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Anyone know if Harold's web site is still around?  Server not found for me.  I can only hope it is a temporary thing, he has/had an absolute wealth of data and knowledge on his site.

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Howdy Helmut, I haven't heard anything from Harold in many years. Sad that his website is closed, there was neat stuff and great ideas there. My favorite was when he showed how to use KaDee metal couplers to make cool link & pin couplers with just some Dremel tool work. I used that idea for my On20 mini layout and some of my 35n2 rolling stock.

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yeah. i have seen some stuff he has posted after he decided to move on from On30, maybe I will try sending him a message.

If his domain did expire, I do web hosting and would be happy to host his old data for free.

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From Harold's posting on the Bachmann site, he states he has cleaned out anything to do with On30. saved scenery information only.

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his entire site is not coming up though. all of the hints and tips were there not too long ago, but

http://www.pacificcoastairlinerr.com/

is not working at all. i am trying to recall the other site he had for another scale he moved to, but cannot find it in my bookmarks.

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Last I heard about Harold, he was into 1:55 scale and was upset that there wasn't any interest here on Freerails.Maybe he didn't give it time, who would have thought that 1:35n2 would be interesting?

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I think I found it:

Dark Side Modeler

Unfortunately it is also not working.  This had me thinking about OO actually (as well as all the other distractions I consider!). I hope he is OK.

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Yeah - I just ran across that one too Woodie, also not working.  Somebody said he was getting into V scale (virtual trains, probably Trainz or Train Simulator).

55n3 site

I wish I would have saved his stuff (all of it), I would put it all up if he gave permission.

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If anyone wants to know, it seems Harold is back and at least a little active. It does look like to is continuing with the 55n3 stuff, and his other two On30 and HO 1905 web content is also active again at the pacific coast line site.  It seems he had some medical issues, so I am glad to see he is feeling better.

http://www.55n3.info/

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Well, after clicking on the above 55n3 info link, I got a bit confused that there is nothing but 36" gauge in N. America...? Did I read that right? Sometimes I can't read but "look in any narrow gauge publication and narrow gauge in North America is essentially THREE FOOT"...Huh? OK then, Maine 2 footers are fantasy, 30" gauge loggers and mining lines are not real, and my beloved 2 foot Colorado & New Mexican roads are FAKE NEWS! Come on now...
I take exception to the quoted statement. Obviously somebody is discriminating against railways less than 36" and I suppose that 42" trams would be included also.Hmmm, what does this all mean?

I still believe in Santa and the Chupacabra
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yeah, Harold's idea is that since almost all narrow gauge in the US was 3ft, the others are a real minority and do not matter so much. I think he got this attitude after a lot of folks bashed on him for using HO track for On30 and was told it was not right. It seems he is giving that right back at 'em. Regardless, I think he has a lot of great ideas for modeling. Personally, like most if not everyone here, I think there is plenty of room for everyone to model however they want. He's also posted a bit on the Bachmann forums about 1/72 scale as well.

55n3 seems a great idea, but I will probably stick with On30 and/or HO for paths of least resistance. After all, my goal is just to model the feel of steam era railroading. I will say the sizes of some commercial items bug me a bit, but I will get over it.


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