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 Posted: Tue Aug 27th, 2019 03:18 pm
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Dan Spencer
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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 carendt.com)

I am thrilled to be here.

-Dan



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 Posted: Tue Aug 27th, 2019 04:42 pm
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Ken C
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Dan


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.




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 Posted: Tue Aug 27th, 2019 09:31 pm
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W C Greene
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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.

Woodie




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 Posted: Wed Aug 28th, 2019 01:02 am
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" 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:



:moose:



Si.




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 Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 03:56 pm
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The concept of HOn30 goes way back to the 1960's,
when the new OOO scale (later called N scale) trains became available.
Many HO'ers (me included) jumped on the idea.

The OOO locos were truly funky,
but I remember making a small "Shay" from a European diesel,
and building some cars with the "trucks" from the freight cars.

At the time, the only narrow gauge in HO was HOn3,
and some of us wanted something a bit smaller...and narrower.

At that time, a brass PFM HOn3 C&S 2-6-0 was available for $34.95,
a bit pricier than I could afford,
a Kemtron "Teakettle" 0-4-0 was about $19.95,
but it was a somewhat complicated kit,
and you needed to be able to solder to build one.

So, the advent of 9MM gauge equipment made modeling "two footers" much easier.
A fellow's article in RMC showed his HOn2 layout,
but his cool little lokies were scratchbuilt and he was a master of such things.
I believe he was Allan Hanson?

But back to the point, whenever a smaller scale became available,
some would make it into narrow gauge.
Look at what many O scalers did to HO mechanisms when that scale came around.
On30? Who woulda thunk it?

Woodie




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 Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 10:24 pm
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Welcome.

Sounds like you'll fit in here just fine!





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Hey there!

Ahh, HOn30 ...
I was quite enchanted by it, in an article in a 1981 or so Model Railroader,
about Dave Frary and/or Bob Hayden's Carrabassett and Dead River layout.
And modeled in that for several years.

Lots of fun!
And much more available for it now, than there was in the early 1980s.
Haven't looked but will bet there is even 3D printed stuff available at Shapeways.

And yes, much inspiration could and can be had,
at Carl Arendt's website galleries.




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