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    David is a very innovative and helpful modeler....

    David is a very innovative and helpful modeler. Last I was on Railwire, he was having severe health problems. I hope he is OK.

    Doug
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    How many feet is that? 1 or 10? :D Doug

    How many feet is that? 1 or 10?

    :D

    Doug
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    I really don't mind ballasting in and of itself....

    I really don't mind ballasting in and of itself. I don't like everything getting wet even though I know it dries. Just an eccentricity, I guess.

    Years ago, I used the alternate method of mixing...
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    Just don't store plastic structures in the attic....

    Just don't store plastic structures in the attic. Most will take it but I did that back in the eighties and some of them warped and I had to fix them.

    I don't know whether or not the plastic base...
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    The ride height isn't actually higher. The body...

    The ride height isn't actually higher. The body is higher on the frame.

    Doug
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    I have a BR 023, 2-6-2, basis for Arnold Rapido's...

    I have a BR 023, 2-6-2, basis for Arnold Rapido's first "American" locomotive:

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    two BR 41's: 2-8-2, both smkers:

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    and, the huge BR 05 4-6-4:
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    Here are traction tires and they tell how to...

    Here are traction tires and they tell how to determine which ones you need:
    ...
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    Yup, that's the way to do it and the same thing I...

    Yup, that's the way to do it and the same thing I do. Nail and ballast and then remove nails if desired. I just have never understood why separate gluing of the track is necessary.

    Doug
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    Almost all modern dual packs are made with...

    Almost all modern dual packs are made with independent power supplies. Heck MRC has been doing that for about 60 years. I have been using common rail for about as long. Separate power packs are...
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    Almost another DC vs. DCC meltdown. Anyway,...

    Almost another DC vs. DCC meltdown.

    Anyway, common rail wiring can be used anytime there are no reversing sections and then, only those sections have to be gapped in both rails. The polarity...
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    Of all the locos I bought in the late nineties,...

    Of all the locos I bought in the late nineties, Kato, Atlas, Life-Like, etc. I only remember one I had to service over the years and that was to oil the squealing motor bearings.

    When I was...
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    MRC Tech II 2500

    I apologize for cross-posting this but my old fingers just don't want to type this all over again. So...

    I realize this is kind of troglodytic and all that but for those still into DC, I thought I...
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    It looks fine and boy, the real things sure were...

    It looks fine and boy, the real things sure were bright (I don't think the refinery south of the Twin Cities burns one anymore). Back in the eighties, when they did, we would go up there and, on the...
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    Yeah, unless you really, really like cleaning...

    Yeah, unless you really, really like cleaning commutator plates and slots, they should be kept dry. The build up of carbon from the brushes acts as the lubricant and the carbon build up is totally...
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    Grueling, back-breaking work. No wonder so many...

    Grueling, back-breaking work. No wonder so many of them drank.

    My maternal grandfather, whom I never knew as he died before I was born of tuberculosis due to mustard gas exposure in WW I, did this...
  16. Wow! Internal side rods! Rare! :D Doug

    Wow! Internal side rods! Rare!

    :D

    Doug
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    The box is Atlas but the switch is not. It...

    The box is Atlas but the switch is not. It appears to be a Minitrix switch but not sure. Several makers then had similar, .small radius switches.

    Doug
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    The European manufacturers had a problem with brushes that were too soft back then. The Atlas/RoCo locomotives were the same.

    Doug
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    Atlas called the 33,000 gallon tank cars "Jumbo"...

    Atlas called the 33,000 gallon tank cars "Jumbo" because they were larger than the normally seen/used tank cars. Originally released in the sixties, they released a more detailed/accurate version...
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    Hippies use pot. :D Doug

    Hippies use pot.

    :D

    Doug
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    Put some mineral spirits in a shallow container...

    Put some mineral spirits in a shallow container and roll the trucks back and forth in it. If this frees them up, it tells you the problem was old hardened grease. Then, roll them in 90 - 99% alcohol...
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    I'd get one/some of each and mix 'em up. Doug

    I'd get one/some of each and mix 'em up.

    Doug
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    Co. Donegal is from where I obtained a very rare...

    Co. Donegal is from where I obtained a very rare (Motorola MC1305) FM multiplex demodulator integrated circuit for my old Heathkit AJ-29 tuner. I got it, installed it, and it works perfectly. It's...
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    Something I thought I would never see - a sheet...

    Something I thought I would never see - a sheet of genuine Lone Star British crest (lion in a circle) decals for British Treble-O-Lectric locomotives. Some of mine are missing. Waiting a while as...
  25. I don't think Micro-Trains can foresee all...

    I don't think Micro-Trains can foresee all variables out in the field to be individually adjusting the trip pin height. Have we become THAT lazy as model railroaders?

    Doug
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