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  1. In 1988 a girlfriend and I were bicycle touring in England's Lake District. We were at a farm B&B that evening, and had ridden to a restaurant in a town a few miles away for dinner. This place had large, communal wooden tables. As soon as our entrees arrived, the couple across from us lit up. I asked if they'd mind not smoking while we ate our dinners, and they grudgingly put their cigarettes out. However, as soon as we put our forks down, "can we smoke now?"
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/world/asia/japan-tokyo-smoking.html
  3. Maybe you could use the seat printing for a Montreal-style excursion streetcar ;-) http://cdnrail.railfan.net/eastcoast02/acd020908/goldchar.jpg
  4. velotrain

    MicroAce - New Releases

    Likewise, Das Steinkopf. The initials are convenient camouflage, but don't negate trash talk. If other members had similar sentiments, they undoubtedly realized that bitching here served no purpose. If an item has a truly absurd price, no one will buy it. If someone does - then it wasn't absurd after all.
  5. velotrain

    Starting the "Doll Railway"

    That may be how it's been used, but you could make of it whatever you wish. There were 2' passenger lines in Maine, US and the UK - many of these still operate, including one that runs Garratts! I think you used to like those. Just thought it might save you some effort over 1:16, and be more doll size.
  6. velotrain

    lighthouse first layout

    I've never heard of elastane, but suspected that line was actually a wire vs. thread, as I thought the photo shows some kinks in it. The EZ Line video does appear to show the same line being used for O, HO and N scales, so that would make it thick for N. Also, there are some applications where you would want some drape to the line, which this does not provide.
  7. velotrain

    lighthouse first layout

    The catenary is quite nice indeed, but I see some kinks in the wires above it hanging from the insulators. You might consider using EZ Line:
  8. velotrain

    Diaphragms On End Cars Of The Kato 285-Series

    Not to dampen your enthusiasm, but your questions raise the possibility that this may not in fact be an easy thing to do for yourself. You might tally up the cost of parts and labor involved in doing it yourself, including the potential of not being happy with the results, and that could help justify the ready-made version.
  9. velotrain

    Planning Aizu

    > So... how do I determine what to model and what to leave out? And then decide the priorities? > What are the elements that are going to make the layout fun to operate, keeping in mind my enjoyment of timetable operations, doing wayfreight work, and shunting? No doubt you realize the enormity of what you've laid out, and hopefully understand that it's a lifelong project - space and resources are another matter entirely. Given that, it would make sense to approach it with the very real possibility that you might not complete everything you're imagining. From there, you could consider the minimum number of elements/modules that would give you some satisfaction if you don't in fact build everything. I've likely suggested this earlier, but I'd start with a yard module as it will provide some storage and shunting while building other modules - not to mention the opportunity to develop all of the varied skills that even a single module requires to bring it to completion. Temporary staging modules on either side could progressively be moved as you start additional permanent modules - so long as you calculate in viable alignment as you go, which may well require compromises with the prototype OR temporary connecting track. After the yard (or simultaneous with it) you could work on a bridge / scenic module to give you some variety, and I realize that these may not be adjacent IRL, but would plan in the ability to do this for the time being. However, I would suggest completing both of these to a large degree before starting any additional components. Once you have these and the two staging modules, you could start bringing them to shows and the hopefully positive feedback would help empower you to accomplish more. Essentially, I'm suggesting that you make sure you don't ever get ahead of yourself, and try to always have something that you'll value (and derive some pleasure from) if for whatever reason you stop short of the entire larger project. I think one thing you have going for yourself is the level to which you're approaching it as a research project, so that can be a separate activity / satisfaction aside from any physical progress. Good luck.
  10. velotrain

    Brand new to T-Trak, having a blast!

  11. velotrain

    Starting the "Doll Railway"

    Let us know what you discover about a Continental presence. I'd also be curious where the M came from and what it represents. I was thinking that SE is likely used (supported?) in the UK where there are many outdoor lines in both 45mm and 32mm. On 45mm it represents 2' or 610mm, which I think was actually used somewhat in Europe, although certainly less so than 600mm? "Some modelers using  7⁄8 scale operate on 32 mm (1.26 in) track, used to replicate 18 in (457 mm) gauge industrial lines found in Great Britain and other countries." Somehow I suspect that 457mm was not found as much as 500mm ;-) I'm sure the dolls would ride more comfortably on the wider stock.
  12. velotrain

    Starting the "Doll Railway"

    Well - I can't speak to the carriages, but that engine certainly isn't 1/12.
  13. velotrain

    M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    As the Wiki article states, it was an experimental test train, so was never in regular service and hence could not be "retired". Expense was not the issue, but practicality - and safety. It was tested on a long stretch of arrow-straight track, and all railroads do have curve sections. Also, witnesses said that at times it lifted clear off of the track, and the test(s) were made without any clearance from governmental authorities. I'd say the amazing part is that the test didn't end in disaster.