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I've been working in Gn15 for a while,
but now in a wheelchair I need a project I can manage while siting. 

I hope I can share my experience in this forum.

Back in 1972 the series of articles in RMC on Thatcher's Inlet got me into HOn30,
but the running qualities of N scale steam in those days,
made it difficult to adapt any engines for this scale. 

Regards, Dave L.





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The availability of the Minitrains passenger set,
really caught my attention at a train show,
and I was back in HOn30 again. 

Dave L.





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While thinking about what I would be able to do for a little layout,
I started a simple project by installing interiors and passengers in some of the green cars I had bought,
before splurging on the complete set  (they come in brown and green). 

Dave L. 





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Over the years I have been stashing away HO buildings, figures, vehicles and other bits and pieces,
knowing my interest in HO narrow gauge would someday surface again. 

I've worked on other little projects recently,
and I hope to share those with you in this thread. 

Thanks for reading. 

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I am thinking a small, seaside, steamboat landing town,
as my theme for an HOn30 layout of about 2x3 feet,
something I can work on sitting at the dining room table. 





I think you can get the idea of what I would like. 

Regards, Dave L.


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I've shared this photo on my Gn15 thread,
but it is a scene that I have in mind for the little HOn30 layout.   





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David,

I've been very tempted by some of the Minitrains offerings.
 
With the wealth of HO scale available,
it would be very easy to put together a convincing layout.

Personally I would opt for some kind of mining or mountain scene,
with definitely continuous running, small and portable to take to train shows.

Not that I need another project. 

And with the modeling budget already strained,
don't know where the additional funds would come from,
unless I gave up eating.

But, it is tempting.




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Michael

There is a big train show this weekend,
and it is probably good that I am not going,
as the dealer with all the Minitrains is there.

Because I was into N scale for many years,
I have a good supply of material to convert to HOn30.

Regards, Dave L.


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I found a bunch of these little loco shells,
and tried cutting them down for use in HOn30.

I shortened and sectioned them, and they will work well, I think.

The finished cab is just sitting next to the boiler and is not attached. 
Original is on the right.  

Regards, Dave L. 





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Howdy David, do you happen to remember (back in the 1970's)
the Sango brass HOn30 outside frame 2-6-0?
I had a couple of them, wish I still did!
They were cool little lokies which looked pretty much like the SR&RL 2-6-2's.
I wonder if there are any still around and can imagine how much one might cost these days!

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