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 Posted: Mon Oct 10th, 2011 07:25 pm
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… WATCH THIS SPACE …

 

It’s been quite a while since my last post concerning the Chisos Mining Tram.

 

The earlier exercises were, I suppose, just that; exercises. I wasn’t all that pleased with the track plan I had for the yard area. Not that I will ever be completely pleased since my space for any kind of railroad is so small. I should be working in “N” scale.

 

As for the earlier work that is featured in the last several posts, all those ties have been pulled up. I did not want to waste the foam, and the ties, though special ordered, were cheaper and I have lots (and lots) of those.

 

I am working on a new track plan. Again, there is no way I will be completely happy with it since I only have about fourteen (14) feet to use. It’s times like this I wish I had a back yard, like Woodie, to fill with sections of railroad. Alas, I have to be creative with my space utilization.

 

The only spoiler I’ll throw out for the new plan is to say that I certainly was a fan of a plan by a fellow named Chuck Yungkurth. I’ll leave it at that and see what I can manage in the space I have.

 

Regardless what I do it’ll still be slow going since I spend an inordinate amount of time on the weekends with my grandkids and work for the man all week.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 15th, 2011 07:15 pm
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Yungkurth...that's a name from the way back RMC machine! You had better get with it, the miners are getting itchy waiting for a railroad.
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 Posted: Wed Nov 9th, 2011 05:44 pm
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That is some nice track work and scratch building you have there.

You talk about your space issues, but mine trams and on30 can be done in very small spaces. My LHS used to have an on30 display layout built on two 2x4 foot panels. They ran Bachmann porters on it without problems. I think they were running on maybe 10 inch radius curves.

But if you really wanted to go smaller you could do HOn2.5 by using N scale mechs and trucks. Although, I must say your ore cars and other models look great and you should figure out how to stay with the on30.

Thanks for all the pics, especially your ore car building ones. I look forward to more updates.



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 Posted: Wed Nov 9th, 2011 06:00 pm
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I agree with Herb about the turnouts But if it works dont fix it

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 Posted: Wed Nov 9th, 2011 06:15 pm
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Not to be a sour puss or anything but this stuff is not On30. That's why I rant over space issues. I'm actually building in the same scale as Woodie with the Mogollon, 35n2. It takes a lot of space. So I have to condense things a bunch to build indoors, and in an apartment to boot. I can't attach things to the walls and have to be careful not to ruin the carpet, etc.

If I wanted, I could get out all my stored Sn2 or HO standard stuff and build a very feasible switching layout in 14 feet (plus a little). I still want to try to defeat this monster that is 35n2. I have a lot invested and want to make use of it.

Of course, part of the problem is time, too. Not enough of it when one spends a greater portion of the day working for Mr. Man. I also spend a disproportionate amount of time with the grandkids (I have three) because they love to come over and keep me from getting anything done besides helping them build blocks, legos, or draw. Gotta love 'em!

I'll get the fire built back shortly and get something brewing. (Heh, he said brewing!)

 



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 Posted: Wed Nov 9th, 2011 08:23 pm
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Yes James, I DO understand about space issues, etc. I would love to have "proper" sized mines and smelter on my layout but these things take too much space in 1:35 scale..even when you have all outdoors to use. Go backwards into a smaller scale? No way I would do it now, I love the "just right" feeling of 1:35/1:32...O is too little, 1:20.3 is too big, this is it. (Goldylocks jabber). As James found out, this larger scale is a scratchbuilders' paradise and he is like I am...a scratch builder. We both would probably get into something else if Bachmann announced a "line of 35n2 ready to run equipment"...I trust Mr. Lee Riley (Bachmann) isn't reading this or he might see an economic "bird on the ground". James and I could use our r/c stuff on boats or cars if needed! LOL
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W C Greene wrote: I trust Mr. Lee Riley (Bachmann) isn't reading this or he might see an economic "bird on the ground". James and I could use our r/c stuff on boats or cars if needed!
Planes, Woodie. I'd get into planes. Mmmm...maybe boats. Join the group that does battleships and blows each other out of the water. Yeah...that's the ticket!

Hmmm...planes bombing battleships!!??



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That sounds like a lot of fun on a Saturday afternoon.



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North Texas Battle Group-that's the ticket.
OK-airplanes...in the Big Bend, Pancho Villa's men were bombed by early DeHaviland biplanes...the first time bombs were dropped from aircraft. So, see, your Chisos area is historic indeed. Now we're back to airplanes...
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Sullivan wrote:
Not to be a sour puss or anything but this stuff is not On30. That's why I rant over space issues. I'm actually building in the same scale as Woodie with the Mogollon, 35n2. It takes a lot of space. So I have to condense things a bunch to build indoors, and in an apartment to boot. I can't attach things to the walls and have to be careful not to ruin the carpet, etc.

If I wanted, I could get out all my stored Sn2 or HO standard stuff and build a very feasible switching layout in 14 feet (plus a little). I still want to try to defeat this monster that is 35n2. I have a lot invested and want to make use of it.

Of course, part of the problem is time, too. Not enough of it when one spends a greater portion of the day working for Mr. Man. I also spend a disproportionate amount of time with the grandkids (I have three) because they love to come over and keep me from getting anything done besides helping them build blocks, legos, or draw. Gotta love 'em!

I'll get the fire built back shortly and get something brewing. (Heh, he said brewing!)

 


Oops musta missed where you said what scale it was. Yikes that's pretty big. I see the issue now.



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