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General Discussion / Re: Illinois Central Green Diamond
February 23, 2024, 01:51:58 PM
"Green Diamond" post card:

I've always related "Blue Diamond" to the strike anywhere wood matches that had a blue diamond on the box they came in.

You're not the only one who will have parts links in posts 'busted' by the new interface. Same here, if a link in one of my old posts doesn't work anymore, give me a shout.

HO / Re: 44371 flexible track
February 19, 2024, 11:40:50 AM
If it's similar to other brands of Code 100 flex track, I've used of for 9" radius curves on trolley lines.

HO / Re: BL-2
February 14, 2024, 11:21:26 AM
Bummer. No Bangor and Aroostook, even though they had a bunch of them. Oh, well.

HO / Re: BL-2
February 13, 2024, 08:07:04 PM
Bangor and Aroostook with multiple numbers?

HO / Re: Glue/Epoxy a Loose Gear
February 13, 2024, 08:04:59 PM
If the gear is not split, I've had some luck using Loc-Tite Red 271 to keep loose gear in place on the shaft. While the gear is out of place, put a drop of Loc-Tite on the shaft and slide the gear back into place. I normally let it set for 24 hours before trying to operate the loco again. Loc-Tite Blue 242, which isn't quite as strong as the Red, may also work if the loco and your trains aren't too heavy. But I've had it come loose under load on completely smoot shafts.

General Discussion / Re: Bachman Bookshelf Railroad
February 09, 2024, 04:46:24 PM
The "Bookshelf Railroad" was done by Parkway, not Bachmann. This is the passenger version:

The track included appears to be a simple oval.

General Discussion / Re: Is the hobby dying (2024)?
February 08, 2024, 02:44:55 PM
QuotePoint 5 - Model electric trains, even Thomas & Friends, carry age 14+ recommendations.

This is a direct result of law suits brought in years gone past when young kids hurt themsselves, or others, through misuse of the product.

General Discussion / Re: Correct Decals
February 06, 2024, 10:14:42 AM
Maybe he wants to get them right to pull behind a Bachmann locomotive he's already determined has correct numbering.

HO / Re: Question Regarding Disassembly of HO K4
February 02, 2024, 07:13:09 PM
Looking at the exploded diagrams it appears the smoke box area of both versions of the K4 is already filled with weight. If the loco is jumping to switch frogs, more than likely the flangeway needs to be deepened. This is fairly easy to do with the edge of a jewelers flat file. Vacumn up the filings before running trains though.

Quote from: Lildog on January 19, 2024, 07:12:49 PMI have several new R. and L. Turnouts  and cross overs just getting back into railroading can these be used for DCC CENTER frogs are metal

This site has a lot of info on what makes a turnout 'DCC Friendly', or not. And how to deal with the ones that are not.

General Discussion / Re: Scenery LED Lights
January 23, 2024, 06:54:51 PM
If you're comfortable doing your own soldering, and understand using dropping resistors with LEDs, it's a lot cheaper to do it yourself. You also have a bit more flexibility in which LEDs to use, e.g., yellow for an incandescent bulb look, white for situations where fluorescent tubes would be used.

HO / Re: Proposed Train Layout
January 19, 2024, 04:45:53 PM
In flickr if you right click on the image, then click 'inspect' the details of the image come up. You'll see links to the small version of the .jpg file and the large version. Clink on the 'large' line, then right click and select 'open link in new tab'. Go to that tab and copy the URL, which should be:

Put that between the img tags and you should get this in your post: