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  • Dampfloko's Avatar
    Today, 09:01 PM
    Just pulled my EM-1 out of summer storage, ran one loop around the track and returned with 3 split and dangling traction tires. Anyone else encountered this problem with Bmann tires in general? main problem is Bmann ns no spare parts yet for the EM-1.
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  • lexon's Avatar
    Today, 08:59 PM
    First of all, you only have to post once. Exactly which steps did you follow in the DCC system? Which sounds are you trying to reduce? I have used LocSound decoders with no issues. Been a while since I had to do any programming. Rich
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 08:57 PM
    HMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmm...looks like I have a couple of "Heat Kinks" on the Southbound Main...That I am gonna have to fix today... :wideeyes::uhoh:
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 08:51 PM
    Trees are all planted !! Made a video showing them. They may not look/work for Macro photograhy work (Which I DONT do) but they look great following the "Three foot rule". :-)
    48 replies | 1396 view(s)
  • LOU D's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 PM
    Trackwork is an entity whose end result comes out based solely on what you put into it,more so than almost any other aspect of model railroading.It starts right from your benchwork,up through the roadbed,and down to planning the curves,straights,and locations of soldered and slip joiners..If you're not planning it all,and doing it to the best level you're capable of,you'll have nothing but grief.If you treat it as something you hate,and put no...
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  • Bfagan's Avatar
    Today, 07:55 PM
    Here’s my N scale layout I put up at Christmas. Short videos. Enjoy Bill Fagan’s Holiday Layout Flyover: http://youtu.be/n0S24bJNPFc Bill Fagan’s Holiday Layout Eastbound: http://youtu.be/Ci-qxI2f_w8 Bill Fagan’s Holiday Layout Westbound: http://youtu.be/dyumERbhaps
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  • NorsemanJack's Avatar
    Today, 07:48 PM
    Interesting thread, and not the first one like it. I can very much relate to the OP's thoughts. My current layout (a modular shelf layout, topic of an old thread) is all code 55. Original sections are ME and later work is Atlas. I've never had any reliability problems, despite some well-meaning folks suggesting that mating modules with code 55 track is a recipe for disaster. Like many, as my vision grew towards a more elaborate layout (i.e....
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  • BarstowRick's Avatar
    Today, 07:47 PM
    A day late and dollar short. I use Atlas Code 80 flex track with Peco Code 80 Electrofrog switches. LIke others of you here, I do run some older equipment with the deeper flanges. I worked to hard to buy those bad boys and girls and I'm not about to give them up. When it comes to my main yards, I prefer the Peco Code 80 Electrofrog switches. On the mainline you will find Kato, Unitrack #6 switches. I wish they had a #7...
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  • Alan's Avatar
    Today, 07:14 PM
    What a great looking car. I look forward to following your progress :) Alan www.andersley.co.uk
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:58 PM
    Probably will confined to reading the new issue of NSR and drawing some inspiration form it.
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  • RedRiverRR4433's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 PM
    How are the trees coming along George? Did you plant them all yet? :cool: Shades
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  • RedRiverRR4433's Avatar
    Today, 06:55 PM
    Six BLI UP hoppers that were just released. :cool: Shades
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  • Zug's Avatar
    Today, 06:50 PM
    Zug replied to a thread What was your latest purchase? in N Scale
    Well I just ordered a Tomix cleaning car. I though it's make things a bit easier for me since i'm not that active I won't be working to clean the rails then by the time i'm done I'm wanting to go do something else.. I stopped in the hobby shop a couple days ago, and was disappointed as usual in the selection.. But that's a whole different rant.. got to find a decent mail order site so I don't have to mess around with feebay..
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  • Mike VE2TRV's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 PM
    A couple of years ago the Montreal Railroad Modelers Association was unceremoniously evicted from their lodgings in downtown Montreal, so they dismantled everything and looked for new digs. Well, this weekend will be their first open house since the move, in their new location, and I will be there to take a good look at progress in reconstructing their massive layout. There will be some sale of items from their former layout, so I'll see if I...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:33 PM
    Looks good, but I still prefer the earlier paint scheme! :)
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  • Puddington's Avatar
    Today, 06:29 PM
    Rapido is pleased to announce the General American 37’ meat refrigerator car in N scale! The Rapido wood reefer is based on a design built between 1937 and 1941 by General American Transportation (GARX). Although built with a wooden sheathed body and roof that made them look like a car from an earlier era, these GARX cars were modern for their time. They were constructed on a steel underframe of similar construction to boxcar underframes...
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  • Bill Denton's Avatar
    Today, 06:25 PM
    I paid Matt to say that! I had so much fun with my first MP15AC that I decided to build another. Bandit at 12 o'clock !!!
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  • ronobone1's Avatar
    Today, 06:12 PM
    I have an HO 80 ton 3 truck Shay locomotive with a loksound decoder. The decoder seems to function ok but the volume is too low. I have tried to change the CV master control to no avail. anyone have any suggestions?:(
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 06:11 PM
    There is some difference the further west you go on the northern tier. Billings which was about 275 miles west of me was the start of the low hills, mountains to the eastern folks, with scrub pine until you got into the Rockies. Leaving Idaho you once again transition into the arid east side of Washington and it is not until just before Lyle that you start getting into the forests again. Western Washington though is subtropical in nature once...
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  • ronobone1's Avatar
    Today, 06:06 PM
    I have an HO 80 ton 3 truck Shay locomotive with a loksound decoder. The decoder seems to function ok but the volume is too low. I have tried to change the CV master control to no avail. anyone have any suggestions?:(
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 06:05 PM
    I agree with your perception of the original car. To me it appears as though it could not decide to be caboose or passenger. This looks much better!
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  • dti406's Avatar
    Today, 06:03 PM
    This is a Tichy Panel Side Hopper Kit with an extension that was used for hauling grain from the Anderson's Elevator iin Maumee, OH to the Export Elavator in Toledo, OH. The cars came from the Wabash (N&W) after the merger and were repainted from Wabash to the Anderson's unique scheme. I had started on this car over 20 years ago, but just pulled it out of the box to complete this last weekend. After starting back on it I found out why I quit on...
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 05:58 PM
    I have a number of Peco turnouts acquired some time ago and I have installed two of the short radius ones on my test track to evaluate them. They transition from my 9.75 R oval to my 8.0 R oval and so far they have been flawless. On the other hand the Atlas #6s that transition from my 11 R outer oval to the 9.75 have been an occasional headache. Also the Atlas rerailers have been more of derailers than anything. I found that the flangeways in...
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  • ppuinn's Avatar
    Today, 05:55 PM
    Your plan is evolving very nicely! Will you be using limited spotting options on plastics, fuel oil, and trucking spurs as a modified Inglenook? You may want to put the structure for Conner Trucking on the right side of the track so it isn't in the way of toothpick uncoupling. Will the turnouts from the main to the siding and to Qual and Acme spurs be electric or manual? If manual, the structures in that area may need to be moved a...
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  • HOexplorer's Avatar
    Today, 05:47 PM
    When I got this Bmann Caboose in the mail last Monday I decided it was much too big, 4 windows and the door, for my modeling style. So I got to work. 5 days later I now have this. Jim
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  • dalebaker's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 PM
    Alan, I had a hard time with the first one I did. Not the weather part, the fact that in taking a nicely painted $200 dollar locomotive and making it look old and beat-up! The method would work great for hoppers. I've seen some ACF groan hoppers here that were so bad you could barely read anything on them. Eagle, go for it, I used a rail painter the I had used when I installed my track work, I bought pastel chalks at Hobby Lobby. You can...
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  • Keith's Avatar
    Today, 04:28 PM
    Keith replied to a discussion My HCD beginning in group HCD Layout Society
    Still need to decide what I should put where. I've got several kits I can choose from, just need to figure out where to place 'em Just need to find my box, containing the kits I have available.
    6 replies
  • rogergperkins's Avatar
    Today, 03:58 PM
    Mark and I discussed this product sometime ago. I found I got the best results by looping the EZ line around one of the insulators on the posts I was using. I also found that having lines installed in an immense nuisances; it is so "invisible" that I often forgot it was there and entangled my hand in the line. My after thought was next time to place it back of where I might have reason to reach. I think tacky glue such as that sold for...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:52 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread IC IC E-9s in Fallen Flags
    I did glance at their web site, but saw nothing obvious about this event. As they seem to be excursion-passenger oriented, that seems to be most likely use for such a buy. But where....? Hmmm.
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 03:42 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread IC IC E-9s in Fallen Flags
    Have not heard what Iowa Pacific will do with them. I hope they paint them up to match their orange and brown Pullman Rail Journeys cars. Maybe they will start running excursions using them on some of their lines.
    6 replies | 134 view(s)
  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    USA: By the ‘soft deadline’ of October 22, California High Speed Rail Authority had received 10 responses to its request for expressions of interest in a contract to supply trainsets and a... More...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 03:40 PM
    MALAYSIA: Greater Kuala Lumpur transport agency Prasarana signed a firm contract for CSR Zhuzhou to supply 30 more six-car metro trainsets for the Ampang Line on October 21. Scheduled to be... More...
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:29 PM
    Monrana, Oregon and Washington are all somewhat similar for trees. West and east sides of mountain ranges quite different. Once you get away from the eastern slopes of the Cascades or Rockies, the landscape is much more arid and exactly as John described.
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 03:29 PM
    Unless you live at 6500 feet in Arizona. Pine trees everywhere. Mountains....hills...valleys. Sure beats the desert ;)
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:25 PM
    For those who have been consistent readers of Model Railroad Hobbyist's e-zine, I am wondering if they've ever done any articles which we who model On30, HOn30 sizes might find of interest? I tried their search engine, but came up with nothing.
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  • BoxcabE50's Avatar
    Today, 03:19 PM
    BoxcabE50 replied to a thread IC IC E-9s in Fallen Flags
    Was there any hint of what IP intends for (two?) these units?
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 02:57 PM
    A lot of my younger years were spent in Eastern Montana and there only the spring fed valleys and the river bottoms had any significant amount of trees also. However the Western part of the state was a different story. My modeling locale for me though is the Pacific Coast area of Washington State and that area had some heavy growth and some big trees. And since logging operations are a significant part of my modeling now I have my work cut out...
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  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 02:42 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread IC IC E-9s in Fallen Flags
    Here are some of the other units that CN put their paint scheme on.
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  • Philip H's Avatar
    Today, 02:21 PM
    The October Timonium, MD show is this weekend, and I may try to go up Sunday after 4 yr old soccer. Then again, I have house painting to do, and the last battening down of the yard and garden before it gets really ugly. And SEC football to watch .. . . .
    5 replies | 84 view(s)
  • r_i_straw's Avatar
    Today, 02:20 PM
    r_i_straw replied to a thread IC IC E-9s in Fallen Flags
    No, they were some of the huge pool of E9Au units that Morrison and Knudson rebuilt from ex CB&Q locomotives for the BN commuter service in Chicago. BN kept them going for ever and finally retired them. IC picked up a number of them for business train service and CN has kept them going.
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  • RBrodzinsky's Avatar
    Today, 02:09 PM
    Modeling the west sure makes the number of trees more manageable, but you can still use them up, quickly! Funny story from long ago, my college roommate, who grew up in way upstate NY (Whitehall, at the lower end of Lake Champlain), came out to California for winter break. We were driving through the hills in Marin & Sonoma counties, when he turned to me and asked "who cut down all the trees on the hills?" He couldn't quite grasp that...
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  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 PM
    Thanks, I'll give it a shot.
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  • brokemoto's Avatar
    Today, 01:16 PM
    Funny, my experience has been the opposite. PECO claims that you can adapt the Code 55 to mate with the Code 80. It even appears to be constructed in such a manner. Still, even with the filing that the manufacturer suggests, there will be some derailments or even equipment's hanging up on it. I have had much better luck with the Electrofrog Code 80 than any other PECO. Funny, too, the Electrofrog shows fewer problems than does the ...
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  • John Moore's Avatar
    Today, 01:09 PM
    A lot boils down to what one wants to do and what gives one the least amount of hassle in getting that done. For me any fixed radius track will not work out for me thus I will stay comfortably with using flex track to achieve what I desire. Since my future plans incorporate some nonstandard tighter radius, and short wheel base cars and locos, it affects my choices in turnouts and track. Most if not all my turnouts will be manual thrown, less...
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  • Locomotion's Avatar
    Today, 01:08 PM
    Yes, works fine, probably better as two rollers per wheel is a greater contact area than a wheel on a rail alone.
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  • MisterBeasley's Avatar
    Today, 01:02 PM
    It's the home stretch for my bridge over Squirrel Creek. I'll be putting down some static grass, and then gluing down the track. I'll ballast that and the rest of the approach track. I found my "spare" moose, too, so he will find his new home down by the water. If my LEDs come in, I'll make up the small panel to show the positions of the turnouts. That will also have toggles to power off the 4 long staging tracks. Some time ago, I...
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  • offshore's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 PM
    offshore replied to a thread Hello in New Member Introductions
    Hello Cody, I myself am new to TrainBoard, there's a lot of knowledge here for us to absorb.
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  • montanan's Avatar
    Today, 12:57 PM
    i Plan on working on ballasting a yard this weekend, providing my wife hasn't come up with other plans she hasn't bothered telling me about. Once the yard is ballasted, other ground covering can be put down and work can be started on detailing a town.
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    Hank, in the case of Foam-Tac, I would say yes. I have had great success with it in placing "fiddely" items on my T-Trak modules. The only down side is the cost, so try to find it at a craft store such as Hobby-Lobby first. They sell the same thing to the model airplane guys but the price is higher. The best part is the item stays put because it stays flexible and is more "shock" proof in transport than an adhesive that cures rock hard. Formula...
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
    Jim Wiggin replied to a thread Hello in New Member Introductions
    Cody, welcome aboard. Your statement about college reminds me of the days of dorm life and running my N scale loop on my desk. My roommates loved it! It sounds like you have HO so to echo what my fellow Trainboard members have said, investigate some local train shows. You can find some bargains by way of the old "blue box" Athearn locomotives and freight cars. I found in my younger years that just replacing my train set AHM locomotive with an...
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  • Hytec's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    That explains my "squiggly" experience, thanks. Is there an adhesive that has enough "stickiness" to hold the line while it sets? My problem is trying to form a catenary from tower to tower, with the line turning at a slight angle to the next tower. I need something to keep the line from going off into space before the glue sets. As you say, CA Gel doesn't work. Edit: Jim, are the glues you suggest sticky enough to hold a line that's under...
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:39 PM
    I second Marks suggestion. EZ-Line is flexible and as such, needs a semi flexible adhesive. CA hardens the material making it brittle. A few suggestions I use in my shop that remain flexible when dry are Foam-Tac by Beacon Industries. It dries clear and is flexible and works fast. You can usually find it at most craft stores. Another is stolen from the model airplane isle. Formula '560' originally developed for model airplane canopies, is a fast...
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  • Jim Wiggin's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    Hard to believe that this week is almost over but it's time once again for Weekend Modeling Plans. With my due diligence behind me, I plan to spend the better part of my Friday as my weekend. The Atlas Code 55 track I needed came in yesterday so I can start work on my first module. I'll be able to lay the required track within the 4-foot stretch, determine the width, then add the necessary risers and subsequently install the sub roadbed. If...
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  • Spookshow's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 PM
    EZ Line doesn't like CA very much (or any other harsh chemicals for that matter), as it tends to go all "squiggly" when it encounters them. What I do is put a little white glue between the insulators on the crossarms and then pull the line down into that. Cheers, -Mark
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  • SleeperN06's Avatar
    Today, 11:29 AM
    Exactly what I was thinking
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  • bumthum's Avatar
    Today, 10:37 AM
    bumthum replied to a thread Printing an ALCO in N Scale
    It was available until quite recently, I believe it got dropped because shape ways changed the standard as to what thicknesses were printable and it would have required a redesign. Kind of pointless given the availability of factory models. Sad though, I built one of the first kits and loved the results... It was a great kit.
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  • vadimav's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    By the way, this cams stil works, works and works.... ---------- Vadim
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  • raysaron's Avatar
    Today, 10:17 AM
    We used EZ line, elastic thread, for a 4' run of power line on our club layout. The results were not very good--lines didn't stay glued to the cross arms and seemed to break without contact. After a pause to let negative experience fade, we may try again with changes. We are thinking of: prestring a set of poles off the layout and then planting them on the layout, looping the line around the cross arms before adding a dot of CA and...
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  • Mr. RSS's Avatar
    Today, 07:30 AM
    Australia: GHD and RPS Manidis Roberts are to prepare environmental impact assessments for the Newcastle light rail project (RG 6.14 p17). Golder Associates has been awarded a A$5·7m contract to... More...
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  • mtntrainman's Avatar
    Today, 07:12 AM
    Yup...that sure does make it easier...LOL !
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  • Ryan Wilkerson's Avatar
    Today, 06:11 AM
    Today I found the green wire but the local craft shop didn't have the chenille bumps. I'll check a couple other places. Any tips on the color to look for? I guess a generic dark green? Also, for the foam to coat it...what have you found the be the most realistic color or color blend? Woodland Scenics seems to have a large variety. Thanks for the help! -Ryan
    48 replies | 1396 view(s)
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