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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    32 Minutes Ago
    Great find! You have reason for being excited.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    12 Hours Ago
    More progress. I finished the backhead details and got some painting done. Those danged valve handles have to be cut out of a sheet of resin. Tedious work on some of these detail parts but I like the results. Next I'll scratchbuild the fuel bunker and long roof. I'll be using a Tsunami light logging decoder in this eventually.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    14 Hours Ago
    And the Cape Girardeau and Southwestern in 1889.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    Woo Hoo! I was googling around the net and found this 1889 Time Table for the Brownwood and Northwestern RY. This is the Zalma Branch when it was only 2 years old! Its interesting (to me) that it shows Greenbrier as two separate words. It even mentions Mississippi River steamboat connections. I've never seen this Time Table before so I feel as if I've discovered a treasure. Pardon my excitement.
    743 replies | 53016 view(s)
  • slsfrr's Avatar
    15 Hours Ago
    slsfrr replied to a thread Looking for decals in General
    Don, I have a model I bought (painted) about a year ago and have yet to find any decals for it, so you might have to make them. If you do find any lets us know. Jerome
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  • nvrr49's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    nvrr49 replied to a thread Lake Junction Models Fire in General
    Point me to plans for a small depot, for reference, but possibly a kit.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    16 Hours Ago
    Agree with Don - Bill is a good fellow. I remember talking with him often at Tinkertown. Hope he recovers quickly, and his business does as well. Bill is a Mopac guy. I seem to remember for a while he was the editor for the MPHS "The Eagle". Ken
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    To All: I have visited the Lake Junction Models site many times and will probably find a place for the Ozark Café on my layout. Of course no layout of the correct era can have enough privy's! I also had the opportunity to see many of the buildings recently on Charlie Duckworth's beautiful Missouri Pacific layout. Having said that, I have often wondered why Bill hasn't produced at least one Frisco building, possibly a small frame depot. I do...
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    19 Hours Ago
    Great information Keith! Thanks for the detailed post!
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  • kdedgin's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    kdedgin replied to a thread Model Flex Frisco Orange in General
    I have used quite a lot of Model Flex including the Frisco Orange. Here are a few of the things I have learned: 1. It normally does not need to be thinned, even for air brushing. 2. If you do thin, use distilled water. 3. Air brushing requires 25-30 psig pressure. 4. The paint dries so fast that you may need to add extender if airbrushing. Use the Badger Model Flex extender for this. 5. When air brushing keep the air brush fairly close...
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    22 Hours Ago
    Terry: I would try Testors/Aztek Universal Acrylic Thinner. Although I haven't specifically tried using it to thin Model Flex paint, I see no reason why it wouldn't work. It comes in a 4 oz. bottle and is available at stores like Hobby Lobby. Be sure and have your 40% off coupon in hand if you go that route. :)
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    That's awful! Bill is a good guy and a meticulous modeler and manufacturer and I hope he's OK and back up soon.
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Keep posting, Jim, has been pretty slow. i just don't really have anything of interest going.
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    To All: The following is a post from another forum about a fire at Lake Junction Models. Although they don't produce any models specific to the Frisco some of their products like their Ozark Café, Boxcar Storage Shed, and Privy's would look at home on any layout. I plan to keep all of you posted on when they are back up and running and as the message says, if anyone has an outstanding order with them, please be patient. "Bill Hoss called...
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  • tmfrisco's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    tmfrisco replied to a thread Model Flex Frisco Orange in General
    It has been over four years since this thread last had a post (my how time flies when you're having fun), but I have a question and a comment. Question: What should be used to thin this paint? Comment: I have found a great source for model flex paint on ebay, but you can visit him at www.hobbypaint.net for your paint needs. He charges a very reasonable shipping fee and gives a discount code after buying so much from him. Terry ps....
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  • Ozarktraveler's Avatar
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    I'm also interested in some more early era decals. I need some foreign road decals. I'll PM you.
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  • Mountain William's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Late to this thread, but are there any decals available for the M&NA? I am very interested in some. Freight and passenger. Also, does anyone have a floor plan of the #99 Business Car? Thanks much! Alan Garner Harrisburg, PA (formerly Searcy, AR and Ft. Smith)
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    Slow day on the forum so I'll post a pic of the log tram Shay. It's beginning to take shape.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Day Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1249 in 1230-1259
    Our Thursday move has been changed to Friday 8-26. Unfortunately I had an uncle pass away early this week and the funeral is Friday so I will not be in Leon while they load the caboose. A friend of mine will be there to take pics and coordinate the trucker with the crane.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    Jim James replied to a thread Looking for decals in General
    Photo, photo, photo. Don't tease us like that.
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  • frisco1522's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    frisco1522 started a thread Looking for decals in General
    I picked up a new Hallmark Midland Valley 601-602 series 2-8-2 and want to paint and letter it. Has anyone ever seen Midland Valley steam decals? If not, I'll have to make them.
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  • Ronnie Gracy's Avatar
    2 Days Ago
    The name of the depot agent in Claremore was Ronnie Gracy - the motorcycle was a 1985 Motoguzzi 850T which was mine - I started working in Claremore Depot in 1973 when depot agent George Picket retired - I worked there until it closed & can't remember for sure when that was
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    So here's the progress on the Boulder Valley Models Sidewinder Shay kit. I started by modifying the 3 truck set up into a 2 truck setup. This first phase includes removing the HO scale cab, boiler and tender body. The rear 3rd truck tender is also removed and not used but the truck is used to replace the rear locomotive truck. Now the fun of assembling the resin kit parts is beginning. I'm not going to use the kit's cab or tender because I'm...
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    3 Days Ago
    That is one good looking photo! I count 14 cars .. Even the smoke cooperated with you in that photo. Sounds as if you really had a railfans delight with all the trimmings? also remembered eating at the Bar D several times in the past.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Outstanding story and photo. The nuances of these decoders are amazing. It is a nice photo. I haven't used a regular camera since I got an iphone.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    What's crazy is that I was driving up 550 and saw the last train of the day coming south in the distance and I was watching the scenery through the windshield, looking for a good spot to take a picture. When I thought the spot was right I pulled over to the shoulder and told Mike to get ready to take a picture. He just leaned out the window and caught that with his iPhone!
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Thats a great photo! Outstanding light, color and composition, just doesn't get better than that. Unless someone could Photoshop a Frisco locomotive on that train :) Looks like he had a lot of train too.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Two weeks ago this coming Monday, I headed west for a Soundtraxx Dealer Training Seminar in Durango. Nancy Workman and her folks were great hosts and taught the group about the company, decoder installations and programming. They also hosted us on a ride on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Here's a link to their Facebook page and photos of the event:...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Very nice, now we know what you have been doing. Good to see you on the site.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    That's some mighty fine modeling! I highly doubt that anything "right out of the box" would even come close. You have great patience.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Lookin' good Tom! I know the new Athearn RTR SW1500 is well done, but these Blue Box units still look good to me. The SW1500 might be the best "BB" model that Athearn made. I still haven't picked up a RTR one. I like the two SD38-2's on the hump. Where did you get those, or how did you make them? I really enjoyed watching them do their thing the times I visited Tennessee Yard (twice) and Cherokee Yard (once). I enjoyed hearing the two...
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Many thanks to Keith Edgington, Ken Wulfert, and others for parts and information. These are BB Athearn SW1500 #'s 318 and 341, these are my first SL-SF SW1500's After adding AAR pin lifters, grab irons, MU stands and hoses, new bells, speed recorders, antennas, visors, Smokey valley side frames, and modifying a set of Athearn side frames. The hardest thing to install were all those flush fitting AMB windows, man there are a bunch of them....
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1249 in 1230-1259
    Thanks for that comment William. I enjoy knowing that other people can appreciate and enjoy our efforts to restore these things. I have always loved Frisco's 1200 class cabooses with the spaced apart windows in the cupola. I remember them from my childhood and they stood out to me. I liked the orange and white painted ones , but my favorites were the bright "Caboose red" versions with the "ship it" logo. When the BN invasion took place...
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Good. I hope it inspires you and others to do some kind of modeling project. I also have the Boulder Valley Models Shay kit to convert my HO Bachmann 3 truck shay into a small On30 2 truck shay. I will modify it to look very "backwoodsy".
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  • murphy millican's Avatar
    4 Days Ago
    Wow that looks great!!! Makes me almost ashamed of my Bachman log cars. Link & Pin couplers are great for On30. Only thing though is they have to be uncoupled by the magic floating hand in the sky. I use L&Ps to couple my set of V-skips, because they stay as a unit train. Seeing your post makes me want to tinker more with my trains. I have a unopened SR&RL caboose at the house that might get painted at Frisco & Cherokee #59
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Agreed, very sad to see something so iconic fall by the wayside. During the Koester years, RMC became my favorite model railroading hobby mag and RMC was, frankly, way ahead of MR in regards to new concepts and such. In my case, over the past 10 or more years, magazine purchases of any sort have dwindled to almost nothing. Once read, there they are: In the way and cumbersome. True, it's nice to be able to take a magazine to the throne...
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  • Kevin Blair's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Some years ago I culled my rather substantial collection of Model Railroaders for interesting articles and deposited the remains on the give-away cart at our local library. They went fast. An equally large collection of Craftsmen were rather lovingly sorted and stored in four inch notebooks on sturdy shelving in my outdoor hobby room. In my mind the 1977 to 1979 issues of RMC were some of the best modeling magazines ever produced. Kevin Blair...
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  • friscobob's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Well, it's official, the patient is dead: It is with regret that Carstens Publicatons, Inc. will be closing permanently at close of business on Friday, August 22, 2014. Carstens Publications, Inc. has been a leading publisher of leading hobby magazines for over 50 years. Unfortunately the current economic climate has placed us in this position. Discussion is continuing with several parties who expressed desire to take on the continuance of...
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Sign of the times or not, digital or print, there is at least ONE good model railroading magazine "out there." I've been a subscriber to N Scale Railroading since it's beginnings (They just put out a 14th Anniversary issue) and it seems to be getting better all the time. I especially appreciate NSRRing since there is only token treatment of N scale by MR and RMC. Tom G.
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    i have been watching this thread, haven't commented, but it is nice that you want to restore these cabooses. Thanks for your effort.
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  • nvrr49's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    About 7 years ago I had every MR from the '60's on, and many before that. Stopped the subscription and sold them all ahead of the digital craze. Almost the same for RMC. I have not subscribed to either in that seven years. I am on ten forums and belong to twenty or more groups, I just don't have time or space for paper magazines.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Yeah it seems like its a sign of the times, and its all magazines, not just train and model related. I cancelled my subscription to Chevy High Performance because the issues were getting so thin. I do still get MR and Classic Toy Trains but they are getting really thin.
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Model Railroader itself has been getting kinda "thin" lately... Tom G.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Thanks again kind sirs. Bob, I never thought about that. Hmmmm. Time to investigate that idea.
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    paul slavens replied to a thread Caboose SLSF 1249 in 1230-1259
    Finally....we have everyone in place to move 1249 from Leon. Thursday August 28 is moving day, feel free to drop by if you have the opportunity. Belger Crane out of Wichita will be loading, and Coweta trucking from Tulsa will be moving her. Its almost ironic that 1249 was the first caboose we bought but its the last one left to be moved. Wet weather conditions and scheduling conflicts just did not work out until now. 1232, 1288, and...
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  • Oldguy's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    There is a lot to be said for O-scale stuff. Your work continues to amaze me. Question - why not link & pin couplers for your backwoods theme? Just wunderin'.
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  • Coonskin's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Forwarded from the Espee list: It has been a great run and its lights out at Carstens Pub by 5:00 p.m. I will close out my term of nearly 38 years with the following from Doug Adams, who wrote it around the time I came to RMC: "So Long and Thanks for all the fish." Bill Schaumburg
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Kevin has built a very nice business with White River. Good for him - he/they do a very nice job with their books and journals, and he is a nice guy to boot! Ken
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    pretty sharp, like the wheels, the rust is right on.
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  • gjslsffan's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Jim, Your weathering and aging patina is amazing, sure like to look at your modeling. Just great modeling.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Thanks fellas! These kits make it easy to produce a good result. Very good resin castings lend to the overall detailing.
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    OOH LA LA!
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  • klrwhizkid's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    Rumors are that Kevin Eudaly, of White River Publications may attempt to pick up RMC and one other former Carstens publication and have an independent publisher do RMC for him. It poses some interesting possibilities....
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  • friscobob's Avatar
    5 Days Ago
    At our last proto layout design meeting in Tulsa, Model Railroad Hobbyist owner & e-publisher Joe Fugate did a presentation of the future of the hobby. He posted charts showing the decline of "paper" magazines, and it was not too surprising that RMC had a small circulation and getting smaller. IMO, after Jim Boyd and Col. Hal died, the company was going to the dogs. RMC is more of a craftsman-type publication (hence the title- duh) than MR.Our...
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  • William Jackson's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Yes, on line and ready to run is running away with the hobby. Course their seem to be lots more nice laser buildings and a whole host of landscaping supplies. i just picked up some nice bushes, at Colonial Hobby in Orlando, which is the biggest hobby shop in my area. So their is still, a lot of areas to get into.
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Bye bye RMC and R&R, unless somebody buys them and continues to publish. Carstens seems to have been on a downhill slide since Hal Carstens passed away. This is a trend that will only continue I fear - the internet groups and blogs (like ours!), the on-line publications, and the excellent railroad historical society publications, some free, are filling in the void. Now the first, MR and Trains, are the last, and I don't think either of them...
    13 replies | 356 view(s)
  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    No worries!
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  • TAG1014's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    You guys heard about this story making the rounds: https://www.facebook.com/modelcraftsman http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/18957 FYI, Tom G.
    13 replies | 356 view(s)
  • DanHyde's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Any decals for a Firefly set of cars ? Wondering about blowing them up to 1/29 scale. Might think about other heavyweights as well. Dan
    3 replies | 176 view(s)
  • meteor910's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Thanks for this post. These look pretty good, even though there are only five SLSF decal sets, all of modern or rebuilt box cars. Lots of Rock Island, Southern and MoP sets, however. I must say that I am interested in the St Louis and Ofallon 2-bay hopper set. Might do that one. Ken
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Charlie, As far as I can tell you are more than up to date! Sorry for the confussion. Joe
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  • FriscoFriend's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    To All: Although exactly not a brand new product since these decals have only been mentioned is passing on this forum in the past, I am posting their availability under this category. Back in April of 2013, a man named Hubert Mask joined the forum and merely said he was a decal producer. Actually he owns a company named Mask Island Decals and produces some nice decal sets for mainly freight cars. Several historical societies including the...
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  • w3hodoug's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Probably zero at that price.
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Very nice Jim!
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    I'm not missing any on the Frisco N Scale site am I Joe? Charlie
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  • Sirfoldalot's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Ohhh! I really like that. Beautiful job! cant wait to see a couple those coupled to that Heisler.
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  • Joe Lovett's Avatar
    6 Days Ago
    Charlie, I'm the one who is confused, the auto racks are HO models. Sorry for getting everyone hopes up. I did find the road numbers on the hoppers, so here's a corrected matrix.
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Charlie Dix replied to a thread Books on eBay in Swap Meet
    Frisco Southwest.
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  • Jim James's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    A narrow gauge logging tram transported the timber harvested from the Dark Cypress swamp area to Brownwood, MO where it was transferred over to the Frisco. Using very few photos I'm going to try to model a part of this logging tram's operations and show some prototype scenes. No claim to strict prototype but it will be "in the spirit" in order to try and preserve the history of the region. The era will be 1915 or so to coincide with my Zalma...
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  • paul slavens's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    that sounds really cool !
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  • Charlie Dix's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Joe, I am a little confused I guess. Looking at the N Scale Frisco site, what am I missing. I can't find these autoracks. Charlie
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  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    I have a large stock of HO decals, including a good supply of Champ. Many duplicates. If anyone is having trouble finding something, give me a shout and I'll take a look. I'll never use them all. In my earlier days, I had visions of doing diesels and cars for other folks, including the decaling. I did some, and people were happy with them, but it never turned into anything big. I was too busy with my career. Darn! ..... doing the models...
    3 replies | 176 view(s)
  • meteor910's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Zach - I doubt if I have any older, or better, maps than the one I posted (which is an old xerox copy). But, I'll look. I just searched the 1904 Frisco annual report, which I believe is on frisco.org somewhere, but alas, no map. Ken
    13 replies | 388 view(s)
  • yardmaster's Avatar
    1 Week Ago
    Zach - Seems like my uncle once mentioned, prior to his retirement from Little River Drainage District, that they may have had some old, old maps of the entire district that showed various rail lines. If some of the other SE Missouri mavens had given the heads-up on this site via the Mo. Secretary of State's office, I'd not seen it before. Looks like lots of great, old pictures and maybe there'll be some maps in there somewhere? I'm...
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