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    Whenever I was building complex track work, I'd...

    Whenever I was building complex track work, I'd do a pencil sketch first. I'd draw the main rails, then go back and draw the gaurdrails needed. I don't know how comfortable you are hand laying track...
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    I like the idea of a DIY stand. I was actually...

    I like the idea of a DIY stand. I was actually looking into it a month or two ago, but haven't had the time to do anything yet. I was thinking of using something like these, but my holdup was needing...
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    It's fairly easy to make a custom turnouts and...

    It's fairly easy to make a custom turnouts and crossovers in XTrackCad. I used to do it all the time when I was designing trackplans. Life's been busy lately, but if I get time in the next couple...
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    Ordered from this guy a while back and the laser...

    Ordered from this guy a while back and the laser paper works well, nice and thin.

    http://www.tangopapadecals.com/paper.htm

    Andrew
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    It's more project oriented vs. large scale wiring...

    It's more project oriented vs. large scale wiring project oriented, but for electronics CAD program I use Fritzing now and then.

    Andrew
  6. We could volunteer a moose stampede to get the...

    We could volunteer a moose stampede to get the pictures, but then, methinks we're missing something crucial... Hard to have a moose stampede without the moose! Lol
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    Very nice work!!! I'd be interested in seeing...

    Very nice work!!! I'd be interested in seeing more pictures! I'm also interested in how you built the Nn3 critter, if you want to share!

    Andrew
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    Be careful with soldering all your rail together....

    Be careful with soldering all your rail together. Thermal expansion of the rail can destroy your careful work.

    Edit: I think I misread, and you're keeping it in expansion sections.
    Andrew
  9. An SPDT would work as well if they're easier to...

    An SPDT would work as well if they're easier to find locally for you, cutting power to one rail on either the layout or on the programming track. The other rail would always be connected, but since...
  10. That's some toasty spring weather there for us...

    That's some toasty spring weather there for us northerners! In my neck of the woods, 30F is a nice warm sunny day in February, time to shed the coats! Lol ;)
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    I only know about them because I have a friend...

    I only know about them because I have a friend who has a long train of them, lol. I've been helping him upgrade them to metal wheels, operating diaphrams, MT couplers, etc.

    Andrew
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    Bachmann made it years ago. How accurate it is, I...

    Bachmann made it years ago. How accurate it is, I don't know, and finding it may be hard too.

    http://www.themetrains.com/images/auto/auto-train-m-bachmann-n-set-isoldit_03_450x.jpg

    Andrew
  13. What about the Arduino Mega? It has 48 IO's, if I...

    What about the Arduino Mega? It has 48 IO's, if I remember right.

    Andrew
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    Coin operated turnouts? ;)

    Now that is an idea! [/QUOTE]

    Coin operated turnouts? ;)
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    This is my personal favorite for resizing images...

    This is my personal favorite for resizing images on Windows, simply select the images you want to resize, right-click, select resize images from the right-click menu, choose the size you want, and...
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    Driving home today, I ran across the #3 out...

    Driving home today, I ran across the #3 out making a delivery! So awesome to see the S4 back up and running again!!!

    https://youtu.be/Pk2S4ggCGz8
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    You seem to me to be someone like me who did tons...

    You seem to me to be someone like me who did tons of research into building layouts, so I'm not going to go into the how of all this, but rather give you an idea of the process. I STRONGLY recommend...
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    That was exactly the cause of my paralysis as...

    That was exactly the cause of my paralysis as well. I was a teen in school without a job and very little money when I started, so it was hard to commit to spending all that money. I ended up starting...
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    Just a thought. Without having read all of every...

    Just a thought. Without having read all of every post above after the first few pages, you seem to be dealing with something I've struggled with in the past. I designed literally hundreds of layouts,...
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    From the email: "From now through midnight...

    From the email:
    "From now through midnight November 28, 2017, ONLY, use the special code "MERRY17" to receive 25% off the MSRP for any items currently in stock through our online Web Store (does not...
  21. At one point, MRH offered $40 per published tip....

    At one point, MRH offered $40 per published tip. I don't know if they still do or not, but I submitted something once and it was published a little over a year later. Mine was a very simple tip of...
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    Yep! Those are self propelled locomotives,...

    Yep! Those are self propelled locomotives, typically narrow gauge, that run between the normal tracks. An arm drops down from the side to allow it to shove cars on the adjacent track. Cool critters!...
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynjSgkwDL8c ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynjSgkwDL8c

    Shows the cable hitting the underside of the car.
    Interesting.... the barney is completely below track height on the way down, and completely above on...
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    Figured I better draw a diagram, I might not be...

    Figured I better draw a diagram, I might not be explaining the thought well.

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    Using a short bit of line to connect the barney to the cable might allow another possibility for raising the...
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    https://www.nationalcar-bg.com/resources/images/co...

    https://www.nationalcar-bg.com/resources/images/content/2017/2/coal-car-dumper-coal-car-dumper-at-pennsylvania-rr-dock-1-flickr.jpg

    Looks like this pit is relatively deep, and if you put the...
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