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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2014 09:25 pm
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Hi Folks,Just got the okey dokey from Mr. Herb and am now an official member. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago surrounded by trains, had my first mish mash of Marx and Lionel O-27 stuff as a gift from my pop when I was a wee laddie. He later built me a layout that folded down from the wall for HO. Didn't model again for years until I was given a partially compledted HO layout by a friend at work. Farted around with it for a while, then gave it to my daughters brother (ex remarried ya know) to ruin. Have built a micro here and there, now all torn down. I live in Sonoma, Ca., small place though so I won't be challenging Minatur Wonderland anytime soon. I've got a smattering of locos and rolling stock, all HO, but lately have been giving more and more thought to modeling electric/traction. I'm attracted to the small radii used, and since I'm a little masochistic I'm thinking of live overhead. I'm also the type to challenge dogma and have successfully run 10" radius curves (eased of course) and "S" curves without much problem. Have been lurking for a while and am impressed both with the modeling I see from the members and the general classiness of the posts and replies. I hope I can contribute something of interest from time to time.Lou

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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2014 09:30 pm
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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2014 09:46 pm
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Howdy Lou, welcome to Freerails. I know that you will find a lot to interest you here. Speaking of Herb, he has 12" radius curves on his live overhead layout...and that's in O scale! So, you could get away with 7" or 8" curves in HO. The old mind reels and boggles.
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Like traction eh?

Do I have the site for you!

Here it is: http://dan-d-sparks.blogspot.com/

One of the best traction sites I've ever seen.

I hope we can help you, and I hope to be able to see your projects when you get around to taking photos. Welcome to this crazy place called freerails!:rah::rah::rah:

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 Posted: Fri Apr 11th, 2014 11:26 pm
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James,
Thanks for your welcome and also for the link to Dan D. Sparks. (sparks are dandy aren't they!) Certainly is a lot to look at there along with links to more eye candy. Clearly I'm going to have to meter my time on these sites or I'll never get anything done except eye strain. It's hard enough to carve out a few minutes here and there for modeling as is, but when I can't sleep in the middle of the night I'll have another destination for the trolley of my feeble, er, restless mind.
As far as pics, I'm at the benchwork stage of construction now, doing it sectional as I know I'll have to move again. I live in a small place and negotiations for right of way have required much imagination. That's one of the main reasons for interest in traction, more railroading in less space without having to go to N scale or smaller. When I have photos of value to post, I promise I'll try and figure out how.
Lou

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Not to mention (Lou), if you went with traction on the east coast, you could do night operations with 0-6-0 locomotives moving boxcars and such around There's also a micro layout community, that builds small layouts for tight spaces. We have more than a few here, but the mecca for these ideas comes from a site currently being reloaded. When it's up and running I'll be sure to PM you because it is worth a look.

How much space have you negotiated? 4 square feet? No problem, that's plenty big;)

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James,
My current "real estate" allocation is the area around 3 of the walls of a back room, much larger than 4 sq.ft. Thought about a removable section linking the open part of the "U" to allow continuous running. Referring to your comment about combined ops with steam and traction, it's attractive to me partially because I do have steam locos and rolling stock. I had thought about the steam road being the link to the "outside" world and the traction part serving a small community not directly on the steam line. A small interchange yard for drops/picks and the major switching done by traction.
I assume the mecca you mentioned was/is the late Carl Arendts site. It has been one of my favorite places to go since I first found it in 2008. Carls passing saddened me greatly, as he had such a light magical touch. I wish the current guy (Gert?) well and hope he can recapture the spark that made the site so fantastic under Carls reign. The big lesson Carl had for all of us is to not allow lack of space to restrict our thinking and was one part of the impetus behind my trying out 10" radii and S curves. One of the micros I built was 23" x 34" and was related to a design by a gent from the U.K. It had 4 sidings, 2 of them in a switchback form.
By the way, who's this Michael character? Did I miss something or was that a brain fart? I'm very familiar with those, witness my topic opener "Hi FORM a new member", meant from of course. I'm looking forward to checking out your site today since it's a true day off (no honeydew list today) and I'll have some time. May even get some modeling done.....
Lou

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Sorry about that, there's another fellow fairly new here who's name is Michael, actually, there's a couple. Name shall be corrected, thankfully I can edit my posts.

I usually discover errors about a month after I posted, up until that point my comments are long winded and lack any sense of purpose or direction, and grammar is less than stellar. First time in two years I've screwed up someone's name though.

And how'd you guess the site? Of course, it's the one and only exclusive to micros. Glad you've heard of it, and apparently draw inspiration from it.

Also glad to hear that you have more space than I was (jokingly) hinting to. Micros are fun, but it is nice to have elbow room.

Regardless of you're name, welcome aboard!

--James:java:

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James,Had a nice long look at your site and blog. When I saw you'd had a micro published on Carls site I looked at that month and enjoyed! The stuff you and others do in larger scales makes me consider moving up. The whole Gn15 scale/gauge thing is appealing partially because of the freedom from overly prototypical concerns and partially because of the ease of including details to the extent one wishes. Seriously, about the name, no worries. I enjoy the repartee and am not concerned with exact grammer and spelling. As the old saying goes, as long as you don't call me "late for dinner" all's well. (One of the customers at the shop I work at calls me Steve. I have no idea why and when he's in I'm usually in the middle of a cut and can't really interact much other than to nod hello.) I find more and more as I age that mistakes are one of the greatest sources of humor we have. I take them all with an ease I wouldn't haven't imagined a few years ago. Lou

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Thanks for the understanding, and I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. I plan to submit another micro when the site is up and running again, perhaps one a bit more realistic. I might even go larger, to 1:13.7. I've found that no one yet has created a layout under 4 square feet in size for such a large scale. To accomplish a first is something worth doing in my opinion.

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