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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 12:24 am
   
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When I built RGS no.42 in TTn3.5 (see thread) and started that layout, I suspected a relocation might happen.  I figured any place would have room for that system---NOT!---So at our new residence the home layout would have to be outdoors.  If very small won't work, how about VERY LARGE? What I decided to try is 3 ft narrow gauge on 7 1/2 inch gauge (ride on) track.        Do the math.  The scale works out to be 1 to 4 point 8 (1/4.8) or exactly 10 times O scale (and, of course, ten times the size of On3 and On30, also).  (O-10n3 ???) There is room in the back yard (about 100ft X100ft) for a "small" layout in 1/4.8.  This compares to a 10ft X 10ft room for On3.  Not a huge space but with a VERY tight budget it should be plenty.  "A micro layout in a mega scale".   When 7 1/2 (or 7 1/4) is used as standard gauge, the trains are usually built 1/8th actual size.  But using this track to model 36in narrow gauge, the models, even tiny prototypes, become fairly massive.  Just like On30 on HO track.  A few weeks back I bought a used gasoline powered locomotive (a true gas mechanical)  and started from there.  The unit came with a 1/8 scale box cab body but, of course, my plans were for something NARROW GAUGE.  A bit of measuring confirmed that a conversion to something about like D&RGW's no. 50 would work. I have built a 1/2 plywood mock up to check everything out and see how it looks.  As I wasn't able to make a true model of no. 50, I'm calling my freelanced unit no 51.



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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 12:49 am
   
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No. 51 mock up on test rack with me for size comparison.



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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 12:51 am
   
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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 12:54 am
   
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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 12:56 am
   
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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 04:37 am
   
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That's a just mockup? Can't wait to see the finished project! You could do yard work with that. Need to haul dirt somewhere? Just lay a spur!

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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 07:24 am
   
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Thanx, "yard work"is central in my future dreams and plans--to build a small freight yard (pun intended) and do switching.

BTW, if you look on the live steam pages, don't expect to see much about 1/4.8.  They'll more likely call it 2 1/2 scale.  2 1/2 in/ft.  This scale/guage combination is a rapidly growing interest in the ride on size.  A lot like On30. 

You may find this interesting; the "ride on" guys call conventional model railroading "table top" scales.



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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 08:44 am
   
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With 5 acres of my own I gave ride on trains some consideration. But in the end decided to stay with 'models' instead. The more I viewed ride ons the less I viewed them as 'models' and more as amusement park rides. Just not where my interests lay. But so long as you're having fun with it, then have FUN. :cool:



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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 10:13 am
   
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I think most of those in the ride on scales view it that way (amusement park ride).   For most it's all about building, displaying and riding on the trains.  I guess my view is a bit different (not unusual for me).  I want to USE the big stuff to RAILROAD.  (There IS a growing movement to operate ride on trains using car card operation.)

If I am able to build what I invision and get it to operate reliably I think it will be the ultimate "close focused" model railroad.  Maybe the best way to do this is to be dismounted and running the engine by radio control?  A true, really BIG SCALE, model railroad.



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 Posted: Mon Aug 23rd, 2010 11:38 am
   
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I want all and sundry to know that the beer can over the exhaust is something that Unk added

I would have used an empty Old Grandad bottle.



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