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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 08:06 PM
    This plus the crane and the Wile E. and one other barge all go in the marine salvage area. And for at least 80% of the layout the railroad is behind everything. So you look over and through water, docks, structures, and vessels and lo and behold there is a railroad back there. I have seen this effect done before on lots of nice layouts and to me it just adds a bit more realism. About the only area where the rails are in front is on the left side...
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  • tdtrains's Avatar
    Today, 07:49 PM
    Thanks guys for the advice. For now, I think I'm gonna stick with cleaning with alcoho and making my own tool for tunnels and such as Mike suggested. I'll also be looking into those cleaning cars as well. thanks again fellas and have a great Thanksgiving!! And hopefully we'll all get a chance to sneak away and work on the layout! :) td
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  • UP_Challenger3985's Avatar
    Today, 07:43 PM
    Ah got it. I think that makes sense. I will play around with this a bit and see what I can come up with. I think a combination of some sort of team track and water feature may be nice? Jeepy84/BoxcabE50: I agree and I've tried adding some curves into it, I just haven't come up with anything that I particularly like. When I'm reworking the top area, I will try to work this in again.
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  • lexon's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 PM
    The Stay Alive connects to the output of the full wave bridge rectifier on decoders if you read the link I provided. Get your Optivisor out and ohm meter and do continuity checks. I have done that before. Did you look at the link by Marcus? Rich
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  • woodone's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 PM
    Kalmback books had an book called How to wire your model railroad by Linn Westcott. Don't know if it is still in print- This is for DC. Lots of good practical wiring and the likes. There should be some books about DCC wiring too.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 07:20 PM
    Yup. I suggested this way back in post #2.
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  • DrMb's Avatar
    Today, 07:03 PM
    Actually, I was thinking that you would keep the passing siding as depicted on that plan while removing the reverse loop (the diagonal track that goes from the top passing siding to the yard on the bottom of the plan) and put the team track/grain unloading spur inside it. What I am thinking of is just a bare minimum train-truck transfer facility. For example, a team track would be nothing more than a ramp with maybe a side loading dock and a...
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  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 06:30 PM
    LOU D replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I have two sets of SD7's,a custom painted pair of PC Life Like's,and an identical set of custom painted PRR Katos,the Katos have the later Atlas bodies with the filled pilots.They run about identical,the Life Likes will pull the paint off the wall.
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  • SOO,MILW,CNW's Avatar
    Today, 06:19 PM
    SOO,MILW,CNW replied to a thread I'm back!! in N Scale
    A hearty welcome back!!! Looking forward to seeing the progress. I am really looking forward to see the new track plan. I love all the one off motive power that you have. Adios Wyatt
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  • BarstowRick's Avatar
    Today, 06:10 PM
    All done. Check it out: http://www.barstowrick.com/dcc-easy-peasy-dpdt-cab-cab-b-22-gauge-wire/ I went through and revised it, updating and clarifying things a bit. Thinking everyone from a newbie to the experienced modeler will be reading it. If I was just getting started I'd wire in DCC and never look back. Thanks again for visiting and your support.
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  • GNMT76's Avatar
    Today, 05:55 PM
    Is there any book - model railroading, electrical or other - out there that explains the "hows, whats, wheres and whys" of connecting wiring from power packs, turnouts, control devices, accessories, etc. to the various screws and sections on a terminal strip? The same for using jumpers - or not using them? I'm gradually figuring it out by trail and error, though I'm hoping someone has written about it somewhere. For some mysterious reason,...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    I know there were and still are folks who swear by these LL units. However, I certainly agree with your logic.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:46 PM
    This is fascinating. I can't wait to see these scenes on your layout.
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 05:20 PM
    Now that looks great!:cool:
    28 replies | 1651 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 PM
    MEXICO: The Secretariat of Communications & Transport has selected a CAF-led consortium... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 PM
    ARGENTINA: On November 25 the first 12 of 30 six-car electric multiple-units supplied by CSR of... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 PM
    MALAYSIA: Kuala Lumpur airport rail link operator Express Rail Link signed an agreement for CNR... More...
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 04:03 PM
    Not being happy with a number of the commercially available products for marine vessels in N scale, most being too honking big I have got into making my own. In this case some bollards in varying sizes but all at 3 ft. tall. Materials are just some scrap tube or one can use rod, and a styrene strip for a base. Took care of the hollow tube by applying a single small drop of ACC to the top. When dry a basic coat of black and ready to use. Not much...
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  • BB2921's Avatar
    Today, 02:32 PM
    BB2921 replied to a thread N Scale BethGons, Amtrak items in TrainBoard Swap Meet
    If you guys want more photos, or close up shots just PM me.
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  • emaley's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 PM
    emaley replied to a thread N Scale T-Trak in N Scale
    They look great. I love Ernies Gas station, really nice look. Trey
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  • randgust's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 PM
    Remember that the new GE's are in 'constant contact' with the mother ship so that they can monitor the health of the locomotives remotely. I'd expect a full GPS communications system, has to be somewhere. http://www.getransportation.com/its/train-optimization/onboard-computer-systems/lococomm
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  • LegomanBill's Avatar
    Today, 02:17 PM
    Well, that looks like quite the spill. I'm sure cleaning that mess up will not be easy.
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  • Jeepy84's Avatar
    Today, 02:12 PM
    I haven't read your entire thread, or if I did I don't recall if you elaborated what geographical area you are attempting to model. Be that as it may, my suggestion is to bend the main on the "upper" siding inward around a body of water or some other scenic feature of interest. Rail lines paralleling the edge of the layout, especially on both sides, get a racetrack-y feel very easily. Second, you've got S curves at both ends of the "lower"...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 01:41 PM
    It will take some serious effort to lift those cars out.
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  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 01:30 PM
    arbomambo replied to a thread N Scale T-Trak in N Scale
    These particular tables were provided by the venue...first rate. At this point, our club is fairly small...the local "Dollar" store has various color table cloths for, well, a dollar each...we use these over the tables to dress things up a bit; they work well. ~Bruce
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  • tarumph's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 PM
    I agree with this. It will make things easier if your wires for the reversing loop are a different color than for the regular track.
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  • purple1's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 PM
    purple1 replied to a thread Starting again in N Scale
    I considered the hollow door(s). I would rather build my own modules to fit. I will be using both sheet and spray foam with plaster cast covering for terrain. My modules will not be conforming to Ntrak or any other standards. They only need to fit together and be movable if needed. I am doing a double main line, I don't think any standard fits this using code 55 rail.
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread Starting again in N Scale
    One might consider the hollow core door which comes in a number of widths and most at 6' 6". Advantage is that it is lightweight and the 28 and 30 inch widths handle the reach issue. Also tucks in most short bed pick-ups and vans. Several can be joined together for larger layouts. The use of lightweight foam for most of the terrain features also keeps it manageable. Also Ntrak modules can be another way to go.
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  • purple1's Avatar
    Today, 01:07 PM
    purple1 replied to a thread Starting again in N Scale
    I understand making a bigger module is OK with most of you. But for me if I need something bigger than 16 square feet, say 4x8 or more, I'm going to break it up into smaller modules. Last night I was digging out my supplies. I had forgot how much stuff I really had. Here is a quick list of code 55 track and accessories. 1 21.25r/15r left 1 21.25r/15r right 1 #10 right 4 #7 left 4 #7 right 2 #5 left
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    With the wealth of various communications and tracking devices spring from everything these days it might be best to contact the railroad and inquire as the what the appliance is. Today there are all sorts of various shapes and items springing from the roofs of everything from public utility pick-up trucks to locos. GPs systems, satellite communications receiving and transmitting systems, device reading systems and you name it. Got a Trains...
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  • casmmr's Avatar
    Today, 12:15 PM
    casmmr replied to a thread N Scale T-Trak in N Scale
    The modules are looking good. Did your club buy their own tables or are you using tables provided by the shows? My club purchased their own as the tables from the shows were in bad condition.
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 11:43 AM
    John Moore replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Not a totally bad running loco but not worth that price unless you have three or four more laying around as parts sources as there is no parts support since LL was absorbed by Walthers. Much better choice would be to buy the Atlas version and end up with a much better loco all around plus at least a source for parts.
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  • Teditor's Avatar
    Today, 10:12 AM
    Teditor replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    With reference the Life-Like SD-7. Thankfully he won't do International orders, I was really tempted - "NOT!" Ted (Teditor) Freeman From the land down under
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  • JamesTraction's Avatar
    Today, 09:51 AM
    Great looking background and display modeling. You done good Davy. James
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 09:00 AM
    ROMANIA: Infrastructure manager CFR-SA has awarded a consortium of Alstom, Alcatel Lucent Romania... More...
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  • wm-webb's Avatar
    Today, 08:41 AM
    Priorities in order... check
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 06:07 AM
    I would say that it is too small to be an AC unit, and from the colors it looks to be an antenna of some sort. Considering that it has the appearance of a brick (visually) you could probably replicate it with styrene strip. I'd just paint it white with, probably, an aluminum border.
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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 06:03 AM
    I've been working at Pete for the last 9 years, since turning in my Army green. Small world, huh? I'll be sure to look!
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  • YoHo's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 AM
    Heard this on the news today. Not too scary. Just a grain train, though I'm sure there will be a lot of anger about the contamination of plant life. And woo boy I hope it wasn't GMO, but in either case. http://fox40.com/2014/11/25/train-derails-in-feather-river-canyon/
    3 replies | 96 view(s)
  • johnh's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 AM
    johnh replied to a thread I'm back!! in N Scale
    Wow! Great to have you back!
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  • md11's Avatar
    Today, 05:44 AM
    Dear all I just have posted a new video about the railroad line Zürich - Bern in Switzerland. Ride with us on board of the IC 2000 bi-level train of the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) between Zürich and Bern. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79WTXraBJR8&feature=youtu.be Enjoy the film and best regards from Switzerland. Thom
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  • Virginian Railway's Avatar
    Today, 05:39 AM
    I'd definitely go for a Seaboard System unit!
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  • n&wsteamfan's Avatar
    Today, 05:20 AM
    n&wsteamfan replied to a thread Chessie System gp9 in Z Scale
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  • UP_Challenger3985's Avatar
    Today, 05:20 AM
    Thanks DrMb! I'm working on those updates now. A few questions for you though if you don't mind. Do you mean get rid of the loop on the top and replace with a siding for the team track or grain facility? I also like the idea of a station, but I can't decide between the two. I was actually looking at some sort of fuel facility last night when I was looking for other industries. I decided on Central Gas & Supply which works out...
    38 replies | 1558 view(s)
  • TTWR's Avatar
    Today, 05:03 AM
    Right now I'm overwhelmed of where to start. DCC and blue tooth controlled locomotives are just the start. Looks like you are in the Springs. I was stationed at Peterson AFB for 21 years and retired 2 1/2 years ago. I still spend 6 months a year in Monument. You should check the chronicle of my freight train adventures at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487967. Enjoy
    6 replies | 174 view(s)
  • YoHo's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 AM
    I need to bring that up to Jud and our President. I'd like to be, but we'll see. If nothing else, some of us will attend.
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  • jcox3751's Avatar
    Today, 04:56 AM
    Are either of your groups involved with the N Scale convention next June? http://www.nationalnscaleconvention.com/Sacromento/index.html Joe Cox Austin, TX
    9 replies | 258 view(s)
  • YoHo's Avatar
    Today, 04:19 AM
    So, I know you said you didn't want me to respond directly to you, but this post hit me so squarely and deservedly in the gut that I couldn't even put my kids to bed without being upset by it. Again deservedly. I have been an ass to you and the rest of the group. No matter how unintentionally. I can only offer my apologies. I thought about going through line by line, but It's just too much and not appropriate. Let me start out by...
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  • DrMb's Avatar
    Today, 04:09 AM
    I keep looking at that gap contained by the passing siding at the top of the plan and I keep thinking that it would be a good spot for some sort of team/dry transfer/grain unloading/fertilizer unloading track for a rail car or two if you can work it in there. Otherwise, unless you plan to put a station there, it's a lot of wasted space. As for the double spur above the roberts printing spur, I would consider using the upper one for either the...
    38 replies | 1558 view(s)
  • LeonardNichols's Avatar
    Today, 03:47 AM
    SD39 and SD38-2.
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  • SYROUS's Avatar
    Today, 03:39 AM
    Great idea Noah. That tree looks good real good.
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  • Noah Lane's Avatar
    Today, 03:33 AM
    The other day at my LHS, I sprang for a set of Woodland Scenics ready-made Premium Trees, and JTT Scenery premium trees. I bought them to use as examples for modeling other trees from scratch. These ready-made trees can be $3-6 each -absolutely not practical to cover even a small layout. One of the great things about these premium trees is that they have a nail for a base that can be poked into your scenery base material -firmly securing the...
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  • Bob Horn's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    When was the pic taken? This could part of the new PTC, don't think anyone makes it. Bob.
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  • UP_Challenger3985's Avatar
    Today, 02:59 AM
    Thanks guys! Do you have any suggestions for interesting things to do in place of the reverse without it getting too busy up there? Thanks Jeepy84! That is awesome to know! I was playing around with rectangles being rounded and such, but this looks much better.
    38 replies | 1558 view(s)
  • Primavw's Avatar
    Today, 02:48 AM
    I am working on a Dash 9 and I'm wondering what the heck this thing is on the roof of 9969. Is it some sort of GPS or antenna? Where can I find this in N Scale?
    4 replies | 202 view(s)
  • MarkInLA's Avatar
    Today, 02:44 AM
    I haven't owned an auto reverse as I have only one wye to do reversals, requiring 4 isolated rails at the 2 legs diverging from the wye shaped turnout and one DPDT (or SPDT, forget now) X wired toggle switch to change the polarity of the isolated section. But a Hex Frog Juicer can handle 6 different turnout frogs' polarities. You only need 1 out of the 6 available plugs/leads to operate a hands-off reversing section. All you need to do is decide...
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  • woodone's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 AM
    Rich, I have the original documentation that came with the decoder and it does not ID the three pads. I had looked at the information on the link that you have listed but did not find anything about the Lenz decoder per say. Just a bit afraid to hook up a Keep-Alive without knowing for sure that is the ground. I do have a call into Lenz support, but have not heard back from them as of yet. Thanks Jerry
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  • Primavw's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 AM
    Why not grease the wheels with CSX and send them the renderings and a petition signed by enthusiasts? IIRC an artist rendered the heritages' for NS and sent it their way. NS being a pretty receptive company made it a reality. I wouldn't mind seeing it as a fantasy scheme, but it would be even better to see the real thing!
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  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 AM
    I think I may have you beat. I was 3 (almost 4) and it was the Japanese pavillion at Expo 86.
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  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 02:36 AM
    I was just talking to someone who has ideas of painting some modern locos in BCRail two-tone green, which got me thinking, I might prefer a modern locomotive painted in the older Pacific Great Eastern orange colours with the green stripe. I already have an SD40-2 to propagate a fantasy fleet from:
    342 replies | 63849 view(s)
  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 AM
    How about an F7D? This is only fictional in North America, because Australia did have one class of double-ended E-units. I also did know someone who was fantasizing at one point about a double-ended DD40X, and I know Lionel produced a DD40X in Milwaukee Road colours, but it wasn`t in N Scale.
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  • J911's Avatar
    Today, 02:24 AM
    Mine was when I was around 6? My father built me a 4x8 n scale layout with all the trimmings. Working grade crossing, scenery etc. I remember going to Toys R Us and their being a huge selection of train sets and accessories. Lionel was dominant and affordable compared to todays standards. Did HO scale by the time I was 7. Started out with lifelike sets with the new powerlock track lol I remember when ez track first came on the market. ...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:11 AM
    Now there's a memory. What wonderful times to recall.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 AM
    Your work is certainly not something to disappoint. It's always very inspiring! When there are periods we don't hear from you, I always wonder what we are missing!
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread N Scale T-Trak in N Scale
    Flying right along. Even if not finished, they do look really nice already.
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