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 Posted: Thu Apr 13th, 2017 04:29 am
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Hi Michael :wave:


You'd probably be much better off with Peco 'Crazy Track' On30 flex.

It looks pretty nice for 1:35n2.

The ties are longer & wider.


Unless you totally bury the HO track, it will always look like what it is.

The switches are 24" radius, so not as short as the HO ones.

Spurs can of course curve away sharply from a 24" radius switch though.

They are not in fact THAT much longer than the HO ones & can be trimmed a tad at a push


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" I'll stick with Peco switches and Atlas flex track ... and devote my energies to more rewarding projects."


You may just be about to divert energies to far less important things.

Getting the track 'right' could well be the most rewarding part of what you want to do.


If you wanna change, add, rework a building...

...pick it up, put it on the bench & do what needs to be done.

A freight car isn't quite right, same thing...

...change a few details, repaint it, add a bit here & there.

No problems.

The track...

...if it doesn't work, or look right, or it dawns on you it appears wrongly scaled.

There aint much you can do about it...

...other than rip it all up, throw it in the bin & start all over again !

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 Posted: Thu Apr 13th, 2017 04:44 am
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Hi Michael :wave:


Well ... It's O-Scale I believe.

So you can't do anything useful with the trucks or wheels.

Even if you could re-gauge it, the flanges would be far too deep for Code-100 rail.

It's probably way too BIG to look any good in 1:35n2 anyway.

And 5-mins with some styrene sheet, would probably give you an easier 'tank' to work on.


How's that ?


I do like up-scales/re-scales.

But they have to offer something in the process.

The Lionel Scout tender to me, looks like it aint worth the trouble.

But hey, that's just my opinion, anything is possible . . .


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Si.

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 Posted: Thu Apr 13th, 2017 02:51 pm
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I agree with Si, this might be a cool thing to build yourself. Yes, I have used "O scale" (On30) stuff for my 35n2...like a Bachmann tank from their tank car and I do use Bachmann On30 archbar trucks on my rolling stock...in 1:35 scale, they have a 3' wheelbase which is what the Silver City NG cars had. And Bowser's line of old SELLEY O scale detail parts (brake wheels, etc) work fine in this larger scale. On30 stuff converts easily to 35n2...my locos are "upscaled" Bachmann On30 jobs. I have even used toy New Brite trucks, converted to 1:35 standard gauge with some old O scale Athearn wheels. So, anything is possible, I advise getting or making a 1:35 scale ruler. In my case, I decided that my scale is 8.25MM=12" because it's "close enough" and then 16.5MM gauge is 24" EXACTLY!
Have some fun...

Woodie



Here's a New Brite "converted" truck...just new wheels and bolsters. The car doesn't operate, it is just "scenery" on the layout.



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Si,

I reluctantly agree with you that the Peco On30 track would look much better.  But it means a drive to The Whistle Stop in Pasadena (about 50 miles away).  I know I'll break down and do it, I just didn't wanna.

Most of the track will get buried in dirt and sand anyway.  I figured on laying some scale ties in the proper places.  I did plan on making a quick run up Cajon Pass on old Route 66 and filling up some buckets with sand and rock for scenery.  If anyone has visited Death Valley or followed some of the right-of-way of the Slim Princess (formerly the Carson & Colorado) in Owens Valley you'll have an idea of the setting I'll be trying to make.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 15th, 2017 04:41 am
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Here's that idea for the beginnings of a 35n2 layout.  Just a basic circle with two switches peeling off for future expansion.  The layout will be about 24 inches wide by 28 inches deep; 9 inch radius.  My existing equipment is designed to handle a 6 inch radius so everything should be fine.  A place to run-in locos and just watch the trains roll. 








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 Posted: Sat Apr 15th, 2017 08:10 am
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There is a name for small round layouts, pizza; looks like one coming up here.
It probably has already been mentioned somewhere, this website has numerous inspirations for such things and some high quality modeling too, http://www.carendt.com/



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I figured that if I design my equipment to negotiate a 6" radius, and build the layout to 9" radius there should not be any problems.  All I have right now is one four-wheeled critter and two ore.borate cars.  I do have a Mantua 0-4-0 that on the list to get converted to 35n2 when I get a round tuit.  I've tried the Mantua on my 6" radius circle and it almost just makes it, so I'm sure it will be happier on 9" curves.  My cars are 3.75 inches long or about 11.5 scale feet in 1:35 scale.



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 Posted: Sat Apr 15th, 2017 09:34 pm
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there MAY be issues with couple-uncoupling if things get too tight and the coupler shanks aren't long enough. nothing to put the kibosh on your ideas, just additional considerations.

Dick Andrews did a tight one in the late '50s if memory serves, and he ended up with link'n'pins with buffer ends for pushing the cars. here's the trackplan: http://www.carendt.com/micro-layout-design-gallery/fork-using-just-one-switch/#1

http://www.carendt.com/small-layout-scrapbook/page-61-may-2007/ (scroll halfway down)

someone may be kind enough to post actual pictures (I cannot clip'n'paste here for some reason) or even "more better" the text article from the NGSL Gazette of the '70s column Dick wrote.

whatever you do, have fun with it. I think 1/35 is the perfect scale.

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I appreciate everyones' concern but I don't anticipate much if any pushing or coupling/uncoupling.  This is more of a place to get started with future additions to come later (sooner?) hence the two switches for extensions in either direction.  I see it becoming more of a liner style layout with the loop being unimportant to operations.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 16th, 2017 02:50 pm
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How about a 30" square for the layout? I built a 2 by 4 foot On20 layout, HOn3 locos can barely make the 10" radius curves! It took some "engineering" to make my MDC HOn3 Shay run on 10" radius but after some intense fiddling, I got it. Do again? I would build 30" BY 48" and that's On20. For 1:35, I really would go a bit larger.
Just my silly old opinion.

Woodie

BTW-I do use pin & links on this and all my 35n2 stuff. And I do operate (switch, etc) with them but you may learn new words along the way.



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