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  1. Great news. R27 is mentioned - that seems tight? Is it for something special? edit: typo, I think they mean r72
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    MOC - SQDY Wagons

    I give up.... what does SQDY stand for???
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    The Love/Hate stage of a layout/build

    It can be a significant investment in time, so I’d be surprised if most people who build train layouts didn’t go through periods where they start to get frustrated. I’m fortunate that I like the planning and dreaming as much as the building. But the preparation work, finding the space, getting it ready, was growing tiresome. I’d love to have a nice clean big room and.... just like everyone else I guess!
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    The Love/Hate stage of a layout/build

    After many delays I’m finally back in the building stage. I’ve spent far too long planning, changing plans, starting and stopping. Too long building and making space in my shed, and cleaning up.... it’s only been the last year I’ve got into consistent, focused building of my town. It’s nice at the point I’m at, I have ideas and can’t build fast enough. Just recently I reconstructed a complete loop of track I hadn’t had for over two years, it was disassembled at the last ‘replanning’ stage and lay in pieces since then. If I found a bigger space, I’d be back where you are, moving again - I’d always go bigger even with all the frustrations that come with replanning and moving. I don’t know what the future holds for my town, I’ll just make the most of it while I can.
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    Is anyone selling ME Models Rails

    Mine are one piece, thanks to glue.
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    Is it worth it to get into 9V trains now?

    9V all the way for me. Simply because I think it looks better. I'll take any other advantages I can get, if there are any to be had.
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    Ideas for New Train Sets

    How about a NASA train.... they have them... LEGO has made: Apollo Saturn 5 rocket Apollo 11 lunar lander Curiosity Rover Numerous shuttles... even sets with trucks and planes carrying shuttles.. NASA railway employed the EMD SW1500: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_SW1500 Would suit me... even with a little rolling stock... make it an 18+ set, put it on a 'stand' like the crocodile. Done.
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    Ideas for New Train Sets

    The world is full of crocodiles, and variants of...
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    Trains forum banner

    That looks cool. Well done to everybody involved.
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    Lego 10277 - Crocodile Locomotive

    Ha, you "stole my thunder".... which was: It’s a Locomotive only. I’ve read the comments for and against extra carriages and / or wagons. What worked in the past and what didn’t. But one thing has changed since the last “Expert” train. LEGO now owns Bricklink, and hence (I presume) studio. It wouldn’t be difficult to sell the locomotive, and make Studio models of a couple of extra bits of rolling stock available as models. The last page of the instructions can lead people to do this, if they choose. Models can be built as presented, or used as a stepping off point for your own variations. People would be introduced to Bricklink, Studio, and through one way or another, probably purchase more LEGO.
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    New England BrickWorks: 3rd party curves and switches

    Agree 100% I’ve now made (and ballasted) 2x full loops of Bricktracks and 2x full loops of ME Models. Not an issue with Bricktracks. Had to glue everything with ME models. Really not interested in another Kickstarter. I think you may need to be a little more committed and motivated to see this through.
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    Cereal Docks

    Yes, thanks. I tried to search but had no luck.
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    Cereal Docks

    @LEGO Train 12 Volts Do you have a Flickr account?
  14. Thanks, I'll start with that.
  15. Hi, I am looking to run 9v track over a large layout. It’s a loop of ~ 6m x 4m Can anyone help me out with how power supply to 9v track is usually handled with large layouts, ie as a LUG may set up a display. Is there simply one point of supply to the track, or multiple points? I imaging this is already detailed somewhere on the internet, at a LUG or similar. Does anyone have a link to something that might help? thanks
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    Train-mounted camera

    My go-pro mount. Simple bogie with magnetic coupling. No tiles were sacrificed, it’s a double sided tape mount. Does live view wireless, and ultra wide.
  17. Great to receive an update. A little sad R120 Are not on the list yet - that section of my layout will need to remain PF only. Any timing on the P40 switch (it’s shown in your image). David
  18. Hi, Can anyone tell me if Big Ben Bricks is still selling their custom wheels? I tried to send a couple of emails, but got a blank ‘auto reply’ both times. thanks
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    MILS modules with track.

    Thanks everyone for your helpful reply’s - work has had me away for a couple of days. Richard 6x2 grid was an example - I should have said the actual set is much larger, which creates problems of track length. Vilhelm Even though my track is 9v, I had indeed considered cutting the track ends, perhaps in one or two strategic places around my layout. I’m still considering my options here. Chromeknight / Roadmonkeytj / dtomsen Yes I thinks that’s the best solution, it’s annoying but necessary.
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    MILS modules with track.

    A question that needs some explaining..... I am making a layout with MILS modules. Standard sizes (32x32) in a 6x2 grid. I am laying 9V track over this. I can keep the 6 MILS modules fairly loose, just held together with a plate or two, for disassembly when required. It's easier this way for transport / working / etc. But the track, even if it matches at the joints, is difficult to deal with, as they clip together horizontally. I can't just 'lift out a MILS module' seperate from the rest, when it's also tied in horizontally by track. Is there an easy way to deal with track that overlays MILS modules? How have others dealt with it? How do clubs deal with it? David
  21. I had noticed that my R120 was a little out. 1/4 circle started in one place didn’t end where it should have (according to the plans). It is good to know this may be the issue, otherwise I may have gone crazy trying to figure out where things were amiss! Not a difficult fix I imagine, and otherwise I’m very happy with it.
  22. Hi all, I went looking for some l-draw parts for custom track parts (r120, r104, etc) and found a link to some on l-gauge.org - the site seems to be down, does anyone know why, and/or who runs it? - does anyone else have a copy of these l-draw parts? Thanks Ps ldraw seems to be my best alternative, I know there are libraries for bluebrick but I can’t get that to run in my Mac.