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    If the truck frame is plastic, it won't matter if...

    If the truck frame is plastic, it won't matter if the wheel sets are oriented the same or not. If the truck frame is metal......BZZZZZZT! There has to be an electrical path for a short. The two sets...
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    Hard to keep the bit from wandering so you don't...

    Hard to keep the bit from wandering so you don't drill through the side of the tie. You might have to use a sharp, pointy thing in the tie center to start.

    Doug
  3. I have never believed in using anything like...

    I have never believed in using anything like No-Ox on track, not even when Linn Westcott recommended it and I think he was a genius.

    Doug
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    90% alcohol and a Q-Tip works, too. Doug

    90% alcohol and a Q-Tip works, too.

    Doug
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    In ancient times, instead of laying the ballast,...

    In ancient times, instead of laying the ballast, spraying with water or whatever, and dribbling glue into the wet ballast, The ballast was mixed with powdered casein glue, laid down, and sprayed with...
  6. Oops, I erred. The top switch in your photo IS a...

    Oops, I erred. The top switch in your photo IS a style 6 (Austrian), not 7 (USA). I see all different styles on eBay, some (2700 series) a lot more often than others.

    I actually have one style 7...
  7. The two switches are from different series. The...

    The two switches are from different series. The Chinese machine will fit the later 2700 series switches but not the earlier ones.

    Atlas changed the mechanical design of their standard switches...
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    Nice, neat, work! Doug

    Nice, neat, work!

    Doug
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    If you wish both ends of the layout to be...

    If you wish both ends of the layout to be symmetrical and you do the same thing at both ends, it should work out correctly. If you want to go asymmetrical, that's where flex track comes in - or math...
  10. I guess you DCC guys are immune from the "digital...

    I guess you DCC guys are immune from the "digital nightmare" end of it.

    :D

    Doug
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    UMTRR - 25 Years!

    Congratulations and thanks go out to George Irwin for 25 years of publishing the excellent "UMTRR" (Unofficial Micro-Trains Release Report), keeping us all informed about MT's latest releases.
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    What we really need to see is how you have the...

    What we really need to see is how you have the feeders and the switches connected. A view of just the track doesn't do much good.

    Also, I see that your layout currently allows one reversing move...
  13. That diagram from MR is helpful except they have...

    That diagram from MR is helpful except they have the feeders reversed from what they have always been. Normally, the common rail is the left-hand (fireman's side) rail and the switched (positive for...
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    You should always be able to wire a layout to...

    You should always be able to wire a layout to avoid shorts regardless of whether you use complete isolation of blocks or use common rail. Yes, a diagram will help.

    Doug
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    I have always used common rail except for...

    I have always used common rail except for reversing sections which, of course, must be insulated in both rails. I have never had a problem with it. The only thing I have done is run a bus of fairly...
  16. Ideally, that's what you do but a single pack, as...

    Ideally, that's what you do but a single pack, as long as it is capable, should be able to run two locos at the same speed as they do when operated on their own.

    I believe the Kato pack is rated...
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    Years ago, in about 1979, I was going to use some...

    Years ago, in about 1979, I was going to use some carburetor cleaner in my 1971 Buick LeSabre. My mom's 1978 Chevy Impala was parked in the garage and there was a workbench near.

    So, I took the...
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    The bottoms of spray cans are "punted" too. See...

    The bottoms of spray cans are "punted" too. See how it's concave?

    Doug
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    Metal gauge cost saving? :D Doug

    Metal gauge cost saving?

    :D

    Doug
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    But seriously, I have always used a "Perfect"...

    But seriously, I have always used a "Perfect" brand cleaner for serious cleaning. I bought it back in 1964 and it has lasted me all these years. It's an ink eraser type and has worked very well. It...
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    A can of worms to clean track? That's a new one...

    A can of worms to clean track? That's a new one to me. I'll have to try it!

    :D

    Doug
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    The ones I got from Mike (Fifer Hobby) are good....

    The ones I got from Mike (Fifer Hobby) are good.

    Doug
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    OK but what's that in pounds and ounces? :D ...

    OK but what's that in pounds and ounces?

    :D

    Doug
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    The reverse switch on the power pack should only...

    The reverse switch on the power pack should only be used for very short distances within a block so yes, you are correct that you want DPDT switches (if you have two power packs) for all blocks,...
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    The thing to remember with the real small ones is...

    The thing to remember with the real small ones is never, ever put any added force on the bit other than to keep it in the hole. Let the bit do the work and don't put any side pressure on it at all....
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