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 Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 03:16 pm
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Will M
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After a few months lurking in the shadows, I though it was about time I stuck my neck out and shared my progress.




This is my first foray into model railways, having previously entertained myself with RC Cars and full size cars, I need something else to do when its cold outside. I originally planned on British OO gauge, but seeing and loving an ON30 layout at a local exhibition inspired me to switch to ON30!

So I have come up with the Hite Valley Mining Company. This is an imagined location in Southern Utah, on the banks of the Colorado river, north east of Lake Powell (Hite did exist but was flooded when they made Lake Powell). The time period is 1880-1890, with the theme being the tail-end of the 'Wild West' period. My influences are the movies I grew up with, like Young Guns, Back to The Future 3 and the beginning of Indiana Jones Last Crusade, so there will be Cowboys.








The baseboard is going to be 40 inches by 72 (or therabouts), with a split in the middle down the gulley to allow for storage/transportation. The layout is over 3 levels, the lowest being the track that runs alongside the fishing hut, the middle through the town and the highest up to the mine. I also plan on having a small O9 oval with mine wagons raised above the mine. The baseboard is yet to be built (trying to persuade my other half to clear her junk from the spare room), but I plan to use Peco ON30 flex track and turnouts for ease, with Peco point motors as electrical is not my forte! I plan on keeping things simple with DC but may upgrade to DCC later on as my knowledge improves.

Although the baseboard is not built yet, I have been cracking on with contructing my town and so far have 14 buildings in various stages of completion. The buildings have all been deigned in MS Paint and then printed, applied to cardstock and then built. My original plan was just to simply print them and build them in just cardboard, but after my first attempt, I realised that the wood in the verandah made the printed wood look pretty flat:



So I decided to combine the printed designs with wood and the results were a lot more promising:





Happy with this result, I started cladding all of my existing buildings and have moved on to adding some interiors:







I have also started building additional scenic details and some rolling stock, I am extrememly pleased as to how the Stagecoach came out.









I Will keep this updated as things progress.

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 Posted: Thu May 11th, 2017 03:33 pm
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Hi Will!
Great time period that you have chosen.  It is the one that I am working up too.  Looking forward to seeing how you progress!  I believe that On30 lends itself well to the era.  Keep on!  :2t:
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Looks very interesting Will and takes me back to when I was making my buildings for Updah. I do like the unsymmetrical planking, something I must try next time I get into a building build.



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Excellent Will! Not sure how you'll manage significant grade changes "three levels" imply in a 6 foot long layout, but I'll be following your progress closely.

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Hi Will :wave:


Great work on the new buildings !

They are certainly very 'Wild West' looking to me !!


As a big fan myself of Hollywood hold-ups, cactus scenery & cowboys ...

... what better subject for an On30 layout. :bg:


Soooper nice drawing of the trackplan.

It seems to be a really good idea, with the kinda 2 halves.

Looks like just the right amount of track to scenery as well.


Done lurking is good !

We want   More   MORE !   MORE !!

There are folks around here, who just can't get enough of TRAINS ! ;)


All the best.


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Thanks for the positive feedback guys, I am really enjoying this new hobby, my head is swimming with ideas!

Regarding Trains, I have 2 complete Hawthorne village Christmas 2-6-0's, one working and one broken with bits missing. The working one will be dismantled and re-painted in colours a little less gaudy, probably olive green and black. I have a slightly out-there plan for the broken one, to turn it into a static feature by modelling it as a rusting wreck beside the track with a blown boiler and the tender repurposed as as trackside water tank, something like this (I do everything in MS Paint):



I also have a number of Hornby trains and powered bogies that I bought when I was planning on going the OO route, that I plan to bash into critters and vertical boilers. I also found this picture:



So thought I could do this, with one of the many Christmas coaches I have:



But sadly, the original had a 2-2-0 layout at the front which allowed it to traverse bends, whilst mine was 0-4-0 which was too rigid and caused the back bogie to de-rail. So I have bashed it a little further and have removed the rear bogie and now it is like this, just needs an extended smokestack and other bits n bobs before painting and weathering:





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Hi Will :wave:


What a LASH UP ! :shocked:

LOVE IT !!


:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:


The prototype is great as well.

Haven't quite seen anything quite like it before.

It does remind me of some of the old street-cars ...

... that got re-used in the 'woods' etc.


Nice drawing of the tender water-tower idea, also.


Well ... we wanted MORE !

& we got it !! :bg:


Very creative !

Keep up the good work Will. :cool:


:mex:


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Great fun Will. It's always good to see otherwise surplus kit being transformed into something useful. Very nicely done.



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It's a "steam dummy"! Neat model of a lokie which saw service on early commuter lines in big cities and later used on funky backwoods logging and mining roads. Sometimes the rr's got rid of most of the superstructure and used part of it as a cab. There are examples of these "critters" in "This Was Logging" and other great books.
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Thanks for the info Woodie! I like that I imagined a vehicle that actually existed without actually knowing it existed! The idea behind said vehicle is pretty laughable when you read the Wikipedia page:




"It was thought that the more familiar appearance of a coach presented by a steam dummy, as compared to a conventional engine, would be less likely to frighten horses when these trains had to operate in city streets.Later it was discovered that it was actually the noise and motion of the operating gear of a steam engine that frightened horses, rather than the unfamiliar outlines of a steam engine"




It is now painted and I am into the weathering and accessories stage:









I have also been working on my first laser-cut kit, which is this kit from Sarissa Precision.




 




It is produced for 28mm Wargaming, but the scale is pretty close to On30 and as I planned to bash it a bit, I was confident it would work. The kit went together really well, very good quality. I replaced the wooden mechanism and rope with metal gears and chain, added a hand operation wheel and added the doors that were left-over from the combi car that was bashed into the steam dummy. It still needs a bit of weathering and the wooden roof added, then I plan to add accessories like chains, buckets and a ladder. I am also going to make a couple of different loads that will attach with jewellery clasps to that it can be re-purposed around the mining section of my layout.















Will




























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