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    Much thanks, Gene. It's been a long road to get back to this point. I look forward to it, including getting a new layout created for me for the space I have.

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    Hello all,
    My name is Mike W and I am a seasoned Mechanical Engineer (corporate speak). I live in North Florida and I found my way to this forum because I am ready for my return to N Scale!! I started in N scale in the seventies with what I recall were pretty crummy kits. Many years later after extensive work trips to Tokyo I re-engaged N scale by visiting some amazing hobby shops that got me going on Kato. I typically had a bag of items to bring home each time I returned. I created a little 4 X 4 ft layout with way too much grade. Had fun though. I experienced a severe distraction when I saw O scale MtH trains at my local hobby shop. I created a 25 X 25 ft - 4 level DCS layout that consumed 11 years. Great fun and taught me the joy of digital control. That system has been dismantled and I would love to sell it all. I have recently decided jump back into N Scale. I will be building an L-shaped layout (possibly with a shelf above a bench and a helix.) It will be 12 X 6 feet. I am in the planning stages now and I am looking forward to engaging on the forum.
    Mike in North Florida

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    Welcome, Mike @mwidman! This is a great forum with lots of experienced N scalers. We love the hobby but we have fun here too. No question is too dumb, but I can't vouch for any of the answers!

    I'll wager that the unofficial chairman of our welcoming committee will be along soon to fill you in on a few things. You don't have an aversion to moose, by any chance, do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwidman View Post
    I am in the planning stages now
    Welcome mwidman,

    As you are in the planning stages then I gather it's not too late to add some steam loco servicing facilities ? Err, there is going to be some steam on that layout of yours isn't there ??

    Have fun and post progress reports.

    Tom

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    @mwidman

    Moose bid you hearty welcome to the greatest wee n scale forum on the interweb!

    Follow some rules and no one gets an owie:

    1. It's your railroad, so do what you like
    2. Post photos
    3. Post often
    4. Post more photos
    5. Beware the Reach Police, they're everywhere! ( @epumph )
    6. Post 'dem photos
    7. Moose like chocolate, youse got any chocolate?
    8. Where are those photos?
    9. Beware the speee-ider, he leaves cobwebs on an unused layout...
    10. Okay, if you don't post photos soon, there'll be a moose stampede aheadin' yer way fer sure!

    Have a nice day!
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

    "Beware the Train of Thought that Carries no Freight..."

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    Welcome,, you will find a lot of folks here with an abundance of knowledge that will help or just comment on your progress. Just a lot of friendly folks with a good sense of humor.
    Just follow the 10 rules of Moose and you’ll enjoy your stay.
    BTW did anybody mention what happens if you don’t post photos.

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome.
    I am currently planning my layout using the free web based TRAX software. It seems to work, but the jury is still out. I'll share the tentative layout when I come up with something I like. I am trying to learn a good yard design strategy and have been seeing some good stuff on youtube. I am also researching which DCC system to go with. It is fun immersing myself back into the hobby and the technology. I have 10 or so 20 year old non-DCC locomotives ( with a few steam engines) from various manufacturers. I am thinking that I will purchase new DCC with sound locos moving forward.

    I reserve the right to change my mind enough times to circle back to what I was originally confused about repeatedly.

    Thanks Again
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    @mwidman

    Moose bid you hearty welcome to the greatest wee n scale forum on the interweb!

    Follow some rules and no one gets an owie:

    1. It's your railroad, so do what you like
    2. Post photos
    3. Post often
    4. Post more photos
    5. Beware the Reach Police, they're everywhere! ( @epumph )
    6. Post 'dem photos
    7. Moose like chocolate, youse got any chocolate?
    8. Where are those photos?
    9. Beware the speee-ider, he leaves cobwebs on an unused layout...
    10. Okay, if you don't post photos soon, there'll be a moose stampede aheadin' yer way fer sure! https://www.nscale.net/forums/mysmil...milie_1480.gif

    Have a nice day!
    What about the next 10 rules?

    11. Post photos
    12. Post photos
    13. Post photos
    14. Post photos
    15. Post photos
    16. Post photos
    17. Post photos
    18. Post photos
    19. Post photos
    20. Post photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nskale View Post
    What about the next 10 rules?
    Moose no want to overwhelm new guy...
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

    "Beware the Train of Thought that Carries no Freight..."

    Click Here to See Moose's Layout Thread

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    late to the party but
    Welcome!
    Yours,

    Gene

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    Link to my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/epumph/

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    Did anyone say we love photo's? Just asking , think I missed it
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    http://www.janbouli.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwidman View Post
    I reserve the right to change my mind enough times to circle back to what I was originally confused about repeatedly.
    Nice and well said!
    N-joy!
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    Hello Folks, my name is Kevin and I have been lurking on this site for a little while since unpacking some of my old train items (some from the 70's and again from the 90's). This is my third foray into working on N scale and being 68 soon most likely the last time, another 20 year break between enjoying this hobby may be beyond my life schedule. My first layout occupied most of one room in a small apartment, a modified Atlas plan 10 by 8 built about 5 feet high with storage and workspace below. Trains ran well but very little scenery. The second had more scenery but I had more ambition than time or skill. A 2 foot shelf filled all four sides of half the basement, 30 by 18, wide curves and smooth running Micro engineering track. Boy do I wish I had some of the newer DCC sound equipped Steam engines back then, the chugs and bells and whistles would have echoed nicely down there. This trip into time with the rails will be on a smaller scale for now due to space limitations but that might change too, one never knows.

    I've gotten quite a kick out of the comments and banter between folks here and have already gleaned a lot of info from you all. I wanted to say thanks for sharing all your knowledge and the nudges towards being a better modeler. I am running NCE DCC with a nice little collection of Athearn, Kato, Broadway Limited, Atlas, Bachman and Model Power, mostly "STEAM" from the Challenger down to the Mogul, and a few very early diesels. I am working on a loosely Northeastern Railroad based theme sort of centered on the Rutland RR and it's connections. I do realize that Challengers, Big Boys and T1's really didn't run in this area but who cares, those suckers just look so darn good I'll need to get some to haul the coal hoppers, reefers, and oil tankers to supply the the little people of my kingdom. (Not to mention the passenger cars loaded with rich New Yorkers to help fuel the kingdoms economy.)

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    Hello Kevin,

    Welcome to the site. I can't wait to see photos of all that georges steam I even approve of the early diesels so get them photographed too.

    If your life schedule runs like the train schedule here in France, you have at least thirty more year of modeling to go

    Have fun,

    Tom

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    @NERF

    Moose bid you hearty welcome to the greatest wee n-scale forum since sliced bread (also known as the greatest wee n-scale forum on the interweb)!

    There be rules here mister! Follow them and Nobody gets hurt ... And this Mr Nobody fellow happens to be a weenie that abondoned n-scale for horrible-oversized scale, sooo, well, he needs to be taught a lessen ... Okay, that was meant to be humourous and getting hurt taint funny sooo, okay, Moose rambling again ... Dag'gum'it...

    Da rules:

    1. It's yer layout, do want you want -- as long as you post photos
    2. Post photos
    3. Beware the Reach Police -- they'll get photographic evidence that you've designed things to be out of reach; yeah, they're tricky that way...
    4. Post more photos
    5. Steam rules, Disease'els drool! Moose has photos to prove it!
    6. Post dem photos
    7. Be like Billy, behave yourself! (Okay, you'd have to be from the Seattle area to get that one, sorry!)
    8. Where dem photos?!

    Again, welcome!
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

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    Default Back on the tracks

    Back to N scale railroading after a long absence. Unpacked a lot of older gear. Trying to decipher the DCC age and the coupler thing, ie, which way to go to eliminate all the Rapido couplers. Building a new 2' x 4' layout using Kato Unitrack. Need to be space conscious as the spouse tells me we are "downsizing." Hoping to glean some info on all the "new stuff" and some ideas on how to proceed with some of the details of my new layout while working with limited space and a limited budget. Like mostly Northeastern region roadnames and more oriented to diesel era than steam, although intrigued by British, European and Japanese rolling stock. Also interested in more cardstock and scratchbuilt scenery, buildings etc. Glad to see how far the scale has come.

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    Hi Electricbob,

    Welcome to the site. I can't help you none with DCC or the coupler thing but but there are many here who can

    Quote Originally Posted by electricbob View Post
    Building a new 2' x 4' layout
    With careful planning it's amazing what you can fit in a small space.

    Good luck and happy modeling

    Tom

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    Welcome aboard it’s a great place to be.

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    Thanks for the welcomes and I will be working on a few pictures of my roster and my 3x5 test track (layout?) that I am using to learn all this DCC stuff. Also learning how to make my way around this site, I am a bit of a dinosaur about technology.

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    Welcome @NERF ,,you will find a lot of folks here with an abundance of knowledge that will help or just comment on your progress. Just a lot of friendly folks with a good sense of humor.
    Just follow the 10 rules of Moose and you’ll enjoy your stay.
    No photos you risk a stampede.

    You might get a little slack from @Moose2013 because of your choice of locomotives

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