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  • Kenneth L. Anthony's Avatar
    Today, 09:42 PM
    Atlas ("Atlas 1st generation N/ca 1970) had a combine made by Rivarossi, Atlas catalog number 2602 and ATSF road number 2602 (NO, that is NOT a mistake- same model catalog number and prototype road number!) It is about as close to prototype as a mass-produced plastic model ever gets, for the rider combine used on the tail end of the Fast Mail. AND it is also correct for ONE ONLY of Santa Fe coach-baggage and caboose combines used on mixed...
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  • Kenneth L. Anthony's Avatar
    Today, 09:34 PM
    Ole! Ole!
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 09:22 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread NDM / FNM Roll By in N Scale
    With that weathering, those freight cars look ancient. A lot of miles.
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  • scottburlette's Avatar
    Today, 09:18 PM
    Not really tight. I guess never thought about that. Yes it has temp swimgs and humidity. I guess I need to rethink all this. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
    7 replies | 126 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 09:16 PM
    There were and I had a number of them. I can't remember who made them for Atlas though I believe Rivarrossi. And there are some of them still out there in a four car set in Santa Fe.
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  • passenger1955's Avatar
    Today, 09:10 PM
    good luck. Stay positive, and focus on making it work (not this legal crap). Having a working prototype you can share with people will probably go a long way.
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  • WPZephyrFan's Avatar
    Today, 09:09 PM
    I just got this in the mail today from Japan. It's a Kato N scale W7 Series Hakutaka shinkansen. Here's a closer look at one of the control cars:
    11 replies | 176 view(s)
  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 PM
    Here's a PRR Combine on a well-known auction site.
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  • RT_Coker's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 PM
    Don’t worry; I will not be doing any litigation except to protect myself from a frivolous litigation. I am just doing all I can to legally get my first-version-locomotive-controller boards produced, by reducing the risk to the manufacturer, and to also keep the door open for open-interface DBTC. Bob
    20 replies | 380 view(s)
  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Today, 08:58 PM
    Carl Sowell started a thread NDM / FNM Roll By in N Scale
    I person named TomPM used to post roll byes a few years ago and they were pretty nice, to say the least. I have an old one, let's gfive it a try agian.
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  • John Smith's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 PM
    Nice! I really like that "furry" car that is sitting on a plate! LOL! JMS
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  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 08:47 PM
    Triplex, the terms define the length of time and amount of electrical current that can be applied to the axle traction motors. Tractive effort for each wheel set is controlled by the amount of current applied to the traction motor. The more current applied, the more tractive effort results, until the wheels slip. However current also heats up the motor, so the more current, the hotter the motor becomes. Therefore Starting Tractive Effort...
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  • passenger1955's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 PM
    I think you're letting frustration get the best of you. Litigation like you are talking about is what makes this hobby ugly. Just develop your idea and let it take root. If it's a good one people will gravitate towards it.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 08:37 PM
    Weren't some heavyweights imported under the Atlas brand?
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 08:33 PM
    Usually the older heavyweights saw that type of service although there were some lightweights used by some roads. Try Rivarrossi or Lima cars. And rare but still out there today are the Bachmann 65 footers. Also some roads ran a baggage and a coach on the end. Those cars would not have steam heat or AC since they usually were on the end of a freight and instead had propane fueled stoves and older era would have been coal fired stoves. So a small...
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  • RT_Coker's Avatar
    Today, 08:25 PM
    Thank you! I had forgotten about this forum. There information on this site that will help in any possible future litigation. Bob
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread Hog Waller Junction in N Scale
    And I planted some Aspen trees up to the left of the mine and stamp mill. Also added some small shrubs here and there with Fall colors. Going to bring some more across the creek to the left side eventually. I will spend the rest of the day working on one of the creeks and making some more trees. Number of trees installed now is at 100. And digging through my stuff I found my Beaver lodge from a previous module. Seen here in the unfinished...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 PM
    *Sigh* If only the Santa Fe passenger trains still existed. Compared to what we see these days, that would a real eye catching paint scheme :(
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  • Barking Dogs Ranch's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 PM
    Hello to the Board, While I am still acquiring track for my layout (whose design keeps changing) I have been doing a lot of reading to help decide time period and correct cars. I am leaning towards Santa Fe and have been reading about short consists that ran on the Santa Fe Howard, Kansas District in the '40's and 50's. Since Santa Fe ran mixed freights on shortlines such as this with combines until 1960 it sounds like a lot of fun to model....
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  • jtomstarr's Avatar
    Today, 08:13 PM
    The idea sounds something like this...BlueRail Trains - Smartphone Controlled Trains Tom
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  • RT_Coker's Avatar
    Today, 07:52 PM
    Yes, but there are much bigger longer-range issues involved that some manufacturers would prefer that the hobby looses site-of. If I was not every interested in the future of the hobby, I wouldn’t be doing DBTC. I am too old (70s) to get much use out of a DBTC layout. What I am currently doing would be just the first-version-locomotive-controller of a successful open-interface (& hopfully an open-source) DBTC layout. The DBTC...
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  • Triplex's Avatar
    Today, 07:39 PM
    I see these figures for diesel and electric locomotives, "continuous tractive effort" and "starting tractive effort". But what exactly is the difference? How long / up to what speed / whatever the deciding factor is, can I use starting TE? If I need to know whether a train of known tonnage will stall on a grade, do I care about my loco's continuous or starting rating?
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  • tankcarsrule's Avatar
    Today, 07:27 PM
    Thank you Box cab, you're very kind. John, I thank you. No it's always been black. It's near the bottom of the page. Regards, Bobby
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  • bostonjim's Avatar
    Today, 07:25 PM
    Thank you, Dom, We z-scalers seem to scattered far and wide. I am modeling the NH in and around Boston. I have begun to assemble a couple of small modules into a larger layout. I am modeling the South Boston waterfront railyards, the Dover Street facilities and the mainline thru Roxbury, which will feature passenger cars. Now, if only somebody would come out with NH passenger cars to fulfill my wish list (HINT!! HINT!!) I would not have to...
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  • Hardcoaler's Avatar
    Today, 07:22 PM
    It's July 2008 and an NS coal train is making its way under the former C&O at Waynesboro, VA:
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  • Hardcoaler's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 PM
    You're right -- it'd tip the car or locomotive and create quite a mess. I guess the outcome would likely be worse if equipment entered the main. It'd transit the long bridge over the French Broad River and into Asheville Yard where an even larger derailment could occur. I recall reading about a terrible wreck on the CNJ in the late '50s where a commuter train hit derails at the open Newark Bay drawbridge, but its momentum carried the train...
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  • Ghengis Kong's Avatar
    Today, 07:06 PM
    Well sounds like you'll be sending them in for replacement. Hopefully turn around time isn't bad.
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  • John Smith's Avatar
    Today, 07:04 PM
    Very Impressive!!! Is this the white tank car(on your flickr page also) that has been repainted? Or is this a different car? Thanks! The white one looks great also! JMS
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  • Virginian Railway's Avatar
    Today, 06:58 PM
    The Warbonnet looks very good on a P42, makes me wonder how a P42 would wear one of the Southern's schemes.
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  • passenger1955's Avatar
    Today, 05:32 PM
    From what I can see, your project uses bluetooth whereas the other project uses bluetooth smart, which are fairly unrelated protocols. It doesn't seem you would be crossing paths much or that your projects would affect one another much.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:31 PM
    Oh how I wish that I could even begin to do so well. Your models are always of wow quality.
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  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 05:09 PM
    I use the TCS surface mount LEDs and wire wrap wire.
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  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 05:05 PM
    I didn't file the first decoder, mine have very little solder on the top pads and none on the bottom. I have assemble a lot of PC boards and always used just plain old alcohol, let soak then brush, air blow, then let dry.
    22 replies | 532 view(s)
  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 04:59 PM
    I checked and made sure the motor was isolated before installing the first decoder.
    22 replies | 532 view(s)
  • jlundy46's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 PM
    jlundy46 replied to a thread Athearn Challenger shell in N Scale
    Received an email from Athearn and they said the SP&S 910 is not in production yet, so they can't tell me if the enclosed cab is a separate part. John
    3 replies | 234 view(s)
  • tankcarsrule's Avatar
    Today, 04:45 PM
    Thank you very much Tom. Give one a try, you'll enjoy the build. Shoot, I'm 70 and still love building. Regards, Bobby
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  • Ghengis Kong's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 PM
    I say mineral oil because that is what fills electrical transformers. It's a non conducting fluid and won't harm the circuitry. Alternatively dish soap and warm water bath will work, just let them completely dry for a few days.
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  • tehachapifan's Avatar
    Today, 04:37 PM
    I've gone through the whole thread a couple of times but still may have missed it, but is the motor isolated from the frame? I ask because it is not isolated in the stock Lifelike SW9/1200 frame. It is true that the MT SW1500 shares the same frame, trucks and motor, but the SW1500 motor is isolated (although mine had a short I needed to fix).
    22 replies | 532 view(s)
  • YoHo's Avatar
    Today, 04:33 PM
    I assume she's been renumbered since this? All of the GP60s I've seen recently have been regardless of paint.
    14 replies | 205 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 04:28 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread Hog Waller Junction in N Scale
    With a lot of tinkering I finally leveled the mine and stamp mill and installed it. This AM I started installing vegetation and trees around the mine and the left side creek bank preparatory to starting water in that creek and the Hog Wallow spring. Still some more trees to go in but I want the ground cover dry and vac'd before I install the rest. George I think I have caught up to you on tress. Have about 79 trees so far and more to go. ...
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  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Today, 04:17 PM
    Nice video Mike, thanks. carl
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    Thats just inspiring work Bobby! Every time I see one of your tank cars it makes me want to give one a try.
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  • Donstaff's Avatar
    Today, 04:12 PM
    I am very leary of dipping the board in mineral oil. How about brushing with tooth brush and blowing w. Dustoff?
    22 replies | 532 view(s)
  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    Today, 04:12 PM
    gjslsffan replied to a thread River Harbor Belt Line in HO Scale
    Thats is some really good work Paul, I enjoy the colors of materials you have chosen to model with very nice work. I agree Michael, I had the most fun with a layout in a small room, I ran the wheels off stuff, it was a blast. This outfit I am building is waaay too big for one guy to build or operate. Next time (if there is one) it will be smaller and less complicated for me.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:11 PM
    Sounds like maybe time for a garage sale! :) Is your garage fairly tight to weather? So if winds blow, you don't get much dust and grit inside? How about temperature and humidity variations, which can be a problem for layout maintenance and survival?
    7 replies | 126 view(s)
  • scottburlette's Avatar
    Today, 03:52 PM
    Here is a little more Info. It will be HO scale. It is going in my garage. I have a few things out there already sofa exercise equipment and stuff for my fish tanks and other stuff. I have a 4'×8' craft table that was made years ago. I was going to use it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
    7 replies | 126 view(s)
  • jwb3's Avatar
    Today, 03:49 PM
    A Bachmann B&M GP7 with Custom Finishing electrical cabinet:
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  • Ghengis Kong's Avatar
    Today, 03:46 PM
    I just went back and read some of the posts again and think that the problem is that you guys filed the decoder contact pads. It's possible the metal shavings from filing are shorting your decoders. At the very least a dip in mineral oil would help. I filed my frame halves where the contact pads are inserted and washed the frame halves after just so I would avoid that problem.
    22 replies | 532 view(s)
  • jwb3's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 PM
    A Roseville-West Colton manifest crossing the highway at Caliente.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:23 PM
    I wonder what sort of grade approaches that derail? If significant, there'd surely be cars scattering. Might even get over to impact the main track.
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  • SYROUS's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 PM
    SYROUS replied to a thread Somewhere Southwest in HO Scale
    Great gondolas
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  • Donstaff's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 PM
    But with the Z2 you wouldn't have a headlight. I think tape is the solution.
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  • SYROUS's Avatar
    Today, 03:07 PM
    Nice progress, on the layout. Been a while since you uploaded vids to your YouTube blog. Would love to see the progress on your layout.
    4 replies | 111 view(s)
  • esfeld's Avatar
    Today, 03:02 PM
    Since I started this madness .... and love where it has gone ...... I will report that by adding shims to the trucks of the track cleaning cars, raising them slightly I can now pull them around .. even with a Bachmann 44 ton .. and still have the roller, wipers and rotating pads clean the tracks.
    29 replies | 1442 view(s)
  • RT_Coker's Avatar
    Today, 02:51 PM
    I suspect that the only real money from this patent will be made by the patent-attorneys and any companies that use it to put “patent pending” on their products to stifle competing products. Bob
    20 replies | 380 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 PM
    Random it is.
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    That is what I do as well but as you say it would be easier at the layout than further away.
    21 replies | 1431 view(s)
  • RGW's Avatar
    Today, 02:01 PM
    RGW replied to a thread River Harbor Belt Line in HO Scale
    It's moments like these you wonder if a small layout isn't the best way to go. Great work. M
    257 replies | 19130 view(s)
  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 01:58 PM
    Both my MT SW1500 have a piece if sticky tape under the light board, I just left it there.
    22 replies | 532 view(s)
  • Ghengis Kong's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 PM
    Try putting Kapton tape under the decoder. I am currently almost done with my install of the DZ126M2 and have noticed that the decoder touches the frame halves on the engineer side. I haven't gotten to program or check to see if I have a decoder problem yet, but that was something I noticed when test fitting mine.
    22 replies | 532 view(s)
  • Alan's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    Alan replied to a thread River Harbor Belt Line in HO Scale
    The biggest, fastest change is when basic scenery is laid. Detailing can be done at leisure.
    257 replies | 19130 view(s)
  • Colonel's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 PM
    Colonel replied to a thread River Harbor Belt Line in HO Scale
    This is only the base scenery my intention is to detail every area eventually :)
    257 replies | 19130 view(s)
  • tankcarsrule's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 PM
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/53243414@N00/page1/?details=1 I built this car 10 years ago and decided it needed a backdate and upgrade. I added Archer weld lines, the large Dupont logo, aci tags, early cots and other decal changes. To top it off, I weather it. All 70 of these cars when new, had the large Dupont logo. When they were repainted, it was removed. I bought the decals many years ago from Walthers. These cars were 91' long and...
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  • Hardcoaler's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 PM
    Saw this interesting derail at Murphy Jct., NC where the Canton, NC branch joins the Asheville, NC <=> Knoxville, TN mainline. The branch approaches the mainline on a significant downgrade, so no simple derail is this. Instead, it's a turnout with no frog and it'll definitely put a stop to an errant movement. It's motorized, and interlocked with the signals no doubt.
    77 replies | 1708 view(s)
  • MisterBeasley's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 PM
    Mostly, I use Aileen's Tacky Glue. It's thick and won't soak through the paper, like white glue. That's important, because if I've printed a pattern on the paper with my computer, thin glues will cause it to run. For a very visible surface, I use cardstock, which is stiff enough that it does not ripple even if the glue is a bit uneven. Inside structures, plain paper is fine.
    3 replies | 63 view(s)
  • Flash Blackman's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 PM
    It really looks great! Seems to go so quickly.
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