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    This. I designed the track plan with a CAD...

    This. I designed the track plan with a CAD system at work, added a 1 foot grid to simplify taking measurements off the paper, and printed it out on B paper. I measured the grid on the paper and...
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    Nice! Only been to downtown Cinci a few times...

    Nice! Only been to downtown Cinci a few times but I immediately recognize Don's PNC tower. And where can I get an excavator like that?
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    Controller shouldn't make a difference. Even if...

    Controller shouldn't make a difference. Even if the signals sent from NCE and Digitrax don't match eachother (and for speeds at least I'm pretty sure they will), in your thought experiment you are...
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    Being a user of remote uncoupling, I just replace...

    Being a user of remote uncoupling, I just replace them with MTL trucks. But yeah, if you are that focused on friction free rolling you might want to look at replacing the wheelsets. I know a few...
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    I have to agree. Remember when mobile phones let...

    I have to agree. Remember when mobile phones let you make a call by flipping it open and dialing? Now you have to log in, find the phone app (on page two? Really?), then deep dive to make a call...
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    At an NMRA static grass clinic a couple of days...

    At an NMRA static grass clinic a couple of days ago the presenter demonstrated a Noch, a strainer type from Micromart and a Woodland Scenics. He recommends the WS; being an HO guy he had real issues...
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    For some reason all I see is the Sept issue. ...

    For some reason all I see is the Sept issue. https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/
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    Really excellent work. Do you know what the...

    Really excellent work. Do you know what the free-standing tower with the stairs is for?
  9. Sorry, thought the question was about how to...

    Sorry, thought the question was about how to power the Tortoise motor thru a switch. Powering the frog from one of the Tortoise's two SPDTs is the same for DC as for DCC.
  10. There are several options. I built a "real"...

    There are several options. I built a "real" power supply using a center-tapped AC transformer, electrical box, voltage regulator, diodes, and a slo blo circuit breaker. This supplies +9v on one...
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    Cordless for sure. Bits in order of how often I...

    Cordless for sure. Bits in order of how often I use them: cutoff wheels (90% of the time, buy a set of them and safety glasses are a must), square nose and round nose end mill, and tiny dentist...
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    If you want something interesting to model, how...

    If you want something interesting to model, how about a VOR transmitter in an open field? https://www.thebalancecareers.com/vor-navigation-system-282557
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    I use Peco c55s and ME c55 flex track, for about...

    I use Peco c55s and ME c55 flex track, for about 20 years now.

    Please be advised that the combination is not fun at all. One of the reasons the Peco are so robust is because half the rail is...
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    I mostly use mediums but have a couple of longs...

    I mostly use mediums but have a couple of longs where I have the space. I wouldn't use shorts anywhere except maybe cramped industrial sidings.

    Ultimately you use what fits. You can print...
  15. I would wait for Spookshow's review over gambling...

    I would wait for Spookshow's review over gambling to get the pre-order discount.
  16. Have you tried resetting the decoder to the...

    Have you tried resetting the decoder to the factory settings?
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    I think dilute the colors more, especially the...

    I think dilute the colors more, especially the black, like take what you used and mix with 4 parts water. The thing with washes is you can always go back and wash again to make it darker. Also when...
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    Poll: IMO dark colors work best, the tan is too light. ...

    IMO dark colors work best, the tan is too light. Flat looks better than gloss, but unless you are done scenicking your layout you will eventually need to clean glue etc off the fascia and that is a...
  19. My pre-order came in from fifer. 104865 I have...

    My pre-order came in from fifer.
    104865
    I have several MTL road numbers already on the layout, so these will make a nice addition to my unit trains, which are mostly Atlas 90t hoppers. But the box...
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    Seems like rail is either dark colored or rust...

    Seems like rail is either dark colored or rust colored.
    Dark: https://www.railpictures.net/images/d1/1/6/1/6161.1346320543.jpg
    Rust: https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/30585
    Does anyone know...
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    Just occurred to me: make sure you are using the...

    Just occurred to me: make sure you are using the Powercab's flat cord, not the coily one. Coil cord has more resistance.
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    OK, my circuit pauser has never given me...

    OK, my circuit pauser has never given me problems, despite all the times I've tripped it. I have the Powercab with no auxiliary boosters or breakers.

    Thing is, while a hot spot is consistent with...
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    Not sure what the answer is. My understanding is...

    Not sure what the answer is. My understanding is water ran out faster than coal, and to make up for that they built bigger tenders. Might look at an old schedule. For instance here train 18 stops...
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    @pwh70's experience is the first I've ever heard...

    @pwh70's experience is the first I've ever heard of someone having a problem with the circuit breaker on a Powercab. Anyone else?
  25. I'm all in for loading and unloading coal, but...

    I'm all in for loading and unloading coal, but watch out for black art sand; mine had granules that magnets pick up, presumably iron filings. Bad for motors. Also weighs a lot more than coal. Real...
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