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 Posted: Wed Aug 16th, 2017 02:33 am
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I look forward to seeing how your 2-6-2 loco comes out.  

I've been building some Mount Blue Models kits to get some more accurate SR&RL rolling stock compared to the Bachmann offerings. With Grandt Line On2 trucks fitted with specific Reboxx HO wheel sets they work/look good in On30.  So far I've built a few box and flat cars. There is still some more of these (including adding pulp racks to some flat cars) and a caboose (#556) to go.    

I've also started on a 2-6-2 kitbash like yourself. It won't follow a particular locomotive, but will look close enough (I hope) to something like a cross between #18 and #24.  I'm using the mechanism from an On30 Haskell NA class loco ( http://haskellco.net/0n30puffingbillyNA.html ). This is already a 2-6-2 outside framed loco. The cab and tender from a Bachmann On30 2-6-6-2 are about the right size/shape - and I happen to have spare. A scratch built boiler with San Juan C-16 domes/stack/air pump and assorted detail parts should get me most of the way there.   

I will post up some pics in the forum when I get a chance.  

John

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 Posted: Mon Nov 20th, 2017 02:48 am
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With layout work now temparary on hold while I work out what I'm going to do with the backscene, time to work on the motive power. One project was done a while ago waiting on suitable time to get it painted and the other was done this evening! Forney No.17 and 4-4-0 No.25


Number 17 has had its bunker modified to better match the prototype as well as the adding of a new roof vent after the old one fell off.


Now for the big one, Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Number 25 (for now, might become 11 depending on what i decide). A Outside Framed 4-4-0 which has been modified to take a 2-4-4-2 Cab, cut down tender and cut down footboards. Its the second time I've done heavy work to a RTR loco and I'm pleased with the outcome. The 0-4-4RT was the first and that one although it looks good, doesn't run as well as it should do. I suspect it needs the bogie pickups looking at. Number 25 just needs the tender repainting, body touching up and the loco lettering for the SR&RL. 

I would never have cut up RTR rolling stock until I started in On30 so it must be a good thing if I'm trying new things!

Cheers,

Jon



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 Posted: Wed Dec 6th, 2017 03:28 am
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Although I enjoyed version 2, short trains and quite frankly nonrealistic train lengths were both starting to annoy me as well as a lack of space. The joys of having a spare set of layout boards that were bigger meant a rebuild was in order. Fortunately, I didn't need any spare track so got on with it!


The old N gauge layout with track now removed. 


Track now in place. Only track not shown is the 3rd engine siding.


First test places of rolling stock on the layout 

 
Station area:- Two lines (on the left) are the main arrival/departure lines with the two on the right for storage/transhipment


Engine shed area:- Two rear lines designed for all current and future motive power. Front line for Bachmann Locos only.


SR&RL No.25 has now been painted. Starting to look the part now with lettering on the way in time.


First passenger trains on the layout. Two longer coaches will be the normal train length. Just means buying enough coaches to complete a bigger passenger fleet.


First test of the layout. 4 wagons/cars and a tender engine will be the largest train in use. Room left for a certain big 2-6-2 which is in the works........

The stock list has also evolved. At present, there is an operational fleet of 8 Forneys and 4-4-0s. Detailed design work in underway for 3 3D printed Locos. Monson Railroad Number 3, Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Number 18 and Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Number 23. These 3 will complete the initial operating fleet on the layout although these may be bolstered by a Neil Sayer Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Number 19 along with some more Forneys covering the Bridgton and Saco River Railroad.


Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Number 23. Will have a Modern 4-4-0 Tender hooked behind it to complete it along with other bits mainly from Forney Locos. 


Monson Railroad Number 3. Will need a number of bits from Hornby UK to complete the loco.


Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad Number 18. Will need some bits from Forney Locos to complete it.

Rolling stock wise, the current stock is 3 coaches (12, 17 and 18), 4 flat/pulpwood wagons and 2 cabooses. In time, there will be another 3 flat/pulpwood wagons, 3 box cars and 2 more coaches which will allow for some flexibility when operating the layout. One of the coaches will be another cut and shut coach which will represent Combine number 11 with the other being the short coach number 16.

That should give an overall rolling stock list of 5 coaches, 10 Freight cars and 2 cabooses to operate the layout with. This combined with the larger loco fleet will give me the layout I've been wanting for a long time!



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 Posted: Wed Dec 20th, 2017 01:24 am
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With a day off from work, I was able to fully operate the Micro Maine Layout. However, very rapidly, I grew fed up of the fly shunting needed for the layout. More often than not, the coaches wouldn't roll far enough or they would derail. Even using a shunt release style of operation, I rapidly got fed up with trains not fitting or engines not coupling. So a change was needed!



Again I raided the spare track box and found two spare points plus short straight sections so built a small headshunt. The points are standard Hornby R2 points compared to the Larger radius 33" points used on the layout so far. The same style used on the loosely named Turntable lead (one is on the way). The headshunt is just long enough to fit a 4-4-0 in however it's mainly designed for Forneys. The Siding off the loop uses a 33" curve as well as a short straight. This is mainly for the longer Maine Locos 18/23 that are on the way which may not fit around the 'train set curves'.



Despite appearances, I can fit 2 full-length coaches plus a wagon in the loop which is the normal train length. That said, that might change soon depending on if a current project comes to fruition. With two deliveries due by the end of the week, it won't be long until my currently hidden plans will surface either just before Christmas or afterwards.

Jon



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Project Micro Maine - Maine Two Footers in On30
16mm Projects for Bowaters Models - Current SR&RL

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For your 16mm needs:- http://www.bowatersmodels.co.uk
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 Posted: Sat Dec 23rd, 2017 11:09 pm
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Despite only a short time passing, a lot has changed on Micro Maine. So I'd better get started!





First of all, 2 major changes have happened to the layout. I've swapped the good area and the loco area around. In hindsight, it didn't make sense to have such a massive engine shed on what is basically a branchline with such small goods facilities. So I changed them around. The good area can now hold 8 cars rather than the 4 before with the engine depot a much more reasonable size. That said, the other main reason for moving was the new turntable! It wouldn't fit in the previous location but a quick move to the other end of the layout meant it works! Its only 9 inches long so won't fit a Tender engine on it but that's not the main use of it. It is intended for Forneys that only need 9 inches.



Something else you might have noticed, is that all the engines have been lettered. After drawing up some custom artwork, I had Precision Decals produce them in Gold which looks perfect on the locos. I'm very happy with the way they've turned out and can't wait to get started on lettering for the rolling stock next.



Now for the fun bit. After looking around and seeing a general lack of 2-6-2s for people modeling the Maine Two Footers (bar the very good but beyond my skill level Neil Sayer Kit), I decided to do my own as previously mentioned on here. The first two prints have now arrived! 23 is the only one though that is finished as the other one had too many issues to make it useable. I'm very pleased with the way its turned out as its been a long time since I designed a model to fit on a chassis that wasn't 16mm scale! Just need to sort out some valve gear, DCC chipping and some detailing but then its good to go.

Everything's progressing nicely so I don't think it will be long until I start looking at Scenery!

Jon



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Project Micro Maine - Maine Two Footers in On30
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For your 16mm needs:- http://www.bowatersmodels.co.uk
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 Posted: Sat Dec 23rd, 2017 11:27 pm
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Wow, a very nice plan is developing. Do I spy a length of standard gauge track in the first photo?
Woodie



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