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    Or was he really away if he didn't post a picture...

    Or was he really away if he didn't post a picture of himself not posting?:innocent:
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    I agree with Daniel. I see these things nearly...

    I agree with Daniel. I see these things nearly everyday, Leo, and imagined I was looking at the real thing. The blink rate feels right, and I hope you won't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.:)
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    ME turnouts are DCC friendly and will work with...

    ME turnouts are DCC friendly and will work with Atlas flex. You may need the thinnest of shims under the flex. I use Atlas code 55 rail joiners.
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    All decoders made to NMRA standards will work...

    All decoders made to NMRA standards will work with all DCC systems made to NMRA standards.

    There is no "best" DCC system. The Z21 is excellent but pricey, and it won't run your trains any better...
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    Labelle plastic-compatible grease is quite...

    Labelle plastic-compatible grease is quite suitable for N scale locomotive gears if applied properly, i.e. not globbed on. https://labelle-lubricants.com/shop/labelle-106-grease-with-ptfe/

    I would...
  6. Exactly. Given the similarity in their respective...

    Exactly. Given the similarity in their respective price point, ME code 55 turnouts require me to engage in much less "fiddling" and "tinkering" to meet my performance standards compared to Atlas code...
  7. NDave, please see my PM. I was not referring to...

    NDave, please see my PM. I was not referring to your post. Thanks.
  8. The OP is having a perfomance problem with a...

    The OP is having a perfomance problem with a specific brand, code size and product and posted a question. Others have had or are having similar issues and have offered advice. No one is debating...
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    aflica, that's a very nice effect. A nobody is...

    aflica, that's a very nice effect. A nobody is hoarding texture-effect spray paint, either.
  10. Unfortunately, Michael Rose can't seem to leave a...

    Unfortunately, Michael Rose can't seem to leave a layout intact long enough to experience much of a problem with anything, including prefab turnout issues. I can't keep track of which complete...
  11. And therein lies the problem in a nutshell. I'm...

    And therein lies the problem in a nutshell. I'm certain quality control was not a problem when Atlas introduced its code 55 line of products in 2001. Everything checked with an NMRA standards gauge...
  12. I agree. The "bad batch" idea, though, gets back...

    I agree. The "bad batch" idea, though, gets back to quality control and perhaps even an inherit design fault in Atlas's code 55 turnouts that lends itself to there being "bad batches."

    At the...
  13. Yes, electrically ME turnouts are the same as...

    Yes, electrically ME turnouts are the same as Atlas code 55 turnouts, but far superior in reliability. And, as with the Atlas turnouts, locomotives will perform better if the frogs are powered, the...
  14. It should be a non-issue; unfortunately it's not....

    It should be a non-issue; unfortunately it's not. Due to its reputation for high-quality locomotives and cars, as well as its code 80 prefab track, Atlas has been given something of a pass for the...
  15. A superb idea and just as superbly executed....

    A superb idea and just as superbly executed. Moose's manual dexterity with hooves is the eighth natural wonder of the world!:D
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    That's very like zamac or zinc corrosion. Try...

    That's very like zamac or zinc corrosion. Try this: https://www.hobbytalk.com/threads/cleaning-old-zamac.360953/

    You may need to repaint the frame afterward. Flat black in a spray bomb ought to do.
  17. Interesting article on Black River Junction....

    Interesting article on Black River Junction. Almost all gone today, but a few remnants remain. CP Tukwila is now the junction where the UP joins the BNSF Seattle Sub mainline.
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    Hmmm, that's an interesting idea. Is is possible...

    Hmmm, that's an interesting idea. Is is possible then that tomcook and Allen H. have been the beneficiary of this phenomena and have been secretly hoarding decades of lost detail parts by...
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    aflica, I can't think of any place where I have...

    aflica, I can't think of any place where I have seen concrete ties laid across a ballasted deck plate girder bridge. Doesn't mean there aren't any examples. But as NtheBasement suggests, some aerial...
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    This will help a lot:...

    This will help a lot: https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/12216?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=HobbyShopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw7mD6O2A6QIVyEXVCh1uMw-tEAQYBCABEgKPBvD_BwE

    Also,...
  21. Even on stretches of concrete-tie main, you'll...

    Even on stretches of concrete-tie main, you'll also see wooden ties used where older defect detectors (paddle draggers, DRD detectors, hot bearing and hot wheel scanners) are located.

    On BNSF's...
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    I use and heartily recommend a high-quality...

    I use and heartily recommend a high-quality acrylic gloss medium and gel gloss medium. Pricey, yes, but it does not bubble, brushes on smoothly, and dries evenly. Mod Podge is essentially white...
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    Ah, love it! And please post a video of the...

    Ah, love it! And please post a video of the haggis being served with bagpipes in the background!

    So, Lawrence, you might appreciate this: About 20 years or so when I was still a newspaper editor,...
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    This should help. Until you greatly reduce the...

    This should help. Until you greatly reduce the creation of "black gunk," you'll be forever cleaning track:...
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    Did I already know that, bobbymaxwell? Seems now...

    Did I already know that, bobbymaxwell? Seems now as if I did at some point in the far past. I too lived in E'burg (1985-1991 CWU grad and beyond, 2000-2007). Know exactly what you mean by missing...
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