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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: rumor has it on: May 24, 2018, 02:21:59 PM
With Lee Riley gone, I would not be shocked if that were the case. 
2  Discussion Boards / On30 / Annual Narrow Gauge Meet on: May 15, 2018, 12:32:33 PM
Just a reminder that the Mid-Atlantic Narrow Gauge meet is this Saturday in Kimberton, PA.  Located on the fire company grounds.  Kimberton is near Valley Forge, and just south of Phoenixville.  Dealers, modules in most all scales, lots of knowledgable modelers.  Entry fee is $15.00.
3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 09, 2018, 09:10:31 AM
I'm pretty sure that the loco is Little River RR No. 110.  It is the smallest 4-6-2 ever built for a standard gauge U.S. railroad.  I believe it still resides at a museum in Indiana.  It's definitely too modern for the post-Civil War time frame.  There are at least two period-appropriate locos out there - the "Leviathan" and the "York".  Both were built by Kloke as copies of mid-19th Century 4-4-0's and both are operable.  You can take a look at the "York" on the net.  Search for "Steam Into History".
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your worst model railroad tragedy on: May 07, 2018, 12:00:39 PM
Had a friend come to vist the layout one day.  My O standard gauge includes a drop-down bridge across the entry aisle.  When up, the bridge is locked in place with a door hinge pin.  Well, after he came in I put the bridge up but, being a bit distracted with the conversation I forgot to put the pin in place (it's a snug fit).  Cranked up the Weaver RS-3 with a few cars.  It made it around at least once OK, but when it got the bridge again the bridge dropped as did the loco.  The only good news is that the Weaver model is plastic, not brass, and I managed to repair it enough that it is still servicable.
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Movie train production on: May 03, 2018, 01:35:06 PM
I think the Jim Garner movie probably post-dated 1981.  I remember watching it, and I think some of it was filmed on the Texas State RR, which is where I believe the Magma engine is now located.  i'm going to guess this was some time in the early '90's. 
6  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Metal wheel swap? on: May 02, 2018, 10:45:01 AM
Be aware that the axle lengths of the replacment wheelsets need to be the same as the originals.  This length is not standard.  If the replacements are too long they will bind in the truck frames.  If too short they will fall out. 
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Prototypes on: April 10, 2018, 03:50:15 PM
The EBT "doodlebug" is unique - it is the only true narrow gauge gas-electric car in the US.  All others utilized some form of mechanical transmission.  Interesting footnote - the engine in the EBT car was built by Brill in the 1920's originally as part of a competition for a U.S. Navy contract for blimp engines.  IIRC, each competitor had to produce 6 working engines for Navy evaluation.  I don't recall who got the contract, but Brill did not, and one of the engines wound up in the M-1.  Through the efforts of the Rockhill Trolley Museum, the EBT, and the Friends of the EBT, the car is still servicable. 
8  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Track layout on: April 04, 2018, 11:28:14 AM
Note that if you are using 4x8, then 18" radius is about as big as you want.  Track radii are measured to the centerline.  Therefore, a 22" radius half-circle winds up with the edge of the track being very close to the edge of the board. 
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Train clubs on: March 22, 2018, 09:13:15 AM
IIRC, the BSME is having a birthday open house this weekend.  They've been around for like 70 years.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: “Frog” in turnout on: March 05, 2018, 04:37:40 PM
I don't recall the source right now, but rail lengths were a function of "normal" car lengths.  I believe it had to do with having all the weight of a car on one rail instead of the flexation caused by only one end at a time being on the rail.  Rail lengths were 33 feet in the late 19th century, increased to 36 feet in the early 20th, then to 39 feet as the "standard" box cars went from 30 feet to 36 feet to 40 feet.  That stayed pretty much the standard through World War 2.  Then came the introduction of CWR in quarter-mile lengths.  Interestingly, at least in one case I witnessed personally in the 1980's, the rail mill in Steelton, PA (just south of Harrisburg) produced 39 foot rails.  These were shipped about 10 miles north to Conrail's rail welding facility where the short lengths were welded into the 1/4 mile lengths for final track-laying.  Not sure how common that was elsewhere, but it was partly a function of steel mill not wanting, or able, to produce the long rails directly.
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Changing Traction Tires on the 4-4-0 Richmond on: February 26, 2018, 04:05:01 PM
IIRC, the Richmond/Ma and Pa 4-4-0 does not have a traction tire.  The Bullfrog Snot reference is correct, however.
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: coupler replacement on freight cars on: February 26, 2018, 04:03:30 PM
Note, however, that many imported cars (which likely include Bachmann) use metric rather than
American standard 2-56 screws. 
13  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Snowplow Project on: January 19, 2018, 10:11:47 AM
Jonathon:  OK, that sounds great.  Thanks for the quick turnaround.

14  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. 
15  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?
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