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    One of my yards was built using Peco C55 track....

    One of my yards was built using Peco C55 track. The main ladder has a large left hand turnout followed by five medium right-hand turnouts. If that seems strange, remember that the long, medium and...
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    This photo was taken early last year by a visitor...

    This photo was taken early last year by a visitor using one of those "fancy new Panasonics" (a DC-TZ220). The distance from the foreground car to the back wall is just over 14' and Chris is about...
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    I'm not sure whether you're talking about...

    I'm not sure whether you're talking about cleaning all the track (including the ties) or just the rail head.

    If it's ALL the track, and the track is going to be pulled up and used on a new layout:...
  4. Possibly start with this Walthers Cornerstone...

    Possibly start with this Walthers Cornerstone kit:
    https://www.modeltrainstuff.com/walthers-n-933-3264-machine-shop-kit/

    Regards,
    Ron
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    I measure, cut and test fit the track. Then,...

    I measure, cut and test fit the track. Then, before installing it, I solder the feeders (I use figure-8 wire) to the underside of the rail. Then I measure again and work out where the feeder will...
  6. Thread: Remove grease

    by Ron McF
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    I've been using aerosol electronic cleaning...

    I've been using aerosol electronic cleaning solvent to clean loco mechs and trucks for more than a decade. The stuff I use comes with a straw that allows me to direct the solvent into the places I...
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    That might seem optimal to people who run their...

    That might seem optimal to people who run their trains in fixed consists, but it's not so optimal to those of us who like switching operations, and don't really want to have a "dedicated" box car...
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    I use push-rods and slide switches to throw and...

    I use push-rods and slide switches to throw and hold the turnout, and also to power the frog. The push-rods are operated from the fascia.

    My solution is not has high-tech or elegant as ranulf's,...
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    I converted mine a long time back using MTL...

    I converted mine a long time back using MTL bettendorf trucks with short shanks, because they seemed a better match for the original trucks on the ATSF cars that I was modelling...
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    I totally agree. The batteries currently being...

    I totally agree.

    The batteries currently being used in small, lightweight drones (quad copters) would barely fit in the larger N scale locos, yet they only provide 10-15 minutes of flight time and...
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    The "small", "medium" and "large" turnouts in the...

    The "small", "medium" and "large" turnouts in the Peco C55 range all have the same frog angle, 10 degrees or close to #6. The difference is in the radius of the curved point/closure rails.

    Because...
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    Thanks for the photos and the painting tips. I...

    Thanks for the photos and the painting tips. I have 9 of these cars to assemble, and have been putting it off.

    I notice that on your cars, as on mine, the top lip of the car sides is...
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    I encountered this problem with my Athearn ATSF...

    I encountered this problem with my Athearn ATSF ice reefers, and solved the "slop" issue with a small piece of plastic drinking straw. I also used the MTL washer with the screw and it all works fine....
  14. No, that's not correct. In fact, in your own...

    No, that's not correct. In fact, in your own review of the Unifrog turnouts (which was excellent, BTW) you stated "You can choose to go with an unpowered frog, similar to Insul, by not connecting the...
  15. With Electrofrog turnouts it is possible for the...

    With Electrofrog turnouts it is possible for the treads of some metal wheels to bridge and short out the two frog rails where they 'emerge' from the frog. I had that problem with some old Atlas...
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    You didn't say whether you're using code 80 or...

    You didn't say whether you're using code 80 or code 55 track. If it's the latter (code 55) then two things to keep in mind are:
    (i) with Peco C55 track, the large and medium turnouts have the same...
  17. Thread: Supertrees

    by Ron McF
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    Hi Allen. Sorry for the delayed reply. I've...

    Hi Allen.

    Sorry for the delayed reply. I've only just checked back with this thread.

    Many years ago I used glycerin to soak some tree cutting armatures and didn't think that it made much...
  18. Thread: Supertrees

    by Ron McF
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    A few months back I made several batches of trees...

    A few months back I made several batches of trees using a box of Supertrees branches that I bought more than 10 years ago. They are extremely dried out and I thought perhaps they had passed their...
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    I wrap a piece of cloth (cut from an old sheet)...

    I wrap a piece of cloth (cut from an old sheet) around a small block of wood, squirt on some lighter fluid (naptha), and wipe the top of the rail.
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    Just be careful to not snag the turnout...
  20. I found this photo on the bay, and the pack does...

    I found this photo on the bay, and the pack does indeed say "0.530" (13.5mm)". The pack for the standard plastic wheel-sets states "0.538" (13.7mm".
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    Go figger ....

    Ron McF...
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    I have hundreds of both Atlas low-profile...

    I have hundreds of both Atlas low-profile wheelsets for MTL, and MTL standard (medium profile) wheelsets, and my experience has been:
    - the MTL wheelsets roll a little more freely than the Atlas...
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    Several years back I did comparison tests using...

    Several years back I did comparison tests using Combine ZP and a product called Zerene Stacker, and I consistently got better results using Zerene. My results compared very favourably to those a...
  23. My "go to" wheelsets for MTL trucks are the...

    My "go to" wheelsets for MTL trucks are the current MTL "standard" wheelset with the medium profile flange. They are plastic but work every bit as well as any metal wheelsets in my collection, and...
  24. Thread: Peco Unifrog

    by Ron McF
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    Thanks very much for the photos. I first saw...

    Thanks very much for the photos. I first saw these advertised a month or so back, but the information on what internal wiring they had was limited. Your pics show all that very clearly.

    Ron McF...
  25. (1) A better detailed ATSF waycar/caboose from...

    (1) A better detailed ATSF waycar/caboose from the '50s. The Atlas caboose is way past its "best by" date.
    (2) Intermountain ATSF two-level stock cars in a mid-late '50s paint scheme.

    Ron...
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