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Denver Union Station and Rice yard

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As work continues we had a work weekend last week. And turnout was not too good as some of the crew had personal and work obligations to meet. So Sean and I carried on as we finish the siding in Longmont and turn the corner to head into Denver.

Walthers HO Sand Tower track centers?

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Does anyone have the track centers for the Walthers HO scale sand tower kit? None are given on the kit and I'd like to get some additional track planning done. Thanks.

Charles

Off the shelf HO scale Turnouts

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Just wondering what people are using these days for off the shelf Ho scale Turnouts?

 

Personally I like Peco because of how smooth they are to operate and how positive the switch points are selected. I was using Atlas for years but I find the point rails were always sloppy. I think that the price for a peco is not far off from what other MFG have yet the quality is way better?

 

Opinions?

 

 

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Removing old ballast and glue

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I have a couple of Peco turnouts that I want to reuse. There is some glue and ballast on them. Aside from picking it off with a screwdriver, is there anything I can soak them in to release the glue. I have thought of water, alcohol or vinegar but wondering if anyone has tried any of the above.

GregW66

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Insulated vs non insulated frogs

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I have a couple of older but in good shape Peco Code 100 turnouts that I want to use on my Inglenook. How does one tell if they are electro or insulfrog turnouts? I am just getting into DCC and I think I understand that insulfrogs are best for DCC but I am not really understanding what I have to do if I use electrofrog turnouts.

GregW66

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Track underway on my TrainMasters TV modules

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I visited TrainMasters TV headquarters on the weekend and started laying rail on the two modules I'm building for the show.

In the segment we recorded over the weekend, I demonstrated my tie-preparation techniques... how I anchor rails at module ends... and how I spike rail. Now, the modules are in my home workshop, where I'm finishing the rail installation. Progress ensues!

A ballast pit for the HBR

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As construction has progressed on the Flin Flon Subdivision work recently has focused on getting the lower staging (northern destinations) up and running prior to starting work on the Flin Flon smelter area which will be immediately above the lower staging.  Taking a break from the staging work, I decided to give the “switch to nowhere” at Flin Flon Junction a destination.  

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Painting Track

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After some months working on revenue projects, I've finally gotten back to the layout. Current task is painting rail. Working on the time honored principle of fire, aim, ready, now that I've made a mess of it I'm seeking advice. Well, not that awful, and that's what chainsaws are for, right? But please share your tips/experiences.

What I've discovered:

Curving kerfed homasote roadbed

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I have samples of two commercially available HO scale homasote roadbed that are available with kerf cuts to enable laying curves.  Given the tendency of homasote to break when curved (kerfs or no kerfs) I'm wondering how tight a curve is practical without cutting curved pieces to begin with?


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