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    Real World Turnout Replacement

    I work at a wholesale grocery supplier as a truck driver. It’s a very large warehouse that used to be served by rail back several years ago. Two weeks ago, CSX replaced the turnout. My question is…is there an advantage to replacing the turnout vs. just replacing with a straight section? I...
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    Crossing Bucks vs. Crossing Signals, Which Should I Use?

    I wasn’t sure the best place to post my question so I figured the general discussion section would be best. On my micro-layout, I have an industrial boulevard that has three tracks pretty much parallel to one another. Two of the tracks serve industries, while the other is the main line. What...

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