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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: HO Scale locomotive on: February 03, 2018, 12:19:15 PM
There’s such a thing as drill and retap.
17  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ez track switch problem on: February 02, 2018, 10:42:02 AM
If you changed the switch and the problem persists, the problem isn’t the track, it’s the equipment.

You may be trying to run equipment that is too long through a too sharply curved switch.  New folks often start with sharp curves everywhere but want to run big engines and very long passenger cars that either don’t like the curve sharpness or simply can’t make it around, the wheel flanges forced into the curve and picking at every molecular track imperfection. Exactly “what” equipment is derailing?  What “number” switch are you using?  What is the radius of your curves?  I’ll bet good money that these answers will isolate your problem.
18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: dcc in a 4-6-0 on: February 01, 2018, 01:53:20 PM
OR...... you can be “chicken” like me and pay a tech guy to do it, there are many.  The way I see it, I am going to do something wrong and ruin the decoder, so I am buying cheap insurance basically by outsourcing the job.

I have 3 econamis and, myself, I way prefer the fuller featured full Tsunami 2, largely because you get a choice of 63 whistles over 16 on the econami.  If whistles aren’t important to you, that may not matter. 
19  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: World’s Greatest Hobby Show on: January 31, 2018, 05:29:22 PM
I do understand that, Terry, and wonder how anyone can start new in this pastime without a local LHS.  Train shows partly fill the need for a couple of days in some ways .  But while some vendors, like my friends, are paragons of knowledge and forthrightness, some are morons or worse, snakes.
20  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: World’s Greatest Hobby Show on: January 31, 2018, 09:16:06 AM
I’m a big fan of keeping my money local, supporting my friends instead of sending my money away to people I don’t know who could care less about me and my community. I also really like having a face to face knowledgeable model railroader selling me stuff. 

If someone won’t talk to me directly, as per the Big A, they won’t get my paltry shekels.  Those few cents won’t rattle much in the Big Online Cashbox but they make all the difference in my town.
21  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: World’s Greatest Hobby Show on: January 30, 2018, 10:13:35 AM
I don’t like on line shopping either.  If I have to, I find the item on the web site and then  call them to actually order from a human being.  Some internet emporiums appear to deliberately make phone orders difficult.  To @@$@&!:! with them.

My friends have a LHS of sorts. While they are a true dealer for several vendors and for one of the giant mail order places, they don’t have an actual shop, they only do train shows, and take limited local orders from regular customers like me.  I only buy from them unless it is some discontinued thing I simply must have.  Even though I get a substantial discount, I do pay more, but you know what?  My money stays in town in the local economy, which needs it. 
22  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Richmond 4-4-0 wood load on: January 29, 2018, 02:32:16 PM
http://hawkinsrails.net/shortlines/ma/ma.htm

The Lucius Beebe description of the wood burner approaching is priceless. 😱😂
23  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ALCo Modern 2-6-0, Canadian National road #s – a suggestion for Mr B on: January 29, 2018, 01:47:14 PM
I’ve already thought about the 2-6-0 with a Richmond tender with oil bunker to make a T&NO engine. Most of them, in the 400 series if I recall, had inside  valve gear, a much larger old-fashioned high mounted sunbeam headlight, and a footboard/ wedgie pilot.  I’ve already tried a Bachmann Vanderbilt tender behind a mogul but the cab roof is too low and hits the tender.

I’ve though about buying spare boilers for the mogul, the 4-4-0, and the 4-6-0, for a couple of reasons. To gather a collection of detail parts, and to see exactly how those engines are put together. I’m
24  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ALCo Modern 2-6-0, Canadian National road #s – a suggestion for Mr B on: January 29, 2018, 11:37:13 AM
A smokebox centered headlight option, like the Richmond 4-4-0 had, would be an easy thing to offer and let that 2-6-0 resemble several additional prototypes.

I miss the inclusion of spare different pilots.  A footboard/wedgie pilot like the 63” driver 4-6-0 had would look great on this engine. 
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Richmond 4-4-0 wood load on: January 29, 2018, 09:07:31 AM
I recall several shortlines and lumber companies down here in the Gulf South that ran wood burners with straight shotgun stacks and regular rectangular tenders.  It would take a long time to dig them all up since I lost my archives in a flood, but the ones that immediately come to mind were the Mississippi & Alabama, a lumber company in Brewton AL whose name escapes me, and a  Crosby operation near Logtown, MS.  There were others of course.  Of course there were many with cabbage stacks too; the Live Oak, Perry and Gulf over in North Florida maybe being the best known.

My main thought was that the Southern Rwy. no longer burned wood as a fuel by the time the prototype of the Richmond 4-4-0 was built.
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Richmond 4-4-0 wood load on: January 28, 2018, 07:40:36 PM
You may have to remove the tender shell and work from below. But. That particular 4-4-0 is very modern for a 4-4-0.  An engine that new probably never burned wood on the SR.  As neat as the wood load looks, I myself would leave the engine alone as s coal burner.

Engines of that vintage did occasionally burn wood, but they often belonged to lumber companies and burned scrap from cutting operations and from the mill.  Google Live Oak, Perry and Gulf, and the Mississippi & Alabama, and see what you get. Get an undec one if you can, letter it for a lumber company, put the wood load on, and go!  The 52” driver 4-6-0 is a good candidate too.
27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is It Really Trash? on: January 26, 2018, 08:57:41 AM
It only stands to reason to ask to take wood scraps from a construction job.  It would never occur to me to do otherwise.  I didn’t need anything so I never got that far.  These are country boys building this house.  No hard hats at all!  No foreman either as best I can tell.  Just a bunch of pickup trucks all over the place. Very “independent “ sub contractors.

Whenever I see a house being built, the first thing I think is ..... where will the layout go? 😂
28  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is It Really Trash? on: January 25, 2018, 03:31:38 PM
The rebar idea is really cool. 😎
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Repair Spectrum Passenger Car lights on: January 25, 2018, 01:40:42 PM
Unless you operate in the dark a lot, passenger car lighting is really pretty useless.  Most of it is way too bright anyway.  How many of you have ever ridden a passenger train at night?  If you have, you’ll know what I mean.

I disconnect lighting that might come with what I buy.  Window shades contribute to passenger car realism much more, in my thinking, especially as it hides lack of seated passengers in most cases.
30  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is It Really Trash? on: January 25, 2018, 11:14:02 AM
There’s a new house under construction across the street from me.  If I’d been building my benchwork I could have done a lot of it with the carpentry scraps of dimensional lumber and plywood they threw away.
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