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Muj's HO/HOn3 layout gets "finished"
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 Posted: Wed Jan 30th, 2013 04:36 pm
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Many of you may remember my friend Bill Caldwell (AKA Muj) who passed on last December. Bill had begun this cool 4 by 8 foot dual gauge layout in the 1980's using the track plan of John Allen's original Gorre & Daphieted Railroad. Mr. Allen later incorporated this layout into his masterpiece which many love and admire (myself included).  Bill knew John Allen and most of the "old timers" who used to gather at Dallas' Bobbye Hall's Hobby House when in town...around a few cups of free coffee and whatever else suited their fancies. Back to the layout; Bill wanted to be able to run his HO and HOn3 equipment so he decided to make it a dual gauge line which complicated things (Bill's trademark) but made it really pretty special. Bill never got to the finished stage on the trackwork or scenery and didn't want me to mess with his layout even though I harassed him about it for many years. The layout has Shinohara and Lambert dual gauge flex track and switches and is built in the "traditional" open grid framework with homosote roadbed and "L girder" risers. Everyone (and I) who came over to Bill's house were amazed at the fine running and derailment free layout and it seemed that Bill never cleaned his track...he ran a train every day.

Here then is the start of how my buddy Jim (Mopman) and myself are going to make this wonderful little pike into the railroad that Muj may have envisioned it to be.







The above photos show pretty much the layout as it is now. That old reefer in the top photo was given to Bill by...John Allen. Bill removed the Baker couplers for KD's and lost the dress snap brakewheel long ago. But it's still operational. The new track in the foreground of the top photo will become a passing siding and lead to a small turntable and engine house.




This shot is of a handmade dual gauge switch built by Herb Kephart using Bill's exact measurements. Of course, Bill thought it was too complicated...something that Herb would agree with! The 2-8-0 shown is a Great Western "Brass Betsy" kit made back in the early 1950's, Bill built her and she runs like a fine watch with her Lindsay motor.

The track work will be done and tuned up before scenery is begun. I plan on making that from styrofoam (no paper towels and plaster over chicken wire like Bill would have wanted) so it can be removed for maintenance if needed. The making of the scenery will be shown in further posts here as well as photos of the structures (minimal) that will be part of the layout. And so it begins again after a 30 year wait. Stay tuned for more.

Woodie



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 Posted: Wed Jan 30th, 2013 05:10 pm
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Great, Woodie. I look forward to being entertained reading the progress posts and seeing the accompanying photos.



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 Posted: Wed Jan 30th, 2013 06:15 pm
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Simply wonderful that you and Jim are going to finish it Woodie!

I will be looking forward to it becoming a real treasure, rather than the place to store detrus that it had become in Bill's later years.

GO MAN-GO!

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Hi Woodie
I will watch with interest, my very first layout was this one that I started in 1970 in HO however because of the overhang of my coaches I switched it to N Scale. The layout got to the stage of running then I went bigger.
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Outstanding project! Look forward to seeing it take shape ...



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Indeed an outstanding gesture Woodie, looking forward to progres pictures, keep them coming !



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Here's an earlier thread about the locos that will be running on the layout.

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2630&forum_id=5

Muj had more locos, I am still discovering them as this is being written.

                   Woodie



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Alright, long as we're talking about him... How did he come to be called Muj?



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Bill was a crumudgeon, he took the name and called himself Mudge...then Herb thought of the "French" spelling, so from then on it was Muj. I called Bill other names from time to time but I miss him and his "special" ways.

Woodie



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Interesting... I think finishing his layout will be a wonderful tribute too.



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