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 Posted: Tue Aug 27th, 2019 02:18 pm
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Dan Spencer

Joined: Tue Aug 27th, 2019
Location: Bakersfield, California USA
Posts: 1
Hi all,

My name is Dan Spencer and I'm a Model Railroader!

I started this journey at the age of 13, helping my Dad with his HO scale layout
(Mad River Navigation Railway) Mining & Logging of the Pacific Northwest.

After his passing in 1983, I was able to conceal some of his engines,
and a few pieces of rolling stock, from the greedy hands of others.

Sadly those items never saw the light of day until recently,
when I unearthed a treasure trove of these detailed engines,
and (now damaged) rolling stock.

I spoke to the wife and she offered a 10" deep x 7' long shelf,
in our home office, to display the engines on.

I then started research into Model Railroads and in my many searches,
I discovered an unknown little forum called ... Freerails.
The heavens opened and the angelic choir sounded!
I am now addicted!

That little shelf has started to get track and trees...
but its too small for the trains (2-6-4's) and now I've discovered HOn30.
HO trains that run on N gauge track!?!?
WHO would have ever thought of such a thing!?!?!

Well, the engines have gone back in their boxes,
to be displayed in a nice glass display case,
and the shelf will be a new HOn30 train layout.

I have old Atlas track, with only two switches.
No budget and limited time.

This forum has been WAY more inspiring than any other site out there
(well, except for

I am thrilled to be here.


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 Posted: Tue Aug 27th, 2019 03:42 pm
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Ken C

Joined: Tue Jun 16th, 2015
Location:  Calgary, Alberta Canada
Posts: 750

Welcome to Freerails,

certain you will find it informative.

Good luck on your layout,

and will be looking forward to photos in the HO narrow gauge section.

Ken Clark
real men don't use instructions. they are only
the manufacturers opinion on how to put the thing together!
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 Posted: Tue Aug 27th, 2019 08:31 pm
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8145
Howdy Dan,
We're glad that your journey brought you here.
HOn30, I modeled in that scale/gauge back in the early 70's (I'm in my early 70's now!) and loved it.
Matter of fact, I still have some ancient trucks and maybe a loco mechanism.
Tell us what you're doing, don't be shy because we're all pushy and want to know the story.
Welcome and have fun.


It doesn't matter if you win or lose, its' how you rig the game.
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 Posted: Wed Aug 28th, 2019 12:02 am
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Joined: Thu Feb 23rd, 2012
Location: London
Posts: 5237
" This forum has been WAY more inspiring than any other site out there "

Hi Dan  :wave:

I thought it was just me, who found all the rusty ol' riveted Members here entertaining !  ;)

We aim to please ... If we can aim straight that is !!  :mex:

Sometimes new Members intro Threads, are a nice start to a larger project Thread ...  L:

... they sometimes just   g   r   o   w   ...  :shocked:

... so we can move them into 'HO Narrow Gauge', or wherever wanted ... just ask !  :)

It sounds like you have an adventure ahead ...  :thumb:

... you are sure to find inspiration in all the many Forums here ...

... & our helpful experienced Members, are always only too pleased to answer questions.  :cool:

HO trains on N-gauge track ? ... What ever next !  :old dude:




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