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 Posted: Tue Jul 10th, 2018 06:29 pm
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The first 55n3 site was put on the web in 2010.
Due to medical problems I couldn't pursue this endeavor further.
Time went by and I let the domain lapse.
Now my medical problems have been under control, none of which were life threatening, just debilitating.

Been in and out of the hobby since 2010 and can't believe how such a short period has brought so much change.
Most of the items discussed on the 55n3 website are no longer available and have to be sourced on E-bay.

I write web-articles on the net.
The satisfaction comes not in praise or an "atta-boy" post but someone using the information that was presented.
It is nice to see someone applying the techniques that I bloviated about even if no credit is given to me.
Stuff comes up in magazines that I recognize as my contribution to the hobby.

It was warming to see Ronald Halma's American Civil War 55n3 Layout on the net.
Ronald showed the concept of 28mm war gaming items and On30 Bachmann equipment is a viable concept.

Thank you, Ronald

Visit Ronald's blog:

http://metusajunction.blogspot.com/

There are videos of Ronald's efforts two at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3qV380BOnw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=Xm7yRD0asz8

Our 55n3 website is now 55n3.info and no longer 55n3.org

http://www.55n3.info/





28mm gaming has grown and there are more figures and vehicles available.

Thank you if you visit

Harold


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 Posted: Wed Jul 11th, 2018 07:42 am
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Harold,

Good to hear that your troubles are behind you and that you've got the site back up and running it will be nice to see where you go with it.

There is one more tool you might want to look into for Scale 55, 3D printing and cheap CAD programs. 
Now you don't have to look around to find figures and kitbashing projects. 
Everything from the gears and wheels right up to the cab details can be designed, printed, and assembled. 
Of course, no one needs to go to that extreme, but the application is there for parts that are hard or impossible to manufacture by hand.

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Howdy Harold, great to see you back in the saddle! 55n3 looks like a viable scale/gauge, hopefully more will join the "parade". I still refer narrow gaugers to your idea of using KaDee couplers modified to become link & pin couplers. I have used them on several of my 35n2 cars...much easier to do than making couplers from brass, etc. and they look great. Thanks for the idea.

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Thanks, Woodie, always happy to hear someone found something in my ramblings.
Posted an N-Scale article and a participant in the thread questioned the concept.
After trying to explain how the item worked in several posts the participant admitted he hadn't read the article and based his opinion on the picture in the original post.
Gotta love the web.

Harold

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Have updated the conversion with new trucks and techniques:

http://www.55n3.info/cars/convert_box/





Thank you if you visit

Harold


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Bachmann has built another 55n3 caboose.

Got a logging caboose and it fits 55n3 perfectly.
The original caboose was too high and required modification.





Before you look, no Bachmann doesn't really build 55n3 cars.
Remember how that leading statement caused hair on fire in 2010 when I said it about the 55n3 sidedoor caboose.





http://www.55n3.info/sidedoor/

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Harold


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Got some new stuff from Shapeways shops.

Found this S Scale cab at the "Willy Monaghan S Scale" shop on Shapeways that will convert the Bachmann Mogul to 55n3.
There are S Scale domes available also on Shapeways that will make a complete conversion to a Baldwin catalog Mogul.
The Bachmann domes will also work with no mods.









The On30 Mogul is mechanically close to the Brooks Colorado and Northwestern #1 and Baldwin Catalog moguls.
The 44" drivers match the Brooks.





Found these figures listed as "1/56" from the "Panzer VS Tanks" shop they are from the Merchant Navy series.
The figures are really fine.





Harold


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An addition to the previous post.
A Bachmann Mogul converted to S-Scale with the original cab shortened for S-Scale.
Shows what the loco would look like with an S-Scale cab and stock domes.
The stock cab is too wide.





Harold


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 Posted: Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 02:32 pm
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Examining examples of narrow gauge moguls found these two examples in the Brooks catalog:

A Mexican





Quincy and Torch Lake





Looking at the Bachmann Mogul if the running board is extended all the way back a reasonable model can be produced.





The running boards fit into slots in the boiler so replacement would be easy.

There is an article about making the Q&TL Mogul in On30 in the Jul/Aug 2018 Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette.
So it can be done with a better three foot cab.

Harold


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 Posted: Mon Jul 23rd, 2018 04:22 pm
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Eventually in a strange scale endeavor one finds the holy grail, a plan, a piece of information that makes a model viable.

Searching about the Quincy and Torch Lake Moguls I finally ran across a plan in the August 1985 Railroad Model Craftsman of Mogul #1 & #4.

YES!!! The Bachmann On30 Mogul is 55n3 as made:













Harold


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