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1  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Curve Radius Problems for the On30 18 Footers? on: January 09, 2018, 04:18:52 PM
"Not all things you see or read on the internet are true....signed by Abraham Lincoln"

Love it!!!! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy




John

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2  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Semboro Sugar Mill, East Java, Indonesia, 19th August 1992 on: October 24, 2017, 06:34:35 PM
     "Pretty amazing how much that little locomotive could pull and the rate of speed it was clipping along at."


My thoughts exactly!!

She was doing a bit of a major 'wobble' across some of those none-too-good track sections.


Nice video though.


 Thanks again for sharing, Frank.


John

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3  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2-foot Garretts in S. Africa - 2017 on: September 09, 2017, 10:20:24 PM
One Garrett = Great!

Two Garretts = Wonderfully Great!!!

Some great scenery, and sounds.....and one can almost smell the smoke......

'Boadicea' and her big sister....You've got my vote!!

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John
4  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 Ties on: June 03, 2017, 08:34:14 PM
Hi there Jkemp,

I'm not sure how far you want to go with this HO to On30 track conversion, but if you choose to use the Peco On30 track, the sleepers are quite nicely spaced as is.

However, I also 'cheated' a bit, on my On30 layout. I used a lot of existing Peco HO track, and removed every second or third sleeper and spaced the remaining ones at varying distances from each other. This gives a rustic, not-very-well-maintained appearance.

After the final ballasting was done, the apparent length (or lack of length!) of the sleepers is not even evident, unless one looks very closely.

Just my thoughts.....

John

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5  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 2017 ON30 annual magazine on: May 05, 2017, 12:48:28 AM
Great!

That means we'll see ours, here in Oz, around about mid-winter......(July)


It doesn't pay to be in too much of a hurry.......


John

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6  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Great Hill - Rail 2017 on: April 15, 2017, 05:34:27 PM
Very nice......


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7  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: 1910 automated track laying on: March 27, 2017, 07:45:22 PM
Very interesting!

(Gotta LOVE that seam-shovel at the beginning......)

I was pretty amazed at how the rig carrying the sections of rail, being pushed by the locomotive, was running on rails that were just sitting there....without even a plate or a spike to stop them from tipping over, and causing a derailment....

WOW!


Thanks for posting, Fred!


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John.
8  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: animated steel mill on: January 29, 2017, 06:43:55 PM
Very nice!!

I especially love the 'glowing' steel ingots on the rollers......


John

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9  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Keresztül a fagyott Vízválasztón (ng in the snow) on: January 21, 2017, 07:31:27 PM
Very nice.

Shovelling snow, to keep the NG line open.....

(I especially like the little snowman which was flattened by the locomotive....) Grin


John

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10  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Japanese snow plow train DE15 in action 42 inch gauge? on: December 29, 2016, 03:22:40 PM
Wow!!

That is really COOL....

(and I DO mean COOL!!!......Brrrrr)

What an amazing machine.


Thanks for posting, Fred.


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11  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Peco On30 Track on: November 17, 2016, 04:32:01 PM
I agree with Ton.

The Peco track is very good, and properly weathered and ballasted, really looks the part.

Additionally, I agree that the turnouts have a very negative 'contact', relying only upon the small area of contact between the point blades and the adjoining rail web surfaces. These requires regular cleaning, to ensure good current flow. (It's a pity that Peco didn't adopt the additional 90 degree 'finger' contact point, as is used in their very reliable HO / OO turnouts.) Ton's solution seems quite good.

Apart from these small points (pun intended!) the Peco product fills the bill admirably!


John


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12  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: adding passengers in On30 passenger cars on: November 15, 2016, 05:11:01 PM
I purchased a couple of bags of those Rail King figures about 5 years back.

They are quite good, and they will fit easily into On30 sized carriages. Each figure measures out at about 4' 6" standing, so they are only useful for populating our rolling stock, rather than mixing in with other O scale figures. About 60% of them are seated, the remainder are standing: male and female.



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13  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: How about adding a 2-6-0. an 8-18d 2-6-0 on: October 29, 2016, 11:28:20 PM
Yes please!!

A 3-truck Shay sounds wonderful!!

(I have a couple of the old Roundhouse (?) units in HO scale, but a nice big, clanking one in On30 would suit me down to the ground. I'm not very taken with that spindly T-boiler thing that they produced some years back....)



John

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14  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: LE CENTENAIRE DU P’TIT TRAIN DE LA HAUTE SOMME on: July 19, 2016, 07:42:31 PM
Good one, Fred!

Great costumes, great scenery, good sound.....and...

Little Narrow Gauge Steam locomotives, 'waddling' down the track........ Grin


John

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15  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: On30 garden railroad on: April 26, 2016, 01:45:46 AM
I can't see any reason why it wouldn't be possible.

It is true, that most garden layouts are especially reserved for the larger scales, but there would be no reason that running "HO-gauged" track outside wouldn't be OK.

You would have to take the obvious things like climate, protection from garden litter, leaves and etc., into consideration, as well as providing protection from the elements for the locomotives and rolling stock. If you have a small garden shed that you can run the track into, that should suffice for storage when not running the trains.

One plus with outdoor layouts is that in most cases, you would not have to be concerned with sharp radii on your curves, as you can have them as broad as you wish.

The choice of track may be of concern. The old-schoolers from the 1950s and 60s used to employ brass-railed track, to offset the problems of rust, but today's nickle-silver may be all right....but whatever track you choose, it will still have to be dried and cleaned very regularly. More so than indoor layout trackage.

Of course, if you opt to go for the 'dead-rail' alternative, track cleaning is not so much of an issue......but you still have to keep the leaves, twigs, birds, dogs and cats away!

I have only had a small amount of experience with outdoor layouts, and that was in O scale, and many decades back.

Good luck!

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