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    Back in the sixties, there was a company named...

    Back in the sixties, there was a company named "International Models Inc." in NYC. Not that it's particularly relevant.

    :D

    Doug
  2. Hey! I'm model railroadin' heah! :D Doug

    Hey! I'm model railroadin' heah!

    :D

    Doug
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    Not really but the real problem is with the...

    Not really but the real problem is with the switches, not the locomotives. There are many, especially modern ones, that snag on some commercial switch machines. The latest Atlas switches have the...
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    Before I posted, I was 100% sure there would be a...

    Before I posted, I was 100% sure there would be a reply like this and have seen the debate rage for many years.

    Overall, the Big Boy wins.

    And, being from Minnesota, I would love to see an N...
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    I have been in N scale from the beginning and I...

    I have been in N scale from the beginning and I use mostly Atlas code 80 track because...well... I just do, but if I were starting over, I would use Atlas code 55. It is beautiful track.

    Doug
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    To get an idea of their size, they were/are 120...

    To get an idea of their size, they were/are 120 feet long with tender. The Big Boy 4-8-8-4, the largest steamer ever built, was/is 132 feet long with tender, only 12 feet longer than a 2900 series.
    ...
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    Looking at a picture of the inside of a 2800, the...

    Looking at a picture of the inside of a 2800, the pots are not mounted on a circuit board but are mounted like standard pots on a panel - with a shaft and nut. If you remove the old one and make some...
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    As a connection, I watched some videos of the...

    As a connection, I watched some videos of the restoration of SF 3751 and 2926 which are fascinating. The 3751 restoration was completed in 1991 and is currently undergoing an overhaul, scheduled to...
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    The prototype is a Santa Fe 2900 class which was...

    The prototype is a Santa Fe 2900 class which was a behemoth..

    The white box, 1980's version was an improvement over the original ones that came in a black and yellow clamshell case but the white...
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    I wonder if it will break $500.00. Doug

    I wonder if it will break $500.00.

    Doug
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    Here's an interesting site detailing the...

    Here's an interesting site detailing the different iterations of Atlas switches over the years from the beginning in 1967:

    http://trains4africa.co.za/?p=719 (Darn, the site isn't working right...
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    Take the machine back off and work the points by...

    Take the machine back off and work the points by hand to see if there is any binding. If so, you heed to find out where and correct it. If not, see if there's binding in the machine, itself.

    Doug
  13. I read the article AOL had and in the comments...

    I read the article AOL had and in the comments section, the usual idiots siding with the truck driver and spewing things like, "That was a short train. It should have been able to stop." "The driver...
  14. This is silly but, looking at the thread title, I...

    This is silly but, looking at the thread title, I had to write about when I was 10 years old in 1963 and I made some diagrams of layouts I set up on our big mahogany table covered with a sheet. I...
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    BEMF is "Back Electro-Motive Force" and it means...

    BEMF is "Back Electro-Motive Force" and it means the circuitry supplies more current, or is supposed to, when the load on the motor increases. This is to maintain a constant speed regardless of load...
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    I have been soldering for 59+ years of my 69...

    I have been soldering for 59+ years of my 69 years and have never needed to use one of the fancy, temperature-controlled irons, digital or otherwise. Digital? Does it send 1's and 0's out to the tip?...
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    They are beauties and they even have the...

    They are beauties and they even have the Milwaukee Road Chippewa.

    The features are impressive and a die cast boiler - always a good idea with N scale steam.

    Doug
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    I thought you were going to say it pulled the...

    I thought you were going to say it pulled the brush right out of your hand.

    :D

    Doug
  19. I agree it wasn't the best design on Rivarossi's...

    I agree it wasn't the best design on Rivarossi's part. Cheaper than threading the cylinder and using screws, I guess. They probably only switched to screws later because the illuminated smooth side...
  20. They're not rivets per se. The upper cylindrical...

    They're not rivets per se. The upper cylindrical part serves as a weight and the lower part is driven into the upper part, force fit on a machine. Later cars used screws on the bottom.

    Doug
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    Fascinating! Boy, the brake rigging sure is...

    Fascinating! Boy, the brake rigging sure is taking a beating. Thanks for posting.

    Doug
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    Thank God. When I saw this in the thread list, I...

    Thank God. When I saw this in the thread list, I feared the worst.

    Doug
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    I certainly agree on the switch machines on...

    I certainly agree on the switch machines on typical turnouts. I have always thought they could make hem slimmer and shorter.

    Doug
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    Please don't think I am denigrating or otherwise...

    Please don't think I am denigrating or otherwise criticizing anybody for their choice to use Kato type track. I was just giving my opinion kind of in response to an earlier post.

    Doug
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    I watched the movers as they loaded up old Number...

    I watched the movers as they loaded up old Number 9 and took her out of Rochester. They used a crane and the first attempt was a disaster, The loco was slowly lowered to the flatbed trailer and the...
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