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    Scaling up the Inglenook

    A variation of your question might be answered by use of a 'marshalling yard' shown on this page: http://www.wymann.info/ShuntingPuzzles/Inglenook/inglenook-layouts.html
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    Railroad memorabilia for the train room

    I was so struck by how nice your stock cert. looked I'm following suit. I'm getting one from EL and some of the RR's that have (had) a presence in my proposed layout's area: NYC, PENN, Erie, and Nickel Plate. I also found a cross buck RR sign that is still in situ but no where near any RR...
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    Erie/EL yard @ Jamestown, NY using USGS Historical Topo & County Tax Maps

    I took your idea, Iron Horseman, and came up with the above. I'm happy with the results of your suggestion. But I'm not sure how I feel with the operator having to cross from the Yard Aisle, around the BPU/Lumber Yard spur, to the backside of the BPU backdrop, around the AVM spur (which may...
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    Erie/EL yard @ Jamestown, NY using USGS Historical Topo & County Tax Maps

    I think IDing the business the track led to might shed light on its apparent importance for its own bridge. Maybe this was also a transfer station during WWII...trucks loading directly onto RR cars. Maybe not likely but possible. When one thinks of Jamestown it's usually in connection with...
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    Running Bear's Coffee Shop XLIV

    I've started to do the same at my (one and only) LHS, even if it's just a 'zine for "letting" me look around. Hope it goes nicely re: possible move. Personally, Mpls. was enough Winter for me though I don't know if Duluth would be worse or better since, you say, there are hills...maybe to...
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    Erie/EL yard @ Jamestown, NY using USGS Historical Topo & County Tax Maps

    Across the street is/was a row of Four-Square style homes with just enough room for a driveway in between (some are still there per Google Earth Street View). Also, East 2nd St. is a main thoroughfare that had double trolley tracks going down it. Also, not very far east (to the right) this...
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    Modeling Idiosyncrasies That Usually Don't Work So Well

    Yes....and look at post #63 of that thread.
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    Modeling Idiosyncrasies That Usually Don't Work So Well

    As I go through the process of learning, in the back of my mind I keep wondering what "pitfalls", "clichés", or other (mostly newbie) modeling idiosyncrasies am I rushing headlong toward? It would be nice to know what is commonly done "wrong" or difficult to do "well" so I can reflect on what I...
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    Newbie Quick Questions

    The Length Of Things I've been reading a lot and am noticing a "blind spot" in often repeated material...the length of things. For example, one might read any of the following: - "it's better to space turnouts approx. one engine length apart" (okay, but, if I'm running diesels, what's "one...
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    Erie/EL yard @ Jamestown, NY using USGS Historical Topo & County Tax Maps

    Modeling Problem: Configuring Track for Access For anyone interested in 'mind puzzles' and translating prototype track configurations onto a layout: PROBLEM: If one is standing before the yard, with the obligatory BPU currently to the left, walking to the AVM siding [red arrow] and/or blue...
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    looking for article on mold making

    http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/t/183920.aspx not molds, per se, just coal loads
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    Newbie Quick Questions

    Received, 6) *Realistic Model Railroad Design (TK), 7) **Track Planning for Realistic Operation, 3rd Ed. (JA), as well as, The Model Railroader's Guide to Freight Yards, by Andy Sperandeo, and How To Design a Small Switching Layout by Lance Mindheim (this last one ordered by mistake). - I read...
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    Google Goof... Heh, heh...

    I'm not seeing it....just the normal pixelization one would expect.
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    Unconventional mortgage?

    BTW, those "Sale Pending" or "Under Contract" signs are solely for the benefit of the realtor...."see how good I am? Let me list your house, too." But, for the seller, they're not so great. When we sold our last house we made sure our agent would not change the MLS listing or signage until...
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    Running Bear's Coffee Shop XLIV

    Joe, according to the Weather Channel (News12, actually) the rotation of this nor'easter has us (on LI) getting the rain as it rotates to NJ. It's going to finally start to clear-up later today (after, what, a week?) so you might have clearer weather soon. I have a concrete pour and a shed...




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