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#1 NINJA

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 18:31

Having been disillusioned with the way British 00 was heading with costs thought I would give US railroading a go, this has proved a winner as I have found obtaining US outline in the UK quite challenging it is back to scratchbuilding and proper modelling.

This is the Weyerhauser factory in one corner.

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#2 NINJA

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 18:36

Sorry, first posting, don't know why it is upside down.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 18:51

Turning my phone over, it looks pretty good! Did you post from an iPad? That often seems to be the cause of inverted photos.
Some more shots of your layout would be good to see.
I quite like the situation with obtaining US models. For the models you really want it's possible to import high quality from the US, but the awkwardness of doing so means that scratchbuilfing and modifying the other stuff becomes a good option, helping to prevent identikit layouts.

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 22:27

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Having been disillusioned with the way British 00 was heading with costs thought I would give US railroading a go, this has proved a winner as I have found obtaining US outline in the UK quite challenging it is back to scratchbuilding and proper modelling.

This is the Weyerhauser factory in one corner.


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#5 DanielB

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:41

Superb modelling sir!

 

For obtaining US models in the UK, there are a good few online and train show suppliers I'd recommend.

 

For HO stuff - Modeljunction.info is great.

 

For scratchbuilding, try Clevermodels.net, TeamTrackModels.com

 

At train shows, try Anorak's Anonymous - DCC fitted locomotives for £42 on average. Freight cars for less than a tenner!

 

Can't go wrong. :)


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Posted 17 October 2017 - 06:48

Having been disillusioned with the way British 00 was heading with costs thought I would give US railroading a go, this has proved a winner as I have found obtaining US outline in the UK quite challenging it is back to scratchbuilding and proper modelling.

Interesting viewpoint. Cost was a similar incentive that set me off in US modelling, although quality was another major factor; back in the early '90s a typical Hornby or Lima diesel had a 2-axle-drive pancake motor, traction tyres, performance to match, stone-age tension-lock couplers, & prices usually double that of US locos that had all-axle drive, flywheels, way better performance, & couplers that were a decent representation of the real thing.
Obtaining them was a bit easier than today in terms of actual shops to buy from (Victors, M.G Sharps, etc) but the Internet has helped enormously since then.
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Posted 17 October 2017 - 11:08

Interesting viewpoint. Cost was a similar incentive that set me off in US modelling, although quality was another major factor; back in the early '90s a typical Hornby or Lima diesel had a 2-axle-drive pancake motor, traction tyres, performance to match, stone-age tension-lock couplers, & prices usually double that of US locos that had all-axle drive, flywheels, way better performance, & couplers that were a decent representation of the real thing.
Obtaining them was a bit easier than today in terms of actual shops to buy from (Victors, M.G Sharps, etc) but the Internet has helped enormously since then.

 

I share your ideas Ninja and Jason but with French trains: high cost (more than English trains), bad quality or problems of quality (in comparison with the Kato HO and N) and the lack of availability.

 

So American trains were an evidence for me. And I continue to like them in several scales: N, HO and O.

 

Nice modelling Ninja.


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#8 NINJA

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 13:24

Another couple of photos, this time out country, I have posted them via an I pad so I am hoping this time they come out right way up.

Thanks for comments, it has be enjoyable changing to model railroading.

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#9 DanielB

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 13:37

Some really great modelling there, Ninja!


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 18:03

Don't rule out buying from other EU countries I've used these two , first one takes a little more effort as there is no english and they send a Paypal invoice back to you to pay with alot of german consumer stuff aswell. https://us-modellbahn.de second link is in english and straight forward http://www.rd-hobby.de I've also used this german Ebayer, good for Walthers buildings and lots of vehicles http://stores.ebay.c...=p2047675.l2563
As for getting stuff from the US I do a big £400 order once a year split between friends, Parcel Force send an advance notice customs invoice which can be payed online or at the local depot(cards accepted unlike RM).

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 09:05

As requested by DanielB, more photos.

 

The one negative I have found with US modelling other than the availability of stock is that unlike our US cousins with their large house and big basements the majority of us have smaller rooms to house our hobby. We can run long trains through all the scenic sections but unable to have a decent fiddle yard to accommodate the length of these consists.

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 14:44

There are ways around this, but they can be hard to pull off well. I've been thinking of a double deck layout but with no room for a helix or downward grade, I've been toying with the idea of a single track staging with train cassettes and just lifting the whole train down to the equivalent staging track on the second deck.

It's not perfect but the benefits outweigh the downsides, I think.
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Posted 22 October 2017 - 16:28

I think even the Americans don't have space to run the huge trains they might like to. Larger than we can manage here, but they'll still have to compromise to a degree when some shortline branch trains can be over 20 cars.
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#14 NINJA

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Posted 16 February 2018 - 12:07

Has anyone been watching Rocky Mountain Railroad on Sky.

Thought I would starting assembling my consist.

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#15 DanielB

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 01:27

Keep the photos coming! :D


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#16 NINJA

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Posted 19 February 2018 - 15:37

Quiet day at the coal loader

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 10:10

Not an Alco but a Barclay

Did any of these cross the pond?20180416_104944.jpg
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:22

Ha ha, someone's got their Scattergun out!! :sarcastichand: no problem - I bet most of us can relate to that, & have more than one area of interest :yes:

I was going to ask how it manages to couple up to those hoppers, but maybe it has NEM mounts? Would make fitting a kadee a doddle ;)

I bet Barclays were exported far & wide, but would any reach the USA, which was 'self sufficient' for locomotives? Be interesting to know!
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 13:47

There is a RSH 0-6-0 preserved at LaGrange in Kentucky. I'm not sure how it got there...

http://eerie-indiana...-museum-la.html
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 19:01

It still has UK buffers and coupling hooks, so it was probably picked up for scrap value or similar.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 22:18

British industrial tank locos are great. Inspired by that very loco at LaGrange, I've been meaning to add a Kerr Stuart Victory to the roster for my O scale US layout.

 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I love your layout. :)



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Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:46

There is a RSH 0-6-0 preserved at LaGrange in Kentucky. I'm not sure how it got there...

http://eerie-indiana...-museum-la.html

Just done some googling - apparently bought for excursion use (along with at least one Mk1!) back in the 1970s...presumably the Mk1 was used as a coupling adapter. ;)

https://flic.kr/p/qtWGDS

 


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 13:53

Just done some googling - apparently bought for excursion use (along with at least one Mk1!) back in the 1970s...presumably the Mk1 was used as a coupling adapter. ;)https://flic.kr/p/qtWGDS


Probably this one. Another two are at Standish, Michigan.

http://www.cs.vintag...fo.asp?Ref=1596
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 15:32

Probably this one. Another two are at Standish, Michigan.

http://www.cs.vintag...fo.asp?Ref=1596

From the info there - doing an image search on 'Boyne Valley Railroad' gets you lots of images of the wrong trains in the wrong scenery. ;)