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    Nice to see someone modeling Saluda Grade.:D ...

    Nice to see someone modeling Saluda Grade.:D

    But Saluda Grade is an exception at +5 percent and not typical of mainline grades, which are more in the range of 2.2 percent or less, Tennessee Pass...
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    I might -- might -- consider going back to MRC...

    I might -- might -- consider going back to MRC sound decoders if they get rid of the blue headlight LEDs and replace them with sunny whites.
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    Steve, 2.65 percent is not uncommon for a helix;...

    Steve, 2.65 percent is not uncommon for a helix; it's within the typical range of 2-3 percent. Since the grade is on a curve, that adds extra friction, so perhaps call it 3 percent in effect. Still...
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    I love the "CUSTOM?" in the description. "Hey,...

    I love the "CUSTOM?" in the description.

    "Hey, this Stradivarius violin you're asking $3,500,000 for has a crack in it!"

    "Yes, sir, it's believed to be custom."
    ***

    "Why, this '57 Chevy...
  5. Check Micro-Mark for one with hardened shears...

    Check Micro-Mark for one with hardened shears appropriate for hard metal. Rail cutters will be damaged.

    https://www.micromark.com/Hard-Wire-Cutting-Plier-with-Carbide-Jaw-Inserts
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    Uh, that's a Big Negatory on the Head Bangin'...

    Uh, that's a Big Negatory on the Head Bangin' Interogatory.:D
  7. Thread: Viaduct

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    Nearly two dozen stone viaducts still in service...

    Nearly two dozen stone viaducts still in service on the ex-LMS nee Midland Ry. Settle & Carlisle line. These structures were made to last.
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    Not so much "brittle," but the fibers have to be...

    Not so much "brittle," but the fibers have to be separated really well before spraying. Elsewise it's very tough to get good coverage. I've used Krylon's camo paints. One can might be worth your...
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    Hmmm, so do vampires, when it comes to that....

    Hmmm, so do vampires, when it comes to that. Rook, you aren't by . . . oh, never mind.:o
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    I know what you mean. I'll double-check my Dale...

    I know what you mean. I'll double-check my Dale Sanders NP pictorial book for 315 and "Northwest Passage" too. Maybe it will turn up in the latter.



    My second thought was "Maybe that's...
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    Yes, but firecracker antennas were standard on...

    Yes, but firecracker antennas were standard on the NP's hood and cab units by the merger, so it stands to reason that there would be one as well on 315. On the headend brakeman's side of the cab...
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    I just received some information this morning...

    I just received some information this morning that the Southern Railway's typical height for a wayside line pole was 25 feet.

    Looks as if I'll be doing a bit of trimming on mine!
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    Shoot, I might even steal your track plan....

    Shoot, I might even steal your track plan. Ingeneously simple, yet I can see it being something of a small industrial park.

    But for your purposes, that's just about complicated enough for a...
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    Poll: I use hollow-core doors, both whole (a 36x80-inch...

    I use hollow-core doors, both whole (a 36x80-inch for the Slate Fork) and in part, as I'm doing for the extension.

    I top this with 2-inch extruded foam board.

    Were I building a layout that...
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    https://youtu.be/yy0q2lAggHI Fast forward to...

    https://youtu.be/yy0q2lAggHI

    Fast forward to 4:45, or watch the whole clip. One of the best movies ever made. ....
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    "Pondering" as in enjoying a well-earned German...

    "Pondering" as in enjoying a well-earned German brew, perhaps?:D

    That's some quality benchwork construction, el Gato Gordo.
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    It's gotta be a steam locomotive bell, as you...

    It's gotta be a steam locomotive bell, as you probably know. Sunrise used to make them, long ago.
  18. Fox Valley wide tread, but they are hard to come...

    Fox Valley wide tread, but they are hard to come by lately.
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    Despite its occasional inner turmoils, the good...

    Despite its occasional inner turmoils, the good ol' US of A is still a great nation that's done great things, and will do great things again!

    Never perfect, founded by imperfect men, sometimes...
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    So you got a -- wait for it -- lager-ing...

    So you got a -- wait for it -- lager-ing railroad!

    OK, heading out fast afore el Gato Gordo comes riding in.
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    If it's the same railroad, probably just one per...

    If it's the same railroad, probably just one per day in each direction, unless you artificially shrink the tonnage per transfer job so there is more than one. But from my almost daily observations,...
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    Depended on the railroad's signal engineering...

    Depended on the railroad's signal engineering standards. But I've removed pole line that was much higher than 10 feet off the ground -- 15' at least. But 15-20' seems a reasonable height for a model...
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    Great photos, Allen! I like old bridge too, but...

    Great photos, Allen! I like old bridge too, but would not have enjoyed maintaining that SA signal.
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    I think wax paper can hold a static charge,...

    I think wax paper can hold a static charge, Gordon. Or maybe it's cellophane wrap . . .
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    danb, are you referring to telephone poles or...

    danb, are you referring to telephone poles or wayside line poles? Just wondering. I'm sure any published standard for my employer is long gone, as pole line is all but gone, but I generally space...
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