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    Poll: IMO dark colors work best, the tan is too light. ...

    IMO dark colors work best, the tan is too light. Flat looks better than gloss, but unless you are done scenicking your layout you will eventually need to clean glue etc off the fascia and that is a...
  2. My pre-order came in from fifer. 104865 I have...

    My pre-order came in from fifer.
    104865
    I have several MTL road numbers already on the layout, so these will make a nice addition to my unit trains, which are mostly Atlas 90t hoppers. But the box...
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    Seems like rail is either dark colored or rust...

    Seems like rail is either dark colored or rust colored.
    Dark: https://www.railpictures.net/images/d1/1/6/1/6161.1346320543.jpg
    Rust: https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30585
    Does anyone know...
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    Just occurred to me: make sure you are using the...

    Just occurred to me: make sure you are using the Powercab's flat cord, not the coily one. Coil cord has more resistance.
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    OK, my circuit pauser has never given me...

    OK, my circuit pauser has never given me problems, despite all the times I've tripped it. I have the Powercab with no auxiliary boosters or breakers.

    Thing is, while a hot spot is consistent with...
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    Not sure what the answer is. My understanding is...

    Not sure what the answer is. My understanding is water ran out faster than coal, and to make up for that they built bigger tenders. Might look at an old schedule. For instance here train 18 stops...
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    @pwh70's experience is the first I've ever heard...

    @pwh70's experience is the first I've ever heard of someone having a problem with the circuit breaker on a Powercab. Anyone else?
  8. I'm all in for loading and unloading coal, but...

    I'm all in for loading and unloading coal, but watch out for black art sand; mine had granules that magnets pick up, presumably iron filings. Bad for motors. Also weighs a lot more than coal. Real...
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    There's a Lumix with built-in focus stacking but...

    There's a Lumix with built-in focus stacking but I doubt that its easy to use and I know it isn't cheap. Have you tried a cell phone?
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    I too am happy with my Powercab, used it to...

    I too am happy with my Powercab, used it to convert a DC layout to DCC and it couldn't have been simpler. No issues with the throttle. I did add a Procab throttle so that two trains can run at...
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    RailKing50, there is a nasty looking vertical...

    RailKing50, there is a nasty looking vertical transition at the joint at the end of your bridge in pic 1 that is going to cause operational problems. Suggest shimming up the approach track so that...
  12. Couple of thoughts. @DJSTRAINS...

    Couple of thoughts. @DJSTRAINS has an excellent video describing how things work today on CSX here:...
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    Sticky: I think we should all get 2 cents every time the...

    I think we should all get 2 cents every time the term "moose stampede" is posted.

    Oops, I just just lost a couple of bucks. Er, bulls.
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    Another ditto on that; best $ I ever spent on my...

    Another ditto on that; best $ I ever spent on my layout was buying that book.
  15. My 2 cents: no reason not to go with c55. I...

    My 2 cents: no reason not to go with c55.

    I use Peco "finescale" electrofrog turnouts (robust as all getout, and sprung, replacing with Unifrogs) and ME flex. When I started my layout that and...
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    A sans serif with wide letters. These look close...

    A sans serif with wide letters. These look close to me:

    PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY Century Gothic
    PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY Verdana
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    Sticky: Does this site have a "donate" button somewhere?

    Does this site have a "donate" button somewhere?
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    Your quarter test failed. It is supposed to make...

    Your quarter test failed. It is supposed to make sure that the circuit breaker in your power supply trips when there is a short. On a powercab it should cause your throttle to reboot, which puts up...
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    Sticky: Response to thread "A word from your sponsor....." in the Site Notices forum

    This is regarding a thread in the Site Notices forum. Although the post asks for feedback, none is permitted in that forum. Not sure what to do so here goes...

    I don't mind an ad or two if it...
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    Tractive effort is key for me, but a lot of...

    Tractive effort is key for me, but a lot of variables affect it so it would be hard to compare apples to apples.

    DCC slowest speed is so complicatedly configurable its not funny. BEMF on or off? ...
  21. Once you clear it you can't get it back; you have...

    Once you clear it you can't get it back; you have to go thru the steps again. Setting and dropping consists sets CV 19 in the locos (as well as setting data in the cab's memory), so don't take them...
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    Scenic realism doesn't require a specific base...

    Scenic realism doesn't require a specific base (foam board only or wood and foam or plaster cloth), what matters is what is on top. For a 2x4 layout I would probably go with a 1x4 frame and pink...
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    https://lancemindheim.com/about-us/removable-bridg...

    https://lancemindheim.com/about-us/removable-bridge/
    Comments from experience with my aisle-spanning bridge follows.
    After initial track laying I've never had to adjust up/down or left/right. But...
  24. Great video as always DJ! And a subject near and...

    Great video as always DJ! And a subject near and dear as you can tell from my sig. I'm not the worlds most observant guy but I don't think I've seen a mixed bathtub/bottom-dump unit train before.
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    VGA and 480p.

    VGA and 480p.
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