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 Posted: Tue Jan 17th, 2017 06:44 am
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This is a better look at the half top. Sometimes called catch trailers, these are handy for cowboys to load roped cattle without getting off their horse. You lock the bovine up front then close the center gate, and load your horses and head home.
The floor of both trailers are made from a piece of scribed wood with styren channel superglued on the edges. The frames and goosenecks will be made from brass. The trailer will hitch to the pickups in a functional manner, but I have yet to develop anything solid for tires and wheels.
I still want to build some RC Vehicles but right now my dreams are bigger than my fabrication skills.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 17th, 2017 08:39 am
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In the long, long past...Uncle Bob built a nice TTn3 model of an RGS (Rio Grande Southern) loco. I can't seem to supply the link to it (probably due to doofus-ism) but if you click on "search" then put in TTn3/Uncle Bob, the 2010 thread shows up. Bob was starting to build a TTn3 layout but got "sidetracked" by a scale large enough to ride in (Bountyland Railway). Check it out if you want.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 17th, 2017 08:58 am
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You bet Woodie, Uncle Bob's No. 42 helped get some wheels turning for me... mebbe one day he'll get switched back on to the main.



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Working on getting some trains running on a freelanced branch set somewhere on the South Island of New Zealand. I can't tell if it's in Canterbury or Otago. Hell it might be in Southland, I don't know...



Trains enter from staging on the right upper corner and continue to the yet to be named Junction in the left upper corner. The branch line trains continue around the loop, pickup or set cars off at the spur which will feature stockyards and some timber loading apparatus, and continues on to town which is the end of the line and will feature a 20x30 goods shed, a loading bank and engine house and facilities. If I use the mainline, the 2 track yard turns into a 2-2-3 Inglenook switching puzzle and if a runaround move is required, crews can use the whole loop to do so. The town is a shipping point for local farmers and we should expect to see grain and wool traffic as well as coal and limestone brought in from small local mines by wagon that might be shipped out on special trains if demand is high enough and the Midland Line isn't completed soon. Of course the railway will be bringing in goods and supplies for the area, but considering its locality to the Southern Alps we shouldn't be surprised if there is a Hydroelectric Power scheme in the near future.

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Here's the end of a train headed through the cut at Frog Rock.



Scenery will be typical of Central Otago and Southland with tussock grass and limestone outcrops, but the inspiration for the branch is from Canterbury branch lines that dealt in lignite coal, limestone, timber and agricultural products.


Right now we have a serious lack in running NZR prototype equipment.

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After some careful consideration I’ve decided to switch gears and go back to modeling HOn3 for a couple different reasons. I have not been active here, showing my work and what not, but modeling in TTn3 has been challenging and If some one come across this thread and has some interest ill share what I have found out. Since my last post I’ve scrapped the 2x3 layout and started a layout on a 30”x5’ board that I will continue to develop mostly so I can run a train, use what I’ve already built and try out scenery techniques. This layout will be an expansion on themes I’ve mentioned before.

Reasons I’ve decided to switch back to HOn3 revolve around the possibility of a move next spring, the challenges of the space I live in and honing down what I want to model but mostly the availability of kits, accessories and details I can use without scratch building literally everything. I’ve discovered recently that modeling New Zealand Railways in HOn3 may be easier than I initially thought and my desire to have HO scale RC vehicles is becoming real important as well as the introduction of kits and parts for a reasonable price. I’ve also decided I want to take on scratchbuilding HOn3 locomotives and the parts are available to achieve the models I want. The final concern was reliable running of rolling stock and converting engines to BPRC as the TT locos are very fiddly to the point of losing interest.

I suppose I wanted to much to fast, but since I’ve been considering HOn3 I’ve had couple thoughts on what I want to model. I’ll be freelancing and modeling equipment from a varied prototypes but keeping in a 1880-1925 era. I know I’ll break that rule, but the main goal is to represent something not typically seen, so we may see some stuff representing a modern diesel hauled narrow gauge railway. I’ll also be working on RC vehicles like trucks to forward freight to the shipping point or to its final offline destination as well. The HOn3 layout will be sectional with some modules representing places in New Zealand others in the western US. But going back to HOn3 means I can take advantage of products readily available, scaling down the amount stuff (layout, rolling stock, etc.) and achieving my goal RC vehicles.

Here’s what I lose though:
Cheap models to modify
The opportunity to have a lot of railroad in a small space
The easy ability to model obscure prototypes

For me the opportunities to model all sorts of themes and prototype examples has been frustrating to put into a plan I’m happy with. Moving forward I will build the HOn3 layout sections at a time letting it grow as it will but keeping focused as a small common carrier with similar settings. As far as TTn3.5, Im not giving up, and will use this scale and gauge to follow themes and ideas outside the focus of the HOn3 layout, so I believe this thread will get some love and I will start a new thread on the HOn3 projects.



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Fantastic discussion.

Operative words - Good Nuff!



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