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    I see their facebook page is still very much alive

    I see their facebook page is still very much alive
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    When I have to splice those driveshafts I'm...

    When I have to splice those driveshafts I'm sticking them inside K&S brass shapes - either the 3/32 round tube or the 1/16 square tube depending on if they are so short only the tiny diameter can be...
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    Two quick ones - first of all, I just finished a...

    Two quick ones - first of all, I just finished a 'test mechanism' for the North Shore battery-electric freight motors that uses Tomytec trucks and a gearhead mechanism. The hard parts - the new...
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    Which chassis are you talking about? Photo of...

    Which chassis are you talking about? Photo of the break?
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    I will be the contrarian and state that if you're...

    I will be the contrarian and state that if you're looking at small steam, a small layout, and 9" curves, that DCC is a layer of complication that may truly be unnecessary.

    DCC really requires...
  6. I've been using the Micro-Mark stuff for over 10...

    I've been using the Micro-Mark stuff for over 10 years, that's the 10:1 high strength rubber, and the casting material is Type 160.

    Yes, it's plenty heavy, but it's also got a very mild hiccup in...
  7. Here's my semi-finished build. I cast the boiler...

    Here's my semi-finished build. I cast the boiler and the stack. It runs OK, but no better than at Atlas 2-6-0 and frankly I need better slow speed for what I want.
    ...
  8. Wandered in here out of curiosity.... Hey, as...

    Wandered in here out of curiosity....

    Hey, as long as you are looking for true oddballs.... How about an 0-6-4T?

    Never happened, you say? I beg to differ.

    Wheeler & Dusenbury 3 was built...
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    Likewise. Conductalube is my go-to treatment...

    Likewise. Conductalube is my go-to treatment for all end-axle pickups and ear wiper pickups.

    I have not used it on track, wheels, etc. and saw no reason to. But on the super-light chassis...
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    00-90 is the standard MT screw size, as well as...

    00-90 is the standard MT screw size, as well as the smallest 'common' drill and tap size out there.

    I used to fear drilling and tapping, now I wonder why I never tried it earlier. It's like Red...
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    Try the following: https://jimorrisco.com/ ...

    Try the following:

    https://jimorrisco.com/

    I have to order in bulk for my kits and they are my go-to at the moment.
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    If you're really up against some tighter curves,...

    If you're really up against some tighter curves, remember that GE introduced the 70-tonner not as a switcher, but as a road unit for light rail. They were ideal for any railroad that had 60-lb rail...
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    Yeah, are we talking DC or DCC here?

    Yeah, are we talking DC or DCC here?
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    If you've got a big legacy fleet of...

    If you've got a big legacy fleet of Rapido-equipped cars, some with oddball trucks or you just don't need to uncouple cars much (or cuts of cars stay together) the 'unimate' couplers are still a...
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    I dip the end axle point in a tiny bit of...

    I dip the end axle point in a tiny bit of vaseline to hold the retaining spring on while inserting it back in the truck.

    And remember that there are different axle lengths out there you need to...
  16. It's been hinted at but I'll confirm - not only...

    It's been hinted at but I'll confirm - not only is coupling an issue between the two, but uncoupling even more so. If you're uncoupling with between-rails or under-rails magnets, any curve with...
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    Here's mine:

    http://www.randgust.com/F7A28202.jpg
  18. At one time I had five of these, first dating...

    At one time I had five of these, first dating back to a used one I picked up at a garage sale in 1972 as my very first N scale. Very reliable, if it hadn't been for this I probably would have given...
  19. One thing about those old Trix 4-6-2's is that...

    One thing about those old Trix 4-6-2's is that it's a solid mechanism, and if you get lucky with a good motor they run very well. Get the pickup working right and it's a pretty darn good locomotive...
  20. Well, don't say I didn't warn you. The entire...

    Well, don't say I didn't warn you. The entire design of end-axle pickups and wipers is that the wipers work just like equalizing springs to keep the wheels on the rail and improve contact. ...
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    You can debate until you're blue in the face, but...

    You can debate until you're blue in the face, but about 15 years ago I was puzzled enough to start measuring.

    I got a small scientific spring scale and actually mounted it on trucks, to work like...
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    Not sure which car you're referring to. The...

    Not sure which car you're referring to. The 'whale belly' car was a failed prototype. There were only a couple - and maybe only one - it's at the St. Louis Museum of Transportation.

    There were...
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    I have to admit that this thread motivated me to...

    I have to admit that this thread motivated me to take mine out of the case and study it again, and run it.

    I got the Hallmark as I spotted it on the auction site and the price was right, knowing...
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    I have a Hallmark, factory painted 3751. Really...

    I have a Hallmark, factory painted 3751. Really the only 'typical' brass steam locomotive I own.

    I suspect, but don't know, that it's a Santa Fe 4-8-4 but not necessarily that class. ATSF had...
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    Which one are we talking about here - two very...

    Which one are we talking about here - two very different mechanisms.

    http://www.spookshow.net/loco/omidd40.html

    And, bluntly, given the lack of parts for old brass, had you considered jacking...
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