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  1. Okay, so I've been into model railroading for a while now and I want to give weathering a try now.  I have no weathering experience, and my budget is limited.  I want to model the transition era.  I'm trying to find any simple, inexpensive, realistic techniques and the supplies that are necessary.  So, in other words, I'm asking for help putting a shopping list together.wink

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  2. I am looking for a bunch of buildings I can print out cut and make a 3d looking background flat buildings from.

    The buildings are to be used behind the roundhouse area on the layout to break the scene as there is a track going up to the coal mine that is far off to the right.

    Also, have around 35feet of a flat concrete wall I am looking to stick a background to. These are for my model railway club and one of the members can get the background printed by a sign maker. 

    I am after something that I repeat and is also fairly cheap/free to use. 

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  3. Back then when I was looking for new ways of controlling a model railroad, I remembered using DTMF for remote control, combined with a low-cost Arduino microcontroller, I was all set to use it for controlling a model railroad.

     

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  4. Haven't been doing much in the hobby lately but kind of got drawn back in by mention of an HO scale MDC G&D Shay on that e-mail group. It was up for sale on E-bay and I bid and lost. That set up a search around there looking for Shays and several candidates emerged, most the MDC. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but those are not regarded as the best models to begin with and need a lot of work and TLC  to ever get them to run right.

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  5. Over the past few years, I had built a 8 x 18 ft layout inspired by the Iain Rice "Vienna and Carthage" plan which has appeared several times now in books and magazines.   Taking the single town approach, I had built the main section of the layout as a town on the Frisco (SLSF).   My original variation on the plan appears in the MRH Trackplan Database. 

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  6. Well, it's that time again!  This week we will focus on Consolidations, along with other locomotives of the 2-?-0 variety (including 2-6-0 Moguls, 2-10-0 Decapods, and the rare 2-4-0).  My example for this week is actually one of my dad's locomotives that he gave me permission to use for this blog post.  It's an On30 Spectrum Consolidation that dad bought when the two of us began to develop an interest in narrow gauge.  Someday, it is

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  7. Zip Ballasting - Model trains - MRH article July 2020

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  8. I have been designing an HO scale switching layout ( 2’ x 8’ ) on the area around Astoria Plywood in Astoria Oregon during October 1968. This was part of the Spokane Portland & Seattle A-Line that tan from Portland to Seaside Oregon. The line is still operated to St. Helens by the Portland & Western Railroad with the last service being a trio of RDC’s running as an excursion to Astoria. The line past Astoria was pulled up and unless you really know where to look, it is hard to tell a railroad ever went to Seaside. 

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  9. I was rooting thru some misc items in my model railroad inventory and ran across 3 Digitrax items I have a question about? (let me say up front I am brand new to DCC subjects and know very little about the subject).

    The first item is a command station DCS100. It looks to be brand new, and  it has a label on the front face that says 8amp, rather than the 5 amps I see on most images on the internet? And that label appears to be factory?? Is this something different?

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  10. Status of the July issue...

    Look for the July issue to come out after the July 4th holiday weekend. Specific status below.

  11. Have I missed an announcement or something? It seems that Atlas has stopped producing these, as either RTR or kits. Or have they sold the line (as they bought it about ten years ago) and I am just not searching for the right things?

    I was just about to embark on a project to build some other types of cars using the Branchline cores and new 3D printed sides and interiors. I had in mind to build a couple of Plan 4019 lounge-diners and Plan 4020 8-lounge-obs from Pullman cores, and some C&O Imperial Salon cars from coach cores...

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  12. Time sure seems to fly by, and it is now time for the FOURTH entry to the series that I started 21 days ago... the one for which I still have made no official name!indecision

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  13. Did anyone know that Harold Minkwitz passed away? I heard this a month ago but could not confirm it and it showed up to day on the Early Rail Groups.io list.

    Seems his wife is asking if anyone would like to have any of his collection.

    http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/

    He will be missed.

    Tim

  14. Apart from servos controlled by ardriuno or similar complex electronic devices, are there simpler ways to operate a semaphore signal? I have thought of two. 1. Use a relay, by soldering a piece of wire to the moving contact, you can then attach that wire to the actuating arm of the semaphore to operate the blade/arm. My prototype (South African Railways) used upper quadrant semaphores, so I simply have to push the arm/blade up and keep it up till the train has passed and triggered an optical sensor to disconnect the power to the semaphore which will then reset it to danger. 

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  15. Amtrak created some interesting platform gondolas--a very unusual prototype that might not be hard to model, perhaps they are parked at a station where track work is in progress, Perhaps parked on a siding somewhere before or after the project.

    https://railpictures.net/photo/741228/

    https://railpictures.net/photo/741227/

    https://railpictures.net/photo/741229/

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