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    Quote Originally Posted by railohio View Post
    I've seen that first industry guidebook sell for upwards of $50 in the past; it's one of the few model railroad books that I won't loan out.
    I have all 4 of them , didn't even realize some of them are not published anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by railohio View Post
    I've seen that first industry guidebook sell for upwards of $50 in the past; it's one of the few model railroad books that I won't loan out.
    Really? It was 18 here, which is probably about $14. The seller had a couple more with him, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    I have all 4 of them , didn't even realize some of them are not published anymore.
    Neither did I. I also now have all four of them.

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    Traded in some O gauge stuff I wasn't using anymore (namely a set and four freight cars) plus a few HO buildings to the LHS and left with these:


    I can basically run a 39 car unit train of either NS or CSX hoppers if I combine the Athearn and Kato sets I have.

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    How about a couple of near misses (close but no cigar) on some interesting items...?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/163252763065 << messaged seller asking if they opened it up to confirm there was not motor. They responded you can see in the cab and see there is no motor... probably close to mint Galloping Goose which would have run fine. Oh well, I guess I did not want it enough (although if just one other person had not bid I could have won at under $40).

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/183426296262 << Starting to feel like I am destined to never get a Dash 8 Pepsi Can. I was like $50 under on this so not so near a miss but it would have been nice if a few people did not notice this lot

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    Just got back from Old Forge to be met with these:



    I can now get the track work exact - maybe

    While in Old Forge I picked up a couple of needed items as well:



    Now I have to figure out how to use the Multi Meter
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    Default Kato City of Los Angeles and some interesting decoder settings

    I just received the cars for the City of Los Angeles from Fifer Hobby. I had received an E9A and an E9B a few weeks ago. I decided to get the A unit with Kato pre-installed ESU Loksound and the B unit with just a regular ESU decoder (no sound). I like having sound, but don't feel I really need to hear both prime movers (and if there is any dirt on the track it can get interesting when one sound decoder tries to restart while the other is humming along).

    Turns out this creates a few interesting problems, which took some detective work to solve. The default settings on the Loksound are for a fairly long delay before the engine starts moving while the sound of the prime mover is warming up. This is totally prototypical and looks great, but it wreaks havoc if you are consisting a sound unit with a non-sound unit. No matter how much I tried to set the acceleration defaults on both units to different values, the B unit kept trying to move while the A unit was still waking up.

    The solution for this is to turn off the "Primer Mover Startup Delay" option, so that the A unit will start accelerating immediately.I tried to do this with DecoderPro, but couldn't get it to work. I have heard that DecoderPro isn't always going to play well with ESU. The ESU Loksound manual just says to "turn bit 3 off" in CV 124 but I couldn't find the info on how to translate this into decimal. Finally, I did some web searching and there is nice cheat sheet put out by Atlas for its units equipped with LokSound decoders. If you set CV124 to 16, you will turn off the start-up delay. That really made a huge difference. The locos accelerated and decelerated perfectly together. I will eventually speed match them, but it almost might not be necessary. Another advantage of having sound + non-sound units consisted together is that the non-sound unit is not as finicky about dirty track, so the consist is much less likely to stall than when running two sound units together (at least in my hands). This might be viewed as a unique way to add a "Keep Alive" function to an N scale diesel, which rarely have the room for several capacitors: the non-sound unit "pushes" the sound unit across dirty spots or switches.
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    @danb I must say those are good pics. The wall and scenery look very good. thanks for the decoder info.
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    Thanks. The backdrop was just installed a few weeks ago. I plan to put together a post on its construction when I can find the time. Got it from Backdrop Warehouse.

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    A new layout required a new engine and ones that I have wanted for awhile. Now Kato has them DCC Equipped, I had to get them:

    Kato N Scale SD70MAC Locomotive Alaska ARR #4006 DCC Equipped:



    Kato N Scale SD70MAC Locomotive BNSF #9736 DCC Equipped:



    Bought the BNSF as we see them run past us from time to time and bought the Alaskan because my two sons live in Anchorage.
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    After careful consideration I figured it was about time I "serviced" my engines so have also bought:

    Gaugemaster Controls Precision Lubricator with Needles Tip:



    All I need to know now is where to put the stuff
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    Is that plastic safe? Just making sure.

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    Ahh, I believe so, it is what was recommended for N Scale lubrication BUT I'll double check.
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    Okay, after a bit of searching ... YES it is Plastic Safe:

    GAUGEMASTER GM619 – RAILWAY LOCOMOTIVE LUBRICATING NEEDLE POINT OILER – SAFE ON PLASTIC
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    Picked these two up to pull my military cars. Need to put decoders in them but so far I like the feel of the all metal boiler although it does cut down on the detailing.


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    Just ordered one of these:



    This is about the smallest video camera you can get - it measures a mere 27mm X 26mm X 26mm. For our non metric friends that's about 1.06" X 1.02" X 1.02". I had one of these a few years or so back and it worked very well and can be mounted almost anywhere. While the video isn't high end, it is certainly good enough for doing Cab Views around the layout.

    Here's an example of the "quality", a video I took of my G Gauge using this exact camera a few years ago:

    https://vimeo.com/133790311

    Like I said, it isn't brilliant but does the job and will be better on smooth track - I hope
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    I snagged nine Intermountain ribbed covered hoppers. Three are DM&E, two are Frisco, and four are Milwaukee Road. The DM&E are staying just as they are... Just getting some weathering someday. The two Friscos and the four Milwaukees are going to get obvious paint patches and DM&E decals, providing for a nicely growing fleet of DM&E rolling stock!

    0924181919.jpg Seeing a stack of these cases, all with unique numbers... That's a really nice feeling! I really love the detail Intermountain and Athearn offer!
    Of course, that won't stop me from fleshing out my rolling stock with anything that'll look good in blue, yellow, and grey
    Don't matter if it's a basic Bachmann, an impressive Intermountain, or an amazing Athearn!

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    Default It's ALIIIVE!!!

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    I got one of these hobby cutting boards off ebay. I've got a big ol' guillotine cutter (the kind you ALWAYS say at schools when i was young, and you'll NEVER see at a school these days), but that's pretty big for precision cutting. Only paid $6 for it, so I'm fine with that. It's WAY cheaper than stitches when you try to hold a straight edge while cutting stuff with an x-acto. On either side are some random Bachmann locomotive parts (a chassis and a fuel tank). No real reason... They were cheap, and now I have them, in case I need them for some future rebuild. After yesterday, I've learned that I should probably be buying up these random parts when I see them... I seem to do GOOD THINGS with stacks of such parts readily on hand!

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    This is the other item that came with those bits shown in the first pic... Not the entire thing... Just the bare chassis and fuel tank for a Bachmann Spectrum F series locomotive. I mentioned in previous posts about how I'd acquired several Bachmann parts, for the purpose of rebuilding some of my old stuff. A motor here, some trucks there...

    Well anyway, if you already read the Weekend Update (Sept. 21st), than you already know what I did with these parts. I was chatting on the phone, and mentioned the parts I'd gotten in the mail... Casually just started test fitting things to see if it all fit correctly. I assembled the slow speed 5 pole motor, the new trucks, and shifted into full on build mode when I discovered my old drive shafts actually fit the new hardware (props to Bachmann for maintaining what appears to be the same spacing for at least three decades of changing parts). All this happened while chatting on the phone for about an hour!

    When all was said and done, I'd used the new chassis and all those parts acquired over the past couple months to rebuild and resurrect my very first N scale locomotive! I brought my old Chessie System F9 back to life. It's the first time it's rolled since... I bet 1997! It was completely seized... all the axle gears had cracked, and the motor would smoke at even the smallest voltages... Even at higher voltages even when free-spinning. It was BAD... And now...

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    She rolls so SLOW!!!
    I remember this cheap old thing used to fly like a bat outta hell... aaaand then would randomly jolt to a sudden and complete stop...
    It's just running off a cheap Bachmann DC train set transformer, but it's definitely running... Hmm... or should I say crawling?
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    Imagine if it had PWM or a DCC controller regulating the motor! That's it's next upgrade. That and proper Microtrains couplers.

    I am SO happy about bringing this one back to life! This is a 100% weapons grade nostalgia bomb for me!
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    The "mini camera" arrived and yep - it's small

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    Tony , once that camera is sitting on a flat car , will it fit thru tunnel portals and under bridges ect ? It looks kinda big for that ?

    Steve

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    Steve,

    It is only 1.03" tall and 1.03" wide so yep it will fit especially as I am custom building/making my tunnel portals to make sure it will fit.

    Perhaps this shows it better, with a double stack of containers:



    I have ordered 3 of Micro Trains single 70' well cars, 2 for containers and one to be modified for the camera.

    Bottom line is, if my double stacks make it through a tunnel and beneath a bridge - the camera will as well.
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