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    XtrkCAD Layout Software-Where's the Manual?

    Shortliner, thanks for the link. Unfortunately, I am not getting my activation email, and I can't seem to do anything on that site unless I am logged in. The link from sushob did not help me much.
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    XtrkCAD Layout Software-Where's the Manual?

    Thanks. Let me see if that helps!
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    XtrkCAD Layout Software-Where's the Manual?

    Posts I have seen here describe this software as the best one to use to create a new layout. I have been fooling with it for several days but really getting nowhere fast, as I have no idea how it should best be used. A hobbysit at the LHS yesterday said there was a downloadeable manual...
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    Did Amtrak Use a Caboose?

    Thanks Bob, but there is sure one ugly stick caboose! A big orange box on wheels-no style at all. It looks totally out of place but proves the point. Now if I can just find one.....
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    Did Amtrak Use a Caboose?

    I will be running a Phase III Amtrak line but have never seen an Amtrak caboose. Did they run any kind of a caboose, or just end the train with the last car? Also, would baggage/material handling cars be at the front or rear of the train? Thanks.
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    Can Someone Please Explain Turnouts

    Frog thing.... msowsun- Thanks much for the frog lesson! Seems to me one would want to use powered turnouts regardless. Why would one wish to cut power to the track unless you are wanting to make a siding dead. But then, how do you get power to the engine to run back onto the siding to...
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    Looking for Advice on First Layout Drawing

    One line is Amtrak, the other a freight line, Norfolk Southern. I can adjust the trackplan for fit. I did not use a scale radius guide when I drew it. I may just build the modules (a little larger) first, then lay the track down and see how it actually fits.
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    Looking for Advice on First Layout Drawing

    Yes, I know, it is just a crummy had-drawn layout. No fancy CAD drawing unfortunately! One square = 2". I'm just throwing this out on the forum for advice, critique, etc. There are two mainline roads, non-intersecting, though I am not sure how to get one track over the other as yet. Mountain...
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    Can Someone Please Explain Turnouts

    New guy doing a new N layout. I've decided on Peco switches because of the positive spring action on the points. What is the purpose of the "frog" and the significance of them being insulated or not? Which do I want?? I plan on running DC (not DCC) on two seperate mainlines. If I can't get...
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    Anyone Made Foam Modules?

    About the 1x6 edges... If the top of the 1x6 is flush with the foam, wouldn't it seem like the layout was spilling over the edges? Or did you use backboards over the outside edges of the 1x6's?
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    Anyone Made Foam Modules?

    I'm wanting to create a large N scale layout, but space prohibits a large flat board. Was thinking of using the 2" foam on a 1x4 framework, and making 2 or 3 modules to connect in a large L shape. Easier to build, move and store! Anyone made foam modules? Any tricks in connecting them...
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    Would Like Help ID'ing a Railroad

    Fallen Flag website??? Hi Paul, I could not find a website for fallenflagrailroadpictures.com Where did you come across that?
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    Would Like Help ID'ing a Railroad

    More Info You're quite right. Considering the terrain look I'm after, I guess SE US is more sepcific. TN, KY, NC, SC, somewhere along those areas.
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    Would Like Help ID'ing a Railroad

    I'm planning a new N layout set in the eastern US so as to take advantage of mountains, tunnels, bridges, and be able to incorporate perhaps coal, steel or sawmill as industries. Problem is, I want to ID a prototype RR from that region, circa 1960's-1970's or so, diesel, freight and...




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