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 Posted: Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 04:57 pm
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Harold, it doesn't look like there is very much to modify!
The Q&TL was a cool railroad indeed.
Those spoke wheel tender trucks are super!

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W C Greene wrote:
Harold, it doesn't look like there is very much to modify!
The Q&TL was a cool railroad indeed.
Those spoke wheel tender trucks are super!


Not modeling the Q&TL,
but looking for mechanical details that indicate the Mogul can be used in a freelance railroad without any major building.

The Mogul except for the headlight is basically usable out-of-the-box for 55n3.
Later pictures show that the spoke tender wheels didn't last long.

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Now that the Bachmann Mogul is 55n3:



Can resurrect this conversion utilizing the Mogul gear tower and a Bowser HO frame:



Makes this locomotive:





Never was a good On30 model but great 55n3.
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Knuckleduster has a "32mm Gun Fighters Ball" series.
Tried them as their 28mm figures were "short".
They are the guys on the bases comparing to figures in earlier posts.



Wargaming figures must be tried to see if they are suitable for all purposes.

These are really very good.

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The Bachmann On30 catalog has dwindled considerably with the collapse of the On30 bubble.

A locomotive that always flew under the radar was their little freelance 2-4-4-2 Mallet.
Probably one of Bachmann's best efforts.
A perfect 55n3 loco, actually a little cramped for O-scale.



There are two similar prototypes.

A Baldwin narrow gauge version of the Little River 2-4-4-2.


An Alco New Zealander


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I enjoy seeing you back here, 1:55n3 is a great scale/gauge, much like 1:35n2.
The Bachmann 2-4-4-2 is a great running lokie and looks to be proper for 1:55 scale.
I "upscaled" mine with just a larger cab and some detail parts and crew.
Bachmann offered a nice looking loco, much nicer than the lanky and funky 2-6-6-2.
If they had wanted to do a more "popular" loco, then they should have done the Uintah 2-6-6-2t.
But this is just my opinion-which ain't worth much!

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"The medium is the message."

60's philosophy
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I came to this forum hoping to find more on this scale/gauge,
only to discover it is a repeat from the other place I saw it.

So I will ask my burning questions here,
because this post assumes so much knowledge for a numbskull like me.

First off.
Is this then a scale all of its own?
S scale is 1:64, SO this falls somewhere between O and S as 1:55?

This actually makes a lot of sense.
Woodie's 1:35n2 2' Narrow gauge is perfect for available products,
figures being military 1:35 and track 16.5mm and wheels/trucks being On30.

Why this scale and not simply biting the bullet and getting S scale,
with the obvious need for brass when it comes to locos?

Can a modeler then assume that with the HO scale mechs and trucks,
the footprint for a narrow gauge layout in this scale would be similar to a standard gauge HO scale layout?

Seeing how you scaled down the cab on that one On30 model, it really makes a difference in how slim the loco looks.
What about converting and old HO scale American into this scale for a smaller boiler look?

Also, I saw the tutorial on modifying Bachmann box cars.
Is this any faster than simply making something from wood?

Which sort of brings me back to the why this scale, when you can get kits in S scale?


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As I continue to fiddle with this scale.
I am curious what an HO scale code-100 rail works out as in 1:55n3?
What pound per foot size would it be?

Not that I will change what rail size I use,
because I have a stack of beat up flex track to play with and it's all code-100,
and my loco model I am building has old wheels and would probably not work on a smaller rail height.

But these details are interesting.




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Now that's easy. 90# rail, that is.

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