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    It's more project oriented vs. large scale wiring...

    It's more project oriented vs. large scale wiring project oriented, but for electronics CAD program I use Fritzing now and then.

    Andrew
  2. We could volunteer a moose stampede to get the...

    We could volunteer a moose stampede to get the pictures, but then, methinks we're missing something crucial... Hard to have a moose stampede without the moose! Lol
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    Very nice work!!! I'd be interested in seeing...

    Very nice work!!! I'd be interested in seeing more pictures! I'm also interested in how you built the Nn3 critter, if you want to share!

    Andrew
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    Be careful with soldering all your rail together....

    Be careful with soldering all your rail together. Thermal expansion of the rail can destroy your careful work.

    Edit: I think I misread, and you're keeping it in expansion sections.
    Andrew
  5. An SPDT would work as well if they're easier to...

    An SPDT would work as well if they're easier to find locally for you, cutting power to one rail on either the layout or on the programming track. The other rail would always be connected, but since...
  6. That's some toasty spring weather there for us...

    That's some toasty spring weather there for us northerners! In my neck of the woods, 30F is a nice warm sunny day in February, time to shed the coats! Lol ;)
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    I only know about them because I have a friend...

    I only know about them because I have a friend who has a long train of them, lol. I've been helping him upgrade them to metal wheels, operating diaphrams, MT couplers, etc.

    Andrew
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    Bachmann made it years ago. How accurate it is, I...

    Bachmann made it years ago. How accurate it is, I don't know, and finding it may be hard too.

    http://www.themetrains.com/images/auto/auto-train-m-bachmann-n-set-isoldit_03_450x.jpg

    Andrew
  9. What about the Arduino Mega? It has 48 IO's, if I...

    What about the Arduino Mega? It has 48 IO's, if I remember right.

    Andrew
  10. Coin operated turnouts? ;)

    Now that is an idea! [/QUOTE]

    Coin operated turnouts? ;)
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    This is my personal favorite for resizing images...

    This is my personal favorite for resizing images on Windows, simply select the images you want to resize, right-click, select resize images from the right-click menu, choose the size you want, and...
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    Driving home today, I ran across the #3 out...

    Driving home today, I ran across the #3 out making a delivery! So awesome to see the S4 back up and running again!!!

    https://youtu.be/Pk2S4ggCGz8
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    You seem to me to be someone like me who did tons...

    You seem to me to be someone like me who did tons of research into building layouts, so I'm not going to go into the how of all this, but rather give you an idea of the process. I STRONGLY recommend...
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    That was exactly the cause of my paralysis as...

    That was exactly the cause of my paralysis as well. I was a teen in school without a job and very little money when I started, so it was hard to commit to spending all that money. I ended up starting...
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    Just a thought. Without having read all of every...

    Just a thought. Without having read all of every post above after the first few pages, you seem to be dealing with something I've struggled with in the past. I designed literally hundreds of layouts,...
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    From the email: "From now through midnight...

    From the email:
    "From now through midnight November 28, 2017, ONLY, use the special code "MERRY17" to receive 25% off the MSRP for any items currently in stock through our online Web Store (does not...
  17. At one point, MRH offered $40 per published tip....

    At one point, MRH offered $40 per published tip. I don't know if they still do or not, but I submitted something once and it was published a little over a year later. Mine was a very simple tip of...
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    Yep! Those are self propelled locomotives,...

    Yep! Those are self propelled locomotives, typically narrow gauge, that run between the normal tracks. An arm drops down from the side to allow it to shove cars on the adjacent track. Cool critters!...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynjSgkwDL8c ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynjSgkwDL8c

    Shows the cable hitting the underside of the car.
    Interesting.... the barney is completely below track height on the way down, and completely above on...
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    Figured I better draw a diagram, I might not be...

    Figured I better draw a diagram, I might not be explaining the thought well.

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    Using a short bit of line to connect the barney to the cable might allow another possibility for raising the...
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    https://www.nationalcar-bg.com/resources/images/co...

    https://www.nationalcar-bg.com/resources/images/content/2017/2/coal-car-dumper-coal-car-dumper-at-pennsylvania-rr-dock-1-flickr.jpg

    Looks like this pit is relatively deep, and if you put the...
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    HO scale again, but it does have an uphill...

    HO scale again, but it does have an uphill barney. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWa3UhV96WQ
    Doesn't look to be hinged, using an extra drop in the barney track to get under the cars.

    This area...
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    Fox Valley wheelsets come to mind as one sided...

    Fox Valley wheelsets come to mind as one sided insulated wheels, there are others, but I don't have personal experience with them.
    Fiber optics can be easily had from the internet with a quick...
  24. Wiring resistors in parallel (side by side)...

    Wiring resistors in parallel (side by side) reduces the resistance, series (end to end) increases the resistance.
  25. Pretty sure that's what they use, with the...

    Pretty sure that's what they use, with the coupler box and body mount made by Trainworx. If they aren't Micro-Trains couplers, they are perfect enough clones to fool me, and I've assembled and...
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