Activity Stream

Filter
Sort By Time Show
Recent Recent Popular Popular Anytime Anytime Last 24 Hours Last 24 Hours Last 7 Days Last 7 Days Last 30 Days Last 30 Days All All Photos Photos Forum Forums Articles Articles Blog TrainBlog TrainBoard Groups TrainBoard Groups
  • emaley's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 PM
    While searching my shed for Christmas stuff, I came across a box of old model paint that I had stored away about 22 years ago. I was sure it was all useless, but thought I might salvage a few bottles to use for custon mixes. I was shocked to find that at least 2/3 of the paint was still in good condition. I must have salvaged 60 to 75 bottles of paint. Part of the key, I THINK, was that I always stored them upside down. The liquid helps seal the...
    0 replies | 0 view(s)
  • n&wsteamfan's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 PM
    n&wsteamfan replied to a thread SD70ace in Z Scale
    I've got the designs sent in to the photoetch company. I think they are taking some time off because I haven't heard back from them yet. I've tries to get as accurate and detailed as I can with this model. This model will have an all brass custom cab and nose. Hopefully it'll look good.
    21 replies | 2002 view(s)
  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 01:24 PM
    fifer started a thread ATSF Northern in N Scale
    Am I the only one so far that has thought of maybe making a ATSF Northern from the Bachmann to the FEF? Before anyone says it. I am not a steam guy OK. Just a thought on a project for me as I would really want the Northern. Thanks , Mike
    0 replies | 0 view(s)
  • arx's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 PM
    arx replied to a thread DRGW Survivors in Fallen Flags
    Thanks for looking. I didn't think of SP update; it could have happened. Here is another DRGW genuine wayside accessories; DRGW Roadway Sign at Soldier Summit, UT. It was standing at the end of wye. photo taken on Sep. 10, 2014 Hiroshi BOXCAR RED COLLECTION
    385 replies | 25412 view(s)
  • co_riff's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    Santa Claus own caboose. Curtis
    4 replies | 65 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 PM
    Thanks gentlemen for the kind comments on my humble works. At times my mind is like a finely sprung steel trap. You know like the type that Wile E. sets for that danged Road Runner with the pile of bird seed in the middle. Works about the same too. As far as the car float it started life as a 16.5 inch Sylvan kit. I cut it down to 11 inches. That works out to be approximately 146 N scale feet and holds a total of six 41 foot cars, 3 per...
    42 replies | 1311 view(s)
  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 11:18 AM
    If those buggers get any bigger they'll have to hang some warp engines off them to get the thing moving...:teeth: It looks like someone built a garden shed on the back end of the unit.
    4 replies | 65 view(s)
  • viperjim1's Avatar
    Today, 10:17 AM
    viperjim1 replied to a thread How Do I clean this? in HO Scale
    I use an airbrush with 90 % isopropyl alcohol at about 20 psi on my locos and then blow dry them and then use atlas oil or equivalent and this works great for me just lube the axles armatures and use La Belle grease um on the gears sparingly as not to attract foreign particulates , and the shavings if strands may be from someone using steel wool to clean there tracks as some did before bright boys if shavings I would look at the gearboxes if...
    9 replies | 266 view(s)
  • ravdoc22's Avatar
    Today, 10:05 AM
    Thanks Rich I spoke to Steve at ulrichmodels and he said that it may be a similar install to this one with some wiring differences. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 replies | 148 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 08:50 AM
    INDIA: Frauscher Sensor Technology India has received Research Designs & Standards Organisation... More...
    0 replies | 33 view(s)
  • Scott Stutzman's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    Scott Stutzman replied to a thread Google Earth Google Earth Engine Shop Contest #147 in Contest
    I've been looking all over down south......With no luck.
    7 replies | 216 view(s)
  • subwayaz's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 AM
    Overland Imports still make a few pieces and are fairly reasonable used on Ebay. I was looking the other day and prices weren't too bad
    6 replies | 216 view(s)
  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 06:51 AM
    With Loksound, you do not need a separate decoder for motion and sound. The Loksound motion control is really, really good along with really good sound.
    16 replies | 429 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:45 AM
    There's a story here. Can't recall reading it, or.....
    4 replies | 65 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:41 AM
    Isn't this one of the excursion passenger cars you recently rode?
    831 replies | 111635 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 AM
    Good grief. They're everywhere. They'd sell nicely.
    19 replies | 1245 view(s)
  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 06:39 AM
    Good riddance to Key since the scammed many folks out of deposit money for locomotives they never manufactured....
    6 replies | 216 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 AM
    The radiators really do look something with older units to compare to. And I seem to recall similar units being dubbed "Klingon battlecruisers" by some wag.
    4 replies | 65 view(s)
  • YoHo's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 AM
    A couple of GE ES44AC Tier 4 demo units have made their way back to Roseville. Hopefully the power desk has been remembering to put fuel in them this time. I loved the cloud cover in this shot of one of them in the Engine service area. Big big big radiators.
    4 replies | 65 view(s)
  • Logtrain's Avatar
    Today, 05:53 AM
    I have said before and will says it again. The North Coast Limited! Kato won't do it though.....I have already asked. Second choice, MILW Olympia Hiawatha with the Super Domes. Again.....I asked Kato and was shot down.
    78 replies | 5568 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 05:51 AM
    Makes me jealous that model kits don't come with tinted plastic. Trying to paint on clear green or smoke never comes out that nice...
    4119 replies | 553286 view(s)
  • Logtrain's Avatar
    Today, 05:49 AM
    Atlas will NEVER do a chop nose GP 7/9 either. I inquired about this model one time at a convention. The Atlas rep told me there wasn't enough RRs that had them and in so many words told me to go pound sand.
    19 replies | 1245 view(s)
  • Eagle2's Avatar
    Today, 05:48 AM
    Looks good (even if a lot may end up hidden). Nice to see it beside the plans.
    831 replies | 111635 view(s)
  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    John, any reason why you wouldn't still do dual decoder, even with the LokSound?
    16 replies | 429 view(s)
  • robert3985's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    My son has two More Co. SP GS-2's, one with skirts, the other without. These models are outstanding in both details and running capabilities. I treated them like "old brass" when he brought them over to our layout to test run, meaning I assumed they hadn't been run in a while so they'd probably cog a bit while the grease on the gears got spread around again, and I was correct. Both engines have nearly perfectly gauged drivers although the...
    6 replies | 216 view(s)
  • Jeepy84's Avatar
    Today, 04:11 AM
    Even though I myself run a Zephyr, I might also suggest what systems your LHS sell, unless you don't have one. Nothing worse than needing a Digitrax this or that and all the closest store sells is NCE.
    5 replies | 135 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:07 AM
    What is the overall length of your completed barge? What was it originally? I agree with Mike, above. Great thread. Can't wait to see what John does next!
    42 replies | 1311 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:04 AM
    I'll third the suggestion above. That brand and model comes up very often in similar conversations.
    5 replies | 135 view(s)
  • SPsteam's Avatar
    Today, 04:04 AM
    Mark, I located a GS-6 and the price seems somewhat reasonable. The pics I've seen look great and the detail appears to be spot on as long as the drivers are of the appropriate diameter.
    6 replies | 216 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:02 AM
    Those brackets sound interesting. In order to insert the rod, there must be some thickness. How much is that? This could help in determining how much support you might require. Personally, I'd like to see you go with a slightly wider shelf. Maybe eight inches minimum. Also, maybe post up a photo or two as you begin putting up that shelving?
    4 replies | 133 view(s)
  • robert3985's Avatar
    Today, 04:00 AM
    Six years ago, I also chose the Digitrax Super Chief Radio (Simplex) starter set and I am completely happy that I did. Like you, my layout is modular/sectional using my own modular standards and will eventually occupy a 30' X 30' space. I take parts of what I have done to three shows per year and set up with a friend of mine who also has built modules/sections that are compatible with my standards. I also decided to use 12ga. wire...
    4 replies | 277 view(s)
  • subwayaz's Avatar
    Today, 03:55 AM
    I'll second that thought on the Digitrax Zephyr; simple, Reasonable price, will allow the use of DC Locomotives and pretty standard in Club use. Digitrax systems that is
    5 replies | 135 view(s)
  • woodone's Avatar
    Today, 03:29 AM
    OK got the H/L LED fixed. I missed cutting a trace and put to much voltage to it. Lucky I did not hurt the decoder. John, so far it is looking good! Sounds good too. More testing tomorrow.
    16 replies | 429 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    OK, here is some progress.
    831 replies | 111635 view(s)
  • tjdreams's Avatar
    Today, 03:11 AM
    Streamline Black Shop has wipers for both the axle and the side of the wheel. You can use one of each type on each truck to get power from both rails from both trucks. Uncle Wills and Fox valley wheels both have one wheel isolated from the axle. You just need to be sure to put the wheels in so that the side wheel wipers hit the wheel that is insulated. Their is no need to solder the wheels to the axle unless your adding a resistor for DCC...
    6 replies | 255 view(s)
  • tphmike's Avatar
    Today, 02:47 AM
    tphmike replied to a thread Maritime vessels part two. in N Scale
    Hi John, I enjoyed following the thread building the boats and barge. Good job. They will be nice additions. I've been working steadily since my last post and will post the photos of the towboat and barge tomorrow. Will be off and will be heading to the club.
    42 replies | 1311 view(s)
  • jdcolombo's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 AM
    Ah. OK - that's entirely different. A new ESU file with the correct whistle, etc. might cause me to go the wired route . . . John C.
    16 replies | 429 view(s)
  • rsn48's Avatar
    Today, 02:37 AM
    I don't think anyone knows the answer to your question, my suggestion is you experiment with various distances and leave them for some time to take into account "droop" over time. I'm assuming you are talking about copying the bare track as in the image you have provided. My guess is you will want the supports quite close. Because the image looks like G scale, the track has more strength due to its size, you won't have this advantage in HO.
    4 replies | 133 view(s)
  • Paul Liddiard's Avatar
    Today, 02:35 AM
    These beauties are from Athearn's Genesis line. THe 3129 and 3130 were wreck replacements for the D&RGW. These were the only GP50-2s built by EMD in the year 1983. GP50 production was gearing up, but the GP40-2 model was available from EMD until the last two were built for FEC in 1986. These beasties run as good as they look!! Thanks, Athearn!
    5 replies | 148 view(s)
  • Spookshow's Avatar
    Today, 02:04 AM
    Their 4-8-4 is quite outstanding - http://www.spookshow.net/more484.html They also did a Challenger, although I have not had the opportunity to try one out yet - http://www.spookshow.net/more4664.html Both were released about ten years ago, so they are not new models.
    6 replies | 216 view(s)
  • gatrhumpy's Avatar
    Today, 01:59 AM
    gatrhumpy replied to a thread Bmann EM-1....goods/bads in N Scale
    This is my Youtube review of it. I have since added a Tsunami Heavy Steam decoder in the tender. Sounds awesome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlaqBupsTqs
    5 replies | 261 view(s)
  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Today, 01:55 AM
    SPs - the conversion is rather straight forward. I cut off some of the cast on items, by mistake, so I tried to come up with my own version. the headlight is a good example and actually the backup light as well, so I made the headlight and put a pico LED inside of it, fixed a backup light and then didn't connect it. The hardest part that I ran into was the shaving of the mechanism to accept the casting. I do not have any milling equipment...
    5 replies | 261 view(s)
  • rsn48's Avatar
    Today, 01:46 AM
    Probably the most purchased entry level system is Digitrax's The Zephyr. You don't want too simplistic a system as they can be limited in what you can do. I understand your desire for "easy," its something most of us want except for some electronics geeks, but easy has a cost. http://www.digitrax.com/products/starter-sets/zepx/ With the Zephyr you'll be able to run a DC engine, but only one at a time, unless consisted. Some systems...
    5 replies | 135 view(s)
  • rrunty's Avatar
    Today, 01:16 AM
    Bill, that obs sure is a thing of beauty. Bob
    4119 replies | 553286 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 01:15 AM
    Another beauty, Bill! :)
    4119 replies | 553286 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 01:13 AM
    Moved you to our DCC Forum.
    5 replies | 135 view(s)
  • Bill Denton's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 AM
    Twin Cities Zephyr Dome-Observation (Coming soon from Skytop Models) The master model was built by Mike Skibbe.
    4119 replies | 553286 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 12:50 AM
    CN reaches tentative labour agreement with Teamsters union representing locomotive engineers and conductors on Northern Quebec Internal Short Line More...
    0 replies | 37 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 12:50 AM
    Mr. RSS started a thread $name in Railroad News
    More...
    0 replies | 20 view(s)
  • Teditor's Avatar
    Today, 12:41 AM
    Rich, and of course others that have replied, I went to the suggested link, it appears the first production of these locos used a 21 pin DCC plug in the tender, a major problem I see is the connection between loco and tender, one of the posts indicated that all the Rivarossi wiring was removed and the loco/tender rewired, looking at the quality and ramshackle appearance of the factory wiring, I am thinking this is the way to go. Further...
    6 replies | 107 view(s)
  • wm7473's Avatar
    Today, 12:40 AM
    Dang; I was at the OKC show and missed these in all the excitement! Thanks for sharing the pics, and Merry Christmas to you as well!
    16 replies | 824 view(s)
  • wm7473's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 AM
    How about either a DL&W or Erie Lackawanna Phoebe Snow? Would be a mix of streamlined and heavyweights, and I'm not really particular about how accurate the window patterns/trucks are, as are some of you rivet counters!!! The E8's, freight pilot and no dynamic brakes, with double headlights ala DL&W, or single headlight per former Erie units, if EL.....would look sharp, esp with those portholes edged in yellow!!
    78 replies | 5568 view(s)
  • Norfolk_Southern_Fan2010's Avatar
    Today, 12:25 AM
    im just gonna start off by saying that apologies if this dont go here, but im lookin for help/thoughts/opinions on this :) I havent posted much on here due to finally getting a paying job, but i would like some help from my fellow railroaders. I have decided to get into the 21st century and get in DCC for my trains.............but have some guidelines (I guess you can call it that) 1) must be easy to use/setup (im a newbie for DCC after all...
    5 replies | 135 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 AM
    Those tools are so neatly arranged. Not sure I could function in such a tidy environment. :)
    4119 replies | 553286 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 12:16 AM
    Somehow I am not familiar with that name.
    6 replies | 216 view(s)
  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 12:06 AM
    A total of 12 vessels of various purposes and sizes. Six barges with one being self propelled and one more under construction and one sailboat under construction. They will be spread out amongst the inner harbor area and about 10 feet of docks. Still to be done and added is the ferry and maybe two tugboats. As far as a fireboat nah. The Wile E. being a rescue tug has firefighting ability along with the 2 USCG PCE's. As a postscript I should...
    42 replies | 1311 view(s)
  • SPsteam's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
    I've found a couple of brass locomotives imported by a company called MORE. They are built by LIK in Korea. Anyone have any experience with these models. I have a collection of Samhongsa brass that run pretty well (some required tinkering) and I hear the benchmark Yellowstone is a great runner from Boo Rim. I believe N scale brass to be dead since KEY moved on to O scale and their last N offering was the 4-10-2 SP class in 2006. I doubt...
    6 replies | 216 view(s)
  • woodone's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    OK got her done! The sound is VERY LOUD! The whistle is great, going to have to turn down the volume on the bell. One problem. I lost the front LED. I used the original resistor that was on the light board, the LED came on for a few seconds then was gone. The value of the resistor is 558 ohms (marked 561). I use 1K most of the time on LED's but thought the original would be OK. Going to double check to make sure I don't have some other thing...
    16 replies | 429 view(s)
  • SPsteam's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    SPsteam replied to a thread Bmann EM-1....goods/bads in N Scale
    Sounds mostly good so far. Carl, how was the conversion process for you to build the AC-9? I think Jason has done a great job with his molds.
    5 replies | 261 view(s)
  • Eugen Haenseler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    I am working on a bridge.
    4119 replies | 553286 view(s)
  • columbia23's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    I got my hands on one and it a great runner, no problems so far!
    5 replies | 261 view(s)
  • GN.2-8-8-0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:52 PM
    No not really that obvious, take the cab off and take a peek what can it hurt?
    6 replies | 107 view(s)
  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    I'd think if the socket was there, the wires heading to it would be obvious?
    6 replies | 107 view(s)
  • lexon's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:52 PM
    There has been quite a discussion of this loco in the MRH forums that might be of some help. DCC and pickup issues. Rather not post the forums link here. Google MRH Rivarossi DCC conversion You will get some good links. Rich
    6 replies | 107 view(s)
  • SJ Z-man's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    Do NOT solder a wheel to the axle! It will melt the plastic insulator on the other wheel's side (or in the case of märkin's, that wheel too. Blackened wheels wont take the solder anyway. Simply use conductive paint ! This is carbon (and some are nickel) based solution that when dry (seconds to a minute) that will conduct more than enough current for LED or basic DCC decoder functions. Micro-Mark, etc.
    6 replies | 255 view(s)
  • woodone's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:21 PM
    Almost done! Had to break for lunch and rest the eyes. Getting the wires from the loco to the tender without cutting anything up was a challenge. I did have to modify the original light board but not too many problems. So far so good. Be back soon.
    16 replies | 429 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    There is certainly interest. Well over 4000 reads of the posts here. Just keep them coming!
    71 replies | 4471 view(s)
  • dexterdog62's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Looks like you're making steady progress. Keep the updates coming!
    71 replies | 4471 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    All that is missing might be a fire boat?
    42 replies | 1311 view(s)
More Activity