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    Sticky: This may be my favorite. Washes and chalks,...

    This may be my favorite. Washes and chalks, with Neolube on the rods.

    This was a Lima-built 2-6-0 for the Hickory Valley Railroad, which was the common-carrier side of Wheeler & Dusenbury, one...
  2. Believe me, there's no room in that thing left...

    Believe me, there's no room in that thing left for anything - the decoder ate it all. It has 8x8 pickup but one traction tire.

    I've used Peco C55 electrofrogs in my industrial area, and on my...
  3. (why do I always end up being the contrarian??) ...

    (why do I always end up being the contrarian??)

    OK, so as-delivered, they are ugly as sin. Agreed. I only use them on industrial tracks, or in places where it's kinda nuts because reaching for...
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    1) Bachmann is very era-specific, some of the...

    1) Bachmann is very era-specific, some of the new stuff is pretty good
    2) Bachmann is very model specific, some junkers, some good, and some (like the 4-8-4) have been revised multiple times. ...
  5. Thread: size problem

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    The only verified 'wackadoodle' size issue I've...

    The only verified 'wackadoodle' size issue I've come accross - and it's more common than you think - is Japanese N is 1:150 and normal N is 1:160, so yes, the Japanese models ARE BIGGER than normal,...
  6. I've been putting these in (and taking them back...

    I've been putting these in (and taking them back out) for a long time - are you using the original light bulb set or the LED's?

    For the record, I'm a DC guy, the flickering drove me crazy, I...
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    Again, depending on the terrain... you might need...

    Again, depending on the terrain... you might need 4X the water stops as you needed fuel. But that was the easy part. For inspection, lubrication, dumping ashes, etc., the basic rule of thumb was...
  8. Back in 1970 I was deeply into HO, basement sized...

    Back in 1970 I was deeply into HO, basement sized layout I shared with my fathers wood shop. That's a bad idea, as his fine sawdust couldn't be stopped even with walls. I finally gave up and sold...
  9. I really do wish I had the skill to make a decent...

    I really do wish I had the skill to make a decent turnout. But not everybody does. I admire those that do, I don't...yet. Everybody has their thing.

    I do like to put my money where my mouth...
  10. Thread: Worm Gears

    by randgust
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    For years I have had a sharp "V" shaped notch in...

    For years I have had a sharp "V" shaped notch in a piece of thin steel that I used to fit between a worm and a motor, put it in a vise so it was suspended, and simply tapped the shaft into the worm...
  11. If you're comparing unpainted, unweathered...

    If you're comparing unpainted, unweathered track.... you're way ahead with Atlas C55. Paint, weather, and ballast things, and the lines get a lot closer. So the decision also hinges on whether or...
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    Welcome to N and the forums, we're not from the...

    Welcome to N and the forums, we're not from the government so we actually are here to help.

    The Kato F7 is probably one of the most rugged and bulletproof out there.

    As you're a new member, let...
  13. First locomotive I ever saw with a Faulhaber...

    First locomotive I ever saw with a Faulhaber motor and gearhead in it was a rebuilt Rivarossi 0-8-0. Top speed of it was like 15mph and it ran like butter. So it is possible to have a honey one of...
  14. Probably the most problematic of the bunch is the...

    Probably the most problematic of the bunch is the 0-8-0. The round Rivarossi-made motors have a circular softish-magnet around the armature that seemed to both attract all manner of gunk, run hot,...
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    Have you weighed them with a quality scale? Since the lead ban in most Chinese-built 'toys', you'll see zinc-alloy frames popping up that are lighter, and any insertable weights now are almost...
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    Email me (see the randgust web page for contact...

    Email me (see the randgust web page for contact information) and I send out the .PDF instructions in advance so you can see exactly what you need here.

    You need both the Kato 11-105 for the worm,...
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    One thing you may not be aware of beyond the...

    One thing you may not be aware of beyond the freight cars is that powered chassis are available by the boatload that will work for N Interurbans now - Tomytec, aka Tomix - all Japanese raw chassis...
  18. It's such a crapshoot with these. I had a...

    It's such a crapshoot with these. I had a first-run PRR and test ran it, put it in the display case. Had it out to run a couple times, never really happy with it because it was so disturbingly...
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    That model was the one also featured in Tom...

    That model was the one also featured in Tom Knapp's Nn3 column in N Scale magazine.

    Since then I've built a T-trak module with an Nn3 loop on it that will be my 'test track' at the N Scale Weekend...
  20. My issue remains that properly painted,...

    My issue remains that properly painted, weathered, and ballasted C80 still looks far better than raw C55 with visible silver rail sides and shiny brown ties.

    It's a general philosophy with me in N...
  21. Agreed. The only way you can make it look...

    Agreed. The only way you can make it look 'good' is to have tie color that doesn't contrast much at all with the ballast color. The Seeborg method is to spray ties flat gray and then weather them...
  22. One of the reasons I'm a Peco C55 fan is because...

    One of the reasons I'm a Peco C55 fan is because of that. I can turn flanges, I've done it, but I'd still rather not - particularly on legacy steam. If you're a fan of old stuff (and I am) it's a...
  23. My layout was mostly built back in the late...

    My layout was mostly built back in the late 1980's, and C55 didn't exist - it was all C80. But any major realignments or rebuildings since have been done with Peco C55 (which is really a two-step...
  24. Every one of these that I've seen has the worm...

    Every one of these that I've seen has the worm directly on the end of the motor shaft so that the lateral force is directly transmitted to the motor bearings.

    That has the potential to do two...
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    I bought one of those Bachmann doodlebugs when...

    I bought one of those Bachmann doodlebugs when they first came out, hardly ever ran it, and it was rather noisy.

    I decided to convert it to an 8-wheel drive Tomytec frame just to get it to quiet...
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