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    Many years ago I agreed to build a trestle for a...

    Many years ago I agreed to build a trestle for a club I was in. It was skewed, on a grade and an S-curve. This resulted in the tops of the bents not being level to make the track level.

    We lost...
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    I used to play will a group that occasionally did...

    I used to play will a group that occasionally did weddings. Many brides asked for "The Cannon" as the processional for the bride. None of the churches were big enough to pull that off.

    We...
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    I prefer individual controls each directly...

    I prefer individual controls each directly opposite the turnout it controls. I like to recess these into the fascia to prevent accidental activation.

    No need for lights or anything, just look at...
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    Thanks Doug. That's just what I was looking for.

    Thanks Doug. That's just what I was looking for.
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    Sound Decoder for Atlas RS3

    I have a number of Atlas Classic RS3 locos. Lately I've been thinking about getting into sound decoders. Since I'm planning on detailing and painting these first, they seem to be a good place to...
  6. I would recommend making scale drawings of the...

    I would recommend making scale drawings of the pieces of the existing railroad your are planning on reusing. Cut them up and move them around your room drawing. When you find an arrengement you like,...
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    The GP30 is one of my favorite locos. It can be...

    The GP30 is one of my favorite locos. It can be improved only by having a high hood! :)
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    What's it take to lengthen a siding?

    A little bit of plywood and some wider risers, right? Here's what it took CSX to change the Stouts siding, in Indian Trail, NC, from a 3,800' siding used by the local to run around or store a few...
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    I've also been using ME flex for a long time....

    I've also been using ME flex for a long time. Yes, it is stiff, but once you get it curved the way you want, it stays there. To curve it, I have an old "track gauge" which is a hard rubbery block...
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    I have a very small bench vise (jaws about 3-4...

    I have a very small bench vise (jaws about 3-4 inches wide), with an "anvil" spot on it about 1" square. I put my 22 AWG feeder wire, stripped, on the "anvil" and bang it a few times with hammer,...
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    That is what I do, and I've been very happy with...

    That is what I do, and I've been very happy with it.
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    I agree with NtheBasement. The key is that the...

    I agree with NtheBasement. The key is that the bend is inside the hole in the subroadbed. It will hold the wire against the rail for soldering. After you solder the joint, give the wire a tug to make...
  13. Thread: Life on Mars !

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    Just another planet, not Mars or Earth....

    Just another planet, not Mars or Earth. Identification of said planet left as an exercise for the interested.
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    Now you've got me thinking of the Great Eastern...

    Now you've got me thinking of the Great Eastern Railroad. Main line from Crom through Telgar Pass to Lemos, and then down the river and across the plains to Benden. Branch lines to Igen, Bitra, and...
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    RR-CirKits (which I mentioned above) has a four...

    RR-CirKits (which I mentioned above) has a four lead 3-color LED with red, green, and yellow LEDs color matched to AAR standard colors in one package. Common anode wiring. Go to...
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    I'm sorry, but I feel I must comment in this...

    I'm sorry, but I feel I must comment in this thread. Rail joiners are not reliable, long term electrical contacts. Not even Kato Unitrack joiners, though they are better than most. For a reliable...
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    Collection? What collection? I buy trains to play...

    Collection? What collection? I buy trains to play with them. I need enough to support the traffic. :)
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    I'm putting signals on my layout using Layout...

    I'm putting signals on my layout using Layout Command Control (LCC) with the boards from RR-CirKits. I'm doing full blown ABS/APB signals on a layout that's large enough so I'll have intermediate...
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    I agree with all this good advice. Build what...

    I agree with all this good advice. Build what you've got, get it running well. Figure out what you want to do with it. Then expand.

    Contrary to this advice I'm currently building a huge layout....
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    When I buy locomotives, I'm looking for specific...

    When I buy locomotives, I'm looking for specific types of locos. If I need an SD40, it's Kato because that's all there is. My SD40-2s are Intermountain, because they (finally) came out with the high...
  21. I also solder after laying the track. I use AWG...

    I also solder after laying the track. I use AWG 22 solid wire for feeders and flatten the end of the wire, then bend it to make a little "hook" over the rail base. Much less conspicuous than a wire...
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    Shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'd use a...

    Shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'd use a DPDT relay controlled by the crossover turnout machine. The reversing section would be everything in the loop except the outside track, which just goes...
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    I've got a couple veneer plants on the layout....

    I've got a couple veneer plants on the layout. (Well, I've got half the roadbed glued up for one of the veneer plants on the layout. :innocent:) They can take your stumps and turn them into burl...
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    I agree that letting the track hang works pretty...

    I agree that letting the track hang works pretty well, but I would suggest putting cork under the diverging side of the turnout and cutting it off square to the track past the frog. This will keep...
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    I'm a mech. engineer by trade, and I generally...

    I'm a mech. engineer by trade, and I generally don't like the interfaces in model railroad CAD systems, but that is one thing that traditional CAD systems can't do.

    Thanks
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