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    What I'd really like to do is find space for...

    What I'd really like to do is find space for pnolan48's Hulett ship unloaders on my layout, and try to animate it....
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    Yes, I have an operating pig, aka barney, toward...

    Yes, I have an operating pig, aka barney, toward the end of my sig's old way clip. There is a gorgeous operating model of the whole McMyler dumper in HO:
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    Last time I looked it up, nickel steel, plywood...

    Last time I looked it up, nickel steel, plywood and OSB had similar heat expansion coefficients while plywood's and OSB's moisture expansion was orders of magnitude greater. When roofing the sheets...
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    Forestry! Only a little ways to go finishing...

    Forestry! Only a little ways to go finishing between the far tracks and the wall. Not my favorite task, starting to wish I had modeled the desert Southwest.

    What happened to the ability to add...
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    On the off chance that the Scenic Express does...

    On the off chance that the Scenic Express does not oven-dry them, has anyone tried germinating the seeds that come with Supertrees?
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    More likely that the benchwork is shrinking...

    More likely that the benchwork is shrinking rather than the track expanding; it moves more than the rail by an order of magnitude. Sounds like the wood dried out. By any chance was your plywood...
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    Another vote for 2nd from left; nice and grungy...

    Another vote for 2nd from left; nice and grungy though. Weathering with rust won't look right on the red ones.

    And... I'll bet the Gaffney Peach is the butt of a lot of jokes.
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    Thanks everyone for the help! I decided on two...

    Thanks everyone for the help! I decided on two coats of matte medium. I call them coats because I see no evidence (bubbles coming up) that the stuff actually soaks into the trees and replaces any...
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    Several pics here, a couple look like they might...

    Several pics here, a couple look like they might be in the Pacific NW.
    https://www.dreamstime.com/photos-images/old-railroad-water-tower.html

    Seems like if they didn't paint them then they would...
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    Strengthening Supertrees?

    Just started working with Supertrees for the first time. I'm impressed with the delicate branches but the trees seem, well, delicate! I'd like to put the trees toward the front of the layout but...
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    No problem with mine. As my GE microwave aged,...

    No problem with mine. As my GE microwave aged, though, the LCD (on all the time, includes the clock) dimmed to the point where it was invisible in daytime.
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    Best money I ever invested in my layout: ...

    Best money I ever invested in my layout: https://www.amazon.com/Track-Planning-Realistic-Operation-Armstrong/dp/0890245045
  13. Not an expert but I believe the key is the power...

    Not an expert but I believe the key is the power supplies can't be grounded, three-prong won't work.
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    If you are not adding sound you might want to add...

    If you are not adding sound you might want to add weight there. Would be interesting to see a pulling power comparison with the Kato full frame (to borrow a term from the SLR world) version.
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    Not sure what "adjacent frog rails" are. As I...

    Not sure what "adjacent frog rails" are. As I recall the rail leading from point to frog is continuous with its counterpart diverging inner rail regardless of how the switch is thrown. Are you...
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    FYI Wayback Machine goes back to 2001. If you...

    FYI Wayback Machine goes back to 2001. If you had the site as a favorite/bookmark in your browser you might be able to dig up the url on that old PC that you have sitting in the basement.
  17. Not the 1800's but... At an NMRA convention a few...

    Not the 1800's but... At an NMRA convention a few ages ago we got to tour Henry Ford's private car in Saline MI, at the time owned by the owner of Lionel. It was like being inside a piece of fine...
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    You need the resistors to limit amperage,...

    You need the resistors to limit amperage, otherwise you will fry your LEDs. The topic is covered in several posts on this forum.
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    I've stored Durabond in the opened original bag...

    I've stored Durabond in the opened original bag for years, no issues. The room is not damp though.
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    I converted everything to MT roller bearing...

    I converted everything to MT roller bearing trucks/couplers as MT makes the most reliable magnetic uncoupler. Roller bearing are the standard since the mid 50's. 99% of mine are short shank,...
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    I have locomotives with different top speeds...

    I have locomotives with different top speeds (usually way too high) but that is not related to power. I have yet to see a motor actually stall from pulling too many cars. Instead, the wheels lose...
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    What MRLdave said. Are the terminals or copper...

    What MRLdave said. Are the terminals or copper tabs touching the frame somewhere? Remove (if not hard wired) the decoder, put it back together, and ensure no continuity between frame halves and...
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    Those switches look nice, smaller than the ones...

    Those switches look nice, smaller than the ones I've used. Do they have enough throw to move the points all the way? Where are they from?
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    Great looking layout! What did you use for the...

    Great looking layout! What did you use for the cyclone fence webbing around the substation?
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    Yeah, if you look at the water from a low angle...

    Yeah, if you look at the water from a low angle it reflects, and it will appear blue if the reflection is clear sky. If it reflects cloudy you get steel gray. If you stand on a bridge and look down...
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