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Forum: General Model Train Discussion Yesterday, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By CTValleyRR
Yes it can. That's why sharp bits and...

Yes it can. That's why sharp bits and lubrication help.
Forum: HO Scale Yesterday, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 182
Posted By CTValleyRR
Actually, you DON'T need to lay your track down...

Actually, you DON'T need to lay your track down in a micrometrically exact replication of the paper plan. As long as your track joints are well aligned, your curves are smooth (and are at least...
Forum: HO Scale Yesterday, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 376
Posted By CTValleyRR
The bottom line is that you will find people...

The bottom line is that you will find people (even here) who will endorse every system. Since it's all a matter of opinion, I'll spare you a ringing endorsement of the MRC Prodigy Wireless system...
Forum: Union Station 12-08-2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 201
Posted By CTValleyRR
Actually, most Western imagery of hell comes from...

Actually, most Western imagery of hell comes from either Dante's Inferno or Milton's Paradise Lost.
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 12-08-2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 154
Posted By CTValleyRR
Rough day, dude! I've done everything you have,...

Rough day, dude! I've done everything you have, though not all on the same day. And it was one of my cats that made my orange and gray TGV Sud take the long death plunge...

Except breaking drill...
Forum: HO Scale 12-08-2019, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Posted By CTValleyRR
That was my first thought. Unfortunately, all...

That was my first thought. Unfortunately, all the ads and catalogs I could find just said "Morrisville, PA".
Forum: Union Station 12-08-2019, 01:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 346
Posted By CTValleyRR
Pets are DEFINITELY family. I am so sorry for...

Pets are DEFINITELY family. I am so sorry for your loss. We had to put our beloved New Moon (a black DSH) down 3-1/2 years ago. She stopped eating, and when we took her in, they found her kidneys...
Forum: N Scale 12-08-2019, 01:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 152
Posted By CTValleyRR
You WANT your multimeter reading in AC. DCC uses...

You WANT your multimeter reading in AC. DCC uses a modified waveform that looks like AC to a multimeter. 12-14 volts is what you should see.
Forum: N Scale 12-08-2019, 01:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By CTValleyRR
You can eat a handful of plastic chips and an...

You can eat a handful of plastic chips and an ingot of nickel silver alloy and puke a better turnout than the Bachmann ones....

I have never really done it myself (I've been happy with higher end...
Forum: HO Scale 12-08-2019, 01:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Posted By CTValleyRR
Yes. Although John A. English himself only died...

Yes. Although John A. English himself only died in 2013 at the age of 99. He apparently went on to bigger and better things after his stint making HO railroad models. Here is a link to his...
Forum: HO Scale 12-08-2019, 12:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 247
Posted By CTValleyRR
Tyco made a lot of toy-quality "not realistic,...

Tyco made a lot of toy-quality "not realistic, but I bet young boys will love it" stuff in the '60's. I had an "Army Rocket Command" set, with a missile car -- including a working, spring launched...
Forum: HO Scale 12-08-2019, 12:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 171
Posted By CTValleyRR
Did you buy them used? Otherwise, you should...

Did you buy them used? Otherwise, you should have the documentation that came with it. That should tell you how to add DCC. Everything Walthers has made under the "Proto" designation is DCC ready....
Forum: Beginner Q & A 12-08-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By CTValleyRR
Model Railroad widows of the world, Unite!!! Keep...

Model Railroad widows of the world, Unite!!! Keep your man away from this time and money sucking hobby!

OTOH, if he can't balance his hobby with the other demands on his time and budget, he's not...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 12-08-2019, 12:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By CTValleyRR
Well, as the saying goes,I have some good news...

Well, as the saying goes,I have some good news and some bad news.

First the bad: the industry is changing, and most manufacturers are doing limited runs to fill pre-orders only, and most retailers...
Forum: Structures Forum 12-07-2019, 11:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 453
Posted By CTValleyRR
So what details did you add to it? That was the...

So what details did you add to it? That was the OP's question.

Of course, they may have lost interest in a 4 month old thread that rapidly went off-topic....
Forum: Union Station 12-06-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2,517
Views: 262,756
Posted By CTValleyRR
You can go pick up the God and Man one, too......

You can go pick up the God and Man one, too... but leave the politics behind!

Edit: I see you beat me to it.
Forum: Union Station 12-06-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 696
Posted By CTValleyRR
Exactly. That's why the USPS is getting...

Exactly. That's why the USPS is getting contracts with the other livery services: they have to go there anyway... why not make some money from it.

And the end of my little story above: the...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 12-06-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 260
Posted By CTValleyRR
Although seriously, I have a small hand held...

Although seriously, I have a small hand held vacuum and an adapter that fits tiny nozzles and brushes on a standard 1.5" vacuum hose. I use these on my layout all the time.
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 12-06-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 711
Posted By CTValleyRR
Just curious... why will so many people share...

Just curious... why will so many people share their location in a thread, but don't out it in their profile?
Forum: HO Scale 12-06-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 329
Posted By CTValleyRR
Aren't you making this harder than it needs to...

Aren't you making this harder than it needs to be?

Morrisville is a small town, about 2 square miles and ~9000 inhabitants. Looking at Google Maps, most of it is residential and there are only a...
Forum: Beginner Q & A 12-06-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 152
Posted By CTValleyRR
In the third photo down, it looks like the tie...

In the third photo down, it looks like the tie rods on the left (top, in the picture) are misaligned. If they are bupinding, that would keep your loco from moving.
Forum: Union Station 12-05-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 696
Posted By CTValleyRR
They do so-called "last mile" deliveries for UPS...

They do so-called "last mile" deliveries for UPS and FedEx, too. Since, by law, the USPS has to serve every address anyway, that means the other carriers can save the cost of that last mile. It's a...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 12-05-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 111
Posted By CTValleyRR
Did you try Googling it? I get catalogs from a...

Did you try Googling it? I get catalogs from a half dozen memorabilia companies every couple of weeks. I have no interest in that kind of thing personally, so they go straight in the recycling, but...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 12-05-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 401
Posted By CTValleyRR
I doubt you've stepped on any toes, but you...

I doubt you've stepped on any toes, but you haven't sold me, for one. Polarity issues and power routing issues only need to be solved once, when setting up the track. And the time it takes me to...
Forum: Layout Design Forum 12-05-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By CTValleyRR
Forget the oval. You'll want to do a shelf-type...

Forget the oval. You'll want to do a shelf-type layout, perhaps 2' wide, except where you have the return loops. This is the "dogbone" shape Dennis referred to. See the sticky thread on member...
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