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    I vote no, "DCC" as a whole is not overly...

    I vote no, "DCC" as a whole is not overly complicated. Yes, some decoders are pretty darned complicated. However, you can still buy a basic, quality decoder from whichever manufacturer you prefer. ...
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    :confused: Had to look that one up: ...

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    Had to look that one up:

    http://cs.trains.com/trn/f/111/t/66150.aspx

    Thanks for the pics and write ups.
  3. Thread: Speed Matching?

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    I should probably also mention that there are all...

    I should probably also mention that there are all kinds of variables here... For example, I have two Kato C44-9Ws, but they were made a decade or so apart. They do not run at the same speed (at...
  4. Thread: Speed Matching?

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    Usually, yes. At least close enough. There may...

    Usually, yes. At least close enough. There may be variations in the motor or wherever that make the speeds a little different, but if you are talking about identical locos with identical decoders...
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    That's funny. My son's new favorite is a Classic...

    That's funny. My son's new favorite is a Classic Metalworks truck (you know those two packs, when you really only need one?) that if you get it just right, will zoom all the way down the hill,...
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    Because some of their models are much better than...

    Because some of their models are much better than others. I have their 2-10-2 and 2-6-0, and my only complaint about either is the low end stock Bachmann decoder. I put sound in the 2-10-2 anyway,...
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    So I shoulda' known... the CEO (that's Chief...

    So I shoulda' known... the CEO (that's Chief Everything Officer :) ) decided we need a road bridge so cars can get from the city over to the road up the mountain. Trying to pretend there is another...
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    Thanks, that's a good idea.

    Thanks, that's a good idea.
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    After a bit of a break, we're back at the layout...

    After a bit of a break, we're back at the layout again. This morning we planted a few trees, and started to do a little city planning. We stopped by the train store for a Kato #6 to add a small...
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    For what it's worth, I have a B'mann 2-10-2 and a...

    For what it's worth, I have a B'mann 2-10-2 and a 2-6-0 and the only complaint I have with either is the stock Bachmann decoder, which is pretty low end. I replaced the decoder in the 2-10-2 and it...
  11. I had the impression (though I am no expert on...

    I had the impression (though I am no expert on the railroad business) that shortlines were picking up at least some of the "last few miles" delivery to smaller customers as the class 1 lines pulled...
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    That would be cool... but what about all the...

    That would be cool... but what about all the current locomotives that many of us already have? I hope they do figure out something battery powered and wireless, but I also hope they give some...
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    I do what @Allen H suggested above, except I use...

    I do what @Allen H suggested above, except I use 1 for A (1st letter of the alphabet), 2 for B, and so on. So for me, 444A is 4441, 444B is 4442... and that's all, 'cause I only have the AB set not...
  14. Thread: A new Moderator

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    That's great. Thanks Allen.

    That's great. Thanks Allen.
  15. Thread: Introduction

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    Welcome. For track plans, I suggest looking at...

    Welcome. For track plans, I suggest looking at hollow core door (or HCD) plans. Lots of good ones out there to start getting some ideas. You mentioned a 4'x8' foam board - just be aware that 4' is...
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    I had to look that one up and you're right,...

    I had to look that one up and you're right, although the movie was set in NW Indiana, it was filmed in Cleveland. Learned something new...
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    Bachmann is hit and miss. Some of their steam...

    Bachmann is hit and miss. Some of their steam locos are actually quite good, but it really depends on the model (and in some cases, which production run).
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    I hope everything is OK.

    I hope everything is OK.
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    If not graffiti, maybe fire damage like this one:...

    If not graffiti, maybe fire damage like this one:

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2561454

    In that picture they've replaced the damaged access panels, but I've seen other...
  20. "Tracking along with progress" - nice. Those...

    "Tracking along with progress" - nice. Those structures look excellent, and that is some sturdy looking benchwork.
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    :confused:

    :confused:
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    Modeltrainstuff is showing #5s and #10s in stock...

    Modeltrainstuff is showing #5s and #10s in stock this morning (both RH and LH), though they seem to be out of 7s.

    Fifer is showing a handful of everything but LH #7s in stock.

    So I'm...
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    Several of those look good, particularly that...

    Several of those look good, particularly that last picture. You're getting somewhere. Sculptamold works, but at least in my limited experiments with using it in rock molds, it doesn't come out with...
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    I think you need to blend the colors a bit more. ...

    I think you need to blend the colors a bit more. Variation in color is good, but stark differences don't usually look as good. Maybe try brushing a little water on the casting before you put any...
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    The solution is simple: just date your layout in...

    The solution is simple: just date your layout in the early '50s so you can run those purdy GN GP7s, F units and other diesels :good-evil:

    (if there was a smiley of someone ducking from an...
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