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Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-26-2020, 10:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 139
Posted By CTValleyRR
This is the first time I've had to miss it in 10...

This is the first time I've had to miss it in 10 years. It really is an awesome show.

I don't go so much to buy things -- not to say I won't if something strikes my fancy -- but to check out new...
Forum: HO Scale 01-26-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 175
Posted By CTValleyRR
Disconnect the terminal board and connect power...

Disconnect the terminal board and connect power directly to the track (use test leads with alligator clips). Do you have power now? If not, the problem is in your power pack or bus connections. If...
Forum: HO Scale 01-25-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 592
Posted By CTValleyRR
Is it new? Ask about warrantee repairs. You...

Is it new? Ask about warrantee repairs. You can't really order parts unless you know which ones you need.
Forum: HO Scale 01-25-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By CTValleyRR
A little punctuation in your posts would make...

A little punctuation in your posts would make them much clearer and easier to understand.

I wasn't so concerned with an EXACT year of manufacture so much as a general idea of how old it is and how...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-24-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 503
Posted By CTValleyRR
Yeah, I'd definitely have to disagree. "Best" is...

Yeah, I'd definitely have to disagree. "Best" is one of those weird concepts though. Because of the value judgements involved, no two people will have the same lists.

Price seems important for...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-24-2020, 09:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By CTValleyRR
So another possibility is that the coupling...

So another possibility is that the coupling between the tender and the loco is pushing down on the back of the loco and lifting the wheels enough to sabotage traction (I've had that happen with an HO...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-24-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,286
Posted By CTValleyRR
Why yes, that would be the article I mentioned...

Why yes, that would be the article I mentioned way back in Post #21. Thanks for the link.
Forum: HO Scale 01-24-2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 170
Posted By CTValleyRR
How about some details? Make, model of loco, age...

How about some details? Make, model of loco, age etc?

It could be anything from a worn out motor to a seized bearing, or a mechanical jamming in the locomotives drive train, old gunked up...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 01-24-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By CTValleyRR
As with everything else in this hobby, there is...

As with everything else in this hobby, there is no right answer. Do if first, do in last, do it at the same time.

Real railroads build track where there is already grass and vegetation, so in...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 01-24-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 252
Posted By CTValleyRR
In my opinion, anything can wait a long time. ...

In my opinion, anything can wait a long time. It's not a race!

I personally like to get it out of the way, because I hate doing it, so I tend to do it sooner rather than later... but then, on my...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 01-24-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 297
Posted By CTValleyRR
2" extruded foam insulating panels. Made by Dow,...

2" extruded foam insulating panels. Made by Dow, Corning and a few others. Widely available at home centers and lumberyards.

Latex adhesive caulk is used to glue foam roadbed to the extruded...
Forum: Union Station 01-23-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By CTValleyRR
Yup. A fast car isn't much good if you can't...

Yup. A fast car isn't much good if you can't slow it down when needed. Not all of us have salt flats to work with.
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-23-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By CTValleyRR
The wheel spin is likely caused by insufficient...

The wheel spin is likely caused by insufficient weight. Did you replace 3 cells with one 9 v in the loco? If so, you lost several ounces of weight that you will have to put back in somehow (tons of...
Forum: HO Scale 01-23-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,148
Posted By CTValleyRR
Several of us have mentioned curve templates. Do...

Several of us have mentioned curve templates. Do you have a set? Have you tried using them? I think you would find them amazingly helpful in solving this problem.
Forum: Beginner Q & A 01-23-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 218
Posted By CTValleyRR
Hollow core doors are definitely a viable option.

Hollow core doors are definitely a viable option.
Forum: Layout Design Forum 01-23-2020, 07:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 297
Posted By CTValleyRR
Like Michael E, mine is at about 44" at Elevation...

Like Michael E, mine is at about 44" at Elevation = 0., so I'm cutting the lumber at 41". That, plus a 2" foam base, plus another inch-ish for the leveling feet. It 's close enough to eye level (I'm...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 01-23-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 892
Posted By CTValleyRR
Well, the thread died 5 months ago, so this...

Well, the thread died 5 months ago, so this response was kind of a surprise, but I would disagree. Lumber dealers, especially big box stores, blow. Find a decent lumber yard that takes pride in its...
Forum: DCC Forum (Digital Command Control) 01-23-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By CTValleyRR
What is the meaning of life? Well, you said you...

What is the meaning of life?
Well, you said you wanted questions....

Unfortunately, I'm an MRC guy and can't help with the Digitrax question.
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-22-2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 371
Posted By CTValleyRR
Interesting. I did not know UP operated anything...

Interesting. I did not know UP operated anything that far East. Perhaps is was leased power?
Forum: HO Scale 01-22-2020, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 73
Posted By CTValleyRR
Well, it's not as simple as just using flex...

Well, it's not as simple as just using flex track, but it's not too hard, either. True Track is just Atlas Code 83 SnapTrack pressure fit onto plastic roadbed.

Pull the track piece off and cut...
Forum: HO Scale 01-22-2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By CTValleyRR
It's been available for a while now too... I got...

It's been available for a while now too... I got one a long time ago... maybe 15 years.
Forum: HO Scale 01-21-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,148
Posted By CTValleyRR
I would say that a good curve radius template is...

I would say that a good curve radius template is a very good tool to have on hand when making any kind of a curve, because it just makes things much easier. You can also get a pack of Fast Tracks'...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-21-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 371
Posted By CTValleyRR
So a UP TRAIN is actually running in FL? Or is...

So a UP TRAIN is actually running in FL? Or is it just the consist (NOT the locomotive(s)) being hauled by a CSX train? This latter situation would not be considered trackage rights.

I've seen...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-20-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 178
Posted By CTValleyRR
The Milwaukee Road has a Historical Association:...

The Milwaukee Road has a Historical Association: https://www.mrha.com/
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 01-20-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,286
Posted By CTValleyRR
Well, yes, if you're silly enough to use THAT...

Well, yes, if you're silly enough to use THAT much kerosene... Alcohols are flammable too, but no one who uses that has reported a layout fire. And if you're seeing big sparks, you have a trackwork...
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