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Describes system used by NVNTRAK to run DC engines with a DCC decoder to supply the track--Jim Davis--July 2016  207k v. 2 Nov 11, 2016, 8:03 AM Jim Davis
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NVNTRAK DCC operating procedures including troubleshooting and Decoder in a Box--Jim Davis--May 2016  1710k v. 2 Nov 10, 2016, 3:31 PM Jim Davis
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How to use indications available on the NVNTRAK standard DC/DCC power system to find problems--Jim Davis--Apr 2013  373k v. 2 Nov 10, 2016, 3:25 PM Jim Davis
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Wiring main line turnouts for maximum reliability and to meet NTRAK standards--Jim Davis--May 2012  514k v. 2 Nov 10, 2016, 3:26 PM Jim Davis
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Building an Alan Curtis Container Chassis - by Gil Brauch  Oct 4, 2015, 4:16 PM Randall Wood
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Alan Curtis trailers with a Showcase Miniatures tractor - by Gil Brauch  Oct 4, 2015, 4:16 PM Randall Wood
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Process for Ballasting new trackwork--Jim Davis--Sept 2013.  1266k v. 2 Nov 8, 2016, 5:53 PM Jim Davis
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Provides a detailed process for making 3/4 inch EMT legs for a NTAK modules--Jim Davis--Sept 2015.    264k v. 5 Nov 8, 2016, 5:42 PM Jim Davis
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Construction of a structurally sound 2 ft. by 4 ft. NTRAK module--Jim Davis--July 2015.   418k v. 5 Nov 8, 2016, 5:38 PM Jim Davis
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NTRAK standards and issues to consider in building a module--Jim Davis--June 2015  21k v. 2 Nov 11, 2016, 8:27 AM Jim Davis
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Process for installing sub-roadbed and cork roadbed in preparation for laying track--Jim Davis--May 2016  166k v. 2 Nov 11, 2016, 8:08 AM Jim Davis
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Laying Atlas flex track on modules to meet NTRAK standards--Jim Davis--June 2016  193k v. 2 Nov 11, 2016, 8:08 AM Jim Davis
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Describes how to make realistic coal loads and get added weight low in the car--Jim Davis--Oct 2013  210k v. 2 Nov 8, 2016, 6:19 PM Jim Davis
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Discussion of issues we face in trying to run long trains and why there are problems--Jim Davis--Oct 2016  111k v. 2 Nov 11, 2016, 8:39 AM Jim Davis
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Techniques for adding rocks and outcroppings--Kip Petzrick--Dec 2014  810k v. 2 Nov 8, 2016, 6:12 PM Jim Davis
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Planning and adding trees to a layout--Kip Petzrick--Mar--2015  192k v. 2 Nov 8, 2016, 6:13 PM Jim Davis
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First in a series of articles on developing scenery on a NTRAK module--Kip Petzrick--Dec 2014  17k v. 2 Nov 8, 2016, 6:11 PM Jim Davis
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One approach to building a bridge using lego blocks as the abutments--Kip Petzrick--May 2016  174k v. 2 Nov 11, 2016, 8:11 AM Jim Davis
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Using wood strips cut to simulate prestressed concrete for a railroad bridge--Jim Davis--Sept 2013  623k v. 2 Nov 11, 2016, 8:23 AM Jim Davis
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Describes the use of removable sections in a module to allow periodic changes of the scene--Kip Petzrick--Apr-2015  110k v. 2 Nov 8, 2016, 6:13 PM Jim Davis