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  1. Cale

    Alternative train wheel set with ball bearings

    Bearings have a precision rating. I recommend using bearings with a rating of ABEC 5 to ABEC 7 or equivalent. If your suppler can't tell you what the bearing's rating is, you probably shouldn't buy from them. Cale
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    Steam Loco Drivetrain

    I have never powered more than one axle on a steam locomotive, always relying on the rods to do the job they were intended for, transmitting power to all axles. I've never had an issue with this. I firmly believe that the less gears you can have in a transmission the better. Every gear introduces more friction. Cale
  3. I agree, I've been burned by cheap bearings from eBay before. However I think the $1.00 bearings are overkill for our application. Those are for racing and usually have extra features we don't necessarily need, like heavier shielding when run in a dirt environment. They are for racers looking to shave fractions of a second off their lap times. It does benefit us though to choose a bearing of at least moderate quality. There are several rating systems for bearings, one of them being the ABEC rating scale. I generally look to buy bearings between ABEC 5 and 7, and have had good luck with those. Cale
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    North Pole & Southern

    You make a compelling argument for building in a larger scale sir. Beautiful train. Cale
  5. I don't think the aerodynamic properties of the S160 design would lend itself to flying very well. The crash though would be spectacular! Cale
  6. I'm the dummy with the BMR shirt. Cale
  7. Cale

    LUG Boxcar Swap

    I thought the OKB car was dark red, and the CincyLUG was sand blue? Cale
  8. Cale

    LUG Boxcar Swap

    So you're saying I need to get my OKBrickworks car built? 😅 Cale
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    LUG Boxcar Swap

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    Building BMR Freight cars

    Just ordered 200 myself, which is enough to do 6 boxcars. Cale
  11. Cale

    Building BMR Freight cars

    I can now rest a little easier at night knowing that I have not drained the world of this valuable resource. Time make more boxcars. Cale
  12. He could always sell a kidney on the black market. Cale
  13. You can see PennLUG testing the prototype R104 switches for the first time at Philly Brick Fest last year in this video. And again here. We've had them for over a year now and the performance has been flawless. Several members have already backed for their own personal use, and the club will also be backing for use in our group layout. These are going to be a game changer for the hobby. Cale
  14. The bearings you want are MR52ZZ 2x5x2.5mm. If you are looking for smaller quantities, eBay is probably your best bet. There are numerous sellers on there, all comparable in price. Just know that most of the sellers are from overseas and usually ship the cheapest (slowest) way possible. So it may take a month to get your bearings. At BMR we buy our bearings directly from a manufacturer through Alibaba. We're buying thousands of bearings at a time though. Even if I sold our bearings at cost, I would have a hard time beating the eBay sellers. Cale
  15. Cale

    Building BMR Freight cars

    Yep. I've always heard it referred to as the "Hamburger" logo. It's actually one of my favorite N&W paint schemes. Cale