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    Oops!

    Okay, this is a pair of prototype photos, but a bit different than usual. This took place on CSX's Hamlet to Atlanta line in Marshville, NC on July 1.
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    Got two for my excursion trains. Got to have...

    Got two for my excursion trains. Got to have something to put behind my steam engine!
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    I checked my usual electronics places and found...

    I checked my usual electronics places and found this:

    https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/daburn-electronics/2420-36-RD-100/2420-36RD-100-ND/4844369

    They other colors, not just red....
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    A friend of mine models the Penn Central in 1970...

    A friend of mine models the Penn Central in 1970 in N-scale, so this might apply to him, but his layout is much more reliable than the prototype. :D
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    Yes, you need gaps. Both rails of every track...

    Yes, you need gaps. Both rails of every track crossing the reverse section boundary need to be gapped.
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    Welcome to the exciting world of 3-D CAD. Once...

    Welcome to the exciting world of 3-D CAD. Once you get the hang of it you'll never turn back.

    I've never used Fusion 360 but have been trying it out. Got Inventor at work and AutoCAD Mechanical...
  7. Thread: On the level

    by Tim R
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    On my layout I have a stretch of 1.5% grade and...

    On my layout I have a stretch of 1.5% grade and the cars don't start rolling on that by themselves. On the 2.5% in the section that I have instead of a helix, they most certainly do. I've got hill...
  8. Thread: On the level

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    I use 1/2" cabinet (or close to it) plywood for...

    I use 1/2" cabinet (or close to it) plywood for all of the structure. That's glued together with brads (pneumatic brad nailer) to hold it in place while the glue dries. 1x poplar for risers and to...
  9. I wish I had room for a 24" minimum radius for my...

    I wish I had room for a 24" minimum radius for my N-scale layout, but mostly it's 18". I do have one 16" curve on the main track, but that represents a real horseshoe curve on the railroad I'm...
  10. Thread: Where is Moose

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    Good to see you again Moose. I hope you had...

    Good to see you again Moose. I hope you had everything backed up.

    A few years back somebody decided that they needed my computer more than I did. Fortunately I was using a backup service, so once...
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    Hi Russ. That seems kind of expensive for just...

    Hi Russ. That seems kind of expensive for just 150 feet of wire. I don't know anything about electronics dealers in Australia, but I can get 100' spools of 22 AWG wire in the US for US$8.95 (AU$...
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    That's not what brick plants look like down here...

    That's not what brick plants look like down here in the south.
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    I use 22AWG solid wire for track feeders. I also...

    I use 22AWG solid wire for track feeders. I also use wire with the same color as the bus wire under the layout that it is attached to. This helps keep things straight and avoids errors and confusion....
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    The wiring is done for the current section of my...

    The wiring is done for the current section of my layout. Here's Southern 4501 running east between Newton and Claremont.

    Video and steam! No moose tracks on my layout.

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    Sorry, I remembered incorrectly. I meant the...

    Sorry, I remembered incorrectly. I meant the 2-8-2+2-6-2 with the second group under the tender.

    (A 2-6-8-0 would be near too! :))
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    Tom, I always enjoy following your builds. Even...

    Tom, I always enjoy following your builds. Even though you declined to follow my suggestion for a Southern 2-8-6-0. :)

    Once you get started you sure move right along.
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    I got the lower level of the current layout...

    I got the lower level of the current layout section wired up. Getting the upper level wired is next and then testing (and pictures! maybe even video!!) will be done.

    I have a turnout on the...
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    If your subroadbed is stiff enough, you will get...

    If your subroadbed is stiff enough, you will get reasonable vertical curves somewhat automatically. 3/4 plywood (19 or 20 mm) will probably be fine. 1/2" (13 mm) you have to be a little more careful...
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    He's sold his trains to buy a sail plane. :D

    He's sold his trains to buy a sail plane. :D
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    I got the linkages done and dropped all the...

    I got the linkages done and dropped all the feeders on my Newton Spreader section.

    Here's the linkage for one of the hill brakes.

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    One of the turnouts on the back (upper level) needed...
  21. Looking at your layout makes it tempting to move...

    Looking at your layout makes it tempting to move mine back 10 years and trade my SD40-2s and GP38-2s for F7s!

    Great job.
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    I usually make a copy of the picture (so the...

    I usually make a copy of the picture (so the original isn't changed) and edit it in Paint. I click the Resize button, change the By: setting to Pixels, then make the largest dimension to 1200. Make...
  23. In the plant where I work the loading docks are...

    In the plant where I work the loading docks are around back. The road to get back there is asphalt, but the apron at the docks where the trucks turn around and back up to them is concrete.
  24. Thread: Gables

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    To get matching angles and distances on your...

    To get matching angles and distances on your gables, use something to temporarily fasten the two pieces together. Doing this with basswood may rule out most adhesives, so you might want to try an...
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    I'm an operating guy. The best rolling stock...

    I'm an operating guy. The best rolling stock manufacturers are the one who make the rolling stock I need. Everything's going to get metal wheels and body mounted couplers before it's going on the...
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