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Posted by: bdw9535 - 5 hours ago - Forum: Swap Meet - No Replies

Wanting to trade 2 BLMA 89" ACF J89 flat cars for 2 Intermountain Railway 60' wood deck flat cars.  Looking for the Trailer Train or TTX with the OTTX markings or undecorated versions.  



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  Wooden HO Crossbucks
Posted by: Seamus O'Leary - Yesterday, 03:26 PM - Forum: Scenery details - Replies (4)

Who makes wooden HO crossbucks with signage appropriate for a U.S. railroad in the transition era, c. 1947-55?  I'm not finding any on an Internet search.

I'm looking for ones such as these on the Rix Products website with numerals, etc.


Better still, I'd like to make them myself using scale lumber and decals.  I believe I once read an article in MRM or a Kalmbach book on how to make them, but cannot find it now. Any ideas?

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  Interesting special effects
Posted by: FiatFan - 11-16-2019, 08:37 AM - Forum: Upper Berth - Replies (3)

I found this link over on the RR line forum.


Here's a link to the software used to create the effect.


Very interesting stuff.

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  Weekly Photo Fun
Posted by: cn nutbar - 11-15-2019, 06:59 AM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (3)

Due to the higher elevation and the wind effects off the nearby lakes the Stoney Creek Hill has always been hit with heavy snowfalls.The operating crews at Leetown have been ready for the season's first storm and head out to keep this important passage open.


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  ESU Loksound 5.0
Posted by: faraway - 11-13-2019, 10:44 AM - Forum: DCC - No Replies

I received my very first ESU Loksound 5.0 bought to replace older ESU Loksound 4.0 in four SW1500 with RTR drives.

ESU claims complete new motor control curing the nasty humming sound (many modelers do not notice that sound). 
The motor control is in fact much better but still not at the level of ZIMO.

The decoder comes with a tiny sugar cube speaker. I replaced it with my "standard" 13 x 18mm sugar cube. The new 5.0 sound files are much larger and the programming takes about one hour ...... (you get the time to write in the best forum ;-) 

ps. No I do still not like ESU's none standard product policy!

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  Remembrance Day
Posted by: cn nutbar - 11-11-2019, 04:12 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (5)

To honour Canada's Veterans the Canadian Pacific has followed Norfolk Southern's Heritage fleet lead and have created this very special painted locomotive to remember D-Day---note the number 6644.I found this picture on the CP web-site,I'm hoping one day I might get a photo of my own.There are more special paint schemes to follow that I'll try to post as they become available.

God bless Veterans everywhere today and every day.


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  Santa Fe 1800 Class
Posted by: Schraddel - 11-09-2019, 05:37 AM - Forum: Scratchbuilding and kitbashing - All Scales - Replies (6)


long ago when i posted my last brass rebuilt. This time i like to start a new thread about the rebuildung of an second hand NJ Custom Brass model of an AT&SF 1800 Class Prairie. This rebuilt was done some years earlier, but still yet not posted here.

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Several years ago i won a ebay auction, not too expensive, but the model was in rather rough condition.

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Some was bent.

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There was heavy damage by the detoriating foam. Especially on the driver's side.

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And as you can see, the finish was still pristine on those areas where the foam did not touch the surface. It would be better if the preowner has had wrapped his model into the provided plastic foil to avoid contact with the foam. Then the loco would be still in pristine condition.

@ Brass Owners:
Gentlemen please wrap your preciousities into plastic sheet when you intend to store them in their own boxes to avoid future damage by detoriating foam.

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And even a bump on the tender side.

But i got what i had paid for and the damaged loco was clearly visible onto the photos connected to the auction.
Until now nothing was done, just as it was bought and unpacked.

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A preview when the loco was finished some years later.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 11/8 - 11/14/19
Posted by: bdw9535 - 11-08-2019, 08:10 AM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (4)

WPMA-19 crossing the wetlands at Absecon.



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  Another PRR A-5....
Posted by: doctorwayne - 11-08-2019, 12:45 AM - Forum: Scratchbuilding and kitbashing - All Scales - Replies (7)

....with my thanks to Lutz for both leading the way, and for providing some useful info for my first foray into DCC.

I'm not going to provide a step-by-step  "how-to", as Lutz has already covered the topic rather well.  Instead, I'll merely offer some photos of my progress, with a few comments where they might be useful.  Questions and/or comments are, of course, welcomed.  The kit was donated by a friend, and I built it for another friend.

A couple photos of the running gear...

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...and the all-wheel pick-up on the locomotive...

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...and tender...

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...along with a look inside the tender, where the power wiring is organised ....

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...and routed to the decoder...

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Here's the tender with its back-up light lit...

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Here's the LED which provides the light....

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...and a look with it, unlit, inserted into a small hole drilled into the back of an MV Products lense...

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The kit came with an impressive amount of brass detail castings, but some were missing, so I used either similar parts which I had on-hand, or scratchbuilt something appropriate.

A few random views of the fireman's side of the loco...

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...and tender...

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On the engineer's side of the locomotive, I decided to alter the running board to match that shown in a prototype photo.  The bumped-up area allowed for the installation of a power-reverse, but it also required new mountings for the piping which forms the cooling coils for the air provided by the air pump...

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Continued in next post.....

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Photo Finally found DCC locomotives with guts.
Posted by: Chet - 11-04-2019, 01:42 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (1)

My home layout is still DC only and will remain that way because it was built mainly for switching, but my club of course is DCC. At the club, the Livingston Model Railroad Club in the basement of teh old Northern Pacific Depot in Livingston, MT, we have a pretty hefty grade of two and a half percent. I did pick up a few DCC locomotives, but they were real wimps when it came to pulling a decent train up the grade.

Finally managed to get a Walthers Mainline F-7 A&B unit. These are some real horses. The grade on my home layout is also around two and a half percent. My main DC fleet is the original Atlas Alco RS units with the Kato drive. They can easily handle 14 to 16 cars on the grade. An Atlas Gold DDC was lucky to be able to pull ten up the grade. The same holds true at the club. 

The Walthers F-7's easily pulled a 25 car train up the grade. We also like to pull a track cleaning car in all of the trains that are running and the Wlathers cars we use probably weigh as much as three standard cars. Here's a video of the F-7's running around the club layot.


Since this video was taken, I managed to find an additional F-7A unit. Had 45 cars behind it and they handled the grade without a sweat. Here's a shorter train with the three power units.

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