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    With more room, you might consider adding an...

    With more room, you might consider adding an entrance track to the left-side yard, so that it becomes a through yard; providing a bit more flexibility unless you really like back-in movements.
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    The icicles are made with Woodland Scenics water...

    The icicles are made with Woodland Scenics water effects. You squeeze a small amount onto a piece of wax paper and drag it downwards while thinning it out (like a tail). These dry in about 24 hours...
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    Sierra Snow Shed

    I have dreamed of scratchbuilding a snowshed for the Sierra mountains section of my layout; even more so after seeing the wonderful model of a Great Northern prototype by Danish modeler Peter Hersted...
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    I'd give it an A+. Looking at the last photos, I again had to do a double-take to distinguish the prototype from the model. Mark, you definitely set the standard for the rest of us to aim for.
  5. I agree that No Ox doesn’t affect adhesion...

    I agree that No Ox doesn’t affect adhesion (unless you apply too much) but does help with stalling due to poor electrical pickup (a problem I’ve had with other BLI products).

    I was able to easily...
  6. I’m pulling a dozen cars up grades of 2.5-3.0%...

    I’m pulling a dozen cars up grades of 2.5-3.0% without any slippage so far. I’ll try adding more cars this weekend and report back. It is still running well - maybe it’s the NoOx?
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    Off to a great start. The backdrop looks great....

    Off to a great start. The backdrop looks great. Whatever you did worked well. Looking forward to more progress.
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    Mark: I will have to agree with OTFan. Perhaps...

    Mark:

    I will have to agree with OTFan. Perhaps you just mistyped the word and your spellchecker replaced “miraculous” with “mediocre.” I would have picked “outstanding” to describe your work! :)
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    I find that a pair of Optivisors does the trick....

    I find that a pair of Optivisors does the trick. When I’m wearing it, my 66 year-old eyes do just fine with N scale.
  10. BLI Mikado first run

    Just received my Mikado from Mike Fifer. So far, I’m very pleased. The detail is good and sound is loud. I don’t see any jittery motions at any speed either alone or pulling cars and the loco runs...
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    Mark: I’m curious us about what you use to...

    Mark:

    I’m curious us about what you use to glue in your lights? I can always get the LEDs stuck down well but have trouble with the wires. I don’t want them just flopping around inside a building...
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    Now that you’ve got an E string in there, do you...

    Now that you’ve got an E string in there, do you have to tune your foam cutter before you use it? :lol:
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    I had seen the prototype photos of the “pipe...

    I had seen the prototype photos of the “pipe creature” in your previous post. Looking at this post I had to do a double take to figure out it was the model, not the prototype. Wonderful realism!
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    I think it is what my kids refer to me?

    I think it is what my kids refer to me?
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    Thanks for sharing. Must have been quite an...

    Thanks for sharing. Must have been quite an experience.
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    Amazing. Applied No-Ox about six weeks ago. Then,...

    Amazing. Applied No-Ox about six weeks ago. Then, I was out of town for three weeks, layout gathering dust in the garage. Wiped down the rails with a dry paper towel without any solvent. There was a...
  17. Thread: Show us your yard

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    Sticky: I’m using Digitrax and JMRI, but still recommend...

    I’m using Digitrax and JMRI, but still recommend a dedicated programming track, easy to install with a toggle switch to alternate mainline vs. programming. Some decoders don’t play nicely with JMRI...
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    I’ve modeled that scene occasionally. :eek:

    I’ve modeled that scene occasionally. :eek:
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    Looks like a great track plan. I agree with both...

    Looks like a great track plan. I agree with both suggestions above. The only addition you might consider is to add more yard space. The one regret I have on my own layout design is not enough tracks...
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    When I applied the No-Ox, I didn’t run my trains...

    When I applied the No-Ox, I didn’t run my trains multiple times through the yards, only on the mainline. Yet, now I am able to back an engine into some of the yard tracks without stalling for the...
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    Mark: motor runs perfectly backwards, but not...

    Mark: motor runs perfectly backwards, but not spinning or grinding moving forwards. If I turn off the sound, it’s silent, so I suspect the decoder just bit the dust. Unless there is some mysterious...
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    BLI F unit runs only backward

    One on my BLI F3 units suddenly stopped running forward. It had been MU’d with another F3. I removed the MU (Digitrax system). Sound works perfectly and revs up with increasing throttle but no...
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    I spent all Saturday morning cleaning track,...

    I spent all Saturday morning cleaning track, Biteboy then alcohol, then carefully applying the No-Ox as described in the first post in this thread. Ran all non-traction tire locos for about 90...
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    One last question for our No-Ox experts before I...

    One last question for our No-Ox experts before I begin to apply it to my layout:

    In the original instructions posted by Gary60s (wow - almost 9 years ago!), it suggests first cleaning the track...
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    Has anyone tried Gamsol mineral spirits? It’s...

    Has anyone tried Gamsol mineral spirits? It’s sold for artists and advantage is that its odorless.
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