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animated train signs

June 24, 2020, 10:51 pm

I would like to share a site that offer the ability to display animated train arrival and departure signs. In addition to signs that use a Windows PC, the signs can a... Read more »

Selling Train Collection

May 21, 2020, 4:51 pm

Hello, I am new to this site. My father in law recently passed leaving a train collection of mostly pre war but some post war trains. Any ideas who might be interested in buying the whole collecti... Read more »

Switch list Vs Waybills

April 19, 2020, 6:35 pm

I am setting up operations and would like to know, if you operate your railroad using switch lists or waybills, or nothing at all, and why you use one over the other. Both seem very labor intensive. ... Read more »

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 »

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HO caboose interior kit

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Hello, I want to pimp 2 of my HO caboose's (one side windows caboose and one wide vision caboose) and do that I'm looking for interior kits. A tried to get them in the netherlands but without succes.... Read more »

Rivets for HO steam valve gear needed

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I have a brass Gem 0-4-0 and noticed that a rivet has come loose from the valve gear. The rivet is not present anymore for reuse. Where can I get rivets or how can I fabricate something to reattach ... 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 »

Harold Minkwitz

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Does anyone know what happened to Harold Minkwitz and his web site. I am hoping to aquire some if not all of his how to articles. Thanks for any and all replies. ... 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 »

Merkle Dairy cars from Athearn / Roundhouse

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Does anyone on this group happen to know anything about the Merkle Dairy? I have learned that there was at least one such car as an acquaintence from Athearn told me that they worked from a photog... Read more »

Can Motors for Mantua Locomotives

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Hi, I still have some old Mantua locomotive kits to make (or kitbash!) and I wonder about the motors to be used. Mantua used to sell can motors to replace the 5 pole motors supplied with the kits, ... 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.