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871  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Scale 55 - Modeling 3 foot narrow gauge on HO track on: November 02, 2009, 11:39:20 AM
Good to see a new site from you. Your sites are always informative.
872  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Inspired by Jonathon on: October 22, 2009, 09:07:22 AM
Allen or Aaron?
873  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: 5 year old wants a train set on: October 15, 2009, 11:33:16 AM
I'd start with a cheap HO set and see what happens. Big or little (HO or G), you'll probably have a few broken parts when he puts the pedal to the metal. Large scale locos are pretty heavy.
I'm still thinking about the 6 year old Cub Scout and his camping tool at school. He seemed pretty squared away to me.
874  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: online model railroad magazine on: October 15, 2009, 11:24:26 AM
It will be nice if it stays free. I read it online with their beta version. Lots of good stuff.
875  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Re: Old West on: October 12, 2009, 02:57:57 PM
Your best bet is probably Ebay. I really like the Bachmann old time buildings.
876  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: slaughter house workers on: October 10, 2009, 11:34:23 AM
Eric,
You're right. Perhaps a little heat could stretch the legs out.
877  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: slaughter house workers on: October 08, 2009, 07:49:59 PM
Why not just buy plastic cows and behead them and split them and cut their feet off?
878  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: grades and inclines on: September 30, 2009, 10:35:25 AM
Eric,
You can make just about whatever grade you want. Stack a 2% on a 3% and you get 5%. Stack two 3% and you get 6% and on up.
If you want a 4% to gradually level out on top, use a 3% then a 2%, then flat on top. Then going down, use the reverse.
2-3-4-3-2-flat on top.
If you don't want a full 2' section worth of rise, you can cut them off so you can use the risers.
If you only want to use 1' of a 4% one, cut it in half and then use a 2" riser next to it. If you want 1' of a 3%, cut in half and then stack a 1/2" and 1" riser next to it.

879  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Info about the Bachmann On30 camp cars on: September 29, 2009, 02:07:41 PM
The basic structure for the camp cars came from Bachmann's O Scale Hobo Jungle box car.
880  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: grades and inclines on: September 29, 2009, 01:57:56 PM
Woodland Scenics incline starters are a good choice. Start with a 2% piece to a 3% piece to a 4% piece and vice versa if you have the room. Get the comparable WS risers to go with it.
881  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: american 4-4-0 on: September 20, 2009, 07:38:44 AM
slippage-
No slippage that I could tell. It's all in the traction tires.
Appearances can be deceiving. People have a tendency to judge the performance by the appearance - "Why that little thing couldn't pull all those cars."
The reason I performed the test was because of comments such as the one above.
The only complaint I have is that the 4-4-0's are a little noisy.
882  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: american 4-4-0 on: September 19, 2009, 11:36:10 AM
To add to that - The 29 cars it is pulling are stock Bachmann, Mantua, and Roundhouse old time cars. No special couplers or wheels.
The loco is stock with the motor in the tender from one of the Civil War sets.
I could even stop it and start it on the 2% grade part.
If anyone has any doubts - try it.
883  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: american 4-4-0 on: September 19, 2009, 12:27:13 AM
From a previous post refarding the 4-4-0 -
My mistake. It was 29 cars. Here's a pic of a plain old Bachmann old time 4-4-0 pulling the string of cars. The front half is headed up a 2% grade.

884  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: christmas train?? on: September 12, 2009, 10:01:02 AM
Since there is so little work for them in the North Pole in the summer, Walmart negotiated a worker sharing agreement with Santa. Then, due to Walmart's recently instituted policy against slave labor, they had to sell them to individuals rather than forcing the elves to return to their slave-like life in the North Pole. Now, they enjoy a life of leisure, just kind of hanging around on model railroads and posing for pictures.
885  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: christmas train?? on: September 10, 2009, 09:34:05 PM
Woody,
I'm really not sure where I got the elves. Maybe Walmart.
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