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|The subject of "rubber gauging" is brought up from time to time, I thought I would bring it up again.
I suppose that all of us are of the "rubbery" type, maybe starting off as kids with Lionel or American Flyer and now look.
What goes around comes around...again.
Lionel was/is roughly 1:48 scale, AF was 1:64 scale...and the younger dudes may have begun with Tyco HO 1:87 scale or even N 1:160 scale.
Many of us old fogies have gotten back into 1:48 or 1:64 in our later years...again.
Maybe some of you have a story or two about this, I know I do.
So, here are a couple of photos taken about 10 or 12 years apart which depict the same railroad but different scales/gauges.
The old On20 Mogollon Railway ran on HOn3 gauge and hauled ore from mines to smelter.
The 1:35n2 Mogollon Railway hauls ore from mines to smelter.
No changes in the general idea, but the scales are very different.
(the headlights on both locos are the same!)
Over these many years....
I have built N scale, HOn30, HOn3, HO std., On30, O std, 1:35n2, 1:32n20, large scale(s), and even an Nn3 locomotive.
Why do we do these things...or maybe why does it really matter?
Let's hear your confessions, er... stories.
|It started when I was a kid.
Dad had a ton of Marklin European HO stuff he brought over with him from Holland when the parents immigrated to Canada.
Eventually I found myself messing with N.
Then a bit of HO.
Then I got married and interests were directed away from trains.
Got divorced ten years ago.
Bought five acres of land after I got into trucking with the idea of building a small cabin for just me...
with the idea of using the land as my layout tabletop since the key word of the cabin was "small".
Got remarried and found myself back in Canada looking at On30 in her house, since I had gotten the narrow gauge virus.
Then came the decision to bring the wife unit to the US (Canada is too damn cold for me).
Found myself in a tiny apartment while her immigration papers were processing.
Became interested in 1:35n2 in part because of your work.
Now that the wife and I are hoping to close on a house next month that sits on a 1/2 acre tree covered lot...
I'm once again planning on going back outdoors with 1:20n3...
though I'll continue with a small 1:35n2 indoor layout in the spare room for when it's too hot or cold to be outdoors.
That's my story.
|I was poking around on the web looking at pictures of narrow gauge trains, models, and layouts,
and I come across this blue tinted photo of some trains.
So I thought, well that is cool, I better go look at the site!
And of course I end up right back on the forum I was looking at before I went searching.
Sometimes the internet is tiny.
|Lionel was my starting point as it was for many of us.
Then came my introduction to HO scale. An older kid next door was building a layout in HO.
Eventually, I made the switch to HO.
Then came girls, marriage and a family.
Buying our first house gave me a "L" shaped space in the basement.
I started an N scale layout back when it was called trebleO.
Then I built a 3'x5' On30 switching layout.
This layout was used for the switching contest during the 1969, NMRA nat. convention.
Next came my 3'x5' On2 switching layout.
About this time we decided to move to a home siting on a lot large enough to build a ride-on railroad.
I managed to lay 300' of 7 1/2" gauge track and construct the operating under frame of a battery powered diesel outline locomotive.
A divorce ended that project.
After some time had passed, I meet my present wife and we bought a home with a very small back yard.
So, what scale did I decide to go into next, G scale outside, of course.
Then I retired in 2006 and we moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Back to HO scale and a good size urban layout.
The large home we had bought was becoming difficult to maintain so we downsized to a twin home.
I rebuilt my HO urban layout as a switching layout this time.
Lost interest in that before it was finished.
I made the decision to switch scales once again.
This time it would be Gn15.
And this brings us up to date.