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 Posted: Fri Jan 31st, 2020 05:06 am
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Larry G
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What I find interesting and fun, about tramway modeling,
is the extremely wide diversity of prototypes to model.

Since there is no such thing as a standard tramway,
most anything is within the realm of possibility. 

My Appetite Mine layout,
is well within a realistic rendition of a mining operation.

Yes, even a branch line to a resort,
has more than likely been built somewhere at some time.

Not sure of a clothing optional resort.
 
But maybe somewhere on Earth,
a tramway brought guests to such a resort.

Or, my layout may be it's own prototype.

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Here a simple repaint of the Bachmann HO ore cars,

work well with a Gn15 engine. 

Dave L.





Sorry for the double photo, don't know why that happened. 

Eddie, can you fix?

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Going back to have a look at the photo Posting directions can help


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I enjoyed this thread very much David....


This style of model railroading would lend itself well to the one industry in house railroad,

and while a bit whimsical, whimsical is good,

it keeps some from getting to be too much the rivet counter and forgetting the fun side of the hobby.


Keep adding your projects as you go, this promises to be a really fun ride along.  :)




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While I would agree that Gn15 is ideal for the one industry type small layout,
it is not limited to that format in any way. 

My railway currently has three towns (soon to be five) and a fairly large yard. 
It is regularly run with 4 operators running 3 hour sessions. 

I just enjoy the diminutive equipment and little teapot steamers,
plus the freedom of unconstrained by prototype modeling.







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 Posted: Sat Feb 1st, 2020 03:43 pm
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True, a tramway style rail operation can serve more than one industry or town.
Many examples of a narrow gauge line being built to serve the needs of a few neighboring towns can be found.

The two foot gauge lines in the state of Maine are good examples.
Here, in the Black Hills, a little loco, on a 18" gauge track, served several small mines.

I saw a two foot gauge, tramway style operation, in Laughlin, Nevada, a few years ago.
It carried guests from a distant perking area to a casino.

Small gauge lines have been used to link several resorts together on a island.
Islands are well suited for a tramway style operation, such as Dave's layout portrays. 

In the past, I have been challenged by "experts" that claim tramways are not real railroads. 

Let's see... many tramways have a locomotive that pulls or pushes a string of individual rail cars.
The cars are moved from one place to another. How is this different from a real railroad?

A tramway layout, of any size or gauge, can be fun to build and operate.

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Thanks Todd, Bob, and Larry for adding to the discussion.

Best regards, Dave L.



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"In the past, I have been challenged by "experts" that claim tramways are not real railroads.
Let's see... many tramways have a locomotive that pulls or pushes a string of individual rail cars.
The cars are moved from one place to another. How is this different from a real railroad?
A tramway layout, of any size or gauge, can be fun to build and operate."


You are 100% correct Larry, and a tramway is fun to build and operate.

I have found having a tramway without all of the government rules and regulations,
helps keep the rivet counters and experts mouths closed..


:glad:

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I have made numerous Gn15 layouts.

This one uses a 2ft gauge prototype, the Waitakere Tramline Society,
built to 1/24th scale, but on 16.5mm gauge track (representing 381mm gauge).

The prototype (unfortunately now closed) was a weekend enthusiast run passenger train,
that shared the track with Watercare who runs Auckland NZ water supply dams,
and tramlines to maintain the pipelines. 

The track has a water pine running beside the track,
including in very small bore tunnels.

All rolling stock was scratchbuilt.










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Please don't misunderstand me guys,
when I said a single industry in house type operation.
 
It was simply the one thing that seemed to be tailor made,
for this scale and type of equipment....

I did not mean to sound as if I were limiting it,
simply that that particular aspect jumped out as being Ideal IMHO....

This is why discussions are great.
 
Everyone see's something different,
based on their perspective and personal experiences.

Others are just great at thinking outside the box,
and that makes for a multitude of idea's usable by anyone...

The really great thing is the ability to use very tight radius curves,
and that can be a plus for so very many people.

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Todd,

I don't think there was any misunderstanding,
not by me anyhow.

I like it when people think outside the box,
that's where many great ideas come from.

The whole aim of a hobby is to help forget other stresses and pressures of life,
let your mind relax and have fun.

I have had visitors in the past, that are rivet counters in the worst sense,
they had lost the plot, and the fun side of the hobby was gone.

They were gone too, when I showed them the door, never to return,
after telling me how to improve my layout.

They can be very draining IMHO.

LOL.........Peter.




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