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  1. Looks like the Atlas code 55 switches are...

    Looks like the Atlas code 55 switches are starting to show up........but so far only the #7 left. But put in a large order for those before they are gone again. #7 rights and a few curved switches...
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    Back when the SD45s came out, I had the same...

    Back when the SD45s came out, I had the same issue.........none of the 3 I bought would run the same speed. They all ran great, but not at the same speed. Never figured out the issue, just found...
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    I'll let you know when I get there.

    I'll let you know when I get there.
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    Can't really tell much from your...

    Can't really tell much from your picture.........on the 2 I have, the board has a left and right output, with a common ground. The lights had a red and black wire for each bulb/LED. So for a set of...
  5. The Kato Hiawatha set in they Yellow/grey color...

    The Kato Hiawatha set in they Yellow/grey color scheme. And some new Fox Valley 4-4-2s.
  6. Thread: Soda Blasters

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    Soda Blasters

    I've heard that soda Blasters are a good way to remove lettering and such from models without harming the underlying paint. Anyone have any insight into that? Also any recommendations as far as...
  7. Thread: Remove grease

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    It MIGHT be safe to use, but there's no sure way...

    It MIGHT be safe to use, but there's no sure way to tell , except to try it......as I said earlier, there are different types of plactic and there's no hard fast rule.
  8. Thread: Remove grease

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    Backtracking.........a Q-tip and Alcohol are...

    Backtracking.........a Q-tip and Alcohol are great for cleaning wheels and the bearing cups and other metal parts, which you should do also while you have things apart.
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    Whatever you use, be sure it's safe for...

    Whatever you use, be sure it's safe for plastic........more specifically YOUR plastic. Alcohol can damage some plastic, especially high concentrations (like 90%) and especially if you soak your parts...
  10. You're right about parking lots......my module...

    You're right about parking lots......my module has a lot at the diner and one by the movie theater, but a lot would depend on what stores were located there. Hardware, grocery, ect. stores don 't...
  11. Dug out a couple of old shots of my NTrak...

    Dug out a couple of old shots of my NTrak module......the space the town sits in is more like 10 inches wide, but I feel like it's crowded too close to the tracks. And in the photo with the semi...
  12. With 12 inches of space, I'd go for 1 row of...

    With 12 inches of space, I'd go for 1 row of buildings.............I'm assuming you want a street in front of the buildings? Nothing says "toy trains" like too narrow of a street. I have a similar...
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    I have had almost no problems with Bachmann stuff...

    I have had almost no problems with Bachmann stuff EXCEPT...........all my Bachmann steam locos seem to be susceptible to spinning the drive out of time. Sometimes all it takes is giving it a little...
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    Haven't heard any bad choices.......but a few...

    Haven't heard any bad choices.......but a few notes. If you look at the LL/Walthers SW1200, only the very last release before LL/Walthers became LL/Walthers/Atlas is DCC friendly. It's a simple plug...
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    It's all good to talk about issues with various...

    It's all good to talk about issues with various brands, but in the end, I've had issues with every brand out there (not once, but multiple times) and I'm sure all of you have run into the same thing....
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    Sometimes it's just "luck of the draw" with model...

    Sometimes it's just "luck of the draw" with model trains. I personally have had more problems with Katos than I've had with Bachmanns.......not that I've had much problem with either, but Kato is...
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    My Bachmanns have been as reliable as any other...

    My Bachmanns have been as reliable as any other brand......I have 40+ year old Bachmanns that still run fine. Not as well as new stuff, but that's true of any product, not just model trains. My...
  18. Rodsup9000.......I received the trucks yesterday....

    Rodsup9000.......I received the trucks yesterday. Thank You very much. I couldn't read the shipping cost.....looked like something and 70 cents. Let me know and I'd be glad to reimburse you.
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    I could probably get away with #5s in my yards,...

    I could probably get away with #5s in my yards, but from past experience I don't want them on the mainlines except for a few where there is a siding off the main, and even there I tried to use #7s. I...
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    I fall into that category...…….my stuff is still...

    I fall into that category...…….my stuff is still in the original packaging. I almost have enough to do the mainline, but nothing for sidings,yards,ect. I also need another box (100) of...
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    Atlas code 55?????

    I know this has been discussed before, but I haven't seen anything recently.............Any word on the code 55 switches from Atlas? We moved into a new house almost 3 years ago, and I started...
  22. A lot of manufacturers used them back in the...

    A lot of manufacturers used them back in the 70's.........but that was 40 years ago and there aren't many left.
  23. I use them on my ore cars............if you...

    I use them on my ore cars............if you remove one coupler and on the other end, trim the hook on the rapido till it resembles the T shank you can get a nice close coupling setup. The empty...
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    Ditto on the 1015 couplers. If you prefer, there...

    Ditto on the 1015 couplers. If you prefer, there is a hole on the loco that the center pin on the clip fits into........you can use this hole and screw the couplers on instead of using the clips....
  25. One man's junk is another man's treasure - old trucks

    Does anyone have a supply of the old 2 axle trucks (with Rapido couplers) that used the metal u-shaped retainer with bendable tabs to hold the spring and coupler in place? I've exhausted my supply...
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