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    Oh, you can do way better than that! I have on...

    Oh, you can do way better than that!

    I have on a flat car a version of...
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    I welcome this development! I have two camera...

    I welcome this development!

    I have two camera cars I made myself. And while it's true the components are readily available and (relatively) cheap now, it's all very much a packaging problem. ...
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    Atlas Code 80 #8 Switches -- NEW TRACK!

    It appears Atlas has brought a new Code 80 switch to the market!

    http://download.atlasrr.com/0419MCPDF/April2019MSRPOnly.pdf

    Pages 20-21. N Scale Code 80 #8 switches, left and right, with or...
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    I suspect it works for more than you think. Sure...

    I suspect it works for more than you think. Sure the 5th wheel 500 miles in a day won't work. But 30 miles to co-op? The boat to the lake 50 miles away? No problem.

    The best data to date is...
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    Towing will be the last application for battery...

    Towing will be the last application for battery trucks, but I want to jump on what was just said.

    There are a LOT of construction guys who use their truck for dozens of miles per day, but then...
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    Electric motors have insane torque, much more...

    Electric motors have insane torque, much more than gas engines. So pulling the weight up the hill, that should be easy.

    700 miles a day, that's a big challenge with current battery capacity.
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    New Ford electric locomotive.

    Ford just demoed a new electric locomotive. It's a small switcher, but can move 10 loaded cars!

    https://jalopnik.com/watch-an-electric-ford-f-150-prototype-tow-a-1-million-1836632603
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    McMaster-Carr: https://www.mcmaster.com

    McMaster-Carr: https://www.mcmaster.com
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    I agree about consistency. Cars all the same...

    I agree about consistency. Cars all the same weight always work better together. If they aren't the same weight, you can transition slowly. That is this works poorly:

    0.3oz - 0.3oz - 0.3oz -...
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    My $0.02, the NMRA standard is too heavy. I...

    My $0.02, the NMRA standard is too heavy.

    I spent time a number of years ago with a scale and weighing things spot on to the standard. I did not notice any changes in derailments, but I did...
  11. I didn’t mention photos, but I have a ton of...

    I didn’t mention photos, but I have a ton of those too. All backed up to the cloud but also stored locally, and a set burned to dvd in a fire safe. Not just of the trains, but the whole house....you...
  12. Millennials call them Baby Boomers, Baby Boomers...

    Millennials call them Baby Boomers, Baby Boomers called themselves the Me Generation.

    And look, I don't want to bash on all baby boomers, I know some very nice people in that demographic and work...
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    Why so underpowered? Three units for four cars! ...

    Why so underpowered? Three units for four cars! Hahahahaha.
  14. I've seen this several places, it's crazy. ...

    I've seen this several places, it's crazy.

    While it can't replace the time, I did ask my insurance if I was covered at these shows. At the time I was thinking more what if a fire burned the...
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    I'm a _very_ happy user of...

    I'm a _very_ happy user of http://www.backdropwarehouse.com/indexbdwh.htm

    Their products are great, and I get a ton of compliments on my modules with their backdrops. The web site is a smidge...
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallet_locomotive...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallet_locomotive

    A big boy is a “simple expansion”, all pistons at high pressure.

    But older Mallets worked as you described.
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    Reasons I've heard: * The train is more likely...

    Reasons I've heard:

    * The train is more likely to break down or even explode, disrupting normal operations.
    * Steam engines, particularly large ones, put more wear on the tracks.
    * They attract...
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    I can tell you it will be a cold day in you know...

    I can tell you it will be a cold day in you know where before CSX allows steam on its rails. http://www.sympato.ch/smileys/Grrr.gif

    NS might play ball though, given they have their own steam...
  19. FYI, I'm particularly interested in the soon to...

    FYI, I'm particularly interested in the soon to be out Form 3. It brings a wide range of materials, and a much smaller printing size into a ALMOST affordable package.
    ...
  20. I think this is going to revolutionize N scale in...

    I think this is going to revolutionize N scale in the next 10 years or so. Printers are clearly "there", and will only get better and cheaper. What's really needed is a forum with a great way to...
  21. In the real world, the gap would likely be about...

    In the real world, the gap would likely be about 12-18". A "dock ramp" (like...
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    That turn out is fascinating.

    That turn out is fascinating.
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    Longer now. Mills can make single pieces over 300...

    Longer now. Mills can make single pieces over 300 feet long and then weld them on site directly onto ribbon rail trains.

    http://www.steeldynamics.com/products/rail.aspx

    320 foot sections at...
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    Honestly, I'm not really sure. Part of me thinks...

    Honestly, I'm not really sure. Part of me thinks if you put the code 83 on the inner part of the pile and used some ME 40 or 55 on the outside it would look ok, part of me thinks the ends would look...
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    Yes! As is often the case, the spec is...

    Yes!

    As is often the case, the spec is incomplete.

    Code 80 N scale rail is 0.080 high, that's true, and is a scale "heavy mainline" height. The head will be about 0.015 wide, the base about...
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