Review of MRC 1025 Synchro Box for Steam or Diesel, 6 pages, US Letter size. Also available nowhere else on the WWW you can download the MRC 1025 Instructions, 4 pages, US Letter size. To hear a 3-minute sample of the sounds (diesel followed by steam) CLICK HERE. This will download a Sony format (DVF) file which WILL play in Windows Media Player. If your version gives you a warning, tell it to play anyway. The Sony format file is only 5% the size of the WAV file. The MRC 1025 is flawed but cheap, and is worth the price.
AristoCraft Wide Radius Turnout Notes, with fixes for troublesome turnouts, and notes on adapting LGB switch motors to AC turnouts; PDF format, 12 pages, 1.5mb, sized for full-size printing on US Letter or A4 printers.
Ikea Train Storage System, shows how to easily construct a large-capacity garden gauge model train storage system, using components from Ikea and economical aluminum track; PDF format, 12 pages, 1.4mb, sized for full-size printing on US Letter or A4 printers.
Eggliner Collision Avoidance System, shows how to install an infrared detection system to vary the speed of a locomotive and avoid a collision with another train on the same track; PDF format, 11 pages, 1.3mb, sized for full-size printing on US Letter or A4 printers; includes an embedded Quicktime video of the modified train in action, on page 11 (requires Adobe Reader 6 or later).
A Very Large Train Table describes the construction of my outdoor garden scale layout, which is a table with 4 concentric ovals of stainless steel track, measuring 29.5' by 18.5'; PDF format, 14 pages, 3.5mb with 18 illustrations, sized for full-size printing on US Letter or A4 printers.
0m: The Other Garden Gauge an introduction to the FAMA AlpenBahn train sets as sold in the US; PDF format, 8 pages, 1mb with 10 photos, US Letter size; written March 2010 for LargeScaleOnLine.com.
A 4-minute, 11mb video of the 0m gauge (1:45 meter gauge) model railroad layout in the now-defunct SBB Historic Museum in Interlaken, Switzerland. Format is Quicktime, size 720x480x15fps. SBB Historic (foundation) bought this privately-run museum and operated it from 2004-2008, at which time they sold the building and contents. It is now a soft drink distribution warehouse. It had been the best 0m gauge display I ever saw. Of course the museum had many other displays also.
INPORTANT NOTE: WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE QUICKTIME MOVIE LINK ABOVE, NOTHING WILL HAPPEN UNTIL THE ENTIRE 11mb VIDEO HAS BEEN DOWNLOADED. BE PATIENT. ALSO, IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE FREE APPLE QUICKTIME VIDEO APPLICATION, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VIEW THE MOVIE.
Here you can download a high-quality (5mb) pdf version of the 4-page instructions that accompanied FAMA 0m model train sets sold in the US. It is in A4 format, so if you print it on a US Letter printer (and have no legal paper), be sure to select "fit to printable area". This document describes operation, maintenance and modification of the HGm 4/4 Furka Oberalp (FO) locomotive included in the set, the track geometry and track program, and includes a chart of the climbing ability of the locomotive when pulling different numbers of cars up steep grades. This locomotive was equipped with rack drive and a system of magnets for adhesion, so it has enormous capability.