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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Minute Ago
    That's an excellent photo. Thanks so much. Makes me want a fleet of these. I've seen five photos of different ones and they each have a unique characteristic.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    19 Minutes Ago
    I knew the reason the BN knocked down my beloved Rolla depot in the 1980's was for good, sound business practice, but I'll never forgive them! At least I got three nice platform bricks out of the rubble. The bricks are set in our backyard patio now. As I have often said, at night, in the dark, sitting out there relaxing with an adult beverage or two in me, I can still hear echos of 1500's, 4100's, 4300's, 4400's, 4500's, F3's, GP7's, E7's,...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    38 Minutes Ago
    True enough, back a way's, Frisco used to lease land $ 1.00 for 99 years. In some area's Depot's were give to the City. In 1987 or close, I got orders to burn all out buildings. It was mainly Taxes on buildings that caused them to take a hard look at how badly they needed the structure. Then started the eruption of portable structures, the lease was Tax Deductable at the time.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    40 Minutes Ago
    Jim - My scanner is being kinder to me today than it was last night! FYI, this is waycar SLSF 499, at Monett, MO, sometime in 1910. I obtained this from Charles Winters, a print from his collection, at least 30 years ago. Ken
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    Ahh, the sweetness of a new beginning. Looks like you're off to a good start.
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    1 Hour Ago
    I have re-painted the wall panels, mounted them about 12 inches higher than before (48" off of the floor), and extended each side 44" all the way to the door. I still have a little work to do on the seams. Nailing the 2x4 pieces to the studs first gave me something to set the panels on which made it a lot easier to nail the panels to the studs. I'm about to get started on the benchwork that will span from wall to wall and from the rear wall...
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    2 Hours Ago
    Here you go, Keith. Hope these help. I was concerned that the DC power coming out of the Xbox 360 power supply won't work if their is a rectifier on these components that converts AC to DC. If only I could just connect 12 DC at 12A to a potentiometer for a throttle, a DPDT switch for direction, and then to the track, I would be set. I'm guessing it's not even close to that easy. - Brandon
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    The thread with the floor plans is "oklahoma depot floor plans" there are 2 views of mounds.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    Dig around this site, and there are floor plans of most all the Frisco depots, in another thread.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    That would be great! Thanks. On a sad note, Athearn informed me that their all wheel pickup tender trucks are no longer available! :( Now I have to use Kadee coupler centering springs to make my own. I hate doing that.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Hours Ago
    Brandon, the issue may not be just the power capacity of the transformer in the power pack. If it was, then the output from the Xbox power supply may possibly be connected to that circuit board where the transformer connects. The transformer output is AC and it goes through a rectifier on the board. If the rectifier on the board is a bridge rectifier (may be a single four legged chip or four separate silicon diodes), then the output from the...
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    5 Hours Ago
    The undec RPO has been sold. Thanks to those who were interested. Ken
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    Charlie Dix replied to a thread Books on eBay in Swap Meet
    Frisco Southwest (buy it now $18).
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  • nvrdieyng's Avatar
    9 Hours Ago
    I belong to the Mounds Historical Society in Mounds, OK, about 20 miles south of Tulsa. At one time we had an old train depot here. The town of Mounds in it's early beginnings moved twice to meet where they were laying the train track route! All that is left now is the foundation. I am in the process of learning how to write grants so that we can rebuild a replica of the original depot someday. What steps do I need to take and who to contact...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    10 Hours Ago
    Folks, July was a good month for the Frisco Archive. First, we set a record on the number of posts: 117. Second, we acquired some new material that I am excited to be posting. One of them is the "AJ Collection." You might notice that at full size these are slightly grainy. These are being scanned at 600 DPI from very small photographs and we are getting you the best scans we can. Hopefully people are enjoying these. Also, the "DW...
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  • magistrate's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    magistrate replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    Jim - I found a small pic of SLSF 499 in my files - a small waycar very similar to your model of SLSF 777. It got it from from Charles E.Winters years ago, and was taken in Monett, circa 1910. Some details - it rides on arch bar, leaf-sprung trucks; has what looks like rod braces on each corner front & rear of the cupola; and has no platform deck on the front. The pic is of the left side of the waycar, the side door is open, and the boys are...
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    I bought several HO Walthers 60-ft heavyweight head-end and passenger cars some time ago - both undecorated and in ATSF colors. They were a four-car set, all 60-ft ...... baggage, RPO, combine, and coach. I have too many RPO's (5) for my meager needs, so I'd like to offer the undec RPO to anyone in frisco.org who would be interested. Refer to the attached pics to go along with the following description. What I have is Walthers item 931-766,...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    18 Hours Ago
    Tonight's progress was the construction of the end platforms and basic completion of the under frame and truck bolsters. I made the end platforms by laminating styrene and scribed wood siding to form the proper shape and used a thin strip of styrene embossed with rivets to wrap around the end. These were glued to the ends of a styrene strip was glued to the under frame and left protruding enough to use as a mounting point for the platforms. The...
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    18 Hours Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread 4508?? in 4-8-4 Northern
    Sherrel - Assuming you are referring to E8 SLSF 2009, Jet Pilot, there are quite a few pics kicking around. I know Mike Condren has at least one in his collection, I have at least one each from Lou Marre and Art Johnson, and several more exist. Plus, somebody had a close up of 2009 posted on eBay some time ago. See the attached pic from that listing - somehow I think I know why 2009 is your favorite E-unit! Ken
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    This ex Frisco caboose is sitting in Forks Washington, posted on a caboose forum. Shared with pic owners permission. Unknown number, looks like a residence.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    OK... I can already hear the DCC folks saying, "Oh no! Not this thread again!?!" I wouldn't bring it up again but I recently found a 12V, 12.1A power supply for free and I'm dying to know if I can use it to modify a power pack. As I've said before, I would like to run 2 or 3 locomotives on the same train but I need more than the current half amp output that each of my four power packs supply. I recently found a power supply to an Xbox 360...
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Sirfoldalot replied to a thread 4508?? in 4-8-4 Northern
    Think that's bad? Try finding anything on 2009!
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Sirfoldalot replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl, already commented on FB to you, but will certainly echo all of the others comments .. Especially those via Tom Holly!
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    20 Hours Ago
    TAG1014 replied to a thread 4508?? in 4-8-4 Northern
    Maybe that engine was wrecked at some point. Tom G.
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    Charlie Dix replied to a thread 4508?? in 4-8-4 Northern
    I will try to accommodate you later in the week. Charlie
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    More Railfax! Good. I am running out...
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  • nvrdieyng's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    My name is Dallas Smith. I recently joined the Mounds Historical Society. I was joking one day that after the museum opens, maybe we could rebuild the depot! This idea has caught on more than I thought. All I can find is one very old photo of the depot. I'd like to find the measurements, photos and blueprints somewhere to help do this someday! I am learning how to write a grant and looking for funding for this project someday in the future. If...
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    yardmaster replied to a thread 4508?? in 4-8-4 Northern
    Tom, the only one I've seen is this one that Don previously posted. That's the lone example that I can find either here or on the Archives. Wonder why there seems to be a scarcity of photos for it? http://www.frisco.org/vb/showthread.php?488-4-8-4-4508&highlight=4508 Best Regards,
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    I hadnt thought of that one Ken, will look into it.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    I was told that clear nail polish was good for that too.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    23 Hours Ago
    TAG1014 started a thread 4508?? in 4-8-4 Northern
    Anyone ever see a photo of 4508? Kind of a rare bird. I can't recall ever seeing any pictures of it?? Tom G.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    William Jackson replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl, I am, sorry for the loss, we will keep all the memories close of our extended Frisco family. Bill Jackson
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Coonskin replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    We never get too old to not want our mom n' dad around. Very sorry for your loss, Karl. He has left a legacy through you.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    klrwhizkid replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl, may the Lord be with you, your brothers and sister, and the extended family.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    I'll echo the other's comments and I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Charlie, I will package them up and send them to you along with a wad of Frisco Railfax. PM your address.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Although not quite accurate I'm going to order Athearn/Rounhouse all wheel electrical pickup tender trucks direct from Athearn. The same ones used on the old timer 2-6-0, 4-4-0 and 2-8-0. They are bullet proof for conductivity and I've used them on several locos and cabeese. Tonight I'll begin to build the under fame and stubby little end platforms.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Thats a fine lookin outfit there Jim. What Kind of trucks are you gonna put under it?
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Keith, I can scan these into PDFs for the archive if you like. Charlie
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Charlie Dix replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Very sorry to hear it Karl. The best to you and your family. Charlie
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  • Kevin Blair's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    MB Klein in Baltimore (http://www.modeltrainstuff.com) also has a couple of A's left... about a dollar less than BLW - HA! Funny, never noticed that the SLSF units cost more than the Katy FP-7's.
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  • tmfrisco's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    tmfrisco replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl, I am sorry for your loss, also. It is tough loosing our parents, and the best way we can honor and remember them is to live the legacy they taught us as I know you will. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Terry Jankowski
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    gjslsffan replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    So very sorry to hear of your father's passing Karl. What a loss for you, but us all, as well. We are losing these treasures at an alamaring rate. The Korean vets are among the least celebrated, but most deserving veterans we have. I am very sad for you and your family. Kindest regards,
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    ..................... Tom - FYI, I learned something new (to me at least) at the TRRA annual meeting presentation given tonight at the Chase Hotel here in StL by Pat Hiatte. The Frisco offered a through sleeper, for a short time, around 1915 routed from Quanah to St Louis. You need a Pullman somewhere on your layout! K
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    You could hang a clothes pin from it and put CA or white glue on the string to make it appear tight when dry.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Tom - The Tichy crane has a nice looking "snatch block", but again it is plastic. The crane is Tichy kit #4010, an Industrial Brownhoist 120-ton steam crane. Probably much more detail than on the Athearn part. Tichy is pretty user friendly - perhaps they would sell you the parts - everything is on sprue "O" in the kit per the instruction sheet. K
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    frisco1522 replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl: Our deepest sympathy for the Brand family for your loss.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    meteor910 replied to a thread Charles Brand in General
    Karl - So sorry to hear of your loss. Caroline's and my thoughts are with you and with all your family. Ken
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    My modeling buddy came through for me with the perfect sized FRISCO decal. He also added a creative bonus decal for the build date with my name on it. What a great way to celebrate my first scratchbuilt rolling stock. 7-15 could also mean 1915. Perfect. This forum is by far my most valued modeling tool! Next up will be caboose #319.
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  • Karl's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Karl started a thread Charles Brand in General
    The source of my passion for things, railroad and specifically things, Frisco died early this afternoon. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a railroader, beloved husband and a great father.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Hi Jim. I have the plastic one. The one that came with the Athearn crane is metal and will at least straighten the string LOL. I am being picky maybe. But thanks for looking Jim!
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Could be a one evening scratchbuilding project maybe.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Sounds like you're making all the right decisions. If I had to do it over I would also send it to Keith. I had a hell of a time. Keep us posted.
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Received my Tennessee Central HH660 yesterday. It's indeed a lil' doozie. Beautiful paint job! Likely going to send it to Whizkid for a Tsunami 539T installation along with one of my RS-3's for a Tsunami 244 decoder. AND... I think I've figured out a way to piece together FOUR KCT decal diamond herald/stripe sets! More on that later.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I am on a quest for a part again, building a crane that needs this part, it is a snatch block. It came with the Athearn 250 ton crane. Thanks for looking
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    If anyone is interested, Brooklyn Locomotive Works still has the very nice Frisco FP-7 and F7-B models. I have no connection with Brooklyn Locomotive Works except being a regular and satisfied customer. Tom G.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I think they just used whatever engines that were ready at St. Louis or OKC. The "Will" was an overnighter and they really didn't need anything fancy. Too bad, the script lettering was very neat! Tom G. Edit: A photo of that engine and lettering is on page 212 of Joe Collias' Frisco Power.
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Tom, I hadn't thought of this photo in a while until you mentioned it. I think it's one of the few instances of motive power* on the Frisco having the train name on the side. The other examples I can think of, and more permanent examples at that: (a) The Meteor, obviously, on 4500-4502 (b) The Sunnyland - also on the tender of #1042 on its inaugural run. Since #4519 wasn't regular power...what was typically assigned to The Will...
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    "Google" images: SLSF 4-8-4 locomotive 4519. Tom G.
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  • mktjames's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Pictures of the special , I have not seen . mktjames
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I'm starting this thread as a "fan" of #4519 decorated as when she pulled the one time "Will Rogers Special." I know that this scheme was only a temporary paint job, but I was wondering if anyone here liked the decor as much as I do? I always wished that the Frisco had decorated two or three engines with that scheme and permanently assigned them to the "Will." Tom G.
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Coonskin replied to a thread 215 Atlas Selector in DC
    The Atlas 215 "Selector" is used for track blocks. Here is a picture of a 215 "Selector": http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ho-Scale-Trains-215-Selector-ATLU0215-ATLAS-MODEL-RAILROAD-2-LOOK-/371382471776?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item56781ecc60 The Atlas 220 "Controller" is used for wyes, reversing loops, and turntables. Here's a picture of a 220 "Controller": ...
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  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    trainchaser007 started a thread 215 Atlas Selector in DC
    I bought a 215 Atlas Selector today not really knowing whether or not I can use for controlling isolated blocks. (I didn't even know they existed until I saw them in a store today.) Since I got home, I've read where the 215 Atlas selectors are used for reverse loops. Since it has 4 switches, I'm hoping there's a way I can wire it to control my 4 blocks in one little package (instead of 4 separate toggle switches), right next to the power pack...
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    You probably should have two cabooses on your line, Jim, so your next one up can be #319. Until I find evidence otherwise, I like the symmetry of the evenly-spaced windows, along with the look of the end windows, for my modeling era (1943). I reckon I can safely make the argument that these modifications would have been made by this time. Best Regards,
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  • yardmaster's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks for the insight, Jerome. Do you know, offhand, to which union(s) these agreements would have applied? I've thumbed through a BLE agreement (Rev. 1-16-1950) and a Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen agreement (Eff. 4-16-1939; new schedule eff. 12-27-1943). I can't find anything in those per the indices, and I don't have the patience at this hour to go through them from front to back. Best Regards,
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Most of us here in KC build benchwork with 3/4" plywood ripped to 3 or 4 inch wide strips and then use drywall screws to assemble. Plywood is more stable in terms of expansion/contraction with temperature and humidity and will not warp like dimensional lumber, especially the relatively green pine that you will normally find. Home centers will rip a 4'x8' sheet into the strips for you for a nominal charge. You will find your benchwork will be...
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  • friscomike's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Thanks Don, I suspect we will represent the wigwag crossing signal on the Texas Western now that we know... ~mike c
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  • friscomike's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Thanks folks. Operations are very interesting. I wondered why such an inefficient practice prevailed, and now I understand: labor agreements. ~mike c
    11 replies | 518 view(s)
  • Karl's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Karl replied to a thread AT&N: Modern-Era Layout in Freelance
    Linn Wescott does a very nice job explaining how to design and build strong, light-weight benchwork in this text. It is well worth the money. http://www.amazon.com/How-Build-Model-Railroad-Benchwork/dp/0890245428
    131 replies | 11748 view(s)
  • TAG1014's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Jim--There's a photo of a Frisco gondola with those big letters in the Frisco Archive in the "Rolling Stock" section. FYI. Tom G.
    36 replies | 1141 view(s)
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