I now have a spare room to have some trains inside once more. It did start out as HO but it just looks too small these days. S gauge would be a perfect fit but I got rid of most of it and I don't really want to have two scales I have to scratchbuild almost everything for.
So, short w/b 2axle stock it will have to be. Not many options for locos in the era I model but I at least already have two suitable locos and a railmotor and some 4 wheel rolling stock.
Thought about handlaying track again.... for about 20 seconds!! :> More Peco on the way!
Very tight curves but I will make it work.
I run 40 foot 4 axle cars around curves half that radius--without having large spacing between cars. This is in 1/48, but that's not that much different than 1/45. Would look very silly from outside the curve--but from the inside--not bad at all.
Model railroading is full of compromises anyway, and to me, this is better (for the space that I want to devote) than no layout at all. Now, if you want to run 4-8-4's and 80' Pullmans, it's a different story.
Always interested in what you do.
____________________ Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"
One of the problems with items such as these coal hoppers are the side buffers. I am going to have to extend the couplers to allow them to go around these tight curves without touching and forcing themselves off the track. Removing the buffers is not an option because they are part of the character of these vehicles. My usual solution in HO for close coupled long carriages was to shorten the buffers. These are whitemetal and would take some time to do so one coupler lengthened by 6mm seems to do the trick for now. Much of the govt. stock had their buffers removed towards the end as they were finally given auto couplers and I often model them that way. Saves the cost of buffers :>)
Greg's is a magnificent line. I corresponded with Greg for many years when he first started. He generously entertained me one Saturday when I got to Sydney some years ago, inviting many of his regular crew along to show me their creations too. I was very impressed with someone who even made his own rail at the outset, let alone hand laid track.
His choice of scale/gauge is probably more suited to the outdoors than mine.
NSWGR ran 3 axle locos. Even up here, what was the former main line to Qld, was dieselised with low weight branch line locos in the early 1960's and not until some wooden bridges were strengthened did we see main line units in operation. VR modellers are better off in that respect as the bo-bo Y and T classes were seen everywhere. The NSWGR perway engineer was having none of the GM salesmen's pitch that the increased axle loading was OK with diesels.
The largest possible loco for use around the loops will probably be a 73 class shunter. If I was keen on Sydney trams then these curves would be just right, given the prototype was designed to go around square corners.
I could do with a 96 degree day right now Bob :>)
Trains are a hobby so we do it when we feel like it.
It is good to be able to run in airconditioned comfort sometimes.
I found one of my small 0-6-0 steamers will go around the inside curves so it will look nice hauling some of the coal hoppers around. I will see at a later date if my other small 0-6-0 steamer can be modified with enough play to also be used inside.