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  1. Thanks again for everyone's input on this! We've...

    Thanks again for everyone's input on this! We've decided to take the trip another time when I can score the Superliner Bedroom for $250 for two passengers, since I don't know how well I'll fare a...
  2. Thanks, again, railohio! Really appreciate all...

    Thanks, again, railohio! Really appreciate all the help, guys! Didn't know this was going to be so complicated. What do you guys think? Twelve hours is a loooong time. And, Southern Californians tend...
  3. Thanks for clarifying the upper/lower level...

    Thanks for clarifying the upper/lower level thing! Oh? So no viewing cars on current Coast Starlight consists?
  4. Yes I know, thanks! Just reading some Amtrak...

    Yes I know, thanks! Just reading some Amtrak forums, the window seats in the viewing cars get kinda "hogged-up" with people saving seats for hours with a sweater or something. Supposedly, a lot of...
  5. Almost just booked a pair upper-level coach...

    Almost just booked a pair upper-level coach seats. But the trip is 12 hours, so I'm not sure I'll be able to handle 12 hours in a seat.

    This travel blog here wrote that her "Superliner Bedroom" on...
  6. Yeah, I thinking about this, the...

    Yeah, I thinking about this, the smaller-than-jail cell, 3' x 6' Roomette may give me claustrophobia. Was that a Superliner or Viewliner car?
  7. Apparently there's no way to know which side your...

    Apparently there's no way to know which side your Roomette will be facing since the consist varies. The only guarantee is to book a family room which can see both sides since there's also windows...
  8. Okay, I checked out some Amtrak Roomette photos...

    Okay, I checked out some Amtrak Roomette photos on Google. Looks like what we would want (I think!). I see that the seats/lower-bunk is up against the window. I suppose we could sit more comfortably...
  9. Wow! Thanks, railohio for all the excellent and...

    Wow! Thanks, railohio for all the excellent and detailed advice! Too bad it's not all good news for us railfans. So I guess the business-class seats are a non-starter for us? The best bet seems to be...
  10. Thanks! I just posted "I'm back" in my...

    Thanks! I just posted "I'm back" in my build-thread. Sadly, no work has been done on the layout in over a year. Really hope to get my RR back up, re-built, and running again soon. The next step is...
  11. I'm back! I took a rather expensive detour into...

    I'm back! I took a rather expensive detour into synthesizer-land for the last year. I've made zero progress since my last post. Hope to get started again soon!
  12. Amtrak Superliner L.A. to San Francisco advice?

    Hey guys! Long time no talk. Anywho, I'm booking a train from L.A. to San Francisco soon and I'm super-confused over the tickets/class. I definitely want a window on the west side of the train going...
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    New Railbox cars from $15.99-$16.99 . . . the...

    New Railbox cars from $15.99-$16.99 . . . the tragic story.

    Maybe you guys can help. When I first re-entered the hobby in 2016, I was hell-bent on building a Railbox unit-train. I've loved Railbox...
  14. Thread: Layout size

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    I really like RailModeller Pro...

    I really like RailModeller Pro for macOS, available in the AppStore. It contains complete track libraries for dozens of manufacturers, even slot cars. If you're Mac-based, it's the way to go. Very...
  15. Thread: Pond molds

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    Unreal Details, LLC (i.e., makers of Magic Water...

    Unreal Details, LLC (i.e., makers of Magic Water resins) sells pre-made pond molds that I think look pretty good. Was thinking of getting a few someday: pond molds. Though for those so inclined, with...
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    Woohoo! I just got a $150 GRS 004-570...

    Woohoo!

    I just got a $150 GRS 004-570 soldering station, brand-new, for $32 on eBay! (Note that the ones selling for $100 is the version with shorter arms). It's basically an ultra high-quality...
  17. I cleaned up my workbench! (See "before" photo...

    I cleaned up my workbench! (See "before" photo above.)

    http://studio460.com/images/gwork-2.jpeg

    http://studio460.com/images/gwork-1.jpeg
  18. Thread: Layout size

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    Just my $0.02. I started with a 46" x 12' layout...

    Just my $0.02. I started with a 46" x 12' layout which only accommodated a simple dogbone. As I cleared out more space in the garage, it grew to 12' x 13' (currently an 'L' but will expand to a 'G'),...
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    Funny, I've never really considered...

    Funny, I've never really considered DCC-with-sound locos, because I just assumed I'd be disappointed with the sound quality coming from such small speakers. But, I just bought a BLI AC6000 with a...
  20. Kudos! My sincere thanks to all of you who...

    Kudos!

    My sincere thanks to all of you who continue to follow and contribute to this often nothing-to-see-here/nothing's-been-built-yet thread. I know, I have done little to no actual work for...
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    Thanks a lot! I could've sworn he didn't used to...

    Thanks a lot! I could've sworn he didn't used to specify the weights on the labels before. Really appreciate the Solo cup reference photo! Your AZR&M materials selection looks great!

    Not to get...
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    The latest FVM news always seems to posted to...

    The latest FVM news always seems to posted to their Facebook page. I just checked . . . just some 2018 GEVO announcements. Nothing about sound:

    http://studio460.com/images/FVM2018-1.jpg
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    I got the joke and thought it was funny! I think...

    I got the joke and thought it was funny! I think a bit of humor amid the recent spate of tragedies and near-tragedies is helpful. So sad that the Amtrak conductor and engineer were killed in the CSX...
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    Congrats on choosing the Arizona Rock & Mineral...

    Congrats on choosing the Arizona Rock & Mineral stuff. I've been wanting to try it also, but unless I've missed it somehow, he doesn't indicate how much product is in the bag (I went with Scenic...
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    US: modeltrainstuff.com...

    US:
    modeltrainstuff.com (M.B. Klein): Huge inventory, best prices (sometimes shipping is a bit high).
    hobbylinc.com: Large inventory (prices slightly higher than MTS).
    sceneryexpress.com...
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