourist lines today. That is 60+ years from when they were first introduced.
    8 replies | 202 view(s)
  • williemoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:36 PM
    williemoe started a thread GP Loco Comparison in N Scale
    What is the primary difference between the GP7/9 Atlas locos and the GP 30/35/38/40. I don't care to much for the looks of the GP7/9's. William
    8 replies | 202 view(s)
  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    Hmmmm... I keep seeing it come back up on Ebay... I wonder if he'd accept payment on the installment plan?:startled:
    13 replies | 596 view(s)
  • PGE-N2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:16 PM
    PGE-N2 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Apparently Japan has a lot of closet Milwaukee Road fans who all bought Bi-Polars.
    3203 replies | 224476 view(s)
  • tayder's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:44 PM
    It does indeed. We have a plethora of pulp mills here. "Kiss me where it smells, she cried." So I drove her to Prince George and kissed her as requested...
    11 replies | 184 view(s)
  • randgust's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:42 PM
    What makes the Rowa (Model Power, Con-Cor) RSD-15 so miserable is not impossible to fix, certainly not to the point that scratchbuilding is required. The original MRC is a high-nose, the second Rowa/MP/Con-Cor is a low-nose. First, the darn things are everywhere, and dirt cheap. What makes them so darn ugly is the thick handrails and the open pilots, and the amazing latex paint dips they came in that will come right off with brake fluid. ...
    8 replies | 256 view(s)
  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    Carl Sowell replied to a thread S.P. AC-9 video in N Scale
    George, thanks for the concern. Yes, I live in the upper (Northwest) valley area and we, on the West side of the mountains got anywhere from 2" - 2-1/2" of rain early Saturday morning. My area was very heavy with standing water but no real problems. Yesterday morning, parts of the Northeast part of town got anywhere from 5" - 6" in about a four hour period approx 4am. The rain ran off the mountains and flooded real bad. One woman drowned in...
    7 replies | 254 view(s)
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