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856  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Early 4-4-0 locomotives on: January 05, 2010, 12:22:40 PM
I highly recommend all of Abdill's books.
857  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas -- Price is Right gets trains.... on: December 26, 2009, 01:41:20 PM
Rebate? I want one tooooooo....... Grin

Trainart - I love your way of thinking.:-)
858  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Recomende mim. 18" or 22" radius curves ????? on: December 24, 2009, 01:27:19 PM
If it runs OK on a particular radius and looks OK to you, then that's all that counts.
These other folks aren't going to be running YOUR layout, so it doesn't matter what they think looks good.
859  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: backman ez-track on: December 17, 2009, 10:42:11 AM
I'm glad someone can find some use for those layouts. I did it mostly to give people ideas for their own layouts.
I never got around to finishing my layout (#14).
I decided to go with the 4 different scale Christmas layout. I'll probably take that down after this year.
860  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Start of a fresh layout on: December 15, 2009, 11:32:12 AM
Looks great Sid.
861  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Newbie with a Christmas train set questions for my son on: December 15, 2009, 11:23:39 AM
Heave - No problem here.
I guess I should have clarified that I was actively supervisoring and involved when they were playing with them at that age.
The grandkids spend almost every weekend at our house to give their parents a break.
I also had my grandson sitting on my lap learning the computer since he was a tot.
He is now 15 and a straight "A" student, member of National Honor Society, top 2% of his class, and plays JV football and baseball. He's also learning how to weld now.
He intends to go to MIT after he graduates.
I guess I must have done something right. His parents credit me with his love of knowledge.

862  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Newbie with a Christmas train set questions for my son on: December 14, 2009, 09:56:43 AM
I disagree with Heave.
I've had my grandkids playing with HO trains since they were old enough to sit up.
They're going to break some things. It's a part of growing up.
Hand powered trains didn't do a thing for them when they wanted to sit and watch the trains go round and round.
863  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lessons from my first layout. on: December 06, 2009, 08:49:19 PM
Nw - I can understand about the Cass bug biting. Grin
864  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Scenery Question on: December 05, 2009, 02:13:07 PM
Michael - I agree with Dave. Stay away from the white "bead board".
You will end up with little white styrofoam beads everywhere. I speak from experience.
865  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Auto Reverse Trolley on: December 03, 2009, 01:07:18 PM
Since the track itself is already gapped by the bumper, if I remember correctly, you shouldn't have to omit a rail joiner.
If the joiner is omitted on the opposite rail of the one that is gapped, the trolley would stop.
Please correct me if I'm wrong Bach Man.
866  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Scenery Question on: December 03, 2009, 12:55:27 PM
Check places like Lowe's, Home Depot, or building supply stores. If you live in a Northern state, it's easier to find than if you live in a Southern state.
867  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: has one ever been made on: November 16, 2009, 02:11:04 PM
No thanks. The one at Disney was enough for me. Grin
I have been to Albuquerque, though.
868  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: has one ever been made on: November 16, 2009, 01:43:47 PM
It's a heck of a ride and can be quite interesting.
"Don't be stripping no gears while I'm on board." was my prevailing thought.  Grin
I'd sure hate a free-wheeling ride down the mountain.
I don't like overhead cable cars either.
869  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: trying something new on: November 13, 2009, 02:29:27 PM
Some visual ideas for you.
Top level to bottom level - HO-On30-O27-Large scale

870  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Street Running on: November 13, 2009, 02:20:36 PM
Rather than dig a hole for the track, bring the street level up.
Lay your EZ Track, then use two levels of 1/4" WS foam to raise the area where the town will be.
Put one sheet of 1/4" foam next to the track. Then use another sheet of 1/4" foam on top of it. With the second sheet, you can butt it up closer to the rails.
You can bevel the top sheet edge to get it closer to the rails.
Where the track leaves the town, you can sand the foam so that it gradually slopes down and the track bed will become exposed again.

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