Most Annoying

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by rockislandmike, Aug 25, 2002.

  1. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    part of the hobby . . . .

    putting handrails/stanchions on an Athearn unit. Anyone got any others ???
  2. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    YEAH! I GOT ONE!!!

    Paying $350 for a brass D&RGW K-27 by Sunset and then discovering that its got PLASTIC GEARS in the gearbox. :mad: :mad: That's enough to PO "The Good Humor Man":eek: :eek: :p :p
  3. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I'm with you on the hand rails on Athearn units Mike!
    Drives me crazy.
  4. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Train room (detached) floods when it rains more than a tiddle.

  5. IMRL393

    IMRL393 Member

    Ditto on Mike's - and add Kato locos to the handrail/stanchions/hoses list!

    Just got a Athearn Genesis SD70M in UP colors - love the loco (and headlights!), but dread starting on it!

    One reason to love P2K and Atlas Master locos !!!

    - George
  6. Edavillenut

    Edavillenut Member

    i hate the heat and low roofs. my layout is in my attic i am 6' 4" and the roof at the coller ties is only 5' 8" the neck and back hurt after being up there for a while and the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter really drives me nuts.:mad:
  7. msh

    msh Member

    I've got two for now:

    Cleaning the track (using alcohol that works GREAT) and leaving that one turnout yet to be wired in the wrong direction - sending my loco into the bumper. <smash>

    An old little brass engine a friend gave me is giving me fits trying to keep it running.
  8. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Having to first remove, and then replace, the numbers on rolling stock, and locomotives.

    Having to replace the broken plastic grab irons with metal, and then trying to find a paint that matches the original.
  9. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    Athearn Handrails

    When I bought my first Athearn locomotive, I asked the hobby dealer about the hand rails. He's idea was, and he does it himself, is to use a small drill bit and put it into the hole. Use a hand drill. This works great! Then I super glue them into place. They don't even fall out!

  10. Matt Probst

    Matt Probst Member

    Having to tear down the railroad, pack it up, salvage as much as I can and load into a U-Haul to a new house. That's the worst...
    I've had to move due to my (former) employer 8 times in 5 years. Now I'm with a new company and haven't had to move in 2 1/2 years so it's "Serious Modeling Time"!:D :D :p :p :) :D :D

    Matt--Chocolatetown, Pa. (and I ain't budging!!)
  11. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    OK,.... My turn.... :)

    How about that One "stinking, lousy" turnout that, no matter what you do, no matter what you sand, file, align, or bend. Constantly derails the 5th car of the train. Until you get so "miffed" you replace it....

    This is an "N" scale and an "G" scale thing.. :mad: :mad:

    Happened to me in both Gauges!!

    ~~ Mikey
  12. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    That little tiny spring loaded washer you took out ever so gently, put it nicely aside in a safe place where it won't get lost. Pick it up with tweezers to put it back together and **POING** it's gone for ever in the ether of who knows where across the room.......... :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
  13. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Somebody once told me that the practice of handling tiny springs with tweezers, was invented by the Marquis De Sade !:rolleyes:
  14. Edavillenut

    Edavillenut Member

    i have another one. crawling under the layout to repair a under table switch machine:mad:
  15. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict


    Woodie!! -- You reminded me of another One:

    When You're working on anything, and you lay that small part or tool down. "Just for a dog-gone SECOND" and you go to pick it back up.......

    And it's Gone!!!!!!

    BTW - those little "e" clips are called "Jesus Clips" -- From the technicians handbook. --- "Jesus where did that go now????"

    ROFL :D :D :) :D :D

    ~~ Mikey
  16. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Hand rails and cut-offs on the new Kato's.
    Even the little "tool" they give you to open up the holes isn't big enough.
  17. Topo

    Topo Member

    You have installed that decoder or another thing in the locomotive. You check, open-case, that all works before close it. All seems to be OK. You have a HAAARD time closing the d**n thing and, just after you put it on the rails, you realize that something (the lights, the loco itself, or another thing that worked before closing the loco) have just 'gone off on holidays'.
    GRRRR :mad:
  18. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    but it worked a SECOND AGO!!!!!!


    There's an old adage:

    Everything works Perfect.... as long as you leave it on the test bench.

    BTDT -- :D :D :D

  19. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    That spring on the KD coupler! :mad: I hate replacing the lost springs . :mad: I think I would much rather put handrails on a Athearn engine any day then replace one spring. !:D
  20. NYCentral

    NYCentral Member

    All the above and why can't manufactures sell Loco's and rolling stock with no numbers on, just the decals in the box so I can number it myself.

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