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    I have a pair of Atlas/Kato GP30's that run...

    I have a pair of Atlas/Kato GP30's that run great. They aren't much larger than a freight car either. I also have some similar sized F units from Trix. Although a bit primitive, they are small and...
  2. OTFan, thank you for the tip. I had forgotten...

    OTFan, thank you for the tip. I had forgotten about sculptamold. It was used in a club layout I was part of years ago. I remember it seemed like it had shredded newspaper mixed in, but certainly...
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    The ATSF Metro history.

    As a big fan of Frank Ellison and his great Delta Lines, I was also a big fan of private road names for model railroads. Because we lived around it, I was also very fond of the Santa Fe. Growing up...
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    For me it was a no-brainer. Way back in the...

    For me it was a no-brainer. Way back in the early 70's when I was still in the Air Force, I had my first N scale layout set up in the apartment. I bought my first microtrains freight car from a...
  5. Some progress on the new ATSF Metro 2x5 foot mini layout.

    Greetings all. I wanted to update since talking about this layout earlier. I watched a few of woodland scenic instruction videos and decided to use their terrain system instead of the normal cookie...
  6. I would love to see a photo of that ATSF freight...

    I would love to see a photo of that ATSF freight engine. I got as far as painting it, but not the decals. Also on the same engine, I also swapped it out with a sagami motor. It ran a lot better,...
  7. Repairing older Minitrix F9 diesel locomotives

    Greetings. In my early days of N scale, I purchased quite a few of the very reasonably priced Minitrix F9 locos. These ran fairly well, and when ran in pairs, they could pull rather long freights...
  8. Finally finished with the Minitrix pickup issue.

    It was quite the project, however the new Kato trucks have been mounted, and wired up to the locomotive. The loco runs very smooth now and I am quite pleased.

    The first photo shows the mounting...
  9. I was wondering if the entire caboose frame would...

    I was wondering if the entire caboose frame would work instead of just using the trucks. Great work on your locomotives, Randgust. If I have to eventually redo this project, I will give the entire...
  10. Upgrading an old Minitrix 4-6-2 to positive 8 wheel tender pickup.

    Greetings. Now that I have a working idea of what to do to make this locomotive run a bit better, I am beginning the process of replacing the old wiper trucks and tender to engine contact pin. I...
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    Nice little thread here. I just started my own...

    Nice little thread here. I just started my own little layout and tried the woodland scenics terrain system. Pretty easy to use, however, when you place your track on the layout (mine is sectional...
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    I had slippage issues with my Atlas/Kato GP30...

    I had slippage issues with my Atlas/Kato GP30 locomotive. It worked great on flat track, and could easily pull 20 or more cars, however, once I ran up the grades, it failed at 11 cars. (4% grades...
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    For a custom built train in N scale, there are...

    For a custom built train in N scale, there are quite a few that I like, from the T1 to the early Americans, however, one has stood out for me for years, and that is the Reading Crusader locomotive...
  14. I was able to find caboose trucks on the Kato...

    I was able to find caboose trucks on the Kato website and surprise, surprise, they were in stock. 10 bucks for the pair was a pretty good price, so I gave it a try. Now the waiting game begins for...
  15. Thanks. I will give that a try. I imagine the...

    Thanks. I will give that a try. I imagine the caboose trucks would be electrical pickup.
  16. Thanks for the idea of the Bachmann tender. I...

    Thanks for the idea of the Bachmann tender. I will give ebay a look to see what is available today. 30 dollars is not a bad figure at all if the tender works. :)
  17. Pickup issues with the later run Minitrix 4-6-2 Pacific.

    Greetings. I have an older Minitrix pacific I picked up at a hobby shop many, many years ago and now that I am building a new N scale layout, I find that it has some serious issues with power...
  18. The new, much smaller ATSF Metro in N scale

    Greetings. When my daughter had to move back in with us, I went from a room full of HO trains, to a tiny 2x5 foot place above my workbench in the den. The track plan I settled on allows me to run...
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    My Cameras

    Greetings. It seems we all use a lot of different cameras these days and I have a few as well that I would like to share.

    Cannon XTi. This is the best one that I use to photograph my models. ...
  20. Sticky: Pulling N scale shells has always been a bit of a...

    Pulling N scale shells has always been a bit of a scary thing for me. The old 70's and 80's shells were a bit easier with their obvious tabs right on the sides. Dropping the locomotive made me...
  21. Greetings. I realize there are similar methods...

    Greetings. I realize there are similar methods of cleaning wheels and so this is how I've been doing it. My method of cleaning wheels on locomotives is somewhat simplified and has worked for...
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    Thanks for the replies. As it was, I was...

    Thanks for the replies. As it was, I was eventually able to get the engine smoothed out, but it took a bit of work. Once again, the one truck would not roll very well at all, however, when the...
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    Atlas/Kato Power truck stiffness

    Greetings all, I would like to ask a question about a problem I have in my "New" Atlas/Kato GP30. The one I purchased to go with another one on my layout seemed to have a big problem. Not only was...
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