What topic would you like to know more about?

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  1. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

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    So, what rail related topic are you currently most interested in learning about? A railroad, a particular branch, hardware (such as CTC or Baker valve gear), a class of locomotives, the economy of a region served by a railroad, or a particular station design? DCC? Coreless motors? The Delta Lines?

    I'm currently fixated on the Oahu Railway.
  2. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

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    DCC - pros & cons of different brands/models.
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    I'm trying to track down the various USRA reports from the 1970s when Conrail was being formulated but I'm not having much luck.
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    Trying to find when steam last ran in the oil palm estates of Sumatra. Unfortunately, as no tours went there after 1998, I have no idea where to look.
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    I'm currently interested in how the different systems of a steam loco work together to make the things go....
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    Earing more...
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    logicman Greybeard

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    I would very much like to know more about:

    US HO rtr brand names and their build quality.

    Collectability/ rarity of US HO rtr locos and wagons.

    In regard to US prototype wagons, what are the basic types, i.e. what do all those A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.s mean in plain English, please?


    :wave:
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    I am starting a modual layout with the museum here in town so I am reading everything I can about that right now!

    Capreol Model RR.

    David
  9. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    trying to find a reliable C&O all-time deisel roster with details and pics of specific engines.--josh
  10. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

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    Which acronyms are you referring to?

    The basic freight cars are boxcars, hopper cars, gondolas, flat cars, stock cars, and tank cars. Cars with 4 sides and a roof can be lumped together as house cars while cars based off of flat cars can be lumped together as platform cars. Where you have 5, 6, and 7 plank wagons...we have high and low side gondolas.
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    Gee, I wish I could contribute something to this thread, but it is difficult to decide one ONE thing. I don't think I am happy unless I have at least half a dozen projects going at once!

    My latest curiosity is how copper/smelting products and their constituent raw materials were shipped a hundred years ago. I am trying to create plausible traffic for my narrow gauge line.

    Kevin
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    Kevin...I'm in the same boat as you...I've been searching the web, but all I come up with is how it's being done today....Maybe a little creative engineering will be necessary....
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    Building an HO Model Railroad with Personality by John Olson has a list of books about Arizona copper mining in its bibliography. I don't have a copy anymore but I'm sure somebody out in Gauge... I mean, "Zealotland" ought to be able to provide some titles to review.
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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    Jimri

    Jrmi, is that dyslexic for 'germ'?:p

    Lynn
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    RonP Member of the WMRC

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    JMRI is an open source project that runs decoder pro it is a free DCC decoder progamming software and panel pro a CTC style thing a majiggi Like i said I want to learn more
  20. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

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    Oh,...yeah,...sure

    RonP, I'm sure glad you said that and not me. I don't speak that kind of language. I haven't the foggiest if you're talking trains or computers.
    Rotsa Ruck!:confused:

    Lynn