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901  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Old West Structures on: December 31, 2007, 01:12:47 PM
I like Bachmann's Old West buildings. They are some of the neatest I've found.
I got all of mine from EBay, but I don't see any listed right now.
902  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: "Our Present to You. A Guide to a Happy Life." on: December 30, 2007, 01:35:55 PM
I should have put the disclaimer in my post that I own the publishing rights to Black Oak Arkansas' 70's music so my opinion is somewhat biased.
903  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: "Our Present to You. A Guide to a Happy Life." on: December 30, 2007, 01:32:30 PM
While I don't have any opinions on Desiderata, one way or another, I think the 70's were one of the best musical decades.
Black Oak Arkansas was selling out concert halls around the world back then. Some of the best rock music of all time was made in the 70's.
While many rock groups started in the 60's, they hit their stride in the 70's.
Just look at today's music - not much out there that even appeals to me.
904  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: ORHF gets front page today! (4449,700,197) on: December 30, 2007, 01:20:19 PM
I agree with other posters on that site - The roundhouse is just as important as the locos. It would be a shame for the roundhouse and turntable to go.
905  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Your New Years Resolutions on: December 29, 2007, 01:01:59 PM
1. Work on getting my wife to let me keep the Christmas layout in the living for another year.
2. Get the lights working in my LS combine. After I installed the roller bearing wheel sets with pickups, they didn't work. I also installed some rear marker lights on it and they didn't work either. I might have crossed a wire somewhere. I passengerized it with Christmas figures.
3. Passengerize my On30 passenger car.
4. Get another Lionel O-27 horse car (the flat, not the box type car).
5. Maybe expand a little and make an "L" shaped Christmas layout. That will require some serious negotiation with Mrs. Claus. (See RES. 1)
6. Put reversing trolley trackage on the upper section of the Christmas layout.
7. Get a haircut. My hair is now down to butt-crack length and I'm going to donate it to "Locks of Love".
906  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Xmas is almost over.....soooo...what did you get from Santa on: December 27, 2007, 02:23:21 PM
The best present for me was seeing the joy and happiness in the eyes of my children and grandchildren. I'm thankful we were able to make Christmas good for them.
Aside from that, I got the new Eagles CD - Long Road Out of Eden and some shorts and pants.
My daughter and granddaughter made us a swamp of home made cookies. My son brought and made the whole Christmas dinner.
And there were no sibling spats as sometimes happens during holiday get-togethers. Cool
907  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z track versus "regular" track on: December 22, 2007, 05:54:18 PM
jaellis -
For doing yards/towns with EZ Track, I use pieces of 1/4" foam board from Woodland Scenics in 2 layers. That makes it about the right height.
Lay one layer butted up against the road bed. Then lay the second layer over it,
With the second layer, you can butt it up even closer because of the taper of the roadbed.
Then sand off the sharp edge of the top layer to blend it in or fill the gap with putty.
Or the gaps could be drainage ditches.
To transition from rural to yard, taper the ends of the 2 layers of foam and you can try to hide the transition part with scenery or a bridge or something.
In this pic, I didn't have the gaps between the foam and roadbed filled yet, but you can see how the height works out.

908  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fastening EZ-Track to platform on: December 20, 2007, 12:08:36 PM
Sorry for the confusion.
The way I glue it down is to dribble the white glue over it once I have it set in place.
I don't "paint" the area underneath with glue. You can do that.
I don't do it because I change my mind a lot with track plans and it's easier to pull up with a little glue than a lot of glue. I don't think I'll ever do a "permanent" layout.
909  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fastening EZ-Track to platform on: December 19, 2007, 01:45:54 PM
An added benefit is that you can pull it up and reuse it if you change your mind about you layout plan. Ever try to pull up and reuse glued down cork?
I just use diluted white glue and dribble it over the liner when I have it in place.
When it's dry, I lay the track and put a dab of white glue along the edges of the plastic roadbed every 6 to 8 inches or so.
910  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Fastening EZ-Track to platform on: December 19, 2007, 01:33:43 PM
The best thing I've found is to use the rubberized shelf liner with the little holes in it. It's made of PVC vinyl. You can get it in various colors at Walmart or Lowe's.

Glue that down to your base then glue the track to it.
It works great and it's pretty cheap for a big role. 5 bucks for a 1 foot x 14 foot role.
Here, you can see it when I was building my Christmas layout -

911  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: Headlamp for Big Hauler on: December 11, 2007, 12:38:39 PM
Playing with trains as a job is a holiday Grin
912  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Advice--Durable Lasting Train set for 6 year old, what you your recommendati on: December 07, 2007, 12:25:55 PM
For younger kids, I'd stick with Lionel. The set I got for Christmas in '58, I still have. The loco is still going strong.
I am a big time Bachmann fan, but, as previously mentioned, they have a lot of small detail parts. This is great for older kids and adults who can appreciate the detail. Younger folks just want to run them fast and furious.
Maybe Bachmann's Thomas line would be good for younger kids.
913  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: We are all here for the same reason on: November 27, 2007, 10:35:34 AM
OK... I'm a dummy here.
What does "have no truck" mean?
914  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Figure 8 on: November 26, 2007, 04:33:28 PM
You can use 8 three inch pieces to replace the 4 six inch pieces.
915  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: E-Z track versus "regular" track on: November 26, 2007, 04:28:35 PM
You'll probably hear from people on both sides of the fence on this one. I guess it depends on how finicky you are.
I like EZ track. For me, it's much easier to plan layouts because I do it as I go rather than sit down and draw up a plan. The locks on the ends allow this.
I sit down and try layout ideas on the floor.
I'm one of those who doesn't want to spend hours making my own bed.
On the other hand, you have more flexibility with flex track Grin

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