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Forum: Union Station Yesterday, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By ebtnut
Amtrak outside the corridors it owns (mostly the...

Amtrak outside the corridors it owns (mostly the NE Corridor) they are at the mercy of the freight railroads, who privately wish Amtrak would go away. Over the years, I've had good and bad. About...
Forum: HO Scale 11-19-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 153
Posted By ebtnut
The old Varney Docksider was one of the classic...

The old Varney Docksider was one of the classic kit models for the budding model railroader back around the 1950's. That one appears to be a mid-period model with the X2F couplers, but otherwise...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-31-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Posted By ebtnut
That model looks to be a bashed-up Athearn...

That model looks to be a bashed-up Athearn "Little Monster", an 0-4-2T they brought out in the early '60's. Not a great runner to begin with, mostly because most of weight was supported by that...
Forum: HO Scale 10-31-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 734
Posted By ebtnut
The tender chains were intended to try and keep...

The tender chains were intended to try and keep the trucks relatively in line with the direction of travel so that in case of derailment they would tend to keep rolling along the ties until the train...
Forum: HO Scale 10-30-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 734
Posted By ebtnut
Most all DCC equipped models will run on straight...

Most all DCC equipped models will run on straight DC, with this caveat - It takes a certain amount of voltage to initiate the decoder, so a lot of models won't begin running until about a third of...
Forum: HO Scale 10-30-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By ebtnut
The Mantua 0-4-0T is technically not a Dockside. ...

The Mantua 0-4-0T is technically not a Dockside. Varney did the original Dockside, which is a model of the B&O's full saddle tank locos. IIRC, the B&O locos were all built with the saddle tanks. ...
Forum: HO Scale 10-29-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 162
Posted By ebtnut
Just out of curiosity, did you get the Stanton...

Just out of curiosity, did you get the Stanton recently, or before the sale of the company? I need a unit for a trolley project and thought that maybe i was too late to get one.
Forum: HO Scale 10-29-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 519
Posted By ebtnut
Mesenteria has a good general overview. The N&W...

Mesenteria has a good general overview. The N&W dropped its last fires in May, 1960. The Pennsylvania in 1957, the B&O about 1958. I believe Canada held out until 1961 or '62. Short lines and...
Forum: HO Scale 10-28-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 734
Posted By ebtnut
No, there is no inside working valve gear. I'm...

No, there is no inside working valve gear. I'm pretty sure the OP is referring to the displaced crosshead guide(s) and bracket. I don't think I've ever seen a production HO model loco with working...
Forum: HO Scale 10-28-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 734
Posted By ebtnut
It looks like the crosshead guide is bent out...

It looks like the crosshead guide is bent out slightly. Can probably be bent back CAREFULLY. The crosshead support bracket also looks to be angled back a bit. That may take removing the...
Forum: HO Scale 10-25-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 679
Posted By ebtnut
As noted, the UK loco will operate just fine on...

As noted, the UK loco will operate just fine on HO track. If the model is manufactured in the UK and is of a UK prototype, the model will most likely be OO scale. I won't go into the history of...
Forum: New Member Introduction 10-25-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 305
Posted By ebtnut
That relaxation is one of the primary motivators...

That relaxation is one of the primary motivators for almost any hobby. The activities take you away from the usual grind to (hopefully) your "good place". Model railroading has many facets that are...
Forum: O Scale 10-21-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 431
Posted By ebtnut
Cool that your son got to blow the whistle. I...

Cool that your son got to blow the whistle. I got a brief ride in 611's cab back in the 1980's during her initial tourist stint. IIRC it was on a ferry run from D.C. (actually, Alexandria, VA) to...
Forum: North America 10-21-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 421
Posted By ebtnut
It is not the oldest steam engine in the U.S. ...

It is not the oldest steam engine in the U.S. That honor goes to the John Bull, built in 1831 and currently resides in the Smithsonian in D.C. As noted in the attachment, it was actually restored...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-15-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,428
Posted By ebtnut
I don't have immediate access to the actual...

I don't have immediate access to the actual Bachmann model, but it looks from the catalog pics like the simulated coal does not extend too high. You might measure the coal pocket space and head to a...
Forum: HO Scale 10-11-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 916
Posted By ebtnut
The magnetic pin needs to be a little bit above...

The magnetic pin needs to be a little bit above the rails so it doesn't drag going over crossings and turnouts. As noted above, it is important to use the coupler gauge to assure that all the...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-09-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,428
Posted By ebtnut
Hey, just popped up in the Union Station section...

Hey, just popped up in the Union Station section - photos of two New Haven locos from around the 1890's - a 4-4-0 and an 0-6-0 that would fall right in your period.
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-09-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,428
Posted By ebtnut
I would point out that the Russian decapods were...

I would point out that the Russian decapods were being built for the Russian government during World War I. A couple hundred were stranded when the Communists overthrew the Czar and voided the...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-09-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,428
Posted By ebtnut
Dedicated switchers were becoming common by the...

Dedicated switchers were becoming common by the beginning of the 20th century. As I noted, though, models from that period are very scarce these days. And especially switchers, which aren't as...
Forum: North America 10-08-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By ebtnut
About a half-mile from the roundhouse site is a...

About a half-mile from the roundhouse site is a museum display that features one of the Union RR's massive 0-10-2 switchers. These locos were shipped off to the the DM&IR when the Union began...
Forum: O Scale 10-08-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By ebtnut
One of best inventories of train books -...

One of best inventories of train books - https://www.ronsbooks.com/
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-08-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,428
Posted By ebtnut
There's a real dearth of early 1900's small...

There's a real dearth of early 1900's small locos. The Bachmann models - the small-driver 4-6-0, the Baldwin 4-4-0, and the early Ma and Pa 4-4-0's fill the bill for road power. Pacific Fast Mail...
Forum: New Member Introduction 10-07-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 274
Posted By ebtnut
Sounds like an interesting opportunity. Too bad...

Sounds like an interesting opportunity. Too bad I'm 3,000 miles away.
Forum: Union Station 10-07-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,375
Posted By ebtnut
An-n-n-d, the 'Skins are looking for a new coach....

An-n-n-d, the 'Skins are looking for a new coach. 0-5 will do that. What they really need is a new owner and upper level management. Hoping the Nats pull a bunny out of the hat tonight and go back...
Forum: General Model Train Discussion 10-07-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,428
Posted By ebtnut
Re: Driver sizes - Larger drivers for high...

Re: Driver sizes - Larger drivers for high speeds, lower drivers for lower speeds. Passenger locos usually had drivers around 72" up to 90" in diameter. Freight engines used drivers between about...
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