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  1. greenmtvince

    Type E Coupler for LEGO Trains

    I'm all for this solution! I've used the Kadee 806 couplers installed like legoboy3998 and while they work well in operation, installation and alignment becomes a project in itself. I run switching layouts and prefer manual decoupling to remote decoupling. It better simulates the work the brakeman would have to do while working a yard. My other use case is for long heavy freight trains at shows that require no buildup or breakdown of the consist. Just as long as I can poke it somehow with a 12 inch bamboo skewer to get it to release, I'd be good to go. Auto-centering isn't that big of an issue for the show use case (I can manually align couplers as I'm setting up the train) and I could probably live without it for normal switching operations if it meant getting a lower cost product now, rather than a perfect solution later. Any chance I could buy some beta versions of this coupler without the autocentering? I can provide some testing feedback and video.
  2. Have all the ABS only backer kits been shipped yet? Trying to figure out if I got missed or should still be patiently waiting.
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    input needed

    Just ensuring credit goes to the right place, the trucks the second design were based on were developed by Matt Csenge. Michael Gale turned the LDD files into instructions so everyone could build them. I'm not familiar with the prototypes you're trying to model, but if it helps, the my design was supposed to represent these trucks, while Matt's were to represent these trucks . It's all pretty abstract, but maybe that will help you better match the look you're trying to achieve.
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    [MOC] Canadian National X-10-a with Power Functions and 9v

    Here's a Bluerender of my Mikado that probably shows it best. Some other shots including the finished model including my Pacific are in this album. I opted to round up to 2 studs since it's a prominent feature and a good 1.5 stud option was nearly impossible. Cale opted to go down to 1 stud for his Suburban. If you decide to do matching coaches as they were used in service in and around Montreal, I have the printed bricks.
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    Steam locomotive JŽ 22-077

    Very handsome looking steam locomotive there! Is it motorized?
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    [MOC] Canadian National X-10-a with Power Functions and 9v

    Wow. Nicely done. I like seeing CN steam. Number 49 is on my to-do list someday. The articulation you've employed is really impressive. The only thing I'd change is the Elesco feedwater heater on the smokebox right in front of the smokestack. It's a signature feature of most CN locomotives. I have a technique I use on my CN Mikado and Pacific you might like. Cale has a different one that works well on his CNJ Suburban that's very similar to the X-10-a. Any plans for a rake of CN commuter coaches to go with it?
  7. I just received an order for R104s and double length straights I placed a few days prior. I thought their turnaround time was pretty quick. They've been pretty communicative in the past. I'm still waiting on my all ABS backer kit, but I've been happy to have additional geometries at all.
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    Has Anyone tried doing an Operating Session in Lego?

    You don't need a large layout to run prototypical or semi-prototypical operations: Inglenook by Vinnie Fusca, on Flickr Port Lego by Vinnie Fusca, on Flickr SwitchingLayout by Vinnie Fusca, on Flickr Claremont Concord Railway - Claremont, NH Aside from Carl Arend't Microlayouts, Trevor Marshall dedicates a good deal of his blog to single-person small crew operations, including his own lovely CN Port Rowan.
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    (MOC) S1 Switcher

    Nice work capturing a prototypical locomotive. You can definitely see the elements of the S1 that you've replicated perfectly and as you say there's room for some improvements around the height. I'd suggest building up the hood some more.
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    New LEGO Train Book "LEGO Eisenbahn"

    Congrats! You've done a great service to the train community!
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    Narrow Gauge White Pass & Yukon DL-535E (powered)

    Okay, this is a cool prototype. I gotta look into this one a little more. Oh, and nice model. Great work!
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    Track Gauge - you're probably doing it wrong; I was.

    I don't have a set of calipers or track handy at work, but I think the distance between the rails works out such that if you're modelling at 1 stud = 1 foot, you have standard gauge. The distance between the rails is slightly less than 5 studs. Hence why some modelers insist on 10-wide. However, traditional scale modelers are known for looking the other way on track gauges as well. Typically to represent a narrow gauge, the equipment (tracks, wheels, and motorized components) of a full scale above or below the modelling scale is used for convenience (eg an HO scale modeler will use N scale track.) Thus, the same track is used for 2', 30", and 3' gauge alike. Only the most dedicated of hobbyists will handlay and scratchbuild to proper gauge. I've chosen 1:48/8-wide as my modelling scale as the best compromise of detail, proportions to Lego elements, operations, and availability of traditional scale products like decals and couplers. I'm a stickler when it comes to my models, but like my traditional scale counterparts I'll look the other way on track gauge if it gives me good reliable performance.
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    Lego train wheels and scale questions

    Currently working on a 43.2mm "XXL" spoked driver in printed ABS, one variation for a famous northeast train, the other patterned after the B&M P4 and New Haven I4 locomotives. 36.8mm North American Boxpok as used on the Canadian National Northerns also in the works. Stay tuned for details.
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    2-8-0 WIP, Take Two!

    Fine looking consolidation there! Can't wait to see it in brick hauling some trains!
  15. With another club member, we're modelling part of the former Mountain Division of the Maine Central Railroad that made its way from Portland, ME through the scenic and rugged mountains of New Hampshire to St. Johnsbury, VT. One of the significant landmarks along the route at the summit of the White Mountains is the Crawford Notch Train Station. Built in 1891 it features a number of distinctly Victorian elements and its these elements that are giving me considerable difficulty, particularly the witches hat tower and its roof, as well as the multi-angled roof and overhang. I have some architectural diagrams with dimensions that I've been working from. Here's the rough footprint I've started on which works out to the roughly same 1:48 scale as our trains: I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for how to tackle the roof and the tower or if there were good references to similar Victorian MOCs where I might be able to pick up a few techniques.