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1  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / SceneScapes on: May 18, 2018, 05:02:31 PM
Under which discussion board would Bachmann prefer commentary on specific SceneScape products to be addressed? The Plasticville USA category has so little activity that it could be renamed as "Plasticville USA and SceneScapes" without being a problem.

2  Discussion Boards / On30 / 2018 On30 Annual on: April 04, 2018, 11:59:19 AM
I ordered my copy of the 2018 Annual on April 3, so know that the deadline for the $22 pre-publication price and free shipping has not closed yet. Go to the White River Productions website and the On30 Annual order form is located under "books", not "magazines". Last year I bought my copy at O Scale West, so know that it was released before the end of May. No word yet as to the publication date this year. -- gmhtrains
3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Walthers' carfloat on: December 21, 2017, 12:59:30 PM
Additional information regarding model barges/carfloats that may interest O scale modelers: both Sylvan Scale Models and Sea Port Model Works make HO scale aggregate-carrying barges that could represent short vessels in O scale. This might draw more attention to a layout's scenic waterfront area than a few rowboats would. But if you are actually wanting an O scale carfloat for On30 rolling stock, take a look at American Model Builders' website. Their rail/marine series has included covered barges in HO scale for some time, but I see that their first O scale deck scow is now available and the wood deck appears to be an excellent candidate for laying a couple of carfloat tracks. Exact length is not mentioned, but the picture suggests that it is about twice the length of Lionel's tugboat.

4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Walthers' carfloat on: December 19, 2017, 09:09:00 PM
Thank you both for your input. I have reviewed all of the barges/carfloats made by CROW RIVER, DEERFIELD RIVER, FRENCHMAN RIVER, TRAIN TROLL and WALTHERS, and think that I will install two tracks on the wood deck of FRENCHMAN RIVER'S 12+ inch scow ($45). FRENCHMAN RIVER also produces a 23+ inch carfloat with rails for two tracks already cast into place, but as a scenic rather than operational feature it is not worth $125 to me.

As for the apron upon which shore trackage is connected to the barge, BAR MILLS' Raquette Lake Navigation Company structure ($124.95) at 6 inches wide, 8 inches deep and 11+ inches tall would seem to visually overwhelm On30 trains consisting entirely of 18-foot cars. That is why I will stick with WALTHERS "HO scale" structure (37.98) that I ordered this week, and will convert to a single approach track.

5  Discussion Boards / On30 / Walthers' carfloat on: December 16, 2017, 12:09:26 AM
Has anyone used Walthers Cornerstone carfloat apron and/or carfloat (barge) in their On30 modeling? I am wondering if there is sufficient side-to-side clearance between two On30 freight cars aboard the barge, or if the overhead control tower on the apron has adequate clearance above a boxcar brakewheel? I am modeling a railroad inspired by San Francisco's former State Belt line, with much street-running near the waterfront and sharp 90-degree spurs into warehouses, many located on wharves. The railroad consists mainly of 18-foot cars and 4-wheel engines.

Eugene, OR

6  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / Want some new Plasticville products? on: January 23, 2017, 07:48:09 PM
The year 2016 has ended and for the second year in a row only four new topics were discussed on this Plasticville forum. In fact, it was five years ago in 2012 when the Plasticville U.S.A. forum last considered an average of at least one new topic per month. I think that this minimal interest in Plasticville may be a contributing reason why Bachmann is in no hurry to create new structure designs nor to try to locate 60-year-old dies, that may or may not be usable, somewhere in China.

But the fact that Bachmann is not releasing new nor reissued buildings doesn't prevent anyone from kitbashing or kit-mingling new structures for the town. Unless you are a collector rather than modeler, a simple coat of paint can change a building's image. Repaint a roof from green to brown. Change house windows from blue to yellow. Buy a sheet of paper or actual wood shingles and reroof the building. Buy a second kit and make the building larger--longer, wider, L-shaped or even add a second story. A second or third kit doesn't have to be the same building. Instead of a second or third Plasticville kit, combine structures of different makers, or buy sheet styrene and scratchbuild the additional wall(s).

I recently saw an Ebay listing for six O scale Plasticville fire station kits, with all 24 walls, but no roofs. I have six Corgi and Del Prado fire trucks that I want to display in front of my station, so (with a high bid) now I have the needed walls to create a six-bay station, with both rear entrances and front doors for responding trucks. And a have eight or 10 plain walls left over for another project or two.

What kind of building do you need on your layout that might be a kit-mingling project?

Gul Hulin
7  Discussion Boards / On30 / wrecking crane/log loading crane on: December 11, 2016, 11:27:23 PM
Many members of this forum submit requests for new models from Bachmann, most frequently in the form of different steam locomotives. Requests for new passenger or freight cars are often in the form of new paint schemes for existing body styles (is there no end to billboard reefers?), rather than new molds (my choice would be a four-door baggage car).

But at this time I would like to suggest a new car design with a dual purpose: a flat car mounted crane that can serve both as a wrecking crane to lift derailed equipment at a collision site, and as a log-loading crane in the woods to aid in the initial loading of logs, and along the right-of-way to reclaim logs that have fallen from moving trains enroute to the mill. Availability of such a crane car could renew interest in the previously-released work train/logging camp "outfit" cars.

Gil Hulin
8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Diesel on: March 20, 2016, 11:45:00 AM
If you are not yet familiar with Mount Blue Model Company, visit their website to see the diesel superstructures sized to fit over Athearn SW and similar-sized mechanisms. They also have much On30 rolling stock, most of it designed to make use of Bachmann underframes and trucks. Get to know all of the On30 manufacturers (Wiseman Model Services, Backwoods Miniatures, Boulder Valley Models, Foothill Model Works etc), mix and match their products, and your railroad will look less like the Christmas Special arriving in Dept. 56-Ville.

gmhtrains in Oregon
9  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: GE 70 ton locomotives DCC on board: Any sound decoders? on: March 12, 2016, 05:20:49 PM
I am getting ready to convert one of my GE 70-tonners to On30 scale with the use of the Mount Blue laser cut Doodlebug kit. That way the diesel's natural sound may be appropriate for a gas-electric railcar without having to look for an after-market decoder.

10  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: ho vanderbilt tenders on: March 12, 2016, 05:10:48 PM
I support Joe T's desire for separate sale Vanderbilt tenders, but the preferences involve more than just medium length vsrsus shorty, and DC versus DCC. Another coal tender is worthless to those Pacific Coast modelers with oil-burning steam locomotives to keep fueled. I suspect that Bachmann  would respond sooner if the questions of length, fuel type and power source didn't have so many variables.

gmhtrains in Oregon
11  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Two Missouri Pacific questions on: January 12, 2016, 10:19:38 PM
I started this thread and today weathered the "WCW" Missouri Pacific Lines boxcar in question. I got the car off eBay a week ago. It is a nice dull finish double-sheathed wood 40-foot boxcar, made by Accurail. BUT although the dimensional data and car number [45037] are PRINTED on the sides, the W.C.W. initials and Mopac buzzsaw herald [in red] are obviously DECALS. I now think that the W.C.W. initials may refer to the original owner's name for his model railroad rather than some obscure MP subsidiary. Thank you all for questioning the validity of this car.

Now for my next project. I need someone with the May, 1974, Railroad Model Craftsman magazine to photocopy one page for me. As pictured in the article Rails to the Border, I want to model the ex-Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis boxcar that had been sold to one of the regional Mexican railroads. I have the 40' red boxcar with three yellow stripes and "Dixieland" slogan, but want to get the new ownership data correct. I know that it was either Sonora-Baja California (S-BC), Chihushua al Pacifico (Ch-P) or Ferrocarril del Pacifico (FCP), and not NdeM. Please let me know if you have the issue and I will designate who should send it. I don't need five or six photocopies all arriving at once, as I will reimburse your postage and copy cost.

As for the suggestion that I join the MP historical society, I checked out their website and am intrigued that 2016's convention is in Jefferson City, MO. I rode through Jefferson City in the late 1960's aboard the Missouri River Eagle, but didn't get out and haven't returned since.  I would seriously consider attending, but have already discovered that Amtrak will not quote a routing nor fare for Eugene, Oregon, to Jefferson City, Missouri. They are talking about an overnight stay required in Chicago or St. Louis, while I am thinking that Eugene to Los Angeles to Kansas City to Jefferson City would be simple. We'll see . . . .

Gil Hulin
12  Discussion Boards / HO / Two Missouri Pacific questions on: January 11, 2016, 03:09:54 PM
Although my main modeling interest is railroads of Mexico (circa 1980), I've decided to model the Missouri Pacific interchange at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. As I have started to purchase MP rolling stock, I find that many cars have reporting marks for MP's subsidiary companies. i know what NOT&M and I-GN stand for, but have not yet identified WCW. Anyone know what this MP affiliate is/was?

Second, MP "Herbie" boxcars are plentiful in the model world, with Bachmann and several other manufacturers producing them. But in the prototype world did just one exist? Or did MP create a small fleet of "Herbies"? What would be the earliest year that the prototype(s) existed? Was this design offensive to Mexicans and thus kept out of international interchange?

Thanks for any information you can supply.   Gil Hulin, Oregon.
13  Discussion Boards / HO / 2-8-0 Oil Tender on: December 18, 2015, 03:09:59 AM
I recently purchased a Union Pacific 2-8-0 to convert to a National Railways of Mexico locomotive. Changes to the loco will be simple with repositioning the bell ahead of the smokestack the main visual difference. The tender will be a bit more involved, as the coal-burner will need to become an oil-burner. I've already popped out the coal load, but am wondering if Bachmann or a third party has ever offered a drop-in oil bunker? If not, it will not be difficult to scratchbuild an oil bunker, and it would even give an excuse to try Archer's rivet decals for the first time. But with so many resin castings on the market for Bachmann's On30 steamers, I thought that I'd inquire first if a replacement oil tank is already produced.

Gil Hulin
Modelling the NdeM, FCP, S-BC. Ch-P and FUS in 1980.
14  Discussion Boards / N / Re: Bobber caboose on: October 13, 2015, 06:39:03 PM
Thanks for the reply to my October 2 query regarding Bachmann (and Arnold) N scale Bobber cabooses. I have ended up ordering four of Microtrains' "Civil War era" 26-foot cars. They come with a flat deck that I will widen slightly, but no more than the width of the 0n18 locomotive. I may add bulkheads on each end of each car, and an O scale figure on the rear car to add perspective

Gil Hulin
15  Discussion Boards / N / Bobber caboose on: October 02, 2015, 07:05:13 PM
In the 1970's I purchased a four-wheel, N scale "bobber" caboose that I would have sworn was made by Bachmann. Today I have searched the internet, starting with eBay, and cannot find an N scale bobber from any manufacturer. Can anyone remember when Bachmann discontinued this model, or in fact did Bachmann ever produce a bobber? I don't actually need any kind of a caboose, but have decided that this short four-wheel underframe is what I want to build a group of small flatcars upon in On18 scale. That is, O (1/48) scale operating as 18-inch narrow gauge on standard gauge "N" scale track. See the Railway Recollections website for the gas-electric locomotive that I will be using. Or do you suggest any other N scale standard gauge car approximately two inches in length? Various hopper, ore or tank cars may be short enough, but do not include the flat platform on which to build. I will be operating cars carrying boxes of fresh fish from the waterfront docks up a hill to the cannery on the bluffs above. On30 refrigerator cars will haul the processed fish from there to market.

Gil Hulin
Eugene, OR  
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