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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by rockislandmike, Aug 25, 2002.
part of the hobby . . . .
putting handrails/stanchions on an Athearn unit. Anyone got any others ???
YEAH! I GOT ONE!!!
Paying $350 for a brass D&RGW K-27 by Sunset and then discovering that its got PLASTIC GEARS in the gearbox. That's enough to PO "The Good Humor Man"
I'm with you on the hand rails on Athearn units Mike!
Drives me crazy.
Train room (detached) floods when it rains more than a tiddle.
Ditto on Mike's - and add Kato locos to the handrail/stanchions/hoses list!
Just got a Athearn Genesis SD70M in UP colors - love the loco (and headlights!), but dread starting on it!
One reason to love P2K and Atlas Master locos !!!
i hate the heat and low roofs. my layout is in my attic i am 6' 4" and the roof at the coller ties is only 5' 8" the neck and back hurt after being up there for a while and the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter really drives me nuts.
I've got two for now:
Cleaning the track (using alcohol that works GREAT) and leaving that one turnout yet to be wired in the wrong direction - sending my loco into the bumper. <smash>
An old little brass engine a friend gave me is giving me fits trying to keep it running.
Having to first remove, and then replace, the numbers on rolling stock, and locomotives.
Having to replace the broken plastic grab irons with metal, and then trying to find a paint that matches the original.
When I bought my first Athearn locomotive, I asked the hobby dealer about the hand rails. He's idea was, and he does it himself, is to use a small drill bit and put it into the hole. Use a hand drill. This works great! Then I super glue them into place. They don't even fall out!
Having to tear down the railroad, pack it up, salvage as much as I can and load into a U-Haul to a new house. That's the worst...
I've had to move due to my (former) employer 8 times in 5 years. Now I'm with a new company and haven't had to move in 2 1/2 years so it's "Serious Modeling Time"!
Matt--Chocolatetown, Pa. (and I ain't budging!!)
OK,.... My turn....
How about that One "stinking, lousy" turnout that, no matter what you do, no matter what you sand, file, align, or bend. Constantly derails the 5th car of the train. Until you get so "miffed" you replace it....
This is an "N" scale and an "G" scale thing..
Happened to me in both Gauges!!
That little tiny spring loaded washer you took out ever so gently, put it nicely aside in a safe place where it won't get lost. Pick it up with tweezers to put it back together and **POING** it's gone for ever in the ether of who knows where across the room..........
Somebody once told me that the practice of handling tiny springs with tweezers, was invented by the Marquis De Sade !
i have another one. crawling under the layout to repair a under table switch machine
Woodie!! -- You reminded me of another One:
When You're working on anything, and you lay that small part or tool down. "Just for a dog-gone SECOND" and you go to pick it back up.......
And it's Gone!!!!!!
BTW - those little "e" clips are called "Jesus Clips" -- From the technicians handbook. --- "Jesus where did that go now????"
Hand rails and cut-offs on the new Kato's.
Even the little "tool" they give you to open up the holes isn't big enough.
You have installed that decoder or another thing in the locomotive. You check, open-case, that all works before close it. All seems to be OK. You have a HAAARD time closing the d**n thing and, just after you put it on the rails, you realize that something (the lights, the loco itself, or another thing that worked before closing the loco) have just 'gone off on holidays'.
but it worked a SECOND AGO!!!!!!
There's an old adage:
Everything works Perfect.... as long as you leave it on the test bench.
That spring on the KD coupler! I hate replacing the lost springs . I think I would much rather put handrails on a Athearn engine any day then replace one spring. !
All the above and why can't manufactures sell Loco's and rolling stock with no numbers on, just the decals in the box so I can number it myself.