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    Flat MOW Load

    Often large loads like that were welded to the flatcar and cut off at the destination. See post #608 in the let's get loaded thread. It is a model I made of a large pulley on a welded structure welded to the car. I also tried to model the places where old load securements had been cut off.
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    Not really model

    I just went by the Ronler Acres Intel campus in Hillsboro, OR, and saw Lampson's big blue crane set up there. It makes the dozen other cranes there look like toys.
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    What Era do you Model?

    When I started, mid 1990s was current but now it's a quarter century past. What Era is that? 2nd or 3rd? I'd vote but don't know how era relates to years.
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    Not really model

    Or the one that dropped the conveyor across the triple main in the Powder River basin in 2008. A couple years ago, it worked for a few months in Hillsboro, OR at the new Intel fab. It is big but not as big as their red and white Transi-Lift with its 3000 ton capacity.
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    Railroad Bridges Back When

    The 180 ft tall Half Moon trestle still exists on the remains of the Camas Prairie rr in Idaho. Unfortunately, not used, especially since a wildfire burned one of the nearby trestles.
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    New to Model Railroading

    Greg, your link wants a yahoo email password. A 4x8 in HO will work but the curves that fit on it are pretty small which will limit you to 4 axle diesels and short cars. The same 32 square feet will make a decent shelf though. Do you want two trains running continuously or just two running, two...
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    Troublesome Track...Do You Have Any?

    I had a SD60 that ran great for years and then one day started having issues that seemed related to dirt I couldn't see. It turned out it had stopped picking up power on one side of one truck. It still mostly ran fine but would stall at one particular place. A continuity check followed by a dot...
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    Troublesome Track...Do You Have Any?

    I have a small layout, maybe a total of 100 ft of track including staging and industry track. Some of it is temporary but has been in place for several years. It is a mix of four or five brands of track in two rail sizes. The only spot I had trouble was a junction with two routes in and three...
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    Something different for me

    Most BN locos had black walkways and, later, black on top of the noses. Athearn eventually got them painted so back in the day I painted them myself.
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    Can you run enough LED's in series to not need a resistor?

    You can also use different resistor values to have stings with different numbers of LEDs light evenly. There wouldn't be any cascading failure because if one fails the circuit is broken.
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    Athearn SD-39 Derailing

    Once I had a SD40-2 that derailed because the little metal tabs the frame sat on were not parallel. It took forever to find.
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    Digitrax DH165A0 and an *old* Athearn Loco

    Old Athearns use the frame as part of the circuit. Connect the two tabs from the trucks to the red wire. Connect the black wire to the frame. The orange wire goes to the top of the motor and the gray to the bottom. The blue wire goes to the long leg on the LEDs and the white wire to the short...
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    Lowering My Layout

    Is it attached to the walls? If not it shouldn't be too hard if you can get a few friends to help.
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    Athearn Non-dynamic Brake Hatches

    If you can't find more, a strip of Cannon and Co's roof stock, a couple pieces of Evergreen and Cannon's SD40-2 turbo stack will be better than the original.
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    What's Your Favorite Model Locomotive?

    It's hard to have just one favorite but here is one of mine, an SD60M. It is a Proto shell on a modified Athearn drive. I fixed the major dimensional errors on the shell, mainly the area just behind the cab that was too low putting the grills in the wrong places. I also fixed the seam line on... 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.