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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 PM
    Yes. Been distracted by a model RR project.... :)
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  • shamoo737's Avatar
    Today, 02:06 PM
    shamoo737 replied to a thread Good Z Scale Videos in Z Scale
    Bryan, it's a Loksound decoder installed on a boxcar. It's parked on the siding. I don't have one installed on a passenger car yet.
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  • Ironhorseman's Avatar
    Today, 02:03 PM
    The YW is on 'life-support' ... but it is not dead yet. The problem is, there are many legal problems as to who owns what as everything had been used as collateral several times at once. The 19 was supposed to be auctioned off last fall, but was cancelled until the 'bird's nest' can be straightened out by the court. That action is supposed to be sometime this summer. The 19 needs work, but she's still a solid loco. Word has it there's a...
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  • bdelmonte's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    bdelmonte replied to a thread Good Z Scale Videos in Z Scale
    What sound card did you install in this loco? Bryan
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  • Nick Lorusso's Avatar
    Today, 02:02 PM
    ^^^^ I think it looks great as it is. The one thing I noticed when I was doing N-Scale less was more.
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  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 01:56 PM
    Maybe a zoom out? I canvassed Idaho and parts of Oklahoma but came up empty.
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  • arbomambo's Avatar
    Today, 01:48 PM
    Bob, couldn't agree with you to the look of the code 80 (of course, since I've been working with code 55 and code 40 exclusively, I feel even stronger now) Even in my beginnings with Ntrak, per the AustNtrak group, in the 90's, I felt the current standard was outdated already... but, it IS what it this one is being built to the standard as its going to be a part of that group... My real desire, as far as participating in a...
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  • SOO,MILW,CNW's Avatar
    Today, 01:47 PM
    Well all know that a bandit in that condition would not be next to a candy apple unit, so it must be hoax. I remember that bridge from my youth, saw many trains on that bridge. Adios, Wyatt
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  • Grey One's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 PM
    Very Nice! Impressive.
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  • casmmr's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 PM
    Jim, thanks for the glowing endorsement. I am the secretary of Central Ohio N-trak and the registrar for this event. We enjoy putting on the show and hope that everyone has as much fun attending as possible. A reminder, in order to be sure of your Saturday meal and a t-shirt, I need to receive your order by Monday, April 28. participant form available on the web site. If you have problems downloading it, send me a private message and I will...
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  • Inkaneer's Avatar
    Today, 01:22 PM
    A lot of fun indeed! Highly recommended. But just a reminder, the dinner and auction are only for the participants. In other words those who paid the registration fee. The public part of the show ends before the dinner. However, there is food available during the day and it ain't bad either! Our club will be going again. In fact, I will be preparing the trailer for the trip this weekend. For us, this event marks the unofficial start of...
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  • jeffjgale's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 PM
    Australian Spotted Gum Trees for my Layout. I have a need for about 500 filler Gum trees for my logging layout, Willow Creek Railroad http://willowcreekrr. net/], so I started raiding my neighbour’s gardens but could not find anything that looked realistic. My daughter-in-law who is a horticulturist suggested that I have a look at a shrub that she has called “Heavenly Bamboo” which when finished flowering, leaves flower heads that look like...
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  • Chopper's Avatar
    Today, 12:54 PM
    Chopper replied to a thread PCM E8 are out in N Scale
    One of my "go-to" Ebay retailers, has the PA/PB , in PRR Tuscan, for 179.00 for the pair.....I've been going back and forth for a couple weeks, but I'm convinced. I'm pulling the trigger on a set today I think. Just got a pair of E8s, (not that I needed more Es) and I'm thrilled with them. Time for some budget busting :D
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  • MisterBeasley's Avatar
    Today, 12:46 PM
    Well, it wasn't a long weekend for me, just the usual 2 days. Our daughter Annie drove down from Maine Friday night. We had beef tenderloins wrapped in bacon and grilled outside, rice pilaf and broccoli, plus 2 bottles of wine between the 3 of us. Saturday we had blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup and more bacon. Then, we all went for a nice bicycle ride in sunny 60-degree weather. We're all helmets-and-tight-black-shorts types, but...
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  • ZFRANK's Avatar
    Today, 12:35 PM
    ZFRANK replied to a thread AZL My GP38-2 (GP40-2) runs great now in Z Scale
    Hi Dom, I have used Pressol 'Heimwerkeröl'. It is a German brand of 'universal' oil which picked up at the local hardware store. The oil is acid and resin free. First I did clean and re-lube my Märklin rolling stock, which runs fine now as well. So far it works fine for for the AZL chassis.
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  • scottmitchell74's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    scottmitchell74 replied to a thread PCM E8 are out in N Scale
    "sigh" I have an E6 coming my way, but I have old DC power. I'm wondering if it'll work for me? I'm so excited about trying it out (even without sound).
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:21 PM
    If this has been placed here before, my apologies. A quick scan within the N scale forum produced a "Negatory Ghostrider." It is that time of year again to go to one of the best N scale shows in the United States, the Ohio N-Scale weekend. I went last year and had a great time running trains, meeting up with friends old and new and of course buying N scale items. The show is 100% N-Scale, so all the vendors, layouts and displays is, N scale....
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  • Shortround's Avatar
    Today, 12:15 PM
    Shortround replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    Keith, thank you for sharing your layout. I wish I could get into something like that. I've wanted to for a long time but lost my house in 2005 and bought a trailer in a park where the manager was totally against it. I'm now in an apartment so I wouldn't even ask. But, good folks like yourself keep the dream alive. :)
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 PM
    I dig that Soo Line Bandit, ex Milwaukee road unit.
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  • rogergperkins's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    rogergperkins replied to a thread PCM E8 are out in N Scale
    The subject locomotives were returned to me with all the problems resolved except for the two EMD 3069 A units problems. These were locomotives purchased new 1/10/2014. One of the problems, besides issues with the decoders, was that the rear truck was warped which resulted in the coupler not aligning properly. I had clearly pointed out the problem in my cover letter, but it had not been corrected when the locomotives were returned. Some of...
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 11:45 AM
    I hope everyone had a great weekend and Easter Sunday. We actually hit 80 degrees here in East Central Illinois and it felt great! I started my weekend off early Friday moring and driving up to Normal, IL to pick up an old Railfan friend. We drove up to Toluca IL and grabed some breakfast and noticed that the BNSF Transcon was very quiet. We took our time eating breakfast and drinking coffee then decided to go trackside. All the signals were...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 AM
    Believe it or not, I actually have two. One is the two level, the other is just the bottom portion. The second version allows me to work on larger or more oddly shaped items. The two level is modified so the top has slots, and there are a pair of metal angles I can add, with wing bolts as tighteners, to hold something up in the air such as a shell.
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  • ddechamp71's Avatar
    Today, 09:47 AM
    Excellent news! Please could you tell us which brand of oil you've used for that? Dom
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  • Colonel's Avatar
    Today, 09:37 AM
    Colonel replied to a thread River Harbor Belt Line in HO Scale
    Today I assembled the first two bench top frames from 6 required All going well will have all 6 completed tomorrow
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  • HemiAdda2d's Avatar
    Today, 08:28 AM
    There's enormous momentum and energy involved in a train derailment. Those hundred of tons don't stop on a dime. In researching tank car survivability for a research paper, I saw just how much of a mess they can be, even at slower speeds.
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  • N-Jineer's Avatar
    Today, 08:23 AM
    Thanks Nick. I've already got the Kadee couplers sorted; painted the step edges yellow and have the necessary Microscale Decal sets are on order - the sill stripe is supposed to be yellow, not orange - and there's no way I'm painting that when I can use decals instead. Now I've just got to settle on a DCC w/Sound option - and whether I can live with the Ditchlights under the porch instead of on it; oh, and find paint for the grabs and...
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  • wisconsinjimmy's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 AM
    I have RTS 10.0
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  • eric220's Avatar
    Today, 07:21 AM
    Just to show that I haven't been totally slacking on the empire... Nothing above the plywood to show, but I have been busy on some behind the scenes stuff. Over the last year or so (OK, so I have been MOSTLY slacking) the Gandy Dancers have hooked up the block detectors to the RR Cir-kits detector cards from the west end of the layout through to KEY interlocking in Colorado. Last week I buckled down and did epic battle with programming the...
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  • orionfield's Avatar
    Today, 07:11 AM
    What do you mean? These are the only high nose cabs that I could find, aside from making them myself, I figured they are close enough for my taste. What would make them correct? I could always try to modify them.
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  • Primavw's Avatar
    Today, 07:09 AM
    Nice photos!
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  • Carsten Weye's Avatar
    Today, 07:08 AM
    Wauw no response in 7 days. Guess people have been doing other things than searching :-). Let me eliminate some more states by saying: not in a state beginning with an M.
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  • Primavw's Avatar
    Today, 07:08 AM
    Nice. Does the shapeways cab have the Dash 2 cab? I found when browsing that they were similar but not correct.
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  • Loren's Avatar
    Today, 06:15 AM
    Loren replied to a thread AZL SD70, SD70M, SD75M, SD75I in Z Scale
    I always address him as Rob A. And thus it will remain in my book.
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  • robert3985's Avatar
    Today, 05:48 AM
    Yup. I did consider it, but side-by-side comparison showed the Railcraft to be finer detailed. I also didn't like the way the Shinohara turnouts looked which gave me the opportunity to learn how to build my own which 25+ years later has saved me a crap-load of money and is something I really like to do. Railcraft offered PCB turnouts in code 70, handbuilt by someone...and when I saw how crude they were (but they still worked) it was plain to...
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  • Backshop's Avatar
    Today, 05:35 AM
    I do about the same thing except I put the fan in another window in the room, and have it blow into the room creating a positive pressure, which then forces out the paint overspray out through the window behind the box. You need to have only 2 windows open for this to work, the window behind the booth and another one for the fan. It can even be several rooms away, as long as there are no other openings to the outside between it and the outlet...
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  • Point353's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 AM
    Track choices for NTRAK modules weren't limited to only Atlas code 80. Shinohara code 70 (available through JMC/Con-Cor) was an acceptable option. Did you ever consider using it?
    25 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 04:54 AM
    Keith replied to a thread Run time in G Scale and Larger
    Hang around a bit more! Did almost 4 hours running today! Easter ruined early! So, I stayed home and played!! One thing that did catch me by surprise, was a broken rail joiner! Joiner broke, rails free and NO derails! Rebuild may begin tomorrow. Siding to right will continue to the back yard. Overview, this time, with a train!
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 04:30 AM
    With the aim of taking work back in-house to reduce its reliance on contractors, Polish regional train operator Przewozy Regionalne is to invest 7m z More...
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  • Bigfoot's Avatar
    Today, 04:13 AM
    The 19 is still in Yreka. unfortunately the railroad came into new ownership and was driven into the ground. Tracks torn up and the 19 is rotting in a shed after being repossessed and is waiting for auction. in short, the little railroad that just wont die has done just that :'-[
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  • Westfalen's Avatar
    Today, 03:50 AM
    I've thought of all those things, it just seemed odd to me that there appear to be no photos out there of the train.
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  • shamoo737's Avatar
    Today, 03:49 AM
    shamoo737 replied to a thread Good Z Scale Videos in Z Scale
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  • fritch's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 AM
    A little delay due to a big trip to Japan. Talk about railroading, the amount and quality of passenger service was outstanding. It certainly is tempting to try a Japanese passenger service, but the scenery would be massive urban areas with multiple passenger terminals. And you thought building trees was hard, the number of buildings would be impossible. The Shinkansen trains were amazing. The ride was smooth as glass, the electric...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:36 AM
    That's interesting. I guess one never knows until they try...
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  • J911's Avatar
    Today, 02:23 AM
    J911 replied to a thread HO how to in Layout Design Discussion
    Which software? Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk
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  • Norfolk_Southern_Fan2010's Avatar
    Today, 02:22 AM
    Wellllllllllllllll I ended up putting it on ebay and it sold. Got 45.00 out of it but i guess that was due to the factors of it
    7 replies | 235 view(s)
  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 AM
    Calzephyr replied to a thread PCM E8 are out in N Scale
    Hmmm... I sort of share some of Scottryan' comments about having a model that is backed by the reputation of a company which is likely to be around in 10-30 years from now. Kato's way of doing things may not be as desirable to us in the US, but their business model is likely to outlast other companies simply because they have THEIR OWN manufacturing facility in Japan. I'm not saying that the others mentioned are on 'thin ice' because they are...
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  • shamoo737's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 AM
    shamoo737 replied to a thread AZL SD70, SD70M, SD75M, SD75I in Z Scale
    Robert Is taken already, but Bob is available.
    44 replies | 2569 view(s)
  • markm's Avatar
    Today, 01:28 AM
    markm replied to a thread AZL SD70, SD70M, SD75M, SD75I in Z Scale
    I don't know, I kinda liked RobA and RobK. markm
    44 replies | 2569 view(s)
  • GP30's Avatar
    Today, 01:23 AM
    GP30 replied to a thread The CC&CI Build Thread in N Scale
    I've been modeling winter scenery in the past. However, my wife has expressed interest in helping, so we settled on fall scenery for the next layout. I also mentioned sound units available in N Scale locomotives, that was exciting discovery on her part. Looks like we could back this up to post-war '48-'50 and run 100% steam. We'll see what the future holds, but its looking better everyday! Sent from my LG-P930 using Tapatalk 2
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  • Calzephyr's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 AM
    Why not just paint up a Gold Bonnet PB unit too and make a new named train... the 'Golden Chief'. It's only just as slightly skewed 'bit of history' as having a single PA unit with only 4 other matching cars for a special temporary excursion train for GE big-wigs. Take a few ConCor Budd cars... paint them up in Gold and give them "Golden" prefixed names.... similar to the once fabled Golden Rocket the Rock Island 'never got off the...
    11 replies | 774 view(s)
  • euromut's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 AM
    Working on a Kato CSX C44-9w Almost done, needs a touch more brown dirt. One of the pictures I used as reference
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  • Flashwave's Avatar
    Today, 01:05 AM
    I would like o make an addition to the above. He uses a Rubbermaid turntable to boh raise the model up and paint on, but I highly reccomend getting at least 2. The first one, build as normal, but do NOT fasten the top surface to the supports. Leave it sitting loosely. Paint model, then remove the op piece by lifting it off, and put a new top piece from the second kit down. As I recall, both surfaces are identical for production redundency so it...
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  • Paul Liddiard's Avatar
    Today, 01:04 AM
    Athearn did a very limited run about six years ago. I got two...and I have some that I have yet to paint. I modified the Bachmann 618, and you have seen those photos before. The CA-3 is a Trix model.
    12 replies | 292 view(s)
  • RobertAllbritton's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 AM
    When it looked like the SD70s were never going to be delivered, I wisely volunteered for the FBI witness protection program out of self preservation. I was sent to a log cabin filled with postage stamps in Idaho that the U.S. Government had recently acquired and told to "lie low" until either the coast was clear, or the Container had Cleared the Coast. Oddly enough they said my new identity would be "Robert" because "the Bad Guys arn't that...
    44 replies | 2569 view(s)
  • Hansel's Avatar
    Today, 01:00 AM
    Hansel replied to a thread "N Scale" DC Transformer? in N Scale
    I have an MRC 200. Is this good for N scale? Or should I add some electric devices in order to get the low speed control? Thanks, Hans
    7 replies | 286 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 AM
    This must be how new container trailers are shipped.
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  • txronharris's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 AM
    I have the following cars for sale. All are new in box: 65327-13 4750 CF hopper GATX#4709 65374-02 4750 CF hopper ADM#7218 65377-02 4750 CF hopper FMC#17237 65352-06 4750 CF hopper MKT#4290 65352-04 4750 CF hopper MKT#4257 65382-05 4750 CF hopper North Dakota Mill #46139 65382-06 4750 CF hopper North Dakota Mill #46144
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  • wisconsinjimmy's Avatar
    Today, 12:17 AM
    This track software of which I have also but I cannot get it to print with the grid nor can I get it to print with the track numbers any suggestions?
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Something nasty happened, and it looks fairly recent? I don't recall news.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    Wow. That NS unit is needing some attention to paint. I can't recall ever seeing a photo of an unwrecked NS engine so badly peeled.
    18 replies | 352 view(s)
  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    Just for fun, the article I mentioned was "HOn2&1/2 diesel switcher", by John Montague. The basis for it is a Roco HOe diesel. Neat little critter. I would be curious to see where this might take us....
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  • baldwinloco's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    The industries in Stuarts Draft support a variety of car types. Hershey gets boxcars, tank cars and covered hoppers. The siding plant gets plastic pellets in covered hoppers. Jeff Cornelius
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    On the old SP line between Bremond and Kosse, Texas. That is north out of Hearne heading for Corsicana. Sent from my DROID4 using Tapatalk 2
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  • Pie39's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    I'm a bit horrified that you did that to an Ann Arbor locomotive :rats: lol
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  • robert3985's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:26 PM
    I had "problems" with the Ntrak Atlas code 80 requirement when I built my first Ntrak modules way back in the late '80's...meaning that I wasn't going to build ANY modules if I was forced to use it. I got a special dispensation from the Ntrak club to use Railcraft code 70 instead...and hand-lay my turnouts (as long as they functioned as least a well as RTR Atlas turnouts). I soldered on rail joiners on the bottoms of the Railcraft code...
    25 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • rray's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:23 PM
    rray replied to a thread AZL GP7 - GP9 in Z Scale
    Is there any chance that the Torpedo Tube air reservoirs will be available as a replacement part? I want to add some on some of my GP7's.
    16 replies | 885 view(s)
  • Frank Campagna's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:19 PM The respective railroad's historical societies should be a good place to start. I know the B&O society has a nice magazine.
    1 replies | 51 view(s)
  • Cajonpassfan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    Cajonpassfan replied to a thread PCM E8 are out in N Scale
    Here's quick shot of the BLI E7's and PA's side by side in my staging yard. The spacing is not great, but pretty good with the factory installed diaphragms. It think to go closer, you'd need to replace the original diaphragms or go large radius curves. Mine go down to 18" so I think I will stick what I got. Regards, Otto
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  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:14 PM
    Bill, don't make those occurances rare, as STEAM is a fine subject. Happy Easter to you and all the photographers.
    2 replies | 68 view(s)
  • TetsuUma's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    They are new from Cosmic and are due in May. I do remember an article in MR about Hayden and Frary working on diesels for the C&DR which is what I thought of when I saw these. (Maybe the article Ken mentioned.) i agree that more people in the U.S. would want steam but repurposing a diesel kit from Japan is almost certainly cheaper.
    4 replies | 68 view(s)
  • BuddyBurton's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    NS 8714(C40-8) recently on the CN local, L563 in Cedar Rapids, IA. 4/14/14 Iowa Northern's South Job with the 3801 on the point, sit and wait to shove cars into the "OR" Yard at Ingleside. 4/14/14 Iowa Interstate's CRSA-14 departs from SW Cedar Rapids with a total of 72 cars, passing Fairfax. 4/14/14
    18 replies | 352 view(s)
  • CBQ Fan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:33 PM
    CBQ Fan replied to a thread PCM E8 are out in N Scale
    I feel Kato and BLI are targeting two different market segments. DCC and sound vs DC and DCC upgrade. I still see them as not head to head competition. You can buy two Kato's for each BLI. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    64 replies | 4087 view(s)
  • Loren's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    Loren replied to a thread AZL SD70, SD70M, SD75M, SD75I in Z Scale
    Great improvements and upgrades Rob, ('Robert) to confuse the Moo. AZL keeps getting better and better and I for one thank you.
    44 replies | 2569 view(s)
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