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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 04:51 pm
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Since I have now decided to build my logging layout in On30, it was time for a new thread to document its construction.  Todays progress was finishing up the shelf bench work into the corner and over to my band saw creating the "L" shape I was looking for.  In the right hand corner and quasi-mocked up with sheets of paper I cut out is the log pond, jill poke with a gap where the track will curve infront of the pond, accross the creek,  and the saw mill with boiler house on the back side.  Then we look into the corner of the "L", this is where the middle switch back will be located as indicated where my level is laying.  The track will hug the back side of the layout as it climbs to camp 1 load out. You can also see where the engine house will be. There will be another creek that flows along side the engine house and under the bridge.   Next picture shows where the bridge will be, wont be using that one, its just for effect.  I will scratch build one with logs and pillings. Line curves toward the front of the table and the lower switch back.  I extended the bench work a bit along the front to allow for more trees and some small scenes like a hunting cabin ect. In the last pic we see the end of the layout where the first switch back will be toward the front, and camp 1 reload will be at the rear, featuring 2 tracks, 1 long siding to handle the 3 camp cars, kitchen, saw filers and bunk, plus room for 3 log skells when I am swapping out loads for empties.  tracks will curve toward the front to maximize room.  Normal train will be the 3 truck Climax and 3 log cars.  Track will probably be all Peco at this time.  Dont care for using standard HO, doesnt have the proper narrow gauge look.  Control of the layout is planned to be a Bachmann wireless Dynamis system.  With no need to expand, its a 1 person operation its the most bang for the buck on fleabay.  I am going to try and duplicate the small saw mill that Bachmann made out of 2 plasticville covered bridges.  All the wood kits I have seen are to large and to expensive unless someone knows of something I havent found, I am not keen on scratchbuilding one.   Always up for suggestions.   I hope to get more of the woodland scenics grades and risers in the coming weeks to keep plugging away on the right of way.  The 3rd truck kit for the Climax is on its way from the UK.   Cheers  Mike








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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2013 07:56 pm
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Just looked at a box of On30 stuff from a local estate, 2 engines, 3 log skels and 1 low side gon. Engines are a Bachmann shay, has a split colar on the rear drive shaft coupling to the truck, gears are ok, other engine is a Broadway Limited C16 #278, acts like it has a split gear when I run it. Made my offer with those repairs in mind, nothing I cant handle as long as I can get parts. Have to see if my offer is accepted. Mike

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 Posted: Thu Feb 7th, 2013 12:11 am
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I thought your On30 Climax loco just sold on ebay.
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 Posted: Thu Feb 7th, 2013 12:20 am
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No, I canceled the auction, wasnt even close to what I needed for it. Now its on for On30. I just bought some On30 from an estate for $125. Got a BLI DRGW C16 #278 with sound/dcc and a possible cracked main gear, runs good but has a catch when its running slow. Dont need that for the layout, but I love colorado narrow gauge, it will look good in the cabinet in the living room. A Bachmann T boiler shay, needs the rear drive line replaced due to split colar at the rear truck, 3 log skel's with logs and 1 C&S low side gondola that I will reletter for my line. All the gears were good on the shay, just has the split colar right now. Gotta find the funds yet but my offer on it was accepted. I am about the only On30 modeler in the area. Mike

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Got my Backwoods Miniatures tender kit in the mail today. It easily built up. I did solder a couple of braces to help stiffen the truck assembly at the bottom so the side frames wouldnt spread appart. I may look into ordering a Bachmann replacement truck to put under the tender, then fake the line shaft forward. Not sure if just the weight of the tender would turn the bachmann gears. I will decide once I get it all painted and on the layout. A couple of addiations I want to add is a water pump to feed the fire hose reel that comes with the kit. And possible a water column that would be mounted to the rear of the locomotive's tank, plumbed to the water pump thats used to rewater the engine. The column would be swung over to the tenders water hatch when pumping up water from a creek ect. PFM's 3 truck shays had them. I need to see what Climax used on thier 3 truck models. Looking for someone to weather the whole set up once I get done with assembly. Pics soon, maybe tomorrow. Mike

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