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Storage of rolling stock

March 4, 2020, 8:34 pm

I all, I have been away from the group for a long time. Back now with a question about how everyone stores their rolling stock off the layout. I have the plastic office carts and would like to know w... Read more »

Micro Controlled Scratch Built Turntable

February 24, 2020, 1:15 am

I am at the control stage of my scratch built turntable. My intent is to ro tate the table with a bipolar NEMA 3 motor, via belt and pulley. I am using an Arduino micro control board in conjunctio... Read more »

Eishindo T Gauge is Real

December 28, 2019, 2:53 am

When I heard about T gauge, along with ZZ gauge, on Wikipedia, it appeared that these were merely abortive attempts at a smaller gauge than Z. However, I've come across a site,, that is... Read more »

Need help repairing Bachmann HO 2-8-0 steamer.

December 18, 2019, 3:12 am

Motor runs fine, I hear it but wheels do not turn. Are gears stripped? Read more »

Saying Hi!

August 10, 2019, 1:43 pm

+ User FidoNet address: 1:305/3 Simple Correction... SO> this simple revelation came to me one morning in the show of all places SO> LOL! This should of read in the SHOWER... not in the show. ... Read more »

Saying Hi!

July 30, 2019, 6:28 pm

+ User FidoNet address: 1:305/3 Thought I would reach out to say HI and see what folks are modeling? Myself I am very slowly getting back into it...currently I am switching from HO to N Scale. ... Read more »

75 year collection

December 22, 2018, 4:50 pm

does anyone know if there is a limit as to the number of downloads that you can do with this collection. after loading it on my computers in house (for backup) then I started getting error ... Read more »

Instructions for Kit # 7001

September 7, 2018, 2:56 am

I'm trying to locate the instruction sheets for Detail Associates Branch Line Roundhouse Kit #7001. Photo copies or PDF's are OK. Thanks for the help. Read more »

NMRA Mid-Eastern Region Convention Discount registration extended

September 3, 2018, 2:37 am

October 4-7, in Rockville, Maryland, is the Mid-Eastern Region NMRA 2018 Co nvention, Crossroads of the MER. Breaking News If you haven?t reserved your seat yet here is why you should. We ar e e... Read more »

Toy trains and model trains on display at the Long Island Railroad Museum i...

August 15, 2018, 5:01 pm Museum is open on Saturday and Sunday, gift shop as well. Read more »

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Woodland scenics flex paste ?

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I laid out some flex paste over styrofoam last night and woke to find many areas that need smoothing. How in the world can you smooth out something that flexable? It says on the bottle that it can be... Read more »

Converting Athearn Rubber-band drives

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Greetings, I have an Athearn RDC-1 which has the old-style rubber-band drive. I bought a plain bag of rubber bands, and found some which work, although there are some tensioning issues. I am wonder... Read more »

'Variac' power transformer?

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I have a 120-V AC (input) variable output transformer, commonly known as a 'Variac', which I use for various electronic applications. I've been thinking of using it to power model trains. This would ... Read more »

Help with Patco Lowering kit

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I recently re-read an article about lowering the MDC HOn3 locos, by Norm Suydam. I've been away from the hobby for a number of years, and recently have started working on it again. Yesterday I unp... Read more »

The Incredible Shrinking Model Railroader Magazine ?!

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Recently there was bunch of talk about the price and contents of the MR Mag. I have an interssting observation. I didn't even set out to discover this. It happened by accident. Couple of days ago I ... Read more »

Fleischmann turntable 9152c

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Hi all, Has any one had the pleasure of installing the 9152c turntable from Fleischmann. It is the N gauge one and comes with all wiring and operation switch. Will this item be useable on DCC? A very... Read more »

MTH Proto-Sound 1 & Lionel ZW

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That would be the new Lionel ZW with two 180 watt power supplies. I can't get an MTH 20-2125-1 C&O F3 AA set to function reliably with this transformer. I tried the Lionel CW-80 transformer also and ... Read more »

N scale turntable recommendations

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I need to build an engineyard and plan on installing a turntable. Are the Atlas and Walthers turntables acceptable? Any other recommendations? This is a N scale layout. Doug Read more »

Wiring Tortoise Switches to DCS via AIU

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Is there a clear cut definition of how to do this? I'm guessing that I will not be able to use one of the switch connection banks to do this. I will probably have to use a simple two contact accesor... Read more »

"Boy's Life" Layout

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I got into a discussion with a gentleman today who mentioned building a 4'x8' HO layout years ago, based on a series of articles published in Boy's Life magazine. I remember seeing the articles in my... Read more » is a website by engineers for engineers. It is not affiliated with any of manufacturers or vendors discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.