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  1. #91
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    Quote Originally Posted by NP2626 View Post
    Possibly HOn3 would also be an option! I sure like Blackstone's prices over any of the Sn3 locomotive manufacturer's prices! However, finding Kit HOn3 might be difficult!
    For some reason I've found HOn3 equipment much harder to work with than N-scale. Blackstone is great. I've got a C-19 and a K-36.

    HOn3 kits abound. One just has to know what to search for. Trout Creek Engineering comes immediately to mind (probably because I knew the founder). Lets see, Labelle (of course), Rio Grande Models, Durango Press, and ummm Myner Models. Probably at least as many more I've not encountered.

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    I was aware of Labelle and Trout Creek Engineering both of which do have a nice inventorys of Narrow Gauge equipment. Also, Rio Grande Models and Durango Press are in my memory; but, I had not visited their websites. Myner Models is something new and interesting. I'd heard of 3D printing companies that will produce your; or, their design parts and that is what Myner does.

    Iron Horseman, once again, Thanks!
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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    I've had a hard time visualizing a layout in my basement capturing the elements I want to incorporate in this layout. I will follow Tony Koester's lead and call the elements Layout Design Elements or LDEs. As of right now, I have the area I could use to make the layout (the walls and restrictions of my basement) drawn onto graph paper with 1/4th inch graduations with highlighted 1 inch blocks. I am using a scale of one inch to the foot, so I've had to graft two sheets together. The sheets are 17" X 22". My basement is 23 feet 8 and 1/4 inches on the Northern, East to West axis, then I have an 11 foot run along the east wall and attaching to this is an 8 foot run, running east to west, again. and along the west wall I have a 14 foot run that I could put a turn back loop on. So, I know how much of the basement is usable for the layout. To help me visualize how to use this space, starting at the south end of the RGS, I have sketched out an LDE for Lizard Head Pass, which has a wye for turning trains with, an LDE for Ophir loop, an LDE for Vance Junction/Ilium with a turn back loop for the Telluride branch and an LDE for the wye and yards at Telluride. There would be a short lead off at Vance Junction. It would be nice to incorporate some storage for trains from the North (Dallas Divide, Ridgeway) here at Vance, as well as from the South (Rico, Dolores and Durango) at Lizard Head. At both Ridgeway and Durango the RGS connected with the Denver & Rio Grande Western Narrow Gauge lines. The RGS was the western side of the Narrow Gauge Loop. I can fit these LDEs together to see how I might be able to use them in the layout. Having made up the LDEs has really helped me see how I might design the layout.
    Last edited by NP2626; 12-02-2017 at 06:11 AM.
    Mark D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NP2626 View Post
    Having made up the LDEs has really helped me see how I might design the layout.
    I agree. I have found the LDEs for layout design are just as useful as John Armstrong's "squares" for track design.

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    I have been able to draw the lower deck of a RGS layout. I need to draw the top deck which would go from Ophir Loop to Lizard Head. Working on drawing this Idea out has brought me to a point where I would consider doing this change, to be a huge mistake for me. Once again I have realized that the HO layout I have in hand is pretty much like the Narrow Gauge I wish I had. Only thing missing is the K-27 and K-36 Mikados and C.. that I love. I am attracted to Sn3 as it is a builders scale. However, the price of Sn3 locos is beyond my retirement income, so as it sits right now, I doubt this change is going to happen. However, my guess is once I lay this idea to rest for this year, it likely will come to a head again in the Fall of 2018, then again in the Fall of 2019, if I'm lucky enough to be around. So, if you will allow me this yearly fall distraction, we might pick up again next Fall. This conversation, in all likelihood, is not dead just slightly dormant!
    Mark D.

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    Northern Pacific, really terrific!

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