First I'll start off by stating that I am not a fan of the Aristo-Craft 3 axle motor trucks. A crappy rail power pickup design along with no spare parts available.
Overall I do like the Aristo-Craft SD45 so I decided to mount USA Trains SD40-2 motor trucks. I do like the USA T design as they use both the wheels via axle bushings and slider skates to pick rail power. I'm also a big fan of using traction tires. My idea is keep the locomotive weight light and pull good using traction t
The world is on the edge of their seats waiting for the next big innovation by Apple, and rumors have been floating around about an Apple car, which has the car industry up in arms. No one seems to know if it is just a rumor or if Apple is really hiring engineers for an automotive project. Would it be that big of a surprise if the rumors were true? Apple never ceases to amaze the world. The question is, would an Apple vehicle hurt the business of the rest of the car industry?
Is Apple a threat
This can be a confusing topic and frankly, most of the confusion is brought about by people who do not understand the relationship between Scale and Gauge and then use them incorrectly. So from all my research, here is how a very clear topic became so catawampus that even many train dealers donâ€™t really understand what they are saying and use the words scale and gauge incorrectly.
First I will cover what should bring no arguments; because there is nothing to disagree about.
Scale: Is a propo
I like the ability of the MTH engines to be able to drop cars anywhere on the layout. I think that's what is one of the biggest features in O gauge. When upgrading other brands of engines to run on my layout, I still wanted that ability in any engine I chose to run and in any position in a consist. Adding the MTH couplers to USA trains engines was fairly easy. I believe I just screwed them onto the screw mount stand on those engines, using their spring mechanisms to keep the couplers straight. M
My getting into Large Scale came purely by accident. Being in my 60â€™s I decided I should decrease the many possessions that I have collected through my life. I grew up and was mentored by Depression Era parents and relatives that never threw anything out because, â€œYou never know when you might need or repurpose that object.â€ Not only do I have my stuff, but I have a lot of my parents, 2 aunts, 1 uncle, 1 grandparent, my sister, and my sonâ€™s stuff. So as you can imagine, I needed to lighte