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    After experimenting with the low-profile MT...

    After experimenting with the low-profile MT wheels, I removed them all. Definitely having problems with stringline derailments on 15" curves with a heavy train, and I attribute it to a combination...
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    I know from experience that the RSD 4/5 was one...

    I know from experience that the RSD 4/5 was one of the absolute lightweights I've ever seen Atlas do for tractive effort, so loosing any more frame for sound features will come at a cost in pulling...
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    As a Santa Fe 70's modeler, I hit that problem...

    As a Santa Fe 70's modeler, I hit that problem with the York Canyon unit coal train. It was a 90-car train loaded westbound, with six units, 60 cars, an RCE dummy with four units, and the other 30...
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    It helps if you can specifically reference...

    It helps if you can specifically reference versions on these, as some are older than dirt. See: http://www.spookshow.net/loco/ccj3a.html

    But just saying.... it's possible the original metal side...
  5. Wow.... having had to scrap out way to many...

    Wow.... having had to scrap out way to many Rivarossi's due to zinc pest, but by this time, you either have a good frame or it's already gone.

    When I did my PRR D16 4-4-0 it was just way too easy...
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    I'm not sure if this matters or not, but I've got...

    I'm not sure if this matters or not, but I've got an MP15 (LEF&C) and while it actually runs well, it sure is a lightweight in terms of pulling power, comes in at only 3.5 grams against 50.6 grams of...
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    Historic railroad publications are a great thing...

    Historic railroad publications are a great thing when you can find them. I model '72, and got hold of an Official Railway Equipment Register, as well as a Car and Locomotive Cyclopedia for that...
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    Just about everything has changed in Flag,...

    Just about everything has changed in Flag, railroad and otherwise, from my modeling period. I model '72, and the Commercial Hotel (behind depot on right) burned in '75. Depot has been reshingled...
  9. Just for the record - my GHQ L-1 original (pewter...

    Just for the record - my GHQ L-1 original (pewter boiler) weighs 168.9 grams and pull 34, single locomotive drawbar pulling record.

    For comparison, the first-run LL Berkshire (plastic boiler)...
  10. And if you think the original spartan GHQ...

    And if you think the original spartan GHQ instructions resemble a POS printed on a stamp, it's because they do. I sat on my GHQ kit for well over two years because it was so intimidating and I knew...
  11. I think it also depends what you want to do with...

    I think it also depends what you want to do with it when it's done. I'll say one thing about the Kato's, put that honkin' cast GHQ boiler on there, and it's a pulling beast. My PRR L-1 with a...
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    I had a big collection of scrapped watches with...

    I had a big collection of scrapped watches with precision gears that I attempted to mount on the wheel face to spin the crank driving it back from the wheel, just like Atlas ended up doing, but my...
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    I'd recommend doing some image digging on...

    I'd recommend doing some image digging on railpictures.net and rrpicturearchives.net. Chances are you'll find pictures of your exact numbered locomotives, in service, with other units, with...
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    I handmade a three-throw Shay crankshaft years...

    I handmade a three-throw Shay crankshaft years before Atlas came out with theirs, in an attempt to make an operating 28-ton Shay with a spinning crank. The crank and the universals were a...
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    Big fan of the thin black foam stuff, I'm doing a...

    Big fan of the thin black foam stuff, I'm doing a 30-car unit coal train and dragging it up a 2.5% grade and around a 13" radius curve at the top. So weight was a really big issue.

    It's not glued...
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    Yeah, the last thing you want is lights on in the...

    Yeah, the last thing you want is lights on in the dome, turns the glass into mirrors.

    I'll never forget riding the Super Chief with my father at night in 1965, he took me up in the P-S dome and I...
  17. Thanks. I'll also comment that there's no rule...

    Thanks. I'll also comment that there's no rule against a re-do, either. That Heisler has now seen three different motors (original Atlas, then a Trix U28, now a Kato 11-103 five-pole) and been...
  18. Here's my .05 on the philosophy of 'close...

    Here's my .05 on the philosophy of 'close enough'....

    When you look at a photo, or scene, or item you're trying to replicate, what do you really see? What 'makes it' the scene you want?

    And in...
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    Biggest tip I have on working with the 'spring'...

    Biggest tip I have on working with the 'spring' ones is that the springs are so stiff that you can damage the turnout over time. I've learned to make my own short linkage out of .010 steel wire...
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    One of the things I look for on all power is the...

    One of the things I look for on all power is the supplier/manufacturer and whether or not they have any replacement parts. This can get really interesting. For example, while the Kato 2-8-2 is...
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    I've been anti-DCC mostly for practical use...

    I've been anti-DCC mostly for practical use reasons on a one-person small layout, but also because as an IT guy, I get a belly full of computers that don't work right every day and the fewer in my...
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    At one time I had 11 of those U28/U30 chassis and...

    At one time I had 11 of those U28/U30 chassis and motors and the parts pile to support them. If you still haven't solved the problem, email or PM me and I'd start a search. I've gotten rid of...
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    CF7's are back again

    I'd made another small run of the etchings last year, pretty quietly, and sold a few kits that had LONG been backordered from some customers but the Atlas announcement of the next run of GP7's was...
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    For some modelers on some layouts - maybe most...

    For some modelers on some layouts - maybe most layouts - that's not that much of an issue. For me, it is, because every road freight on the layout is already assigned 2, 3 or 4 units, most already...
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    I'm still all DC, sorta, but do a lot of DCC...

    I'm still all DC, sorta, but do a lot of DCC installation and testing for custom builds.

    So I'm not a Luddite any more. Definitely have learned to live in both worlds at the same time.

    But my...
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