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751  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Radius minimums for HO Steam Locos on: May 30, 2008, 09:34:17 AM
Since my  4-8-4  FEF  came packed with  22" Radius  track I would assume that is the Minimum  for that type of  Engine  anything larger would require a  larger radius .  I would also assume that a #5 turnout would also be the minimum  , and would probably  prefer a #6 for crossover use.
752  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: train derailement on: May 28, 2008, 04:14:43 PM
Interesting  flix . I suppose it was more efficient to blow  up trains  going over tressels and bridges  where sufficently large amounts of explosives could be planted .  I do remember a article about the utilization of American  16 inch Railroad guns being used in France during the First World War to shell  Railroad Yards . They had a degree of success but the French were a tad upset by the amount of damage the Large guns recoil did to the
tracks the gun carriages were riding on . Don't remember where the article was in whether it was in a railroading magazine or in a book on war machines . It has been a while.
753  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Every Railfan's Dream on: May 25, 2008, 12:21:39 PM
Everyone should be able to endulge their dreams . Sure do wish I had the money to the same .
754  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: crossing on: May 23, 2008, 11:15:42 PM
Just checked catalog no such animal as 20 degree crossing. However, have you checked continuity of rails ? Take either a VOM  or a continuity tester to determine if you an electrical connection through the crossing from one side to the other.  If no continuity you have defective track , if you have continuity you probably do need another feeder .
755  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 90 degree crossing # 44541 on: May 23, 2008, 10:47:14 PM
I  think the newer style 90 dergree crossings make it much easier to make up crossings for multiple line tracks allowing a much closer centerline to centerline track spacing . Atlas gives gives a lot of information in their books on track Layouts , hopefully the new Bachmann Book will be as informative .
756  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Bachmann 90 degree crossing # 44541 on: May 22, 2008, 08:51:01 PM
The original crossing was a one piece construction but  was been changed to a 90 degree hub & four short straights.
757  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dummy coupolar on: May 19, 2008, 09:06:21 PM
I believe there was a section on how to replace a dummy coupling in A Kalmbach book titled : How to repair and maintain model railroads. I have a copy in the shop office but keep forgeting to look at it when I'm in there.
758  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Is MSTS 2 compatible with Vista? on: May 18, 2008, 12:32:32 PM
I couldn't get  MSTS 1  to work decently on Windows X/P ,it loaded fine but I couldn't get the mouse to work properly.  I loaded it into an old computer,since deceased, that ran Windows 98 and it worked fine there. Is Microsoft going to update MSTS 1 to run  on X/P or Vista in the near future?
759  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Tell How You Became A railroader on: May 13, 2008, 07:57:38 PM
I made the mistake of telling a group of friends ,that I had a deprived Childhood due to the fact I never had an electric train as a child . This comment was overheard by my sister . Looking for a Christmas present she could buy for me , she decided that an electric train was it.  She knew that I had been a model - builder , was capable of working with metal, wood and electrical equipment . She figure it was the answer to what to buy.          We were raised in Chicago , rode the "El", and had railroad tracks all over the neighborhood.    I also  worked  for  Pyle National as an inspector for nineteen years ,  they made electrical connectors  , lights , and industrial  switches .   They  were major manufactures  of railroad electrical  equipment and I inspected many different lines of terminated cables both mechanically and electrically.   I found a good number of fellow employees  were former railroad men and some were model railroad collectors .   Some of our friends also enjoyed model trains.   I get a kick out of going to the Illinois Railroad  Museum , my brother-in-law is a member. I like to see where the stuff I inspected was installed. Also I now live on Rai;road street  several miles up the track from the museum.
760  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: I need an answer on: April 30, 2008, 05:57:38 PM
Wier haben wege.
761  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Railpower 1300 on: April 30, 2008, 05:26:05 PM
You might be able to get a screw driver with security drivers. Some tool companies sell drivers with change able heads. I have a small set I bought at ACE Hardware.
762  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Car hit by train nearby my hometown. on: April 23, 2008, 11:08:33 AM
I had the same thing happen a couple of years ago .  I woke up to find that somones car had been knocked into the ditch on one side of the railroad crossing .  The car had been clipped in the rear . I haven't a clue to what the driver was doing , as the view is unobstructed  for quarter mile to the east and many miles to the west .  The line is a former CNW freight line and they are going about 30 mph and blow their horns at every crossing. Since this is the last crossing in the township , the horn would have been blowing for  at least 3 miles . The rescue squad got to driver and hauled him away . He survived .  The UP put in a crossing gate with arms, it is the only one in town . The train stopped for a couple of hours till all the formalities were taken care of .  Stupidity can rarely be cured .
763  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: geeks vs. bookworms on: April 09, 2008, 12:55:32 AM
I have a sort of dilema .  I have always loved to Build & Make things and I am also a compulsive reader .    Whenever I indulge in a new hobby or vice I try to obtain as much information as possible .  Some stuff I can get in libraries  and some stuff I just have to put down money and buy.  While the internet is a great place to get some information ,  I do try to get books whenever I can .   I like the ability  to have reference material  available . I still miss not having a full machine shop available to use whenever  I need to do anything .   Santa: Where are you when I need You ?    I keep remembering  Orwell ' s 1984  where the "hero" was a party flack you kept rewriting history to make the leadership all Knowing . Must be getting more paranoid  with age.
764  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Modern Marvels-Locomotives on: April 09, 2008, 12:16:58 AM
Nobody ever claimed that either politicians or upper level management ever were blessed with foresight  or for that matter real intelligence . Must be that thin air at the top .  Look how long it take them to figure out the fact that our dependence on Foreign Oil is dangerous .  You'd have thought the mess in the 1970's would have sent a message.
765  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: wind deflectors on: March 27, 2008, 06:37:55 PM
Just to be pedantic , I never heard of any German Howitzer bored in 88mm .   German 88's  were usually  anti-aircraft guns or later on used on armored Vehicles such as tanks ( Tiger  I and  King Tiger ) and tank hunters ( Jag Panthers and Porsche Elefants ) The use as tank weapons came about  due to the use of the anti-aircraft  as anti-tank weapons in North Africa. There range was found to be  10.000 feet plus.
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