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    PECO turnouts are made where? Uruguay?

    PECO turnouts are made where? Uruguay?
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    Sticky: Wow, now that's quite a feat, seeing as N scale...

    Wow, now that's quite a feat, seeing as N scale didn't debut commercially until 1962! Bet you meant 1960's or 1970's? Or were you one of the few pioneers back in the day?:D

    Welcome anyway!
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    Solder a 30 or 28 AWG wire to each point/closure...

    Solder a 30 or 28 AWG wire to each point/closure rail around the the outside of the hinges. Atlas code 55 turnouts are poorly designed at the hinge for reliable current passage.

    You can use a...
  4. Glad you stipulated the scale! Thought for a...

    Glad you stipulated the scale! Thought for a moment when came across the topic that you might be reprising "Dad's Army."
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    Dittos! Have had good service and responses from...

    Dittos! Have had good service and responses from Hatton's in the past when I modeled British 4mm scale. A worthy vendor.

    I used PECO back in the 1990s, then swapped to code 55 ME
    But if PECO...
  6. Got it. RS232 is widespread in the environment in...

    Got it. RS232 is widespread in the environment in which I work on account of the backbone peer-to-peer networks (a signal logic controller communicating with its counterparts to the east and west via...
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    While it might not match any specific Santa Fe...

    While it might not match any specific Santa Fe prototype, that structure certainly has the feel and character of a Santa Fe freight house in Southern California, due to the signage and stucco, rather...
  8. OK, I'll be a knucklehead:D! Why RS485 and not...

    OK, I'll be a knucklehead:D! Why RS485 and not RS232?

    Betcha I'm going to learn something. ...
  9. Very similar to the vital peer-to-peer fiber...

    Very similar to the vital peer-to-peer fiber network on my employer's signal system in Seattle and Chicago, as well as ATCS and PTC addressing throughout the system. You have art imitating...
  10. You'll need to make the file a JPEG or PDF format...

    You'll need to make the file a JPEG or PDF format rather than SCARM if you intend to make it viewable by more than a handful of people. Thanks.
  11. Maybe because it's part of history -- good or bad...

    Maybe because it's part of history -- good or bad -- and that is valid reason enough for anyone. If I was modeling the Southern in the 1950s, I'd do it accurately to include Jim Crow cars and...
  12. Normal-route aspects for two-aspect route/speed...

    Normal-route aspects for two-aspect route/speed enhanced signaling are G/R, Y/FG, Y/G, FY/R, Y/Y, Y/R, Y/FR, FR/R and stop is R/R.

    Diverging aspects are R/G, R/FY, R/Y, and R/FR. Stop is R/R.
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  13. The topic of North American railroad signaling is...

    The topic of North American railroad signaling is simply too dense and technical to even scratch the surface of here. Just the differences between speed and route signaling (and its current hybrid...
  14. OK, just to clarify, what kind of signaling are...

    OK, just to clarify, what kind of signaling are you trying to emulate? ABS only? APB? CTC? Is it two-block, three-aspect or three-block, four-aspect signaling?

    It looks like some adaption of ABS,...
  15. 3:55 -- Green over red is clearly displayed as...

    3:55 -- Green over red is clearly displayed as the locomotive runs against the signal, and that aspect would never be displayed against the direction of movement.
  16. If prototypical signaling is part of the goal,...

    If prototypical signaling is part of the goal, you have more research and scripting to do. I saw at least one occurrence of the locomotive running against a Green/Red -- that would never occur on the...
  17. If prototypical signaling is part of the goal,...

    If prototypical signaling is part of the goal, you have more research and scripting to do. I saw at least one occurrence of the locomotive running against a Green/Red -- that would never occur on the...
  18. That's where Tony Koester's "Layout Design...

    That's where Tony Koester's "Layout Design Elements" come in. We don't have to guess at a track plan or know from the get-go exactly how the ABC RR switched XYZ Town. By using LDEs (defined as a...
  19. I was in discussions with Byron Henderson five...

    I was in discussions with Byron Henderson five years ago about adapting the ATSF San Jacinto Branch layout in HO for a 12 x 15- foot bonus room....
  20. Remember, though, whatever gain is made in...

    Remember, though, whatever gain is made in tractive effort comes at the expense of electrical pickup. Every wheel that gets BFS is one fewer wheel providing a path for current.
  21. There are! The little two-ounce spray bottles...

    There are! The little two-ounce spray bottles that come with eyeglass cleaning sets. They produce a fine mist that seems to me more "focused" than typical sprayers.
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    aflica, I'm still using good ol' Polly S acrylic...

    aflica, I'm still using good ol' Polly S acrylic paint, have a decent cache of it, which I thin with Aztec Universal Acrylic Thinner. I've got a small arsenal of Vallejo Air colors as well.

    When...
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    That's what I miss in our early 80's condo...

    That's what I miss in our early 80's condo compared to our previous 2016-built house. The latter had receptacles everywhere you looked; the condo has fewer and none in places that I grew accustomed...
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    That's something I've done, Bob. Much more...

    That's something I've done, Bob. Much more freedom to spread your wings, throw an elbow, whatever. ...Please shoot me a PM when you do; I'd subscribe.
  25. An excellent definition of 'operations'

    I found this definition of operations today on Ron McF's Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe blog. Ron attributes this statement to model railroader Bob Batson:

    "Simply defined, 'operations' is running the...
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