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    A Pennsylvania caboose by Bowser arrived today, so now my GG1 can pull freight in orderly fashion.

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    I've been receiving all sorts of coupler conversions (MTL), and also the drill & tap set to retrofit body mounted couplers in some cases, and installing as I catch 'em. More of them are on the way for Kato passenger trucks from a foreign land, as well as a chassis. But to my surprise, these three RailSmith10-6 SP/NP Cascade sleepers ordered 11 months ago were also on the porch.

    I expect to get a fair number of cars and locomotives weaned away from Rapido style couplers this month. Some will need to wait since not all the needed parts are easily acquired these days.
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    I ordered four bags of Arizona Rock and Mineral to start. I also added another fastracks order with turnout ties(quicksticks) and more rail.

    New tires for the truck will slow me down a bit this month.
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    I was excited last week to see Intermountain wheelsets available at reasonable prices from Eds Trains ebay site, as I have an Atlas flatcar fleet long overdue for new wheels. When I received the order, I was disappointed to discover 36" wheelsets description printed on the package since I ordered 33". Ed was great to deal with to try to expedite delivery of replacement wheelsets, when he discovered the wheelsets I had already received, were mis-labeled on the packaging from the manufacturer. I certainly appreciated the phone call from him alerting me of the situation, as I was really looking forward to changing out these wheels.

    Ed said that the packaging for the 33" wheelsets have the correct part number, but unfortunately also have the incorrect 36" description alongside.

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    Another item frim same vendor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhn_plsn View Post
    I ordered four bags of Arizona Rock and Mineral to start. I also added another fastracks order with turnout ties(quicksticks) and more rail.
    Did you order direct from AR&M or through Fifer Hobbies or ?

    Moose has better experiences ordering through Fifer than direct from AR&M, so just curious...


    Quote Originally Posted by jhn_plsn View Post
    New tires for the truck will slow me down a bit this month.
    Shouldn't they have the opposite effect?
    = > ÷

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    picked up 3 of these Southern Pacific passenger cars as the rolling stock for my Christmas layout. Should fit in perfectly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Did you order direct from AR&M or through Fifer Hobbies or ?

    Moose has better experiences ordering through Fifer than direct from AR&M, so just curious... https://www.nscale.net/forums/mysmil...milie_2530.gif




    Shouldn't they have the opposite effect?
    I ordered directly from AR&M. I'll let you know how it goes.

    The old tires on my truck were almost 8 years old and sounded like a had bad wheel bearings. Now its whisper quiet, but my wallet is dragging the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhn_plsn View Post
    I ordered directly from AR&M. I'll let you know how it goes.

    The old tires on my truck were almost 8 years old and sounded like a had bad wheel bearings. Now its whisper quiet, but my wallet is dragging the ground.
    Just know this about ordering directly from AR&M:

    - Don't expect a high-tech operation.
    - They have a very small staff.
    - They only ship out orders to customers twice a month.
    - If you need to contact them regarding customer support, call their phone number. They're not good at responding to emails but they always pick up the phone.
    - It's normal to receive your ballast 4-6 weeks after you order it. That's just their normal speed of fulfillment.
    - 6 months after your order arrived, you'll get your invoice/receipt mailed to you out of the blue.

    The advantage of ordering direct from AR&M is that unless your particular type of ballast is discontinued, it'll always be in stock. So if you're ordering from an online hobby shop, make sure they have the type of ballast and the quantities you need, because it's going to take even longer for them to restock (and in that case you're just better off ordering direct).

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    05FF4EA2-3EAB-4453-BE60-1B2035DEB76A.jpgI received this kit from Rollys Railroad Models as an special request on Saturday. Here’s his eBay site. https://www.ebay.com/str/rollysrailroadmodels I was able to get around to it on Monday after the weekend train show that my club had in Mobile. and finished it up the next day. It his newest kit which will become available in the next day or so.
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    Really nice build, Mr Clayton!
    = > ÷

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    Thank you Moose!
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    Picked up a Kato B&O shell for an existing chassis I had.
    Now I have a B unit to pull behind my C&O F7.
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    Last month I picked up an MT FT unit at a train show that was missing air horns. Ordered some direct from MT as replacements.

    From Brad @Texnrails, all 6 numbers of the new Bluford Shops Rebuilt War Emergency Hoppers in CoG, and 3 pcs. of ME c70 Bridge Flex track.
    Had to pop one loose wheelset back in place. Cars are excellent all roll a mile.





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    Picked up some sanding sticks from Sally's Beauty Supply. The 100 grit end of the large coarse stick I found very effective on cleaning up the cork roadbed edges. There are 2 grits per stick on both sides. With this selection I now have 6 grits ranging from 100 coarse to 600 fine in small and larger sizes. Very easy to store on the work bench keeping them easily accessible as needed. There is a dime in the pic for size reference.
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    I was at the local Every Things A Dollar Twenty Five Tree yesterday and came across these boxes designed for Hot Wheel size cars. I was needing some boxes for some of my rolling stock i purchased that came without a box. I was turned off by the price of the boxes from MT and Kato. The center divider comes out and makes 3 compartments 1 7/8" X 6 3/8", the cases interlock in a vertical fasion and their are screw holes for mounting on the wall. I know that every $1.25 tree has differant stuff but might be worth a look if you need some boxes YMMV
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    Post person delivered this package from Micro Mark today. A set of miniature smooth jawed pliers. I discovered that when filing the stock rails for turnouts the rail has a tendency to bow up slightly. I've had mixed success in using my fingers to straighten them out. These will facilitate that task much easier. I also like the fact they are spring jawed. I wish my rail cutters were as well but what's a hobby without a challenge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spruslayer View Post
    I was needing some boxes for some of my rolling stock i purchased that came without a box. I was turned off by the price of the boxes from MT and Kato. The center divider comes out and makes 3 compartments 1 7/8" X 6 3/8", the cases interlock in a vertical fasion and their are screw holes for mounting on the wall.
    I use Plano utility boxes. There's a StowAway 3450 model that holds six cars up to 40 feet. And a ProLatch StowAway 3700 model that holds 24 cars up to 50 feet (or fewer longer cars if you reconfigure the dividers). Both fit really well in Sterilite 16-quart tubs, either 12 of the 3450 or three of the 3700. You can stack the tubs on a hand cart for travel to train shows, too.

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