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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: sound value consolidaton on: August 06, 2018, 06:25:23 PM
There once was a wood laser kit for the SR wood caboose.  Maybe it’s still around.
17  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Wiper fix for 4-6-2 on: August 06, 2018, 06:23:44 PM
Boy I sure would like to see a picture of these Pacific wipers.  This issu is keeping me from buying an otherwise beautiful engine.

I have an old Spectrum 4-8-2 with down ward turned phosphor bronze driver wipers that give me no problem.  If the Pacific looks like it underneath I’ll get one.
18  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 04, 2018, 07:35:00 PM
Code 100 rail laid on the milled tie Tru Scale roadbed had an unmistakable early 60’s look.  Tru Scale also had some nice MOW cars, wish I had them.
19  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 02, 2018, 09:12:09 AM
I later got a brass wabash mogul at the same sale price from the same place.  About 5 years later they were both destroyed in a household accident.
20  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: August 01, 2018, 11:07:29 AM
I have a pile of wood in a Northeastern passenger car kit.  Where you have to carve the rounded ends!🤭😮🤬

Ebtnut, what year did you buy the Gem Ma and Pa 4-6-0 for $29.95?  I bet I got mine at the same sale.  In 1965.
21  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: A trip down memory lane on: July 31, 2018, 01:47:07 PM
Revell and Lionel probably got into the HO train set market too late, right before slot cars came out.  Revell’s structures in particular were exceptionally well done and finely detailed even by today’s standards.

Tyco lasted longer but by 1970 or so the golden age of train sets, especially as an entry vehicle into scale model railroading, was done.
22  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / A trip down memory lane on: July 31, 2018, 10:19:26 AM
Here are some companies and products out of the past that should bring back some memories to the old timers.

Revell HO trains and structures
Tru-Scale milled wood roadbed including the crossties.
Brass rail track
Varney Casey Jones and Old Lady engines
Athearn “Hi-F” drive engines
Brass engines from Pacific Fast Mail, Akane, Gem, Kemtron and others
Aristo-Craft die cast HO steam engines
Die cast steam engine kits from Mantua, Roundhouse, Bowser, and others
Block control DC layouts

I know there’s more but that’s more than enough to start.

23  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Testing on: July 30, 2018, 10:23:19 AM
Things finally came to life a little.  I was starting to think that I had iPhone probs.
24  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EXTERNAL SOUND AMPLIFICATION OF LOCO SOUND DECODER TSUNAMI on: July 30, 2018, 10:21:55 AM
The guy had a method to adjust motor control CVs so that almost any DCC engine could be made to crawl like an ant.  It won’t work well on the new Tsunami2 ‘s but it works on the older Tsunamis and on Bachmann Soundtraxx and Sound Value decoders.
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Popping Smoke unit? on: July 30, 2018, 09:23:25 AM
A number of us don’t think the smoke looks very realistic.   Others report that the smoke settles and deposits oily residue on the layout.  I have an engine from another importer with a smoke unit that I leave turned off.
26  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Random steam pics thread on: July 28, 2018, 08:23:59 PM
Ducks and kids.  Can’t lose with that proven winning combo.
27  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Testing on: July 28, 2018, 08:19:36 PM
No forum action for a few days.  It’s been up to 98 here lately so on one feels like doing much.
28  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Request for new HO scale steam locomotive on: July 25, 2018, 04:34:30 PM
Here’s a broad appeal and doable item.  Two new boilers for the present 2-8-0 mechanism.  One with SP domes, train number indicators, and cab.  Make 2 versions available using the Vanderbilt tenders the Bach Man already has the molds for - one with the oil tender for UP and SP, and one without the train indicators but with the coal tender for UP (they had both kinds), IC (very early a few had Vanderbilts), and Central of Georgia.  These were “Harriman “ roads that covered probably half the US, and ought to be very popular.  

The other boiler would be for the MP “spot class” 2-8-0, no. 1 through 173.  They are very generically similar to dozens of other roads engines.

Of course, there’s should be no molded plumbing on these engines.
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Request for new HO scale steam locomotive on: July 24, 2018, 04:17:46 PM
Of course they are, and they mostly don’t run very well either.  But, the Little River 2-4-4-2 was at one time available as a model.
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Request for new HO scale steam locomotive on: July 24, 2018, 08:27:46 AM
That engine was done in brass in the 60’s, might be one around.
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