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1  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Snowplow Project on: January 19, 2018, 10:11:47 AM
Jonathon:  OK, that sounds great.  Thanks for the quick turnaround.

2  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Snowplow Project on: January 18, 2018, 11:45:00 PM
Jonathon:  I know it's the wrong category, but bear with me - Re:  the USRA Mike, I believe you said there was room in the front of the boiler for more weight if you pull off the smokebox front.  Is there anything I need to be careful about in doing that, like wires to the headlight?  I ran the loco on the McKeesport club layout over the holidays and was disappointed at its pulling power on the branch that has DCC.  The grade is about 2.5 - 3% and it would only take 5 cars up the hill.  The club over-weights their rolling stock at bit, IMO, but even so, I'd like to get some more cars behind her. 
3  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Is Bachmann's green painted Southern Baldwin 2-8-0 fact or fiction? on: January 09, 2018, 12:52:01 PM
J3a - That Flicker shot looks like it might have been taken at Warrenton, VA back when we ran steam trips out of Alexandria back in the day.  Any data on the date and location?
4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Okay, FOUR 4-6-0s marked for the ET&WNC but no cars? on: January 08, 2018, 10:48:51 AM
Well, the EBT guys have had a pretty good selection of rolling stock over the years, though granted mostly as kits.  The Bachmann two-bay steel hopper car is prototype for four EBT home-built hoppers used mostly for ganister rock service.  We have had kits available in both HO and O for the steel box car, the second series wood box car, coach 8, combine 14, the steel flat car, among others.  C&BT Shops did the 3-bay steel hoppers in both HO and O styrene kits.  Blackstone has the hoppers in HO RTR.  There are more, but you get the idea.
5  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Is Bachmann's green painted Southern Baldwin 2-8-0 fact or fiction? on: January 08, 2018, 10:42:47 AM
I know some of the 4-4-0's got green paint.  Some other SR expert may comment on Ten-Wheelers.  Back in the SR's steam excursion salad days of the '70's the railroad acquired two ex-SR Consols from the ET&WNC, 630 and 722, for excursion service.  No. 722 did get the green paint job, so it's accurate to that extent.  No. 630 got, and keeps, the freight black. 
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Climax Blues on: January 02, 2018, 12:11:35 PM
After sitting on the shelf for most of the past year, I tried to fire up my 3-truck DCC Climax on the club pike.  It ran great when I first got it.  It ran about an inch forward and locked up.  Put it in reverse, same thing.  Looks like I've got a split gear in the drive train.  Any hope for repair/replacement at this point? 
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: What connection do you have to railroading? on: December 21, 2017, 11:48:04 AM
My dad spent a couple of summers while in high school working at the coaling tower just west of Warren, PA.  They would drop off 50-ton hoppers to load up the bin.  There was a powered capstan that would drag the cars by cable to the dump and the skip elevator took the coal up to the top and dropped it in.  I vaguely remember the coal tower from early visits to his parents  when I was about 4-6 years old.  The facility was on the old Pennsy main line from Erie, and was primarily used by helpers for the push up the hill to Kane.  I do remember steam on that line from that early time period.  His house was only a block from the tracks and I'd run over to the grade crossing almost every time I heard a whistle.
8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your childhood Christmas electric train on: December 14, 2017, 10:45:27 AM
My first electric train was a Marx set, circa 1951/2.  It had two F-units painted for Southern Pacific.  One unit was a dummy.  There were 3 freight cars and a caboose.  I probably got it when I was about five or six.  My dad later got a tinplate station that had a horn inside to blow.  A number of years later I got an American Flyer S gauge set for a birthday present.  It came with a New Haven 4-6-2, a baggage car, coach and observation, and a figure 8 of track.  Kept that around until I made the step up to HO scale, and traded the AF set for a train board with track already down.  First HO loco was an Athearn Hi-F Pennsy F-7. 
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dual Main Lines using EZ Track with larger Locomotives on: December 14, 2017, 10:36:19 AM
Nominally, HO double track uses 2" center-to-center spacing.  However, with the tighter curves you need more spacing to account for the big overhang for longer equipment, especially articulated steam where only front engine pivots.  I believe the NMRA has a set of recommended practices for this, and you can look on their web site.  However, for curves in the 24 - 30" range I would use minimum track centers of 2 1/4".  Curves 30- 36" 2 1/8"; broader than that, you can usually stay with 2" centers.  If using standard Bachmann sectional track, more spacing is better.
10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: degree of incline on: November 27, 2017, 12:11:34 PM
The simple thing, which is close enough for model RR work, is this:  1" in 24" = 4%; 1" in 36" = 3%; 1" in 48" = 2%.  These are close approximations, but we're not doing prototype engineering where each half a percent has significant effect on how much train you can pull.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Spectrum 4-6-0: Putting the low-boiler superstructure on the high boiler drive on: November 27, 2017, 12:03:12 PM
There are brass detail parts available for items such as brake cylinders and generators.  See the Cal-Scale line from Bowser, and PIA parts from Precision Scale, among others.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: DeWitt Clinton on: October 19, 2017, 09:21:44 AM
Did you perchance happen to turn one of the tender trucks around?  That would do it.
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 1800s locomotive color schemes on: September 15, 2017, 02:46:06 PM
Steam locomotives were the "space shuttles" of the mid-19th century, and were generally treated as such.  It was partly Victorian style, partly pride of ownership, and partly pride of craftsmanship that resulted in the various colorful schemes.  This practice lasted into the last quarter of the 1800's, but began fading as railroads consolidated, became more uniform in their practices, and looked to economize by not spending money on the labor needed to apply and maintain the more elaborate finishes. Black was sort of the default finish becuase it was durable and compatible with the black cinders they rained down on the equipment. The use of "Russia Iron"  appears to have lasted into the early 20th century with some roads.  Vestiges of special decoration lasted almost to the end of steam - witness the striping patterns on the Pennsylvania RR's passenger locos, the Southern Railway's apple green locos, and the B&O's President class Pacifics.  The finishes you see today on locos such as the Golden Spike replicas, the narrow-gauge "Eureka", and the "York" at the Steaming into History operation near York, PA are pretty accurate to the time and place they represent. 
14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 1800s locomotive color schemes on: September 15, 2017, 12:49:17 PM
Here is one good source:
15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Cass Scenic Railroad on: September 11, 2017, 06:29:01 PM
I was there two weekends ago, for the first time in many years.  IIRC, No. 11 was working the Whitaker train, and we had the Pacific Coast engine on our Bald Knob run.  First visit, the old shops were still standing, along with about half the mill.  I rented WM 6 and a photo freight back in 1982 and ran all the way to Durbin and back.  Cost? $850.00!  The new D&GV management hopes to have the Durbin line back in 2019, and maybe both Climaxes.  Right now, Heisler 6 is working the "Durbin Rocket" while the Climax is undergoing her 1,472 work.  Note that B&O modeler/expert Bruce Eliot is building a very large B&O display layout in Greenbank and visitors are welcome.  Google him for details. 
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