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    Are those just square pieces of wood in the...

    Are those just square pieces of wood in the corners? I've always wondered how to join the edges of laser-cut buildings.

    Thanks,

    Linux Punk
  2. Actually I think it might be used for more than...

    Actually I think it might be used for more than one type of commodity. If you "drive" under the loader and look up there's a conveyor (probably aggregate) and a square channel (pneumatic grain?). The...
  3. Interesting transloading facility in Echo Utah

    So I was poking around on Google Maps and found this interesting little transloading center in Echo Utah:

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  4. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    Is there some way to reduce power for the laser...

    Is there some way to reduce power for the laser for the entire cutting process and then just run it twice over the edges that you want cut all the way through?

    Linux Punk
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    I'm very excited that you're back to working on...

    I'm very excited that you're back to working on it. michaelrose55 may be the master of the big scenes, but I love your small little details and thoughtfulness in urban planning. You two have the...
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    There are power distribution terminal blocks like...

    There are power distribution terminal blocks like these: http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/MTH-O-12-Port-Terminal-Block-p/mth-50-1014.htm
    Or you can use normal terminal blocks with a bunch of jumpers...
  7. If you're will to dig into linux just a tiny bit...

    If you're will to dig into linux just a tiny bit there are plenty of tutorials out there for using JMRI with a $35 Raspberry Pi board (assuming that you have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse that you...
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    D&RGW indusrty maps

    I just found this site that has a listing of "Diagram maps of D&RGW tracks and industry spurs in the 1958-1965 period." I'm interested in, but not really modeling that area/era, but the maps still...
  9. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    I've had good luck in getting cutting and...

    I've had good luck in getting cutting and engraving lined up by forcing a bounding box that is both engraved and then cut last. Otherwise our laser software doesn't seem to align the two operations....
  10. If you want the branch lines to go somewhere...

    If you want the branch lines to go somewhere beside just a very nearby industry that the yard switcher will service then you'll want them to connect directly to the mainline and not the yard complex....
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    First, I love the prototype that you're doing...

    First, I love the prototype that you're doing with this plan and I think it works great for a layout of this size!

    IMO the real power of DCC is the ability to run multiple locomotives at the same...
  12. Unitrack has quite a bit of play and something...

    Unitrack has quite a bit of play and something like that right track will line up very easily. By the time you come all the way around that curve you would easily have an inch of play, if not more. I...
  13. One comment to consider is the ratio of yard...

    One comment to consider is the ratio of yard track to everything else. I'm not an expert on this so take it with a grain of salt, but possibly having a 4-track yard on the second section and a...
  14. If you want prototypical and compact barge...

    If you want prototypical and compact barge layouts then check out this site that has a rather detailed history of barge served rail yards in the New York area. Of particular insanity is the Leigh...
  15. I would be worried that there is too much of a...

    I would be worried that there is too much of a switching puzzle to get some transfers done. The main culprit here would be the two switchbacks necessary to get from the rail barge (#3) to the...
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    Shouldn't that be "an anonymoose gang" Linux...

    Shouldn't that be "an anonymoose gang"

    Linux Punk
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    I'll add another to the more crossings pile. Some...

    I'll add another to the more crossings pile. Some of these (such as new turnouts) would be a large engineering/tooling expense, but adding more crossings shouldn't be too difficult.

    I'll also add...
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    You didn't mention if the DPDTs are for block...

    You didn't mention if the DPDTs are for block control or turnouts. Just be aware that the Kato switches are the solenoid type so they need a momentary pulse of electricity to switch them and if you...
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    I came across this photo and thought of your...

    I came across this photo and thought of your layout:
    http://www.railpictures.net/photo/569692/

    You can see them loading one covered hopper from a dump truck, and I think that auger in the...
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    Note that the Kato switches have molded-on...

    Note that the Kato switches have molded-on ballast and roadbed whereas the Atlas flex track requires you to put down roadbed and ballast. They can certainly be mixed (and many people here have), but...
  21. I would venture that the humidity changes causing...

    I would venture that the humidity changes causing the wood frame to expand and contract might cause more a shift than the temperature-related expansion of the metal rail?

    Linux Punk
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    So is your wife ready to make enough cake to feed...

    So is your wife ready to make enough cake to feed everyone?

    Linux Punk
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    Bridge 3 is definitely a highways bridge. Railway...

    Bridge 3 is definitely a highways bridge. Railway bridges don't have railing or decks like that, and pretty rarely have concrete arches. I'd look for some sort of steel truss bridge.

    Linux Punk
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    If you like the black locomotives you could...

    If you like the black locomotives you could consider a Northern Pacific GP-9 like this.
    http://static.pwrs.ca/product_images/257133_1.jpg

    The NP ran from Minnesota to Washington so there's some...
  25. Interesting article /video on British steam engine construction

    I came across this interesting article that has an embedded video about the manufacturing process for steam engines in the 1930s that I thought you guys might like:
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