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 Posted: Sun May 13th, 2018 10:13 pm
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Dominick Soldano

Joined: Fri May 11th, 2018
Posts: 14
Well, after about 15 years away from model railroading I am getting back into the hobby.

Over the years I’ve partially built a number of HO layouts but never really completed one due to one reason or another; inter-state moves, not having a decent amount of space for a model railroad, etc. have all contributed.
However, I have remained an avid modeler and am quite good at any type of plastic model and not too bad with wooden kits.

Three weeks ago I attended a train show in Colorado Springs and it rekindled my excitement with model railroading, and particularly with O-Scale narrow gauge logging and mining (On30 because of its availability at a decent price) even though I have tons of unbuilt and built & weathered HO locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, accessories, etc.

That said, I have ordered four On30 Bachmann locomotives (2 x 4-4-0, 1 x Heisler, 1xPorter) at a great sale price (luckily my HO DCC and sound decoders will work) and started on some bench work for an On30 logging branch line.

I’ve decided to make the bench work free-standing and sectional so that if we move again in a few years, I can take it with me.
I am currently almost finished building two 2-foot by 8-foot sections that will be placed as an L in a corner of our finished basement.
I am also making the fronts from oak to look like a piece of furniture so it can be placed anywhere (if needed).
If things go well, I can easily expand along the basement wall (in the current house) with two additional 2x8 foot sections for a total of a 2-foot by 32-foot run with a possible loop back on one or both ends.

I would love to have a port/industrial area (with a small turntable and engine facility) at one end and then have the line climb into the woods to the logging area with towering pines and a trestle/bridge or two - and perhaps another turntable.

Since this is my first foray into On30 I am hoping to use the forum to ask questions, get advice (particularly on layout design), etc.



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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 12:58 am
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Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 4995
Hi again Dominick  :wave:

WELCOME ! to Freerails !!  :)

It sounds like you are off to a good start, with those new baseboards & locos.  :thumb:

We have a lot of Members on Freerails, who have enjoyed On30 in all sorts of different themes.

I'm sure if you have some questions to ask, you will get the On30 answers you need. :cool:

Start an On30 Thread !  :bg:

No need to have made it all already.  ;)

Research, ideas & questions, are as interesting & valid as anything else.  :!:

All the best.

Hear from you soon.




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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2018 01:18 am
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Steven B

Joined: Thu Aug 13th, 2015
Location: Virginia USA
Posts: 335
HI Dominick, glad to know ya!  On30 is pretty cool from a former HO prototype modeler, if you keep it light hearted, it can be a blast.  There's a number of excellent On30 modelers on this forum and I'll tell you what, they give great inspiration to my projects!  Looking forward to seeing what you've got going on.

Steven B.
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