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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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
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    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...
  12. 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.
    ...
  13. 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...
  14. 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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    Yeah, I've built a bunch now with the HOn3 throw...

    Yeah, I've built a bunch now with the HOn3 throw bars (one switch bar is long enough for 3 switch throws if you cut very carefully!) and they work out quite well. They really don't look out of...
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    I think the reason you don't see competitors is...

    I think the reason you don't see competitors is that since these came out many (but not all!) of the models that would require them have been re-released with DCC. I think a lot of the folks who...
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    Rebuilds are fast when you have paid staff...

    Rebuilds are fast when you have paid staff working 40 hour weeks. Most of the rebuilds out there use a lot of volunteer hours.
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    Oh man, did someone tell them if they let the...

    Oh man, did someone tell them if they let the factory smoke out it won't run anymore?
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    I can't believe how old this thread is at this...

    I can't believe how old this thread is at this point. Unfortunately this project got back burnered a couple of times. All the track is finally installed, and feeders are attached. Next steps are...
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    Must haves to assemble a plastic kit?

    I've avoided plastic kits. I had bad experiences with them years ago. I tend to stick to laser cut wood for the ones I want to be just so, or to the pre-built structures ready to drop on the...
  25. Amazing work!

    Amazing work!
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