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Colorado In Connecticut - HOn3 & HOn30
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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2018 04:10 am
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Hi Kevin  :wave:



WOW ! ... Too much too like !!  :shocked:

( except for your 'workbench' )


;)


The 'Stanley Mine' looks great.

I remember those drawings of Harry Brunks, years ago ...

... now somewhere in that stash of Gazettes   .   .   .   L:



The trestles are totally ACE work Kevin !  :thumb:

The whole picture seems to be coming together really well !!  :)



Did you have some drawings to work from, for the trestle with the central truss ? ? ???

Great design.



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Wow!
That's some seriously nice modeling there.
I'm looking forward to following this thread.




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If you want more coke ovens, Southwest Narrow Gauge has some.

https://southwest-narrow-gauge.myshopify.com/collections/modeling-kits?page=31

They also have the run down ones that are pretty cool.

https://southwest-narrow-gauge.myshopify.com/collections/modeling-kits?page=32

I have all of these in O scale for my Gilpin layout.....someday!!!


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Here is a shot of Earl Smallshaw's big trestle which I first saw when I was 15 years old.
He was the reason I have stayed in the hobby for so long,
which is why I decided to model a smaller version with the deck truss in the middle.
His was HO and mine is HOn3 so I had to make the drawings to span the space I needed for the river. 








Here is a closeup of mine.





Here is my layout plan.

I model the year 1917 when all three of the following railroads were still in business,
but the C&S was the only one still around by the following year.
The green is the C&S HOn3, The blue is the Gilpin HOn30 and the red is the Colorado Midand HO standard gauge.

I wanted a layout with switching so there are 27 industries.
It is basically a point to loop layout for the narrow gauge.
The standard gauge is just there so I can have a continuous running train if I want.

And yes there are 3 hidden turnouts but all will be accessible.
Two of them are on the standard gauge which won't see much service anyway since the main focus is on the narrow gauge.
Since the C&S didn't have tunnels (except for the Alpine Tunnel),
I tried to disguise them with buildings and an overhead bridge but I will have to have one near the wye at end of track.





I don't know if the plan is legible, but I can't seem to attach just a jpeg of the plan.

Jason, thanks for the link to Southwest.
A lot of kits in there that I didn't know you could still get some of which I have and could never afford now!

Well up at 5:00AM to feed the cats and the big wedding.
Enjoy the celebration!

Happy Modeling,

Kevin


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" I don't know if the plan is legible, but I can't seem to attach just a jpeg of the plan "


Hi Kevin  :wave:



How's this ...  :thumb:






:)



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Si.

How the heck did you do that?
I was getting such crappy results and I was using Photoshop.
I can get any file to a printer for printing but when it comes to web design I'm at a standstill.
I'll have to use one of those little emoji's!
Your reward to come.

:glad:

Thanks,

Kevin


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Greetings,

It's been a while since I've posted but I've been making switches, doing track work, and scenery with rock molds. 
I'll try to post those next week. 

In the meantime my friend George Sebastian Coleman made me some bridle bars for my stub switches. 
They are available in two sizes through Shapeways; 

HOn3 code 55
(https://www.shapeways.com/product/D3UL2UPJY/hon3-code-55-stub-switch-bridle?optionId=66393355&li=marketplace) 

and HOn30/N scale code 40
(https://www.shapeways.com/product/MEAQVKA6M/hon30-code-40-stub-switch-bridle?optionId=66393303&li=marketplace).


The example below shows the bridle bars which correctly gauge the HOn3 code 55 rail and there is a hole for an operating lever giving it a realistic look. 
The plastic bridles keep the rails insulated from each other. 
I am using .032 piano wire through the end hole that is attached to a Tortoise switch machine below. 
I am also using the HOn30 code 40 bridle bars for my Gilpin track but manually operating those switches with a Precision Scale harp switch stand. 
The example below shows the HOn3 code 55 stub turnout.


Here is what the bridle bars look like coming from Shapeways.







Here are the bridle bars installed on the stub switch. 
The pc ties need to be painted.







And here is the stub switch with the bridles painted and on the Homosote base. 

The switches operate smoothly with the Tortoise machines. 
I think I will have to add a lever from the switch stand to the long bridle bar. 
Also the wide harp stand tie is too short only clearing a boxcar by about a foot. 
I'm not sure how long these ties were but 14 feet is too short and I will need to make it longer.







Happy modeling, ;)

Kevin


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