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Be polite to everyone all the time. Debate is good. Insults, personal attacks, name calling, obscenities, profanity, and other types of rudeness are unacceptable. We are all here to discuss locomotive modeling, brass or not, to help and be helped by other modelers. Anyone who is not courteous to other members, including our volunteer staff, may be locked out or banned from the forum.

Rivet Counting. Each individuals level of modeling accuracy and detail is their own decision. Criticism of other members prototype accuracy and quality can be very hurtful and should only be engaged in if requested, and done with great care.

Using the forum effectively

Stay on topic. If you are introducing a new subject, create a new thread. For help with using the forum software, please read the FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions). For chatting about non-Brass topics, please post in the Off The Track forum.

Keep Quotes short. It is useful to quote short passages from the message you are replying to, but it is usually not necessary to quote the entire post. If you use the  Quote button (top right corner of each post) please edit it down to just the necessary phrases. This helps make threads more easily navigable The title will show the first few words of your reply in the thread view layout and the boxed format makes the quotation unambiguous.

Help restrain file sizes. Not everyone is on broadband, and we have limited storage space available. Try to keep your attached images smaller then 50kb and few in number. Also keep signatures brief and avatars small (preferably smaller than 8K). 


Respect copyright. If you quote from published information or attach or post images from print or online sources, you are responsible for making sure you have the right to do so in accordance with United States copyright law. (For a helpful discussion on copyright and online communication, read 10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained.)

The concept of 'fair use' permits limited quoting of copyrighted material under specific circumstances. However, it is more prudent from a legal point of view, more polite to forum members (because it is shorter), and generally more economical of forum resources to quote briefly, and then provide a link to the original rather than posting it.

Other no-nos. Libel is a published statement (i.e., posted online) that defames a person or group of people. Whether the statement attacks a forum member or some other person or organization, it is not permitted in the Brass Backshop Forum. Piracy is the unauthorized distribution of software (including fonts, clip art, or other graphic products), and we do not allow that either, whether by linking to another site or directly.

Advertising policy

You may not advertise your business in postings on the forum. If you offer a product or service related to brass locomotive work, you may post a short press notice, without prices or sales pitches. The announcement should provide contact information so interested forum members can contact you if they are interested in what you have to offer.

Contact the management for information on placing ads on this forum

Disclaimers to forum members

The Brass Backshop Forum is an electronic bulletin board. Forum management and staff are not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, or legality of messages, links, or images that are posted here.

Members are free to express opinions on all the topics covered by the forum so long as postings comply with applicable laws, forum rules, and reasonably good taste. The staff reserves the right to remove any message, image, or file (including avatars and signatures) that the forum management concludes violates any of these guidelines.

The forum staff may edit, re-title, or otherwise alter posted messages. Normally, this will be done to move messages to more relevant sections, correct navigation links, or make the title more effective. But changes may also be made if, in the sole editorial judgment of the staff, they are needed.

Forum management does not investigate the accuracy of all information contained in messages or other postings to the forum. Nor does it evaluate the suitability or usefulness of any comments or advice contained in postings. Forum management also makes no warranties, express or implied, that files posted, uploaded, or linked to will function or be free from viruses or similar hazards.

Forum members are advised to observe caveat emptor with this (and most every other) source of opinion or advice, online or in print.

Forum management and staff, individually or collectively, and their agents, refuse to accept any responsibility whatsoever for any offer, enquiry, or contract attempted or concluded from contacts made in this forum.

Participating in this forum constitutes understanding and acceptance of our rules and policies. Failure to adhere to these policies can result in being locked out of the forum without prior notice. Any decision to bar a forum member will be made solely by managers of the forum.


Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation in adhering to the Brass Backshop Forum's rules and guidelines. Remember that 'Model Railroading is Fun !', and Brass is even better  :)

If you have any questions about these policies or about the operation of the forum, please post in  Forum Matters or contact us by e-mail.