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    Some dual throttle power packs had a problem...

    Some dual throttle power packs had a problem because they used only one transformer winding for both throttles. This will lead to a short circuit with common rail wiring. For common rail wiring to...
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    I use a soldering station with a very fine point....

    I use a soldering station with a very fine point. 22 AWG solid copper wire. I flatten the end of the wire with a pair of flat nose pliers, bend it a little over 90 degrees, and trim it so it fits...
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    When I put cars in service I use body mounted...

    When I put cars in service I use body mounted couplers, mostly MT #1015, but some cars require other MT couplers. I use metal wheel sets, and half of them are equipped with 10k-ohm resistors because...
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    NS 1800 leading train 15R south through Chester,...

    NS 1800 leading train 15R south through Chester, SC, on the R Line. They've just set off a cut of cars for the Lancaster and Chester RR.

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    I wonder if they are going to continue selling...

    I wonder if they are going to continue selling the Fox Valley wheel sets. These are very good, but availability has been spotty.
  6. The loop on the left makes for a nice reversing...

    The loop on the left makes for a nice reversing section, in part because when one of the crossovers is thrown, the entire train must be in the loop, or it will derail and possibly run into itself, a...
  7. The upper right AR is not needed at all. Move the...

    The upper right AR is not needed at all. Move the gaps for the left loop so they are between the turnouts on the left crossover, and on both diagonal tracks.

    If you can provide contacts on the...
  8. Thread: Other hobbies?

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    Baking! :) I do this a couple of times a year,...

    Baking! :) I do this a couple of times a year, and this past weekend was a bread weekend. Eight loaves of sourdough rye and four dozen bagels. This will go in the freezer and keep me in bread for a...
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    Now to refine the answer. I have a Bachmann 2-8-0...

    Now to refine the answer. I have a Bachmann 2-8-0 with a similar dilemma. Thinking about converting to to Southern #630, which still exists and is running at TVRM. But, the model has Walschaert valve...
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    A grain elevator like this was not part of a...

    A grain elevator like this was not part of a farm. It might have a house nearby for the person that ran the operation, but not much more. The farmers would bring in the grain in trucks from farms in...
  11. When I was somewhere between 11 and 13 my brother...

    When I was somewhere between 11 and 13 my brother got an HO train set for Christmas. I think it was a Tyco. He didn't do much with it, but my Dad got me a piece of 3/4" plywood and I set it up on...
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    I like that your buildings are big enough to...

    I like that your buildings are big enough to justify the multiple car spots that you have.
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    While you do have a run-around on there, it is...

    While you do have a run-around on there, it is rather convoluted. A more straightforward might be a good idea.
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    Back in the day when N&W 1218 was pulling...

    Back in the day when N&W 1218 was pulling excursions, I don't remember a diesel helper in the trains. 611 usually didn't either. On the other hand, the Clinchfield engine they used to use on the...
  15. Thread: Easements

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    Some of us like the math (which isn't that bad),...

    Some of us like the math (which isn't that bad), but I'm an engineer ... :)

    Leo's advice is spot on.

    Tim
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    That sounds interesting. Just one question: How...

    That sounds interesting. Just one question: How big are the curves on your layout?
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    This is best explaination I've found of how...

    This is best explaination I've found of how turnouts are supposed to work:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBdWvMHEN8s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REOKi62aLl0...
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    I guess it wasn't just one engine with changing...

    I guess it wasn't just one engine with changing numbers! :lol:

    Looks good Wolf.
  19. Thread: Easement Curves?

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    Poll: I use easements not just to improve operation of...

    I use easements not just to improve operation of trains and appearance, but also to accommodate changes in parallel track spacing on tangent and curved track. For parallel track I use 1-1/16" spacing...
  20. When I wanted a small layout that would be easily...

    When I wanted a small layout that would be easily transportable I measured the back of my 1979 Chevy Chevette, with the back seat folded down. The resulting layout was 3' 6" wide and 4' 3" long. I...
  21. FP7s without winterization hatches would be...

    FP7s without winterization hatches would be great. (Does Kato listen to us?)
  22. I agree, an Atlas high hood GP30 would be great. ...

    I agree, an Atlas high hood GP30 would be great.

    {Lets see, how many do I need, how big is the bank account ...}
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    A gauge problem is a quality issue, probably the...

    A gauge problem is a quality issue, probably the most common one.
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    The Lancaster and Chester has a siding in Fort...

    The Lancaster and Chester has a siding in Fort Lawn, SC. They spot covered hoppers of plastic pellets there and a truck with a trailer for bulk loads (basically the truck equivalent of a covered...
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    That's a system that used an analog AC signal on...

    That's a system that used an analog AC signal on top of the DC track power to drive a speaker in the locomotive and make noises. It's old enough so that Google doesn't even get a googol of hits on...
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