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  1. bob

    Roller Coasters

    Oddly, for a guy who runs a model railroad forum, I may steer you in a completely different direction. If you're looking to recreate roller coasters from specific locations and do it very precisely, you should likely consider going virtual reality. There's a program out there called "No Limits...
  2. bob

    Roller Coasters

    There are a few kits out there for HO roller coasters. Of course nobody is making kits of the coasters at West View Park, they're very unique and complex. You'd have to build your own for that. Also, be aware that miniature roller coasters have a rather severe limitations. Physics doesn't...
  3. bob

    What starting page do you use the most?

    I'm curious to see how folks browse the forum. Do any of you use the "Featured" page: https://modelrailroadforums.com/forum/index.php?featured/ Do you use the "Home/Forums (They're the same)" page: https://modelrailroadforums.com/forum/index.php Do you simply use "What's New" and ignore both...
  4. bob

    Political adds ?

    Also, I just saw something that implied that Kalmbach is moving to a subscription based model for their websites. This site is free, for all content. No "subscriber only content", no paywall, no premium upgrades. In return, we do ask you put up with a few ads. If you have an ad blocker, please...
  5. bob

    Political adds ?

    I have banned all political discussion, as per long standing policy. As for political ads? well, running this place isn't free and they pay well. If you don't like them, just scroll on by. If it makes you feel any better, just view it as me taking money from (insert your least favorite...
  6. bob

    Edit titles under user name

    OK, I've change the user group permissions and you should now be able to set your own title. To be honest, I don't pay any attention to them. They have several features that are designed to promote members posting. The idea is that the more posts you make, the higher "title" you get. In...
  7. bob

    Walthers, Inc. has purchased Chooch Enterprises

    Walthers Press Release Wm. K. Walthers, Inc. is proud to announce that we have purchased Chooch Enterprises and that Chooch is now a member of the Walthers family of products! The product line has found a great home with Walthers; as a significant distributor of the Chooch line...
  8. bob

    New Tools Forum

    By popular request, a place to talk about model railroad tools, which means pretty much all tools when you get right down to it. Sometimes it's a simple and cheap razor saw to cut rails. Other guys have a full machine shop so they can build their own live steam locomotive. While most of us...
  9. bob

    Tools Forum?

    Been a rather hectic and chaotic summer for that Bob guy, but he's finally catching up. Here you go!
  10. bob

    Should you tell your wife......?

    Depends on what scale you model in... :)
  11. bob

    Using Graphite on Rail Heads to Improve Conductivity and Operation

    The local model railroad club that I'm a member of did a scientific experiment with the ATF fluid. I think it was something like 6 months long, and they closely monitored things and documented it. The conclusion was that it works very well. You only need a tiny amount, a couple of drops, and the...
  12. bob

    Using Graphite on Rail Heads to Improve Conductivity and Operation

    It forms a very thin film on the rail which reduces oxidation. You can verify that by wiping your hand over the rail and see if you pick up any grey coating. The trick is to be conductive and prevent oxidation. What I don't like about graphite is that it gets everywhere and can cause random shorts.
  13. bob

    Can't Find Trophy Post

    We downplay trophies / points since we don't want people posting just to post. It's far more useful for something like a gamer board. But, click on your profile, then click on "points". You'll see your awards there.
  14. bob

    Scale or Gauge?

    During the classic movie "Miracle on 34th Street", at one point Santa is talking to Virginia and says something to the effect of "Some little boys ask me for a full size train, whatever would they do with that?" Even as a kid, I was always like "Give me one, and I'll show you!"
  15. bob

    MASSIVE YARD, Hump yard, and engine facilities

    I visited this yard as a kid in the 1960s with my father. We even got a tour of the yard control tower. At the time, it was the largest classification yard in the world, and proudly announced that fact on a sign. At some point larger ones were built, and currently UP's Bailey Yard claims the...
  16. bob

    Center Peninsula Track Planning, …..Container Terminal & Port Facility

    That’s what I was guessing, just wondering what port it was, it looks familiar but they all look alike.
  17. bob

    Center Peninsula Track Planning, …..Container Terminal & Port Facility

    BTW, where did you find that photo you have taped to the partition. Any idea where that is?
  18. bob

    Center Peninsula Track Planning, …..Container Terminal & Port Facility

    Monorail, it's the train of the future! Always has been. Always will be! As a kid, I was fascinated with them and spent many hours drawing them. As a kid in the 70's, I asked if we could ride in the cockpit of the monorail at Walt Disney World. That was decades before the tragic accident that...
  19. bob

    Total post count and join date?

    Correct.
  20. bob

    Center Peninsula Track Planning, …..Container Terminal & Port Facility

    Thanks for not taking offense. I'd consider eliminating the right hand track. Then you could have a truck lane and you'd still have plenty of activity in the container yard. BTW, the cranes are Mi-Jack, they make several varieties of rolling gantry cranes, including ones that run on crane...




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