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 Posted: Sat Mar 4th, 2017 11:01 pm
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Good evening Michael, I am taking a some what different approach to what Woodie and Si are doing by using O standard gauge track and mechs, think On30 only larger.  I am still using all of the appropriate military stuff that I can along with a bunch of O scale items that will work.  As the two really narrow gauge experts said, this is truly a builders scale.  I have yet to find anyone on the net that is doing what I am doing, talk about being alone.  I have two guys in my On30 operating group that have decided to try this as well, who says misery doesn't like company? Anyway, my un-named railroad is located on an island somewhere north of me, maybe Nova Scotia or PEI,maybe Newfoundland, don't really know.  Anyway, the railroad is about 15 or 20 miles long, it goes to the pier and picks up or sends out product for the two towns on the island.  They make "Rhetoric" for the Nations Capitol down in America.  It comes in a dry form, you simply add water and it becomes  a gas, which you simply breathe in and it allows you to pontificate,  and it comes pre-gaseous either way same results. I have been an On30'er for more then 40 years, have a railroad that fills a 1900 square foot basement, with an operating group of 10-15 crazy people, but have to say I like the 3/8n40 better.  I have found out that if you want to do fine scale modeling, as I like to do, it takes longer and more detail is needed, be prepared, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  Since I am in no hurry, wait I turn 70 this month, I like the extra challenge of how to fine detail this railroad but once I have finished a model I usually like the looks.  I wish you well in your modeling, please post pictures.  Since I am not that versed in computerese, you would have to send a private message to get any photos from me.  BTW, right now I have only construction shots, not interesting.OK, that is it for now, best of luck,Smodeling 3/8n40, the other large scale only smaller

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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 12:31 am
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Hi Steve, you are certainly not alone but there probably not a lot of others.
What you are doing is normally called 1n3-1/2. Usually followed by modellers of 3'6" railways who want to use O gauge track. Been around for decades.
Scales vary with 9mm ,10mm and 3/8" in common use. Some very nice indoor layouts done by the Kiwi's in 9mm.
If you have access to Garden Railways magazine, there were often articles from a modeller in South Australia (Ralph Holden) who has been building outdoor layouts in this scale/gauge combination for decades. He even has a book published called "A Stupid Undertaking".
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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 12:42 am
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Hi Bob, thanks for this information, do you know if there is anything on the net?  If it is alright and I suspect it is, I will keep calling it 3/8n40, only because what you have stated is a mouthful to get out and right now I already have one foot in there.I am hoping to someday come across someone else who is doing this.It is much appreciated,Thanks,Steve

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http://www.minnipasiding.com.au/sar-epd.html

have a look at this for starters steve

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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 12:46 am
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Bob, That is so cool, now that is what I am talking about.  Since I liver in Maryland, I doubt that I would ever consider modeling outside.Thanks for the link,Steve

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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 12:55 am
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Call it what you want Steve, it's your railway :>)
However you will be more likely to find things on the web by googling either 9mmm scale or gauge one apart from the obvious 1/32 scale.
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Bob,  Thanks, I am being lazy tonight, have the blues music show going on the radio, the wife is away at a quilting event and the animals are fed, so I will learn things that I never knew before.A hot cup of coffee and heading into the net.Again, thanks so very much,Steve


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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 02:20 am
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Bluetooth? What does the dentist prescribe for that most common malady?

Woodie

***Also, I can't believe anybody would build a layout outside! And what is this 1:35/1:32 business anyway?***



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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 02:33 am
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Hi Steve :wave:


I'm not sure if I mentioned this before or not ?

You may already have seen this stuff, way back when, in the N.G.& S.L.G.


The first person I ever saw doing 9.525n3 1/3 ;) was a dude called Robert A. M. Stephens I believe.

He did 1/2" scale turn of the century logging previously, but found 1:24 was a bit big for an indoor layout...

...so he adopted 1:32 & O-gauge track.


I seem to recall he may well have been a professional model-builder also, as he did speak of 'jobs for customers'.

Seems he did create some interest in 3/8n40...

...although his customers in the ended demanded 1 1/8" gauge !

( wealthy rivet-counters by the sounds of it ! ;) )


I did in fact look this guy up on the net a few years ago, when I got back into building stuff.

I managed to turn up absolutely NOTHING though ! ( kinda pre net era I guess ).

But in doing so 'discovered' 1:35n2


His project name was always 'Stillwater Mills' I seem to remember.

This is Gazette kinda late '80s era by the way.


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 Posted: Sun Mar 5th, 2017 02:45 am
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Good evening Si,  I know of him and didn't give him a thought until you brought it to my attention, I know he built esoteric stuff but didn't remember that it was 3/8n40.  I may be off base here and if I am I apologize but it seems to me he ran afoul of someone over some issues, not necessarily model railroad related.  I do remember he would soften truck springs and put a drop of water in the axel holes, so it would squeak.  He would tout that his equipment was heavy enough to bend a paper match when run over.  Wow, talk about going into the Way Back Machine, seems he lived maybe in Montana or the Dakotas.  Since I didn't save any Gazettes and if he isn't on the net, it might be hard to find any of his stuff on the Net.Si, thanks a bunch,

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