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16  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.
17  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.
18  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.
19  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.
20  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!
21  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.
22  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.
23  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.
24  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
25  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: How about adding a 2-6-0. an 8-18d 2-6-0 on: September 28, 2016, 06:43:28 PM
I'd by one and then follow your suggestion and promptly convert it to a 4-4-0.
26  Discussion Boards / On30 / Re: New On30 Excursion car on: July 21, 2016, 04:38:00 PM
By chance has anyone seen a pre-production model?

The engineering drawings look very promising.

The Kentwood & Southern will be obtaining several for spring excursions.
27  Discussion Boards / On30 / New On30! on: May 21, 2016, 08:56:22 PM
There is a link to the 2016 Catalog and there is some new On30 stuff - sort of.

18 foot Murphy roof box car in grey with data.
two new paint schemes for passenger coaches.

lots of Porters - don't recall if these went out of production but they are in the new catalog

18 ft. black flat car data only

Most of the locomotives are still in stock.
28  Discussion Boards / On30 / Little Giants - 30 inch 2-10-2s on: September 26, 2015, 07:37:37 PM
Here is a link to video of some of the Rio Turbio 2-10-2s in operation.

I would love to see Bachmann manufacture one of these.  Cool locomotives and a very modern steam operation. Used the Porta modifications.

These little giants pulled some incredibly long trains without double heading.
29  Discussion Boards / On30 / Locomotive Fleet Saturation and slower On30 sales on: July 27, 2015, 08:19:24 PM
There has been considerable speculation of the past couple of years about the slowing of sales in On30.

I am probably wrong, but I think there are two contributing factors:

a) finite number of modelers who use On30
b) locomotive fleet saturation.

I have:

1 BLI C-16
2 2-6-0
1 OF 4-4-0
1 Heisler
1 2-6-6-2
1 OF 2-8-0
1 0-4-2T Porter

3 diesel kitbashes

The prize of the fleet - 1 brass Backwoods Miniatures NG-16 Garratt 2-6-2+2-6-2

That is a lot of motive power for a medium/small layout.

The only reason I bought a Heisler is because its my favorite geared locomotive type. Promptly bashed it with the Backwoods Miniatures kit. Big improvement IMHO.

I would not be surprised if others have fleets like mine. At some point and time, enough motive power is enough. So, you just stop buying more locomotives.

Somehow Bachmann needs to increase the size of the On30 market - tough when you look at the demographics of the hobby, or focus on rolling stock with fewer locomotive pieces being introduced.

30  Discussion Boards / On30 / On30 Market? on: January 14, 2015, 02:09:35 PM
I am curious. Where is the On30 market the largest?

Europe or the United States or another region?

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