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    wombat457 ...

    wombat457

    https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/fair+to+middling

    I've been calling my layout that since I was a teenager. This will be the 5th layout to bear the name.
    I thought I was oh so...
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    ^^^^^^ What Donzi said. I have used that exact...

    ^^^^^^ What Donzi said. I have used that exact method on screws and bolts of all sizes, all the way up to an inch and a half. Simple, and it always works.
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    Don't I know it. I wish there was more ready to...

    Don't I know it. I wish there was more ready to run stuff that fits the era and looks good. I made the mistake on my last layout of building all the benchwork and putting in most all the track,...
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    You betcha. Turnouts cost $15-20 apiece.

    You betcha. Turnouts cost $15-20 apiece.
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    Faire is the where the railroad's headquarters is...

    Faire is the where the railroad's headquarters is located, along with the shop facilities.
    So here's where I could really use some help, guys. You see I've got this big yard left over from my...
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    Blue Rock is the town I have fleshed out most in...

    Blue Rock is the town I have fleshed out most in my mind. I lucked out and found a town in a track plan that fits the bill with a little help. The plan inspired me and gave me a pretty good idea of...
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    So continuing out of Midland Junction up the...

    So continuing out of Midland Junction up the branch the train curves around a stand of trees out of sight, reappears on the other side of the room from under a classic overpass like this one:
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    Basic operating premise is a small railroad that...

    Basic operating premise is a small railroad that runs "up the holler" to connect a few communities with the big railroad that passed them by. My idea is to represent this in the early years of the...
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    So it's been a year and a half since I started...

    So it's been a year and a half since I started this thread. Well past time for an update!

    I've worked through a few ideas for the layout and started hammering my vision into a rough sort of...
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    I started scratchbuilding a turntable a few years...

    I started scratchbuilding a turntable a few years ago on my old layout. While I never finished the project, I did buy a 12v DC 3 RPM gearmotor off ebay for it and it runs silently. It wasn't a name...
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    Looks great! I hope someday I can get my space...

    Looks great! I hope someday I can get my space cleared out enough. Growler party sounds like fun. Hope someone brings you a Phantom Canyon Boxcar Ale!
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    First off I want to say that yard ladder in the...

    First off I want to say that yard ladder in the left yard is IMPRESSIVE. But it also begs me to wonder why you need an 8 track yard on a layout with 9 industries. I mean if you just want to switch...
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    You know what would be cool? Model the wooden...

    You know what would be cool? Model the wooden firehouse on fire.....

    Just a thought. I love the windows on that kit.
  14. I like the curved platform. I think if I were...

    I like the curved platform. I think if I were making it, I'd make the edges parallel but following the curve rather than one edge square. But you should do it however it pleases you.
  15. Thread: Steel Blocks?

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    Could always oil them with a little WD40 or...

    Could always oil them with a little WD40 or similar when you're done using them, and clean them with alcohol before use.
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    Not to sidetrack the thread, but where'd you find...

    Not to sidetrack the thread, but where'd you find the cool posters in the windows?
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    MSC has them, they cost more: ...

    MSC has them, they cost more:

    https://www.mscdirect.com/product/details/06378186
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    https://www.shars.com/products/measuring/setup-blo...

    https://www.shars.com/products/measuring/setup-block-sets/123-economy-block-w-no-holes

    I've bought a lot from Shars over the years. Unfortunately the solid blocks are currently out of stock. You...
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    That looks like a honey of a kit. It's a kit I...

    That looks like a honey of a kit. It's a kit I am considering as a merchantile for my own layout. It's got a similar flavor to this merchantile I found in one of my inspiration pics:...
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    You're off to a great start! I can't wait to...

    You're off to a great start! I can't wait to follow your progress.
  21. Good looking little station, Moose. And thanks...

    Good looking little station, Moose. And thanks for the tip on the wooden barrel source. I always like learning about manufacturers I'd never heard of before.
  22. One of the steel mills I used to work at had...

    One of the steel mills I used to work at had asphalt in some of the loading areas, but it seemed you only ever saw it after a hard rain. The wind blew dirt over it so much it just looked like dirt. ...
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    I really like that track plan. Normally I'm not...

    I really like that track plan. Normally I'm not a big fan of loops, but I do like how you have enough crossovers in there you can make it an incredibly long mainline 3 times around. Not really...
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    Oh that's looking GOOD! I love that kit. It's...

    Oh that's looking GOOD! I love that kit. It's such a cool little building. I didn't know it had etched glazing. Does it have etched glazing for anything other than "Fresh Fish"?
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    Steam powered logging train? In 2020? ...

    Steam powered logging train? In 2020?

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=110096&d=1587525550
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