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Re: Lionel to produce a special run Berkshire for MrMuffin'sTrains - the NKP 757 - be here shortly....

MrMuffin'sTrains ·
These will be here in the next couple of weeks..... I have some additional units coming - anybody want one?.... Now's the time to get it preordered.... no deposit required. Steve
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Re: Lionel to produce a special run Berkshire for MrMuffin'sTrains - the NKP 757 - be here shortly....

PSU1980 ·
I have the 765 .....might need to 757
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Re: Lionel to produce a special run Berkshire for MrMuffin'sTrains - the NKP 757 - be here shortly....

Rider Sandman ·
I get it - I preordered the Legacy 757 because of how much I like the Legacy 765!
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

MrMuffin'sTrains ·
Dave - yes, second hand Weaver will be cheaper and I have lots of them in my collection, but I think the re=engineered trucks and the additional weight will be an improvement. Pre-orders for these are really coming in - very popular. Thanks. Steve.....
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

AMCDave ·
Agreed....Weaver trucks are the weak point. If I didn't own 300 freight cars....I'd order hoppers.....thx
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Re: Atlas O June Announcements - 36' Reefers and Coil Steel Cars - available for preorder at mrmuffinstrains.com

falconservice ·
That is the only O Scale EJ&E covered steel coil car that has been proposed to be mass produced. The K-Line O scale Evans Products covered steel coil car was never made in Elgin, Joliet & Eastern. Andrew
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Re: Atlas O June Announcements - 36' Reefers and Coil Steel Cars - available for preorder at mrmuffinstrains.com

Arthur ·
According to the Atlas web site, "Four road numbers are available per road name."
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

falconservice ·
The Milwaukee Road Pullman-Standard PS-2-CD 4740 Cu Ft 3-bay covered hoppers were in the series MILW 100000-100499 and built in 1970. Here are a few photos from the Canadian Freight Railcar Gallery website.
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

TrainingDave ·
I think there might be a savings cost in Lionel doing this themselves. Lionel has ordered all of its products from manufacturers overseas and a manufacturer in the US. So those companies have to make money the same as Lionel. It seems they are essentially "cutting out the middle man." Just a thought to consider..
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

El Classico ·
If that's what is truly going on, I hope they get their head on straight and do this with more of the trains that have actual tooling.
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

MrMuffin'sTrains ·
You think the cost of the tooling might have something to do with it? Lionel didn't have to shell out the bucks to have this tooling made - they bought it from a previous owner going out of business - sort of like buying a used car - with bad wheels.
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

Hudson J1e ·
I have a question Steve. Will these "new improved" 2 rail trucks fit Weaver cars or only the redesigned Lionel cars? i don't understand all the negativity towards Weaver trucks. I have never had a problem with them in either 2 rail or 3. True the cars themselves were underweighted but at least for boxcars that is very easily fixed with stick on weights. I added enough weight to bring the car up to NMRA specs and I had no problems with it whatsoever. Again in both 2 rail and 3.
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

John23 ·
I am hoping that Lionel will start offering custom cars for clubs, using the Weaver dies. My club used to do a yearly car through Weaver. Before Weaver shut down we had some planned using the PS-1 boxcar, single sheathed wood side boxcar, and the wood reefer.
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

El Classico ·
Shoot me an email about that John
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

MrMuffin'sTrains ·
Phil. I don't know. I will have to ask.
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Re: As promised, Lionel announces the first of the US Made LionScale Freight Car Sets

colorado hirailer ·
I too was surprised to read that Weaver trucks were unloved by somebody. I sure wish I'd had advance notice and could have gotten my pink paws on more of them, especially the archbars.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

PUFFRBELLY ·
Hi Steve, How about something like this? http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wo...42936,42938&ap=1 I use this arrangement to cut plywood sub-roadbed ( I use Fastrack). It works quite well. The bad news is you're still gonna have to use some type of Jig Saw to do the cuttin'. Good luck on the new lay out and the new location!! Chief Bob (Retired)
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

AGHRMatt ·
If you're good with a table saw, you can make spline roadbed -- a series of strips of material laminated to form a thick roadbed. Each spline can be separated by space pieces. Here's a link that gives a good description: http://s145079212.onlinehome.us/rr/howto/splines/ Curves have natural easements when spline roadbed is used, plus creating turnout splines is very easy -- split the spline for the diverging and non-diverging routes, fill the gap and keep going. The spline doesn't have to be...
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

clem k ·
Good Morning Steve.......I have only used the cookie cutter plywood type of construction. To cut the curved pcs. I would make a large compass out of tempered Masonite wide enough to mount a router with a spiral straight bit, on one end. then make holes for a bolt pivot point at the desired radius. The 4x8 plywood was laid down on the shop floor on top of 4x8 extruded foam(not white bead board) another sheet was laid down at right angles making a T for the pivot point. I made 120" dia.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Former Member ·
I just lay it out and cut it with a jig saw. if the curves are wide enough you can use a circular saw but the blade will be junk when youre done
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

mwb ·
Yup. Right tool for the job. No sense in overthinking this exercise.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Scratchbuilder1-48 ·
Find a sign company with a large 5X9 bed cnc router table , have them cut the desired radius , get a lot of perfect curves and some of the in between remains can also be utilized , see PDF ,
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Former Member ·
If it was fun it wouldnt be called work
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Oman ·
This is my next project. I have a lot of concentric curves O-90, O-81, O-72, O-63. I plan to make a 48" long compass that I will attach to the mid-point edge of the long side of a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood with a pivot hinge. I may even, attach my jig saw to the compass at the different cutting radii. Out of each sheet, I can get a half circle of all 4 different curves.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

sinclair ·
I rounded the corners for my layout using the router and Masonite "compass" method. Worked great.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Severn ·
I can't vouch for any of this techniques -- but the tips on this webpage seem to be good ones: http://www.familyhandyman.com/...ves-in-wood/view-all
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Big_Boy_4005 ·
Steve, I know what you mean about curves being a pain to cut. Here's what I use: My compass is just a 6' long, heavy gauge, perforated steel strap, most commonly used for hanging garage door tracks and openers. Get it at any home improvement store. Doubles as a straight edge. Unfortunately, the holes aren't at one inch intervals, but it's still easy to work with. The real key is a good saber saw. I've had this Bosch for over 20 years. I couldn't imagine building my layout without it. Good...
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Pine Creek Railroad ·
MrMuffin'sTrains, I use a good Porter Cable industrial Saber Saw for Sawing the 3/4 ply, and I use the Rockwell X2 Portable Table Saw for making Custom FasTrack pieces for close outs, both work great. PCRR/Dave
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

woojr ·
Blade and stroke speed are as important as the saw. Someone at Home Depot or your hardware store should aim you to the correct product. Things like the length, teeth per inch and type of material you're cutting. Also, if you cut tight curves you might want a blade that's not too wide. Wider blades are good for straight and wider radius cuts. Last winter I cut up an old oil tank in my basement with reciprocating saw. I searched the internet and found a guy on youtube who cut up a tank with...
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

N&W Class J ·
That is a great idea! I love it...good thinking.....
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Big_Boy_4005 ·
Thanks Chris! I actually have two of those. One was used to build both of my helixes. I took a block of wood and screwed an eye screw into the end, then mounted the strap to the block. Then I took a piece of metal conduit and mounted from floor to ceiling, making sure it was plumb. This picture is over 3 years old.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

N&W Class J ·
That is a great bit of engineering there Elliot and a brilliant way of making those helix's....or any radius for that matter. I like the idea of it being re-usable and as you said doubling as a straight edge.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Big_Boy_4005 ·
Everyone who's building a layout should have at least one. If you need a curve bigger than 6' radius, just bolt two together, which would get you almost out to 12'. That's 0-288.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

John Ochab ·
MicroMark Rotape Item Number 82624 and Pencil Lead Item Number 82626, minimum radius 3.5 inches, maximum radius 72 inches, lead is number HB drafting lead, this lead is soft and marks radii with distinctive black lines, chisel sharpen lead to wedge one side at approximate 60 degree angle, cut out curved panel with jig or scroll saw. This method worked quite well using 1/2 inch plywood sheet 4 ft by 8 ft., save sheet drops for deck sheet irregular areas, good luck on new layout, framework was...
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Tom Tee ·
If you have access to a CNC router table that for sure is the best method. Other wise use a trammel to lay out your fixed curved: Cut just out side the line with a Bosch jig saw then mounting the router on a trammel run the router directly on the line. I use a 3/4" bit to just clean up the edge., If you use the router w/o the Bosch jig sawto do the whole job the bit has a shorter life. For the cosmetic curves somewhat the same Blocks with lattice strips for cosmetic curves. I use the lattice...
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

mwb ·
Easiest? Get someone else to do it for you and watch them work.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Joe Fauty ·
Steve: Fast and dirty - I agree with previous posts a jig saw with a fine tooth blade. You will have tear out though but it is easily hidden by turning that face down. Cabinet makers method - a circle cutting jig and a band saw with the proper blade. You will get almost perfect curves and all will be exactly the same. Cut the outside arcs first, reposition the jig and cut the inside arcs. Depending on the blade you may still get some tear out. Joe
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Tom Tee ·
Don't forget the special blades for cutting circles with a circular saw. You can use standard blades for wide radius curves. I have cut circles with a table saw too.
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Re: Any suggestions on a better way of cutting curved roadbed?

Tom Tee ·
To save the face of any panel you are cutting from the face side, simply use a laminate blade. It cuts on the down stroke. You need to firmly hold down the Bosch jig saw but there is no need to turn the material over for bottom cutting. If you sneak a laminate blade into some one else's jig saw, have a video camera running.
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Re: MTH E8's have arrived at MrMuffin'sTrains - these look good!

PRRronbh ·
The Erie 833 at the "Streamliner Event" here at NCTM. On the prototypical E8s/E9s the ditch-lights are easily added and/or removed. Ron
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Re: MTH E8's have arrived at MrMuffin'sTrains - these look good!

PRRronbh ·
Sam, to the best of my knowledge the now production Cab A-units (E's and F's) Non-Powered have some lighting and that IS it. They have "operating couplers NOT Proto-Couplers on "front." Ron
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Re: MTH E8's have arrived at MrMuffin'sTrains - these look good!

DGJONES ·
What are the two protrusions with a hole in them on the nose of all but the Wabash unit? Picture of the real Southern 6900 does not have them! I was all set to order a set but do not like the protrusion. Also, I do not think MTH is offering an unpowered A unit for any of the road names. Don
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Re: MTH E8's have arrived at MrMuffin'sTrains - these look good!

MrMuffin'sTrains ·
Also, I do not think MTH is offering an unpowered A unit for any of the road names. Don That is correct - no non-powered A's..... So far we have sold the most in Southern....
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Re: MTH E8's have arrived at MrMuffin'sTrains - these look good!

DL&W Pete ·
Joe, I talked with mike the last time he was at trainstock, they would have to make a new set of molds to get the "fixed" pilot in front of the trucks. Mike has changed the front of these old weaver molds to get the second headlight in the nose door and he said that was not "cheap", also has to design new trucks to make them 3/2 compatible. I wonder if he could do what atlas did with there F3 A units in 3 rail, in every powered version atlas added a "fixed pilot". You just unscrewed the...
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Re: MTH E8's have arrived at MrMuffin'sTrains - these look good!

Farmer_Bill ·
Recently rode the Crescent from VA to GA. Not the same engine of course but it's tempting... "Southern Serves the South"
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Re: MTH E8's have arrived at MrMuffin'sTrains - these look good!

john f penca jr ·
Thanks for the nice picture. My point was the original units did not have ditch lights period. Why the wabash managed to escape the wild imaginations of product planners will be a great mystery ! thats all !! IMHO the worst thing ever to ruin the appearance of any locomotive has been those awfull lights. having said that i feel much better. conrail john
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