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Cold Water Boils More Quickly Than Hot Water?

   Possible upcoming "Old Wives Tales"

  • Casey Jones while speeding to make up lost time crashed but stayed with his train so he could apply the brakes until the very end saving many lives.

  • Adding cold water to a hot boiler will make it explode.

  • The vortex from a passing train can suck a person onto the tracks.

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Issue 207

Constructing a Diamond Junction

by Laurence Johnson

Not every train layout has need of a diamond junction and almost never need more than one. My club asked me to build them a 30 degree diamond. I decided to make it by welding steel rail and angle iron pieces. For layout reinforcement purposes I used 4” longer cross ties in the junction area thereby adding to the overall stability and to get good ballast support I used a full 2 x 4.

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Allen Models Sold


Karen and Marty Knox have sold the Allen Models line of casings and drawings to Steve Alley, of Gardnerville, NV. The new name is Allen Models of Nevada, the address is PO Box 848 NV 89410. The new phone number is 775-782-3800.

This sale had its start at Train Mountain, where Marty and Steve discussed the challenges they faced as suppliers. Three months later the sale is complete, with the inventory at its new home. Steve has his experience at Alley Supply and Alley Locomotive Works to help him carry on the Allen Models tradition of customer service.

While the sale was complete October 1, it will be several weeks before Allen Models of Nevada will be ready to start filling orders. Marty has agreed to continue providing technical support to Allen Models customers.




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