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    MicroMark offers a universal throttle holder,...

    MicroMark offers a universal throttle holder, Tony. I'd bet it's just right for the NCE throttle.
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    Yes indeed!!:D

    Yes indeed!!:D
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    Alstom (nee GE) is aware of it. It's not a safety...

    Alstom (nee GE) is aware of it. It's not a safety issue because the settings are staying in with units online. But so far a solution is pending.

    I'm expecting I'll have to change some 100 or so of...
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    Big box home-improvement stores do. Pink or blue...

    Big box home-improvement stores do. Pink or blue either one works. I'd go with 2" as well because it gives you the option of depth. That's what I use.
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    Shoot, we're finding it with 10-year-old...

    Shoot, we're finding it with 10-year-old site-specific Positive Train Control modules. Worked great for years. No issues with the NVRAMs.

    Then, starting last spring, we started losing PTC...
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    Good to know!

    Good to know!
  7. I liked that part! Goodness knows the layout room...

    I liked that part! Goodness knows the layout room could use a bit more, uh, genteel ambience?:lol:
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    Don't know about TexasAndy, but my pending...

    Don't know about TexasAndy, but my pending purchase is not a decoder.
  9. And what residue, if any, is swiping the rail...

    And what residue, if any, is swiping the rail with a dryer sheet leaving behind? Or, in other words, is the Law of Unintended Consequences waiting to pounce.

    Well, let's look at them. Dryer sheets...
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    I'm in the same predicament with an MRC product I...

    I'm in the same predicament with an MRC product I ordered from Tony's Trains.
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    You might have had aflica at "paper mill!":D

    You might have had aflica at "paper mill!":D
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    I like Allen's idea, Steve, and I'll raise him a...

    I like Allen's idea, Steve, and I'll raise him a nickel -- make that a
    team track with nothing more than a loading ramp on one side. Now it can handle just about any kind of car, and there's no...
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    I'd still appreciate your and TwinDad's input on...

    I'd still appreciate your and TwinDad's input on my blue-sky (actually was partly cloudy) idea for using a flip-flop to do something similar.:)
  14. If you use real crushed rock or sand and not...

    If you use real crushed rock or sand and not crushed walnut shells, static electricity is not an issue.
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    It looks OK, but I said that last time not...

    It looks OK, but I said that last time not accounting for the short circuit Heiko found. But this looks cleaner. If SIG is the wrong polarity to open the gate, the Tortoise moves this-a-way, if the...
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    The only other step I'd take is to apply some gel...

    The only other step I'd take is to apply some gel gloss medium and regular gloss medium to add ruffling or small waves and ripples on the surface.
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    Tried that with a swimming pool once. Man,...

    Tried that with a swimming pool once.

    Man, that was a tough dive. ...

    But seriously, it's super modeling and great technique from an HOer who is really good. Hope I get to try it someday....
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    Gosh, yes, and I do find things -- coupler...

    Gosh, yes, and I do find things -- coupler springs, the odd wee screw that had attempted orbital flight just as I was inserting it with tweezers into its proper hole, air hoses, etc.:D
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    The wallpaper on that column is interesting. I...

    The wallpaper on that column is interesting. I think I see where the column is on the plan. Will it get converted into a building of some sort?
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    Yep, I hear you, Paul. I can build the circuits...

    Yep, I hear you, Paul. I can build the circuits and follow how they work. I can even design simple ones for specific needs on my layout. But the guys and gals who design the modules and like on the...
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    Sounds like a bad LED then. You can contact...

    Sounds like a bad LED then.

    You can contact Atlas (they bought the LL line) to see if they have replacement light boards or just order an LED online from places like Digi-key or Mouser. A golden...
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    Okay, it's a current-limiting resistor then. So...

    Okay, it's a current-limiting resistor then. So the light is an LED. Resistors are less likely to fail than an LED. So go through the steps above.

    Isolating one leg of the resistor to read...
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    Is this decoder equipped or a stock LL DC...

    Is this decoder equipped or a stock LL DC lightboard? What you think is a resistor might be a diode. Are there color bands around the component?

    Do you have a digital voltmeter? Can you isolate...
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    Once had a restaurant like that in downtown...

    Once had a restaurant like that in downtown Seattle. Forty years ago. Cool place.

    This one's in Prague, eh? I'd suppose if one said there, "Check, please" in the native tongue, it might raise a...
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    Heiko and TD are quite a few (!) levels above me,...

    Heiko and TD are quite a few (!) levels above me, Steve. I don't design the things they design. Difference between a tech (me) whose vocation involves electronics and a couple of engineer types who...
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