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    I don't know why you are trying to reinvent the...

    I don't know why you are trying to reinvent the wheel (this seems to be a common theme among newbies on this forum these days).

    Get an NCE EB1, which works with the Power Cab, and call it good.
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    "I" is current, not induction. "Inductance" is L....

    "I" is current, not induction. "Inductance" is L.

    Current is measured in amps; inductance in Henries.
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    :nope::nope:

    :nope::nope:
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    The only one-piece coupler Micro-Trains makes is...

    The only one-piece coupler Micro-Trains makes is the Tru Scale coupler. It has a scale-sized body, but the knuckle does not swing away from the arm.

    If these alleged MT couplers you continue to...
  5. 3/4" birch plywood ripped into 3" widths, topped...

    3/4" birch plywood ripped into 3" widths, topped with 5/8" birch plywood. Homasote or a cap of extruded foam.

    Or hollow-core doors, which I have found to be remarkably stable, capped with extruded...
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    :head-wall::head-wall::head-wall:

    :head-wall::head-wall::head-wall:
  7. One customer getting kicked out of a Chinese...

    One customer getting kicked out of a Chinese restaurant because they insist on ordering lasagna isn't necessarily indicative of the restaurant's poor customer-service skills.
  8. I'm in 100 percent agreement with Steve. There...

    I'm in 100 percent agreement with Steve. There are other decal vendors who do cater to N scale who perhaps should have been contacted instead. Step on the tiger's tail, expect an unhappy tiger.
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    You can still get either Atlas or LL versions....

    You can still get either Atlas or LL versions. Atlas released new versions a couple years ago. Search online.
  10. And the prize goes to the gentleman from The...

    And the prize goes to the gentleman from The Netherlands!:):thumbs-up:
  11. Oh, I see. The answer for N scale is, "No one...

    Oh, I see.

    The answer for N scale is, "No one does."
  12. Sometimes I read through it just as a "refresher...

    Sometimes I read through it just as a "refresher course." It's just packed with information and ideas.
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    Yep, they look better in the P&L scheme!

    Yep, they look better in the P&L scheme!
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    Are those SD60s, Jeff, on the P&L? Sure is an...

    Are those SD60s, Jeff, on the P&L? Sure is an attractive paint scheme.
  15. I find that to be a recurring theme, too, in this...

    I find that to be a recurring theme, too, in this hobby, Stu. A small, inexpensive library of model railroad reference books answers 90 percent of the basic, repetitive how-to questions people...
  16. What you need is not craft paints or expensive...

    What you need is not craft paints or expensive Woodland Scenics products. What's been recommended for 40-plus years by scenery expert Dave Frary in his book "How to Build Realistic Model Railroad...
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    PECO turnouts are made where? Uruguay?

    PECO turnouts are made where? Uruguay?
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    Sticky: Wow, now that's quite a feat, seeing as N scale...

    Wow, now that's quite a feat, seeing as N scale didn't debut commercially until 1962! Bet you meant 1960's or 1970's? Or were you one of the few pioneers back in the day?:D

    Welcome anyway!
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    Solder a 30 or 28 AWG wire to each point/closure...

    Solder a 30 or 28 AWG wire to each point/closure rail around the the outside of the hinges. Atlas code 55 turnouts are poorly designed at the hinge for reliable current passage.

    You can use a...
  20. Glad you stipulated the scale! Thought for a...

    Glad you stipulated the scale! Thought for a moment when came across the topic that you might be reprising "Dad's Army."
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    Dittos! Have had good service and responses from...

    Dittos! Have had good service and responses from Hatton's in the past when I modeled British 4mm scale. A worthy vendor.

    I used PECO back in the 1990s, then swapped to code 55 ME
    But if PECO...
  22. Got it. RS232 is widespread in the environment in...

    Got it. RS232 is widespread in the environment in which I work on account of the backbone peer-to-peer networks (a signal logic controller communicating with its counterparts to the east and west via...
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    While it might not match any specific Santa Fe...

    While it might not match any specific Santa Fe prototype, that structure certainly has the feel and character of a Santa Fe freight house in Southern California, due to the signage and stucco, rather...
  24. OK, I'll be a knucklehead:D! Why RS485 and not...

    OK, I'll be a knucklehead:D! Why RS485 and not RS232?

    Betcha I'm going to learn something. ...
  25. Very similar to the vital peer-to-peer fiber...

    Very similar to the vital peer-to-peer fiber network on my employer's signal system in Seattle and Chicago, as well as ATCS and PTC addressing throughout the system. You have art imitating...
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