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|Posted: Tue Oct 1st, 2019 02:56 pm||
W C Greene
|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?
It doesn't matter if you win or lose, its' how you rig the game.