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  1. This is my dumper setup. It differs from a hump...

    This is my dumper setup. It differs from a hump scenario in that the hoppers are uncoupled prior to being pushed up the ramp on the left. The pusher does not have a coupler so it will not couple...
  2. Those in-track magnets work better than almost...

    Those in-track magnets work better than almost anything else that I've tried. There has to be slack to uncouple, and I frequently have to do a back/forth dance over the magnet to uncouple on flat...
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    Thanks! It discounted a $30 car $7.50.

    Thanks! It discounted a $30 car $7.50.
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    I started to order something, got to the point on...

    I started to order something, got to the point on the MT website where the total including shipping was shown and I needed to enter credit card info. I didn't see anything about a code and balked. ...
  5. Well rats. OK, here goes. If I were to...

    Well rats. OK, here goes.

    If I were to approach your project I'd go with driving each end of the bridge instead of the middle. Two fine (high tpi) threaded rods. Maybe hide the rods under the...
  6. Following along with great interest. I found...

    Following along with great interest. I found smooth linear slides to be a challenge. I never tried metal on metal.

    On my dumper one iteration involved an aluminum U channel with a wood "car",...
  7. You might be overthinking it. Rubble in WWII...

    You might be overthinking it. Rubble in WWII pics is all different sizes, lots of stuff besides individual bricks. This is from the National Library of Ireland by way of wiki, burning of Cork.
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  8. Nice concept. I'm picturing though that your...

    Nice concept. I'm picturing though that your train will jump off the tracks when it hits the stop on the way up. Possible things to consider: Winch with a slow DC gearmotor. Ball bearing drawer...
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    Branding is important. Does Switzerland do...

    Branding is important. Does Switzerland do Mexican?
    https://www.yaktrinews.com/content/uploads/2019/12/el-fat-cat_1568081092336-jpg_39320696_ver1-0-1024x576.jpg
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    Not sure how that could cause a short. I've...

    Not sure how that could cause a short.

    I've seen threads where people glue a thin strip of polystyrene to the inside of insulfrog guardrails to solve your point picking problem. I use Peco c55...
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    I tried cattails too and kept coming up with a...

    I tried cattails too and kept coming up with a problem of scale. Most of the stuff online is HO, and even looks oversized there. A cattail is max 7 feet high (half inch) and the seed heads are 1.5...
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    The color looks similar to PROX 17124. ...

    The color looks similar to PROX 17124. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3971149 I always check the coupler hoses on new cars with an MTL gage and have to adjust probably 50% of...
  13. I bought a 50 lb box of Sculptamold in 1999 and...

    I bought a 50 lb box of Sculptamold in 1999 and its still good. Its full of fibers which makes it strong (even under tension, unlike plaster) but lumpy. Also makes it uncarveable - you can compress...
  14. That oatmeal texture is normal for sculptamold. ...

    That oatmeal texture is normal for sculptamold. You can smooth it with a wet finger after it sets while it is still damp, but I wouldn't bother.

    Next step is to paint it with house paint or...
  15. I use WS ballast which is floaty. Before...

    I use WS ballast which is floaty. Before spreading I paint the shoulders of the cork with Elmer's so that ballast will stick there instead of falling off and leaving the cork ridge exposed. Then I...
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    Power supply for what? DC controller - buy used...

    Power supply for what? DC controller - buy used on ebay, example MRC Tech 2 $40. DCC controller - NCE Power cab is good, $200. Aux power: old wall wart or computer power supply, depending on...
  17. This is ambitious! Consider separating the...

    This is ambitious! Consider separating the levels even farther to avoid that boxed in feeling on the lower level.

    One thing though is part of the elevator is integral to the lower level track...
  18. Not familiar with Barrett Hill buttons, but as I...

    Not familiar with Barrett Hill buttons, but as I understand it the buttons supply DC power to something, one example being a tortoise. I wouldn't expect any interference problems with DC.

    The...
  19. Are your controllers run by DCC signal or by...

    Are your controllers run by DCC signal or by buttons? what mfg? Model?
    Are the buzzers all on the same controller?
  20. The thread covers a lot of ground, not clear...

    The thread covers a lot of ground, not clear which ground you stand on. BEMF to the track shouldn't affect an isolated circuit to the servos and controllers, so look at how they are isolated.
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  21. Uh oh. BNSF and UP both have something like 8000...

    Uh oh. BNSF and UP both have something like 8000 locos. If there are any more mergers the model railroad industry could have to hire Y2K programmers to fix things!
  22. Ooh, moving parts. Lots of moving parts. Left,...

    Ooh, moving parts. Lots of moving parts. Left, right, left, right, watch the moving parts go 'round.
    Your eyes are getting heavy. You are getting sleepy. You relaxing to a nice easy restful...
  23. Can't say I have a better idea but I can point to...

    Can't say I have a better idea but I can point to options for you.

    I have an operating coal layout, meaning I load and dump hoppers (see my sig). I use Woodland Scenics fine cinder ballast. Its...
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    I see the kinks at the joints. Not sure if you...

    I see the kinks at the joints. Not sure if you did this but helices are easiest if you are laying track as you go, soldering the joints before covering with the next helix layer.

    Joints on curves...
  25. Great footage as always. New drone? Also, the...

    Great footage as always. New drone?

    Also, the towboat at the start has no prop wash yet is standing still in the current. Any idea how he parked the tow like that?
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