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 Posted: Mon Dec 27th, 2021 12:00 am
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David Laughery
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Hi Chuck.

I'm an old timer and been dabbling in HOn30
since the articles on Thatchers Inlet back in the '70s.

I don't have a layout, either,
but am thinking about finally getting some track down.
I have some Mini-trains I hope to run.

Welcome to the Forum.

Regards, Dave L.


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Dan:

Welcome aboard.
 
This is a great group of folks
modeling in a variety of scales and gauges.

HOn30 is quite a bit of fun.  I don't know what is available today,
but there will be folks on this site that can steer you in the right direction.

I am rather scale flexible myself. 

I have modeled in HO, O Scale standard gauge, On30
(same idea as HOn30 but O Scale on HO gauge track),
and I am currently building a 3/4" Scale live steam Shay.  

Your granted space is sufficient to do some very interesting things.

Enjoy.

Reg




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 Posted: Mon Feb 28th, 2022 02:43 am
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Hey Dan and Chuck.

By now you surely have your layouts just about finished.
(just kidding)

:)

I am still doodling plans for a small HOn30 layout,
for here in the den.

It won't be large, about 2x4 feet,
but I'll be able to work around it in my wheelchair.

Let us know how your projects are going.

Regards, Dave L.


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Trying to gather up parts for 2 antique Triumph motorcycles,
that haven't run for 50 years, and sell them.

Then Turbo Tax, then start my layout.

Chuck


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Chuck Walters
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Dave

Just read your earlier post.

MinitrainS are excellent machines !!
I have many and know the manufacturer in Germany.

Do you have his tiny transformer/controller ?
It is excellent.

Chuck


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Nathan Fawcett
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I’m a longtime lurker and now new Member.

I, like Chuck Walters and others model in HO, HOn3, and HOn30.
I’ve been modeling HOn3 since the 1970s, and began in HO as a youngster
(a then contemporary shark-nose diesel was my first engine and my last diesel).

I’m currently constructing a 9’x30” layout section,
set in 1947 in the San Juan mountains of southwest Colorado.

Its focus is a fictional branch off the RGS,
constructed as a joint venture of the RGS and the D&RGW,
that climbs from a junction four miles west of Ridgeway,
to a box canyon at the base of Mt. Sneffels (14,200’) at 10,000’.

The current three-rail track was predated by an HOn3 spur that dead ended in the box canyon,
where an interchange had been constructed between the 3’ branch and a 30” tram that,
through a series of switchbacks, wound its way up to the base of the surrounding peaks,
to serve scattered mines and some logging below the tree line.

In 1947 a third rail had been laid from Ridgeway to the canyon
(where it connected with the three-rail track to Montrose)
to support movement of the heavy equipment involved in the joint-venture project,
of boring a tunnel under the ridge line separating the box canyon
from the San Miguel River valley and the mines surrounding Telluride.

The tunnel will serve both as a long transit to drain water from
the existing and envisioned new mines dotting the landscape above 10,000’,
and to reduce the mileage and time necessary to move ore from the mines
at Pandora to Ridgeway and mills/smelters in Ouray, Montrose and beyond.

The current layout section includes the north portal of the tunnel under construction,
and expanded interface between the 30” tram (HOn30) and dual-gauge HO, HOn3 spur.

Without going into more detail, the layout will include the tunnel construction,
two turntables and a three-stall engine house, ore, coal and logging transfers,
a multi-storey dormitory housing mine and tunnel workers, a small sawmill,
two small yards, and the East Branch of Dallas Creak
cascading down from the Blue Lakes on Mt. Sneffels.

The plan is to expand the layout with subsequent section including trackage to Ouray,
a major fictional sawmill there and an interface with the earlier 30” tram
constructed up the Uncompaghre River canyon to connect the D&RGW
ending at Ouray with the 3’ Silverton RR ending at the Albany Mill.

The tram mounts the significant elevation gain through a series of spiral loops
in the narrow canyon, the first of which encloses the sawmill complex.
The spirals help keep the lines gradient to 6%.

The third section will include the mines served by the tram further up the canyon.
(Otto Mears had envisioned an electric tram running up the canyon
with an 8% gradient and cog gearing, powered by hydroelectricity
from the roaring cascades above Ouray. It was never built).

The envisioned final layout configuration
will surround a finished basement room in our house.

I hope to continue learning a lot from your commentary on Freerails.
Pictures will follow as appropriate as the layout progresses.

Regards, Nathan


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 Posted: Sun Mar 13th, 2022 10:05 pm
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" I’m a longtime lurker and now new Member "

Hi Nathan  :wave:


Always good, when a lurker ...

... becomes a POSTER !  :thumb:


That ^^ is quite a story.


Should def. get re-Posted ...  L:

... so it doesn't get lost, in this Thread. 


I am looking forward to further reports ...

... HO narrow gauge, lends itself to   V  I  S  T  A  S  !


:java::mex:

Si.




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