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  • logandsawman's Avatar
    Today, 02:28 PM
    Here is a downtown shot and a couple photos of my livestock processing area, also my track plan:
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  • Ironhorseman's Avatar
    Today, 02:19 PM
    I'll add my welcome too. :)
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  • Jeepy84's Avatar
    Today, 02:10 PM
    Which member of the gwi is this? There's too many Ch... roads to chose from to deduce it from their list of family members. Sent from the magical mystery box
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  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 01:45 PM
    The highest point of the Belt Mountains was at Loweth, MT. The former grade is evident at Loweth Substation #2: Henderson, MT, west of Alberton, near Drexel, MT: Some of the only trolley poles in existence over the entire Rocky Mountain Division, I found these west of Nimrod Tunnel 15 (background):
    47 replies | 1042 view(s)
  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 01:34 PM
    Former NP Homestake Pass, high above and east of Butte, MT: More MT GN railfanning, this time, north of Ft. Benton, ont he old Great Falls-Havre, MT line: Many rail line in Germany have since become trails, and here's one I frequently hiked:
    47 replies | 1042 view(s)
  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 PM
    I am an abandoned line nut as well. I have followed abandoned or removed lines in MT, CO, ND and places in Germany as well. Here's an abandoned tunnel on the former GN line from Great Falls-Helena, MT, severed by a washout years ago: Another MT location is MILW Red Coulee Tunnel 6, on the North Montana division east of Great Falls, MT:
    47 replies | 1042 view(s)
  • rogergperkins's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    I have added windows to the MTL cabooses which I repainted and lettered for Baltimore and Ohio; probably note per prototype. I did not realize commercially manufactured interiors are available for the MTL cars. Does all shown fit within the shell?
    15 replies | 599 view(s)
  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 PM
    rrjim1 replied to a thread wheel question in N Scale
    Measure the wheel set, I believe Intermountain takes a .553 axle. MT takes a .540 wheel set.
    2 replies | 99 view(s)
  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    I didn't see anything in the news, but I wonder if it had anything to do the ships being backed up. I saw a very long train full of empty Auto Rack Cars and 3 pretty long Intermodals all stopped. There were more in Barstow heading south, but I had to jump on the freeway at that point and couldn't see much of them. They were all heading south toward San Bernardino.
    4 replies | 74 view(s)
  • dualgauge's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 PM
    dualgauge replied to a thread wheel question in N Scale
    You might as well try one you have already. You will not have bought more if it works.
    2 replies | 99 view(s)
  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Today, 11:20 AM
    Myself I don't like the idea of abandonned railroad lines nor wandering along. But among different railroad status, I do love one thing: Railroads that look like abandonned, But which aren't! Dom
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  • hoyden's Avatar
    Today, 09:36 AM
    Here is an interesting link to the Federal Railroad Administration accident database: http://safetydata.fra.dot.gov/officeofsafety/publicsite/Query/incrpt.aspx You can get summaries for every reportable accident and see the many ways the 1:1 railroads get into trouble. Broken rails, run-through switches, shoving without point protection, excessive speed, motorists on the track, insufficient handbrakes; it's all there. Here is a link...
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  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 07:40 AM
    HemiAdda2d replied to a thread The New Boise Division in N Scale
    Looking great so far, Tony! That track plan is eons ahead of anything I have ever built. I generally go off a crude MS Paint JPEG and estimate everything by hand onto the roadbed surface!
    3 replies | 108 view(s)
  • routeofthechiefs's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 AM
    Hemi - Thanks! Dave - I noticed your recent pursuits when revisiting your webpage after getting some Penny inspiration pre-ordering one of BLI's new M1a. You're making great progress! That was my second trackplan, the loop with elevated branch line, had I not gone with a rehash of yours. As much as I like the vertical separation, with N scale I could not pass up the chance to showcase a mainline with longer passenger trains. Maybe next time!...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:42 AM
    Is there a nearby newspaper, which might have a story if there was an accident or derailment?
    4 replies | 74 view(s)
  • BarstowRick's Avatar
    Today, 05:33 AM
    I remember to many of these incedents where I was called out to perform a very difficult task. If there was a car or pedestrian versus train you could see trains at stop for a couple of hours. I hope that wasn't the case in this situation but it happens.
    4 replies | 74 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 04:32 AM
    Just remember that you have to have a resistor in series with an LED. (1000 ohms is a good value) Otherwise it will draw too much current, get hot and burn out. It is not like a light bulb. Also it has a "+" and a "-" so polarity is important. Wire it backwards and it does not work.
    5 replies | 840 view(s)
  • robert3985's Avatar
    Today, 04:19 AM
    I have at least two of 'em still in the original boxes and they are not CA-1's...they're late 1800's Non-Standard cabooses and with some fixin' up would look okay behind UP steam up until the mid 1940's...but seldom behind big mainline superpower such as Big Boys, Challengers, FEF's, or TTT's. Consolidations or MacArthurs (Mikados) would be appropriate. The color wouldn't be Armour Yellow, but would be Oxide Red...or Freight Car Red,...
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  • TonyHammes's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 AM
    TonyHammes replied to a thread The New Boise Division in N Scale
    Track plan has to be redone as I did it in marker. I used fast track templates for all the turn outs. I already have some changes. I will transcribe pieces of this to the blue foam once I lay it down. Also can cut out pieces of it where needed.
    3 replies | 108 view(s)
  • berger's Avatar
    Today, 03:58 AM
    I use to build model cars and trucks for competition. I have seen, but have not tried it, using fiber optics in models for dash lights, headlights, taillights, interior. Do a search on ebay and see what you can do with these things. They are small and can be hidden easily in the models.
    5 replies | 840 view(s)
  • bremner's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 AM
    bremner replied to a thread oil burner conversion in N Scale
    I will be soon....but I needed it for the rear of the bunker
    3 replies | 204 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    If a yard gets plugged, it can back up trains for quite some distance. Or, if it wasn't an m-o-w window, maybe something went on the ground?
    4 replies | 74 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread The New Boise Division in N Scale
    Great idea! Seeing your mock up on paper, I wonder is the track plan all hand drawn? If so, can you readily make changes? Or must it be completely re-done?
    3 replies | 108 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:18 AM
    I have seen sites where they have large numbers of prototype photos uploaded, and some of the information will include a builders or serial number. But most of the time I do not see a built date included. I have browsed around some, and am not finding places also with built dates.
    7 replies | 96 view(s)
  • rsn48's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 AM
    "DCC friendly turnouts" came into fashion early on in the DCC world. But many lazy people decided to ignore the advise and install as they had in the past. And you know what, no problems. A friend who advises many people here locally on DCC systems and resolves problems told me that DCC turnouts created some new problems but I can't tell you what they are. I was one of those lazy people, no problems. There's a lot of good advice on the...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 AM
    It is always fun to see what others are doing. When it is something beyond what we so frequently see of North American railroads, quite a treat.
    8 replies | 210 view(s)
  • RGW1's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 AM
    RGW1 started a thread wheel question in N Scale
    I just got a intermountain car ( used)but it is missing one wheel set. Do the 12 pack metal wheels sets that IM sells for replacement to MTs fit there own cars, this is a express box car from the 50s with friction bearing truck,i assume these are 33in wheels? Maybe there trucks are mts did not see a name on them. Just do not want to order 12 just to find out they have there own wheels Thanks RGW
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:04 AM
    Nice little bridge. I can see it would have appeal. Logging and narrow gaugers especially.
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  • Dave Vollmer's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 AM
    Looks familiar...! Ironically, I now live on Colorado's front range along the BNSF/UP (former AT&SF/D&RGW) Joint Line. AND... I juts started a 2.5' x 5' model of the Colorado Midland circa 1905. Small world!
    8 replies | 872 view(s)
  • Tubetriode's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 AM
    One more photo. Your comments are really encouraging me a lot!!!!!
    8 replies | 210 view(s)
  • TonyHammes's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 AM
    In the spirit of Jim's thread I decided I would keep all the BN Boise Division progress in on thread. I have made quite a bit of progress on the garage. Built a 8' x 19'7" room in garage. Layout will also include a 9'7" by 12'7" room off the back of the garage. Will be a multi deck. I will post track plans when I am done refining. Layout is a proto freelance based on a Transcon based around the Camas Prairie. First photo is second deck and...
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  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 02:41 AM
    I noticed a lot of very long trains at a complete stop today as I was driving along the Rt66 between Victorville and Barstow, CA. I just donít remember ever seeing anything like this before and then later in the day I had to wait maybe 15 min to get across a crossing and there was already a line of 15 or more car in line before I got there.
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 02:31 AM
    That's outstanding! :) Like others here, I'm particularly impressed by the level of detail in the fence.
    8 replies | 210 view(s)
  • mmagliaro's Avatar
    Today, 02:20 AM
    Before you order replacement drivers ... take a look here: http://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=35367.0 I have been doing a few of these, and am finding that the new drivers do not just "drop in" without some issues. The above topic thread discusses it more than you can probably stand ;-) But there are some photos on the first page of that thread that will tell the story. Generally, quartering a GS4 is a snap...
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  • Nick Lorusso's Avatar
    Today, 02:13 AM
    Have 2 on order to go with the one I just picked up for a steal. Plus 2 Challengers that were also announced.
    21 replies | 1321 view(s)
  • sundowner's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    It inside the top display case across the aisle from the HO layout or at least it was last Friday when I was there.
    21 replies | 1321 view(s)
  • subwayaz's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 AM
    Welcome aboard Leonard. A quick Google search revealed this and I would presume that you can find similar for GE Locos. Good luck and enjoy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_GM-EMD_locomotives
    7 replies | 96 view(s)
  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 AM
    Reee-hee-heeee-lyyyy then... where have they been hiding that big sucker??? I've been to that shop dozens of times since that model was released and have never seen those Greyhounds on exhibit. I'll have to investigate further... though cost may be an issue still... hmmm???
    21 replies | 1321 view(s)
  • MC Fujiwara's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 AM
    Ah, my first scratch-built structure! I built it for some chainsaw switching layout when I first got back into the hobby about 5 years ago (using C80 rail): I saved it in a box until last year, when I thought it'd fit fine on one of the many 45s we massed produced and split up for scenicking. Popped of the C80 and threaded the C55 through: luckily it was the same curve! I built it off of plans I found in an old Model Railroader...
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  • kmcsjr's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 AM
    There are 4 on that pay site in pere marquette
    15 replies | 599 view(s)
  • hoyden's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 AM
    When a locomotive or car with metal wheels derails at a switch then the wheels often short out between the point rail on the non-selected route and it's corresponding stock rail. By cutting the rails close to the frog and then permanently feeding the point rails with power from their corresponding stock rails this minimizes shorts. This would be true with DC as well as DCC. The frog needs to be power routed since the point rails do not change...
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  • Glenn Woodle's Avatar
    Today, 01:01 AM
    There may be a thread a while back in powering the Hallmark PA with a modified GP mech & a dummy 3rd axle, making a A1A. Need a PA to go with the Wabash heavyweights. Make up your own Wabash Cannonball. Create a a mix of heavy baggage/RPO/diner with some light coach/sleepers.
    21 replies | 1098 view(s)
  • fitz's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 AM
    Welcome aboard, Leonard, but I am sorry I cannot help you with your request. Try posting it in other forums here. I am sure that there are crew members here who may be able to help.
    7 replies | 96 view(s)
  • badlandnp's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 AM
    badlandnp replied to a thread NP-ish 2-8-8-2 build in N Scale
    Definitely! Figuring out how to not produce said flaws and how to fix them is one of the reasons I built this original NPBH 'practice' layout. That and many other little things that I am remembering or relearning or trying new techniques, etc... All part of the fun! Having an understanding wife helps a LOT t'boot. :teeth:
    11 replies | 707 view(s)
  • badlandnp's Avatar
    Today, 12:29 AM
    badlandnp replied to a thread Never Say Never Again in N Scale
    Ken, Enjoy your, I repeat, YOUR hobby!!! Glad to have you back. Alan
    12 replies | 673 view(s)
  • Tubetriode's Avatar
    Today, 12:24 AM
    for the barbed wire: use a piece of copper wire and iron solder.
    8 replies | 210 view(s)
  • Tubetriode's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 AM
    The materials I use most are styrene and clay.
    9 replies | 188 view(s)
  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 AM
    Steve, all good comments above. Let me tell you how aaaaan oil company ( Chevron ) numbered their cars. First we need to understand that the X on the prefix identifies the car as a privately owwned car. It could be Chevron, Shell, ADM or any compay, but the prefix would end withe X. So here is how Chevron Oil numbered their cars. Keep in mind that I have been retired 2 0 years now but most likely they still do the same. CHVX 180250 ...
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  • Mike C's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:48 PM
    OK , myself, I have never worried about weather or not my switches were DCC ready or not . In HO scale I used Atlas , Walthers ( Shinohara) and Micro Engineering , and never had any problems using them with DCC . I think it depends mostly on the switch and the wheelsets in weather or not you will have a shorting problem . Always check the gauge of the wheels and the turnout and you shouldn't have any problems . In N scale all I use are Unitrack...
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  • Hytec's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Thom, is it common for a Swiss train to originate as one large train with a locomotive in the middle, then be split into two trains at some mid-point, each with its own locomotive? This seems like a very efficient use of track, and time at the mid-point when dispatching the two trains. In the US, both before and after Amtrak it was (is) common to have a single train originate with cars destined for two different end points. At some mid-point...
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  • Kenneth L. Anthony's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    Shameless commercial plug for myself. I have an old Arnold Rapido ca 1970 N-scale caboose lettered A.T.&S.F. incorrectly, that is actually more or less a model of a Union Pacific CA-1 wood caboose. For sale on eBay cheap. Would take paint, lettering and coupler replacements but might not be out of place on a UP steam freight.
    15 replies | 599 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    Yeah, I couldn't find it first time either, so I called. Second time got the redirect and warnings associated with such. Dave
    6 replies | 93 view(s)
  • Hytec's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    Hi Leonard, Welcome. Sounds like a fascinating 24 year career that has "touched" many people. Unfortunately I was not one of them. The only seat I was allowed to occupy was on the right side of a B&M Consolidation in 1949, and that was only for 2-1/2 miles on an unoccupied passing siding when nobody was looking beside the engineer, fireman, and head-end brakeman. I wish you luck, sounds like an interesting research project. Please keep us...
    7 replies | 96 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 PM
    OK, this is strange. Just visited their site, and when I clicked on books, it redirected me to a "new" book store page. Completely different from what I saw this morning! Looks like the only one is an all time production book, with sections. But I guess that would work.
    6 replies | 93 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:37 PM
    Must have missed something, as this morning I was there. All I saw was one packet guide for Marx, and a 1945-1969 repair book. Guess I'll go look again.
    6 replies | 93 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    Oh , I love those yuccas!!!!! Mike
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    As far as I've been able to see, only the more square F59PH. The F40PH is 2 feet shorter. However, the FL9 is 59', so very close. Maybe with swapping the rear truck with a 3-axle truck, coming from an E-unit for example... Dom
    21 replies | 1098 view(s)
  • Carolina Northern's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    Ken, welcome back. You and your insights have been missed. Don
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  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Go to the Clambake website, look for their book store, look up pocket guides. They say they still do those. The BIG books are gone.
    6 replies | 93 view(s)
  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    Not sure, will ask MC, since he built it.
    318 replies | 27460 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    Welcome aboard and good luck with your research.
    7 replies | 96 view(s)
  • cmore's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    cmore replied to a thread Aberdeen, SD Interview in BNSF Railway
    Hello spooky....I recently accepted a job with bnsf Aberdeen sd. I was wondering if you could give me some information about the job and the area
    4 replies | 516 view(s)
  • md11's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    No, the first train (6 Cars and one Loco) will be transferred to Bern every day except on Saturday. I think this train will run sometimes during the day from Bern to the east of Switzerland. Later, it will return to Bern via this run on midnight because it will be needed there for another service on the next morning.
    3 replies | 79 view(s)
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