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  1. It's funny how one person has issues with...

    It's funny how one person has issues with something and another will swear by it. I have two BLI steamers and two F3's. All run flawlessly.

    But I can't get a Kato steam engine to hold together...
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    I went through 3, all 3 fell apart...all with...

    I went through 3, all 3 fell apart...all with running gear issues, each lasted about 6 months. Sad, because otherwise they're nice runners and pull well. I may get the new BLI Northern instead.
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    I have. Not a fan of the FEF.

    I have. Not a fan of the FEF.
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    El Gato Gordo - 77 Ranger 28 (Ranger Yachts, Gary...

    El Gato Gordo - 77 Ranger 28 (Ranger Yachts, Gary Mull design) Sea Caves near Cornucopia, WI, Lake Superior

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    I had a 28 Ranger for quite a few years, on Lake...

    I had a 28 Ranger for quite a few years, on Lake Superior. That lake kind of spoiled me...anywhere else just isn't the same, and I now live about 5 hours from it, so...
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    Other hobbies?

    Besides model railroading, do you have any other hobbies?

    Mine are
    Vintage Snowmobiles
    Vintage stereo gear
    Vinyl Records
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    It's a testament to this fine group of people...

    It's a testament to this fine group of people that such concern and care is shown for members that we haven't heard from in a while.

    I'm very fortunate to have found this group.
  8. No truer words were ever spoken. Some may obsess...

    No truer words were ever spoken. Some may obsess on what others may think of their efforts, and make themselves unhappy in the process. The only reason ANY of us are in this hobby is just...
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    I'm a DC guy. To clarify, you can run DCC locos...

    I'm a DC guy. To clarify, you can run DCC locos on a DC layout with no issue. You run into more trouble if you try to do it the other way around -- DC locos on a DCC layout.

    So, if you have...
  10. Which might be an issue in the larger scales, but...

    Which might be an issue in the larger scales, but I think that those of us in N are granted a bit of a wider swath of leniency in these matters for reasons of both physics and scale. We have a lot...
  11. Your railroad, your rules. I have to take a fair...

    Your railroad, your rules. I have to take a fair amount of liberty with my Soo steamers, because Soo almost always had the headlight above center of the smokebox, and usually had the bell not on the...
  12. Gonna take a pretty big tank and a lot of iso...

    Gonna take a pretty big tank and a lot of iso alcohol to strip the paint from that one.
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    Needed to do something fun to get inspired to...

    Needed to do something fun to get inspired to finish the wiring. So last night I excercised a bunch of locos and ran some trains on the old part of the layout. It worked!
  14. My take is that they never were in the "steam...

    My take is that they never were in the "steam train business" in the first place. They are in the railroading business, and two steam engines are sufficient for their PR needs. Thusly, they've...
  15. And now for the REST of the story! "RRHMA...

    And now for the REST of the story!

    "RRHMA plans a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration of the steam locomotives to operating condition, just as UP rebuilt Big Boy steam locomotive No....
  16. I have some #4's and as long as you follow basic...

    I have some #4's and as long as you follow basic turnout rules (like don't have them immediately coming off a curve) and that you do a little work on them with a very small file (Harbor Freight has a...
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    I'm still wrestling/procrastinating on finishing...

    I'm still wrestling/procrastinating on finishing the wiring. I'm close. Once that's done, it's like a dam breaking, I have been gathering supplies, buildings, details, etc. and have a ton of fun...
  18. "Friends of the 261" gets major donation from UP including Challenger 3985

    Just received this email:

    We're pleased to announce that we have donated a small portion of our heritage fleet to the non-profit Railroading Heritage of Midwest America (RRHMA). The donation...
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    STILL wiring. Every time I fix one thing,...

    STILL wiring. Every time I fix one thing, another breaks. About to start over completely with MUCH heavier gauge wire and a new, larger control panel with huge, military quality toggle switches. ...
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    Welcome to the dark side! (Eeeevil laughter) ...

    Welcome to the dark side! (Eeeevil laughter)

    I'm a confirmed luddite and, as a computer programmer by trade, I avoid DCC like Covid. Most, maybe even all, DCC locos will run on DC. You lose...
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    In my practical and varied experience, the best N...

    In my practical and varied experience, the best N scale locomotives are the Bachmann Spectrum Consolidated 2-8-0, the BLI Mikados, the BLI Pacifics and the later Model Power 4-4-0. All others either...
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    Thanks! I share that hope! LOL

    Thanks! I share that hope! LOL
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    LOL. True...but it carries it's own...

    LOL. True...but it carries it's own frustrations. The problem really isn't wiring, the problem is a 290 lb guy who's pushing 60 trying to work in positions that he's clearly not designed to work...
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    This will be as big as the layout is ever going...

    This will be as big as the layout is ever going to get. I bloody HATE wiring!!! Once this is done, that's IT! I was wiring the last switch in the panel and had a switch that failed, and had to go...
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    I've managed to sort out the wiring issues, but...

    I've managed to sort out the wiring issues, but boy, this is not my favorite part of the hobby. I'm about as limber as a 2 x 4, and crawling around under the layout and squatting to solder things is...
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