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    The length of the platform at a passenger station...

    The length of the platform at a passenger station depends on the expected ridership. Stations with very high ridership, such as terminals, will obviously have very long platforms that can hold an...
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    I don't think the electronics for...

    I don't think the electronics for battery-operated trains would necessarily be that expensive. I imagine you couldn't use off the shelf Wi-Fi or Bluetooth components, which are already as small and...
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    These look great. CP hired a top notch graphic...

    These look great. CP hired a top notch graphic designer.

    I think these are the first heritage units I've actually been interested in acquiring a model of just to collect. I didn't know how badly...
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    If you wanted to get really fancy you could have...

    If you wanted to get really fancy you could have platforms at multiple levels, with a second one up on the bridge.
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    I can't see why building a station in that...

    I can't see why building a station in that configuration wouldn't be straightforward with your track plan. You'd just need the station building, the platforms, and some means for passengers to move...
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    I remember seeing some short sections of drop...

    I remember seeing some short sections of drop cloth near the Canal St. crossing at the north end of Chicago Union Station, where locomotives are never stored. I was thinking it was to contain the...
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    Focus bracketing is only half of focus stacking. ...

    Focus bracketing is only half of focus stacking. Focus bracketing automatically takes the pictures with different focal lengths, but you still have to do the actual stacking with something else,...
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    Taking pictures of small things up close shortens...

    Taking pictures of small things up close shortens the depth of field of a photo pretty significantly, causing only a small portion of an image will be in focus, the rest will be blurry. Focus...
  9. My first N scale set from some 25 years later...

    My first N scale set from some 25 years later came with the exact same locomotive and caboose. Classic Bachmann... :rolleyes:
  10. Personally I was very favorably impressed by the...

    Personally I was very favorably impressed by the Atlas Code 55 switches I used in my old layout, my trains would consistently glide through them without so much as a wobble. I didn't modify them or...
  11. It doesn't really look like anything other than a...

    It doesn't really look like anything other than a heatsink to me. So I'd probably lean into that and build some sort of electrical substation for mains power.
  12. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    Tomix makes Finetrack lawn tram sections, I think...

    Tomix makes Finetrack lawn tram sections, I think they look really good.

    https://www.tomytec.co.jp/tomix/products/img/1789_a.jpg

    I'm not necessarily suggesting you use this product, partly...
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    "Prototype" Photos

    I'm an armchair freelancer. My hard drive is overflowing with locomotive elevations that I've bucket-filled to make dime-a-dozen fantasy paint schemes that will never see a model.

    Here's a...
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    You can get the exact same set of Kato F-units...

    You can get the exact same set of Kato F-units for $500 less from MTS. But what's $500 among friends?
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    If they don't you can buy it direct from Atlas....

    If they don't you can buy it direct from Atlas.
    https://shop.atlasrr.com/p-1209-n-100-ton-rollr-bear-trk-w-accumate-cplr.aspx
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    I'm not sure either, that's why I asked. :p ...

    I'm not sure either, that's why I asked. :p

    Sorry if I gave the impression I was criticizing your drawing specifically, my comments were directed at the room at large.



    It's definitely true...
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    Why not combine the two yards into one facility?...

    Why not combine the two yards into one facility?

    Here's an example of what I'm thinking: https://www.google.com/maps/@41.9609775,-87.8679711,279m/data=!3m1!1e3 I pass through CP/CN Schiller Park...
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    It isn't so much that electric motors have more...

    It isn't so much that electric motors have more torque than IC engines, the advantage is that electric motors have peak torque around 0 rpm, which is when you need it most. IC engines have to rev up...
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    Not so fast. The per diem rate on those nice...

    Not so fast. The per diem rate on those nice MTLs is going to be a lot higher than on the Con-Cors. I think pwh70 is going to come out ahead.
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    There's also Arnold/Hornby, which released a...

    There's also Arnold/Hornby, which released a couple of supposedly quite nice models a few years ago and never followed up. I wonder if we'll hear from them again.
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    Check out Spookshow's list of pretty much all N...

    Check out Spookshow's list of pretty much all N scale passenger cars past and present. http://www.spookshow.net/passenger/passenger.php The models most similar to the LIRR coaches are in the...
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    There is only one example I can think of, but...

    There is only one example I can think of, but it's a good one. The Long Island Railroad used unmodified GP38-2 locomotives to pull some of its commuter trains for many years. I'm not an expert on...
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    You might be interested in the Fox Valley Models...

    You might be interested in the Fox Valley Models GP60. In addition to being nicely detailed and a smooth runner, installing a decoder is extraordinarily easy. Instead of needing a complete...
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    Dunno guys, unlimited space still feels a bit...

    Dunno guys, unlimited space still feels a bit cramped. I might have to go down to Z scale to fit everything in.
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    Well that's no fun. Why would anyone want extra...

    Well that's no fun. Why would anyone want extra weight? That just means fewer locomotives in your consists, which means fewer awesome see-through grills per train! :lol:

    A simple solution to...
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