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    Yep, that's the approach that should work.

    Yep, that's the approach that should work.
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    Cutting ties is standard operating procedure if...

    Cutting ties is standard operating procedure if your yard tracks are going to be close together. As for the throwbars, you might need one end or you might need neither, depending on how you are...
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    I assume the problem is the inside curve, not the...

    I assume the problem is the inside curve, not the outside. If you start the curve earlier and end it later you can match the radius of the track second from inside. It won't be neatly parallel to...
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    My standards may below. To me the only...

    My standards may below. To me the only unrealistic track is track that hasn't been painted to remove that shine that comes up from flange. To me no matter what the tie spacing might be, that shine...
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    I have experienced similar issues in the last 20...

    I have experienced similar issues in the last 20 years. Would be interested in knowing the weights of your locos and whether or not that is directly related to pulling power, particularly how much...
  6. Welcome to nscale.net. I have no experience...

    Welcome to nscale.net.

    I have no experience with this plan, but there are layout design programs that you can use to design what you want out of sectional track. See...
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    Success... sort of. I've got the scale...

    Success... sort of.

    I've got the scale working on a breadboard. I need to, uh, "permanentize"? it and install it on the layout.

    https://youtu.be/yHxBQJNb5sE
    It took a while to get the truck...
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    Very nicely done!

    Very nicely done!
  9. Looks like a lot of thought has already gone into...

    Looks like a lot of thought has already gone into it. My first impression is "that is one big layout for N scale". Certainly big enough for both mainline roundy round and switching.

    I got a bit...
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    Looks like identifying cars is doable in N scale....

    Looks like identifying cars is doable in N scale. P22 shows the RFID chip has to be within an inch of the reader, so it doesn't have the positioning accuracy that I need to solve my immediate...
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    I like the idea of weighing an entire car but I...

    I like the idea of weighing an entire car but I don't want to uncouple cars. The scale track has to be the right length for each car or you have to uncouple them and weight them one by one.
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    No, not at all. I'm testing with 3 different...

    No, not at all. I'm testing with 3 different length hoppers. They do at least all have MTL trucks.


    Not familiar with the tech. Can you locate something precisely with them? In the video the...
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    Well, some progress and some pitfalls. I tried...

    Well, some progress and some pitfalls.

    I tried detecting end of car with a photoresistor and LED that were included in my Arduino kit but it wasn't nearly sensitive enough even when hooded against...
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    Not sure if it helps but the Hells Gate canyon...

    Not sure if it helps but the Hells Gate canyon walls are a granite/diorite batholith called the Scuzzy Pluton. So look for granite rock molds.
  15. Reminds me of the muscle-powered locks on the...

    Reminds me of the muscle-powered locks on the Trent-Severn:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIOgJ5RHSnI
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    Good video! How one company's loadouts work is...

    Good video! How one company's loadouts work is explained here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmj1NfRLoOo
    Kanawha has been offering them since '78, so the tech probably pre-dates PRB. Lots...
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    Yes, the program needs to add up the weight of...

    Yes, the program needs to add up the weight of all the cars and tell me the weight of the train. User story posted above on 17 Dec.

    To get the weight of each car it needs to add the weight of the...
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    Some, er, "challenges" today. Wrote a sketch and...

    Some, er, "challenges" today. Wrote a sketch and found out quickly that one cannot determine when the 2nd truck on one car ends and the 1st truck on the next one starts. I thought the scale would...
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    TwinDad, I don't want to hijack your thread. If...

    TwinDad, I don't want to hijack your thread. If you want I can start a new one.

    I got my supplies in. The 100g strain gauge has scarily delicate looking wires so first thing I did is mount the...
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    That's up to you. See how many cars your locos...

    That's up to you. See how many cars your locos can haul up that grade. To haul more you will have to either add helpers or, if you have runarounds top and bottom, saw every train that goes in the...
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    It was long ago but probably just water. The...

    It was long ago but probably just water. The track had ballast on it and the ballast glue would have been Elmer's based. It did not take off the contact cement that I used to glue down the track,...
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    Wondering if anyone knows where coal is weighed...

    Wondering if anyone knows where coal is weighed these days - near the mine, near the customer, or some place in between. Where should I locate the track scale for weighing Appalachian unit coal...
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    Not necessarily a bad thing. IIRC the C30...

    Not necessarily a bad thing.

    IIRC the C30 trucks are not symmetrical. Specifically the tabs that stick up and rub the wiper to make electrical contact are off center, so that if you install them...
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    Those pics remind me of the beginning stage of my...

    Those pics remind me of the beginning stage of my layout. I can almost smell the pine...
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    There have been a lot of threads on this topic in...

    There have been a lot of threads on this topic in the past. I was disappointed when I converted my locos to DCC and found they couldn't pull as many cars up the big grade due to the weight loss, and...
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