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Dan Spencer
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Hi all,

My name is Dan Spencer and I'm a Model Railroader!

I started this journey at the age of 13, helping my Dad with his HO scale layout
(Mad River Navigation Railway) Mining & Logging of the Pacific Northwest.

After his passing in 1983, I was able to conceal some of his engines,
and a few pieces of rolling stock, from the greedy hands of others.

Sadly those items never saw the light of day until recently,
when I unearthed a treasure trove of these detailed engines,
and (now damaged) rolling stock.

I spoke to the wife and she offered a 10" deep x 7' long shelf,
in our home office, to display the engines on.

I then started research into Model Railroads and in my many searches,
I discovered an unknown little forum called ... Freerails.
The heavens opened and the angelic choir sounded!
I am now addicted!

That little shelf has started to get track and trees...
but its too small for the trains (2-6-4's) and now I've discovered HOn30.
HO trains that run on N gauge track!?!?
WHO would have ever thought of such a thing!?!?!

Well, the engines have gone back in their boxes,
to be displayed in a nice glass display case,
and the shelf will be a new HOn30 train layout.

I have old Atlas track, with only two switches.
No budget and limited time.

This forum has been WAY more inspiring than any other site out there
(well, except for carendt.com)

I am thrilled to be here.

-Dan



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Dan


Welcome to Freerails,

certain you will find it informative.


Good luck on your layout,

and will be looking forward to photos in the HO narrow gauge section.


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Howdy Dan,
We're glad that your journey brought you here.
HOn30, I modeled in that scale/gauge back in the early 70's (I'm in my early 70's now!) and loved it.
Matter of fact, I still have some ancient trucks and maybe a loco mechanism.
Tell us what you're doing, don't be shy because we're all pushy and want to know the story.
Welcome and have fun.

Woodie


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" This forum has been WAY more inspiring than any other site out there "


Hi Dan  :wave:



I thought it was just me, who found all the rusty ol' riveted Members here entertaining !  ;)

We aim to please ... If we can aim straight that is !!  :mex:



Sometimes new Members intro Threads, are a nice start to a larger project Thread ...  L:

... they sometimes just   g   r   o   w   ...  :shocked:

... so we can move them into 'HO Narrow Gauge', or wherever wanted ... just ask !  :)



It sounds like you have an adventure ahead ...  :thumb:

... you are sure to find inspiration in all the many Forums here ...

... & our helpful experienced Members, are always only too pleased to answer questions.  :cool:


HO trains on N-gauge track ? ... What ever next !  :old dude:



:moose:



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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?

Woodie


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Welcome.

Sounds like you'll fit in here just fine !





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Hey there!

Ahh, HOn30 ...
I was quite enchanted by it, in an article in a 1981 or so Model Railroader,
about Dave Frary and/or Bob Hayden's Carrabassett and Dead River layout.
And modeled in that for several years.

Lots of fun!
And much more available for it now, than there was in the early 1980s.
Haven't looked but will bet there is even 3D printed stuff available at Shapeways.

And yes, much inspiration could and can be had,
at Carl Arendt's website galleries.


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I too am a new Member and model in HO, HOn3 and HOn30.

I have been modeling since about 1954, with some Marklin HO stock.
Since about the mid sixties, I have been modeling in HOn30, and HOe.


I am into mining, logging and military modeling.

I model the mid fifties, and have a military proving grounds,
to allow me to have WW2 and immediately after equipment.

I am trying to convert some HO locos into functional HO armored trains.

I also have HO, HOn3 and HOn30 cog equipment.


I live in Silverdale Washington, where I have lived for 3 years.

I moved from Kirkland Washington,
where I had an around the room layout, with 55ft of HO/HOn30 track.

I don't have a layout at my new location yet,
since I have had some problems since I moved in.


Looking forward to "talking" to folks on Freerails.

Chuck Walters


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Hey Chuck

Welcome aboard !

 
Wishing you relief from any problems,

or at least enough to allow doing some trains.  :)


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Thanks Forrest.

Slowly unpacking some treasures.

Not much energy except to faithfully participate in
cardio recovery class and exercise (3x/week).

Just "found" several special engines,
that had been packed away for 4-5 years.
2 HO cog engines, a brass HO Climax etc.


Did a slide show for my recent 80th birthday.
Had to find my dad's slides and mine,
and did from WW2 till about 1968.

Grandkids, especially, loved it.
Great memories.

Enjoy the site.

Chuck


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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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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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Dave

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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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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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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" 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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