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586  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: one of new englands biggest layouts on: March 17, 2010, 10:38:56 PM
It is a great layout but video jumps from scene to scene too fast.  Also some of the consists make no sense (four locomotives pulling 4 cars)
587  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: layout mat on: March 15, 2010, 12:34:37 PM
I will be putting curtains around the table to hide the storage but first we have to clean out the stuff underneath.
588  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: train shows on: March 11, 2010, 05:55:47 PM
I wish they had decent train shows in the NYC area with manufacturers reps.  I go to the Greenburg show every other month in Edison NJ mostly to shop but also because the local clubs show their layouts so I get ideas In fact there is one this weekend.
589  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: layout mat on: March 11, 2010, 05:49:26 PM
For temporary layouts, I use an old green flannel sheet.

Actually because I know I'm going to have to disassmble my layout next year I am using green felt.  Once the rennovations are complete I will paint the under lying foam earth color and sprinkle gound cover.
590  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Third Rail on: March 10, 2010, 04:57:18 PM
Some history and commentary.  Looks from a couple of pics that the SIRT used an over-running third rail, i.e., the pick-up shoes ride on the top of the third rail.  In addition, there is also a cover (originally wood, probably some kind of plastic today) over the third rail for safety.  Way, way back some early HO trains used outside third rail pick-up (O scale the same way).  There was a flexible pick-up wire mounted under the chassis of the loco that stuck out far enough to ride on the third rail.  The third rail itself was mounted, like the prototype, on extra long ties.  The real trains used an insulator mount; the model guys used a brass post set into the tie, to which the third rail was soldered.  The metal post looked like a handrail stanchion with a flat top. 

I don't recall ever seeing anyone in HO try to correctly model a working third rail pick up shoe.  Making a working pick-up paddle that was reliable, and keeping the tolerances tight enough on the third rail are probably beyond the talents of mortal men. 

All that being said, I would opt for installing a dummy third rail assembly and running the trains on standard 2-rail track.  To model the third rail, maybe find some appropriate size beads to represent the insulators. Make every 5th or so tie extra long and glue them down.  Stick some styrene rod down in the bead hole, trim to a constant height, and glue some styrene angle material onto the posts to represent the third rail and safety cover.  Paint grimy black. 

Actually thats exactly what I had in mind thanks. I am using EZ track on my layout for the freight runs.  but the elevated part will probably use code 100 flex track soldered together and curved as needed. I have no intention of modeling the paddle thats just beyond my skill.  Most of the SIR is fairly straight (In comparison to the NYC subway but on my layout there will have to be a fairly sharp curve or two  to accomidate my space.
591  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Bachmann Wishlist on: March 10, 2010, 01:53:55 PM
For My Layout NYC R44 Subway Cars Hopefully of better quality than walthers made.
592  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Third Rail on: March 09, 2010, 08:29:31 PM
I was not planning to electrify the third rail but I'll consider it if need be Thanks
593  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Third Rail on: March 09, 2010, 06:06:46 PM
I am at the point where I am going to be adding an elevated roadway to my layout to represent the Staten Island Railroad.

I have two questions Does anyone manufacture a third rail Since the SIR uses NYC Subway equipment the tracks have a third rail for electrical pick up.

Second is there a way to have the consist reach the end point pause and automatically reverse back the other way, as the SIR/Subway does?
594  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: HO freight car quality on: March 09, 2010, 11:48:40 AM
The most highly detailed cars do have a tendency to break (and wouldn't ya know it that is the one you will drop) The cheaper cars seem to last longer I think cause they were designed for kids. 

However there is no reason why one could not take a cheap car (I sometimes pick up used rolling stock at train shows) and make it better by adding metal wheels and better couplers.  I am far more focused on having my cars run well rather then obsessing over details.
595  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: steam on: March 03, 2010, 12:43:34 PM
I got the sound-equipped version for $189 and I think the sound is worth the $50.

I remmember having a sound equipted Lionel 2 6 2 Engine with sound as a kid Brought back memories for my Dad.  the sound is worth it.
596  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: MARC commuter trains on: March 02, 2010, 11:30:25 PM
As a follow up I went to the MTA meeting (which was mostly about Express Bus Service cutbacks )and asked about that tunnel Seems like they didn't know what I was talking about.

Got to wonder where our tax dollars and fare is going.
597  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: MARC commuter trains on: March 02, 2010, 04:33:02 PM
The MTA is currently adding a tunnel from Long Island to Grand Central Terminal. As it stands now, the LI trains go into Penn Station. It will be interesting to see how the new tunnel affects routes.

That assumes that the MTA has money.  Iam going to meeting about MTA service cutbacks today at 6 PM Staten Island College.
598  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: DDT on: March 02, 2010, 04:28:11 PM
Forgive my Ignorance What does DDT WDT NDT etc stand for?
599  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Railpower 1300 on: March 01, 2010, 05:52:03 PM
The Railpower 1300 is one of the models made by Model Rectifier Corp of Edison, NJ  Personally I am still using 2 MRC dual cab tech 4's (Though I plan to convert to DCC soon).  Interestedly they are still made in the USA a plus.   I Have found MRC power packs to be far superior to the ordinary power usually supplied with train sets.
600  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: MARC commuter trains on: February 28, 2010, 09:16:13 PM
The LIRR and The Northeast Corridor do Share Penn Station in NYC but they operate from different platforms.  I do not recall if they share any track. However Metro North operates from Grand Central and therefore Not considered (I Think) part of the Northeast Corridor.  Its ben a while but I do not think Amtrak operates out of Grand Central Any More.
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