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Clever Idea – Making Corrugated Tin and Coal sacks

John T has kindly shared these ideas:

Here is a tip for who is interested tin and coal sacks.

I brought ready made corrugated plastic sheets then I made my own Iused the brought sheet an foil tray from a meat pie cut it to shape then placed the foil on top. I run a finger nail down the creases to make it very realistic.

Coal sacks

I brought three boxes of tips you uses for roll ups from a pound shop pressed them a little to the desired shape. I removed some filling from the top end and placed model coal in and painted the sacks.

Hope this is of interest to you.

Hopefully John can upload a photo in the comments section of his post.

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00 Gauge 4mm Windows

John asks:

“Does any one know where I can purchase large quantities of model windows that wont cost an arm and leg? Thank.”

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Locomotives and Tracks

“Hi everyone, I am Karthik from India, I’m new to this hobby of rail road models, my question is that, there are a large number of manufacturers in model railroads. Is it possible that an N Scale KATO or MICRO TRAINS made locomotives and rolling stock can run on ATLAS or BACHMANN made N scale tracks or a Flexitrack?”

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Running Multiple Trains

Joel wants to learn more about the hobby and asks this question of more experienced model railroaders:

“Watching some vids I think I see multi trains on the sam mie line, but one is stopped while another is in motion. Is this possible or should I be using better ventilation as I paint? Thanks.”

It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced railroader or an absolute beginner, don’t be embarrassed to post a question no matter how simple or complex it might be. The best way to learn and progress in the hobby is to ask plenty of questions. Most model railroaders are more than happy to share their experience and particuarly encourage newcomers to the hobby. We all began with abdolutely no knowledge, so send in your questions if you need help with anything regardless of how simple or unusual your question might be. There are probably plenty of others reading this blog who will want to know the answers too.

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Loss of Power on Points

Barry models in N scale and has this question for readers:

“Hi, I hope some one can help. Up till yesterday my track was running without any problems. After giving the track its weekly clean l found that the train run perfectly well until coming to one set of points it then stops dead. The trains run perfectly well ether side of the points. HELP PLEASE.”

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Wheel Gauge Adjustment

Benj sent in this question:

“I want to alter the wheel gauge on my O-Scale 2-track truck. The wheels are actually too close together. Do any of your blog people know what to do?”

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Rail Joiners – What to Use

Allan W asked:

“Can anyone please explain the difference, advantages/disadvantages between metal and the plastic rail joiner type? Thanks very much in advance.”

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I Need Info on Point Rodding

Barry W used the ASK A QUESTION link to submit this query:

“I am considering adding point rodding to my train layout after reading a little about it, but I don’t know where to source the right product? Thanks in anticipation.”

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DCC READY Locomotives

Ed asks for comments:

“If a Locomotive is being sold as ‘DCC ready’ will it still perform normally in DC mode if the DCC circuitry is not installed?”

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Ideas For Scenery and Structures

Morgan would like some ideas for his HO shelf layout from anyone who has any suggestions:

“My shelf layout is 12″/yes, one foot deep. To be 24′ long, currently finished only one 8′ board/left end. On that board I have barely enough track, and very little room for buildings, etc. Will probably need false fronts on the wall to “simulate” business for the railroad. 3″ at the most in depth. But can be 3′ wide, meaning more than one building. With this narrow a layout, I do not anticipate backdrop. Maybe just drawing paper painted pale blue on the wall. This is not to be a showplace. Mostly just for me. So I’m looking for ideas. Basic area is West TX, so it’s pretty barren. I have tons of cars, so the industries can be most anything. ?? An ice platform for refrigerator cars. ?? LOL But oil and stock pens are good. Ideas and suggestions, please.”


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Athearn Engine Wheels

David asks:

“Can anyone tell me how to the size HO loco wheels with a digital caliper?”

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Switch Machine For Shinohara Double Crossover

HO Double Crossover

Lou is planning a double crossover and posts this question:

“I am planning to install an HO Shinohara double crossover on my system. The tracks sit on 1/2″ plywood base board and cork road bed. Although all my rolling stock runs on DCC all the switches run on DC.

My question is what make and model switch machine will work best mounted under the base board? Do I need 4 switch machines or can I get away with less if some how ganging them up to operate the turnouts?”

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Easy Wire Joins Between Modules

Online Model Train Club Member Richo has started work on the second of four planned modules on his N scale layout and questions:

“Is there an easy joining system for disconnecting and reconnecting wires between modules?”

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Shipley Model Railway Society Trains in Operation

Thanks to Jason for sending in these photos of trains on the Shipley Model Railway Society layout in the UK. The Society was founded in 1978 and has around 40 members who come from towns across Yorkshire including: Ilkley, Keighley, Otley, Guiseley, Harrogate, Horsforth, Bradford and Brighouse.

The Shipley Model Railway Society Layouts in the clubrooms are 4mm and 7mm (EM and OO gauges). The Society operates trains from Great Britain in the 1920’s through to the present day. It has an assortment of European, Canadian, and American rolling stock.

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Plywood or Foam Insulation Board?

New member to the Online Model Train Club Chris Peterson has this question for readers:

“Quick question – is foam insulating board better than using ply-wood? I will be building height on top using layers of extruded foam so I can carve into it. Is this the right way? I like that it’s lightweight. Is there any fire danger?”

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Replacement of Athearn Wheels or Trucks

David asks:

“I have an F-7 b unit by Athearn. It has a bent wheel. Does anyone know where to purchase replacement for the blue box?”

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Improvements to Basic Layout

Lucky is just getting started in the hobby and seeks advice from others who have progressed to a more advanced level. Here is his question:

“I am new to modern age of model trains. I set up a basic set for grand kids. It is very “Mickey mouse”, so I would like to move up to reasonably priced set with latest features. Maybe still retaining the style of loco and cars young children would enjoy, but with an improved power supply. The Lionel booklet suggests an 80 watt transformer cw80. I assume I will need connection to track? Any help would be appreciated.”

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Track Modification Suggestions?

Daniel asks:

“I am trying to run two lines into a O scale Lionel Train Station Co. I guess out of a switch, I can’t get one of the lines in parallel with the other one. How do I modify track to make the curve coming out of the switch? Can the track be adjusted by loosening the metal ties?”

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