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Forum: Union Station 10-24-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ace
The internet sucks and I am tired of it

Good things about the internet:

Connectivity for news and ideas and entertainment


Bad things about the internet:

It's an increasingly invasive advertising platform
Overloads of spammers...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-24-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 421
Posted By Ace
I know one guy who is building a huge layout...

I know one guy who is building a huge layout which I have operated on, who assembled dozens of micro-engineering HO turnout kits in-place on the layout, and had a lot of frustrations with soldering...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 05-02-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 861
Views: 60,883
Posted By Ace
This 520 class certainly looked impressive but...

This 520 class certainly looked impressive but they were actually lightweight, only 16.1 ton axle load, and capable of operating on many branch lines. Their design and appearance has obvious American...
Forum: O Scale 04-20-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By Ace
For typical people with limited budgets and...

For typical people with limited budgets and limited space, there are no strict rules - only compromises and trade-offs to be weighed against each other.
Forum: Tinplate 04-20-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 517
Posted By Ace
Thank you Colin. Yes, I discovered the wheels are...

Thank you Colin. Yes, I discovered the wheels are not insulated but that should be easy to modify. If it doesn't look too out-of-place I may run this coach with my vintage English OO trains. I can...
Forum: HO Scale 04-20-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By Ace
Thanks again JC ! The road number on the PRR...

Thanks again JC !

The road number on the PRR green shell was 9643 (I gave the shell to a friend and checked with him overnight).

The "flywheel drive" F7 parts list in the box with this loco...
Forum: OO Scale 04-20-2018, 06:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 846
Posted By Ace
Colin, Thanks very much for the info. My mother...

Colin, Thanks very much for the info. My mother was English and I have mostly English relatives and we used to visit there through the years so I know about the money, LOL!

I'm supposing this item...
Forum: HO Scale 04-19-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By Ace
Thanks JC. I understand the "super geared" is...

Thanks JC. I understand the "super geared" is actually just a "super weight" as shown on my parts list in photo above. And I had an inkling that Athearn made some newer F7's without the "super gear...
Forum: HO Scale 04-19-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By Ace
I don't remember the road number. I gave the...

I don't remember the road number. I gave the shell to a friend who wanted it for a repaint and customizing project because I don't model PRR and I have other F7 shells to use. The body shell was...
Forum: HO Scale 04-19-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 492
Posted By Ace
Model train cars from Piko in GDR

I recently bought six Piko HO 4-wheel coaches at a train show. Made in GDR, German Democratic communist Republic, formerly East Germany. One of the few manufacturers of model trains in the former...
Forum: Tinplate 04-19-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 517
Posted By Ace
Marklin HO "tinplate" coach

I recently bought this Marklin HO 4-wheel coach at a train show. I reckon it qualifies as tinplate because it's all metal construction. I'm thinking this is from the 1950's, or maybe earlier?

It...
Forum: HO Scale 04-19-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By Ace
Athearn F7 post-1984 version without flywheel??

I recently purchased an Athearn F7 at a train show for a bargain price. The box appears to be original; the shell roadname matched the box labelling. The detail parts and couplers were missing and...
Forum: OO Scale 04-19-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 846
Posted By Ace
An interesting old Peco OO English 4-wheel 'composite' wagon

I recently bought this English OO Peco wagon at a train show.

This car has an interesting combination of materials ... looks like:

Die-cast underframe
Plastic wheels, plastic journal boxes....
Forum: O Scale 04-11-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,457
Posted By Ace
I was interested to read an objective report on...

I was interested to read an objective report on this situation from someone who has experience with several engines and the technical expertise to explain it ... even though I'm not in the market for...
Forum: O Scale 04-10-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By Ace
Some comments: It's a rather wide table with...

Some comments:

It's a rather wide table with only a small center access area. Engine tracks would be better placed within easy reach of an outer aisle. One possibility would be to make a larger...
Forum: O Scale 04-10-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 450
Posted By Ace
Lee's layout must have the most extensive...

Lee's layout must have the most extensive collection of detective characters ever. A unique touch, well done!

Trivia question: did any of Lee's characters travel by train more frequently than...
Forum: Technical Model Train Forum 04-09-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,272
Posted By Ace
That is certainly the easiest simplest best way...

That is certainly the easiest simplest best way to modify the existing throttle. Better than using resistors.

One time I had a dual-cab N-scale throttle with a burned-out transformer in one half....
Forum: Tinplate 04-09-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,723
Posted By Ace
Question/comment: that motor unit appears to have...

Question/comment: that motor unit appears to have a large diameter gear just inside the wheel like some other prewar Lionel locos I've seen. And they don't like Lionel switches with conventional...
Forum: O Scale 04-09-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,369
Posted By Ace
Maybe back in the dark ages hobbyists actually...

Maybe back in the dark ages hobbyists actually tried steel wool for trees and bushes ??
Forum: O Scale 04-08-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Posted By Ace
I found docs and pics showing where this blade is...

I found docs and pics showing where this blade is used. Thanks again guys !

433498

433506

433514

433522
Forum: Tinplate 04-08-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 32,755
Posted By Ace
Not a train item but it's tinplate, I reckon. It...

Not a train item but it's tinplate, I reckon. It has flimsy little red plastic wheels but is otherwise metal construction. It measures 27mm wide, 58mm long, approximately HO size. Curious for an...
Forum: O Scale 04-08-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,369
Posted By Ace
I haven't tried that. I collect it in damp...

I haven't tried that. I collect it in damp weather when it's pliable and let it sit in the garage a while to partially dry before putting it on the layout. So far it hasn't included any observable...
Forum: O Scale 04-08-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,539
Posted By Ace
vintage mystery receptacle

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

It seems probable that someone changed the plug/receptacle-connection ages ago, perhaps to adapt to an older electrical service with different outlets. The...
Forum: O Scale 04-08-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,369
Posted By Ace
I've never bought lichen; I can find it in the...

I've never bought lichen; I can find it in the woods up behind my house! And I don't even bother to treat it, figuring when it gets dusty and brittle I can just throw it out and get some more. Some...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 04-06-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,047
Posted By Ace
Last year I had good service ordering small parts...

Last year I had good service ordering small parts from Bowser/Stewart and from Athearn/Horizon Hobbies.
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