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  1. Does the system control the speed of an engine or...

    Does the system control the speed of an engine or is that being done by a person from a throttle?
  2. Never saw a monochrome cliff so I usually dilute...

    Never saw a monochrome cliff so I usually dilute wash with 3 or 4 different tints in succession to get the color to vary. It's important to err on the "too light" overdiluted side - as they say, you...
  3. Same, they remain unglued until ballasting...

    Same, they remain unglued until ballasting (sometimes 20 years later). I use 1/3 Elmers on the ballast. When I replaced one once it was just a matter of soaking the ballast and waiting half an...
  4. If you are willing to go with an up/down toggle...

    If you are willing to go with an up/down toggle switch for the spectators then there are simple options, like two limit switches and a DC gearmotor, or a Tortoise with a long arm.
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    For older eras, search Library of Congress's HAER...

    For older eras, search Library of Congress's HAER https://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=coal+mine&sp=11&co=hh&st=gallery for coal mine. You can get ideas from stuff like this:...
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    One or two layers of card stock (British for...

    One or two layers of card stock (British for cereal box cardboard) should easily take care of the suspension gap.
  7. Good listening is a surprisingly rare art form. ...

    Good listening is a surprisingly rare art form. If you haven't already, read Armstrong's book Track Planning for Realistic Operation, $22 on Amazon. If nothing else it will help clarify what you...
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    My wife uses hair products in misters that do...

    My wife uses hair products in misters that do exactly that and I get her empties. I use this one is for ink washes.
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    Uh oh. My rule #1 is get the track running...

    Uh oh. My rule #1 is get the track running perfectly before doing scenery.
  10. Is it possible the coupler on the adjacent car is...

    Is it possible the coupler on the adjacent car is too high?
  11. This is a great project. I for one really...

    This is a great project. I for one really appreciate the amount of work to put that documentation together too. Also wish my wiring was that neat.

    I've done a few animation projects that could...
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    One more suggestion if work hasn't started yet. ...

    One more suggestion if work hasn't started yet. I've lived in houses where in rooms without a ceiling light the wall switch controls the upper socket in every outlet in the room, so that you can...
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    1:700 scale. I'd go blind!

    1:700 scale. I'd go blind!
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    Presumably the wind speed is low in the dead-end...

    Presumably the wind speed is low in the dead-end pockets between the ties and fast where the wind has a through route to the nozzle.
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    List your givens and druthers. Armstrong's Track...

    List your givens and druthers. Armstrong's Track Planning for Realistic Operation is an excellent place to start and will motivate you as well.
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    Congrats ScottL on the great Canadian canyon...

    Congrats ScottL on the great Canadian canyon action article in Model Railroader! Please tell us that news of your layout's demise was premature!
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    https://www.target.com/p/wedgewood-container-desig...

    https://www.target.com/p/wedgewood-container-design-end-table-black-homes-inside-out/-/A-79805778
    Wow, faux industrial chic furniture.
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    Best guess: there is a crane up there for picking...

    Best guess: there is a crane up there for picking up the covers (but where do they put them?) and maybe unloading coils onto a flatbed that takes it into the factory. Should make for interesting...
  19. If my calculations are correct that amounts to an...

    If my calculations are correct that amounts to an 18% grade. Might need to model a cog railway.
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    The Azatrax aux SPDTs are 3 amp, no need to buy...

    The Azatrax aux SPDTs are 3 amp, no need to buy anything else to power the rails. You should be able to understand ahead of time from the installation instructions pdf for the 3W. They have good...
  21. Do you have a pic of your scale? I toyed with...

    Do you have a pic of your scale?

    I toyed with the idea a while back but couldn't figure out how to attach a scale to a loco so that pulls it neither up nor down. I was picturing a process where...
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    Technically no. An auto reverser works by...

    Technically no. An auto reverser works by detecting a short circuit and fixes it by reversing polarity. Maybe someone knows of one that will also throw a solenoid turnout, otherwise you have to...
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    I recall seeing something like that when SADS...

    I recall seeing something like that when SADS lights first came out. IIRC the test intensity was extreme, attempting to duplicate natural sunlight. I have a reef tank with a 400w 14K metal halide...
  24. Model Railroader publishes data including min/max...

    Model Railroader publishes data including min/max speed and drawbar pull when they review a loco. You can get a digital subscription and browse all their issues. Best free resource is Spookshow's...
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    I can't imagine the off click not working no...

    I can't imagine the off click not working no matter what the polarity - that is a physical switched contact. Sounds like somewhere your wiring is not right. Never tried to reverse polarity and not...
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