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1  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: metal wheels on: September 30, 2013, 06:33:22 PM
Your batteries running low, Bill?   Grin
2  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: a new garden railway book on: May 09, 2013, 05:40:13 PM
Dear Mr.B.,

Nicely said!  I, too am buying one.

Best Wishes,

3  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: what was everyones frist train set on: January 12, 2013, 09:27:54 AM
1940 era Lionel, O27 Hudson with all the cars and accessories you could imagine, in an inner loop. Many happy hours with that and my Brother's O gauge K4 on the outside loop with a pier bridge and inner loop. I can say the Magna-traction worked 99% of the time.  Concrete floors did not seem to harm that old stuff!

Best Wishes,
4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Electronic circuits for trains on: December 31, 2012, 06:58:08 PM
Dear Rich,

Fantastic site!  Thanks for the useful info.  As a PITT freshman many years ago I got to set up the Mr. Rogers show very late at night with some other students. Got to touch the trolley, which was a real hoot.

Happy New Year to all!

Jack in Altoona
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: EBT questions on: November 27, 2012, 11:14:42 AM

Thanks for the information.  It does not surprise me that there is reduced tourism at Orbisonia.  It is a pretty far poke for lots of folks.  My own kids demur at the 75 min drive from Altoona, for crying out loud !  On another matter, the distance to Altoona is probably a reason why the train museum went to Strasburg.  Our Altoona Railroaders Museum is wonderful but suffers from lack of attendance.
6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / EBT questions on: November 19, 2012, 11:32:38 AM
Dear Friends,

As I and family will be going to ride the Rockhill Trolley this weekend, thoughts of the EBT came flooding in. 

Does anyone have an update other than the website?

Thank you in advance.  A Happy Thanksgiving and peace and quiet to all.

Jack, Altoona, PA
7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Sad News After 52 years on: July 24, 2012, 03:42:56 PM
Roger that, Bob. Will get there with the boys! They like the trolley ride and the smaller stuff.
8  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: pilot wheels coming off track on: July 05, 2012, 10:58:05 AM
Howdy Bill and Bo,

Not having front truck problems, I can only sympathise.  That being said, I have a Q for Bill.  What about adding a small straight section on the diverging portion of the turnout? Is that what Bo means when he says "pier?"  Some of the guys on the HO side suggest that.

Too, Bo, have you looked at BBT's recommendation to fix the older Annie's front truck, as re-iterated by George Schreyer?

Best to all.  Jack in Altoona

P.S. Lots of freight has been moving through here recently, which is good for rail fanning.  If you folks ever get out thisaway, give me a call for a cup of Joe and some choo choo talk.
9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: List of PA Railroads on: June 26, 2012, 04:37:11 PM
Copy, Paste, Check.   Now I got it.....
Sorry, My Bad.
10  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / List of PA Railroads on: June 21, 2012, 02:44:34 PM
Here is a list of Pennsylvania railroads. Very informative to me.  Does anyone see a missing railroad?


11  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Sad News After 52 years on: June 21, 2012, 02:42:01 PM
As Jeff said, there are many cars rusting away.  To me, it looks like a lot of them could not be repaired economically.  Sad to see them in that condition.  They are there for anyone to climb all over them.  The easy access makes EBT appealing.  Easy to pilfer, too.

After seeing what goes into a passenger coach restoration at Strasburg, it seems to me that EBT probably does not have the money nor volunteers to do the work.

To Bob,  What is your opinion about EBT returning to operations?

Thanks a million!

12  Discussion Boards / Large / Re: To Wade Colyer on: March 26, 2012, 11:55:49 AM
Dear Wade,

Thanks a million !  Jack
13  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Using a multimeter on: March 26, 2012, 11:54:01 AM
Dear Rich,

The Male manual is pretty simple:  Listen to Waylon Jennings'  "Put Another Log on the Fire."

Female Manual is bigger than the Tax Code.

Best Wishes,

14  Discussion Boards / Large / To Wade Colyer on: March 21, 2012, 11:30:00 AM
Dear Wade,

A deceased friend told me the Rose Yard in Altoona had some old 161 pound rail that he saw about 20 years ago.  I had mentioned this to you several years ago, and thought that your answer was "no."   Is it OK for me, in your opinion, to nose around down there to look at rail markings?  Or does NS discourage that kind of stuff?  I always look out for the "choo choos."  Thanks in advance for your answer!   Jack
15  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: New layouts (again) on: January 02, 2012, 05:34:05 PM
Dear "Uncle Bob,"

Boy-Oh-Boy is that nice!  I suppose you could use two throttles or DCC. What would you think about using four No. 6 turnouts to make a double crossover in the center of one of the long runs so you could get a reversing section in there?

Best Wishes,

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