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Post all model train related stuff here. All scales (O, N, HO, etc.) welcome.
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Has the guy with the L shaped HO layout around his desk made any developments? Love seeing how that ones coming along
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The La Mesa Model Railroad Club in Balboa Park in San Diego recently finished up laying the last of the track on their Tehachapi pass layout from Bakersfield to Mojave. It's 32 scale miles long (prototype is 60something). Based in the 50s with train order operating sessions held every few months, but during regular days members can run whatever the hell they want.
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>tfw my MTH HO es44ac died on the track
>took it to a shop
>totally dead

Whats a good brand for a UP es44? Broadway limited looks good. I regret the MTH but i was dumb and bought it anyway
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Amazed you had problems with an MTH gevo. I've got 5 that I got non sound and added loksound to. Without a doubt the best engines in the fleet.
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>>1103870
Model trains do not 'transport' anything therefore they are off-topic.
>>>/toy/
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>>1103959
Neither do bike races or cycling for exercise, faggot. Get fucked.
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>>1103940
Scaletrains is coming out with some just pre ordered a Csx one...Also mth proto sound is shit and thats why they died isnt it?
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>>1103870

Thinking of setting up an innawoods style on30 scale layout in my basement using mostly unlettered Bachmann trains for my imaginary narrow gauge railroad "Diamond Falls & Thunderhead" (D.F.&.T).

Any reliable methods, or lettering kits that work on on30 scale models? Also, why is it so hard to find baggage combine cars in on30 scale?
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>>1103913
That is amazing. Does it loop around to the hill in the back where that guys head is?
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>>1104039
Yep, this is about 1/4 of the layout that is visible. Running the whole thing from Bakersfield to Mojave takes anywhere from an hour to two hours.
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https://youtu.be/M696-x01Sf4
Monoraio train model and other models
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>>1104212
*I mean, suspended monorail
https://youtu.be/f6qHlYKon8s
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http://www.bachmanntrains.com/home-usa/board/index.php?action=profile;u=56558;sa=showPosts;start=30

I'd love to know how this guy does his grass.
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>>1103992

Quality autism.
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>>1104221
Yeah that is impressive. I wonder if he's using the electrostatic method?
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It is static grass
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>>1104348
Neat. There's a local here trying to do that but so far he hasn't had much success.
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>>1104412
Really? I haven't done it in a large amount yet but I tried it with a homemade applicator and some noch grass worked great looking forward to a point where I can do it on all of layout
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>>1104438
This stuff beats ground foam by such a large amount it's not even funny
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>>1104440
Indeed, it does look very good. I've never heard of this method until this past January when the guy mentioned at coffee that he was trying it.
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>>1103992

It's obscenely hard to find anything On30 that isn't from Bachmann.
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>>1103992
If you're willing to do some painting, there always seem to be any number of On30 Hawthorne Village Bachmann 2-6-0 Moguls and rolling stock on Ebay. It'll be weird stuff like a McDonald's commemorative train or the Budweiser Express, something that will need a complete repaint, but sometimes you can find stuff pretty cheap.
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>>1104552
Here's a listing for a locomotive, Combine car and baggage car for $49.00. They'll need a repaint, but it's functional rolling stock and motive power on the cheap.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hawthorne-Village-Moonlight-Express-Engine-and-Train-Car-Set-/272811214697?hash=item3f84d0c769:g:uWEAAOSwx3NZYl0s
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G Scale anyone?
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>>1104554
I've seen one in Christmas colours.
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>>1104688
Bachmann got into On30 to supply Department 56 with a proper scale train for their Christmas Village line. The Mogul is based on a Cooke Locomotive Works loco from the 1800's. There are four or five variants of Christmas passenger trains with a loco, combine, coach and observation car.
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>>1105100
That doesn't sound surprising.
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Thinking about getting back into modeling again, haven't done it in 20 years (since I was a kid), and a lot has changed.

My wife and I have agreed that we've got space for a small N-scale layout, maybe 4x8, but we're not sure of where else to go.

>What DCC system do people like here?
>Any advice you can give someone who'se never done any modeling (my wife) and someone who hasn't done it in 2 decades (me)
>Where should we really start? Come up with a track layout and build the scenery around it? Build a piece of scenery we want and then figure the track layout? We probably don't have the space or wherewithal to do a model of a real world space
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>>1105766
>What DCC system do people like here?

It varies from user to user. most modellers seem to like a system like NCE. but personally I find Bachmann's Dynamis system really easy to use especially for accessing and altering CVs
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>>1105774
I was split between an NCE and a Digitrax system, and right now I'm doing research on both.

For my wife, who'se going to help with a lot of the modeling but doesn't really give much of a shit about wiring, cab ux and appearance is her biggest factor.
Digitrax cabs are "ugly" but seem really functional, particularly with their displays, while NCE procabs are much more "aesthetic", but their display doesn't seem as nice, since its just a multi-line LCD.

I suppose I could just use a Wifi throttle and put an app on her phone.
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>>1105766
Keep in mind I have minimal experience with DCC, but I prefer the NCE system based on feel & appearances. It just feels good in my hand, seems robust enough, & the layout of the buttons is comfortable. Digitrax looks utilitatrian. In my area users with sporadic technical glitches usually have Digitrax systems.

I think it's easier to design a track diagram and then scenerize it afterwards. The trick is to make that scenery look normal and the track adapted like in real life (the track follows the terrain). Everything about model railroading is an exercise in compromise & compression as you know very well.

For the wife who has never dabbled in the hobby I give advice from a favourite movie of mine: try everything. My experience has shown that a lot of women like the art aspect of model railroading. Painting, scenery, etc. One club I belonged to a lady liked making trees & detailing/painting rolling stock - that was it. Didn't operate trains or anything else. Others decided it wasn't for them, but all said that they liked the fact their men were at home playing & not out drinking somewhere. :)

Welcome back to the hobby.
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>>1105821
I've slowly introduced her to it with some diorama. We built a grass applicator and have made a few small western scenes.

Yesterday we spent the afternoon at a club, and she really liked the models there. We'd join but its an hours commute and the membership duties dont fit with our schedule, unfortunately.

From what I've seen, Digitrax seems like the "oldest" and least matured; their cabs still look like the cabs I remember seeing in the mid 90s. NCE cabs look a lot more polished and professional, they're not just an enclosure with some buttons and knobs shoved on them.
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>>1103874
Comcast and ATT were both range banned in my area. Comcast just started working again.

>>1104348
This is the coolest shit ever and now I have to rethink my whole layout
I am pretty much dead in the water for now. I am going to be moving soon because my grandmothers alzheimers is getting too bad for me and my wife to handle, means either she gets sent to a home and I get the house or we move out and she gets a caregiver. If I move it means carving up my trainset with a sawzaw. Dont want to work anymore until I know for sure. Unhappy with some aspects of how it has turned out, primarily the turntable which is in the way of keyboard (obvious when I put it in, but is getting to me).

Pic unrelated, so much smoke can look at sun without protection.
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Decided to make a light railway layout out of what I have already and thrifty purchases rather than spending big. Means I'll actually get going on something rather than dreaming big while other costs hit my finances.

Any good resources to give an overview on modelling British light railways? With all the Col. Stephens fandom about there really should be something.
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So was Ithaqua actually doxxed as that dead guy at some point or was it just a joke?
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>>1108906
He's dead.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/448515/alex-batey-rip
The article links to his youtube page.
https://www.youtube.com/user/yardlet6/featured
He's really dead.
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>>1108957
Well, I fucken hate three rail, but he was a knowledgeable and idiosyncratic poster and gave as good as he got.
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Ended up doing a little landscaping. I personally think it looks nice so thats good enough.

Trees are hard to keep standing though because of huricane kid 1 and kid 2
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>>1109574
That's some good shit.
Keep it up
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>>1109574
Nice! How's the other end of it looking?
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>>1110970
Nice. I'm not sure exactly why but i've always liked cab units.

(I have a fleet of these, these two are the only used models of the bunch. Needs handrails).
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>>1110993
Is that your set of C-Liners? Nice.
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>>1111280
Yeah, I got the A-unit cheap from an estate sale & the B-unit at a train show in April. I wish they made an H16-44 in the same quality.. I could use a few.

I must say seeing some of the little layouts here has galvanized me to get off my butt & do one of my own. With fall approaching I planned to build a small switching module with a loop around the room (bach suite) but some shit may be going down with my apartment building so i'm holding off for 2 more months in case I have to move. But the aquisition of rolling stock never ends.
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Need to add a road heading off under the tracks and a few semis. If they werent so expensive and if I wasnt so bad at it I would build some hoppers.

>>1109944
I extended the track all the way under my tv. There is now a shelf under my tv for the cable box and router and I will make this a mountain. Same situation with a third monitor I added. Tips on making mountains without paper mache?
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>>1111343
>Tips on making mountains without paper mache?
Plaster if you don't mind the end product weighing 9001kg.
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>>1111343
Fine mesh chicken wire for the rough structure, cover in space filling foam and then when dry plaster over and add detail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1aMjRFe5gk
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>>1111343
>Tips on making mountains without paper maché?

A local used that blue or pink foam board used in insulating cement foundations etc. Looks good & amazingly simple, light, & durable. He said it's a great medium for setting trees in. Rough shaped with a knife and then later used a wood rasp for finishing the contours. A bit messy but easy to clean with a shop-vac.
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>>1111604
At my club we do this. Works great, and its strong as an ox. You can sculpt it.
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>>1111604
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WW1 Ambulance train pack of mine.
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>>1111604

Not great but good enough for me.
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>>1112430
You can also melt the foam away to sculpt, using a shitty soldering iron, blowtorch, or high-temp hot air gun.

Can give some unique weathering effects, but can also make a huge fucking mess.
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>>1112032
I saw Bachmann are releasing some narrow gauge 009 (?) WW1 era trains; I think a mixed gauge layout running them and that train pack would look ace!
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Posted this as its own thread, but thought I should cross-link it here: >>1112467

Any opinions on layout CAD software? I've been using XTrackCAD and generally having a shit experience, due to XQuartz bugs. Rail Modeller Pro looks particularly appealing, but thought I might ask
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>>1112468
I use SCARM. The version I use has a limited amount of track I can put down, think I've ended the free trial for it. I've gotten on with it really well though.
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Haven't posted recently but I model early 1990s British N gauge based on rolling stock found around central Southern England and am about to do fairly large order for new stuff next month. Currently working my way through a list of rolling stock in -pic related- I planned and am building up at the moment.

By the end of next month should have about half the stock pictured, anyone got recommendations for future additions? I'm fairly undecided about how I expand once my current plans are finished by probably spring next year. Only real boundaries I have must plausibly fit in the period and region and diesel powered locos only. Really I want Bachmann to remodel their Networkers and other OO stock for N gauge but they've still yet to do it.
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This would be a cool little consist for a model train layout.
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>>1114370
What's Neat with Ken Patterson this month: Yes it really is a photo!
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I never knew /MTG/ existed this is amazing
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>>1114426
Hello. Is that your basement or garage? Also do you have any good trains (ie: not CSX)?
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>>1114470
It's in my basement...And ouch thats hurts I do have some leasers
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>>1114492
>It's in my basement
Neat. Double mainline all the way around?
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>>1114611
Yep
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>>1114627
Some old pics i took out the spot where it went into 1 track so it's 2 tracks all the way around now
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>>1114627
>That highspeed crossover.
Shit player, what are you running on your little setup?
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>>1114629
>thought it would be fun to switch the trains back and forth
I model CSX from 2000 onward
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>>1114634
Might change things up now that i know a little about prototype modeling
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>>1114426
Welcome. I'm envious of your space for a layout. Your benchwork is nice & wide, what are your plans for all that? It looks like you're using an NCE throttle, is that the PowerCab system? Do you have to use a booster?
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>>1114712
Thanks nice to be here.Yes it is a power cab and no i do not have to use a booster because i can only realistically run 4 engines at once but if i wanted to run more i would need one.As for benchwork i plan on getting all of the track laid and maybe adding a yard in the wide open space in pic 4.But i would also like to rebuild it into a double decker with hidden staging and open *dominoes* benchwork but i won't be able to do that for at least 2 years
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>>1112451
Indeed it would.
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After about a month of messing around in CAD, I came up with this variant on the old Gulf Summit layout from an Atlas book.

All tracks are flex, Micro Engineering Code 55. Switches and crossings are to be hand-laid.

Green layer is elevated, 1" from midpoint, allowing for 2" bridges and tunnels.

Steepest grade is 2.2%, but thats hidden in a tunnel. All visible grades are 2% or less.

Things will probably change a bit as I actually start building the structure and laying down foam.

Any thoughts/feedback?
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>>1115785
I know very little about train modelling but I liked that layout, would love to see in action
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Atlas is releasing a new N scale model, the GP39-2.

http://www.atlasrr.com/NLoco/ngp39-2.htm

Might pick up one of those Santa Fe Kodachrome units when they come out.
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>>1115820
Its going to be a while before I can afford to lay all that track though. Assuming 50 pieces of 36" ME at $25.99 each = $1299.50

I might build the lower loop though
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>>1115863
ME?
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>>1115896
Micro Engineering
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>>1115834
God I love that livery
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>>1115898
I should have reviewed the original post, but why so expensive? 25.99 USD shouldn't be price of a single yard of flexitrack
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>>1115900
I haven't been able to find ME concrete Code 55 for under $25. I've checked Blue ridge, Nscale supply, amazon, Tony's, some local shops, and Model Train stuff. If you happen to know of a merchant with it lower priced, I'd love it.
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>>1115901
I'm sure you must be looking at a box of half a dozen lengths or something. Track should simply not be as much as you posted.
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>>1115902
I'll have to check it again. I was a little floored at how much they going to cost me. Probably shouldn't be doing price-outs late at night
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>>1115903
I checked n-scale supply, that's the price of a half dozen yard length box. There may be a larger box available at some stockists which would give you better economy.
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>>1115908
Thank you. I'm phoneposting now otherwise I'd do it myself.

That drives my cost down substantially. $233 instead of over a grand
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>>1115911
Might also check with some guys at my club, see if I can buy some off them. One recently completed a massive (1000 sqft) layout and probably has enough bits and pieces I could start making switches.

I really wish ME would make concrete tied switches. Part of the decision to hand-lay was that they only have wood ties.
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>>1115915
Some questions from an HO scaler; is code-55 rail in N-scale the same physical size as code 55 in HO-scale?

Also, if i've read your post correctly you'll be having concrete ties. How are you making concrete ties for your handlaid switches?

Btw, getting bits & pieces works well for me. Originally I wanted to get all new code 70, but a local salvaged a bunch of "gently used" track from a layout whose owner had passed away. While normally around $5/piece new I got 30 pieces for $2 ea. All ties intact, no kinks in the rail, never ballasted or painted. Initially I thought i'd be stripping the ties & using the rails on handlaid ties but when I saw how good they were I cancelled that idea. I just wish I could get switches cheap like that too.
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>>1116030
I'm not actually sure about them being the same size. I think they are, as I know people who run HOn3 with Code 55 all around, but I could be wrong.

ME sells bags of concrete ties, and so I was going to use those where I could, and where I can't I'm going to 3D print some ties.

I've thought of making the entire switch by hand, frog and all, but for the No5 switches, I'm probably just going to use ME's switch kit, since it comes with a prefab frog
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>>1103870

one of the reasons i'm trying to buy a house is to get into the hornby hobby

for example: look at this sexy cunt
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>>1115785
Thats to much track if you ask me...but that may be what you like about it
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How can (((HO))) scale even compete?
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>>1116307
You can afford to buy more than one locomotive in HO, and dont need a club to run?
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JNR Kiha (DMU) 82 series. N scale kato model to Japanese 1/150 scale, I added lights and painted the interior, painting the seat head rests and hand rests was a real pain.
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>>1116340
Nice, is that your layout or a club's?
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>>1116307
Ahhh... glorious 7" gauge (is it?). That would be fun to try.

>How can (((HO))) scale even compete.
Cheaper. :^)
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>>1116307
uses less space
scenic routes
cheap
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>>1116449
This is why I do n scale, but I made it expensive because all I care about are Japanese trains.
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>>1116489
Really? I've found Japanese N scale to be much cheaper than modeling American or European prototype.
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>>1116356
Thanks, its a small club layout in Crockett CA, I'm only in the area temporarily but they are happy to have people stop by an run trains.
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>>1116512
I never really looked at US/Euro trains, but I have noticed that unitrack is typically marked up 50-90% in the US, with trains being marked up similarly or higher. So except for things like wires, or the couple track conversion pieces I bought for the Tomix finetrack I'm planning to add for testing, literally everything I buy is imported from Japan and shipping gets expensive.
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>>1116560
Same, but if you order it all at once the combined shipping, I've found the shipping is actually the same or much less than if you got it in the US. Plazajapan is great for combined shipping, and SAL is pretty fast and only 10-20$ depending on how much you order.
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>>1116560
>unitrack
Unless you just have a loop set up on the table from time to time you are daft using a proprietary quick track system.
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>>1116609
I disagree, the convenience of the sectional track is great for those of us that don't have the time to lay track themselves. It lets those who would rather focus on scenery or running trains to get started quickly, and focus on the aspect of the hobby they enjoy.
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>>1116609
Unless you just have a loop set up on the table

This is exactly what I have, and it will change often since I'm in an apartment and plan to move and add on to my 3'x6' table over the next few years. If I like finetrack, I'll probably go all in on that over unitrack since it offers a lot more variation in turnouts, viaducts, and other addons that unitrack doesn't have. I also don't really want to deal with flextrack in any case, and quick track can look quite nice with scenery for a permanent layout anyways.
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>>1116609

You can do a lot more with it than that. Either upgrade to a double-track layout and/or heavily modify and shape it with short pieces to work as a temporary but more natural looking layout. I'll post pics next time I put mine up to illustrate the point.

Likewise I've seen quite a few exhibition layouts make use of it as a proper track system and not look too straight or artificial, just needs a bit of weathering, painting and some clever ballasting and it looks good. Saved a lot of the wiring problems I was having with my old fixed layout and and irritating grinding/clicking noise from hitting ballast in sections.
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Hey /n/, board traveller here. With Christmas coming, my gf has decided she wants a train around the bottom of the Christmas tree. I'm not sure where to begin looking, but I was wondering what is the best bang for the buck in terms of a novice fulfilling that task.
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>>1117669
I know people who have gone out and bought starter sets from Bachmann. Usually an engine and 4 cars, some track to do a circle (or oval) and throttle. Check a hobby shop or toy stores. I had a buddy who bought one in the toy section of a grocery store chain (Real Canadian Superstore) of all places.
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>>1117669
Cheapest would probably be searching auction houses/estate sales for an old Lionel set.
[spoiler]inb4 >3 rail[/spoiler]
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>>1117715
>estate sales
Might be a bit late for Ithaqua's.
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>>1117669
Lego Winter Holiday Train. New set introduced last year, and still available new, pic related.

To make it go you need a battery box and motor, video related:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zVSnH-W-uU
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G Scale, anybody?
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Regardless of scale, are there any model maglev trains? The L0 series is quite pretty.
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>>1118098
I had a roommate who got into G scale as a joke back in 1988. His first locomotive was an Alco FA unit in CPR tuscan colours. 2 years later he was a serious collector. In '88 we used to have a balcony on an apartment building that was big enough to put a 20' oval on. Neighbours in the building across the street used to watch it run. One of them spent about 2 months trying to track us down to inquire about the trains.

At my local annual train shows G-scale is a massive hit with the kids.

But no, I am too heavily invested in HO and lack the real estate for G.
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>>1118161
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>>1118214
I started with G Scale back in 2003 when I was little.

My first set was a starter set with a Stainz locomotive.
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I Used 2 inch pink foam insulation sheet from Home Depot

it was a 5x8 sheet. cut it up, stacked it and used Elmers Glue All to hold it together

used chisels to carve it, and spackling to shape it the way I wanted. Painted it with brown paint and turf/trees/whatever else
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>>1117669
For a round the tree setup, I'd probably go for a Lionel O gauge at minimum unless it's up on a table or something. If it's off the floor, a small tree with an HO or even N scale set would be nice. If it's going to be on the floor under a full size tree, go O gauge or G gauge. Hunt on line at Trainworld or Trainz or other websites for specials or sales. For example, Lionel has has been making Polar Express and Hogwarts Express sets for ten years now and last years set can usually be had for right at $200 on clearance to make room for next years model. Traditional three rail O gauge isn't scale accurate, but it looks great circling the Christmas tree.
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...so apparently this shit exists.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gn15
http://www.smallbrookstudio.co.uk/products/4569521210/Gn15-Emett
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>>1118353
Club uses this stuff for all the scenery. A guy recently made some sand dunes by melting the foam with a blowtorch.
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>>1119946
Looks cool, trying to think of the name of the cartoonist it reminds me of.
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>>1119946

>G-scale modeling on HO-scale track.

WHAT KIND OF WITCHCRAFT IS THIS.
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>>1120973
Kind of like On18, O scale running on N gauge track.
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>>1119946
Is it me or is there no way to couple those together?
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unless you use string or something
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>>1119946

That's some Tim Burton shit right there.

If they sold holiday trainsets in that style they'd be filthy rich.
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Hopefully you all would know, as a collector that has more freight cars than engines and doesn't have room for a layout, im going to ask a question real quick.

I saw that in the first life like catalogs the F units were advertised with 8-wheel-drive, and thanks to Tony Cook doing research, those used to use mantua frames.

Would a late model pancake-motored Life like F unit be repowerable with a Mantua frame?
If not, what would fit that wouldn't be shit. If I can keep it as base-model as possible the better.
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>too /n/ for /toy/
>too /toy/ for /n/
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hey /mtg/

I'm working on a layout in N scale, approx. 2.5 x 5 ft. using Tomix sectional track. What do you think of progress so far?
The entire "inner" loop will be elevated, and there will be a bridge where the track crosses over. I'm waiting on a pack of Woodland Scenics 2" risers to complement the sloped WS risers I bought last week before I spray-paint them all to match the baseboard.
And yes, that is a trail of cork roadbed that wouldn't come off. I'll probably spray-paint it and say it's terrain.


>>1121645
are those LEGO electric/RC Thomas trains?
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>>1121684
>are those LEGO electric/RC Thomas trains?
Yes, I designed them myself.
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>>1121684
Neat. Are you going to put in any spurs for industrial uses or is it for pure running?
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>>1121714
nah, that's it for trackage (the gap in the top left has been connected since that photo was taken.) there's only one "station"–that brownish building at the far left corner which actually came from an old HO Life-Like deluxe set.
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>>1121699
Those Percy (?) and James models are pretty good. If you're interested in more, I know a guy who designs Thomas models for LEGO; here are some of his models, they can probably be adapted to fit a motor if you've got the bricks.
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>>1103870
I really wish that there would be better people on layouts. So much time is spent perfecting the rest of the layout. It's ruined by plastic blob people.
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>>1103913
Wow
>>1104440
Wow again. That foam shit is shit.
>>1104658
Proceed
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>>1108957
Holy fucking shit! I never hated the guy even though I trolled the shit out of him for his 3rd rail

rip in peace Ithaqua

How did anyone realize that he was dead? And then dox him? That's spooky.
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>>1122388
I searched his username (or maybe Alex Batey) back in July since I hadn't seen him post in awhile and found an article from the National Review about him. Apparently he wasn't replying because he had been dead for over a month. The weirdest thing is that he had been working at the NR. I wonder if he ever met Armond White.
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>>1122513
Testing for a ... Sub-Way?
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>>1121904
I did have a Percy and Toby but turned Percy into a weird Thomas/Percy hybrid. Those look pretty good, that James and Edward are almost identical to one of my old designs.
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>>1114626
That's nice, I'm jealous.
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>>1115785
Seconding this anon >>1116264
literally first thing that popped into my head when I saw it.
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>>1122513
lel
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>>1118063
That's sweet. I have the space shuttle I bought and assembled this summer. I've been regressing into being a kid again. Also building model rockets.
>>1118098
Have at it
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>>1118214
How do you start as a joke? Curious on the story.
>>1118063
That layout is fantastic. And very, very expensive. If I had the money and space I'd build one. It looks so fun.
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>>1121645
It's like you're in purgatory lol. I don't care, post here. I like Lego
>>1122392
I'm always sad when someone on 4chan that is known dies. Someone in the daily bike thread on /o/ was found out to have died. Feelsbadman

>>1122513
Top kek. I love seeing zany shit people come up with.
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>>1122765
> How do you start as a joke? Curious on the story.

He was an expert modeller & kitbasher (had to be in those days to get Canadian specific units) who super-detailed models so that they were an exact replica of whatever he chose to do. G-scale being right out to lunch in that aspect made it seem absurd be would ever get into it.

I remember him & I walking into Hobby West (Calgary, AB) one day & the owner had brought in a G-scale loco. My roommate chuckled about all the size & detail inconsistencies & the high price. Many at a train club lightheartedly (no bully) joked about G-scale. IRC at that time very few, if only a handful, purchased G-scale. No one in the 4 formal train clubs in the city had yet so he was the 1st.

But the bug must have bitten because about a month later I come home to find him standing there with a rye & coke in one hand and a shit-eating grin on his face saying 'guess what I got? go check the balcony.' Aww what now.. go look.. Hot damn, an Alco/MLW FA loco in CPR tuscan colours doing laps on a small oval! His obsession only grew from there. :^)

He never hinted or expressed any interest in G up to that point. Later I asked "..um, why?" He said he didn't really know except that he thought it just looked neat. That's good enough in my books. But I must say that I am surprised that he never built a G-scale empire in his backyard. He didn't do much for the 1st 2 years, after that he started collecting rolling stock and more track.
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Just bought one of these in N scale.

Also, the Olympian Hiawatha sets by Kato have just been released, if you are interested in those.
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Who ya gonna call?
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>>1123347
Most likely, considering these are brand new models and they know there's a demand for UP yellow. Probably will release them in that scheme sometime next year even.
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>>1124425
I don't know
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>>1124425
Model Clichés Incorporated?
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WTF
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>>1124425
haha.. I was at the Vancouver train expo on sunday, someone had a DeLorean parked in front of a steam locomotive tucked in the background on one of their modules.
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Pretty excited about this announcement. Knowing Intermountain's release schedule though I don't expect to see these before 2020.
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>>1125925
Please tell me VIA isn't actually using that ugly livery.
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>>1122927
Nice story m8. Sounds like good times and fond memories.
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>>1125981
Nice little detail for those in the know to find and smile about it.
>>1124425
Ghost busters!

I really wish the human models were better. I hate when I see these big, beautiful layouts with gorgeous details but when you look closer at the people they look plastic blobs. /rant
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>>1116121
>I'm going to 3D print some ties

What's your setup? I'm shopping for a printer.
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>>1126142
>I really wish the human models were better.

To be fair, those models are N scale 1:160. Probably as good as you can get at that level.
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>>1103870
You turbo-autists might be able to help me here:

I'm wondering if someone, anyone had or knew where to get a copy of an old Model Railroading magazine from the early 90's. In it, there was an article that from my studies, was about Mike Hurlburt and a small tabletop N-scale layout that he built involving a fictional branchline set in Southern New England called the Trap and Garnet Ridge that interfaced with late-70's/early 80s Conrail.

I remembered reading this issue as a little kid and thinking that it had to be one of the /comfy/-iest model train layouts that I'd ever seen. I'm from New England, and the idea of modeling a sleepy branchline snaking through the hills of some small old mill town just gives me the feels like nothing else.

I chased that feel, and the images in my head of a red-and-yellow U23B hauling boxcars out of an old factory and across a wooden bridge, and was able to chase down the name of the layout and the rough time period in which it was built and written about.

From there, though, I'm stuck, and I'd love to get my hands on that article or see if anyone here could find it and scan/upload it or anything else written about that specific layout, as it's one with a vibe that I really would like to try and replicate for an art project that I want to get started on.
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>>1104212
>>1104218

There are few commuter railroads that are as /comfy/ as the Shonan Monorail. If they made appropriate rolling stock for those Japan-style SAFEGE tubes, that would be a god-tier setup for someone to attempt to model.
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>>1126159
I'm using an older TAZbot I assembled a half-decade ago
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>>1126192
I wish you had posted this a few days ago, I saw stacks of old MR's going for $1 at a train show on the weekend, I would have looked. The issue you're looking for is from May 1993. Unless someone here has it you could try buying it from MR or Amazon.
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>>1126185
I'm mostly referring to HO and even O characters. Maybe I'm being irrational, I dunno.
>>1126192
Sounds familiar. I was a 90's era kid that had a subscription. I will look to see if I have some old issues anywhere. I'm from CT so it's something I'd probably save.
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>>1126270
Thanks
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>>1121645

I find lego trains awesome, just a bigger blockier scale.
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>>1119946

10/10

Where can I buy this shit?
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Model railroad journals: ftp://gw.winslow.bg/SPISANIA/
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>>1118250
>went to a train show as a kid
>held one of these first the first time
For a little toy train, it was surprisingly heavy.
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>>1129378
Looks like a cheap Märklin knockoff desu.
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>>1129463
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>>1129563
That's weird. Just tried right now, and I don't get asked for username/password.
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Oldfag here who wants to get into DCC.

Where do I begin? What advice do people here have? Want it to be in N scale, for a shelf layout that will have extensive point work and re-playability (fiddle yard at one end).

Should I just get a standard trainset ready for DCC and go from there?

UK btw.
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>>1129680
huh, I just tried it and got the same password screen. Tried a different browser just in case, it comes back "webpage not available." Ah well, net neutrality maybe.
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Thoughts?
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>>1129737
If you have the money, sure. There's plenty of resources out there for beginners. Better than you'll get here unless you have specific questions.


Hopefully I'll have my Christmas display up by the weekend. I really want to do a proper layout with snow though. You'll see what I mean soon.
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>>1129869
Looks like shit.
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>>1129869
What the fuck is that?
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>>1129988
Firewood, I think?
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>>1129988
Not what, anon. Who.
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>>1129542
Don't know how one outdated tinplate toy set looks different from another
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So, anyone happen to have pdfs of the various modeling books written by Pelle K. Soeborg?
Searching the internet just turned up those fake sites that want you to sign up. I doubt scans exist, but figured I'd ask around anyway.
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>>1129737
Yeah i'm about to take the DCC plunge too. I asked some locals & some people with layouts at shows about reliability, glitches encountered, and ergonomics of the handhelds. I lurked a few forums, and tried a few at some shows before deciding on which brand.

The models I use (LifeLike P1K C-Liners) don't come DCC-ready so i'll be installing the decoders. I would assume that DCC-ready kits would save you that step & from having to potentially modify the loco to fit a decoder board in it which, depending on the internal structure, could entail a lot of work.

That said, I wonder if it's cheaper to install a decoder vs a factory installed one? I've never done a cost analysis on that.
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>>1129997
Kek, I thought the same thing.

So I have a small layout I only use for Christmas so I never really had to clean the track. I have a few dead spots now. My question is how do you anons clean your track? Are those track cleaning cars any good?
Thanks.
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I want to switch to knuckle couplers. Anyone here use them? I have n scale if that matters.
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Been a while my friends. No progress made on my trainset but I got a good deal on craigslist

>looking for table on craigslist
>train set for sale + some extras 100 bucks
>sure why not

Some stuff, box of track, trainset.

Marklin "ice train" with "delta module" in HO
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>>1130380
Dont know what is going on with this, enlighten?
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>>1130379
The stuff
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>>1130379
Track, all metal.
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I guess I did some basic changes. Tried my hand at static grass and failed horribly but whatever. Static grass was good for giving volume to trees and shrubs and better than blended turf at covering up the ground.
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>>1130385
Forgot the pic
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>>1130175
I use a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and just wipe the rail heads periodically. I use one of those blue abrasive erasers used to erase pen ink for spots that have gunk on it.
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I want an N scale GG1. I know Kato and Bachmann put some out a few years back, but all my other N scale stuff is from the 70's, 80's, and 90's, and I don't spend nearly enough time on the hobby to justify updating everything else just for one engine. I know Arnold made one some time ago, but are there any others? And how do they rate, quality-wise?
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How the fuck do I fix this?

They been sitting in the basement for a minimum of +5 years. Do I just get to it with sandpaper or some specific tricks are needed?
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>>1130382
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_rail_(model_railroading)
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>>1130563
Have you tried a track rubber?
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>>1130569
Haven't tried anything yet. Just looked on the tracks and realized they are a lot more fucked than I remembered from a few months back. Last time this track was in use was probably 10 years ago. Since then (sadly) no railroading in the house happened and I'm a total noob to the hobby. I was just thinking of fixing up the stuff and see where it leads.
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>>1130563
>How the fuck do I fix this?

It's steel, with rust. Go ask /diy/ for options on removing surface rust.
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>>1130384
I fucking hate that type of track because reasons. Nice train and deal tho.
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>>1130647
Yeah. I already have to make space for an HO and an N gauge set, dont want to deal with this too. If anyone has an N or HO set they are interested in trading let me know.
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>>1130703
Might convert it to two rail or attempt to, will have to see
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>>1129869
as someone who loved that movie as a kid, this hurts me deeply
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>>1130563
I'm not sure but try using CLR.
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>>1129869
Nothing a box of matches and some petrol won't fix.
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>>1130572
Whatever you do you have to be careful not to create any unevenness on the track's surface. Otherwise the train will not run well anymore.
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>>1130703
You want HO or N? I have HO I'd trade for N. It's taking up space of which I don't have much of.
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rate my layout /n/

I've posted a similar iteration last year iirc

I would really like to build a proper layout one day. I do want to have more track but I'm not sure what I want for a general theme. Maybe have an elevation change and nice bridge somewhere. Any input would be appreciated.
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>>1131452
I remember you(r layout) from last year. Any bridge will be pretty tight on that much space.
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>>1131457
I'm going to enlarge it from 4'x2' to 3'x5'. I literally just had the tape measure out. I won't be able to have a nice tall span but I'm hoping I can squeeze something in somewhere. Definitely want a frozen water feature and a nice small, cozy town.
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>>1116340
I too collect N gauge japanese trains.

Do you have a main theme or do you just collect random trains?
I mainly collect freight trains and trains connected to Hakodate/Goryokaku and Aomori.
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>>1131452
comfy/10
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>>1130727
If it makes you feel better, there's a gofundme to buy Lady and restore her.
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>>1103870
Wow, I had O scale and N scale. This thread brings back so many feels. I will see if my trains are working on Thursday and post
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>>1103959
Who drove the stick up your ass?
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>>1132006
Looking forward to seeing what you've got.

Question on knuckle couplers. How do I know if I need long or short shank?
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>>1132035
I was a wee lad and my uncle did all the hard stuff. I suppose it depends on how much overhang there is beyond the truck. Mine came with proper length
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>>1131928
it sure does. thanks, anon, that makes my day.
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>>1132035

Depends on the cars and the layout. I have a 12in radius turn on an inglenook shunting puzzle, because of this I use long couplers. In general I would always use long if option is available.
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>>1131433
Unfortunately this marklin set is HO




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