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    g scale radius vs diameter

    Not sure if you saw this topic, but see this thread I posted that outlines differences between Piko and LGB in Radius and Diameter this might help: Also as reference, Diameter=Radius x 2 (So a curve that is listed as 5ft radius is the same as 10ft diameter)
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    BIG BOY Problems

    This is as I suspected when we talked on the phone that the burned out motor didn't make sense and I didnt think that was the problem. The fact that you took it in and that something was done and still having problems shows the issue wasn't correctly isolated and repaired. I have never seen a burned out motor ever on either a Big Boy or Challenger. This is why I so strongly encouraged that the engine come back to me and no one else to let me isolate the problem and fix it correctly. If you decide to do that then feel free to reach out. Raymond
  3. Really something else! Didn't realize they had the brick/blocks above as well. Adds yet another perspective on just how much labor was involved working on these things!
  4. I can take pre-orders now. Anyone wanting one should get their pre-order in now to reserve one. The last production run sold out during the pre-order stage so dont wait! Raymond
  5. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/where-can-i-see-big-boy-steam-locomotive.amp
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    Cleaning a LS loco

    That came out excellent Nick. I know electric powered engines I have seen that were run on Live Steam run tracks were often completely soaked in live steam oil and in such a mess makes you wonder how to get it clean.... I'll give this a shot next time, thanks!
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    USA Trains Chrome SF PA's

    Those look beautiful. I just had a USA Trains F3 set arrive that are Chromed for for MTH PS3 install. Will share photos when I get them done.
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    USA Trains 89' Flatcar??

    Now THAT is a long flat car. How many tanks you figure will fit on one of those?
  9. Hi there, welcome to the forums. I have information on my website for how I did my connections: Main page: http://www.rayman4449.com/DIY-Repair_Layout_Model-info-One_Gauge.htm#Layout_Construction_Roadbed_Wiring_Tools Wire to track connection: http://www.rayman4449.com/Wiring.htm#Connections_to_the_track Let me know if that helps. Raymond
  10. Posted here for visibility. See actual topic under Track & Layout section:
  11. Wanted to create a post for reference on what the LGB/Piko R1, R2, R3, R5, R7 values actually translate to in ft/mm AND also bring awareness that what LGB calls R3 and R5 is DIFFERENT than Piko. This is important because MTH lists the minimum diameter curves their engines can take in terms of R2, R3, R5 etc based on the LGB meanings, not Piko. The bottom line is you should always do the actual measurement and rely on the actual ft/mm. Always remember that it is a good idea to run your engines on curves a little wider than that stated absolute minimum rating, regardless of who made the locomotive. This will help ensure you avoid problems such as binding when running. Track Curves - LGB: From LGB's web site https://www.lgb.com/fileadmin/media/lgb/produkte/produktinformationen/LGB_Gleissystem-Info.pdf - LGB website - https://www.lgb.com/products/product-information/overview-of-the-track-system/ Direct link: LGB_Curve_Calculations.pdf R1 = 600 mm (Radius) / 1200 mm (Diameter) R2 = 780 mm (Radius) / 1560 mm (Diameter) R3 = 1195 mm (Radius) / 2390 mm (Diameter) R5 = 2320 mm (Radius) / 4640 mm (Diameter) Translated into imperial: R1 = 23.6 inches (Radius) (1.97 ft) / 47.2" (Diameter) (3.93 ft) R2 = 30.7 inches (Radius) (2.56 ft) / 61.4" (Diameter) (5.12 ft) R3 = 47.05 inches (Radius) (3.92 ft) / 94.1" (Diameter) (7.84 ft) R5 = 91.35 inches (Radius) (7.61 ft) / 182.7" (Diameter) (15.23 ft) Track Curves - Piko: Piko website: https://www.piko-america.com/collections/g-scale-g-track (see R curve & MM values listed on each curve) R1 = 600 mm (Radius) / 1200 mm (Diameter) R2 = ??mm R3 = 920 mm (Radius) / 1840 mm (Diameter) R5 = 1240 mm (Radius) / 2480 mm (Diameter) R7 = 1560 mm (Radius) / 3120 mm (Diameter) Translated into imperial: R1 = 23.6 inches (Radius) (1.97 ft) / 47.2 inches (Diameter) (3.93 ft) R2 = ?? R3 = 36.22 inches (Radius) (3.02 ft) / 72.44 inches (Diameter) (6.04 ft) R5 = 48.82 inches (Radius) (4.07 ft) / 97.64 inches (Diameter) (8.14 ft) R7 = 61.42 inches (Radius) (5.12 ft) / 122.84 inches (Diameter) (10.24 ft)
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    Tribute to Aristo SS Track

    You simply can't beat Stainless Steel track... Never have to clean it, just drive the trains out even if you haven't run on it in a year and runs flawlessly. Anything that you think you might save on going with brass just isn't worth it. I went with Stainless after doing a lot of reading and research and it has been every bit as good as I heard and then some. Completely takes power pickup and conductivity issues completely out of the equation.... you just run your trains.
  13. Facebook video of local news station at the UP steam shop. Get a view of the newly tired Big Boy drivers (Thanks to Chuck for sharing the link )
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    Fire Up Reading 2100!

    Sharing a link Chuck sent me yesterday on 2100 restoration. Please donate! Even every $10.00 helps! http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/05/10-restoring-reading-t1-2100
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    USAT Big Boy Modifications

    Looks factory! Very nice Chuck!