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  1. That's where Tony Koester's "Layout Design...

    That's where Tony Koester's "Layout Design Elements" come in. We don't have to guess at a track plan or know from the get-go exactly how the ABC RR switched XYZ Town. By using LDEs (defined as a...
  2. I was in discussions with Byron Henderson five...

    I was in discussions with Byron Henderson five years ago about adapting the ATSF San Jacinto Branch layout in HO for a 12 x 15- foot bonus room....
  3. Remember, though, whatever gain is made in...

    Remember, though, whatever gain is made in tractive effort comes at the expense of electrical pickup. Every wheel that gets BFS is one fewer wheel providing a path for current.
  4. There are! The little two-ounce spray bottles...

    There are! The little two-ounce spray bottles that come with eyeglass cleaning sets. They produce a fine mist that seems to me more "focused" than typical sprayers.
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    aflica, I'm still using good ol' Polly S acrylic...

    aflica, I'm still using good ol' Polly S acrylic paint, have a decent cache of it, which I thin with Aztec Universal Acrylic Thinner. I've got a small arsenal of Vallejo Air colors as well.

    When...
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    That's what I miss in our early 80's condo...

    That's what I miss in our early 80's condo compared to our previous 2016-built house. The latter had receptacles everywhere you looked; the condo has fewer and none in places that I grew accustomed...
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    That's something I've done, Bob. Much more...

    That's something I've done, Bob. Much more freedom to spread your wings, throw an elbow, whatever. ...Please shoot me a PM when you do; I'd subscribe.
  8. An excellent definition of 'operations'

    I found this definition of operations today on Ron McF's Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe blog. Ron attributes this statement to model railroader Bob Batson:

    "Simply defined, 'operations' is running the...
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    Could you drive out instead? :lol: ...

    Could you drive out instead?

    :lol:

    Seriously, glad it's an intermodal and not a hazmat or oil train.
  10. Dittos, Steve. There's something very satisfying...

    Dittos, Steve. There's something very satisfying about trackwork.
  11. Looking good, Steve! Nothing wrong at all with...

    Looking good, Steve! Nothing wrong at all with five amps of capacity. If you ever go with DCC sound, you'll have juice already.



    The most challenging step is removing the unwanted numerals....
  12. A cog railway would a be a unique and picturesque...

    A cog railway would a be a unique and picturesque solution.
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    Well, that's an interesting theory. I'd like to...

    Well, that's an interesting theory. I'd like to see some data on that. They are much less likely to get the build up of crud compared to plastic wheelsets, though. That may be what you're thinking of
  14. Unless you've not completely removed the No-Ox...

    Unless you've not completely removed the No-Ox from the railhead, the wheel spinning is not the fault of the No-Ox; it's due to too steep a grade. I doubt even a real Shay, Climax or Heisler alone...
  15. Or on the back end of the streamliner passenger...

    Or on the back end of the streamliner passenger train that is someone's pride and joy.:lol:
  16. And the headlights are what then, old-style grain...

    And the headlights are what then, old-style grain of rice bulbs?:D

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  17. Oh, welcome to the Fat Finger Club. Pretty much...

    Oh, welcome to the Fat Finger Club. Pretty much anyone with a DCC system has at one time or another inadvertently toggled a function key. I did it with F0 on Saturday, turning off the headlight, then...
  18. You've likely got a very high value dialed into...

    You've likely got a very high value dialed into momentum settings CV3 and CV4.

    You will need to be in paged mode with CV8 set to 8 to reset.
    If you've tried to reset using program-on-main mode,...
  19. What I've seen so far says the jury is still out,...

    What I've seen so far says the jury is still out, that it may be LEDs only, and that the sample sizes are too small.

    YMMV. Frankly, I don't there's much to worry about unless you're under...
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    This is a really cool structure and scene! 119422

    This is a really cool structure and scene!
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    You are correct, and that method requires what I...

    You are correct, and that method requires what I mentioned above -- simultaneously moving the DPDT toggle and reverse switch on the throttle. Rather laborious, but it's still an idea that's out there...
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    I would not say "wrong," but rather there are two...

    I would not say "wrong," but rather there are two ways of addressing it -- reversing polarity of the loop, or reversing polarity of the main.

    Reversing "in the loop" is not the preferred method,...
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    Every so often I see something that makes me say,...

    Every so often I see something that makes me say, "This could be a neat magazine how-to article.":D Here's another one.
  24. Intarsiabox, can I jump in with a question? ...

    Intarsiabox, can I jump in with a question?

    Has anyone switched from 4000K or 5000K fluorescents to equivalent temperature LED T8-sized tubes? Is there a discernable difference in appearance?
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    Hello, DMK, I saw your previous,...

    Hello, DMK, I saw your previous, unanswered question in another post yesterday, and I got the impression you'd already decided to use two DPDT switches.

    And that's what I'd recommend,...
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