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  1. From what I've read, people have had lots of...

    From what I've read, people have had lots of problems with the 2017 run of big boys and challengers. My guess is that Athearn switched factories and the new factory dropped the ball, but that's just...
  2. Yes, the sound works on DC as well as DCC. ...

    Yes, the sound works on DC as well as DCC.

    There's a lot of stuff on that review page, so perhaps you missed this bit about my misadventures with the 2017 production run -

    I ran into a rather...
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    The Atlas shipping schedule claims that the track...

    The Atlas shipping schedule claims that the track items announced in 2017 will ship this quarter (of which there are like 2 weeks left, so they better hurry).

    -Mark
  4. Despite the debacle that my last one turned out...

    Despite the debacle that my last one turned out to be, I'm going to give Athearn another shot. But I'm definitely more excited about the Kato version.

    -Mark
  5. I'll be getting one (of course). -Mark

    I'll be getting one (of course).

    -Mark
  6. Is this what you're looking for?...

    Is this what you're looking for? http://www.broadway-limited2.com/support/P2%20N%20Scale%20E6%20AB.PDF

    -Mark
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    Gotta love a well organized workshop! :thumbs-up:...

    Gotta love a well organized workshop! :thumbs-up:

    -Mark
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    I swear I've been doing some actual modeling, but...

    I swear I've been doing some actual modeling, but it's all kind of a work in progress so no pictures. However, I did pay someone else to make some nifty new wall art for me, and of that I do have...
  9. All IMRC SD40T-2's are DCC Ready. Based on the...

    All IMRC SD40T-2's are DCC Ready. Based on the picture on my website, it looks like I wound up using a bit of Kapton tape on the chassis to prevent short circuits.

    -Mark
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    Sounds like you did everything correctly to me....

    Sounds like you did everything correctly to me. The only difference as far as what I do is that I don't bother with multiple coats of Krylon. One fairly robust coating gets it done for me. That, and...
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    Almost forgot, I also installed this nice little...

    Almost forgot, I also installed this nice little parking lot sign that my buddy Peteski whipped up for Finch's Pub -
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    This week I finished up Cargill's warehouse and...

    This week I finished up Cargill's warehouse and made a parking lot. And since planning is for sissies, I still have no idea what I'm going to do about a road (vis'a'vis where it's going to come from...
  13. Thread: Bli nyc e-8a

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    I'm pretty sure that the BLI E's all share the...

    I'm pretty sure that the BLI E's all share the same chassis.

    -Mark
  14. I guess my "defining" moment was about 20 years...

    I guess my "defining" moment was about 20 years ago when I first started my website (basically just a bare bones list of N scale locomotives). Shortly thereafter, Model Railroader magazine published...
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    How do the metal chassis contact strips look? If...

    How do the metal chassis contact strips look? If bent such that they're pushing down too hard or if they're crooked or something, I suppose that could impact performance in curves.
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    I assume you mean the fire escape? That's...

    I assume you mean the fire escape? That's Plastruct 90661 (N stair), 90691 (stair rail) and 90471 (hand rail). The landings are just generic styrene rectangles.
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    Thanks for the kind words Steve, much appreciated...

    Thanks for the kind words Steve, much appreciated :)

    BTW, I forgot to mention the nifty new piece of wall art that Dave at wall-color.com made for me (said custom metal sign is now hanging over...
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    I finished up another 11 inches worth of Cargill...

    I finished up another 11 inches worth of Cargill warehouse, still 11 more inches to go....

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/cache.php?img=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spookshow.net%2Flayout6%2Flayoutf1262.jpg
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    Isn't it amazing that ancient Arnold and Bachmann...

    Isn't it amazing that ancient Arnold and Bachmann cars are still the only N scale options for cars of this type? I think the models are damned near as old as the prototypes, lol.

    -Mark
  20. Can you provide a bit more context? What size...

    Can you provide a bit more context? What size layout are you contemplating? What are your goals?

    -Mark
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    Get one. It's like one of the couple-three basic...

    Get one. It's like one of the couple-three basic tools that every model railroader should have.

    -Mark
  22. Happy birthday! :drunk: -Mark

    Happy birthday! :drunk:

    -Mark
  23. Thread: Bli nw2/sw7

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    Sounds like the only differences are the shape of...

    Sounds like the only differences are the shape of the front windows and the size of the front radiator intake?

    -Mark
  24. Thread: Bli nw2/sw7

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    What are the differences between the two anyway?...

    What are the differences between the two anyway? All the illustrations look the same to my untrained eye.

    Thanks,
    -Mark
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    Since we all have our own particular concerns,...

    Since we all have our own particular concerns, any sort of coarse grading system (such as mine) is always going to be hugely subjective. For example, I daresay that our esteemed Mr Miranda has yet to...
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