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    3rd Annual "How Many" contest

    272 Thanks!
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    New track plans, what are your ideas??

    From an operations perspective I would go with #1 all the way!
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    'The Yard' - A New Layout Commences

    Yes most everything is 40' box cars. The grain terminal takes only 40' box cars and has a total car capacity of 18 cars. No access in the 3' corner area.... A coupler delay yes. Eventually there will be a uncoupler. Is there a lift up or swing gate or something like that for taking the...
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    'The Yard' - A New Layout Commences

    Stein- That a great incorporation of the town plat for a model railroad. It looks like a quintessential granger railroad line somewhere in the Plains. I model SP 1958 in Portland, OR - attached is pretty much the layout as built with 3 distinct switching districts based around Lake Yard.
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    'The Yard' - A New Layout Commences

    Hi Stephen- As a fan or switching or terminal layouts, I am happy to see there are others out there that are looking at that as a modelling option. On your original track plan it only shows a total of 3 industries - in contrast you have alot of yard trackage/storage for the layout. I hate...
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    Looking for N scale GP9s NP

    Thanks for the replys - will have to look further into it -
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    brand new to this.

    Welcome to RRF - I was a staunch non-DCC guy for a looong time, especially after alot of problems our Digitrax system had at our large club. After seeing the MRC system at work on another layout and how easy it was I was hooked. Its simple as running a set of bus wires and feeder wires to...
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    Looking for N scale GP9s NP

    So Mike Sawyer - NPRS11 is looking to find a N scale GP 9 in NP (phase 2) with torpedo air tanks. Has anyone seen these in RTR formats or will it be an issue of adding details to a non-dynamic braked model. Thanks, RS
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    Jim Pendley's Feather River of the WP - Open House Photos

    The tiger striped BN SD40-2 is also the custom work of Brent Strong. I hope everyone enjoyed looking at the photos of this outstanding layout. Hats off to Jim and his crew for their modelling.
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    Jim Pendley's Feather River of the WP - Open House Photos

    The UP and WP units are some of Jim's outstanding models. The BN ones were brought over by Brent Strong for the session.
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    Jim Pendley's Feather River of the WP - Open House Photos

    In celebration of the release of Great Model Railroads 2009, owner Jim Pendley hosted an open house in early October to showcase what would one of the featured railroads in this years GMR. Having had the opportunity to work on Jim's layout in a very small role over the past couple of years, it...
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    WeekendPhotoFun Jan 11 12 13

    5. Here is the industries off of the Portland Traction line - freighthouse to the left and warehouse and bulk oil dealer to the right. 6. This is East Portland with a small refinery with grease dock in foreground and a warehouse in the background.
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    WeekendPhotoFun Jan 11 12 13

    Trackwork resumes on Portland Terminal Some trackwork has continued on the Portland Terminal today. Here are a few photos from the progress.... 1. Switcher ready service track at Lake Yard 2. Lake Yard with classification yard on right at 3-track arrival departure yard on left. 3. SE 2nd Ave...
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    Sp Tiger Stripe Redux

    Great looking unit - Those striped decals can be a pain at times. Go Tiger Stripes!
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    Firetacoma's Build Thread

    Good choice going with Peco switches. I am using Walthers code 83 (Shinohara) on my HO layout and they look great as compared to some others that are out there.

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