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 Posted: Tue Jun 30th, 2015 09:43 pm
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So...just how many O-scalers do we have on the forum?

What do you model?  Do you model a specific RR, specific industries, etc?

Are all your engines steam, or do you have a combination of steam, diesel, electric, etc?

A particular time period/era?

Freight, passenger, or both?

I model the old Seaboard Air Line mainly, but have a few other engines representing other RRs such as N&W, ACL, and Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Rwy, all between 1940 and 1967.

I have 14 engines, 7 steam, 7 diesel.  All the steam will soon be converted to BPRC, not sure if I'll even keep the diesels but if I do they'll probably be converted to PBRC also.

I started with just freight but lately have been buying some passenger cars and engines to pull them.

I live in Portsmouth VA, the original home of the SAL and wanted to model the Portsmouth Sub-Division from Portsmouth to Norlina, but in O scale that would cover more territory than I have available.

I have 4 sidings serving a variety of industries and a small downtown (the typical small "empire" I suppose) but have been thinking about making the 3-4 sidings serve a single, large industrial complex, just haven't figured out which one yet.

The Portsmouth Sub-Division served the Portsmouth/Norfolk area, Suffolk, and Franklin.  Most industries were common to what you'd find in any small city area, with Suffolk being the "Peanut Capital Of The World" for a long time and Franklin had the Paul D. Camp (later Union Camp) Paper Mill complex.  I wish I had an old telephone book so I could see what was around back in the 50s-60s.

Here's a diagram of my layout.

Let's here from all you folks!

Bob D.


Attachment: CURRENT LAYOUT April 2015.JPG (Downloaded 97 times)



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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 12:30 am
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Robert Comerford
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I suspect we have quite a few O scalers on this forum but most model narrow gauges. I model New South Wales railways. Technically in the transition era but I am guilty of stretching it a bit :>).
I also have some foreign equipment both US and British.

I like your layout Bob, it allows for some train watching as well as shuffling cars about.
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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 01:52 am
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Ow60 since the '50's. In a 40X8 ft ''room'' Electric (pantograph), steam and diesel (on board battery, radio control) Service between two small towns  in the 1940's. Freelance railroad, with provision for continuous run or point to point. Electric passenger service, and freight between towns. Diesel and steam switching, Hand thrown switches, as with radio you follow the engine around. Very little scenery yet, but grandiose plans. At present rate, scenery may be finished in  early 2100's

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 02:57 am
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Being a supplier of some of the R/C equipment used by BPRC fans I can tell you there are quite a few "0" scale users who are not yet familiar with Freerails.
They come from both branches, 2 rail scale and lately Hi Rail.
I do mention Freerails to them so hopefully there could be some more users reporting for duty, so to speak.[toast]



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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 11:00 am
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Thanks Bob, I keep wanting to make changes to that plan but realize all I'm thinking about is changing the radius of the curves to something larger. It's 3-rail track so if/when I pull it up and lay down 2-rail I'll go bigger.

Herb, I have mostly hand-thrown switches too but 4 are controlled electrically, I didn't want to have to keep raising/lowering the drop down bridge at the Wye to throw the 4 by hand all the time.

Glad to hear you've got some O-scale customers Tony, your system fits nicely in the engines I have.

If I could ever get rid of the clutter in the other half of my upstairs I could double the length of the mainline, but for now I'm satisfied.

BobD.



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Bob-

Windows are handy for chucking detritus out

But my ''room'' has no windows, and stuff keeps coming in the door.

What to do, what to do----??

Tony- 

Thanks for spreading the word about FreeRails. We are fortunate that in most cases, we have room for radio gear without resorting to the ''ghost car''. Right now, I'm trying to find that space in an Ixion Fowler, but it's eluding me.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 02:50 pm
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Hi Herb.
The problem with most of the "0" scale equipment is not the size of the R/C gear and ESC. Rather it is where to put the batteries.
I have not used any step up voltage converters yet but will investigate further asap.
I have just finished a K Line Budd power car and trailer for a customer in Sydney.
I fitted the batteries (3 x 4.8 volt 1600 mah NiMh Rx packs) and R/C in the power car. Runs like a dream and the MyLocosound is going to blow his mind. The "all aboard" function is most appropriate.
He also asked me to fit a strip of LED roof lights in each car.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 03:29 pm
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That's what I'm finding too Tony.  What I'm also finding is that we don't need as large a capacity battery as I've thought in the past, I'm thinking a 1000Mah battery (I also like 9.6v to 12v) would be enough to do what I want.  I rarely run more than 2 hours at a time and feel a 1000Mah battery would give me that.

Here's a link to a LED lighting method if you care to look:

LED LIGHTS

I haven't tried it yet but plan on it soon, but I want to use batteries instead of track power.  One of those flat pack LiPo batteries may do the trick!

BobD.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 04:17 pm
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Putting the strip LED lights in the roofs required me also installing a 9 volt regulator. The 12 volt LED's were very bright on 12 volts but alas, would not work on 5 volts. So 9 volts was used. That regulator also powers the 9 volt grain of wheat incandescent bulbs for the headlights.
The lighting effect was excellent.



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 Posted: Wed Jul 1st, 2015 07:43 pm
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Hi,

I am an O scaler. I do not have a layout. But am an active member of the DFW O Scale club in the Dallas Texas area. We have a permanent layout in the basement of the old Sears Warehouse on South Lamar st. in Dallas. The building is now an apartment building. We have the space jointly with the Southside Model Raiload Club Which has an HO layout upstairs above us.

We also have a 12 x 40 modular layout we set up at shows.

I am mainly interested in O scale electric traction. With an emphasis on The interurbans and streetcars of Texas. But I like many of the mid-western lines as well. I have been slowly putting traction car kits and such together over the last 7 years or so. The rest of the guys in the club are into regular railroads though they used to have a modular traction layout before I became a member.

The permanent Basement layout. Under Construction.













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