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 Posted: Wed May 6th, 2015 12:58 pm
   
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Nortonville Phil
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Robert,

I am glad to find you posting here. I have been following your blog Trains in Shed for a while. I am in O scale also. And am interested in buiding a similar out door layout to what you have built. You are providing lots of inspiration. Thanks.

Phil Randall
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 Posted: Wed May 6th, 2015 06:13 pm
   
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Thanks Phil, glad to hear my postings have perhaps been of some help.
With Autumn well and truly here , the height of the baseboards has again proved to be useful. Most of the leaves get blown off the baseboards after they land and end up down on the ground.
Look forward to seeing your progress.  Do you have a particular railroad/era for your proposed layout or just plan to use what is available?

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 Posted: Wed May 6th, 2015 06:53 pm
   
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Here is a shot of a critter and very early van.
The loco is made of plywood and was one of several small shunters to be used by a 'driver only' in remote yards and around workshops. O gauge wheels in a HO GM mech.
The van is styrene and was built to make use of some axleguards and wheels donated by a friend. I had to go way back to find a prototype to use the items.



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 Posted: Sat May 9th, 2015 07:37 pm
   
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Here is a photo showing a shunting layout under construction in the garage some years ago. It occupies what is now the storage yards. The track is constructed from discarded code 100. O gauge track need not be expensive!
Both AMRA and NMRA profile wheels ran over it.



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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 03:58 pm
   
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Robert Comerford wrote:

Look forward to seeing your progress.  Do you have a particular railroad/era for your proposed layout or just plan to use what is available?

regards
 Bob


Bob,

I am interested in 1905-1925 American short line railroads. But I also like some newer equipment also. I am into electric traction railways and plan a layout for that in my shed. The plan is for the outdoor dog bone loop to enter the shed and to have a storage yard inside the shed at a lower level than the traction layout. The outdoor portion will be mainly to sit and watch trains roll by. I may have some switching also though. I do see myself buiding models of different steam locos that I fancy from throughout the world and running these. So I am not stuck on one single prototype at this time.

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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 06:48 pm
   
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Apart from having the indoor layout your proposal does sound very much like mine Phil. I too just sit outside and railfan with a book and coffee at hand. I have had both US and British prototype trains sharing the rails at times.

On the rare occasion I get someone who likes to switch, the yard does get used. I can act as dispatcher from the shed. There are a couple of industries planned for the future. They will be glued as outriders to the existing boards.
Having an indoor section is a good idea, particularly for times when running outside is not possible. Traction can be quite convincing without taking up too much room. The late Bob Hegge was an inspiration in that line.

No matter how I try to rearrange it I can't make room for an indoor operating section at the moment. One day I will have a spare room in the house and it will probably end up with a layout to run my HO (currently in storage) so that could provide the play room when running outdoors isn't suitable.

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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 07:43 pm
   
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I decided to finally get started on a kit. It was part of the trade for my S gauge. It is a Ron Fox NSWGR 59 class. A mostly standard Baldwin product with stupid short tender they were forced to supply it with so as to fit on obsolete turntables. 
 A mixture of brass, aluminium and urethane castings. The Slaters wheels are my addition.




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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 09:53 pm
   
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59 class. Hmm that is a good looking loco.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/81028427@N04/8635274881/

Where do you purchase your Slaters drivers? I am looking into getting a set for an 0-8-0. Is there a good online place to order. Direct from Slaters?

Thanks,

Phil Randall

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 Posted: Sun May 10th, 2015 11:49 pm
   
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Nortonville Phil wrote: 59 class. Hmm that is a good looking loco.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/81028427@N04/8635274881/

Where do you purchase your Slaters drivers? I am looking into getting a set for an 0-8-0. Is there a good online place to order. Direct from Slaters?

Thanks,

Phil Randall
Hi mate, I order direct from Slaters in the UK.
You will need a 0.05" allen key to tighten the nuts. Slaters have them as do most music shops ( they are used on Fender electric guitars).

You might want to look at what standards you are using for your point construction first. In case you don't know, Slaters finescale range has wheels that have a thinner tyre than the old NMRA standard  RP25/172 that is sort of what is fitted to 2-rail offerings in the US ( or at least all the ones I have come across over the years). The finescale wheel has a tyre width of 3.5mm and is designed for a BTB of about 29.2mm.
The current NMRA recommended profile is  RP25/145 which is in metric terms 3.68mm wide so isn't all that much wider.

I run both standards through the Peco points I have .  The US ones with their wider tyre actually run better as the finescale can dip into the frog gap sometimes. That said, I haven't had any real trouble.

The 59 is essentially a ww1 USRA design mike. Favoured here by both the loco crew and the fitters as good engines to work on. When tested however they did not have anywhere near the grunt the were supposed to have.

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 Bob




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 Posted: Tue May 12th, 2015 05:03 pm
   
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Nice kit Bob!

I don't see many kits in the US. Where I live we don't get many O scale shows but I'm told there's usually a bunch at them around the country. Hopefully I'll get to go to one soon.

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