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    I was thinking about doing something really different from what I have always done. I have a really nice finished HO standard gauge layout done, operates great, looks good, does everything I have always wanted to do. But it is done and I want to build again. I had planned on moving by now but it looks like we will be in the house we are at for a while, and I don't think I can just sit back and not build a layout. so I am considering tearing it down and starting a On30 layout.

    I was going to do an On30 layout set in the same region as my HO but today something caught my eye and I started think "what if". What if I model a fictional branch line of a railroad in Mexico. I have been to Mexico a few times and some other Latin American countries and I have always felt that I was stepping into a time machine, in some parts of Mexico time just seems to stand still. I also love the way they just "make do".

    I work for a company that builds oleochemical plants all over the world. I was working in Honduras for a while and we were at a point where it was time to pour the footings for a section of the plant. When I checked back on what the progress was I saw that they were mixing the concrete in batches on the side of the road with a shovel and men were carrying it to where it needed to be poured in buckets and wheel barrows. I took a picture because I could not believe it. Later a core sample of that footing looked like a layer cake except the layers were seperated by sand and not frosting, needless to say that the footing never passed inspection. that kind of thing is exactly the charm of Mexico and Latin America that is perfect for a narrow gauge RR.

    I have not decided on anything yet but I am playing around with plans and if I find one I like it might just be the end for my HO layout.

    Someone of reason my just want to talk me out of this now......anyone.

  • #2
    Coaltrain:

    Welcome to the dark side of ON30 ...

    Honduras could be very interesting:


    Tom M.

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    • #3
      Hi, (sorry, I couldn't find your name)

      Looked at your current layout room plan and see it takes up much of the room.

      I might be hesitant to tear it ALL down, maybe Roda and rework the rest so you can run HO occasionally.

      Then I would consider designing a modular On30 layout.

      If you're planning a move in the future, you can take it with you if it isn't finished. (or even if it is)

      There's been a lot posted on the forum about making lightweight modules lately.

      You won't be disappointed with On30 and a Mexico theme could add some real 'spice' to it. 8D
      Dave Mason
      On30Kits.com

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      • #4
        Coaltrain,

        That is a GORGEOUS layout you have! It would be a shame if you torn it down. Is there nowhere in the house to put another layout? Perhaps even a module? I am sure you could find another place to squeeze in a module for now..

        Have you seen Malcolm Furlow's Hat Canyon scene? It is a bit too much of a caricature but it does have a great theme and that rickety broke-down, fly by the seat of your pants, feel to it.

        Arthur
        Arthur

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        • #5
          coaltrain,

          You may want to build an on30 micro layout to test the waters. There was a very nice thread on a micro layout using Honduras as a theme within the last 9 months. I tried to find the thread, maybe someone else remembers.

          Good luck.

          Larry

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          • #6
            Larry,

            Is this the link you were thinking of ..

            http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=22912

            Haiti ... but certaining excellant food for thought ...
            Tom M.

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            • #7
              Coaltrain,

              It's always a tough decision to dismantle something like a layout. There are many hours there, probably a lot of achievements (clearly, there are on your great layout). I've just done this with my partly done Sn3 layout, and despite the fact that it was by far less finished than yours, it took me almost three years to really decide myself to do it.

              I think you should in a first time either follow Larry's or Arthur's advice. Build something new but not destroy what you have. Then you'll have a better idea of whether you're really crazy or not.

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Tommatthews


                Larry,

                Is this the link you were thinking of ..

                http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=22912

                Haiti ... but certaining excellant food for thought ...


                No wonder I could not find the thread, I had the wrong country :erm: :erm:

                Thanks Tom

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                • #9
                  Interesting operations:

                  http://www.rypn.org/RyPN/articles/vi...1114020646.txt

                  A big headlight centered on the front of the smokebox is the stereotype in my mind of Mexican steam. The B-Mann outside frame 2-8-0 has always looked "Mexican" to me.

                  I would also suggest building a module or switching layout first, but logic doesn't have anything to do with it. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    Or Costa Rica...3 1/2 foot gauge...point to point, no turning facilites, just run arounds on either end...arch bar trucks on the yellow caboose..old coaches, EMD G8 (?)

                    This was February 2008. Everyone else on the train was hot(no air conditioning...) and "sea sick" (The track could have used some work) but I was like a kid in the candy store...





                    Don Miller

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                    • #11
                      thanks for some reason. I am going to start with a small module to test some scenery and structure modeling to see if I like it. If I did make the switch it will be a while.

                      My layout will be 10 years old this fall. It has been fun but there really is nothing to do on it. I have all the structures done, the scenery is done, I have all the locomotives I need and more than enough freight cars. I have rebuild some scenes already, changed the engine terminal, replaces structures, replaces freight cars with better ones. Now all there is to do is up keep.

                      There have been many layouts larger than mine that the owners took down so they can do something different, some are rather well known. I would love to keep the layout and just build a new one some place else but layouts don't lend to being able to "collect" them, unless I had a lot more money and space.

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                      • #12
                        Coaltrain,

                        You could try selling it on ebay.. you would get money for it and you'd know that it exists somewhere and that someone is enjoying it, at the very least...

                        Not sure if you build your layout as a standalone or if it is attached to the walls, but maybe there is a way to divide it up so you can ship it out of there or it could be picked up.

                        Arthur
                        Arthur

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                        • #13
                          Also, I myself don't have very much space and I am only working on one 3 x 6 module for now, albeit very slowly.

                          Arthur
                          Arthur

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                          • #14
                            I don't know if I could get it out of that room in pieces. there is only one section that is removable and that is the yard section.

                            the big problem is the backdrop, it is part of the wall.

                            I have a friend that said he would be willing to take it, but like I said, I am not sure it could be taken down and saved.

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                            • #15
                              Coaltrain- WOW! I'd be hard pressed to take that one apart. That said, it's always fun & challenging to try something new.

                              I moved to the "darkside" of On30. I had modeled HO contemporary era; sold everything (28 engines, 450+ cars) including vehicles and what structures I could salvage- on eBay and my local swapmeet. Didn't do too badly -[:-piggy] but the benefits, real fun and savings have come from numerous angles:

                              1) bigger scale= easier for 56 year old eyes & fingers dealing with neuritis.

                              2) bigger scale- more room for detail.

                              3) Focus: I went from the roster mentioned (with at least "one of everything") to 8 engines, 80 cars- to model "mainline narrow gauge" in 1953 Colorado.

                              4) Now that I'm moving residences, I will be able to either keep that theme, or have a smaller layout- using the same equipment. No downsizing to 4-axle diesels & 40' cars, etc. as I would have done in HO.

                              Take many pictures of the old layout for the fond memories [:-brokenheart], and go for it ! And then include pics for all of us
                              Mike

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