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    Well, I'm now going either for the Great Lakes...

    Well, I'm now going either for the Great Lakes region, maybe former Pere Marquette, or a mid-Atlantic state. But some kind if loader -- maybe a Hullett
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    First sign I've seen that 2021 will be better...

    First sign I've seen that 2021 will be better than 2020!:D
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    Don't cut yourself.:rolleyes: Seriously,...

    Don't cut yourself.:rolleyes:

    Seriously, though, measuring the size, drilling or punching holes in the waste area, "connecting the dots" with a #11 blade, then filing to final size while tedious,...
  4. "There's a prototype for everything," the old...

    "There's a prototype for everything," the old saying goes. Coupled with the fact few people of his generation knew more about prototype North American railroading than John Armstrong*, the odds are...
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    Cool! Forgotten about that kit. It's at the old...

    Cool! Forgotten about that kit. It's at the old SDS plywood mill in Bingen.
  6. That seems extraordinarily high. But that is the...

    That seems extraordinarily high. But that is the "sink' side of the circuit. Though I think you might be reading through several points of resistance throughout the decoder. Where was the other meter...
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    Before I did that, I would measure the voltage...

    Before I did that, I would measure the voltage output of the present power supply to see if it matches what it's supposed to be putting out.

    While a bad power supply is a likely culprit, checking...
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    Yes, but we still need more clues.:D

    Yes, but we still need more clues.:D
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    Thanks, Tim! Even better! I'm basing what I...

    Thanks, Tim! Even better!

    I'm basing what I explained above from an article in the December 1979 issue of RMC, where the L&N and a shortline used train register boxes at two junctions.

    I...
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    Some of you might be wondering where the train...

    Some of you might be wondering where the train schedules are in the timetable above-- they're missing.

    Indeed they are. Southern operated the Appalachian Division under timetable-train orders...
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    So here's the thing with timetables: When you...

    So here's the thing with timetables: When you wake up in the wee hours and suddenly remember that you forgot to include a key junction in them, it tends to move one toward prompt action.

    I'd...
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    When registering with an operator at a...

    When registering with an operator at a train-order station, the crew would fill out the form and leave it with the operator,
    Gordon.

    I'm also hoping that the 721 was used by crews at train...
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    Thanks for that tip, Heiko! I will certainly...

    Thanks for that tip, Heiko! I will certainly check those out.
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    Thanks, Tim. I hope it's of some use to you. ...

    Thanks, Tim. I hope it's of some use to you.

    The form 721 might also be what Southern crews dropped into train register boxes at junctions as well (where there was no operator), but it certainly...
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    That's a great question, Dave. I'm going to...

    That's a great question, Dave. I'm going to speculate a bit here and say power was very likely swapped in D.C., and the Pennsy may have added/subtracted some cars, depending on whether the Southerner...
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    I also created reasonable facsimile of a Southern...

    I also created reasonable facsimile of a Southern Railway train register form, which will crews will use at Slab Camp Junction. I did this in Word.
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    I also created reasonable facsimile of a Southern...

    I also created reasonable facsimile of a Southern Railway train register form, which will crews will use at Slab Camp Junction. I did this in Word.
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    I spent much of today creating a timetable for...

    I spent much of today creating a timetable for the Slate Fork Branch in Excel. It's a reasonable facsimile of a Southern Railway timetable from the mid-1970s Appalachia Division, but I may need to...
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    I spent much of today creating a timetable for...

    I spent much of today creating a timetable for the Slate Fork Branch in Excel. It's a reasonable facsimile of a Southern Railway timetable from the mid-1970s Appalachia Division, but I may need to...
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    Here's where I obtained that voltage data for...

    Here's where I obtained that voltage data for NCE:...
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    I must be. Should have bought a Lotto ticket the...

    I must be. Should have bought a Lotto ticket the day I got that cheapo Radio Shack digital!

    I wonder if this voltage disparity varies from system to system? Maybe my Digitrax DB150 will show a...
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    Except I couldn't for an hour after working...

    Except I couldn't for an hour after working around the shellac, Michael.:D
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    My el cheapo RMS digital in the layout room...

    My el cheapo RMS digital in the layout room always shows a consistent, on-the-rails 14.5-14.8 on AC when measuring DCC voltage on my MRC Prodigy. That voltage is after all just a reference, not...
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    Southern Railway operated a passenger train...

    Southern Railway operated a passenger train called the Southerner between New Orleans and New York City from 1941. Sleepers were added to the train beginning in 1951. The Pennsylvania ran the train...
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    Ah, yes, the "switch" and "turnout" thing. The...

    Ah, yes, the "switch" and "turnout" thing.

    The "turnout" is the full assembly -- points, closure and stock rails, frog, guard rails, switchstand or power-operated switch machine -- while the...
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