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 Posted: Sun Nov 6th, 2011 01:59 pm
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The Bachmann On30 2-6-0 can be reguaged fairly easily. You need to find a Grandt Line frame kit for the loco (ust 2 pieces). The drivers can be widened out carefully to On3, the cylinder block needs to be widened with a couple of .080 styrene pieces, the lead truck wheels widened, and the tender trucks can be widened-the sideframes need to be trimmed to accomodate the new gauge. Of course, you need an NMRA OO/On3 gauge for this. I have not addressed the fiddly power pickups, the locos I have done run with onboard batteries and radio control but the pickups could be modified I suppose.
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 Posted: Sun Nov 6th, 2011 02:53 pm
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thanks for that, Woodie.....I suppose the Grandt frames were simply overlays [to form 'spacers']??

Pickups won't present an issue....

Is it, in the opinion of readers, worth it?

Even if only to be different?

BTW, I have a 'full set' of NMRA gauges, obtained yonks ago...but would prefer to make gauges for BTB, Check, etc of something more substantial...L:

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 Posted: Sun Nov 6th, 2011 03:05 pm
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There have been several conversions of the loco. The C&S loco with air tanks atop the boiler seem to be the candidate since most guys are modeling Colorado roads in On3. The Grandt parts are just spacers but add lots to the finished loco. If you want to model On3, this is perhaps as inexpensive as it gets for a "decent" loco. The Bachmann loco runs quite well and actually looks much better on On3 track or even standard gauge O scale track (I did one of those also). For the amount of time it takes and the finished results, I think that it's worth the trouble.
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 Posted: Sun Nov 6th, 2011 03:57 pm
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or even standard gauge O scale track (I did one of those also

Now, that's interesting.....I asked [perhaps on here, cannot remember...age, y'see]...about converting one of these 2-6-0's to O gauge.... recalling having seen it mentioned a long while ago.

I uncovered a drawing in an old NG&SLG....of, I think, a Bayou Lumber loco, narrow gauge proportions to boiler, etc, but gauged to standard gauge....said drawing rather eliminating the then-current arguments against that sort of conversion [ie, I got shot down in flames]....

Like ON3...[or..1/4 inch scale, 3 foot gauge, to eliminate any thoughts of Colorado?]...the B/mann locos could be a cheap 'n cheerful way in?

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 Posted: Sun Nov 6th, 2011 04:42 pm
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I wrote an article in the old Light Iron Digest (don't remember when) called "A Little O Scale Mogul" which explained how I built it. There were many examples of 3 footers being converted to standard gauge, here in Texas, the Houston, East & West Texas RR converted their 4-4-0's from 36" to 56 1/2" and there was indeed a piece in NG&SLG about a 2-6-0 which was widened also. Anything is possible for a dedicated modeler.
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 Posted: Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 08:31 pm
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I hadn't seen the 55n3 site but 5.5mm/ft, 1:55 ng modelling has a long history in the UK http://www.blackhamtransfers.com/55/5andahalfassn.html

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