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    Post Weekend Update (8th Apr 2022)

    Please update us on the progress you have made on your MRR projects this week (commencing: 8th Apr 2022).

    This weekly thread is to post little snippets about your layout/project progress.
    This is not be a substitute for your layout build thread, but just a mini update on what you got done for the week.

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    So, fellow nSn'ers, what have you been up to this week?

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    Just Couldn’tResist

    I don’t even drink alcoholic beverages but they were just so “cute”!
    There goes my serious modeling out the door. (Sorry @The Ol' Curmudgeon)

    In fairness, my DuPont shorty tank car was so lonely.





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    I have imbibed those! Uh, not all at one sitting.

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    I once had an uncle who fell into a brewing vat. They tried to pull him out, but he bravely fought them off...
    - Gary R.

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    @rick773

    Very nice!
    Hmmm, wouldn't want to drink the contents of the Hooker Chemicals tank though.
    = > ÷

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    = > ÷

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    Where's the Yuengling?
    Maurice
    Attempting to apply the K.I.S.S. principle to Model Railroading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice View Post
    Where's the Yuengling?
    Well, there might not be any Yuengling, but there will be some Frackville. Is that close enough?
    = > ÷

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Hmmm, wouldn't want to drink the contents of the Hooker Chemicals tank though.
    = > ÷
    Love Canal anyone?

    Thought I'd put an analog board in my -8. As cool as the sound may be, too many issues with it cutting out on my DC layout. The locomotive runs perfectly, it's just the sound that will cut out. So I buy the board from Atlas, and go to install it.
    Anyone else here see a problem?
    And I wonder who the dumbass was that decided to glue the light block to the chassis, instead of having it snap into place like it had been for decades.

    IMG_2958 by snwbluebyyou, on Flickr

    ENJOY the rest of your weekend!
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    Well, I guess you got the wrong board - one for the "old" Atlas units, not for the "new" (post 2018 or so) ones with integrated speakers.

    Seems like neither the Atlas parts department nor our great knowledge base @Spookshow have caught up on that yet. Spookshow does show those changes for the 2019 Atlas SD50/SD60 here: http://spookshow.net/loco/atlassd5060.html and I'm pretty certain - looking at your picture - the Dash 8 went through the same overhaul.

    Maybe you can find a light board of one of the "Silver Series" Atlas locos. Since they all take the same decoder, they should also accept the same light board. Atlas does not seem to have any, though.

    That is unless you want to give the sound another go, with an intensive cleaning and/or some extra keep alive - although I can't see the solder pads for a keep alive. Or turn off the sound in analog mode, if you can - there are CVs inside some of those LokSound decoders that can do that, though I don't know whether that's true for the Dash 8.

    Or just put a piece of paper or Kapton tape between the decoder and the speaker contacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heiko View Post
    Seems like neither the Atlas parts department nor our great knowledge base @Spookshow have caught up on that yet. Spookshow does show those changes for the 2019 Atlas SD50/SD60 here: http://spookshow.net/loco/atlassd5060.html and I'm pretty certain - looking at your picture - the Dash 8 went through the same overhaul.
    I actually have one of the new DCC-Sound Dash-8's, but my recent move has put me a bit behind in my locomotive reviews.

    -Mark

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    The board was ordered from Atlas based on their online listing, which matched the diagram that came with the locomotive. I'm guessing packaged wrong. I'll check with them this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Well, there might not be any Yuengling, but there will be some Frackville. Is that close enough?
    Does Frackville have a Micro-brewery?
    Attempting to apply the K.I.S.S. principle to Model Railroading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurice View Post
    Does Frackville have a Micro-brewery?
    They had a brewery for a whole year, 1933-1934, but in Moose's alternate railroadiverse, they stayed in operations through the 1930s and 1940s....

    http://www.oldbreweries.com/brewerie...ing-co-pa-175/
    = > ÷

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    I have nothing as fresh as Moose, but I built three #8 turnouts today. Two curved from templates. The curved ones took a bit of effort and adjustment but was handled. Even some fussie cars negotiate them.
    20220409_152247.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhn_plsn View Post
    but I built three #8 turnouts today
    Nicely done.
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    While waiting for Spring to arrive in SE MI, I decided to do a test with Micro Krystal Klear on a very old Atlas caboose. I have never used this stuff before but, I'm pleased with the results. I can't wait to try it on some resin vehicles. I also started messing around with extensions for my Caboose Industries 206S ground throws.







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    Quote Originally Posted by dilley340 View Post
    While waiting for Spring to arrive in SE MI, I decided to do a test with Micro Krystal Klear on a very old Atlas caboose. I have never used this stuff before but, I'm pleased with the results.
    Doug,
    When Krystal Klear dries it thins out and looks like curved convex glass around the edges.
    After each layer dries, you can continue to add several layers of it (depending on the size of the opening) and eventually it'll level out and look flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    After each layer dries, you can continue to add several layers of it (depending on the size of the opening) and eventually it'll level out and look flat.
    Thanks Allen. That's a great tip that I didn't even consider. More experimenting in my future.
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    Installed a train order board at Oxnard depot.
    (Kit bashed from Showcase Miniatures semaphore kit)



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