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    Hello everyone,

    I just happened across this site tonight while surfing. I've been through all of the On30 posts and thought I'd introduce myself. I've been RRing for 25 years and On30ing for 4. Just recently I got enough space, time and money to build a large (for me anyway) layout. It's 2ft x 8 ft and is my first attempt at O scale as well as handlaying track. I guess for it's size it qualifies for the challenge! The layout is set in the pacific northwest and is based on (or blatently copied from!) Lennart Elgs' portable logging layout. Track planning is not my strong suit!

    http://w1.854.telia.com/~u85436044/portable.html

    Motive power currently consists of a Bmann shay,and 2 0-4-2 porters. I have 2 of the Bmann 0-6-0 saddle tanks awaiting the conversion kits to 2-6-0's with tenders from Backwoods that I'll be getting for my birthday. All will be DCC equipped with sound in the shay and possibly in the 2-6-0's as well.

    So far the benchwork has been built and the track is down. I'm awaiting some connectors to finish the wiring, and then it's time for the first train to move under it's own power. I can't wait.

    Cheers

    Steve
    Cheers,

    Steve

    San Juan Lumber Company

    Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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    Welcome on board the Railroad-Line Steve. Good to have you. Sounds like your off to a good start in On30 and you'll have a lot of company around here. Don't hesitate to ask questions and join in on any of the discussions as everyone is welcome.

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    • #3

      Steve,

      I want to welcome you too. It is always good to have another On30er on board. I like your track plan. I will be watching your progress.

      I have only recently started thinking On30. I am in the process of acquiring some rolling stock as well as some structures. Feel free to join in. I need all the help I can get.

      I still model HO as well. I should be able to keep busy & stay out of trouble.

      I do have a question. You mentioned something about tenders from Backwoods Miniatures. I am also planning on buying their 2-6-0 conversion kit. I did not see tenders offered. Where on their website do I find them?

      Thanks. Looking forward to your input.

      Paul B

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      • #4
        Welcome Steve,

        That's a great track plan.

        I hope those connectors arrive for you soon.

        Cheers

        Barry

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by On30fan


          Hello everyone,

          I just happened across this site tonight while surfing. I've been through all of the On30 posts and thought I'd introduce myself. I've been RRing for 25 years and On30ing for 4. Just recently I got enough space, time and money to build a large (for me anyway) layout. It's 2ft x 8 ft and is my first attempt at O scale as well as handlaying track. I guess for it's size it qualifies for the challenge! The layout is set in the pacific northwest and is based on (or blatently copied from!) Lennart Elgs' portable logging layout. Track planning is not my strong suit!

          http://w1.854.telia.com/~u85436044/portable.html

          Motive power currently consists of a Bmann shay,and 2 0-4-2 porters. I have 2 of the Bmann 0-6-0 saddle tanks awaiting the conversion kits to 2-6-0's with tenders from Backwoods that I'll be getting for my birthday. All will be DCC equipped with sound in the shay and possibly in the 2-6-0's as well.

          So far the benchwork has been built and the track is down. I'm awaiting some connectors to finish the wiring, and then it's time for the first train to move under it's own power. I can't wait.

          Cheers

          Steve


          Steve,
          Post some photos if you have any. We would love to see them.

          Paul

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          • #6
            Welcome Steve.

            Even though you're from the 'wrong side of the tracks',(On30) .

            I'm the chief cook and bottle-washer on this outfit as you will see by the morning posts. I'm also a [:-bigmouth][:-bigmouth][:-bigmouth]. Please feel free to ask any questions or jump in on any thread as we love input and sharing around here. It's the way we get by. Some of us, at least I know I am, shameless plagerizers of other folks work but, Hey, if you see something you like, do it. We don't patent anything around here.

            Have a good one.

            JR

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            • #7
              Steve,

              Welcome to the RR-L. Like the others have said, it's great to have another On30 aboard. Nice track plan. Please feel free to jump in the discussions. With four years in On30, you'll be one of the old hands. We like a lot of pictures. There's a tutorial in the Photography forum of how to post pictures directly from your hard drive.

              Again..welcome

              Jim

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              • #8
                Steve , welcome to our Forum and to the On30 section .A good number of us currently are into HO with On30 as a special project .Most of us have recently picked up on the interest and excitement with On30 .With 4 years On30ing you are a veteran !One of the threads is a ' guideline ' to On30 mrring . Please feel free to add your thoughts to it and also post pictures of your layout if you can .The wharf scene and track plan look very interesting .

                Were you referring to suitcase connectors that you are waiting for ?

                TERRY

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                • #9
                  Wow thanks for the welcome guys!

                  Paul B: Backwoods doesn’t sell the tenders, I wish they would! I found an article in the Nov 2002 Gazette by Allen Littlefield using an MDC old timer tender on a BVM gondola frame to make the tender.

                  Terry: I looked for the suitcase connectors, went to every hardware, home improvement, and auto parts store in the area and didn’t find any. I did hear of a thing called posi-taps which let you hook up to 4 18AWG feeders into one tap point. Not a bad price 40 for $30 but that works out to 160 of them since you can put multiple wires in it.

                  The layout is kind of boring right now with no scenery, but I’ll get some pics and post them up.
                  Cheers,

                  Steve

                  San Juan Lumber Company

                  Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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                  • #10
                    Steve , 3-M makes the suitcase connectors if you need them in the future . In Canada the local Building Box carried a different brand name and I got them for about 45cents apiece . The July MR has pictures of the connectors and there are different sizes depending on what gauges of wire are being spliced ( I have 14ga main buss and 18ga feeders )

                    TERRY

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                    • #11
                      For some reason I couldn't find them at home depot and the guy at radio shack gave me a strange look and mumbled sonething about a cell phone. I eventually found them online at mouser electronics, but I decided to give these other things a try. They're designed for automotive use and have been getting pretty good reviews in the auto press. Once I get them I'll post a review on how well they work.
                      Cheers,

                      Steve

                      San Juan Lumber Company

                      Niagara Frontier Traction Company

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                      • #12
                        Whatever works , Steve . Too bad about your little buying experience . Our Home Depot here is very good with knowledgeable people but is quite a bit further away than the Building Box ( now RONA ...a Canadian Company ) . At the B.B. the guy gave me a strange look as well but I knew what I wanted and finally helped him find it .

                        Let us know how you make out with what you are using ...we welcome other ideas , it's nice to have choices .Maybe even take some pics if you can .

                        TERRY

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