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Continuing on from >>7440328
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>>7516121

I was i japan recently, and I accidentally a ton of flawless 2ºnd hand kato track at a incredible price.

I may post some pictures of the layout i'm building later.
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Got this at a model train show today. I love random non historical crap like this. I also saw a ton of Milwaukie Road stuff, and had a laugh because of the one guy here.
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Is there an 0-4-0 locomotive in British N gauge (1:148) like pic related? If not, how viable would it be to make one?
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>>7516441
>I also saw a ton of Milwaukie Road stuff, and had a laugh because of the one guy here.

Which one? Supposedly there's two of us.

Also fuck right off.
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>a raileoad thread did well enough to see end of life be immediately get rebooted.


Never thought id see the day.
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>>7516121
I have Thalys TGV like this. It's almost empty inside, making it very lightweight and can go very fast. So fast that I derailed it few times.
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>>7517421
Ameritrain anon here so I don’t know much about U.K. models. If you can’t find something you could use a Bachmann 0-4-0T mechanism and build up the superstructure as long as it runs well. That’s the problem...small wheelbase engines tend to not run well and stall out on points.
There’s also Japanese 0-4-0s that might have potential.
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Anyone wish some company would come out with a line of 1:64 scale diecast trains like Lionel's Big Rugged series or Maisto's On Track series?
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Guys, how many chuggas before the choo?
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>>7517421
American here. Who makes British N gauge stuff anyway? I know you guys use 1:160 tracks, but does anyone make models/rolling stock for 1:148 anymore? Is the difference small enough that you can run your stuff side-by-side with standard N scale equipment and not really notice?
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>>7519146
1:148 scale is still the standard in the UK for N gauge similar to how we use 00 gauge instead of HO. Dapol and Bachmann (under their subsidiary Graham Farish) make models and rolling stock.
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>>7518318
I wish model car and airplane mfgrs. would instead make true 1:160 and 1:87 replicas. If not to match the size of the trains, the enormous selection of scenery and buildings in those scales would otherwise find new uses.
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I present my ANGRY CATERPILLAR.

Old-school Athearn Blue Box loco with hard-wired DCC and LED lights. She is noisy as fuck and eventually will get a Genesis motor upgrade. For now she hums her song throughout the layouts she visits.
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On the way to the main after coming out of a display case.
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Anyone else wish TT was more popular? HO scale is too large for small spaces, and N scale is too small to allow for detailed modeling and scratch-building.
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I'm good and intoxicated but I ran the math.

I have almost 30 locomotives. Holy christ.
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Anyone going to the Brisbane model train show this weekend?
I was considering it hoping to get some cheap stuff but it looks like it's more stores having tables than like second hand stuff.
Couldn't be bothered getting the train to Brisbane and paying $15 entry for that.
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>>7517421
On an unrelated note, I bought that exact model from hattons last month to see how hornbys 0-4-0s were. I'm pretty pleasantly surprised to see how well they run now. An incredibly smooth slow speed for such a cheap model.
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I've discovered my new favorite past-time is to drink and clean freight car wheels. Some of my wheels are super gross.
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Clean your wheels.
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>>7522736
What's your method, for somebody who's never cleaned a wheel before?
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>>7522840
not that guy

>flip train upside down
>provide power to train
>press cotton buds soaked in lighter fluid against spinning wheels

Steam trains usually have points you can attach power wires to to get the wheels turning.

On my diesel engines I hold a powered piece of track upside down (need to get the amount of force applied just right) on one set of wheels while cleaning the others, then swap.
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>>7522840
For locos see >>7522849

The photo I posted came off 11 club freight cars with no loco. 44 axles. At my club we roll shit over paper towels until it's not drawing lines like a damn pencil.

At home I take every axle off and scrub each wheel tread with a paper towel. Doesn't take long to do, especially if you're zoned out drinking or watching a movie.
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>>7522849
Lighter fluid? I've always used rubbing alcohol. Is there a benefit to that instead?
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>>7523460
I think you can use pretty much anything alcohol based. I just had a bottle of it lying around and a few tutorials said it was one of the better fluids to use.
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Ebay sniping is the Chad way to buy stuff.
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>>7518689
A minimum of 8 but no more than 24
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RIP. Ordered a DCC equiped bachmann loco, but the dual-mode on DC didn't work worth a shit.

Gonna probably end up getting a DCC ready Kato loco instead. Is bachmann really all that bad in general, or did I just get a dud?
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>>7522849
I’m cleaning my N scale streetcars for the big East Penn traction meet in two weeks. The upside down piece of track and alcohol soaked swab works for me.
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>>7524798
Bachmann Spectrum with DCC is usually ok but nothing beats Kato in N scale.
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>>7525103
This, Kato is the god of N scale. Although I do tend to buy life like so I can mod it to hell and not be out a trillion dollars.
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>>7525103
>>7525906
Any tips for N scale Kato, any quirks or whatever I should be aware of etc?

I've a set of Kato and a V3 track expansion on order that I should have in my hands in a day or two, basically is there anything I should be aware of beforehand that people wish they'd known at the start, or anything I should buy at the same time as it?
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>>7525909
Don't overdo scenery. It's easy in that small of a space. Switched to HO a while back due to my Butterfingers but every now and again I run my N scale 2x4 in nastalgia.
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It's a shame 2 Rail O-Gauge still hasn't taken off. We need a consumer revolt.
>Lionel Boomers OUT
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>>7529268
A lot of trolley modelers do O scale with live overhead. I’m going to the big East Penn meet in Allentown, PA next week and there will be some spectacular O scale trolley layouts.
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>>7525909
Kato track is very reliable and good for beginners. It does have that shiny sectional track look but if you build a permanent layout you can tone it down a lot by painting the rail and ties and ballasting the track. For now you can play around with different combinations and trackplans, and get more track. Look for deals at train shows or eBay. Mail order from Japan is surprisingly cheap with reasonable shipping. Kato Unitram street track is really cool for trolleys and can interchange with regular Kato.
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>>7525909

Start small and build a cover for your layout.
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>>7530572
For those who care, I got my starter pack. I'm just glad to have something running properly, for the first time in 15 years. Will be working on something better and more permanent over time.
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>>7532226

Nice. Hopefully in the next week, I'll be able to post something similar myself.

I'm kinda sad my parents got rid of a big ass pile of HO stuff we had when we moved halfway across the country 16 years ago. To rebuy it all now would cost a small fortune... Like 4 locomotives, a good chunk of rolling stock, a ton of atlas track, and a bunch of sweet buildings.
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>>7532226
That S curve on the upper siding is concerning. That could cause some derailments.
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>>7533190
I'm pretty much never going to use it, as it's not even long enough to contain the Eurostar.
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>>7516433
Took me a while, early planning, i only wanted to use the tracks i had bought so i had some constraints.

Ended up in a 100 x 210cm layout.
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>>7534934

Next steps, I ditched one of the side tracks because of space, cloumns for the ramps are 3d printed.
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>>7534936
Fixing the tracks to the base and doing the first moutain outline, with provisional wiring trains run like a dream though it.
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I want to slap a face on this thing.
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>>7529268
Why not get some drawings and do commissions? There are companies in the UK that will do it if you get enough people to crowd-fund it.
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Model railways? Oh thank fuck, finally. /toy/ has lacked this for a while. All my old threads died harder than the Duplex.

I'm on a Live Steam sm32 kick right now, but my boi just got a full Bachmann HO John Bull set in, and is asking for £60.

I'm getting it at the end of the month, and the hype is real, wanted one for years now.
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>>7520296
>could go to train show
>didn't take train
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>>7535638
I heard the sentinel is overpriced. Rather buy a Peckett.
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What's a good, safe way to store some leftover pieces of track?

Specifically N gauge.
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Any thoughts on point motors, anyone here have long term experience with them?

I was going to go with SEEP for the convenience and how they look a lot nicer, but I've been hearing a few bad things about the quality and overall lifespan. How are they? Should I use Peco instead?
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>>7536605
I can’t think of too many conditions that would damage N scale track. Ultra extreme heat or sunlight might mess up the ties but there isn’t much that can corrode nickel silver rails.
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>>7535971
What kind of live steam do you have? I have a G gauge garden railway and keep thinking about live steam but the prices are so high. I’ve run steam at a club meet and keep hoping someone has an engine they will let go for cheap as well as give me some advice on operation.
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>>7536605

unless you have terrible humidity on your house you can store them on an old shoe box if you want.

I use plastic boxes because i have this terrible humidity problem in winter.
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>>7537009

iIhave Mamod engines, right now, in terms of rail operated stuff. I have the old SL1 engines made by Mamod, now made by a company called MSS, and the Mamod Brunel - a verticle boilered engine. They're cheap engines, a new SL1 by MSS will set you back about £250, plus shipping to the US, I assume. I would advise against going this route. The SL1 is okay, but very crude. The MSS made ones also have major quality control issues, and run very fast. MSS have fucked up 3 parts, out of 3 parts ordered from them, by me. I ordered a set of O gauge wheels, and they didn't fit O gauge track, so that should give you some insight as to why I do not trust them. If you want an SL1, buy an old one.

The Brunel is good, but only after a lot of remedial work, as Mamod now also suffer with Q.C issues, too. Things like blocked pipes for the pressure gauge, and a leaking gas burner.

I would advise you save about £650 and buy a locomotive from the Roundhouse Engineering company, here in the U.K. They make a very nice American style saddle tank switcher, in their basic series. Their other engines are a lot more expensive, but the American loco in their basic series is the best of the bunch.

Pic related - Mamod SL1

Got any questions, friend?
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For others who are interested in Live Steam, here's the vertical boiler locomotive I got.
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>>7537313
The live Chad

The Virgin Electric
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>>7537158
Yeah I’ve heard Mamod engines can have some issues. Accucraft 0-4-0s are common here as starter locos and go for about $500 and up. I’ve had the Roundhouse engines recommended to me by club members.
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Is L.G.B. Trains still a thing?

Shame about their name
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>>7537520

I'm here questioning whether I should get the Mamod Stirling, which is a double action slip eccentric, internally fired locomotive. But given how every Mamod engine I've had thus far has had it's issues, I am hesitant to spend the same money on a Mamod engine, that I could spend on a Roundhouse Engineering locomotive.

I've spoken to other 16mm modellers, and they utterly rave about the Roundhouse basic series. One said, "Everyone has a Roundhouse Millie they return to" and this guy was running an Accucraft Garrett at the time.

If you want a train you can modify, and learn about repairing them, then yeah, go for a Mamod, because you're basically gonna be force into learning, especially if you're in the USA. If you want a bomb proof engine that'll just keep working, buy and OLD >MAMOD< (not MSS), SL1. These things just keep working. In fact, one of my SL1s survived a house fire, and it's now my best running engine, after a but of a clean up, and some work from me. (Pic related)

Roundhouse, however, are best. If you wanted to go ahead and spend a lot more, you get a lot more. It's very much the same with OO and HO gauge, you get what you pay for, and that's especially true with Live Steam.

I've seen Roundhouse engines running in the flesh, and they really do look the part, and the basic series is so basic that you can go ahead and modify it however you like, but be aware, basic series engines are made to order, so there's a waiting time, but also you can dictate what colour you'd like it. Also, sight glasses and pressure gauges are OPTIONAL extras. About £50 for the sight, and refill adapter.
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>>7537551
Yeah & yeah
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>>7537551
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Any releases you lads are looking forward to?
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>>7538519
Scaletrains Milwaukee Road Bicentennial SD40-2

I WANT IT GOD DAMN IT
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>>7538623
But otherwise I just got these two beauties. The semi-shitty thing is FP45 #1 looked this way about 1972. FP45 #5 is wearing a 1976-ish appearance. I like them enough that I'm just gonna have to put up with it and keep them in different lashups.

#1 has some really fucky circuitry problem, though. I ran it around my club layout one time and then it started acting up, randomly changing direction on me and fighting #5 or just plain not responding.
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>>7538631

Is it running on DDC?
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>>7538658
I don't know what DDC is. DCC yes. I suspect something is touching that shouldn't be. The guy I bought them from ran them one time and then put them on display in a case in the club.
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>>7538666

Digital Command Control.

Open it up, and see if there's a chip inside it. Post pictures, because that sounds like some DCC fitted engines, when running on DC.
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>>7538688

Yes.. the layout is DCC and the locos are DCC. Both locos are set to the same address and adjusted to run as a pair, back-to-back. That's why it's so weird that the yellow one wasn't behaving.

Also been working on some TYCO shit my uncle gave me. I've stripped pretty much every car and I am rebuilding them into other stuff. I'm making 53' flats out of two Pulpwood cars and a busted autorack thing. These will be part of my in-progress MOW train, consisting of a crane & boom car, crew car, crew caboose, tool car, and flats like these loaded with panelized rail.
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>>7538704

Huh, strange. Same chipset? Might be causing an issue, possibly. I've never heard of one changing running direction that was running DC, often they just short out. That would require both + and - to switch.

Try changing the chip out. How did it run on it's own?
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>>7538714
>How did it run on it's own?
Did the exact same thing with #5 removed.
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>>7538725

Yeah, swap out the chip then, because unless it's got a fuck ton of weird wiring, that sounds like a chip fault. The kind of fault your describing just doesn't sound like a wiring fault to me.

Pic unrelated - a really old model I'm restoring.
Picked it up in an oddities shop for £3, with enough spares to make 2 other fully working engines.
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Woohoo. I finally got to actually run something for the first time in forever. Got the loco in the mail today.
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>>7540050

Very nice! How's she run?
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>>7540105

Smooth, and quietly, even at low speeds. Much better than the junker bachmann loco I had bought.

Though something comes to mind for DCC. Has anyone here ever used DCC++ and a rasperry pi running JMRI, using an iOS/android device as a throttle? I just noticed this was a thing, and seems like it might be a good, cheaper option to get into DCC.
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Should I buy a Hornby Terrier or go for their new smoll boi?
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>>7540776

I'd go for their peckett, or maybe the old Pug model, as that thing is surprisingly good for it's age. Their Sentinals are also far better than they have any right to be, for the princely sum of £50 that I picked it up for.
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>>7542089
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Switching from N to HO, in N Kato Unitrack is the only real answer vs Bachman EZ track; in HO there’s the Bachmann Steel Alloy, or Nickel Silver EZ track, Kato HO but they aren’t as active in HO, and then Atlas TrueTrack, but is Atlas dead? I can’t get their webpage to load it just leads to a broken link, MTH was making a similar track but then they haven’t released a catalog with new HO in years now. Looking to stay sectional for now until I can make something permanent. Pic related why I’m switching along with how cheap you can get HO
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>>7542573

No Roco geoline in the equation?
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>>7542573
I would avoid Power Loc like the plague, Kato Unitrack is still king when it comes to HO Roadbed track but I would recommend Atlas track for permanent setups. If you are just beginning have have a decent amount, HO Unitrack.
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>>7543089
Is there a good source for HO Kato Unitrack? I’m not really sure where to look, alsos, would an N Scale transformer work or would I need to see about finding another Kato one for HO and if the power hook ups are the same how much trouble will it be to try and hook up a competitors transformer?
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>>7543058
Not being familiar with HO I didn’t know it existed, doesn’t look easy to get here in the States
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>>7543117
ModelTrainStuffdotcom is great for that, Check Ebay, and possibly your Hobby Shops. Hobby Lobby only has shitty Steel EZ track.
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>>7543117
>>7543981

Or train shows, too. I have a dealer buddy, and because I've cosied upto him, I'm getting good deals on everything now, dealers like to look after their customers.
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>>7544101
Welp, knowing what I know about Kato from N Scale, definitely going with Kato HO Unitrack, now it’s just a matter of seeing how I can go about selling my N scale stuff
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Any of you guys with the nice big club layouts made and run a camera car?
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>>7545155
or if building something like that is too difficult, you can pick up these "spy cameras" that are all in one (camera, battery, recorder) from ebay for like $10-20 and just stick them on and go.
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>>7545158
that's a car key fob spy camera btw if you can't make it out
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>>7545158

I'm part of a group that has a model of Stafford station on site, and there's footage of some of my engines running on the net, here and there. We have a certain American license, so I naturally run some of my U.S stock on there, and, boy howdy, was that a great time for Big Boy to fail. Older Rivarossi? Yeah. Doesn't do much to help the "Italians don't know how to into mechanical" stereotype. Mulched it's drive shaft.

(I made a new one out of copper, badly, with a hand drill, but fuck you, it works.)
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>https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-48326572
just another day in bongistan
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>>7547877
I'm so fucking pissed at all the sand nigger bull preppers on r/model railroaders who are downvoting anyone who points out THE FACT THAT this was fucking Muslim vermin
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>>7547970

You got a source for that?
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>>7547974
Not him and I too would like a source for it, but as a Brit I already know that if these kids were white British then their identities would have been released, yet they're being hidden and bail was granted.

Really makes me think.
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>>7548167

I am this anon >>7547974

I believe that they cannot reveal this information, as the little scumfucks were only 15. I agree, however, that I find the notion of them being white to be unlikely.
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>>7548187
I dunno man, the police and media here are so biased it's unbelievable. If they really were white we'd probably had their names as national front page news the same day.
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>>7548195

I think they legally can't, something to do with duty of care. I'm perfectly happy to see them face the social ramifications of what they've done. I'm genuinely curious as to what they broke, that'd cost £8,500. Most 5" gauge engines struggle to run up that of price.
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>>7547877
>>7547970
/pol/ here, when the media reports the suspects as "youths" they mean black.
Also see 'Coulter's law'
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>>7547970
Sorry but all religions are cults and all religious people are dangerous.
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>>7548282
You're just as evil as they are. Pop your neck into the guillotine, you're always wrong.

>rope day

Never happening, you'll be the one with your neck in the blade soon and you're too pussified to draw blood anyway.

PS Chris Hansen > Breitbart
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What your scale says about you

Live Steam - Wants to LARP as a train engineer, but never had enough balls to actually work for a railroad. The size of the engines only makes your obesity more obvious. You enjoy having a bunch of kids ride with you, like some sort of Casey Jones meets the Pied Piper.

G Scale - Real trains run outside, so yours should too. You like how you can pretend your railroad actually does something, like moving dirt from one side of the yard to the other. Despite the fact that the size makes super-detailing a breeze, you will never modify your LGBTQ+ trains in any way.

O Scale - You are rich. Rich enough that you don't mind paying Lionel the budget of a third world country just so you can have some obscenely colored building that moves milk jugs around when you press a button. Trains should run in circles, on a green carpet on a flat table, and words like "scenic realism" and "operation" are triggers. Everyone else is laughing at your third rail, and deep down inside you know they are right. You have a large collection of "Toy" trains, and also a large collection of "Toy" dildos. Go fuck yourself with them.

S Scale - There's a cult in my hometown. Like straight up live in a compound, everyone dress the same, stockpile guns because their Jesus-reincarnate leader told them the UFOs are coming level of cult. Even so, they are more chill and less rapid than you are about American Flyer. I can always see you guys standing on your own at cons, coming to grips with the fact that the size of your trains will forever prevent you from having a good layout.

OO Scale - You are British.
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>>7548633
Cont.

HO Scale - You started with HO because that's what the "World's Greatest Hobby" instructional manual said to do, and have never had the balls to switch since. You are constantly figuring out how to annex more of your house for trains, and have had serious talks with your wife about building a dedicated building for your layout. You like the amazing images you see in Model Railroader, but your own scenic work leaves much to be desired. Maybe if you spent more time modeling and less time online shitting on other scales, it wouldn't be so bad.

TT Scale - The patrician's choice. Small enough to run a massive layout in limited space, but large enough that you can detail and model to your heart's content. Shame that there's only like four of you left alive.

N Scale - You are poor, and figured that this would allow you to model in your shitty studio apartment. You tell yourself that it's okay, and have dreams of the eventual empire you will build, with N scale allowing for thousands of cars and multiple scale miles of main-line run. But, because you're poor, you will never be able to afford that. If you could, you would already be making your dream layout in HO, not running a switching terminal on a shelf. Also, when your eyesight gives out in ten years, you will have to switch to HO anyway.

Z Scale - You tell yourself and your girlfriend that smaller is actually better. The space gains you get from this compared to N Scale are minimal, and you're spending far more to get shittier equipment. Give up the dream, and stop building a layout that you need a microscope to appreciate.
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>>7548633

British and Live steam here. I also work on the railway. Fite me.
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>>7548633
>>7548634
What about T scale?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJE6r2PGXtE
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>>7548672

You need to stop model railroading and donate your eyeballs to medical science.
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>>7548694

Yup. Hence why this briefly turned into /pol/
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>>7548694
How autistic am I in genuinely wanting to see these 'youths' firing squaded?
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>>7549090

Some young'uns broke into a school gymnasium where a shitload of stuff was set up and smashed a bunch of it.
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>>7549090
4 youth cunts broke into a model railway exhibition and trashed the place. They got name-supression and bail because fuck legal systems.
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>>7549088
Not at all, that'd be letting them off a lot easier than I would do if I found them. "Beg for a death that will not come" doesn't even begin to describe it.
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>>7548633
What about narrow gauge in any scale? Trolley modelers?
G scale outdoors and N scale indoors and a lot of this was cringingly accurate for me.
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>>7549164
Narrow Gauge - You like to think that your layout is different and special and represents years of dedicated craftsmanship, and you manifest this by calling out any anachronisms, historical inaccuracies, or technical imperfections you see on anyone else's layout. You're doing this to cover up the fact that deep down inside, there is nothing you want more than to highball around with a 4-8-8-4.

Trolley Modelers - The nicest guys you will ever meet. Great to operate with or just hang around and drink. Be warned, though, if your layout has a city of any size, they will try to talk you into installing trolley on it.
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>>7549547
I went to the East Penn Traction Club meet in Allentown last weekend and in general they’re a great crew to hang out and drink with. Mad skillz too...trackwork and the overhead wire of course, lots of scratchbuilding and custom painting and a big 3D printing movement amongst some of the younger folk.
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>>7549547
N scale 3D printed Brookville Liberty streetcars running on Tomytec chassis
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>>7549612
Queensborough Bridge cars. O scale modified kit and N scale scratchbuilt and 3D printed
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So I've seen this in some prototype photographs as well as by looking at old valuation maps. You have a turntable and roundhouse, and a track next to the roundhouse that would be used for a coal hopper to provide power to the roundhouse building. However, the only way of accessing this rack is from the turntable itself. Furthermore, the turntable is not long enough to hold both an engine and the coal hopper. So how did they get the hopper off the turntable?
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So it turns out that these little fuckers weren't cultural enrichers.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7059229/Mother-teenage-yob-smashed-model-railway-exhibition-says-mortified.html
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>>7551771
either by using a winch, or a small shunting loco/car (0-4-0 wheelbase)

or they were loaded from a road vehicle and only engines went into that siding
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>>7548633
>OO Scale
>British

naw their trains are cooler
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>>7555616

I like your engines, friend. Fixing up a really old Standard Tank right now. Looks like a comfy place to play.
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anyone here know their stuff with woodworking?
I got a small (roughly 7 inches square) piece of plywood that's bending over on one corner in a direction I don't want it to bend
what do I do to persuade it gently to bend permanently in the other way?
It's already attached to other wood on one side by screws and glue

For anybody wondering, it's part of a scenery backboard.
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>>7548634
>HO Scale - You started with HO because that's what the "World's Greatest Hobby" instructional manual said to do, and have never had the balls to switch since. You are constantly figuring out how to annex more of your house for trains, and have had serious talks with your wife about building a dedicated building for your layout. You like the amazing images you see in Model Railroader, but your own scenic work leaves much to be desired. Maybe if you spent more time modeling and less time online shitting on other scales, it wouldn't be so bad.

This doesn't describe me at all. I don't have a wife.
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Why is Japanese train-autism so different from western train-autism?
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>>7556558

Radiation.
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>>7556255
this

fuck bitches, acquire trains
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>>7556784

Did that once. Ended up with someone, got me a train for my birthday, and we broke up not long after. Shame, really, she was a great lay, but BPD is one fucker of a disease.

Got an Ivatt 2MT out of it, though,
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>>7556558
It’s more accepted in Japan. Are their more model railroaders and foamers per capital?
Burger and Brit modelers tribe for more gritty realism though I’ve seen some very realistic Japanese layouts.
Britain and Japan seem similar...island nations where eccentric hobbies and making miniature landscapes are part of the folk culture. America used to have the Yankee-tinkerer-making-stuff tradition but now, just like with manufacturing, we can’t make anything and hobbies like model trains almost seem rebellious.
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>>7557082

Ah japan, sweet sweet hobby off stores.
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Looking at fairly local railway stuff, I think I might have found the worlds most ghetto rail/road intermodal exchange. I kinda want to model it.
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>>7556784
>acquire trains

I got my first ScaleTrains loco today. I fucking love it.

Needs DCC though. Like a retard, I got the DC only one. Fortunately they make it very easy to upgrade these. All the lighting, even the fancy lighting, is already wired. I just need to plug in an ESU LokSound and a speaker and she is g2g.

>If you wanna use anything other than ESU, get fucked. The lights won't work. Wtf.
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>>7558972
I'll post some pictures of this thing's guts. It tells alot about ScaleTrains, I think.
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>>7559134
I'm not the most experienced guy but I've seen the guts of pretty much everything at this point, excluding Intermountain cuz fuck their loco prices.

ScaleTrains drive system appears to be a copy of the Proto2000/Walthers design. The motor looks very similar, as do the worm gear housings. Motor looks very similar to a Walthers Mainline ES44AH I just sold off recently.
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>>7559163
As I understand ESU did the factory lighting boards for all of the ST locos. I really like how they did this. All of the lighting is secured to the frame, and the shell has the fiber-optic stuff. Even if you cheap out and get non sound (like I did) you get all of the fancy lighting, so number boards, class lights, and stratolite in this case.
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>>7559221
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>>7559226

Is this N scale?, i buy second hand locos and i solder my way into the motor and lights, but i use HO, at least in this scale is easy.
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>>7560194
>Is this N scale?
Nooo HO. ScaleTrains offers locos in N scale, but this one is HO.
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I must be gettin brave, I bought my first undecorated car today. Already have paint drying.
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>>7548634
>N Scale - You are poor, and figured that this would allow you to model in your shitty studio apartment.
This is sadly accurate.
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>>7548634
>>7560868

I mostly went with N scale because I could put more shit into less space. I have a bigass space to work with. The trick now just becomes actually getting started on shit instead of sitting on my ass.
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How shitty are older n scale rolling stock/locos?

I've been talking to my grandfather about model train stuff. He has a bunch of rail, stock and locomotives, though I am pretty sure its all mid 80s and earlier vintage. He has decided he isn't going to do anything with it anymore and is going to pass it all off onto me. Growing up, I only ever saw some of his O scale stuff displayed on shelves in his house, and am only now finding out about his N scale stuff.
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>>7562001
The older locomotives are not great, especially compared to the newer DCC stuff. Still, you might find some like Con Cor that will grind away ok. If they’ve sat for a long time you’ll need to clean Funke’s up old grease and clean the wheels....do a little research.
Older rolling stock can be upgraded with better wheels and couplers. Just set up a loop of track and see what runs. It’s good karma to keep this kind of family stuff running.
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>>7562727
Yeah, my grandfather has had O scale stuff since his childhood in the 30's. At the very least, I hope the rolling stock will be pretty good. Converting the DC stuff to DCC will be something I do eventually, but it might take a while. We'll see.
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>>7560550

Thanks, I like digital HO, is big enough to wire manually everything.

N scale i keep it analogic.
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>>7562001

what brand?, in europe at least, minitrix, roco and fleischmann locos from the 80's and 90's are very nice, and marklin ones are immortal, susually 3 pole motors but nice.
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>>7565727

It's all US stuff. The locos, I figure I'll probably just end up making a small shelf setup for the holidays or something. The rolling stock will probably be fine for a more general layout
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/comfy/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcMe1QKuEyQ&list=PLFEE7DB7C23984DF7
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>>7567268
I watched all of this, again, recently.

We're looking to move house, so I do want to make a garden railway, and live steam, too.
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>>7567373
I have a small garden railway and aspire to live steam
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>>7567933

You do? Ah! Are you in the U.K? I might have some suggestions for you.
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>>7567935
Nope, burgerland
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>>7568262

Ah, darn. Well, scour Ebay for the Mamod SL1, it's a good starting point, and you'll learn as you go.

>>7537158

Refer to this post.
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Well look at what I got here.
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What's a good way to store and carry a locomotive and rolling stock together with minimal to no risk of it getting damaged?

Specifically I want to be able to transport a Class 37 + a variety of wagons around, possibly to exhibition halls and stuff.
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>>7570360
Oh, N scale since I completely blanked on mentioning that.
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>>7570422

this and some foam to eliminate movement.
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How can i get uk n scale in America? What are the best sites for example.
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>>7573747
UK bro here, try "TMC - The Model Centre".
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>>7523460
don't burn your trains down
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>>7548634
>that HO Scale description
painfully accurate, i wanna switch to N but have so much HO stuff that's just fine and quite expensive but barely any room for it, i've been thinking about having a dual-scale setup with an around-the-room shelf layout, with the top half being for HO, the bottom half for N, so i can get the best of both worlds and so my friends with N Scale stuff can run their stuff on my layout because there's no clubs in this town and most people live in apartments, including me. but all of that about my town is a story for another post.
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>>7574338
just actually looked down and read the N Scale description, my apartment may not be big, but it isn't a studio apartment. i have room to spare for a layout like i talked about in my first post, if i plan carefully. if i don't, then fuck.
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>>7570094
more pics you tease
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>>7573747
Hattons is the way for anything UK


EVERYTHING UK YOU FUCKS
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>>7576174
why are all UK trains the same and have bad paint schemes
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>>7576190
Fite me irl faggot.
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>>7576190
Because the twats running the services think that by having the trains stuck in the past, it allows them to run late too.
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>>7576222
understandable
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Are UK controllers like gaugemaster compatible with US plug transformers? They should share a common jack, right?
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>>7576190
I just like how their steamers look desu.
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My apologies, I thought I already posted this one.

My bad.
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How much space and / or money would I need to make a delivery system (food, mail, bong tokes, etc) throughout a house for me and my mates? What would be the best scale? Any tips for something like this?
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>>7578546
>How much space and / or money would I need to make a delivery system (food, mail, bong tokes, etc) throughout a house for me and my mates?
A lot.

>What would be the best scale?
O-gauge at the minimum. G-scale would probably be best.
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>>7560550
I got these fuckers last week. Walthers Mainline F7 A & B with ESU sound. Very nice. Gonna need to do a lot of detail work though.
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>>7579047
Buster Keaton had an S scale American Flyer indoor outdoor railroad to serve drinks and snacks to guests. That seems like it would be too small. I’d go with G scale, which is sometimes used in bars and restaurants.
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Hello, I need unconventional stuff to lubricate the gears of my Märklín V200. I can't buy anything like Labelle, Märklín's oil or anything else so that's why I'm asking.
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>>7584093

Have you considered looking for silicon grease?
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>>7584093

>Märklín V200

Why can't you use normal stuff?, my Marklin engines do well with anything.
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Who has one of Hornby's new Terriers?

Mine here is Rolvenden of the Kent and East Sussex Railway.
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>>7584093
>unconventional
peanut butter, chunky
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>>7584093
3 in 1 oil is fine,
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Drinking and watching Life of Boris. Have some shit to look at.
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>>7590453
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>>7517603
oh shit I had the same as a kid, in fact it's probably still at my parents' place
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>>7590459
What kind of surface is that which was used for the ground? Looks like some sort of paper
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>>7591307
I THINK it's homasote but not sure. I'm pretty new to this club and not really in the know on how it was constructed.
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>>7590459

IDR how much I said about these two engines when I got them, but they are recent production Walthers Mainline F7 locos with basic ESU Loksound. I assume it's LokSound Direct.

Holy. Fuck. It's amazing. I paid about $130 each for these and the sound quality just fucking torpedoes my Athearn Genesis and even my BLI 4-8-4.
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are brass locos a meme? what justifies paying >1k for a locomotive you'll need to paint/weather/detail yourself?
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>>7593365
>what justifies paying >1k for a locomotive you'll need to paint/weather/detail yourself?

They don't really de-value and they are typically very well detailed and usually offer models of things not commonly seen.

In some cases brass is the only option. I really want a DM&IR Yellowstone. May have to go brass.
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>>7593365
Untouchable quality, something that if properly detailed will never even be approachable by mass produced engines.
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>>7516121 After a slow couple months, my layout is finally coming together. It's my first time doing anything with HO/OO trains so everything is new to me. I've painted and wheathered up the loco and cars and I'm pretty pleased with the results.
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>>7594832
Just waiting on two cars and 4 39mm track bits and I'll be ready to start on the scenery.
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>>7593300
>Inb4 blogging
I've decided to sell off my BNSF shit and replace it with 1970's BN to supplement my MILW addiction.

I bought these two locos off a guy I know in Florida. They're Athearn RTRs, 7-9 years old. He says he bought them new and never ran them. I guess they were sitting around waiting for a purpose.

Don't let your locos sit ignored for a long time. They need attention every once in a while, just like any other machine. These sat out too long somewhere, have been subjected to dust buildup and given there is shitloads of drive noise from them, most of the original lubricants have probably dried up.

If you're in a situation as a layout owner or a club member and you have a lot of locomotives, make sure you're rotating through them every once in a while so they stay loose, limber and ready for duty.
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>>7594832
Starting small and slow, enjoying every change to the layout is the secret of this hobby.

At least for me, I had to discover it the hard way long ago.
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>>7596418

I don't recognize that 80 class brand.
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>>7597097
It was made by Hornby in the 1970s.
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Is there a good way / a special tool for uncoupling N scale wagons that doesn't involve derailing them in the process?

Perhaps I'm unfamiliar with N scale still, but shit man I don't get it.
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3 rail O gauge is Chad gauge and nothing you will ever say will change my mind.
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>>7597156
Rapido couplers are easy with a toothpick. Anything other than that makes me question things.
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>>7597871
When I was a kid I got a subscription to MRR for my birthday each year. One year, my mother subscribed to Classic Toy Trains instead. Instead of reading interesting articles about planning and building operational railroads with beautiful, realistic scenery, I got to spend that year reading about fuckugly plastic buildings sitting on a flat green table while Lionel trains ran in circles. I never told her her mistake, because I know that she was trying her best, but that was the worst fucking year of my life.

Go shove all 3 rails down your urethra.
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>>7597156
N scale has several different couplers available. The first type developed, the Rapido coupler, looks unrealistic but was the standard for a long time. If you buy older equipment, it probably has that. Kadee (today Microtrains) developed a realistic looking knuckle coupler, but because of patent-hoarding they didn't become widespread. In the early 2000s their patent expired and other companies began making similar knuckle couplers, all of which tend to be mutually compatible with each other. Generally, the standard today is these couplers, but some people still roll with Rapidos because of the cost of converting or because they like the extra space between cars for ease of uncoupling.

To uncouple, it depends on the type. For Rapidos, you can press down on one coupler and then push the cars apart. Many people use toothpicks for this. For knuckle couplers, you insert an object in the connection and twist. There are commercially available tools (the Rix Pick), or some people use a skewer or toothpick. For this though, you do have to file down one edge to make it look like a flathead screwdriver. Lastly, some people just use magnetic uncouplers, especially on yard leads. These work much better with knuckle couplers than with Rapidos
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>>7598282
I'm not 100% sure these are the ones, but they look very similar. Whatever the modern day standard is for couplers in the UK now.
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>>7595543
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>>7598272
There are some guys who knock out a Lionel layout that is legitimately nice and expertly crafted. For some reason there are others which just recreate the store front display. The latter is boring. The former is clumsy. Lionel shit isn't in scale, per-se, and most people don't paint or weather it so...



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