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  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 05:24 PM
    I'm with Hank, that sound like a challenging, and fascinatin, period to model. I assume you're talking about pre Civil War. Just the names of the carriers will be fascinating, to say nothing of the equipment. Please do share your progress!
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  • traingeekboy's Avatar
    Today, 05:23 PM
    traingeekboy replied to a thread I can't wait in HO Scale
    Fully aimed at the next generation of modelers. I figure a lot of 8 year olds will love this stuff and some of them will grow up to be model builders. I still have a operating life like crane car and tyco search light car. I loved those kinds of things as a kid, but I always wanted an automatic unloading car of some kind like their concrete pipe loader.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:21 PM
    Maybe we need a hint on the expected population size for this community. :)
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  • traingeekboy's Avatar
    Today, 05:20 PM
    Very nice. I like it! :)
    27 replies | 1361 view(s)
  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 05:19 PM
    Hi Ulysses, welcome to the Train Board, glad to have you onboard. You've chosen a fascinating, though obscure era to model from the available off-the-shelf perspective. However, your industrial design expertise should be a benefit designing and building the unique power, rolling stock, and structures of that era. I wish you great success. Please share plans, designs, and photos because we're always intrigued and envious of creative folks...
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  • traingeekboy's Avatar
    Today, 05:19 PM
    I was thinking maybe it will become a domed capitol building.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 05:17 PM
    Something like a city hall? Quite large for a jail!
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  • traingeekboy's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 PM
    I would be tempted to flip the whole track plan. SO you would be looking at it from the other side of the drawing if that makes sense. err... think outside the L. Put the end with the small terminal next to the doorway. Put the larger one on the long wall. Then run a shelf above the desk for a large staging yard. Since it's N scale it really looks best at eye level, so I would decide if I plan to run things sitting down, or standing and then...
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  • JMaurer1's Avatar
    Today, 05:15 PM
    Back when the SP was still around, we used to joke that a Southern Pacific wash rack was what everyone else called a rain storm.
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  • ZFRANK's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    ZFRANK replied to a thread MILW MP15AC in Z Scale
    Hi Gerd, the switcher looks great! I'll guess that tbe decoder is in the cab.
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  • JMaurer1's Avatar
    Today, 05:12 PM
    Or how about replacing the connector. It looks like you have more than enough wire to install a different plug...or to cut out the fraying wires and installing shrink tubing.
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 05:10 PM
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept.¤16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --¤Fredrik Eliasson, CSX Corporation (NYSE: CSX) executive vice president and chief financial officer, will address Citi's 2014 Industrials Conference in Boston on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.Access to the webcast will be accessible through http://investors.csx.com.¤ A replay and accompanying audio will be available following the conclusion of this event.¤ Additionally,...
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  • smoolie671's Avatar
    Today, 04:50 PM
    Ok, next picture.
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  • nssd70m2's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 PM
    totally forgot about those, until I did a search on them, must be impossible to find. that leaves me with a question, what happened to the kato sd70m's, did mold break or something?
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  • smoolie671's Avatar
    Today, 04:34 PM
    Hint, It's a local government building.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 PM
    Doesn't look like a saloon, nor a general store. Other prominent buildings might have been a hotel or bank.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:21 PM
    That was done yesterday, at the time of posting his message.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:19 PM
    Welcome to TrainBoard! Please share your modeling efforts. Progress photos are always interesting. :)
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  • mcjaco's Avatar
    Today, 04:18 PM
    Perhaps delete said comments. Conflict invitation is thus removed.
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  • Hansel's Avatar
    Today, 03:29 PM
    Steamghost, thanks for the advice. I figured if I were to stay with an MT truck and cut down the bolster, I would have to either take out a huge chunk out of the bottom and ends of the car in order to make a slot for the coupler to move in, sort of like how Atlas and MT cars are made (which isn't going to be fun or pretty). The other option would be to cut the bolster down, use an MT truck and an MT body mounted coupler that is underhung since...
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  • smoolie671's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 PM
    I have started to build an old west town for my new layout. The crowning jewel of the town is a building that many have likely seen. Lets see who can guess what it is. I'll post another pic in a little while if no one can guess.
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    UK: With effect from September 16 passengers are able to use contactless bank cards to pay for travel on London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, tram and National Rail services within Greater... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    USA: Federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $12·2m TIGER grant for the M-1 light rail project in Detroit on September 15. This follows a $25m TIGER grant awarded in 2011. Project... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    AUSTRALIA: Alstom is to supply automated metro trainsets and signalling for the North West Rail Link in Sydney under a contract worth €280m. Alstom will be responsible for project management,... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    CHINA: The 342 km Passenger-Dedicated Line running east–west between Nanchang in Jiangxi province and Changsha in Hunan opened on September 16.The line serves Nanchang South, Gao’an, Xinyu... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 PM
    Exhibitors have begun delivering rolling stock to Berlin. More...
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  • Garth-H's Avatar
    Today, 03:10 PM
    http://searails.com/
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  • smoolie671's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 PM
    Just getting started in HO scale trains. Looking forward to meeting like minded folks in the hobby. Just some quick information about myself, I have always loved model trains, but have never been able to settle down and build anything untill now. I went to university for industrial design because I always liked to scratchbuild models. The railroading era I'm modeling is the mid 1800s. I should have started in this hobby this long ago! Ulysses...
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 PM
    If the wires are intact and carrying current what about slitting some shrink tube slipping it over the wires, and setting them with some heat from a soldering iron tip. Beats trying to put a bit of electrical tape in the small area which would be the next choice. And someone earlier suggested some liquid insulation which might work if all the protruding wire ends are taken care of. I product I have never used or heard of. You might also want to...
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  • Kurt Moose's Avatar
    Today, 02:55 PM
    Ztrack resale.com just posted the Micro Trains steamers, and some custom "camel back" steamers as well.......
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  • lexon's Avatar
    Today, 02:40 PM
    lexon replied to a thread DIY Stay Alive in DCC & Electronics
    That will work. I must add, my opinion that it would work in HO scale and higher. I did not look up specs in size of the device to see if it would fit in N scale. No heat to worry about. I have done the old method, an electrolytic cap, resistor and diode. Below is a usefull link I have been watching for a couple years. http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/mainnorth/alive.htm Rich
    2 replies | 86 view(s)
  • Charlie's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 PM
    Just from my own observation of history, I would think that if the power source for GCT had been sabotaged, the War Department would have allowed the railroads to allow non-electic locomotives to access the New York metropolitan area. I think the War Powers Act gives wide latitude to what can or cannot be done during war emergencies. Another thing, durning the scary times of war, the public was hyper-sensitive to foreign activity on or near our...
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  • shamoo737's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 PM
    shamoo737 replied to a thread MILW MP15AC in Z Scale
    Gerd, I thought you don't do decoder installation, but I am glad you are still making the MP15's.
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  • Adrian Wintle's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 PM
    Athearn has done flat- and flared-radiator SD70Ms (or SD70Is), both with the tapered nose. Kato has done a flat-radiator version with a tapered nose and a flared-radiator version with the straight nose. Either of the flat-radiator versions would be an appropriate starting point. Adrian
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  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 01:06 PM
    arbomambo replied to a thread Kato UP 4-8-4 844 in N Scale
    Thanks Bob, I have no issue with correcting the tender; I much prefer that to correcting the locomotive itself. Again, I want to model 1957, so, in addition to correcting the details, I'll want to research the correct paint on these for my 1957 modelled year-i.e. I haven't seen too many period pics of FEFs with white rims and running boards. Bruce
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 12:34 PM
    One thing I have found over the years is that closets in bedrooms tend to be either at one end or the other upon entry and rarely on a back wall. Because bedrooms tend to be designed side by side usually the closets are situated so that they share a common wall in both rooms. Also older homes tend to have smaller closets than newer homes and the depth can range from 28 inches to 30 inches. Another thing I have noted is that closets are rarely in...
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  • Carsten Weye's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    Time to go engine shop hunting again :-)
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  • randgust's Avatar
    Today, 11:35 AM
    I've got a small one in my room, and the low-impact solution was pretty simple - take the &&^! door off. Without the door, it's easy to get in and out, and the door swing doesn't eat other precious space. It's floor to ceiling storage area for modeling materials, but other than considering running a couple dead-end staging tracks through the doorframe, I've never considered it usable space.
    14 replies | 364 view(s)
  • minzemaennchen's Avatar
    Today, 11:06 AM
    minzemaennchen started a thread MILW MP15AC in Z Scale
    Another "first" in Z: EMD MP15AC. Like it's brother MP15DC built on a heavily modified MTL GP9 chassis and nickel-silver etched shell from 50+ parts. This loco is also equipped with a Lenz DCC decoder.
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 09:09 AM
    That is a fantastic piece of work, Tom. Just the cable work is worthy of admiration.
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  • JimInMichigan's Avatar
    Today, 08:06 AM
    My 1st HO purchase. A simple starter set, but includes the Bachmann DCC controller I wanted, and a Loco with sound. $166 + $13 shipping:
    187 replies | 11075 view(s)
  • robert3985's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 AM
    robert3985 replied to a thread Kato UP 4-8-4 844 in N Scale
    Yup, but a two tone gray FEF-3, with the Worthington SA feedwater heater in front of the double stack would only be the 8444/844 during excursion service up to 1999. Nice pic of the HO scale FEF-2...with single stack and no Worthington SA feedwater heater yet...which is correct for the TT gray time period all FEF's were painted gray (1946 through about 1954). This Kato FEF-3 is a quandary. The engine (not the tender) is configured...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 07:11 AM
    Mr. RSS started a thread Koleje in Railroad News
    POLAND: More...
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  • jdetray's Avatar
    Today, 06:46 AM
    jdetray replied to a thread DIY Stay Alive in DCC & Electronics
    Hi Rich - Thanks for the circuit. I was looking at 1F supercapacitors from various vendors, and I saw that some of them are small enough (6.3 x 9 mm from Mouser for just $0.86 each) that five 1F capacitors, the resistor, and the diodes should fit into a N-scale box car. I envision the circuit on a strip of perf board in the box car. A 2-conductor cable with a micro connector could connect the stay alive circuit to the loco. Am I...
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  • N-Jineer's Avatar
    Today, 06:06 AM
    Sorry, but you're wrong. KATO released the SD70M with the Flat Radiators in 2007; 2x SP and 2x CSX, and have only ever done the one run. I bought one within a few days of release, 23 Feb 2007 to be exact; CSX #4681, Stock No. 176-7601; Athearn also did the same # - I had both and the KATO unit was far superior and more accurate. I just sold it as surplus to requirements at a show on 6th Sept; the Athearn one went long ago...
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  • Westfalen's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    Westfalen replied to a thread Kato UP 4-8-4 844 in N Scale
    Like I say I'm only guessing they will use the FL12, I still haven't come across any official Kato documentation that they can be used in observation cars even though every passenger train released since the Super Chief uses them. It's just that, being familiar with Kato's Japanese passenger trains, I knew what the lift up hatch on the bottom of the observation car was for.
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 AM
    .......Backed it out of THE Engine Shop for the photo. It's in for routine maintenance and handrail replacement. ;-)
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  • Heay Equipment Designer's Avatar
    Today, 05:45 AM
    Garth, I'm very interested in 2 axle z scale power chassis. The only companies I have found so far have been PowerMax and the LG Thek power chassis. Do you know of or have any links to any other z scale 2 axle power chassis? Thanks, -Jon
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  • ZFRANK's Avatar
    Today, 05:42 AM
    Rob it is airbrushed.
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  • Ghengis Kong's Avatar
    Today, 05:28 AM
    I had a Kato SP SD70M #9800 with flat radiators a while back before I sold it so I know they exist.
    9 replies | 228 view(s)
  • nssd70m2's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 AM
    Only Athearn made the SD70M with the flat radiator that would work for UP 2001 & 2002. The only kato version of the SD70M has a different nose and flared radiator.
    9 replies | 228 view(s)
  • EMD F7A's Avatar
    Today, 04:50 AM
    EMD F7A replied to a thread Kato UP 4-8-4 844 in N Scale
    Cannot WAAAAAAAAIT for the greybacks!!!!!!!!
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    Today, 04:35 AM
    This is a little project I have been tinkering with over the last couple years, that I just had to finish. Dont know about you folks but I have so many unfinished projects that once in a while, I just need to finish something. Started this with an Athearn Blue Box (BB) 250 ton crane, modified a Roco boom to fit it, modified the BB crane and Roco sheaves to accept single cable pulleys so I could put 3 loops of pulleys and cable on the boom and...
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  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Today, 04:26 AM
    I would find a closet to be an asset rather than a liability. Some closets are better than others... in fact SD90S... did a great job of utilizing a closet that is rather small. I like the idea of having a 'built-in' framework for a multi-track helix tucked away from the rest of the layout. If the layout height is at 48" or greater... rolling underneath on a stool to get to the 'whack a mole access hole' (LOL) should be no problem. The depth...
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  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 04:23 AM
    I just realized something else we can all do with the printed Little Joe shell while we are waiting for the right chassis. I just recently saw a photo of a pre-delivery Little Joe carbody balanced nicely on a flat car. No wheels or trucks or pantographs: just a shiny, freshly painted 'shell' and some wood cribbing underneath it.
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  • fitz's Avatar
    Today, 02:38 AM
    Ooo boy that looks bad.
    2 replies | 73 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 AM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    A "little" warp? Looks a bit more than that. Aside from the hacked off walkways...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:25 AM
    Amen to that.
    14 replies | 364 view(s)
  • ztrack's Avatar
    Today, 02:25 AM
    Frank how do you color the tea bags? Is it airbrushed? You have to keep the paint very fine to avoid filling in the gaps in the mesh. I can see using your method for quite a few applications around the layout. Rob
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 AM
    Find a nice cave in the mountains and hide. Ouch! Someone will start filling in job applications tomorrow.....
    2 replies | 73 view(s)
  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    LOU D replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    They weren't run..They were run over..I don't get why they're both in the same exact condition,half of the walkways are missing..And if they're both "unrun",why the difference in price? I wouldn't pay 20 bucks each for them,chassis are probably scrap,too..
    3155 replies | 221697 view(s)
  • minzemaennchen's Avatar
    Today, 02:07 AM
    Nicely done, Frank
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 AM
    fifer replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Yep those are GREAT SHAPE alright. ;) Mike
    3155 replies | 221697 view(s)
  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Today, 01:43 AM
    PGE-N°2 replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Here I go, again, but as a Milwaukee Road modeller, who is desperate for SD40-2s, seeing something like this isn't funny, it's aggravating :sweat:. http://www.ebay.com/itm/N-SCALE-KATO-MILW-SD40-2-EARLY-176-4808-ROAD-160-MILWAUKEE-ROAD-/161423391826?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item2595957c52 http://www.ebay.com/itm/N-SCALE-KATO-MILW-SD40-2-EARLY-176-4808-ROAD-149-MILWAUKEE-ROAD-/121437881786?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item1c464305ba I think...
    3155 replies | 221697 view(s)
  • VonRyan's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 AM
    Hi all, I'm looking for two MicroTrains Z-scale SD40-2s in any condition as long as they run. They can even be missing the shell. I need two to be able to trade for a job-lot of UK-outline Nn3 items, as the person only will accept a trade for two of the MT SD40-2s. If someone could part with a pair for $200 shipped (give or take) that would be positively amazing. I've literally sold off everything I could think of to put together the $200,...
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  • serioussam's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 AM
    thats a good looking model. definitely good enough for this thread.
    13 replies | 468 view(s)
  • LegomanBill's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 AM
    LegomanBill replied to a thread More eBay Humor in N Scale
    Why am I not surprised?
    3155 replies | 221697 view(s)
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