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Bob S

A little freelance OO9 project.

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I’ve  built layouts in a number of scales; HO, OO, On30, N, but I always like making the smallest layouts I can get away with!  When I discovered the range of products for OO9, I was hooked.  I’ll try to share my progress in this thread.  All observations are welcome, just be gentle!

 

I decided to use Peco settrack to have curves compatible with a lot of rolling stock.  First step was to use my Anyrail design software to see what size board I was going to need for my concept.   It measured out at 24” by 44”.

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I’m in Southern California, so there isn’t much of an OO9 community to run to rely on, so the internet and YouTube are important sources of info for me.

 

Anyrail can produce 3D renderings of a track plan.  The vertical dimensions seem exaggerated, and the track width seems small, but this is its interpretation.  I’m using this layout to practice hills and rocks modeling techniques, but it won’t be as extreme as this image.

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Software and reality don’t always coincide, so the next step was to test curves, grades and overhead clearances, so I assembled a partial trackage segment.  I’m using Woodland Scenics inclines to maintain a consistent grade. 5% was indicated on Anyrail, so I took a 3% and a 2% incline and combined them.  My test vehicles were a Bachmann Rheneas and a Peco freelance Brake van, and a MinitrainS Gmeinder Diesel and wagon set.  All worked well, each engine pulling 8 of these little cars.  All slipped under the overheads with room to spare.

 

Encouraged by this, the remainder of my trackage is on its way.

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Looks good Bob. I am having a dabble in 009 myself too and it's good to have a change from many years of 00.

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Hey Chris!  I really like your second picture.  Tell me a little; radius of the curve?  Is that one of the Bachmann 2-6-2’s?

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Thanks Bob..it's a 9 inch set track curve with the impulse buy Bachmann Baldwin that started it all. The pic came out really well and my son who built the layout with me has really enjoyed getting involved. Most of the layout is repurposed material from my 00 layout but the track and points are n gauge donated by a friend.

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Very nice!  Speaking of locomotives, I bought the Bachmann “Rheneas” and did a quick conversion.  Sacrilege I know to Thomas fans, but I changed out the smokebox door with a part found on Shapeways.

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19 minutes ago, Bob S said:

Very nice!  Speaking of locomotives, I bought the Bachmann “Rheneas” and did a quick conversion.  Sacrilege I know to Thomas fans, but I changed out the smokebox door with a part found on Shapeways.

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Hello hello, I do believe that that is my design :) delighted to see it being used :) I trust it was all okay?

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Hi Edge!  Yes, that is yours. It fits perfectly, nearly clicks into place.  Can hardly see the seam. Took about four days from order to delivery.  Good stuff.

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I like your plan - very reminiscent of the large Welsh slate quarries, as well as the once-popular "Rabbit Warren" layouts. It'll be a great playground for Skarloey and Rheneas.

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Trainlover, beautiful detailing!

 

Honest Tom, yes rabbit warren is an apt description.  I did change one aspect, making a go-around siding on top.  Here’s an update photo.  The spindly support towers will be replaced with permanent support now that I know clearances are adequate.

 

 

 

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