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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2010 01:45 am
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Don-I know that you have those big K's, etc. and while Mike suggests doing Colorado...here's another overlooked line-the Southern Pacific narrow gauge (Carson & Colorado) out in the wilds of Nevada & California. The SPNG had lots of cool operation and the scenery...well, the scenery was/is desert, sand, scrub bushes, and mountains. One fellow said that to model the SPNG, all you need is track and sand. You might check this one out. Also, another road which had large locos like the K's was the Sumpter Valley, lots of trees, mountains, logging, and not a Colorado scene anywhere. Lastly, another for your consideration..the Uintah RR in Utah. It did connect with the D&RG, had mountains, trees, locos like K's, Shays, and the only 2 articulateds ever used on a narrow gauge line in the US (and they were used on the Sumpter Valley also)...the state of Ohio had MORE miles of ng than ever was in Colorado. Heck, we even had many miles of ng in Texas. Look at other ideas, just building mountains and calling it Colorado isn't the only way to go.   Woodie



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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2010 03:51 am
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Thanks Woodie, all trains of thought are most welcome.

At the moment all thoughts are subject to change with out notice., I am reading and researching anything related to NG. The flavour of the week is Colorado as I have seen some great structures. Yep the structures are going to be huge, example Durango depot is 42 inches long in 1/48 and Ouray about 22 inches. I have no idea how large the yards will be but I am sure they will need lots of compression.

I am still wrecking the old and saving what I can, most of the track came up easy the same with the turnouts ( Stuffed a couple ). All the wiring has been ripped out not even going to try saving it. Tortoises came out fine.

Hoping to re-use the Roundhouse ( 5 Stall ) If it does not fit into the space may need to convert it to a 3 stall.

The wrecking part is not very enjoyable but the planning and researching is a giving me a buzz.  Just hope I can build it as well I visualize.

Should finish the wrecking in about 5 days.

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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2010 04:29 am
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5 DAYS!!


You need to think outside the box Don.

Hide Jessies wedding ring, and tell her you were using the Dremmel tool to polish it up for her in your layout room, when it flew out of your hands and landed someplace on or under the layout.

It will be dismantled within a few hours max!!  :Salute:    :bg:



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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2010 08:59 am
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Thanks Dave

Tried that.

Jessie said not to worry as she picked up the credit card and headed to the most expensive shop in town???

Don:doh:



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 Posted: Thu Feb 18th, 2010 12:24 pm
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banta model works makes these laser cut depots in O scale :.

 Ophir depot.......$200

ridgeway.............$425

dolores..............$190

vance junction section house............$180

how about a nice 4 foot long 32 " high mill ..........$975 the pro patria

the cimarron mine ........$240..

always liked this , wickie built it in HO

 

Oh, you do not selectively compress these depots, you build them full size so that they look  right.

mike

 

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Well that's a win win.

Now you can pawn it and buy more locos! Woo Hoo!:glad: LOL!



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Looking at the prices of O scale structures...I can see why so many are scratchbuilding or even getting into another hobby! For less than the price of any one of those kits mentioned, one could buy a ready to fly r/c airplane or race car and still be able to buy accessories to go with them as well as be able to buy a nice steak dinner for the entire family! OK, so I am a cheapskate-I will never make any kit makers rich but gee whiz!  A section house for 180 bucks! I know that this hobby is considered an old rich guy hobby, but what about the new guys? Here's the devil speaking.....the cost of such things just might spark a "rebirth" of scratchbuilding or at least modifying cheaper plastic and wood kits to suit. There will always be folks who buy and build these expensive kits just like there are guys who only buy the most expensive sports cars. The car can go 200 MPH, but the speed limit is 70... (in the US). Oh well, to each his own.                Woodie



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 Posted: Fri Feb 19th, 2010 09:03 am
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Hi Don,

Phase 2 starts...good luck with plan B.  Maybe as an idea, something like Laurie Greens "Delores" or "San Miguel" layouts (both essentially the same track configuration) might work for you as a yard area.  They are good for both switching and running through, with long yards for better length trains.  Scenery either side of the town can be your choice.  Here's a link to Lauries new website, after he had some domain name/provider issues...have a look in his layout menu for the 2 above mentioned.

http://www.lauriegreensweb.com

Dan Pickard

(You coming to Sandown for a look around?  I thought I saw your name on the Southern Forests list too.)

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 Posted: Fri Feb 19th, 2010 02:14 pm
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Anyone with even the slightest thoughts of building a layout should spend some time at the above site. Layout diagrams range from the very simplest, through continuous running, to complex switching schemes. Great construction and scenery tips also.

All of this by a contest winning modeler--rated :s: :s: :s: :s: :s: !



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 Posted: Wed Feb 24th, 2010 06:24 am
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G'day Dan

Sorry being so long replying.  Have been rather busy demolishing the layout, another day or so and it should be done.

Yes I am attending the Southern Forests day, looking forward to it. I am fortunate the meeting is only 15-20 minutes from me.

Yes I plan on going to Sandown but have not nailed a day yet.. Need to say goodbye to the DV.

I have been pouring over Laurie's site, as you say tons of good stuff there.

My new layout will have a bench height of 50 inches with a duckunder. Looking like Durango and Ouray depots with big mountains between. but nothing set in concrete yet. waiting on the original track plans to arrive, then see what can be done.

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