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    Welcome, My suggestion is to take a step back...

    Welcome,

    My suggestion is to take a step back from the basement empire and try building one-two-three modules to delay the decision - laying track, wiring, ballasting, scenery. Depending on where...
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    The idea is: You can start with four corners and...

    The idea is: You can start with four corners and two straights (and get kits for them if you like) and already run trains on a 30" by 60" table. As you build more, you can move the corners further...
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    Got a few second hand locos without jewel cases,...

    Got a few second hand locos without jewel cases, had a few lying around from Atlas tank cars, so I kept my hands busy cutting and gluing foam rubber inserts for the locos:

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    Next up:...
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    I'm late to the party, and I only know one tune,...

    I'm late to the party, and I only know one tune, so bear with me while I play it ;) Have you considered modules, bigfoot21075? I think your space could nicely be filled with a line of BendTrack...
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    Michael, While I'm sad to hear you're...

    Michael,



    While I'm sad to hear you're leaving the model railroading part of the world, I wish you all the best in whatever caught your interest instead.

    And I admire how you pull through...
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    I'm tracking all my expenses, including hobby...

    I'm tracking all my expenses, including hobby expenses. But that's more to see how that number changes over time (and to know how little salary I could get away with if I had to) than to decide...
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    New body styles means new cars - I don't know how...

    New body styles means new cars - I don't know how many they have, but definitely their 60' High Cube boxcars have metal wheels installed, so they need their metal wheels for those cars.

    Heiko
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    I guess they or their pre-products got stuck in...

    I guess they or their pre-products got stuck in all the Covid and Russian war related logistics snafu.

    Plus I think wheels are following a heavy pork cycle. They can be made in relatively large...
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    Well, I'd get some NW2s:...

    Well, I'd get some NW2s: http://spookshow.net/loco/katonw2.html S-2s: http://spookshow.net/loco/atlass2.html or if all else fails VO-1000s: http://spookshow.net/loco/atlasvo1000.html for switching...
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    Maybe USPS took over their operations? But...

    Maybe USPS took over their operations?

    But back to topic: I put i a pre-order for a total of six Rapido NSC 73' Centerbeam cars, two NOKL, two BNSF, two TTX. Now to go ahead and build some...
  11. That would make them not DCC conforming. The DCC...

    That would make them not DCC conforming. The DCC standard requires conforming decoders to withstand up to 22V peak voltage, which would be about 15.5V effective voltage if the Power Pack puts out...
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    Rapido Trains NSC 73' Centerbeam Flatcar

    Just got the word:

    https://rapidotrains.com/n-scale/freight-cars/nsc-centerbeam-flatcar.html

    Finally someone making large modern centerbeam flatcars (again). Going to hit my wallet hard, but at...
  13. I'm not entirely sure what part of planning you...

    I'm not entirely sure what part of planning you got stuck on?

    Is it the track arrangement - "how do I want my trains to go"? Is it the scenery - "what's going to be around those tracks?"

    In the...
  14. Thread: Other hobbies?

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    I'm outdoors quite a bit - biking, hiking,...

    I'm outdoors quite a bit - biking, hiking, kayaking.

    And I'm slowly restoring a classic car.

    Heiko
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    I'm not aware of any US prototype models in TT,...

    I'm not aware of any US prototype models in TT, but there are a handful of manufacturers for German/European prototype models. Looking through one large German online shop...
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    AFAIK, the typical issue with those locos is the...

    AFAIK, the typical issue with those locos is the plastic clip holding the contact plates between decoder and motor. They may already make trouble with analog lightboards, but when installing a...
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    Just... don't expect the same slow-speed and...

    Just... don't expect the same slow-speed and coupling performance from the German N scale as you are used to from your US stuff.

    But running trains - well, sure. Build a second layout and make all...
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    It feels like Option #2 makes more sense from the...

    It feels like Option #2 makes more sense from the "running a mill" standpoint. I can't put that into words really well, just somehow... why should they build another building on the other side of the...
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    Well, what are the options? When a new car costs...

    Well, what are the options? When a new car costs $15 with jewel case and warranty, nobody's going to fork over more than $5 for a used car that still needs new trucks and couplers. But when new cars...
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    This may be going against my/our best interests,...

    This may be going against my/our best interests, but I _would_ be curious to see what you'd do with T scale in that space :)

    Heiko
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    I like the idea of music on a pushbutton action,...

    I like the idea of music on a pushbutton action, and also some sort of light effects. But I think the streetlights shouldn't react to pushbuttons - just feels wrong to me to have them light up during...
  22. Yes, you'd need to address the consist using the...

    Yes, you'd need to address the consist using the consist number on the Digitrax layout. I have no idea how NCE decides which number to use (or if you have to select that yourself) but in your example...
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    As far as I know and have gathered from reading along the jmri-users mailing list: Nope, that's an NCE feature not exposed to DecoderPro.

    So if you create a consist with the NCE PowerCab, it will...
  24. Some manufacturers actually do that. Which brings...

    Some manufacturers actually do that. Which brings them a ton of "if it doesn't move on address 03 when you get it from the factory, it's broken" comments. Check out the digitrax-users and jmri-users...
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    Unless anything else is broken inside, the...

    Unless anything else is broken inside, the original Kato coupler is either the 923500 or the 923501 from the Kato parts store, depending on the radius you are running:...
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