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121  Discussion Boards / General Discussion / Recent visit to the White Pass & Yukon RR... on: June 01, 2015, 05:55:32 PM
Just got back from a 15th anniversary Alaska trip with my wife. We honeymooned there in 2000...

Ah, what wonderful sights to see...

But yeah, I mostly agreed for the trains!

My long-suffering wife actually liked the ride this time (last time, she dealt with a bunch of rude Germans and wanted to start WW3 right there). Lots of Germans this time, but they were all very nice and I got to talk with a few in their native language!

No steam running (73 was outside of the shop at Skagway with the smokebox lid removed) but it's amazing to see this downtown:

Along the tundra, heading into British Columbia

Some more were posted here:
That's it for now, until I can cull through almost 1000 photos we took...
122  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Possible new engine? on: May 15, 2015, 02:16:10 PM
Frankly I feel fortunate that Bachmann has choose to make what they did.
I agree. If it weren't for Bachmann making the ET&WNC ten-wheelers in On30, I'd never have gotten back into the hobby.
So, while my wife probably hates Bachmann for that very reason, I'm very thankful as that's exactly what I'd wanted; that prototype, in the exact paint schemes they offered (ET&WNC wartime black) in a very manageable scale. They also made them affordable enough for me to be able to have one of each 4-6-0 that the ET&WNC had during WW2...
123  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 Annual - Kitbashing Bachmann on: May 15, 2015, 02:12:51 PM
They are being shipped as we speak, earliest orders in, earliest out.

Good to know as I, too, have had one on order for a while now...
124  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Wheelbase for the two Bachmann On30 railcars? on: May 11, 2015, 12:12:36 PM
125  Discussion Boards / On30 / Wheelbase for the two Bachmann On30 railcars? on: May 08, 2015, 03:21:18 PM
What's the exact wheelbase for both the rail bus and the railcar (that Galloping Goose looking thing)?
I have an idea of using either to mount a pre-existing body onto it, but I must know first what the wheelbases of each really are to see if either could be used for what I have in mind...
126  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Possible new engine? on: May 07, 2015, 02:34:04 PM
For the last 10 years or so most of the On30 world has begged for a model of the the Baldwind Sonoma 4-4-0 and instead we got a 2 foot 4-4-0 with the reason of radius only to find out that the the On30 2-4-4-T has a radius problem. so I think engines are just made by special intrest groups afterall look at the original On30 frieght cars who would have thought of an OR&W prototype?
Well, I know one of the VPs at Bachmann is a big Tweetsie fan, which is why they've made the 4-6-0 for that road in both G and On30. Frankly, I'm thankful for that but at least that engine can be modified into a lot of other stuff with general ease.
The 4-4-0, to me, looks exactly like a HO scale engine with a few O scale details added to it.
Strange enough, they make the 'pretty 1800s loco' in G scale...
As for the freight cars, yeah, some of that stuff sure is odd. The boxcars, especially are designed differently from just about any boxcar you'd find on a 3-footer back in the day.
I'm also utterly baffled as to why they don't offer any rolling stock in ET&WNC markings when they offer 4 versions of the same road's locomotives...
127  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Possible new engine? on: May 07, 2015, 01:19:53 PM
I guess there is no intrest in anything new? Shocked
Yeah, but what?
Bachmann has to make money, they're not a hobbyist looking at random photos and saying every now and then, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool to make one of these?" That's no business plan, especially for a large production company like Bachmann.
That's why I'd be very shocked if they made a Garratt in On30. There'd be almost no market for something like that in the US.
Some of the locomotives that might do well in the US for narrow gauge prototypes could be:
-East Broad Top 2-8-2

-D&RGW K-27 or K-36 (FYI, this photo below was taken by me)

-The Sonoma

Or any other 19th century locomotive like that
-US Army S118 class 2-8-2. The White Pass had several of them and you can still find them scattered all over the world. I think this (along with the D&RGW ones) has the greatest potential for sales, considering how far flung these locomotives were. Several of them still operate today.
-I still think they should make one of their ten-wheelers as White Pass & Yukon #s 10 and 14 as all they'd have to do is do the right paint scheme. Former ET&WNC 10 and 14 went to the White Pass in 1942. Now, they were modified quite a bit before getting the WP&Y paint job, but it'd be so easy for Bachmann to offer that. Seeing how the WP is still in operation and thousands ride it each year (including myself, I've ridden one and am going back to ride it again very soon).
128  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: How do I get extra Brake wheels for On30 cars? on: May 05, 2015, 01:21:09 PM
Why don't you join some of the Yahoo On30 groups like the conspiracy.
They can steer you in the direction you need to go and there are even swap meets.

I'm already on that group, but it seemed to make sense to look here first, at a forum dedicated to the actual company who makes the part I'm looking for...
129  Discussion Boards / On30 / How do I get extra Brake wheels for On30 cars? on: May 04, 2015, 01:21:30 PM
I have been gluing brake wheels and associated stuff to my On30 cars but a couple of brake wheels popped off, never to be seen again.
I looked on the site but nothing is listed for spare parts.
Is there anywhere I can get some replacement brake wheels for my cars?
130  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 tank car decal and weathering job on: May 04, 2015, 02:26:42 AM
Nice work!
That looks great!
Here is # 600, made up just like the other:

Not to many modelers can say they've re-created their modelled RR's entire roster of a type of car, I'd think. But it's easy in this case...

Here's what the real cars looked like.
131  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 4-6-0s needing crew figures, what'll fit in those cabs? on: April 21, 2015, 02:50:35 PM
Here's ET&WNC # 10 (going through a rebuild at the Northern Pacific South Tacoma shops in 1943 after a year on the White Pass & Yukon), showing very well the firebox and the back of the cab, showing the unusual placement of the cab on the backhead. When 10 and 14 (a twin Baldwin) returned to Alaska, they had cabs which were much further back.
Anyway, this is what the Bachmann On30 ten-wheeler's backhead looks like:
132  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 4-6-0s needing crew figures, what'll fit in those cabs? on: April 21, 2015, 01:50:26 PM
Union of Missing Limb Operators.  (UMLO)
I guess it's a good thing I model the WW2 era, when unions didn't have much power to speak of!
But I suspect many a scale hogger on a layout is missing legs...
133  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 4-6-0s needing crew figures, what'll fit in those cabs? on: April 20, 2015, 06:38:14 PM

Like I mentioned above, I don't own an On30 4-6-0, but out of curiousity how hard would it be to remove the cab to install the figure?
Removing the cab is a moot point in regard to the figure fitting inside as there's almost no room at all for a figure to fit all the way down to the cab floor.
I've seen the prototype for the Bachmann 4-6-0, formet ET&WNC # 12 at Tweetsie RR in Blowing Rock, NC. Those cabs were ridiculously tight and crews there would rather run their former White Pass 2-8-0 as that cab is pretyt comfortable. The Baldwin ten-wheelers had cabs astride the firebox, not behind it. The engineers must have roasted in the summer time while running them.
I've seen lots of photos of the ET&WNC engineers and they were all very small men, at least the ones who ran those ten wheelers.
I decided to cut down some of the woodland scenics figures, ridiculously so (one is just a 'pie shaped' wedge of the figure itself, all were cut off at the waist or much higher). Four fit in the cabs, the other two won't at all as they have outstretched hands on each direction. I will either:
-Do arm surgery on them
-Sell them or use them elsewhere on the layout
-Buy some artistta ones, if I can find the right ones (they'll need to be badly cut down even then).
134  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 4-6-0s needing crew figures, what'll fit in those cabs? on: April 17, 2015, 06:45:15 PM
I use artista figures, i feel they are truer to scale the others.
I have a couple of their figures, but no engine crew figures just yet. They're actually tough to find, I've found.
I'm looking to see what figures people have actually placed into a Bachmann On30 ten-wheeler.
135  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 4-6-0s needing crew figures, what'll fit in those cabs? on: April 14, 2015, 04:08:09 PM
If your figure is from the A2733 set, you may have to just cut the legs off and let an arm hanging out the window support the figure.
That's the set, all right. I thought about making them legless (had to do the same with all the passengers in my coaches) but they still seemed awfully wide even then.
I assume you've done this yourself?
I have four On30 ten-wheelers, I can always mess with one to see how the others would work. I know in real life those Baldwin cabs were crazy tight, even for the thin men on the ET&WNC who ran that prototype locomotive.
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