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    • January 5, 2020 11:09 AM EST
    • The New Tank at Linville.

      Dewey and Raylan inspect the new water tank at the Linville Depot site on the ET &WNC R.R.. Well its not leaking and holds water well.

      Number 11 will get a drink soon……when these guys quit mugging for the camera.

      These overall shots show the empty lot where the Linville Depot will go and there is a definite need to plant trees to get ……..

      to this look that I am trying to achieve.

      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • January 3, 2020 9:47 AM EST
    • Mick Benton said:


      Thanks for getting the photo to show up. Tis' appreciated.  Doc Tom

    • January 1, 2020 8:00 PM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      So Doc, did you get enough track for the entire layout?  Cool!  If you get a chance, could you take an overall shot, showing the track on the LDE track plan?  Very impressed with your ideas.  


      I have been buying track for each individual LDE. I have all the track in for the Linville LDE which is at the far right of the track plan I sent earlier above. Here is the current LDE in the picture below. Doc Tom

    • January 1, 2020 7:56 PM EST
    • Ric Golding said:

      So Doc, did you get enough track for the entire layout?  Cool!  If you get a chance, could you take an overall shot, showing the track on the LDE track plan?  Very impressed with your ideas.  




    • January 1, 2020 7:52 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Give that man a beer, it’s hot out   Great photos, Doc. 

      Thanks Dan. Geraldo is getting thirsty. Not doing anything sure can wear a fella out. Doc Tom

    • January 2, 2020 3:32 PM EST
    • I would hate to know that you spent countless hours scratch-building some beautiful cars that you discover that you cannot use because the overhang is too much on the curves.

    • January 2, 2020 7:58 AM EST
    • Good point David. Another very good reason to use the short coupler and move the trucks out board.

    • January 2, 2020 6:32 AM EST
    • Devon, my question. If the trucks are that far back from the car ends, the swing on the curves would be rather large, especially on tight curves. Have you tried running the cars coupled together through your tightest curve?

      One of the modules in the NMRA group has unusable sidings, because the curves are so tight, that cars cannot negotiate the curves while coupled to another car.

    • January 1, 2020 10:07 PM EST
    • I will be honored. Go for it.

    • January 1, 2020 9:30 PM EST
    • Jim,


      I am pretty sure I am safe in assuming that you will consider it a complement if I copy these cars in half the size. They surely are perfect. Better than what I had in my mind being side dump instead of belly dump. You shared them with me before and I forgot about them. But they really are just about the right deal for the car I am after.

    • January 1, 2020 9:22 PM EST
    • Jim, I love those ore cars. I plan to build a few of those here soon. Sorry, Devon, didn’t mean to derail your thread. Back to the regularly scheduled programming 

    • January 1, 2020 8:04 PM EST
    • Just in case, here's my build log [link]


    • January 1, 2020 7:49 PM EST
    • And you have a real nice, detailed build log for reference too. 

    • January 1, 2020 6:38 PM EST
    • Jim, I really like those cars. And I have some options now. With the short couplers I can move the wheels out. Also I was intrigued by the side dump of these cars and mine were going to be belly dump. But if I go side dump then the trucks can be closer together as well as closer to the ends if I wish like you have them on that car. And with side dump it would work better for the concentrator that these will dump into. So that's a win win. Shorten the overall height of the hopper and narrow the whole car a bit and if need be lengthen it and I think I will have it. I will use those pictures and basically divide by two the dimensions you have give or take.

    • January 1, 2020 5:04 PM EST
    • Wait, you don't have a thumb growing out of your forehead, Devon? Weird.


      I went and took a few measurements of my hoppers, just in case it is useful to you. I was thinking 1:24 scale when I built it so you can convert these using 1/2" to a foot. That means these are really short: 18 feet. That turns out to be perfect for the ore loading area in the mine.



      The 1.5" difference between overall (wood, not counting couplers) length means that the platforms on each end are 3/4" each.



      Sorry I didn't annotate this, but the height of the wood part of the car is 3.25".


      Note that I'm also using Kadee short couplers. Clearance there is no problem based on the 2.5" distance from the car end to the coupler centers.


      IMHO I made these cars a bit too wide. They are the widest thing on my pike so far, particularly when you add the brass door close/open mechanisms which adds another 1/4"  on each side (or so).


      [edited to add the height of the car]

    • January 1, 2020 4:52 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said: Sorry man, what can I say, I just can't get into 4 wheel cars.

      Oh well, I'll still admit in public that I know you.

    • January 1, 2020 4:49 PM EST
    • Using the HO couplers makes it so you can you can move the wheels out further that's for sure because they fit nicely between the wheels. I am going to mess with the O scale shorties but if that still doesn't work then maybe go the HO route.


      As to picking on your post. Sorry man, what can I say, I just can't get into 4 wheel cars. Again no judgement if its your thing. Someone has to dance with the ugly girls. . .. Please take this in the good natured ribbing its meant in. I really have no judgement for what others do. I am sure 99% of what I do people look at me like I have a thumb growing out of my forehead. We all have to do what makes us happy, we re the ones playing with our trains, that kinda makes us all a little odd. . .grown men obsessed with toys.

    • January 1, 2020 4:33 PM EST
    • Glad y'all enjoyed my post I actually do have a number of trucked On30 cars. Most are quite small compared to commercial models based on 3ft equipment. Mine are built to fit the "loading gauge" of the tackle box inserts they are kept in.

      Therefore my On30 most likely has a rather different look from what you are going for, Devin.

      Most have Kadee HO arch bar trucks with 36 inch passenger car wheels & some of the larger cars do indeed have Bachmann On30 trucks, sometimes with other-than-stock wheels.


      For couplers on cars the old out of production Kadee HO scale #4 had been used, & without centering springs. That makes them a bit floppy, makes them have lots of slack action, and makes them able to go around the couple of streetcar radius curves, after all, this outfit was originally a narrow gauge traction line.

      Other cars and locomotives have various long shank HO couplers, again without the centering springs.

      Most of the trucked boxcars have Athearn HO car frames as their core, some AHM.









    • January 1, 2020 12:20 PM EST
    • ok, I'll come out of the closet and.... admit... that I don't like 4 wheeled cars either. Sob. Great that you have some shorty Kadee couplers. Will help a lot.


      [edited to fix a typo]