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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: How to stack boards on their edges for table railings? on: February 10, 2010, 12:11:19 AM
Your hardware store and/or lumber yard will have a large choice
of steel brackets designed for just what you are trying to do.
The ones I'm thinking of will be likely 1/2 inch wide by 2-1/2 to
4 inches long , usually with 4 holes pre-drilled and counter-sunk,
sometimes only 2 holes.

Hope this helps,
2  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: So Cal Foam Board? on: January 11, 2010, 03:35:11 AM
Home Depot or Loew's both have order desks which will get you
what you want at the standard in-store price.
I have done this many times.

3  Discussion Boards / N / Re: traction help please!! on: April 27, 2008, 12:39:59 AM

There are no commercially made shims for this specific purpose.
Use the thinnest shims you can to make it work properly.

I simply cut out a couple of pieces of bond paper, wiped off all oil in the
area, and glued the paper in with Super-Glue.

Make sure the paper pieces aren't too large and that you don't have
any glue spill-over.

Hope this helps,

4  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: XTrkCad (who to contact) on: March 22, 2008, 09:51:39 PM

Thanks for the reply, but it doesn't help.
I've looked the WEB over and find lots of pages for XTrkCad, but none
have even an email contact or slow mail contact for anyone associated
with XTrkCad.

I thought possibly someone in the forum had the info or had
possibly used XTrkCad and come across the same problem I have,
and maybe found a solution.

Thanks again,
5  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / XTrkCad (who to contact) on: March 22, 2008, 01:57:50 AM

This may actually be an N-scale question, but I thought it might be
easier to get help here.

Does any know how to contact the XTrkCad people?
I've searched and searched and haven't found how anywhere.

The problem I have is that the #7 turnouts in file atlasn55.xtp have
incorrect 'y' location and radius.
Does anyone know the correct values?

6  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need help on standards on: January 10, 2008, 03:22:42 AM

Just the way I took the NMRA information, also.
Good explanation.

7  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Need help on standards on: January 09, 2008, 01:34:54 AM

I would never argue with you...., too much respect...
but NMRA RP S-8 does give the recommendations for
curvature separation, unless I'm mistaken.

8  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Loading issues on: September 25, 2007, 10:33:51 PM
Problem is likely the ISP.

I have had NO problem connecting with Explorer or Netscape.
And for the last 2 months I have used exclusively Firefox with
NO problem of any kind (not even Explorer's or Netscape's
tendency to crash my system every so often).

9  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: any one who can answer this question please do. on: September 25, 2007, 10:28:34 PM

Almost all (probably all) current decoders have the capability to set
default direction for the engine.
Just check the instructions for the specific decoder(s) you have to
determine the CV to program and it's setting.

10  Discussion Boards / N / Re: MT 1133 or 1134? on: May 20, 2007, 12:51:22 AM

In my experience, which to use depends on the type of car.

Tank cars you can generally use short shank, sometimes you need medium shank.
Gondolas, you can generally use short shank.
Hoppers normally medium shank.
Box cars will normally require medium or long shank.

What determines which you need to use will be, I've found, whether the
brake wheel on one car interferes with the other car.
Those n-scale brake wheels are WAY too thick.

Hope this helps,

11  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Old Locomotive Packaging on: May 13, 2007, 12:10:57 AM

If this is the 'Spookshow' I'm thinking of, take a look at

12  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / new Product Reference on: April 21, 2007, 03:07:06 AM

It's a good start!
Should we assume more documents will be added as time goes on, to
include all current products?

Thanks for the starting items....

13  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Spectrum 2-8-0 Turning radius on: March 11, 2007, 12:01:58 AM
I don't know the minimum curve radius this loco will handle but I have run mine on an oval utilizing Bachmann's 9.25r EZ Track.

I don't think so. Bachmann only makes 11.25r and 19r n-scale curves.

From what I have read, though, I believe some have run the 2-8-0 on
Atlas' 9.75r track.

14  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Re: Nostalgia on: February 20, 2007, 11:02:44 PM

I get the same results as Jim does even going directly to the URL (NOT
thru this forum).
Looks the same either way; that is, block coloring.

15  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Telephone Poles on: February 20, 2007, 02:40:37 PM

Insert Quote
For what it's worth I did locate this.
City block. 264 feet by 900 feet (about 80 meters by 271 meters)
But I doubt that you will find utility poles in a city block anywhere in NYC.

I probably found the same article you are indicating.
That was the standard block size for Manhattan for some period of time.

But not a standard for the rest of the country.
I've lived in cities which had 440 foot per long side blocks, and other
cities which had widely varied block sizes.

There is actuallly no standard size anywhere in the country except where
a given city has designated a standard, most likely for each individual

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