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    Since turnouts are expensive and might get...

    Since turnouts are expensive and might get re-used some day, I cut the frog rails on the adjacent flex and solder to one of them rather than gapping and soldering to the turnout directly. Its not...
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    Wondering how that happened. Was it lying on a...

    Wondering how that happened. Was it lying on a damp basement floor? If so it might unwarp back again. At least the laminations didn't separate.
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    Never had an issue with plywood expansion but the...

    Never had an issue with plywood expansion but the room is pretty stable temperature and humidity wise. I wonder what expands more, the rail or the plywood.

    I was going from two-cork-high mainline...
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    Is that a rotary dumper or just a pit? Seems...

    Is that a rotary dumper or just a pit? Seems like a lot of overhead structure there for just a pit but maybe its for dust mitigation. Google Earth's street view is strangely foggy, like they don't...
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    I was a bit confused by the "hand laying"...

    I was a bit confused by the "hand laying" reference in the OP. Assumed you were spiking down rails.

    With flex track I use cork on the main but the yards go directly on plywood. The transition...
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    I would not start out with JMRI. If things don't...

    I would not start out with JMRI. If things don't work you won't know if the problem is the NCE hookup, the decoder install, the JMRI install, or your understanding of JMRI that is at fault. ...
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    Wow, this is getting well over my head. Can you...

    Wow, this is getting well over my head. Can you test it all out first on a breadboard before committing to a printed circuit? Seems like you could run thin leads to a car and pull it a couple of...
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    Yup, trees look great but the forest needs...

    Yup, trees look great but the forest needs undergrowth.
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    I have an ME steel viaduct with multiple towers...

    I have an ME steel viaduct with multiple towers on a grade. Each successive tower is installed higher than the preceding, and the uphill tower leg tops are shimmed so that the plate girders on top...
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    Guys, just check the Spookshow link. It lists...

    Guys, just check the Spookshow link. It lists models of Trinity, Gunderson, Evans, and NSC built prototypes and the years they were built. The website is one of the best online resources out there,...
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    Today's routers have enough bandwidth for 4k tv...

    Today's routers have enough bandwidth for 4k tv and then some; I don't think they would even notice an added JMRI load. Is there a security issue?
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    Tim R's comment on door hinges is spot on. One...

    Tim R's comment on door hinges is spot on. One more suggestion: Expect the gaps to widen and narrow with the seasons. Leave a piece of straight track unsoldered to its neighbors on each side of the...
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    A few listed on Spookshow's site, with the usual...

    A few listed on Spookshow's site, with the usual details about when the prototype came out:...
  14. Same here as inkaneer.

    Same here as inkaneer.
  15. Easier to leave the motor there and remove the...

    Easier to leave the motor there and remove the tabs that pick up juice from the frame, or remove the brush holders?
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    It looks great, like glacier-polished granite.

    It looks great, like glacier-polished granite.
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    I buy those 6-packs of little tubes at the dollar...

    I buy those 6-packs of little tubes at the dollar store; no big deal when they freeze up, just open another. They seem to take longer to harden that the hobby stuff but that's what accelerator is...
  18. Beautiful bridge and great video once again. ...

    Beautiful bridge and great video once again. There is an even more massive thru truss over the Ohio at Sciotoville, once the worlds longest truss span. A model of either one would easily span a...
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    Don't know if this will help, but I added saw...

    Don't know if this will help, but I added saw kerfs to this plywood core before pouring piers around it. It has held up. https://www.nscale.net/forums/album.php?albumid=1138&attachmentid=58898
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    Nobody wants to back up or break up a mile long...

    Nobody wants to back up or break up a mile long unit train.
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    Nice work on the arch! Every time I put up a...

    Nice work on the arch! Every time I put up a line somewhere I manage to down it while cleaning track or some other activity, so I gave up on it.



    Key is to find a motor shaft same diameter as...
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    Depends on your minimum radius, how long you need...

    Depends on your minimum radius, how long you need the tail track to be, and whether or not you can arrange to add it on the outside of a curve.
  23. Wow, Kadee brand in N scale. You have a piece of...

    Wow, Kadee brand in N scale. You have a piece of history there.
  24. Ditto. I kind of take them for granted until I...

    Ditto. I kind of take them for granted until I get a new car with something else that doesn't couple or uncouple as smoothly (if at all) as an MT.
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    As tomcook says, nice to see the entire layout. ...

    As tomcook says, nice to see the entire layout. But now I'm worried; it looks like one of the rarest things in model railroaddom, Done. Implication being we won't get to see more of your work. ...
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