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  • Karl's Avatar
    17 Hours Ago
    As Keith stated it's all about the MU jumper cables. The instructions in the F-7 manual are very terse.
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  • DanHyde's Avatar
    21 Hours Ago
    Thanks, Keith. I figured it had to be reversed some how, just didn't think of pins in the MU cable! I've worked with reversing starters for years, just never thought of just wires!!
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    The M/U cable connections on each locomotive unit have two connections that control direction of travel; one forward and one reverse. Those two connections are reversed internally at the front end of each unit. So a forward command is forward at the rear of the locomotive and reverse at the front of a locomotive. The M/U jumper cables also have the same connections reversed end to end. Pin 8 of the M/U cable is the reverse wire at the rear...
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  • Karl's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Karl replied to a thread Class repairs in 2-8-0 Consolidation
    The question that asks at what locations could all class repairs, one through five, be performed, might also need also to ask about actual prictice vs capability. The attached map was published for the investor representatives, who rode the Investors’ Special of 1955. The map shows the end of steam locations that had mechanical forces dedicated to steam locomotive maintenance. While it doesn’t answer the question, it does show where the...
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  • HWB's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    HWB replied to a thread Track Cleaning? in General
    Joe, I don't keep these cars on the layout or run them with other trains. They are much too heavy and the drag that the cleaning pad creates, even when soaked thoroughly is substantial. As a matter of fact I have to use an Athearn Genesis FP45 (this is an extremely heavy and powerful engine) to pull it and sometimes that's all it can do. I just clear the track it will be cleaning of all trains and make a couple of passes then I'm done. Takes...
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  • DanHyde's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Something I wondered about . When the diesel " blocks " were separated, how was the direction of travel determined? Were there relays in the MU circuit, or did the engineer have to manually throw a switch. It may not have been an issue on the A-B-A grouping as delivered, but after they were broken apart? Just pondering. Thanks for any replies .
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  • mktjames's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    mktjames replied to a thread Track Cleaning? in General
    At the TWMRC on test and tune night we would run a boxcar with a Masonite pad sprayed with the CRC 2-26 in front of an engine and then follow it with the centerline car (brass roller with scrubby paper towel wrapped around and a little alcohol. If there was a big build up the Walthars box car with the scratchy pad was put between Masonite pad boxcar and the engine. MKT James
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Attached is the requested diagram/map of the former Frisco yard at Newburg, MO, on the SLSF Eastern Division, mile post 119.1. This is a generalized map from the time when the U.S. Army branch line to Ft. Leonard Wood was being constructed, 1940-1941. Not every little detail of the Newburg yard is shown, but for modeling purposes, this is good. With this diagram serving as a map, a visit to the former yard location at Newburg will give you...
    17 replies | 716 view(s)
  • Frisco1515's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Which locations of Frisco shops could make all Classes of repairs to steam locos? Thanks, Frisco 1515
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Here is a diagram of the layout of the "new" Rolla depot from 1928. Note the team track running behind the depot, plus the house track close in front of the building at its railroad east end. Both these tracks were there until the end; the team track was still there when the depot was being reduced to a pile of rubble. Occasionally, there were interesting cars parked on these two tracks for short periods. I loved that depot - took many a...
    17 replies | 716 view(s)
  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    William That 7052 Tamper II is near 52 feet long. How did they load it on the flats or did it move job to job on its own? 7027 Tamper, 7052 Regulator.
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Joe Lovett replied to a thread Track Cleaning? in General
    Thank you Howard for your input. I've seen the cars before but never thought about it that much until now. I can see where the roller car could be disguised with a removal structure much like a transfer caboose then both cars painted and decaled as part of a work train. Joe
    44 replies | 9346 view(s)
  • HWB's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    HWB replied to a thread Track Cleaning? in General
    I wanted to add a few lessons learned since I started this thread. First is I don't think the Miniatronics gizmo helped at all. Second, locomotive wheels seem to be more of a problem than dirty track. I have finally settled on a CMX cleaning car followed by a Centerline cleaning car. If you have not seen a CMX cleaning car I would suggest looking it up. It's pricey but money well spent. The time and effort saved is worth the cost. And don't be...
    44 replies | 9346 view(s)
  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Oh I forgot, to attach the sandpaper I have used a thin layer of RTV caulking on each surface or two face adhesive tape, better known as "supervisor tape" at my work. Joe
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Brandon, I have used various colors and grit of sandpaper to represent asphalt or concrete roads and rooftops on my N scale layouts. Various shades of thin paint was then applied to weather the road and a sharpie to show tar seams. It works great for N scale. Maybe a slightly heavier grit would work for HO. Joe
    139 replies | 12872 view(s)
  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Tonight's before and after... Tonight I sanded down the seams that I caulked last night, then dusted every thing with a damp towel before painting a base color to help out the ground cover I'll add later. I hope to outline the track plan tomorrow night and lay roadbed this weekend. If all goes well, I may have time to go ahead and lay the roadbed tomorrow night and lay track this weekend. What material is best for modeling pavement on...
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Joe Lovett replied to a thread Track Cleaning? in General
    Thank you Keith and James, now I know how to clean the turnouts and where to buy the CRC2-26. I think I will use masonite to clean the rest of the track to minimize scratching. This has been a very informative thread. Thank you to everyone who has posted their thoughts. Joe
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  • dpeterson3's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I didn't realize the dog food factory use to be in downtown. Its now off on the edge of town on Bridge School Road. I don't know if its the same company or not. I would guess it is (or the newer one grew out of the older one). I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the explanation. I've been sick for a few weeks, so I had a chance to track down the fire insurance maps. The ones from about 1910 are interesting. Unfortunately, they don't show...
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  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Larry F. replied to a thread Class repairs in 2-8-0 Consolidation
    Once again, thank you Karl. Larry F.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    TAG1014 replied to a thread Class repairs in 2-8-0 Consolidation
    THANKS Karl !--I've read about "class" repairs for years and never ran across a really clear explanation until now. Tom G.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    klrwhizkid replied to a thread Track Cleaning? in General
    I think that would work.
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  • Karl's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Karl replied to a thread Class repairs in 2-8-0 Consolidation
    From the Locomotive Cyclopedia Class 1: New Boiler or back end, flues, new or reset Class 2: New firebox, one or more shell course; or roof sheet, flues new or reset; tires turned or new Class 3: Flues all new or reset (superheater flues may be excepted), necessary repairs to firebox and boiler, tires turned or new Class 4: Flues part of full set, light repairs to boiler, machinery and tender Class 5: Tires turned or new, necessary repairs...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Andrew, I'm not sure what you are saying exactly but the New Member Forum is here. Welcome aboard! Charlie
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  • Andrew Baird's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Charlie, I don't see the new member introduction as a choice of subforum, but I am a real person, particularly interested in the Phenix marble quarry that shipped rock out of Phenix on "the leaky roof" line. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 replies | 3318 view(s)
  • yardmaster's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Tom, I'm not sure if it fully answers the question, but somewhere I'd started compiling a spreadsheet of locomotive assignments by division/subdivision, based off of Fuel Performance Reports in the Old Frisco Employees' Magazines. Over time, it points to some pretty consistent trends: for example, oil-burning Pacifics and the occasional oil-burning 1500-class Mountain seemed to have been the motive power of choice for River Division...
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Joe Lovett replied to a thread Track Cleaning? in General
    Hi, would scrubbing the contact surface area with an alcohol Q-tip and then applying CRC2-2 be a good way to clean turnout points? Joe
    44 replies | 9346 view(s)
  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    I've been curious about something I've read here and there; when they talk of engine terminals and shops in steam days there is mention that a particular shop can handle class 3, 4, or 5 repairs....what does each class signify? I assume class 5 being a heavy repair. Thanks. Larry F.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Thanks Sherrel, Nice to hear from you. Hope you are feeling better!
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Yeah Tom, its a pretty rare catch being half finished and out on the road, like you say some of these old geeps did have a very long life. Here is the same engine again in 1989. Don't know when it was retired but the CNW site does not show it on the roster in 95 when UP took over.
    6 replies | 1818 view(s)
  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Wow thats quite a photo. I like it. Just not sure I could bring myself to desecrate (hand over heart :)) a Frisco GP7 like that. What a testimony to the enduring quality of those old GP7's huh? I can practically see every cut and weld on it. Not saying I wouldn't do it, just not mine LOL, well, not tonight.
    6 replies | 1818 view(s)
  • WindsorSpring's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Well, if "Friscomike" is in favor of the upgrade, and the search engine is as good as promised, Xenforo is worth a try here, in my opinion. (I still like the structured arrangement; That was well thought out.)
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I know this is an old thread, but check out this interesting engine and its in service conversion appearance, photo taken at Reinbeck Iowa. Would be a cool project for some of you master modelers on here !
    6 replies | 1818 view(s)
  • paul slavens's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I vote for the new software based what you guys have said about the search feature casting a broader net. Paul
    43 replies | 1045 view(s)
  • friscomike's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Howdy folks, As the retired webmaster and builder of the original frisco.org in HTML, then Discuss, I see the forum software as a simple egg carton. Some egg cartons are paper mâché, some are plastic, and all work to contain eggs and keep them safe. Depending on the use and environment, the only solution for a group of people may be plastic or paper. So our choice may be paper or plastic... Charlie is the king of railroad forums if...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I'm catching on now. You mean cropped on the display page. Those are just thumbnails. This is your whole photo:
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Tom, I am not following 100%. What is the reason for right clicking on the photo? Charlie
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Actually Charlie I dont have any that are not resized right now as I do it as soon as I upload them from the camera. Let me get you some in a couple days. BTW I deleted the issue photos on TB and uploaded again, now when double clicked the whole image shows, but if you right click and select view image it still shows the thumbnail. I just uploaded 2 images and thats what it shows.
    43 replies | 1045 view(s)
  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Apologies for the non Frisco content, but this is the very photo uploaded and the thumbnail showed the picture cropped (no surprise), but when yo double click the image to open it, still shows the cropped image.
    43 replies | 1045 view(s)
  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Another fine production from the shops of HOLLEY ENTERPRISES ! BRAVO, TOM!:cool::cool:
    8 replies | 297 view(s)
  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Tom, I am not aware of that problem. Can you e-mail me a picture that is not resized? I am able to upload 8 megabyte photos on TrainBoard and the software is resizing them to 2000 px and downsizing them to 2 MB automatically. If you are having issues I want to work through that as it may be an issue that I am not aware of. Charlie
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    That's an excellent point Keith! Xenforo has the ability to have Elasticsearch installed (and it is installed on TrainBoard). This system produces incredible search results and works in a way that we have not see before on forum software. HUGE improvement in searches and the ability to search for shorter terms.
    43 replies | 1045 view(s)
  • meteor910's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Luke - Thanks for posting this! Ken
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Charlie I am struggling with the Picture albums now called media on TB. I resized my images to well under 2MB but roster shots of locos upload show as severely cropped in the album. Is there a setting I need to adjust? I have to say I am less than enthused with that particular part of TB. As info I always crop my pictures to show relevant content, most are no longer a "square image" and these seem to be the ones that are the problem images,...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Thanks Larry, and everyone else. That decals is on Microscale 87-85
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  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Tom, I just noticed your post for the caboose-very nice, indeed! Where did you find the yellow backed herald? Larry
    8 replies | 297 view(s)
  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    I feel that one of the reasons that Mike Corley and I continued with the massive structure was that the Search engine on vBulletin is pretty lame; it does not search well for a specific topic: say "EMD SW7" to find all threads where the phrase EMD SW7 appears. A search for EMD SW7 in quotes yields no results. A search for either EMD or SW7 without quotes yields no results. It is easier to navigate through the forum using the forum and thread...
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  • WindsorSpring's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    Charlie suggested: "It is my opinion that this forum structure is too massive. If these forums were posted in frequently then I would have no problem with that but I think the information is too spread out, too fragmented." On the other hand, the structure makes it very easy to find information, previous discussion or a photo without having to post anything. That keeps the signal-to-noise ratio at an enviably high level on Frisco.org. I...
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    The version I downloaded is 4.1.1, which has the Econami decoders on it.
    6 replies | 288 view(s)
  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Let me give another example of prefixes and how they are used, and how I think they should be used: TrainBoard used to have a very large "Fallen Flag" forum structure. The problem was that some of the forums did not get a lot of traffic. Click here to take a look at that forum now. Note that each thread has the prefix of a fallen flag railroad. If you click on one of them, example "NYC," you immediately get a filtered list of all of the...
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks Mike. We appreciate everyone's comments. Derrick, Those are "thread prefixes." We actually have that here on vBulletin too but I don't believe that we are using it here on Frisco.org. The way it works is; you can build up sets of prefixes and then assign those prefixes to a specific forum or group of forums. If you had a forum called "Pets," you could make a set of prefixes, such as, Cats, Dogs, Goldfish, Rabbits, and so on....
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Looks pretty good. I love the Fireball Express.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Anyone wanting to use Decoder Pro with the new Econami decoders needs to upgrade to Decoder Pro 4. Then download the attached folder and unzip it. Read the Readme file to complete adding the Econami decoder definitions.
    6 replies | 288 view(s)
  • trainchaser007's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    After finally concluding yesterday that a "kit bashed power pack" idea I was trying won't work, I refocused my attention on benchwork tonight, making a little bit of progress despite several interruptions along the way to help with homework. Here's a before and after. I'm exited about having a 7.5 ft run-around on each side. That's almost as long as my last layout was from end to end. I still wonder why I didn't build the last layout this...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thanks for your response, Karl. It was very helpful. We have a local Katy modeler that models the Katy between KC and Parsons. Of course he has a part of the Frisco on his railroad so he had Mike Burgett of www.ctcparts.com to put together a CTC panel and connect signals to the line between KC and Paola Kansas. The attached photo is of the machine that Mike assembled based on the information that was provided. In the photos, the machine...
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Karl - Just got back from a quick trip to Florida. Nice job on the GT&W piece! Ken
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  • dricketts's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    After spending about 10 minutes on trainboard.com it seems pretty intuitive. I do have a question about the colored buttons / tags at the beginning of some threads. How are they used?
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Fun to see most of the logos pulled out on one side , we got all of them with exception to "SL-SF" and "1291" but we caught a lucky break and were able to reveal 1288 from the top of caboose 1288. With that we were able to get 3 of the 4 needed numbers for 1291, and we hand drew the 9. Also hand drew the SL-SF. Now we have a full set of hand made stencils to the exact original size. I think I will have a sign company come out and capture...
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    4 Days Ago
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  • Karl's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Rule 284: Approach Medium Y/G or Flashing Yellow
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  • mike_newton's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Hi Charlie, I don't post much, but I will throw in my two cents. First off I appreciate all of your efforts in taking care of this site. I do know that it takes a fair amount of effort in keeping things up and running and keeping all of the back end database functionality functioning. I wasn't a Trainboard user until your post came out about updating software for this site. I did create a Trainboard account yesterday to "kick the tires"....
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    I need to know what Frisco signal indication would be seen at the immediate signal if a train was to take a diverging route at the next signal after the current. Would it be yellow over yellow, flashing ,yellow over yellow or yellow over lunar?
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  • Larry F.'s Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thank you , Tom. With any kind of luck my next post will be the steam generator car. I'm getting tired of looking at the unfinished project.
    8 replies | 771 view(s)
  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Tom, Different software will not change our focus, and should not change the things that you like. My goal, as long as I am the leader of the site, is two-fold: 1) Increase the Frisco Railroad content on the Internet (which serves to preserve the heritage that we care about), and 2) Make people enjoy this site and want to come here to be part of a like-minded group (which is why I am disappointed that more people do not welcome new members...
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Sherrell, the purple thing is the Soundtraxx Current Keeper, a capacitor bank that keeps the locomotive running for up to 10 second with a loss of track contact. It connects where the normal small 220uf capacitor would connect to the decoder. The motor and gears are below the whole works. The silver rectangle at the front on top of the front truck is one of my Sweet Sound "sugar cube" speakers. It has more bass response than nearly...
    6 replies | 288 view(s)
  • tomd6's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    The steady users of Frisco.org appear to be model railroaders who have an interest in getting things right from a historical and/or technical perspective. I suspect that those interested in Frisco history only often also have a narrower focus based on criteria such as division or a specific geographic area. Tht's my two cents worth. Tom Duggan
    43 replies | 1045 view(s)
  • TAG1014's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Maybe I just like our chatboard better because I'm used to it. I'll go along with whatever you do. I just mostly look at the pictures anyway. I was wondering how many members there are?? There seem to be only about a dozen of us who post any commemts?? Tom G.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thats a real head turner Larry. Nice explanation of what you did as well. A very convincing effort for sure. Great decal job too.
    8 replies | 771 view(s)
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