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    Model Railroader Mag. Inspiration or Intimidation?

    Mainline I miss. Running Extra for MRH is getting really good. Historical group publications, specialist web blogs and group forums have picked up the slack from the publications that died and carry a lot of the more technical stuff. Craftsman is hit or miss each month. And my interests are...
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    2020 New Products from Oxford Miniatures in HO

    Oxford has announced the following at the London Toy Show 87BCE54001 Buick Century Estate Wagon 1954 Ranier Blue/Arc NEW TOOLING 87CB42001 Chrysler T & C Woody Wagon 1942 Regal Maroon NEW TOOLING 87DP48001 Dodge B-1B Pick Up 1948 Truck Red NEW TOOLING 87IC59001 Imperial Crown 2 Door Hardtop...
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    What is STEAM PUNK?

    If you can get Acorn TV (I do on ROKU) there is the very recent murder mystery with comic touches in the New Zealand Brokenwood Mysteries in which the victim is the owner of the local Brokenwood model train store located in an abandoned station. He and his friend are also promoters of the local...
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    Model Railroader Mag. Inspiration or Intimidation?

    How can I put this gently...for the last 20 years Model Railroader has been insipidly uninspiring and boring. Try the online and free Model Railroad Hobbyist
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    Considering returning to the hobby....ideas?

    Try the new Hornby "steam punk" 4mm/HO track line of engines and wagons and let your imagination go wild......
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    Southern Pacific Coast Line in HO

    For the yard building, on my layout it will always be seen from the side away from the track. I do have a mirror I can move around to admire my handiwork. Note these buildings are mockups for my slowly emerging Port Costa 1952-54 layout. The yellow on the long office building is just Frog Tape...
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    English Trains

    I have used Hattons extensively for the English side of my train addiction since 1985. I have found their service excellent. UK N scale is not quite the same as US N scale as they use a 1:148 scale of ratio instead of the rest of the world which uses 1:160. It is based on the idea that 2 mm...
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    MDC 10 Wheeler and TCS WOW101-KA Decoder Steam Decoder

    Almost where to start. The project is, however, much lower on my priority list than getting the new layout to work. First would be motor replacement and isolation of frame to allow DCC. I have one in pieces now. I have obtained some small Chinese square motors. Next question is how to modify...
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    How many prefer to buy DCC equipped vs. DCC ready?

    I prefer DCC equipped if new but no sound. Problem is that it is becoming hard to get a new engine (steam or diesel) that is DCC equipped but not also sound with a big jump in the price. Rapido seems to be the instigator of only two choices. Basically they warned me not to try and DCC without...
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    MDC 10 Wheeler and TCS WOW101-KA Decoder Steam Decoder

    Actually not so interested in the TCS decoder problem as I am interested in the upgrade and conversion of MDC 10 wheelers to DCC. I have a pair of the Harriman 4-6-0's that I built in the early 1980's and would love to get them running on my current DCC layout. I am not so interested in...
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    I am looking for ONLY the plastic pit casting from a Heljan or Walthers N 130 foot turntable Kit/RTR

    Thanks. I finally found said post and sent a reply to BEADY. In the meantime I am working out how to build a pit if this approach fails. This Saturday there is a large train show in Roseville California about 100 miles from me. Will attend and scour the vendor tables of used N scale. I have...
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    Running Bear’s November 2019 Coffee Shop

    That wouldn't happen to have been a Walther's/Heljan N scale 130 foot turntable. I am looking for the pit casting for the N scale turntable to make into a shallow pit for an HO 70' foot turntable. Contact me if it is the object of my desire.....thx
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    70-71 Foot Turntable Pit Help Needed

    All I need is a Heljan/Walthers N scale 130 foot turntable pit. I am scratchbuilding the bridge. I have an SS Limited 70' foot turntable kit based on a Rio Grande prototype but the kit is cast pot metal and the bridge girders are way too deep. Plus there is no pit. Only instructions on how to...
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    I am looking for ONLY the plastic pit casting from a Heljan or Walthers N 130 foot turntable Kit/RTR

    I am looking for only the plastic pit casting for a Heljan or Walthers N 130 foot turntable. This is for a use in conversion to a 70 foot HO turntable with a shallow pit. I do not want or need anything else in N scale or other HO turntable offers as the turntable is already scratchbuilt and I... is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.