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    Why is this scale for the "rich" only it seems? I see more and more kits, rolling stock and lokeys being offered, but all of it seems out of reach for most of us. One of my favorite daydreams is having about a 2,000 sq. ft. building and an unlimited account at P.B.L. so I could model the NPC. Think this scale will reach "saturation" and maybe the prices will come down? Oh well, guess I'll dream on for now.......(and keep buying those lotto tickets!)

  • #2
    Ahhhh, so you stare glassy-eyed at the ads, too, huh?

    I think Sn3 is "for the rich only" because when it comes to that scale and gauge, PBL is about the only game in town. Otherwise, it's mostly a scratchbuilder's game. So they can pretty well control the prices. But Sn3 has such a relatively small following (unlike HO) that PBL commissions and imports only small quantities of their Korean handmade lokies and cars. That also keeps the prices up.

    I'd probably switch to Sn3 in a flash but their stuff is just way beyond the reach of this old guy. (Actually I could afford to buy it, but then I'd have to worry that there was no money for my funeral after my wife killed me )

    Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.


    • #3

      I've been bitten by the Sn3 bug myself. The only real expense are the locomotives. PBL's run from around $750-$1500, but you can also get locomotive kits from Railmaster for around $495.00 to their ready to run from $995.00. You can also find used brass locomotives for a reasonable price, (I picked up an Overland Models, C&S #70 for $595.00 a few years back).

      As for the freight cars, PBL car kits go from $30.00 to $45.00 But when you consisder that there will be maybe 20 to 30 cars on a layout versus 100+ for the average HO layout, the cost per layout is roughly the same. You can even take the HO MDC old-time cars and convert them to Sn3, with a little work. The same can be done to just about any HO locomotive.

      In my humble opinion if someone is interested in modeling narrow gauge railroads then Sn3 deserves a serious look.

      Dan Raitz

      Happiness begins with dessert.


      • #4
        Well............maybe a diorama to start if I find a deal on a few Sn3 cars. Hey Dan, congrats on that fine looking loco in MR!


        • #5
          Bucks, if you keep past issues of MR, Steve Anderson has an article on his bedroom-sized Sn3 layout in the Feb 2000 issue.

          Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have a railroad to run.