I am not forsaking HO scale, but adding a new and exciting chapter to my rail experience.
About a year ago, I started getting the bug to add another small layout, and wanted narrow gauge, but after looking at the very nice models from Blackstone, the sheer small size began to scare me. The Blackstone models are nice and well detailed and I understand that they run flawlessly, but the years are moving on and the use of glasses for close up work is pushing me to model in a larger scale.
The number of new models that seem to be appearing is good news as is the interest in On30. The major player is Bachmann, so I have begun to gather some motive power and freight cars – giving me the motivation to get started on a layout sooner rather than later.
There is a very short shot that I put on YouTube to show my brother on the West Coast my Climax loco. The shot takes place on my HO scale layout, but the foreshortening of the camera on my iPad makes it look just fine! Keep checking back here for more as the layout begins to take shape.
The new layout will be a prequel to the present Joppa Iron Works set somewhere in the 1920’s or earlier. I’d been thinking of the late 1800’s but I want to add vehicles from the teens and twenties.
We’ll see how it works out…