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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2012 05:55 pm
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Hot damn! There is some real interest in these wonderful little railroads...finally. Yep, that "No man's Land" is a great work, and the plans are in 3/8" scale (close enough for 1:35) so you can get a real feel for how large, or little, they were.

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 Posted: Mon Nov 12th, 2012 06:06 pm
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Interest... That's an understatement. Right now it's about all I think about. I'm a little bummed about the complexity of the Baldwin gas mechanical. I'm not altogether certain building one of those is ever going to be doable for me. The little tank engine however I'm fairly certain I can make a reasonable looking model of. Of course, just like before I found this stuff, I'm willing to make some sacrifices in the spirit of capturing the overall essence of the subject instead of being a rivet counter.

I'm going to continue with my original plan. I'll build a couple square foot diorama first. I'm thinking something like that shed I posted about at the beginning of the summer with a converted Bachmann Davenport and maybe a flat car with some supply sacks. I'll get to learn how to hand lay a small section of track. I'd like to do some grass like that in that "end of the line thread". I'll try my hand at making a couple of figures too. That's my goal for this winter. If it goes well I may start planning a small shelf layout thereafter.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2012 12:35 am
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I hit pay dirt on the locomotive front.... Not the gas mechanical however,

http://www.scalelink.co.uk/acatalog/Narrow_Gauge__60cm__Railway.html



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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2012 02:29 am
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I seem to be able to find models of the 50 hp Baldwin gas mechanical locomotive in 16mm scale for 32mm gauge and 4mm scale for 9mm gauge. So basically hits at half the size I want and twice the size I want. Typical.....



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New thread on some WW1 railway modeling in 1:76 scale:
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=38274

PS -- Apparently a bunch of kits available for these items in "OO-9" ... which is British HO scale ("OO" or 1:76) on N gauge (9 mm) track ... which is too dang tiny for the stuff I like to do these days.  Grumble! :old dude:  But, still cool stuff! :Salute:

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 Posted: Wed Nov 14th, 2012 10:59 pm
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I saw that too, Dallas... 4mm scale on 9mm track and then 16mm scale on 32 mm track . If I modeled in either of those scales I'd be golden. 4mm scale is too small for me and the 16mm scale stuff was live steam and $$$.

I'll check out the thread.... Thanks.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 17th, 2012 01:14 am
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Here is another American made 60cm gauge locomotive in Europe. This one was made by Alco and it happens to be preserved and still running.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4TyvFTkuHQ

I didn't realize American companies made such European style locos. I assumed they were all European made.



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Look at what I found here. It's a 1:35 scale model of a WW1 railroad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnRI5popu3Y



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That's a great display, thanks for the link Mike. There seems to be a lot of interest in WW1 troop railroads now. I like that post war version of a 2 foot logger using surplus Baldwin tank locos and ex GI cars. Cool stuff.

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 Posted: Sun Nov 18th, 2012 03:39 pm
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I didn't see a model of a logging line like that, Woodie. That would be cool. Still, I'm fairly committed to doing a wartime railroad. One thing I think I'm going to have to accept in the beginning is not havering either the Baldwin tank engine or the Baldwin gas mechanical. Those are both beyond my modeling skills at this point. What I want to do, I think.... Is build Simplex Tin Turtle. In fact, I have an On30 Davenport that I started to convert into one of Dallas' Little Bose box cabs that now I believe will end up a 1:35 scale tin turtle instead. Then, I'm going to make a 1:35 scale version of that shed I started in O scale. My vision is a little scene with those and maybe a flat or two full of supplies and a soldier or two. This should be a good primer for me. After that, I should have a good feel for what I'm getting myself into and best of all... I nearly have everything to do it already so no big expenditure is required to make it happen.

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