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Discussion in 'On30 Forum' started by Hot Cinder, Dec 22, 2008.
I am researching a narrow gauge project. I like the options On3/30 gives me.
There are a few On30ers...some are periodic and some just dabble in On30. I'm the lone On3 modeler.
Off the top of my head...Tin Goat has built Free-Mo On30. I think Sumpter has dabbled. I've picked up a few items in the past...but only for conversion to On3 and On2. I think Conopus has some On30 (I know he does HOn30). Harold drops a note whenever he updates his site (but doesn't really participate in the forum). Recently Shamus past away (a great modeler of small logging). Probably a few people I've missed.
I'm building an On30 layout. About 10 by 10 feet, open in the center.
I thought I was the Lone Ranger:mrgreen:
I am designing/building an 11 foot by 21 foot On30 sugar cane railway based loosely on the Cuban sugar cane railways. It is taking inordinately long as SWMBO has decreed the basement must be renovated and finished wall1before my 8 year old goes to University. I don't know why she thinks I don't finish anythisign1
I have an On30 layout.
Actually I am starting my second one since making my website o it. The first one is chronicled on my site if you wanna see it.
Anyhow, I like it for the size and the detail i can get into the buildings I make which for me is the part i enjoy the most.
If anyone lives in the Vancouver area of BC Canada and wants to have a look give me a shout
I'd love to see pictures of that as it comes along! I've long felt that On30's greatest potential is in modeling south-of-the border stuff. Unique, exotic layouts...with equipment in comparable shape to what we modelers love (heavily weathered, lots of homemade looking stuff).
And at least one or two of the Cuban sugar railways actually were 30" gauge.
so many choices
I'm planning a 14 X 10 logging layout with benchwork shaped like a capital E. May change to narrow gauge On30 coal operation though. Something on the narrow gauge operation?????????
Sugar Cane would also be great!
I only dabble.
I don't have the time, space, skills, or money to build an entire layout(although, I am near a break-through)
If you want ideas you should pick up some issues of On30 Annual, by Carstens Publication. I own all four issues. I am in contact with one of the editers, Chris Lane. (their web site is: http://www.on30annual.com/)
Apparently Hal Carstens has passed away. According to Chris Lane this will not affect RMC as Hal had not been involved with the magazine for several years. The On30 Annuals should continue on.
Another Sugar Train in On30
I also dabble in On30 and I am building an On30 "mini layout" based on the 30" Sugar cane trains that ran in Haiti.
Here are some earlier pictures.
I should probably take this little layout outside and update the pictures as there has been more construction.
On30 uses the American O scale of 1/4" to the foot, (ratio 1:48) to operate trains on HO gauge (16.5 mm/0.650 in) track. The 30 indicates the scale/gauge combination is used to model 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) (30") narrow gauge prototypes, although it is often used to model 2 ft (610 mm) and 3 ft (914 mm) gauge prototypes as well. This scale/gauge combination is sometimes referred to as On2½