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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 02:30 PM
    Union Pacific Railroad will strengthen Nebraska's transportation infrastructure investing more than $13 million in the rail line between Columbus and Grand Island. The project, funded entirely by Union Pacific without taxpayer dollars, began May 21 and is scheduled to be completed the first week of August. More...
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 PM
    Noah - if you want grass at the top, go with some less lush looking. With some bare spots, too. We are in a drought!
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  • SP-Wolf's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 PM
    SP-Wolf replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    They could be a stand in as well. They are Pennsy prototypes. They do look nice. I am going to get a couple in Pennsy. (Non sound) Regards, Wolf
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  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    Roger, I'm in the same situation as Bill, and also would enjoy if you could arrange a video posting. Your topic sounds fascinating.
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  • mr.dean's Avatar
    Today, 01:46 PM
    Oops! Papahnash, you are correct. Tomorrow is the big celebration not the send off date. That's what I get for posting at 2:00 am in the morning! :ohboy:
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  • friscobob's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 PM
    Those cabs on the CSX rebuilds make the Topeka cabs used by Santa Fe on their Geep and CF7 rebuilds look downright handsome. And for the record, I like the look of the Topeka cabs.....
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  • Ironhorseman's Avatar
    Today, 01:32 PM
    I'm too far away to attend, Roger. But if someone videos the presentation, perhaps you could post it here. Thanks
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  • wpsnts's Avatar
    Today, 01:29 PM
    wpsnts replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    Would the Broadway Limited cars work?
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    When I get some of the Intermountain cars I will have to take them over to Steve's house and show him.;) He has been my go-to guy on all my obscure Santa Fe questions.
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  • Bendtracker1's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    And he didn't ask about a Scale Speed Atlas Motors either. I'd just contact Intermountain. They have been very good to me over the years and I've heard of others who have had good dealing with them as well. They might just tell you to send the chassis to them and they will more than likely replace it or fix it. I had a buddy who bought a used Amtrak set of F7's off the bay that turned out to be trashed. We contacted them about acquiring...
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:38 PM
    Jim Wiggin replied to a thread CBQ Galesburg City Job in Fallen Flags
    Hey guys, I'm hoping to have an update this weekend. Got lots to do and that clock is ticking, louder and louder....
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 PM
    Some of us have waited all winter and spring for this, that's right it's finally here! The "Unofficial" Start to Summer! Summer always has been and always will be my favorite time of year and this weekend is the kick off for many. Ironically, for the first time ever, I have a heater running in the shop as this has been a rather cold start to the season. The retail establishment even let us have Monday off which is a welcome surprise. So...
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  • DCESharkman's Avatar
    Today, 12:30 PM
    Quite true about John said about the Electro-Frogs. I have used them for years and on NTrak modules with no issues with either DCC or DC.
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  • Adrian Wintle's Avatar
    Today, 12:20 PM
    The answer is no, the IM shell is too narrow.
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 12:03 PM
    fifer replied to a thread New New Mexico N Scale Club in N Scale
    Thanks Glen. Hope you all are well. Mike
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  • papahnash's Avatar
    Today, 12:01 PM
    Thanks mr.dean, going to see it tomorrow for the send off. I believe the return to Roanoke is the 30th. Harold
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 12:00 PM
    Tim , the #4's are still the same design and can be somewhat problematic. Some use them and work just fine. It is a LONG discussion to tell you about them. I would suggest searching it up on the forums or Google. They are fairly easy to fix if needed but I would investigate them first or just use #6's. http://www.trainboard.com/grapevine/showthread.php?159749-Kato-4-Turnout-Problems Thanks , Mike
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  • RatonMan's Avatar
    Today, 11:35 AM
    Post of the year candidate!
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  • rrjim1's Avatar
    Today, 11:30 AM
    rrjim1 replied to a thread Bad motor in IM F-unit in N Scale
    He didn't ask if he could put a Kato motor in the IM mechanism. He asked if he could use a complete Kato mechanism with the IM shell. That's something I don't know and would never want to do. When I do a motor swap I do it the easy way, I just pull the flywheels off the Kato motor install them on a Scale Speed Atlas Motor. This way you can use all the original loco's parts.
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  • locomcf's Avatar
    Today, 10:49 AM
    locomcf replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    This page is now quite old and doesn't include the Intermountain cars which are (to the best of my knowledge) the only plastic RTR models of ATSF prototype stock cars. As Wolf mentions, the Intermountain cars are difficult to track down. Stephen Sandifer has much more information on ATSF livestock operations at: http://www.atsfrr.com/resources/Sandifer/Clinics/Stk/Index.htm Regards, Ron
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  • rhensley_anderson's Avatar
    Today, 10:42 AM
    I will give a presentation on the Railroads of Madison County on Sunday July 19 at 2 PM at the History Center at 11 W 11th Street in Anderson (that's downtown). The presentation will cover all of the railroads that ran through the county and not just scenes in the county. We will cover NYC, PRR, CI, NKP, PC, Conrail and CSX and NS with emphasis on the older rail lines. Afterward, the train rooms will be open for anyone who wishes to stay and...
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  • rhensley_anderson's Avatar
    Today, 10:41 AM
    I will give a presentation on the Railroads of Madison County on Sunday July 19 at 2 PM at the History Center at 11 W 11th Street in Anderson Indiana (that's downtown). The presentation will cover all of the railroads that ran through the county and not just scenes in the county. We will cover NYC, PRR, CI, NKP, PC, Conrail and CSX and NS with emphasis on the older rail lines. Afterward, the train rooms will be open for anyone who wishes to...
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  • rhensley_anderson's Avatar
    Today, 10:37 AM
    rhensley_anderson replied to a thread NYC 1949 J-1d 5300 in Fallen Flags
    Certainly. Feel free to add it here.
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 AM
    BRAZIL: Following its merger with América Latina Logística (RG 5.15 p7), Rumo Logística has briefed... More...
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  • jhn_plsn's Avatar
    Today, 06:20 AM
    jhn_plsn replied to a thread Bridge Abutment Search in HO Scale
    I have sanded balsa supports with what I think are convincing results, but if I were to do it again I would befriend someone who can design a shapeways solution. https://www.shapeways.com/product/5S2UK347H/concrete-bridge-abutment?optionId=9148517
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  • Metro Red Line's Avatar
    Today, 06:00 AM
    I used compressed air, the same kind used for computers and electronics. Just don't point it TOO close or you'll blow the loco across the room :)
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  • mr.dean's Avatar
    Today, 05:57 AM
    Here is the link to the Youtube video for her run... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XA_EZipfi4&feature=youtu.be Here is a link the the NC Transportation Museum Facebook page and some more videos! https://www.facebook.com/nctrans She steams back to Roanoke, VA on the 23rd of this month!
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  • virtual-bird's Avatar
    Today, 05:09 AM
    try the website called Ebay... theres several on there.
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  • Colonel's Avatar
    Today, 05:01 AM
    Colonel replied to a thread River Harbor Belt Line in HO Scale
    Early start to the weekend some weathering applied to the grain silos
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  • alhoop's Avatar
    Today, 04:29 AM
    You could build your own: http://www3.sympatico.ca/kstapleton3/851.HTM Or does this apply? https://www.yahoo.com/makers/young-people-dont-know-how-to-fix-anything-106523138575.html Al
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 04:10 AM
    That greenery, to my eye, makes it look like the retaining wall was not just recently built. Unless you are trying for the newly constructed appearance, I like that added color. Hope you'll leave it.
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  • Pacodutaco's Avatar
    Today, 03:16 AM
    I would also suggest adding some of the creeper you used on the hillside near the overpass. The South, especially here in Virginia, has what we call Virginia Creeper growing all over the place. There is a lot of in in the NC and SC too.
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  • subwayaz's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 AM
    Nice video and layout Mike. Thanks for sharing
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  • fifer's Avatar
    Today, 02:52 AM
    fifer replied to a thread New New Mexico N Scale Club in N Scale
    Thanks so much guys, Mike
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 02:52 AM
    Are the flashers in limited application, to perhaps one or two engine series? This is an interesting observation. Ha ha. I'm sure someone who carefully designed that cab is disappointed their clever application isn't actually that clever. :)
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  • Noah Lane's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    Thank you, Jim! Yeah, I haven't spent much time on the area at the base of the retaining wall yet. I added the dirt at the foot of the wall during one session, and the initial layer of dirt later. It still needs another layer, and then grass (where there isn't the road/parking for the adjacent wharf.
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  • ScaleCraft's Avatar
    Today, 01:31 AM
    That's what they do...get the makeup down in those really deep crevasses (or to keep from sleeping on the couch, "really deep crevices").
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  • JimJ's Avatar
    Today, 01:11 AM
    I'm no expert but I like the grass only and I would add some weeds or such growing out from the cribbed wall in a few places. Your dirt is very realistic but I think the grass would've covered it up quickly. Just a thought. Your scenery skills are great.
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  • Noah Lane's Avatar
    Today, 12:59 AM
    Thank you Boxcab, Mike, and Peter! I need your guys' opinions! Do you like the bare dirt at the top of the retaining wall in the photo above? Or the greenery that grew overnight in the photo below? I'm on the fence... If I decide to go back to bare dirt, it won't be difficult to remove the Siflor and touch up the dirt.
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  • BarstowRick's Avatar
    Today, 12:49 AM
    Although, my layout still sports Cab A and Cab B, Analog DC I can switch over Cab B to DCC and it's everything George said it would be. That's why you'll hear me say "If" I was starting out all over again...and you know the rest. George is right my control panel looks like the NASA control room on steroids. However, that's what I have and I will stick with my Momentum powered, power packs or are they called transformers? I had a...
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  • Kisatchie's Avatar
    Today, 12:31 AM
    Kisatchie replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    Hmm... that's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen...
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  • BnOEngrRick's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 AM
    These are called "GP38-3". The flashers are indicative of remote control equipment being installed. CSX is also rebuilding GP40-2s into "GP40-3". Those are in the 6500 series. There are at least a dozen of those on the road now. Personally, I don't care for the new cab design. Many things are inconveniently placed, and we have never gotten any type of instruction on the use of the computer screens on the control stand. The only thing...
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  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:57 PM
    fitz replied to a thread NYC 1949 J-1d 5300 in Fallen Flags
    Charlie, I can't help with the fast mail makeup, but as Hank said, that was such a source of revenue until the mail contracts were cancelled, not just for the Central. Thanks for another classic, Roger. I am pretty sure I have a Vollrath photo of 5300 somewhere. If it's OK with you, and if I can find it, should I add it here?
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  • fitz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    fitz replied to a thread New But Old in New Member Introductions
    Thanks for that detailed report. Your answer to me reminds me of some great experiences I had in the aviation industry.
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread Hog Waller Junction in N Scale
    The banged up ribs have eased up some so that I can spend some time leaning over the layout. Finally installed the Eagle trees in the meadow permanently. I also ripped up one of the birch trees and moved it from the creek bed up in front of the meadow above the falls. Along the stream near the mill and beside the mill pond I installed about for Willows and a number of other small trees. The small rise in back of the water powered mill is now...
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  • SYROUS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    Very nice Noah, wall really pops now.
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  • Mr. SP's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    Mr. SP replied to a thread Cleaning dusty locomotives in HO Scale
    All the SD-7's and the first thirty two SD-9's had the barrel lights The SD-9's 5339 to 5372 are the numbers. A few of the passenger GP-9's also had the barrell lights
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread F Unit Pilots? in N Scale
    That is a restored and repainted locomotive that Doyle McCormak did. It now resides on the coast of Oregon at Garibaldi I believe.
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:22 PM
    John Moore replied to a thread F Unit Pilots? in N Scale
    It is an old picture from off the web. A two unit passenger loco, based on the number, that saw a lot of service on the western end of the system.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    Actually I like that type of scenario. It really makes the crew operate their trains. Like old timetable and train order, dark territory days.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:57 PM
    Nice. I really liked the scene with the steam powered coal train, as it traveled around such a sweeping curve. Wow.
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    Multiple trains on a single mainline. Each easily independently controlled from one throttle. Do that with DC with a control panel and wiring that would make a NASA control room look like kids play !!!! :-P Two trains traveling opposite directions on a single mainline. One train gets put in a siding. The other passes by. The train in the siding gets back on the main again in the opposite direction of the other. Advantage: No flipping...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    DARIEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2015-- Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) (NYSE:GWR) Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Matthew O. Walsh will present at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials and Basic Materials Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 9:20 a.m. CDT. Interested investors may access Mr. Walsh’s presentation via live Internet webcast at www.gwrr.com/investors. The...
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  • Doug Gosha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    Doug Gosha replied to a thread F Unit Pilots? in N Scale
    John, that GN F7 looks gorgeous. Is that an old picture or is that a restored unit?Doug
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  • Doug Gosha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Doug Gosha replied to a thread F Unit Pilots? in N Scale
    You also have to take into consideration repair made by the railroads if the pilot had been damaged. A not so rare occurance, I would imagine. Doug
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:27 PM
    Another great video Mike ^5 :cool:
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  • Inkaneer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:09 PM
    DCC is not the panacea for all the ills of model railroading. There will always be a spot for analog DC. Most layouts are not the club size mega layouts one typically sees on layout tours. Rather, most are small and tucked away in a spare room or a corner of the basement or garage. Those small layouts can operate quite well without DCC. To be sure DCC has its advantages but it also has a plethora of disadvantages. Two of which are cost...
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  • Inkaneer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    Inkaneer replied to a thread F Unit Pilots? in N Scale
    That is the freight pilot.
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    Hey, those are pretty good looking Santa Fe stock cars. I may have to seek some of those out.
    19 replies | 463 view(s)
  • Point353's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    Point353 replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    Here's a couple of the IMRY cars: http://www.nicholassmithtrains.com/store/product/50356/N-AT%26SF-STOCK-CAR-%2360512/ http://www.nicholassmithtrains.com/store/product/50357/N-AT%26SF-STOCK-CAR-%2368896/ (No dealer discussion intended - simply identifying possible location of inventory for hard-to-find old product of interest to OP)
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    Not a bad theory at all. But, in the end I remember that we are scale modelers, and Lionel is a toy maker.
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  • randgust's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    randgust replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    Oh, believe me, it can get much, much worse..... http://www.lionel.com/products/ProductNavigator/_ProductImages_590/6-29644_6967.jpg Everything's better with Warbonnet On It.... http://ep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-37481201299324/brekina-automodelle-1-87-ho-1964-dodge-a-100-cargo-van-assembled-santa-fe-warbonnet-silver-red-black-12.gif Except possibly this...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:41 PM
    Union Pacific Railroad conducted training for 39 emergency response personnel from eight states May 13 - 15. The training focused on sharpening the emergency responders' skills to better prepare them in the unlikely event of a crude-by-rail incident in or near their respective communities. More...
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  • Carl Sowell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:35 PM
    Carl Sowell replied to a thread Bad motor in IM F-unit in N Scale
    Jeff, Nobody answered your question, so let me tell you yes you can put KATO motor and drive shafts in the IM mechanism. I am completing that very mod on two of their F-3's from a purchase I made last summer. I will not go into any details regarding why I am doing this mod. It is not a drop in situation by any stretch of the imagination. First off, all you can get from KATO parts are for their DCC ready mechanisms. Their flywheels are a...
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  • offshore's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    I've read discussions also about the #4 turnouts. I am using the #6's and having no problem with them.
    3 replies
  • PGE-N°2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    Checking to see if anyone on here might have some shells from Con-Cor U50s or gas turbines they'd be willing to part with cheaply.
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  • Doug Gosha's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    It all depends on how fast you want to get trains running. DC - Buy a pack and connect two wires. Turn it on and watch the trains run. DCC - Buy all the equipment. Either buy decoder equipped locos or install them in existing locos. Set up a programmomg track. Read all the instructions several times to learn how to use a DCC system. Program your locos. Debug when they don't work as expected. Reprogram your locos. Put the locos on the...
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  • BarstowRick's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:39 PM
    Messing with old school technology isn't something I'd recommend. What Raton Man, said, "Make the sacrifice now, and go DCC!" If I was starting all over again, I'd start with DCC and never look back. That way no one gets insulted. Although the later Tech ll, Pulse Power has been modified from the original I still consider it dangerous to play with. Give it up and let it go. My two cents.
    24 replies | 663 view(s)
  • leikec's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    leikec replied to a thread Bad motor in IM F-unit in N Scale
    I probably will contact them. The funny thing is that I just ordered an IM F7b this morning to go with my Wabash F7a. I have had to replace bad Kato motors, but generally I've had good luck with Kato and Atlas drives. I've also had good luck repairing them when they need work, which is why I'm wondering about swapping out the mechanism. If Kato made a Wabash F7 I'd buy one in a second, but they don't, so IM is the only option. I've...
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  • bill pearce's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    bill pearce replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    Ah, yes, Dr. Straw! As usual a correct diagnosis. Let's be honest, not the worst thing foisted off on the public by Lionel.
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:47 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread Santa Fe Stock Cars in N Scale
    I imagine the story went something like this. The folks at Lionel wanted to get more life out of their cattle loading facility and thought it would be great to use horses instead of cows. OK, they made an effort to be somewhat prototypical and called up the boys at Santa Fe. Lionel: "Do you have cars for transporting horses?" Santa Fe: "Why, yes we do." Lionel: "Well, what color are they?" Santa Fe: "Green." Lionel hangs up the phone...
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