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    Apples from Washington State? Why not apples...

    Apples from Washington State?

    Why not apples from Winchester, Virginia?

    You say you're wanting to model the early 1970s, and I happen to model 1971 specifically. One of my main towns is...
  2. Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday!
  3. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    Glad you commented on that, it seems like that...

    Glad you commented on that, it seems like that one might have gotten buried. I'm not sure weed have taken notice!
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    Where is the interchange track? I mean, how...

    Where is the interchange track?

    I mean, how are the rest of us going to plausibly run ore cars laden with whatever is coming out from that rock on our layouts, if there's no actual connection to...
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    Any chance you can post some photos of the "bad...

    Any chance you can post some photos of the "bad weathering job"? I don't know of any easy ways to remove an acrylic wash, though alcohol on a Q-tip would be my first attempt. But it might be the case...
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    One of the chief benefits of old-fashioned track...

    One of the chief benefits of old-fashioned track on cork without any built-in ballast is that it is much easier to paint, if you decide that you want to get the best-looking track possible. Painting...
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    The issue I perceive is that you won't have much...

    The issue I perceive is that you won't have much of a scenic justification for the tracks being at a lower elevation, if you are trying to have the terrain go down even lower on that side of the...
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    Since I live rather close to the town called...

    Since I live rather close to the town called Morrow in the State of Ohio, one of my favorites this old one recorded by the Kingston Trio:


    https://youtu.be/Qp88oumRQvs
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    The Peco turnouts have a wonderful spring...

    The Peco turnouts have a wonderful spring mechanism in them, but what is your plan for throwing the Atlas turnouts?

    Also, it pleases me to see what I think are the new #8 turnouts in amongst that...
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    Speaking of reversing sections, am I right in...

    Speaking of reversing sections, am I right in thinking that one of these photos has been mirror-imaged? The track plan shows a staging blob at the bottom left that appears to be the inverse of what...
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    I use both HO and N cork under my track (the HO...

    I use both HO and N cork under my track (the HO is under the main line so it sits a tiny bit proud of other tracks and has a more defined shoulder). To make the transition between cork heights, I use...
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    Happy Birthday!
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    If you can't go up and over, another option is to...

    If you can't go up and over, another option is to go down and under, but I think your suggestion of doing a signature trestle in one location will work out well. You just drop the scenery down with a...
  14. Even if you have operational justification for...

    Even if you have operational justification for the track that ranulf mentioned, it still seems like you might be able to tuck the two sawmill tracks closer to the engine servicing, and bring that...
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    The one thing going through my mind right now is...

    The one thing going through my mind right now is to maybe get a bit more exotic with the scenic line. Let it climb on a slightly steeper grade so that, in the top right corner, you can even have it...
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    I bought this used, assembled IHC coaling tower...

    I bought this used, assembled IHC coaling tower for a mere $15 at the train show last weekend. It will solve a problem for me, namely that I need a way to disguise the hole in the backdrop where my...
  17. I might be inclined to place the street grid at a...

    I might be inclined to place the street grid at a diagonal to the benchwork edges (roughly 30 to 45 degrees) to suggest that the 12" slice I'm seeing is just a swath through a larger city. Then you...
  18. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    The abutment looks great! But the ghost track...

    The abutment looks great! But the ghost track doesn't look "spooky" enough for me. It looks too fresh. Any chance you might paint some rust onto the rails, and add a bunch of weeds, maybe bury it in...
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    As an architect I have access to a large format...

    As an architect I have access to a large format roll printer in my office, however I don't really use it to print a track plan. Rather, I just draft the track plan at full size on the sheet of...
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    Here are my few comments: 1. Regarding the...

    Here are my few comments:

    1. Regarding the locations of crossovers, I would be inclined to have these be located just outside of the yard limits and oriented to allow a train coming from the yard...
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    This past weekend was the big NMRA train show...

    This past weekend was the big NMRA train show which is held at a local high school; the vendors and display layouts sprawl all over the hallways and in the gym and cafeteria. My club, TriState...
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    Well I don't think we were talking about widening...

    Well I don't think we were talking about widening the majority of the shelf but rather only at the ends where the width constrains the turn radius. From you description it seemed like there was only...
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    You appear to have marked the left end for...

    You appear to have marked the left end for "passengers"; does this indicate that you prefer to run long passenger cars? If so, that might suggest some tweaks to make.

    Firstly, while passenger cars...
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    I'm not a fan of the curved bridges on the left...

    I'm not a fan of the curved bridges on the left half, where the track passes over itself. I would work hard to try and make the bridge spans be straight, and it seems like there is plenty of room to...
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    The second staging yard is an interesting...

    The second staging yard is an interesting concept! In practice you can have one yard be "east" and the other "west", so that during operating sessions a train begins in one and ends up in the other....
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