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46  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Tank engine ideas on: February 01, 2009, 02:59:35 AM
Touching on an earlier theme, Mason Bogies are very nice engines but in practice they suffer the same problem many of us have with the Forneys.

Forneys are nice engines, but many of us On30 folk find that we lack the space to give them curvature to do them justice. That's why some On30 modelers saw off the backs of their Forneys, build small tenders to go with them, and turn their Forneys into tender engines.

Mason bogies have the same problem, only more pronounced. If a Forney would be happier with 24 to 26 inch curves instead of the 22 inch curves which many of us modular modelers possess, a Mason bogie would prefer something like a thirty to thirty two-inch radius curve.

In an ideal world, tight curves would be limited to sports cars and pretty girls. Alas, even in model railroading, it's a  less-than-perfect world.

I'd like a tank engine bigger than the Porters, smaller than the 2-8-0, and capable of tackling an 18 inch radius curve without derailing.
47  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Cartoon characters on: January 26, 2009, 11:28:43 AM
I keep wishing that some model railroad manufacturer could come to a happy and inexpensive understanding with the Charles Addams estate. Considering the role that O-gauge tinplate played in both the Addams Family television series and the first Addams Family movie, I think a model railroad/tinplate/Addams Family connection is a natural.

Imagine Gomez, Morticia, and the kids waiting for a train. Or some poor wretch hoisted high in a man-sized cage from a old-time High Ball signal. Or a happy Pugsley Addams joyfully awaiting the receipt of his pet reptilian monster from the REA man.

Some of the wargamer figures might have possibilities for a Morticia or possibly an Uncle Fester.

Other than that, it looks like make-your-own.
48  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New Tank engine ideas on: January 23, 2009, 12:41:06 PM
I have come to believe that you can detect demand for certain types of locomotives by keeping an eye on the number of conversions or kit-bashings of stock locomotives. The more locomotive kits the aftermarket manufacturer sells, the higher the pent-up demand.

A certain well-known aftermarket manufacturer has put out a kit to convert Bachmann's HO scale standard-gauge 0-6-0T into an On30 tank engine with or without pilot or trailing trucks. I've bought such a tank engine and  I've just ordered such a kit.

I think that one of the Hawaiian plantation tank locomotives might be a good bet.
49  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Rollingstock ideas on: January 23, 2009, 12:33:36 PM
I concurr with others that curved-roofed or corrugated-roof boxcars or stock cars/banana cars would be great. I also like the idea of a two-truck Caribbean/Cuban style sugar cane car, too.

While I would also like to see an Railway Post Office car or a combination Railway Post Office--baggage car with either a clerestory roof or round roof and NO end platforms, I'm beginning to think that even modelers with my minimal skill might be able to kitbash such a beastie.
50  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Up Graded 2-6-0 on: January 23, 2009, 12:26:46 PM
I'm admittedly electrically inept and clumsy with my fingers. Nevertheless, I have seen two different techniques for converting the Bachmann 2-6-0s to DCC. One method involves putting the decoder in the tender. The other involves using an N scale decoder within the locomotive itself.

Sorry, I don't have any pictures or a description of just HOW the decoders were installed.
51  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: What rolling stock would we like to see in the future? on: August 28, 2008, 05:57:46 PM
I have two separate wish-lists for passenger and freight cars. For passenger cars, I'd like to see a combination baggage-RPO car and a Boston, Revere Beach, & West Lynn-style passenger car. While originally an East Coast prototype, a few of those cars got very far afield after the BRB&WL was abandoned.

For freight cars, I'd like to see a double-truck steel sugar cane car, like the sort still operating in Cuba up to a couple of years ago. I'd also like to see an outside-braced wooden side boxcar, preferably one with a simulated corrugated-metal roof either a la Oahu Railway & Land Co. or something found in Latin America.
52  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Spectrum Baldwin 4-6-0 - That's what the Bachmann is thinking! on: July 16, 2008, 12:43:51 PM
Way to go Bach-mann! I'm sure that you've made a lot of eastern US-style narrow-gaugers very happy. I'm thinking that I'll get at least one of the 4-6-0s myself.

I don't know how many modelers know it, but several copies of the ET&WNC 4-6-0s were built for three-foot gauge Cuban sugar plantation railroads. These copies lasted through the 1980's, but were later scrapped.

Sorry, Dusten, but I hope the new 4-6-0s have mock oil bunkers.
53  Discussion Boards / Williams by Bachmann / Re: What I would Like to See in William's by Bachmann on: June 24, 2008, 12:53:07 PM
A Williams version of the GE 70 tonner switcher might not be a bad idea--especially if it would be possible to slip either Bachmann's or somebody else's trucks, motors, and couplers under the frame and inside the hood to turn it into an On3/On30 engine.
54  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Aint it about time on: June 24, 2008, 12:42:00 PM
As much as I'd like to see a nice little 4-6-0 either based on the Tweetsie's 4-6-0 or something Baldwin built for one of the western roads, I fear that I have to concurr with Hamish; I doubt that a ET&WNC 4-6-0 would sell all that well. Most of us do have small spaces and tight curves and even On30 ten wheelers need a lot of room. Bachmann would do better to put out something like one of the US Army's World War One tank engines.

However, if Bachmann did make a Tweetsie-style 4-6-0, I'd buy one or more. I am interested in Latin American narrow gauge; I'm told by an authority on Cuban sugar cane railroads that Baldwin did rap out several copies of the ET&WNC design for one or more Cuban sugar cane railroads and that they ran early into the 1990's. (They've since been scrapped, drat it!).

This isn't the forum for it, but I think that someone ought to make On30 boiler, cab, and tender conversion kits to fit something like the Mantua "Petticoat Junction" ten-wheelers or the Bowser G-5s.
55  Discussion Boards / Plasticville U.S.A. / ReDo The O Scale Bridges! on: June 02, 2008, 01:25:01 PM
I bought part of one of the O scale Plasticville two-span steel truss bridges (no deck)  at an estate sale and I'm a bit surprised in spite of myself. I think that they'd pass the three foot rule with ease.

Could Bachmann at least consider re-releasing the O scale bridge again? While I'm sure that the steel truss bridges would fit a lot of "broad gauge" O two-and three-rail projects, they'd also make a wonderful fit to Bachmann's On30 line, especially if they had a deck that has/accommodates On30 ties and/or code 83/code 100 rail.
I like to think that the On30 modular crowd would LOVE them.

How about it, Bachmann?
56  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Narrow Gauge 4-6-2 on: April 04, 2008, 03:10:23 PM
As I recall, the colonial railways of Malaysia and French Indo-China had some European-looking meter gauge Pacifics. The post-Independence Indian Railways had some impressive-sized ones.

Closer to the US, the Coahuila y Zacatecas of Mexico had some three foot gauge Pacifics, however, they were outside-framed and were later converted to 4-6-0s.

I can't help but wonder about Colombia and whether they had 4-6-2s. However, that's a country I'd prefer to railfan by builder's archive rather than visit myself.
57  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Anything new B-Mann? on: March 27, 2008, 09:34:50 AM
I'm finding that what I'm hoping for from Bachmann is changing. In times past, I would have been beating the drum for an F&CC/RGS/SP ALCO 4-6-0. Later on, I started to hope that Bachmann would see its way to producing either a Tweetsie 4-6-0 or one of the gapped-driver Baldwin 4-6-0s once found on many narrow gauge roads. (Incidentally, some copies for the Tweetsie design were built for a Cuban plantation railroad back in the 1920's; sadly, they've since been scrapped).

I recently completed plans for a shelf layout with very tight spaces for yards and rolling stock, so I'm thinking about small locomotives, like it or not. Since Bachmann has to please Europeans as well as us North Americans, perhaps one of the small 2-6-2Ts built for the Allies during World War One?

In spite of it all, I also hope that Bachmann produces an outside-braced wooden boxcar of the style once found on the Oahu Railway and Land Company and on Central and South American railroads.
58  Discussion Boards / On30 / Bolster holes and bolster pin sizes Sizes on: January 30, 2008, 11:45:52 AM
I'm planning to move beyond the shake-the-box skill level for On30 and want to provide new trucks and underframes for some conversions. I'd prefer to use Bachmann trucks, esp. the ones found under the EBT hoppers. Is the screw hole for the Bachmann On30 trucks the same size as the ones Bachmann uses for their ordinary HO bolsters, or will I have to buy a whole On30 car for sacrifice?
59  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Caboose needed for Wonderland Express on: January 30, 2008, 11:40:32 AM
I'll admit that I'm also a Wonderland Express fan. I bought several of them back when I was first thinking of getting into On30, but hadn't picked out a road name of my own. The paint scheme grew on me and I ultimately decided that I didn't have the heart to run them through the paint stripper and paint and letter them for something else.

I wouldn't mind a second run of the Wonderland Express (preferably with new road numbers), nor would I mind it if Bachmann came out with an extra  two-door baggage car or a Silverton-style or other open-air excursion car to go with it.

As for the locomotives, (despite my preference for "basic black" howbeit with striping and a graphite smokebox) I'd hope for something DCC-ready that wouldn't be priced too high for someone just looking for a train set for their snow village or birthday sets.
60  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: Steel box car please Mr. Bachmann on: January 30, 2008, 11:19:43 AM
I would also like to see an outside-braced boxcar in On30. While I know that there were a LOT of steel-sided outside-braced boxcars that were used in Mexico, Central America and Hawaii, I would like to put in a good word for the older outside-braced wood-sided cars used in those parts of the world. While the corrugated-metal roofing used on the Mexican and Central American cars might put off a lot of EBT purists, such cars could represent a much longer time period and a much larger geographical area--a lot of the Oahu Railway and Land Co. cars ended up in Central America, and other wood-sided o.b. boxcars lasted into the 1970's.
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