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RESULTS OF MODEL TRAIN POLL – New Year Model Railroading Resolutions

Last week the question was asked:

Have you made any New Year model railroading resolutions, or have you set any goals for this coming year relating to your model trains or layout?

The following replies came in from readers:

YES – I decided to complete a project I started (28 Votes)

YES – I decided to increase my understanding of DCC (26 Votes)

YES – I decided to begin a new project (24 Votes)

YES – I decided to improve my knowledge of the hobby (22 Votes)

No – I haven’t made any specific resolutions relating to the hobby (22 Votes)

YES – I decided to purchase some new trains, accessories, or structures (21 Votes)

YES – I decided to resolve a problem that has been annoying me (15 Votes)

YES – I decided to clean my layout (15 Votes)

Yes – I decided to increase my understanding of Arduino or other technologies (14 Votes)

YES – I decided to expand my layout (8 Votes)

Unfortunately, I don’t have a layout yet (10 Votes)

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Gearing of Engines

Jim asks:

“What is Super Gearing, what does or what is it supposed to do, and how does it affect engine performance? Is this worth the time and effort to install? Just curious.”

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Regauge Loco Wheels

Allan asks:

“I need a few tips on regauging loco wheels – diesel and steam. I have 3 diesel locos and 1 steam.”

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Will Weathering Affect The Resale Price Of Trains?

Ian asks:

“I probably have another year or 2 before I seriously start thinning out my train collection. I have weathered 17 engines over time and wondered if has increased or decreased their resale value. I think I’ve done a good job but that might not be what buyers are looking for. Has anyone sold similar engines weathered versus box new condition?”

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How To Make Tunnels and Tunnel Portals For Your Model Train Layout

Plans for the tunnel portals mentioned in this video are available for download from


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Motor Brushes Replacement

Scotty writes:

“I have an older model HO Flying Scotsman. Whilst cleaning motor, one of the brushes broke.  Does someone know where I can get a replacement? Thanks.”

Post your suggestions below.

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Desoldering Track and Wires

Duncan asks readers:

“Does anyone know the best way to desolder track? I want to separate several lengths of tracks, but on the first one I tried the rail heated and it came loose from a tie. Please advise. Thanks”

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Joining Timber Tables

Barry asks:

“Is there a best (right) way to join tables together?”

Add your comments to assist Barry below.

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Watch How To Construct This Old Wild West Scale Model Telegraph and Stage Coach Office. SAVE UP TO 72% on PACK DEALS!

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Minimum Radius For 6-Axle Locomotives

Mitchell has HO trains and asks:

“What is the recommended minimum radius for a 6-axle locomotive?”

To assist Mitchell please add any comments and suggestions below his post.

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Merry Christmas To All Our Model Railroading Fans

Whether you are experiencing Winter in the Northern Hemisphere, or Summer in the Southern Hemisphere, We would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and hopefully a wonderful time with family and friends. Also, a special thank you to all our customers and contributors for their continuing support, because we are just a small business and without it, this Blog could not continue.

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Decoder Wiring Sound Car

Bryan has HO scale and asks:

“I have wired speaker and pickup wires to my Kato Metra car. The decoder turns on and off ok, but need to know how to wire the lights to my existing light control board. Would I need to purchase new LED’s and wire them up separately?”

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Construct These Scale Model Churches – WATCH HOW!

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Old Engines Not working

Verlin models HO and asks:

“I have new Bachmann track, and a small setup. My small pusher engine works perfectly. My 3 larger engines do not. The lights are flickering but the engines not running. They all worked 10 years ago, but have been stored in basement since in Colorado. Maybe the wheels need cleaning? Best way? Other suggestions?”

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Adding a Decoder

Geoff writes:

“Hello, I have OO9 (UK speak for HO narrow gauge). I’m planning to add a decoder to a Tomytec N gauge chassis for a narrow gauge railcar project. The connection from the wheels to the motor is by metal strips. As there aren’t any colored wires, I’m not sure which “side” of the motor and chassis to connect the red and black pickup wires and the orange/grey motor wires of the decoder. I’m not sure if it matters anyway, since the railcar doesn’t really have a front and back.”

If you are able to assist Geoff, please add your comments under his post.

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Problem With Peco Joiners

Larry works with N scale and writes:

“I just dug out a pack of Peco joiners that I hadn’t used before. I can’t get them to start on the rails as most are pinched together. Any fixes?”

Please post your comments to assist Larry below.

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Kadee 148 Whisker Verses Number 5 Couplers

Neville asks”

“I have 3 older Athearn diesels dating back to the ’80s and one a bit earlier. Looking at the coupler boxes I think the Kadee Whisker #148 might be my best option. Any thoughts?”

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