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  1. Thread: Life on Mars !

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    Just another planet, not Mars or Earth....

    Just another planet, not Mars or Earth. Identification of said planet left as an exercise for the interested.
  2. Thread: Life on Mars !

    by Tim R
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    Now you've got me thinking of the Great Eastern...

    Now you've got me thinking of the Great Eastern Railroad. Main line from Crom through Telgar Pass to Lemos, and then down the river and across the plains to Benden. Branch lines to Igen, Bitra, and...
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    RR-CirKits (which I mentioned above) has a four...

    RR-CirKits (which I mentioned above) has a four lead 3-color LED with red, green, and yellow LEDs color matched to AAR standard colors in one package. Common anode wiring. Go to...
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    I'm sorry, but I feel I must comment in this...

    I'm sorry, but I feel I must comment in this thread. Rail joiners are not reliable, long term electrical contacts. Not even Kato Unitrack joiners, though they are better than most. For a reliable...
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    Collection? What collection? I buy trains to play...

    Collection? What collection? I buy trains to play with them. I need enough to support the traffic. :)
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    I'm putting signals on my layout using Layout...

    I'm putting signals on my layout using Layout Command Control (LCC) with the boards from RR-CirKits. I'm doing full blown ABS/APB signals on a layout that's large enough so I'll have intermediate...
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    I agree with all this good advice. Build what...

    I agree with all this good advice. Build what you've got, get it running well. Figure out what you want to do with it. Then expand.

    Contrary to this advice I'm currently building a huge layout....
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    When I buy locomotives, I'm looking for specific...

    When I buy locomotives, I'm looking for specific types of locos. If I need an SD40, it's Kato because that's all there is. My SD40-2s are Intermountain, because they (finally) came out with the high...
  9. I also solder after laying the track. I use AWG...

    I also solder after laying the track. I use AWG 22 solid wire for feeders and flatten the end of the wire, then bend it to make a little "hook" over the rail base. Much less conspicuous than a wire...
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    Shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'd use a...

    Shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'd use a DPDT relay controlled by the crossover turnout machine. The reversing section would be everything in the loop except the outside track, which just goes...
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    I've got a couple veneer plants on the layout....

    I've got a couple veneer plants on the layout. (Well, I've got half the roadbed glued up for one of the veneer plants on the layout. :innocent:) They can take your stumps and turn them into burl...
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    I agree that letting the track hang works pretty...

    I agree that letting the track hang works pretty well, but I would suggest putting cork under the diverging side of the turnout and cutting it off square to the track past the frog. This will keep...
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    I'm a mech. engineer by trade, and I generally...

    I'm a mech. engineer by trade, and I generally don't like the interfaces in model railroad CAD systems, but that is one thing that traditional CAD systems can't do.

    Thanks
  14. Thread: Remove grease

    by Tim R
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    Warm water and Dawn dish washing liquid. This...

    Warm water and Dawn dish washing liquid. This assumes you are dismantling the loco and the gears and wheels/axles are loose. Don't use it for motors and DCC decoders. :)
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    Back in the old days, all you had to do was...

    Back in the old days, all you had to do was change the decoder channel number (OK, it's not really a "channel") from 3 to the loco number and you were off to the races. Being able to use four (or,...
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    Looks like a good layout. First op session in...

    Looks like a good layout. First op session in January? Are we invited? :D

    Hmm.. SC to NH. Might need plane tickets. Amtrak possible, but overnight in coach Washington to Boston, no sleepers on the...
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    Loco Pulling Power

    I discovered yesterday that my Atlas GP38-2 won't quite pull 9 cars and a caboose up the 2.5% grade going west out of Newton. This is steeper than the actual grade on that line, but necessary to get...
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    At work we don't do ANY live electrical work. It...

    At work we don't do ANY live electrical work. It has to be locked out before the panel is opened. The main entrance panels are marked, "Do Not Open." This is because of arc flash hazard. We did go in...
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    The substation for the hospital in Laurinburg NC...

    The substation for the hospital in Laurinburg NC has a 24kV underground feed. The guy installing a fence for my "found" it (but did not penitrate it) when they told him there was nothing out there....
  20. I worked next to a lumber yard in 1979. They got...

    I worked next to a lumber yard in 1979. They got most of their lumber in all-door boxcars.
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    If you have a big layout and want to run the...

    If you have a big layout and want to run the servo wire from your central control station out 60' to a servo, your going to have problems. Bigger wire will help, but a servo is controlled by the...
  22. For Tortoise switch machines, there are contacts...

    For Tortoise switch machines, there are contacts on the switch machine that can be used for switching the frog polarity. These are the middle pins, 2-7. They are completely independent from the power...
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    It may not look like much yet, but I do have the...

    It may not look like much yet, but I do have the platform for the next section of the layout put together.

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    I've also got some signals working, but not quite the way I want them to yet.
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  24. Thread: The Soo's P-Line

    by Tim R
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    I think that Bennie has a secret contract with...

    I think that Bennie has a secret contract with the mooses. You've been stampeded! :D
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    Looking at G-Maps, and eyeballing it, it looks to...

    Looking at G-Maps, and eyeballing it, it looks to be about 700', or 52.5" in n scale. How much room you got? :D

    Rather than trying to do that, I'd suggest looking at NMRA RP-11, Curvature and...
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