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  1. I bought this used, assembled IHC coaling tower...

    I bought this used, assembled IHC coaling tower for a mere $15 at the train show last weekend. It will solve a problem for me, namely that I need a way to disguise the hole in the backdrop where my...
  2. I might be inclined to place the street grid at a...

    I might be inclined to place the street grid at a diagonal to the benchwork edges (roughly 30 to 45 degrees) to suggest that the 12" slice I'm seeing is just a swath through a larger city. Then you...
  3. Thread: Baro's 3x8

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    The abutment looks great! But the ghost track...

    The abutment looks great! But the ghost track doesn't look "spooky" enough for me. It looks too fresh. Any chance you might paint some rust onto the rails, and add a bunch of weeds, maybe bury it in...
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    As an architect I have access to a large format...

    As an architect I have access to a large format roll printer in my office, however I don't really use it to print a track plan. Rather, I just draft the track plan at full size on the sheet of...
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    Here are my few comments: 1. Regarding the...

    Here are my few comments:

    1. Regarding the locations of crossovers, I would be inclined to have these be located just outside of the yard limits and oriented to allow a train coming from the yard...
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    This past weekend was the big NMRA train show...

    This past weekend was the big NMRA train show which is held at a local high school; the vendors and display layouts sprawl all over the hallways and in the gym and cafeteria. My club, TriState...
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    Well I don't think we were talking about widening...

    Well I don't think we were talking about widening the majority of the shelf but rather only at the ends where the width constrains the turn radius. From you description it seemed like there was only...
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    You appear to have marked the left end for...

    You appear to have marked the left end for "passengers"; does this indicate that you prefer to run long passenger cars? If so, that might suggest some tweaks to make.

    Firstly, while passenger cars...
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    I'm not a fan of the curved bridges on the left...

    I'm not a fan of the curved bridges on the left half, where the track passes over itself. I would work hard to try and make the bridge spans be straight, and it seems like there is plenty of room to...
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    The second staging yard is an interesting...

    The second staging yard is an interesting concept! In practice you can have one yard be "east" and the other "west", so that during operating sessions a train begins in one and ends up in the other....
  11. Thread: What glue to do?

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    I was thinking along the lines of letting a load...

    I was thinking along the lines of letting a load serve as a splice plate, which is maybe what you're hinting at here. Drilling and setting pins in epoxy is another way to achieve a mechanical splice,...
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    I have to wonder whether you're going to put up a...

    I have to wonder whether you're going to put up a stop sign at that intersection, right at the bottom of such a hill, and thereby fund the town coffers with traffic tickets for all the folks who just...
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    One thing I see that gives me pause is on the...

    One thing I see that gives me pause is on the location of crossovers on the lowest level, in relation to the long platform siding. I would have the crossovers occur out past the siding turnouts, so...
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    That's actually how I weather almost everything...

    That's actually how I weather almost everything these days, unless I'm trying to follow the clear instructions by folks like Allen H. and do something special like oil paints. My go-to for quick and...
  15. Happy Birthday!

    Happy Birthday!
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    I think it could use a wash of black, both to...

    I think it could use a wash of black, both to pick out the details as well as to darken it overall a bit. I've found that technique to be a good way to go, where I over-rust and then dial it back...
  17. The size you've given isn't much for creating an...

    The size you've given isn't much for creating an interchange between railroads at different elevations. A Granger Road like CBQ would be more likely to meet another railroad at grade, i.e. at a...
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    One thing I was struck by, in the video linked...

    One thing I was struck by, in the video linked above, was how Mr. Patterson seems to be averse to video editing. When the guy started off showing how he would use Saran-Wrap, he tore off a piece then...
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    I think you could probably do a price check on...

    I think you could probably do a price check on the actual Atlas sectional track and figure what it would cost as a baseline; maybe discount some for age or used condition. The power pack might be...
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    One thing I don't like about this plan is how it...

    One thing I don't like about this plan is how it tucks the big loop bridge up against the backdrop on the left side, restricting viewing angles. I think a possible fix would be to take the backdrop...
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    Is the hinge positioned such that when you open...

    Is the hinge positioned such that when you open it, things on the top side won't get squished? Even just roadbed and track might need to be accounted for, but switch stands or other things might need...
  22. It doesn't come back down, it stays at that...

    It doesn't come back down, it stays at that higher elevation while in the rear of Alamosa, and joins back to the helix at that height. But a view block could be a good suggestion if wanting to make...
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    One thing I was noticing was how the track was...

    One thing I was noticing was how the track was ballasted - to the tops of the ties but not higher, and flat between tracks, no shoulder or swale. Is this common practice? I think it is, but I'v...
  24. Well we're both thinking in 3D so that's good. I...

    Well we're both thinking in 3D so that's good. I was assuming that the grade going up would begin right after the line passes under the bridge, and continue until just before it gets to the bridge,...
  25. Yeah that's looking good. One other minor...

    Yeah that's looking good. One other minor suggestion is that the potatoes, fertilizer mill, and team track probably ought to be spurs that come off of the high line so that there is a place to park...
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