Leaving N scale and moving to HO

Colonel Jan 27, 2013

  1. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    I think any kind of layout change is a good way to get re-inspired about trains, whether it's, the scale time period, or locale. It's all trains so it must ok. :)

    I was sort of curious why you wouldn't explore HO scale steam on this layout. Small steam switchers are where HO scale gets really fun. Come to think of it diesel critters are fun too. But you can actually fit sound into them in ho. Have you seen Bachmanns new 4-4-0?
     
  2. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have never been a real steam fan however I may just buy one steam switcher at some stage
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have a feeling the 4-4-0 is a bit too early for the time frame he prefers to model.
     
  4. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    True Ken but you never know I may need to switch a rail fanning train passing through lol yeah yeah I did say I am limiting myself to ten locos
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Then you'll need some excursion cars to match, and then, and....
     
  6. Brian K

    Brian K TrainBoard Member

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    ...then there goes that 10 engine limit he set.... ;)

    Brian
     
  7. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Well u might be right lol maybe 15 locos lol
     
  8. scopewime

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    We unsterstand and are patient.
    IMHO - You will have as much locos as your budget will allow - quiet :closedmouth:

    I thought of myself NOT to go for more than 4 engines...right now I own already

    1 - a N&W 4-8-2 mountain K2 (DCC/sound)
    2 - a Spectrum 2-8-0 to be altered and repainted
    3 - a Roundhouse 2-8-0 build and kitbashed to a N&W Class W2
    4 - a brass 0-6-0 to be painted and equiped with sound/DCC

    and you notice, there the limit ...is... gone -

    5 - a Bowser kit 2-8-2 Pennsy L1s still in the box awaitung build up and finally (nooooo )
    6 - a spectrum 4-4-0 recently to get some passenger service....

    BUT still there are rumours in my head about some more "must haves" in terms of locos (a 2-6-0 or 4-6-0 ...perhaps a 2-6-6-2 ?!?).

    Greetings scopewime
     
  9. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Exactly. A future quote from his wallet: "ouch!"
     
  10. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    The only explanation needed for a train on your layout, "I like it." End of story.
     
  11. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I am already building my wish list let me see gp7, gp9, gp 15 I want MoPac and Texmex
     
  12. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    oops. been doing that a lot lately.
    :)
     
  13. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    hmmm... no Alco, Sd's, or SW's?

    Ok, your prototype didn't have them huh?
     
  14. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    No sd but it did have sw lol the roster is growing and I haven't even started yet
     
  15. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    ahhh... but a track from another line to hide a transfer run on with an SD could be an added touch.
     
  16. SleeperN06

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    High Guys I see a lot here posting that I remember from n scale. I’ve been thinking about making a change myself because of my eyes, but I just don’t have much room. I’ve wanted to buy a small starter set with some track to get a better idea of what’s required for space and I don’t want something that so cheap and riddled with problems that I end up discouraged.


    Could someone recommend a Passenger set that’s not too expensive just in case I can’t make it work for me in my space?
     
  17. BarstowRick

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    Johnny,

    What I'd recommend are the older Blue Box, Athearn passenger cars purchased individually or in sets. You should be able find these floating around at the swapmeets. Bonus, easy to install Kadee #5 knuckle couplers. The heavyweights are of the three axle per truck variety. The Streamliners are interesting and make for a decent passenger train. Downside, Athearn used size compression to shorten these up. Upside, they will run on 18" radius track. Something, you will no doubt be looking into.
     
  18. SleeperN06

    SleeperN06 TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks Rick, I think i do a little looking around on eBay right now
     
  19. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    ok in HO what does this mean? DCC Quick-Plug equipped

    Can i plug in a DCC decoder with sound easily?
     
  20. Brian K

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    DCC Quick plug means that the decoder does not have to have a pig tail attached. Unlike N decoders that generally have to replace the entire board, these are wired to the board for quick change between the DC plug and the decoder. Here's a picture of the quick plug in an Athearn Genesis SD60M:

    http://www.tcsdcc.com/public_html/C.../HO_Scale/Athearn/Genesis SD60M/SD60M (7).JPG

    Can't help on the Sound portion yet, but my plan is to use the Soundtrax Tsunami decoders which replaces the entire pc board.

    Brian
     

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