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Hello everyone!

Like many people, I found myself digging out the old train set this past winter since we were all cooped up.

Back in 1994, my wife got me a pretty nice locomotive ands some rolling Stock from a LHS called The Train Station in Columbus, OH. She also got a lot of Bachman EZ-Track pieces and a lot of Atlas flex track. A friend gave me another locomotive sometime soon after that. We played with it most Christmases until the kids got older. It's been sitting in a plastic tub for probably 15 years or longer.

So I built a 4'x8' table and did a double lap layout to test everything. I got both locomotives to run pretty well, after taking them apart and giving them a good cleaning. about half the rolling stock worked, which was plenty to test everything. I'll see if I can post a video of the test setup.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to post their knowledge and wisdom!


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Welcome Jeff. The folks on this forum are great and have helped me a lot. You are very lucky to be in central Ohio. whenever I visit relatives there I go to Smoke Stack hobby shop in Lancaster. Those guys are great. Speaking of which..... I think I better drive over to Ohio and check on Mom ..... my LHS here in southwest Michigan is out of supplies :)


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Belated welcome, Jeff! You do understand that this could be a sign of model railroading relapse? Other types of addictions may be curable, model railroading not so much! ;) Although there have been some twenty-year hiatus (college, military, marriage, moving), since I switched to HO from American Flyer S gage at age 14, I'm now approaching my 79th birthday, and have twice or more times the amount of rolling stock as will fit on my 14' x 14' folded dogbone layout! I just ran across a bunch of parts for Mantua steam locomotives, and am having a heckofa time avoiding making up another Mikado...or something! I don't model the Union Pacific, but am contemplating maybe a 4-12-2! :eek:
Anyhow, Jeff, welcome back to the hobby!
Stay well and safe!


Thanks for the welcome!

There is an N-Scale show coming up at the Franklin County Fairgrounds (Hilliard, Ohio, suburb of Columbus) in a couple weeks. I'm hoping to find some fun stuff for my eventual build.

I get really busy in the warmer months with yard work (I have about 6 acres to mow) and my wife has a flower truck business that I help her with that consumes at least a day each weekend. So, I'll be mostly just planning a build that will commence next Fall.

I've already changed the basis for my layout several times. It keeps getting larger, LOL!

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