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    Structures Question: Wood or Plastic?

    I have been a collector of HO model railroad stuff for many years; and I am just now able to build a layout larger than the traditional 4x8 layout. The layout I will build will feature quite a few structures. I don't know if you can mix wood and plastic together successfully on a smaller layout...
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    Converting a published track plan to DCC?

    Actually, I just moved to this area (Indiana) from the West Coast and this is the first time that I have ever had the room to build a good size layout. I had the backdrop up, framework done, and was in the tracklaying operation. (Notice, the past tense usage). Then Winter came, and I realized...
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    Converting a published track plan to DCC?

    I am modeling the Model Railroader "Pennsy Middle Divison" as seen in the Kalmbach book under the same name. The track wiring section of the book doesn't mention DCC wiring. The layout features two reverse loops. Do I use the published plan and just add an isolated section of track for setting...
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    Two begineer questions.

    I would like to know what everyone uses to uncoupler cars during a typical car setting operation. Is there a particular tool used to uncouple Kadee couplers at the location you want to set the car at. Surely you don't place uncoupler magnets everywhere on the layout. Secondly, do you use switch...
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    Tempered Masonite and mud?

    I figured out that the first thing I should do on my new layout is build the backdrop first; because I won't be able to reach it after the benchwork starts. I am hanging 4x8 sheets horizontally along my basement walls flush with the ceiling, figuring the railroad will cover the bare bottom 4...
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    Lima Turnouts

    I am building the HO scale Pennsy Middle Division as featured in the Kalmbach book by Dave Frary. In the track requirements he mentions Lima RH and LH turnouts plus a crossing module. Is anyone familiar with this line. I can't seem to locate any info on the Lima line of HO turnouts.
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    Benchwork - Clear or Knot?

    We finally moved to a house with a basement, so now I can build that BIG layout (well, it will be bigger than any other layout I've built). We moved here to Northern Indiana from the West Coast. I've never had a basement before, and I am a little concerned with benchwork. I am using one of the...

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