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  HOn3 4-6-0 build
Posted by: nachoman - 10-30-2018, 12:13 PM - Forum: Narrow Gauge, Logging and Mining - Replies (2)

I had some leftover drivers from an HOn3 MDC 2-8-0, and an old MDC boiler that I had ruined the smokebox front, so I decided to try and turn it into an HON3 4-6-0.  First, I designed and printed a frame through Shapeways.


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  Pacific Coast Air Line Railway in 55n3
Posted by: hminky - 10-27-2018, 07:41 PM - Forum: Layouts - No Replies

Resurrected the benchwork from the old On30 layout. Splotched some clouds onto the backdrop to cover the defects. Tired of sanding and still not being able to get the paint to match in those areas.

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Got a good deal on the package of HO Kato Unitrack for the for the Model Railroader's  Black River Junction layout about four years ago.

Found that the track can be painted to look like narrow gauge track.

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What is 55n3, visit:


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  Weekly Photo Fun 10/26 - 11/1/18
Posted by: bdw9535 - 10-26-2018, 02:16 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (7)

YPMA-02 works Flying Fish Brewery while the Mannheim Yard switcher SD38 6934 makes up an outgoing grain train.



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  I'm Back!!
Posted by: pennman - 10-25-2018, 03:17 PM - Forum: Get To Know Us - Replies (3)

Its been a long time almost 6yrs, but getting back to normal and going to try and get more done on the B&NE RR. had to take sometime away for personal reasons. I see a lot of old names still kicking the rails and  whole bunch more of new names in the station look forward to reconnecting with you all

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  Carolina Central Moves to HOn30 Maine
Posted by: hminky - 10-22-2018, 08:18 AM - Forum: Narrow Gauge, Logging and Mining - Replies (2)

Been in and out of HOn30 since the early 1970s. Was N-Scaling and got a good deal on the Kato Carolina Central layout about four years ago. Sure looked like HOn30 with the track spacing. Bought some Minitrains and Shapeway HOn30 cars but health problems caused me to shelve model railroading.

2018 was a good health year so returning to model trains tried N-Scale with an attemept at a "door layout" in N-Scale with standard gauge. Trouble is "I see narrow gauge". Various other odd model train ventures intervened. Got a Myner Models Model Power 2-6-0 conversion working. Runs great after a major D-oh moment.

Found that I could make my Kato track look like HOn30 with little effort.

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So the layout is still in track planning stages.

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  Some Tank Cars
Posted by: CNR5103 - 10-19-2018, 03:04 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - No Replies

After giving a try at two Tichy tank cars kits I lettered as UTLX, I decided I should improve my roster of tank cars. I bought a box of six Tichy kits.


When building the sixth one I decided to replace the KC brakes with AB brakes parts I had on hands (Front Right car)

I lettered three of them as CGTX.


Two as GATX


And one as BAOX


When documenting the project for lettering I realized that if I had put AB Brakes on all six cars and omitted the straps near the dome I would have had cars that would "look more prototypical" for the era I model. I then realized that I should better document any project at an earlier stage of completion. Lesson learned.

Any way I now have tank cars that look a lot better than any BB Athearn kits I had and even some not so good looking RTR.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 10/19 - 10/25/18
Posted by: bdw9535 - 10-19-2018, 02:57 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (4)

With the sun angles casting shadows on Division Street, WPMA-40 makes it's way through Whiskey Point.



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  Another Car on the Workbench
Posted by: CNR5103 - 10-12-2018, 03:46 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (3)

Six weeks ago I received a package of four cars from Funaro & Camerlengo.  As I had some scenery to do on the layout, scenery I had posponed for too long, I decided to put those kits aside so I can have them for the long winter months and my scenery finished.

But, this afternoon, not unlike an alcoholic who pretends a single glass won't do any harm, I opened one bag to check the parts. Some time later I had the parts degreased, the sides, ends and roof assembled, the frame fitted to the body and the coupler boxes glued in place.


The dog had to wait for his afternoon walk; 
I forgot to go to the grocery store for supper preparation;
and I arrived late at the train station to pick up the girlfriend. 

Good Grief.

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  Weekly Photo Fun - Oct. 12th-18th
Posted by: doctorwayne - 10-12-2018, 12:08 AM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (4)

When Grandt LIne announced their closing, I figured I'd better get in an order before they were gone.  My order was eventually filled, and a buyer acquired the business, too, so their fine products are still available.

In addition to some doors for the Mount Forest roundhouse (they'll need some modifications) I picked up eight baggage wagons, and several of them ended-up at the Mount Forest train station....

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Anybody else out there?

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  Another Wood Boxcar
Posted by: CNR5103 - 10-07-2018, 01:40 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (6)

I bought an Accurail Wood Boxcar kit.


I carved off molded in grab irons, stirrups, side ladders, end ladder rungs and vertical brake rod rigging and replaced them with metal grab irons, stirrups and an Ajax Power brake rigging from Tichy Train Group.


Here is the finished car.


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