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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Replacement Caboose Trucks with power pickup on: January 06, 2018, 03:54:03 PM
They'd be too small.

I realize you want to light your caboose, but you could consider adding phosphor bronze pickups to the factory trucks or pick up a pair of actual narrow gauge caboose trucks from San Juan Car Company.

I've used these on the Bachmann long caboose.

Just a suggestion.
2  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 2-8-0 with DCC Do I have to remove the old DCC to install DCC with sound on: December 07, 2017, 03:23:14 PM
You can obtain sound only modules, but you'd be much better off changing out the original with a full service sound module.

I've done what your asking about and will never do it again. In the end, I wound up replacing everything and going with a DCC sound module which would have been easier to begin with.
3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Okay, FOUR 4-6-0s marked for the ET&WNC but no cars? on: November 08, 2017, 03:13:00 PM
Deerfield River Productions and Wiseman models have kits for ET&WNC rolling stock, for what it's worth.
4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Semboro Sugar Mill, East Java, Indonesia, 19th August 1992 on: October 23, 2017, 03:59:55 AM
Pretty amazing how much that little locomotive could pull and the rate of speed it was clipping along at.
5  Discussion Boards / On30 / Prototype for a new On30 Shay on: September 02, 2017, 09:20:42 PM
This shay still survives, is actually 30 inch gauge, and while a little beefier is still just a two cylinder Shay. Love the cabbage stack!
6  Discussion Boards / On30 / National Train Show - Any new On30 announcements? on: August 04, 2017, 07:18:06 PM
The NMRA National Train Show got underway today.

Any word if Bachmann is going to release any new On30 this coming year?
7  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: This 2-8-0 is begging to be made into a production model! on: May 17, 2017, 02:22:36 PM
Actually, you can get one in kit form from Deerfield River Laser.
8  Discussion Boards / On30 / This 2-8-0 is begging to be made into a production model! on: May 17, 2017, 11:39:01 AM
This has On30 written all over it. Would image a few On3ers would "broad gauge" a production model.
9  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Excursion car on: April 01, 2017, 12:19:27 AM
Haven't got one yet, but it looks like the long caboose frame.

The steps and endrailings look the same.
10  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: March 20, 2017, 08:54:35 PM
My side-hustle is writing non-fiction books. The minute the editor is done, the magazine can be printed in probably less than 12 hours later.

Most people don't realize this, but unless the book you order from Amazon has super high demand and warrants a traditional press run or has special requirements, i.e. hard cover, lots of photos, glossy paper (typical rail history book), the paperback books you order do not exist physically when you hit purchase.

A technology called print-on-demand receives the order and the book gets printed and shipped to you. This allows a lot of niche market books to be printed and sold that otherwise could not justify the cost of a press run.

My point in stating this is to show has printing technology has changed. Yes, I am sure this will be an off-set color press run. The point is, printing technology is very different now from what it was even a few years ago.

I send in my files (cover and interior) and I get a proof copy in about three days.

I guess we'll find out when we get our annuals in the mail.
11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Prototype begging to be modeled in On30! on: February 21, 2017, 11:05:57 AM
Formerly of the Klondike Mines Railway, then the White Pass & Yukon Route, followed by a few private owners, this locomotives is now going to be owned and operated by the new operation/museum at Como, Colorado. Little #4 just begs to be a prototype for an On30 locomotive!

See the link:,325696,325698#msg-325698

Change the stack to a cabbage and swap the pilot out for foot boards and you have a great mainline runner for your logging operation!
12  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Excursion car on: February 15, 2017, 11:23:12 PM
Mount Blue also makes two different sized excursion cars. They make nice kits, easy to assemble if you read and follow instructions. I've built a variety of the company's rolling stock kits, just not the two excursion cars.
13  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Passenger cars uncoupling themselves on 18" radius curves. on: February 01, 2017, 05:29:33 PM
I change the couplers. KD's are much better.

You hate the spend the money, but you also hate to have your coaches uncouple when operating too.

Get KD whisker couplers with the same shank.

Drop in replacement.
14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: How about adding a 2-6-0. an 8-18d 2-6-0 on: October 13, 2016, 10:02:42 AM
In converting the 4-6-0 to a 4-4-0 in the photo you posted, did you make any changes to the frame, i.e. shortening the frame?

If you can't get someone to make what you want, make it yourself. I would be interested to know how you made the conversion.
15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: How about adding a 2-6-0. an 8-18d 2-6-0 on: October 01, 2016, 11:06:32 AM
As much as I would love to see either the 4-4-0 or 2-6-0, I doubt it would happen.

These little beasts require too broad a turning radius for On30 and I imagine there is a limit to how much alteration can be done to the design to make a model of one of these take the 18 inch curves required for most On30 pikes.

If it can be done, I'll buy two. Grin
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