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    I concur - gap both tracks/4 rails at/near the...

    I concur - gap both tracks/4 rails at/near the lower arrow location to make the isolated section (the whole yard) as long as possible, but there is a potential gotcha.

    The problem with your plan...
  2. I believe the major printer companies sell "water...

    I believe the major printer companies sell "water resistant" ink. Not cheap of course. You could also use a fixative spray after printing.
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    Warning: this can cause problems. Put the...

    Warning: this can cause problems. Put the sliding rail on the outside of the curve, even though that means you have to cut off some ties when you trim the inside rail. Here's why. Over time the...
  4. I have yards on plywood, mains on cork, and...

    I have yards on plywood, mains on cork, and transition between the two with layers of cereal box cardboard. This pretty much matches the prototype - poor drainage in yards, attention to drainage on...
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    Wow, what a layout! Thanks for posting.

    Wow, what a layout! Thanks for posting.
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    It can be done but probably not a great idea. ...

    It can be done but probably not a great idea. Powercabs supply something like 14vac but only 1.4 amps. You can get a 12v .08 amp grain of wheat, put one lead on each rail and it should light. But...
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    Excellent work! On my layout its pretty easy to...

    Excellent work! On my layout its pretty easy to tell which rock faces I built first and which last, as last are way more realistic. That's a good thing!
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    Exactoly. Serves Mssr Moose right for cutting...

    Exactoly. Serves Mssr Moose right for cutting down those magnificent sequoias, but they do look good.
  9. Starting to look real, kind of New Mexico-ish! ...

    Starting to look real, kind of New Mexico-ish! Nice to see it getting past the plywood stage this go-round.
  10. Probably you already thought of this but just in...

    Probably you already thought of this but just in case, worth checking any older locos that you might have for taller flanges that could lose contact with the metal rail if they ride up on the spacer.
  11. This is going to be cool! Are you going with...

    This is going to be cool!

    Are you going with points or with stubs? 5 stub rails in N could be tight, they'll have to be farther apart than on the prototype. Also can't afford any slop on the...
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    Couldn't find anything long enough for the aisle...

    Couldn't find anything long enough for the aisle so I ended up scratch building a single track. Album pics are completely out of order: https://www.nscale.net/forums/album.php?albumid=1138
    I...
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    That approach does seem overly complicated. I...

    That approach does seem overly complicated. I think it sort of matches what Peco did with Unifrogs. But I run DCC and just gapping the two inside rails past the turnout works perfectly.
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    Poll: None of the above. In places with long...

    None of the above.

    In places with long tangents on either end of the curve, you can start the curve a little early to create an easement and still maintain the radius of the curve. In these cases...
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    Your diagram confuses me - not sure exactly what...

    Your diagram confuses me - not sure exactly what the colors mean. Out of the box:
    1) the points, frog, and green are all electrically connected and all have the same polarity/same color at any...
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    Thanks all! 5-minute version: ...

    Thanks all! 5-minute version:
    https://youtu.be/RWJVt4r_pgc

    The Green Goblin loader is a spring acting like a screw auger:

    https://youtu.be/71J0_mq1_TU

    The auger mechanism works faster...
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    Thanks. Now that I know to search for y-sleeper...

    Thanks. Now that I know to search for y-sleeper I can find some good pics. I wonder how train detection works when the rails are electrically connected like this....
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    Diagonal sleepers in Germany?

    Saw this photo of this year's flooding in Nidderau near Frankfort. Very unreal looking. But then I noticed the track... are those railroad ties?...
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    Finally finished a project that I've been doing...

    Finally finished a project that I've been doing on and off, a new video:

    https://youtu.be/4bRfFLmFUO4
    It's longer than I wanted but shows what it's like to operate the coal layout using the old...
  20. Wait till you try soldering while under the...

    Wait till you try soldering while under the layout, makes marking holes look easy in comparison.

    Never tried this but would it be easier to stick push pins in to mark the holes instead of a pencil?
  21. I use WS ballast. One of my wife's hair products...

    I use WS ballast. One of my wife's hair products come in a bottle (says Aveda, green) that delivers a very fine mist. I hold it rather far away and mist with isopropyl. Then I flood between the...
  22. No idea about the locos. My biggest cars are...

    No idea about the locos. My biggest cars are Hi-cubes and auto racks; they work fine on Peco Medium Radius. They used to have templates available on their website, but today they 404 at shopify...
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    Good description of The Blast here, sounds like...

    Good description of The Blast here, sounds like not much was left in the way of rolling stock: http://fountaincolorado.blogspot.com/2011/03/great-train-wreck.html

    Kranky Antelope sounds good too.:)
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    I really like the water! No liquid plastic...

    I really like the water! No liquid plastic visibly creeping up the shoreline. But in spite of the "Full writing" label on the link, all I see is a pic. Any details on how it was done?
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    Success! Thanks to all for the suggestions,...

    Success! Thanks to all for the suggestions, they pushed me to investigate new avenues.

    After hours of experiments - switching the trucks, truck orientation, worms, bearing blocks, bearing block...
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