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 Posted: Fri Sep 3rd, 2010 06:19 pm
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I found a Mogul that mechanically matches the Bachmann On30 Mogul if it were used as a locomotive in 55n3. The On30 mogul scaled down to a "modern" Baldwin narrow gauge mogul in 55n3 but the Baldwins didn't have 44" drivers. Brooks built the Colorado and Northwestern a mogul with the same mechanical dimensions with 44" drivers.



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 Posted: Sat Sep 4th, 2010 08:37 pm
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We examine Bachmann's narrow gauge mallet and find uses for the loco other than On30 at:

http://www.55n3.org/locomotives/mallet/



The Mallet comes close to the plans of this 1906 Great Northern 2-6-6-2 in HO scale. Just needs new domes, cab fittings and the tender narrowed.

We also look at in other scales.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 5th, 2010 02:26 am
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Very timely article Harold.

I have just bought one in the very early hours of today on ebay.

I had always thought the loco looked a little out of proportion, but your article shows that it is OK.

I shall be using it straight out of the box for On30.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 5th, 2010 03:31 am
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It looks better in person than in pictures. I wasn't impressed from the you-tube video. Bought one anyway. Love mine enough to move the railway to the 1930's to accommodate the Mallet.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 5th, 2010 06:49 pm
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Could be made into a EBT Mogul with 48" drivers, HO 22mm.



Brian Budeit's model of 2-6-0 2nd #5

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 Posted: Wed Sep 8th, 2010 05:04 pm
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We have a webpage examining HO mechanisms convertible to 55n3 ten-wheelers like
the RGS #20 at:

http://www.55n3.org/locomotives/ten-wheelers/





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The PBL Sn3 boxcar comes close to the Ohio River and Western #605. Sn3 freight cars just have to be raised up at the bolster.  HO trucks with 36" wheels become early 3 foot trucks. The #605 is the prototype for the Bachmann On30 car. Shown here with a Mantua ten-wheeler as a 4-4-0.



Sn3 also becomes 55n2-1/2 with a gauge of 31 and some change. That is really strange because that is what HO track scales out in O scale.

What is 55n3, visit?
http://www.55n3.org/

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We have a webpage on the Broadway Limited On30 "C-16" being adapted to 55n3 at:

http://www.55n3.org/locomotives/c-16/



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Nice looking locomotive! I had a look at your website. I still don't quite understand the logic behind modeling in 55n3 but I'm a newbie to model railroading. I tend to think On30 is pretty cool and don't comprehend the advantage 55n3 offers.



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The track gauge becomes THREE foot using HO track in Scale55. THREE foot is alleged to be the most common gauge for United States Narrow Gauge:bg:.

I used to say THREE foot was United States narrow gauge on forums but was told on another forum that isn't correct because there is a .001% that wasn't THREE Foot:Crazy:.

Some of us are bothered by the inaccuracy in the gauge/scale disparity of On30/Sn3.5. It just doesn't look right.

Not saying what anyone else is doing is wrong. Can't believe the idea causes so much hostile frothing on some forums:bang:.

Harold

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