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    • November 17, 2018 12:37 PM EST
    • Let's go back to trains!

    • November 17, 2018 10:36 AM EST
    • We're starting to walk the line here about complaining about government.  Please stop.

    • November 17, 2018 3:47 AM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:
      Todd Brody said:

      Did you know that the pollution from wildfire counts againts us reaching our air quality attainment goals both state and federal just as vehicle or factory emissions?

      Not to mention the scores of active volcanoes, all around the world doing the same thing, for thousands of years.

       

                                                                                        ============================

       

       

      ....and people smoking and driving cars and  having barbecues...cattle breaking wind....and people doing the same.....

       

    • November 17, 2018 3:37 AM EST
    • Todd Brody said:

      Did you know that the pollution from wildfire counts againts us reaching our air quality attainment goals both state and federal just as vehicle or factory emissions?

      Not to mention the scores of active volcanoes, all around the world doing the same thing, for thousands of years.

    • November 17, 2018 3:34 AM EST
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    • November 17, 2018 1:59 AM EST
    • Did you know that the pollution from wildfire counts againts us reaching our air quality attainment goals both state and federal just as vehicle or factory emissions?

    • November 16, 2018 11:08 PM EST
    • We are 10 miles west of Paradise and about 18 miles north of the center of the fire. Visibility today, (8 days after fire started) at 2:pm in the middle of Chico less than 1 mile. Here is a pic taken a week ago, (Day 2).

      The pic (all 800 x 533, 176kb) wouldn't stick, so here is the link: 

      http://largescalecentral.com/filesharing/file/view/10486/camp-fire-jpg

      Bill Gebhardt

    • November 16, 2018 8:44 PM EST
    • Michael Moradzadeh said:

      Here in Marin County, the smoke is horrid. No fire danger at this time, but rather terrible smoke

      According to news reports here in the Bay Area, the air quality these past few days is the worst in recorded history for this area, and currently also the worst in the entire world. Most schools have been closed, people are wearing special masks if they can find them, and even the Big Game between Stanford and Cal has been postponed. While my heart goes out to those who have been burned out or to families who have lost loved ones, and their losses do not even remotely compare to our pain, this is the second year in a row we have faced more than the usual onslaught of smoke from fires that are nowhere near us. An air quality index (AQI) above 100 is cause for concern among particularly sensitive people. As of today at 5:39 pm Pacific time, the AQI for Martinez is 265, which is considered an emergency condition for the entire population, and it has been as high as 365 today. Pretty much all of the Bay Area is seeing these numbers now, have been seeing them for a week or more, and there is no expected relief in the weather forecast for several more.

    • November 16, 2018 6:48 PM EST
    • Here in Marin County, the smoke is horrid. No fire danger at this time, but rather terrible smoke.

    • November 17, 2018 11:48 AM EST
    • John Passaro said:
      Vincent D'Agostino said:

       

      We were just in Las Vegas back in September, bring lots of money as it is expensive (and we don't gamble).

      The Boulder dam is worth the trip, about an hour from Vegas.(didn't know half is in Nevada and half in Arizona)

      The Northern Nevada railway is way out (240mi) but we had a great time there, did the *Be The Engineer* excursion on the Steam & diesel locomotive (best wife ever).

      It was a great experience, not in any real hurry to go back to Las Vegas anytime soon but I am glad I had the chance to see it.

       

         Vince, we got here last night and I am in sensory shock, like literally shock, even after a good night's sleep. My kids had a blast.

       

         I've already come to the conclusion that this is a great place to visit......Once.

       

         Can't wait to get to the RR museum and dam; I'm assuming they aren't jammed with people, blazing with colored flashing lights, and throbbing with sound!

       

       

      John,

      I have to laugh....you're comment was priceless :)! Even for those of us here in So. Cal. who visit Vegas frequently, think the place IS a "little over the top". Everything is brighter, bigger and more extravagant than anywhere else in the world :). Have you let the kid's loose in the "kid's casino" at Excalibur yet? When we took our son for the first time, we stayed at Excalibur (he was maybe 10 at the time), we were up ALL NIGHT with him doing that casino! Mom and Dad were pooped by 6am.! AND he was ready to go again.

       

       

    • November 17, 2018 10:53 AM EST
    • There's a lot of "off the wall" stuff to see in Vegas, like a Mob (Mafia) museum, A Ferrari dealership in a casino, An aquarium where you are in the tank and the sharks are all around you. etc, etc, etc.

      You can't get it in in just a few days.  The lobby of your hotel prolly has a rack full of pamphlets. My wife and I never ate in the big hotels. We'd go off strip for the cheap buffets and $2.99 Steak dinners. 

    • November 17, 2018 10:41 AM EST
    • John Passaro said:
      Vincent D'Agostino said:

       

      We were just in Las Vegas back in September, bring lots of money as it is expensive (and we don't gamble).

      The Boulder dam is worth the trip, about an hour from Vegas.(didn't know half is in Nevada and half in Arizona)

      The Northern Nevada railway is way out (240mi) but we had a great time there, did the *Be The Engineer* excursion on the Steam & diesel locomotive (best wife ever).

      It was a great experience, not in any real hurry to go back to Las Vegas anytime soon but I am glad I had the chance to see it.

       

         Vince, we got here last night and I am in sensory shock, like literally shock, even after a good night's sleep. My kids had a blast.

       

         I've already come to the conclusion that this is a great place to visit......Once.

       

         Can't wait to get to the RR museum and dam; I'm assuming they aren't jammed with people, blazing with colored flashing lights, and throbbing with sound!

       

       

       

       

      Haha, if you are down in old Las Vegas (Fremont Street area, heart attack grill) it is very loud with all the bands playing out on the street and the annoying music blaring through speakers all over the sidewalks!

      we stayed at the Venetian which was insanely expensive but very nice.

      for a good laugh take a walk around at 5am and watch all the people that made poor life decisions the night before!

    • November 17, 2018 9:43 AM EST
    • Vincent D'Agostino said:

       

      We were just in Las Vegas back in September, bring lots of money as it is expensive (and we don't gamble).

      The Boulder dam is worth the trip, about an hour from Vegas.(didn't know half is in Nevada and half in Arizona)

      The Northern Nevada railway is way out (240mi) but we had a great time there, did the *Be The Engineer* excursion on the Steam & diesel locomotive (best wife ever).

      It was a great experience, not in any real hurry to go back to Las Vegas anytime soon but I am glad I had the chance to see it.

       

         Vince, we got here last night and I am in sensory shock, like literally shock, even after a good night's sleep. My kids had a blast.

       

         I've already come to the conclusion that this is a great place to visit......Once.

       

         Can't wait to get to the RR museum and dam; I'm assuming they aren't jammed with people, blazing with colored flashing lights, and throbbing with sound!

       

       

       

    • November 16, 2018 7:37 PM EST
    • John Bouck said:

      http://www.nevadasouthern.com

       

      On the same highway to the dam.

       

      I wouldn't even try to visit the Pawn Stars shop. You'll be in line for hours.

       

       

      That's not completely true. My friend went there last year with his wife. Got there around noon, and they walked right in. History channel wasn't filming that day. Gold and Silver Pawn.

    • November 17, 2018 10:38 AM EST
    • Chris, those did not live in Nebraska, so doubt they would here in Kansas, but could try. I keep my dwarf conifers trimmed pretty good, about twice a year or so and trim off the new buds in the spring.

    • November 17, 2018 2:11 AM EST
    • Word of warning about any "mini" or "dwarf" conifers. I bought 3 little trees from my local supermarket 13 years ago. They looked cute and ideal for my fledgling railway. What I didn't check was what, in the UK at least, is the 10 year expected growth estimate that most garden products like these carry. So, 10 years hence I'm looking at a very similar looking cute little conifer in my local garden centre and decide to look at the label planted in its pot. It says - expected 10 year growth 18'. Yeah, that's about right, every time I look out of my bedroom window on the 2nd floor there they are waving at me  They can grow to 40' or more, eventually, so it says on the Royal Horticultural Society web site.

       

      "Dwarf" conifers are just slow or very slow growers, they can still get to be very non scale tall timber. Remember a tree is not just for Christmas.

       

      After and before in pictures. The little itty bitty tree in the foreground, in the right picture is how it started out. The tree on the left is how it grew in 10 years.

    • November 16, 2018 6:11 PM EST
    • Found these mini live trees at Walmart, pretty good price.   Worth checking out your local store.

       

    • November 16, 2018 11:53 PM EST
    • amazon...

       

      https://www.amazon.com/Stranded-Flexible-Insulated-Electrical-Application/dp/B07GXFRX1W/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_sspa_dk_rhf_search_pt_sub_1_5?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07GXFRX1W&pd_rd_r=839e9b6d-6913-4244-8757-c3f4a2365b2c&pd_rd_w=NPiw5&pd_rd_wg=dd8Og&pf_rd_i=desktop-rhf&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=e87058aa-f9d2-4ff9-899f-ef5a5d673794&pf_rd_r=8YP4CTF1H3ESRNAEV6D1&pf_rd_s=desktop-rhf&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=8YP4CTF1H3ESRNAEV6D1

       

      I like 18 gauge inside...

       

      Greg

    • November 16, 2018 10:28 PM EST
    • I am in need of some new wiring for some Aristocraft locomotives. Where do you guys get the same type of wire that is color coded for them. I would like to try and get them same colors. I have found some spools of wire but it is to heavy of gauge wiring..... Thanks Travis...

    • November 16, 2018 5:30 PM EST
    • I competed the repair and Soundtraxx Tsunami2 installation this week of an LGB 23130 Olomana that a customer in California sent me.  Only the headlight came on......no motor movement.  Issue:  The motor block's metal wires connections to the motor were loose........Dan Pierce mentioned that issue on some Olomana's he's repaired, too.  But I then found the motor did not have enough torque to power the loco's movement properly, especially in reverse.  So, I installed a new Marklin motor.  I also tighten the front wheels' carbon brushes contacts inside the motor block.  After having installed DCC sound decoders in six LGB 23130 Olomana's and two LGB 23131 Chloe's, I find it critical that everything lines up properly inside the motor block when the cover is replaced........otherwise there will be electrical operating issues.