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    My name in Rob Hollett and I'm am N-scale aholic......It all started when I stumbled into a German Train store in 1989. Since then I have had an on again off again romance with the idea of building the ultimate N-scale railroad empire. In moments of weakness I have purchased trains that do not fit in with my current layout but they call to me in a way I cannot explain and appeal to a base instinct where I justify purchasing things that will fulfil some future urge to model an esoteric reality that exists only in my mind. In my latest dalliance I have purchased micro trains passenger trucks and this locomotive....https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/bach...santa-fe-2910/ to satisfy some inner need to send passengers around loops and deliver them to platforms in an arid desert wasteland set somewhere in the twilight zone Ghost town of a place to proud to have a railroad in reality(they thought their land was worth more than a RR would pay), but in my alternate dimension was able to garner the interest of the ATSF in White Oak, NM realty and a town flourished around a copper mine and later (100 years) a military presence following some unexplained extra-terrestrial phenomena that occurred. I know others suffer with my affliction and I hope my story will encourage them to come to terms with the addiction...


    and in turn they will post lots of pictures of their dance with N-scale and it's long term affects... without your pictures no one will ever truly know the bonds of this affliction and the lengths to which we will go to establish our ultimate N-Scale domain.
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    I hear the train a comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend

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    N scale is like a wide angle lens. O scale is like a zoom lens. Itís all good. " -Twindad

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    (In group unison voice) "Hello Rob!"

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    Well, I love my Pacific Steamer even though it is Bachmann, and I had the pleasure of watching the "Real Nickel Plate Road" roll past my house a little while ago on a tour it was doing around New York State. As such, despite being bachmann, I couldn't resist getting this for the layout:

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    Little bit of TOFC action -- last really good deal I found earlier in the month (deal quality is directly proportionate to ratio of MTL couplers in the lot -- 100% here!)...

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    Will probably sell 10 or 20 of my duplicates (cannot drive a 80 car TOFC train on my layout -- 50 in this lot plus the 30 or so I already had).

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    Hi Rob! No really, I am not addicted, I can stop anytime I want. Just as soon as I get another locomotive, a caboose to go with it of course, and some covered hoppers, never have enough of them. And track, lots of track. Oh, yeah, here is what I bought, over budget as I really was going to cut back on spending this month, till I reworked my plans. Well, see I get these e-mail flyers from several dealers and this book I wanted was on e-bay used but cheap. Oh well. Here is my purchases for the month (I hope).
    Another Conrail book, jacket a little worse for wear but insides fine. Three cheap covered hoppers from Bowser ($5 ea.) and one B&O from M/T that I wanted. More Unitrack turnouts, straight track and a plug adapter. That is it, I swear. Oh and I will get the donuts for next meeting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    Ok my mystery lot came in... I have not tested things yet but very nice score in my opinion... $155 shipped for all this...

    Definitely excited to get the Shay, the GE Demonstrator, & Acela unit!!! The Kato GG1 and MDC/Roundhouse Rio Grand 2-8-0 are really nice but I may sell them (too many Arnold GG1s -- but let me run the Kato to see what I think -- and I do not model Rio Grande)... Also happy to get a 70 tonner since I do not have any...

    I will likely sell the KCS Locos, RDC, & State Cars (sadly no rare States in there).

    EDIT: Everything runs... The KCS locos are Masterline and have factory DCC decoders installed.
    Are you looking to sell the MDC/Roundhouse Rio GRand 2-8-0?

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    Anyone ever sell something and then realize you sold it for far too little? Just sold a couple of units and saw the buyer flip them and double their money on Ebay -- these were for Life Like MILW Erie Built units. I even saw a recent past auction where an A-B-A set sold for $450 but I assumed it was a bit crazy. I guess not since each of these units seems likely to sell for $165 or so (I sold to him for $85). Anyway, still more than I paid for them but I am kinda annoyed that I made such a mistake in pricing.

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    I'll be purchasing some Fast Tracks Quick Ties for turnouts. My buddy loaned me a pack and I need to pay him back. SSSSHHHHH, there may some other items attached.
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    I'm still waiting for the black Kato SD70MAC trucks (929281) to come to the US... the silver ones are in stock now.

    That's about it, as I plan to build at least a few modules before buying anything new

    Although a nice set of Centerbeam flat cars could persuade me to change my mind... like Athearn's LPG tank cars did earlier this year

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    I won't be buying anything...Ö Everything that I want is only available in HO

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    Did not get anything to exciting this month. I got some styrene sheets and fine tip tweezer. I also figured that I need to start to become more educated on real railroads and steam engines so I bought Guide to North American Stem Locomotives. I hope this helps me to start and understand them better. So far it has been a good book.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rwslater View Post
    Did not get anything to exciting this month.
    Nothing exciting ?? That book ??

    Well, I ...

    Sir, you shall now read that book end to end, and when you're done, you shall do it again.
    And when you do, you shall look at all the pictures in awe.
    Harumpf !!
    Nothing exciting? mumble mumble ...
    MOOSE !!

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    This just arrived and it IS incredible and dam is it BIG! Hope it runs as well as it looks and Bachmann has their min/recommended radius, 11 3/4", right

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    @SteamPower4ever

    Moose has heard your call!

    @rwslater

    "nothing exciting", good sir, when have just obtained an awesome book about STEAM POWER?!
    This is blasphemy of the worst kind! No warnings, it's stampeding time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    Nothing exciting ?? That book ??

    Well, I ...

    Sir, you shall now read that book end to end, and when you're done, you shall do it again.
    And when you do, you shall look at all the pictures in awe.
    Harumpf !!
    Nothing exciting? mumble mumble ...
    MOOSE !!

    I stand corrected on my comments, Well at least after I get off the ground and dust the hoof marks off. I did not know you could get that many mooses together. You are both correct it is an outstanding book

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    Nothing exciting ?? That book ??

    Well, I ...

    Sir, you shall now read that book end to end, and when you're done, you shall do it again.
    And when you do, you shall look at all the pictures in awe.
    Harumpf !!
    Nothing exciting? mumble mumble ...
    MOOSE !!

    I stand corrected on my comments, Well at least after I get off the ground and dust the hoof marks off. I did not know you could get that many mooses together. You are both correct it is an outstanding book

    Robert

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    @rwslater

    Hmmm, so important, it was worth repeating. Good call, sir, good call.


    Oh, if you find a moose wandering about, looking kinda lost, that's Bernard.


    Could you steer him in the right direction back this way? Moose always tell him, "find a stampede buddy and pair-up." Does he ever listen? Nope...
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    Robert,
    Be thankful that Moose is strict but conscientious. Stampedes can get messy. Some people have been know to have "accidents" in their pants when they see the stampede, plus the normal blood and guts. and of course, some of the moose get a wee bit too excited. Moose cares about the environment, so he sends in his own clean-up team.
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    Naturally, they STEAM-clean everything. So your layout room will be safe to work in.
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    Few miscellaneous purchases to round out the month -- all individual lots and decent deals (albeit not as good as larger lots typically tend to be)... Model Power 2-6-0 is missing a pilot wheelset but that is an easy replacement. The Trix 2-10-0 is missing a bell (it was missing a wheel on pilot but that was in box just loose). Both of these run (although needed to blast out commutator on the decapod) -- good clean and lube and both should be in good running order.

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    Quite pleased to finally get a vacuum cleaning car (man the pickup scheme on this Atlas is complex and likely prone to issues) and really love the 0-8-8-0 Mallets but usually would never splurge on one of the colored one (particularly the yellow ones go for $$$$). In this case the unit was damaged -- eccentric pin is sheared off -- so got it much cheaper than I otherwise would have. I really hope I can repair the eccentric pin (replacing the step is pretty easy since I will try to copy the one on the other side). There is also a railing and a whistle missing which I will try to copy from my other unit (black one).

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