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 Posted: Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 12:29 am
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The Maine two-footers have been calling me ever since magazine articles many years ago. I will have to "magic-up" some steam power. Anyone regauge the Mantua 0-4-0 (etc.) or maybe the Bowser 0-4-0 for On2 use? I haven't yet read what's here about re-gauging the Bachmann, so questions about that will be held until later.

 I also interested in suppliers for On2 freight car trucks. 

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Mike                                                                                     

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 Posted: Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 04:06 am
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Howdy and welcome to Freerails. If you are handy and don't mind some Zamack grinding dust in your hair, it is indeed possible to make a Mantua or Bowser mechanism into On2.  Cut down the frame, and squeeze the drivers in just a bit, carefully grind off the axle ends and there you are. The Bachmann On30 Outside frame 2-4-4t's may be an easier "fix" but I have not done one of those. Here's an idea, do what I do...use On30 mechanisms for 1:35 (military scale) 2 footers. In that scale, On30/HO gauge is almost exactly 24" gauge. On30 trucks work just right. You will have to scratchbuild equipment, etc. but it is an option. I you want to do On2, call CORONADO SCALE MODELS out in Phoenix, AZ, they have trucks, etc. for On2 and probably know who makes what for the scale. If you are interested in what I am doing, check out the Mogollon Railway thread here in the NG section. Whatever you decide, welcome to another 2 foot lover.

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Mike-

Glad to have another person here that thinks that the Maine 2ft railroads are neat. I don't model 2ft, only because I have so much 1/48 std gage equipment, but ever since I got a cab ride up at South Carver in the 50's-------

Most of the larger Maine locos were outside frame. I don't think that there is going to be enough axle sticking out of an HO mechanism  to accommodate the frame and counterweights, so Woodies suggestion of using B'mann On30 outside frame locos as a basis for 1/35 models makes a lot of sense--you get a running mechanism and build the superstructure to  suit (which you would have to do anyways)

In any event--welcome!! and send some pictures of your efforts!


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 Posted: Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 01:36 pm
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Hey-
Thanks for the welcome. The proportions of the 2 ft trains are just great. I  don't know if this was influenced by a trip to the Edaville 40+ years ago, but I prefer that look to the 3 ft.
There was an article in RMC in the 60's about building HOn2, mentioned using N scale trucks, but even then suggested this was not a particularly satisfying a compromise.
I'd consider 1 1/4" gauge track to represent 2 ft gauge
(1:19.2 scale, if my math is right) so that I could use (say) the Weaver 2-8-0 mechanism w/o regauging; but then I would be building my own truck sideframes.
So.....we'll see
Mike

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Thanks for the 1:35 scale suggestion. I'll research and see if the freight trucks scale out acceptably. I am handy with a drill/dremel/hammer, don't mind zamac dust, (although I will be wearing a respirator), but I would like to get something up and running, after lots of years of trains in boxes and no layout.
MS

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On2 update:
Coronado Scale Models (as of today) says he has Gilpins only, says Grandt line might have sideframes but no wheel supplier.....grrrrrrr!

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Mike,

Try these for wheel sets (1/2 way down the page) http://www.foothillmodelworks.com/DetailPt.html
and here:
http://www.nwsl.com/wheelsets/nickel-silver-ng%C2%A0wheelsets-for%C2%A0on3-on30-on2%C2%A0sn3-sn2-hon3%C2%A0hon30-hon2



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Thanks-
Those look great.
ms

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Mantua 0-4-0 is in the mail on it's way to me, so we'll see how it works out.....

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Calling Mike--Mike--Can you hear me now?

Any updates on this??



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