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Keith Mar 11, 2015

  1. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

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    Shop I got it from, owner boxed it backwards!
    That's what broke the horns, and the steam generator vent.
    Radio and Sound equipped. Makes it interesting. Blowing the horn, when it has NO horn!

    Have several N Scale PA's as well.

    As delivered - LifeLike A/B set
    BLI - ABA, Aspen Leaf, with DCC/Sound
    Kato - ABA, Aspen Leaf, ABA 4 stripe
    ConCor - ABA single stripe

    Tried to strip, years ago! Black was only thing that came off!
    Should be able to decal it, with minimal trouble.

    Gotta work on the cars now. Truss rods on Pullman causing derailments, if run the wrong way!
     
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    They must be out of scale, or poorly designed?
     
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    Design could be a little better, I think.
    The queen posts could have been made stronger!
    Metal part, instead of plastic! Truss rods themselves
    broke at the bend, where rod meets car underfloor.
    With Aristo gone, locating repair parts is just about impossible!
    I’m sure someone with Shapeways could make them. But, they
    would have to be made out of a material MUCH stronger than FUD.
    Grab the car wrong when carrying, or a derailment and chances are, somethings broke!
    Epoxied one rod in place, but it came loose. If I can redo it, I should be OK.
    Don’t run the passenger that often.
    Minor track work needed, to help with minor problems with the USA coach. Equipment box(es)
    under car snag track, if run the wrong way. Too much of an angled transition at the top of the grade.
    My fault! Gonna be making grade changes in that area come spring/summer. Among other things!
    Have a 4 3/4 inch grade in about 4 1/2 feet of track! A noticeable grade from a short distance!

    The coal train, or a freight train run pretty good, despite the abrupt grade changes!
    This year is gonna be busy, and interesting! Still gotta figure bridge abutments, and
    tunnel construction method(s).
     
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    You might try searching for someone who makes replacement queen posts. Be sure to get a prototypical length. (Many models come equipped with versions which are WAY too long.) Use brass wire to re-create the rods. Be sure to get turnbuckles as well. I did this with cars in On30 scale. Was not at all difficult.
     
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    Found someone who makes 1:20.3 posts. Sent message, asking if he could do 1:29 version.
    What he offers now, are available in both plastic AND metal. Now, I wait. And hope.

    Then, IF I can get the parts I need made, I need to find a source for the truss rods!
    Brass wire, at least 18" long!

    Almost tempted to set up something short, and run for an hour or so.
    Even though it's a bit under 40* right now! Not going to though.
     

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