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  1. Getting back to it

    Itís been a while, but I am finally making progress again. We had some basement issues in March, and then the weather got nice, so I spent most of April, May, and June either in the backyard or in the garage working on house related items. But now, I am back to layout in the evenings. Iím giving up on all the TV I need to watch too.

    Wiring is done. Thereís a lot of it for a 4x8 as I have a lot of turnouts controlled by DCC. That took a lot of time. And Iím scared to death to test it. ...

    Updated Yesterday at 09:17 PM by techhobbies

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  2. 1778-79 Revolutionary War Artillery Cantonment Diorama

    Growing up in Central (New) Jersey, the echoes of the Revolutionary War surrounded us. Washington had his winter headquarters in my home town. While I have a more particular interest in the Industrial Revolution, especially NJ railroad history, I am fascinated by history of almost any era/location.

    In late 1778, leaders chose the Watchung Mountains of Central Jersey to set camp for the winter. The main Continental Army in Middlebrook, ideally suited to keep the British in check in NY, ...
  3. Visiting the Zephyr project

    I had a small flurry of work I did to the Fine-N-Scale 9900 Zephyr back in November. This kit has been laying around for 19 years now, and for some reason today, I grabbed it again from the shelf and got a bit more work done.
    The trucks were spread to accept the axles and then reshaped to try to retrue the squareness in the 3 planes, as well as space the wheels on the axles properly. Once that was good, I stuck it on the tracks (not easy since it is an articulated train) and applied forward ...
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  4. Small addition to wheel data, and a Wheels of Time observation

    The new info is on what I term WoT type 1 4 wheel trucks (with a tapered coupler pocket)

    axle l = .546
    axle d = .054 to .069 tapered
    wheel d = .225
    flange d = .264
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    I can't swear that the WoT 4 wheel truck type 2 has the same wheelsets. I changed out the axles with InterMountain's on the lone car I had with that truck type without thinking to measure ...
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  5. Correcting for a lost file

    It came to my attention that my passenger wheel/axle data left its assigned seat and became literal vaporware. It wasn't much, but it was a start. So, I reconstructed the info and am posting it here.
    The link in the January blog entry is bust. This is the recent doc dropped onto the cloud

    Immediately below was data found online at some point, and I am passing it on from a grateful
    modeler. The other data below that was somehow "lost" from my account of cloud (i.e. ...

    Updated 29th Jul 2022 at 06:27 PM by Woody709acy

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