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 Posted: Mon Sep 6th, 2010 04:16 pm
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Bob, if it were 'garden' railroading for me the plants would be destined for untimely deaths. I have no green thumb. :)

I prefer the term 'outdoor railroading' or 'rails on dirt'.

This has been a fun project. I've done some kitbashing in smaller scales. This is my first attempt at fabricating to this extent from scratch. And what works in smaller scales requires new thinking on my part to be robust enough for outdoor use.



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 Posted: Mon Sep 6th, 2010 10:05 pm
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Hey I can appreciate that," rails to dirt".  Water rates are sky high here. Besides gardening would interrupt running  of the train.:)



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 Posted: Mon Sep 6th, 2010 11:39 pm
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:) A lot of the outdoor stuff I see over in the UK is appealing but not really my style. I guess I'm just more into the rough and rowdy that comes with living in a redneck place like Oklahoma. As it is I don't believe I have a blade of grass on my five acres and aim to keep it that way since I don't want to buy a lawn mower or waste time mowing better spent playing with trains (or shooting my guns). With nothing but trees on the place very little sunlight reaches the carpet of pine needles and leaves.



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 Posted: Tue Sep 7th, 2010 04:25 pm
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Building continues yesterday and today. Added a steam dome and boiler bands. Completed a few detail items. More info on the 'Updates' section of my blog. :cool:



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 Posted: Thu Sep 9th, 2010 08:47 pm
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I haven't worked on the lokie for a few days because of my schedule driving through the night and trying to catch up on sleep.

When I decided to start working in 17n30 I realized it would be a lonely path. Everyone else is into 20n3 or 13n2. I suppose I'm a pioneer since nobody has gone down this path from all indications.

One of the reasons I liked 17n30 was that like 13n2, I could use the many 20n3 engines available for conversion. Unlike 13n2 where the converted engines have a bit of a cartoonish appearance, 17n30 looks 'narrow gaugish' more in keeping with North American style narrow gauge.

Whether or not any other modeler joins me in working in 17n30 remains to be seen. With many modelers interested in Colorado narrow gauge or Maine two footers maybe nobody else will work in 17n30.

Being a pioneer can be lonely. But the reward of blazing a new trail is exciting. :cool:



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 Posted: Thu Sep 9th, 2010 08:56 pm
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DW I am trying to under stand the scales you are converting.  Is it 1:20 scaled to 1:17? running on G scale rail?  I get lost when it comes down to talking in MM. I'm just a :dope: when it comes to those measurements.  I like the concept it intrigues me. L:getting the itch...:thumb:

Whats the chance's of seeing a comparison photo?

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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 07:17 pm
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Yeah Bob. I'll take anything that runs on "g gauge" track which is 45mm between the railheads. Right now Fn3 (1:20.3 scale) is the predominent scale in the large scale community thanks to Bachmann's sizeable offering of engines in that scale.

My scale of 1:17 is slightly larger but instead of being 3 foot narrow gauge it's 2 foot, 6 inch (30 inches) gauge yet still uses 45mm track.

Since I pkayed with On30 before I thought it would be neat to grow that scale by a factor of 3 (approx) and toss the rails on my five acre "benchwork".

HO scale engines can be converted to On30 since both use the same track. In my case the 1:20n3 stuff can be converted to 1:17n30.



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 Posted: Fri Sep 10th, 2010 07:22 pm
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Sorry for the double post. My iPhone has a hiccup. :)




What double post ???

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 Posted: Sat Sep 11th, 2010 02:57 pm
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Bob, I'll post some photos for size comparison later when I'm not driving. :)



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 Posted: Sat Sep 11th, 2010 09:15 pm
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Thanks.

 



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