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    It’s fun to watch you iron this out. I like how...

    It’s fun to watch you iron this out. I like how you temper your expectations of the engines. Look out for oxide on the wheels. I hope you find a way to forge forward and have a blast.

    I...
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    http://nebwrailroad.com/index.php/NEB&W_Introducti...

    http://nebwrailroad.com/index.php/NEB&W_Introduction_to_Box_Cars

    Lots more good info, but looks like limited adoption before the 1934 design, and widespread was post WWII. But 1906 is probably...
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    I guess I was wondering if anyone had any real...

    I guess I was wondering if anyone had any real world examples. Like where they stopped for water and coal and swapped engines on a real route. To get a feel for how it worked.
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    Steam “range”

    I was discussing recently how some of the longer steam excursions (UP, NS) seem to stop frequently. Now I know part of this is steam is no longer well supported, and some is they want to baby the old...
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    I bought a 12"x12" thick gauge square of steel at...

    I bought a 12"x12" thick gauge square of steel at the local big box for a couple of bucks. I then bought a box of 12 magnets off some online retailer for another couple of bucks.

    The flat steel...
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    99.999999% of N scale engines are over-greased...

    99.999999% of N scale engines are over-greased from the factory. I know of dozens of stories where removing grease made it work better. I highly doubt you need to add any.

    It could be break in,...
  7. If looks are paramount: FastTracks switches and...

    If looks are paramount: FastTracks switches and track. You can get mainline jigs in 3 tie spacings (mainline, yard, branch). With a small amount of painting skill they look awesome. You can get...
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    Sticky: Probably $40 at least to cover a special run car...

    Probably $40 at least to cover a special run car and make a profit. Maybe more.
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    Sticky: My $0.02 is the best way to do this is...

    My $0.02 is the best way to do this is transparency. If you tell us it takes $750/year to keep the site running (randomly made up but plausible number) and ask the community to cover those costs so...
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    Sticky: What about just a Wikipedia style donation drive...

    What about just a Wikipedia style donation drive every now and again?

    I’d rather toss you $5 once a year then get ads...
  11. If all you broke off is the LED, I'm sure there...

    If all you broke off is the LED, I'm sure there are already resistors on the board. You just need to put back a new one, the problems are going to be getting one with the right specifications and...
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    Let's try this again. Atlas #4, #6 and #8. ...

    Let's try this again. Atlas #4, #6 and #8.

    http://www.ufp.org/~bicknell/nscale/snpp-20190825/4-6-8-2.jpg
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    Doh. I attached the wrong photo! I will fix in...

    Doh. I attached the wrong photo! I will fix in the AM. It is a Peco, good eye.
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    It's a "Unifrog" design in Peco's terminology. ...

    It's a "Unifrog" design in Peco's terminology.

    Power is not routed by the switch itself, and out of the box that entire metal frog is as dead as the old plastic one. It is usable in this...
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    Yes, you can fit a full set of cross overs using...

    Yes, you can fit a full set of cross overs using #6 Atlas switches in a 4' N-Trak module. Since I now have enough modules to make a full loop at home I need a way to get between tracks!
    ...
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    Altas #8 Photographs

    I decided to go ahead and purchase some test Altas #8 Code 80 switches, and I like what I see! Good electrical design. They feel solid. The metal frog looks better as is to me rather than the...
  17. This x10. Any locomotives that old will likely...

    This x10.

    Any locomotives that old will likely have either no lube, or lube that has turned to glue. Disassemble, clean, reassemble and PROPERLY lube. It takes less than you think.

    But...
  18. Thread: Worm Gears

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    I've never tried to remove an N-Scale worm gear,...

    I've never tried to remove an N-Scale worm gear, but I've removed a lot of gears from shafts in the 1:1 world. It's nearly impossible without a gear puller there, as you have to pull on the gear at...
  19. Mainly curious about the interior layouts. I've...

    Mainly curious about the interior layouts. I've driven by some, but they are so huge and often fenced off you can't see much. Satellite images often show multiple tracks and loops, but I've never...
  20. I’m curious about rail to barge facilities if...

    I’m curious about rail to barge facilities if there are any you can talk about in future videos.
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    Oh, you can do way better than that! I have on...

    Oh, you can do way better than that!

    I have on a flat car a version of...
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    I welcome this development! I have two camera...

    I welcome this development!

    I have two camera cars I made myself. And while it's true the components are readily available and (relatively) cheap now, it's all very much a packaging problem. ...
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    Atlas Code 80 #8 Switches -- NEW TRACK!

    It appears Atlas has brought a new Code 80 switch to the market!

    http://download.atlasrr.com/0419MCPDF/April2019MSRPOnly.pdf

    Pages 20-21. N Scale Code 80 #8 switches, left and right, with or...
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    I suspect it works for more than you think. Sure...

    I suspect it works for more than you think. Sure the 5th wheel 500 miles in a day won't work. But 30 miles to co-op? The boat to the lake 50 miles away? No problem.

    The best data to date is...
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    Towing will be the last application for battery...

    Towing will be the last application for battery trucks, but I want to jump on what was just said.

    There are a LOT of construction guys who use their truck for dozens of miles per day, but then...
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