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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 05:03 pm
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Hi there :wave:

Thought that I would start my thread about myon30 railroad project. I currently building to 4mm fine scale which I do not have time for and is becoming bit of a chore. My dad builds UK narrow gauge and have always gone to the Swanley narrow gauge shows with him and always got drawn to the on30stuff and thought to my self why not, I'm married, have a mortgage, daughter ( with now one on the way) so don't have much time. Basically I want a free lance railway, want to buy and run ready to run locos, lay pre-made track and just have fun with out being under the thumb of the proto type.

My layout is going to be L shaped and will be made up of 4 600x1000mm modules with a fiddle yard at one end. The rail road will be a small station terminus with a few sidings and a coal mine and want to base it on 2 foot gauge. All loco will be mainly the Bachmann porters and converted HO gauge locos, rolling stock will be made up of Chivers Kits, converted HO gauge and scratch built items.

Below is a basic plane of what I want at the moment. Please ignore the sizes this was a rough guide.

Last edited on Sun Dec 29th, 2013 02:09 pm by Shoulders



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 Posted: Sun Dec 15th, 2013 05:17 pm
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It's no good if it becomes a chore.

Welcome to the wild world of free and easy freelancing !

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 Posted: Mon Dec 16th, 2013 03:51 pm
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Basic track work is getting there, this is all Peco 0-16.5 point work and Peco setrack- yep setrack. This is all old or second hand track, I removed the old sleepers and then relaced them with Peco narrow gauge sleepers and then saved the stream line rail for the fiddle yard that will be laid on copper clad.
Reason for this I could keep changing this around until I get the design I wanted also it holds its curves which will make it easier when I come to lay the track permanently.
Also note thing may look good when in just setrack for planning but when the sleepers are changed it no longer looks right. ;)
All metal fish plates have been soldered to prevent resistance and hold the track together more strongly and all plastic insulated fish plates or rail joiners have been super glued in place.

I can here you asking why am I doing this, it will become clearer later on in the project.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 16th, 2013 05:25 pm
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Looking good Daniel and looking forward to seeing more from you.



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Hi Daniel,the whole idea of a hobby is to take your mind of other things in life and relax your mind.(Mental escape)If it is becoming a real chore it is time to change direction.I can only repeat what Tom said,,,,,,Welcome to the wild world of free and easy freelancing !,,,,IT'S FUN...The hobby is there to enjoy and sometimes like I have done,you do what you can with what you have in time and money...Just remember ....It's your layout,you do what you like..if some one else does not like it ,it's there problem.My layout is totally freelance and I love it ,even though it has an Australian theme, it uses American style rolling stock.What you are doing looks good and interesting (I hang a RIVET at the door for the rivet counters) cheers Peter.. :):old dude:



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 Posted: Mon Dec 16th, 2013 11:28 pm
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Total agreement with ya'll. I have known too many modelers who followed the rivet and prototype trail and almost all of them are now collecting bird eggs or rare Russian postal stamps. The guys I hang with go their own ways and do what they feel like doing. My interest in model railroading saved me from bad life choices and was a damn sight cheaper than a therapist! Have fun and run a train today.

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Looks good so far!

But I think I know where you hid the Christmas presents. ;)



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Cheers guys

Ha the presents are for my daughter and she isn't allowed in the model room.:2t:



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Below is a picture of a Bachmann Spectrum HO gauge 4-6-0 tender loco which I'm currently converting to on30. It came with on board sound in the tender but using them for my Bachmann HO 0-6-0 switcher conversion. All pipe work, cab and chimney was removed and a new cab was made out of styrene sheet and bass wood, cow catcher was a kit from EDM models in the UK but think it imported from the states and the chimney and head light is from a Bachmann Shay. Been mucking around with different tenders to go with it, can't make my mind.

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