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  1. I'm done preordering anything, but I may get a...

    I'm done preordering anything, but I may get a Big Boy eventually. I have two great running Athearn Challengers.
  2. I've uploaded (or actually re-published) some...

    I've uploaded (or actually re-published) some shorter Harz videos for anyone not wanting to sit through the rather lengthy full videos.
    They're uncut recordings in full length, hopefully conveying...
  3. I think it means unguarded crossings, as you...

    I think it means unguarded crossings, as you suggest.
    I never noticed warnings at guarded crossings while I was there ... but there is a lot of unguarded ones. The entire Harz area is crisscrossed...
  4. el Gato Gordo Yes, the P sign means that the...

    el Gato Gordo
    Yes, the P sign means that the train is approaching a level crossing and must sound the whistle ('pfeif') for 3 seconds.
  5. @el Gato Gordo...

    @el Gato Gordo
    Thanks, Gordon. I'm still learning, but it's certainly getting there :-)

    The mallet was a stroke of luck, really, as they are not out and about every day. They're used for the...
  6. Videos: 8 days trackside in the Harz

    As promised, here's the final videos from my vacation in the Harz mountains in Germany.
    They are quite long - about 2 hours total - but steam buffs like myself and @Moose2013 are going to love...
  7. Hot dawg, I like the livery on that F7. Is that...

    Hot dawg, I like the livery on that F7. Is that Kato or custom? I don't quite get what you did there ...
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    I just got home from a visit to the Harzer...

    I just got home from a visit to the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (Harz Narrow Gauge Railways) in Germany.
    Eight days trackside accompanied by my car, my bicycle and my video camera.
    I always wanted to...
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    How old is too old - for anything? When you're...

    How old is too old - for anything?
    When you're not having any more fun doing it. Simple as that.

    Jens
  10. What are you buying this month? - August 2019

    I got some more freight cars from that tempting eBay seller in Berlin.
    More road names that are not yet in the roster.

    I know that with all those road names on the freight cars I've bought...
  11. Tempted beyond ability - again :rolleyes: The...

    Tempted beyond ability - again :rolleyes:
    The temptation was the two geeps. The seller accepted my offer, and since I was already paying for the shipment, I made some additional offers that were...
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    Sticky: Actually I think the bar has now been set at a...

    Actually I think the bar has now been set at a reasonable level.
    A collection of anything below 800 locomotives will henceforth be considered 'minor'.

    :lol:

    Welcome to the forum.

    Jens
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    Hmm ... well, Spookshow, your notes on the 2017...

    Hmm ... well, Spookshow, your notes on the 2017 model are duly noted, so I'll see what happens.
    My Athearn Challengers are fine, and so is the Kato FEF, so I don't really have a bias either way.
    ...
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    Is that officially announced? I saw the poll...

    Is that officially announced? I saw the poll result, but polls are just polls
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    Thanks. I've decided to wait for the...

    Thanks. I've decided to wait for the post-3985-tender version. A gamble perhaps, but as they feel bold enough to release a "Promontory" version, I'm sure they'll release one with the correct tender...
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    Athearn Big Boy 2019 re-run

    http://www.athearn.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=ATH30206

    Right, so catalog #30206 is an excursion version with the tender from 3985.
    Other than the obvious coal/oil difference, what is the...
  17. That ebay seller in Berlin keeps posting goodies...

    That ebay seller in Berlin keeps posting goodies - apparently a huge collection is being trickled out for sale.
    I've added a bit more variety to my freight roster, trying to pick additional and...
  18. mosslake The Melbourne W6 tram is actually a...

    mosslake The Melbourne W6 tram is actually a wedding gift from the Victorian Government to H.R.H crown princess Mary and H.R.H crown prince Frederik, the crown princess of course being of Australian...
  19. Traffic Day at the Danish Tram Museum

    Here's a little nugget for the tram fans in our midst.

    The Danish Tram Museum at Skjoldenęsholm is considered to be in the top 5 of its kind worldwide. It houses a vast collection of domestic...
  20. Ending the month with a little more variety to my...

    Ending the month with a little more variety to my freight car roster.
    I didn't have any gondolas at all, so I figured I needed some of those and as long as I was paying shipping, I added a few box...
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    That could be fixed. Is there room for a tiny...

    That could be fixed. Is there room for a tiny smoke unit in that model? :lol:
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    Oh dear oh dear ... on the latest videos it looks...

    Oh dear oh dear ... on the latest videos it looks like 844 has developed an even worse cylinder leak than 4014. Must be contageous somehow. The right cylinder on 844 is really leaking. I'm sure...
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    According to the Athearn website...

    According to the Athearn website, they made two road numbers with oil tenders - 4005 and 4014, which are both correct.
    4014 needs no further introduction, and 4005 was indeed the one converted to...
  24. For a while I've been wanting a little more...

    For a while I've been wanting a little more diversity in my freight roster - like a few more road names and colors.
    A whole bunch of cars recently appeared on the German eBay site from some guy...
  25. N scale Hyperloop? :lol:

    N scale Hyperloop? :lol:
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