I'm at the tail end of selling off my HO and have purchased some O
and On30 items. I intend to build a layout, but thought I would join
some groups to see and hear from the "experts". It seems to me that
On30 is for either those who like everything teeny tiny, even though
the O part is a larger scale, or, those who like the basement sized
Colorado Rocky Mountain "high"!
I grew up in Cincinnati, OH, and discovered a narrow gauge line which
had no gold mining, no logging, no coal mining, and no construction
site. The CL&N ran 35+ miles primarily as a commuter line connecting
the farming community of Lebanon, Ohio to the industrial and
commercial centers of Norwood and Cincinnati. They also hauled
freight but, for most of their history, made more money off leased
haulage rights to a standard gauge line than they did on freight
moving on their own line. I have the primary books on the subject and
have researched the history further on line.
What I need help with is conceptualizing how an O sized layout,
versus my former HO, will appear. Guess I have to just jump right in.
I have an L-shaped 3/4 of a basement about 20 x 40. But, for 23
years, I have been going to a friend's house every Friday to operate
on his HO layout, and have built only 1 layout at my own home. Time
to change that.
Will take any suggestions and references.
Dave in Buffalo, NY, USA
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- Sticking to Ohio, the Cincinnati and Eastern ran from
Queensgate to Portsmouth, serving the coal and iron
mines in Adams and Scioto Counties. The Virginia Tech
HTTP://image-base.lib.vt.edu/browse.php has a large
number of photographs in the Norfolk and Western
Collection. This is the Norfolk and Western line. The
Springfield, Jackson and Pomeroy served the iron and
coal mines in Jackson County,OH. Check DT&I sites for
information. The Dayton and Eastern, aka the Dayton
and Southeastern or the Toledo, Cincinnati and St.
Louis, ran from Dayton to Chillicothe OH, then into
Jackson and Wellston, and then by a rather circuitous
routes to a little town called Centre Station in
Lawrence County. Also served iron and coal mines.
The coal is cannel coal, which doesn't make coke, so,
to be accurate, coke ovens aren't appropriate
Other mining activity in the Ohio Valley area east of
Cincinnati consist of an occasional lead/zinc mine,
salt wells, oil wells, bitumen mines (tar and
asphalt), flint clay quarries, sand quarries (a high
grade used in glass-making), limestone quarries, and
clam dredging--they aren't edible, the shells were
used to make mother-of-pearl. With the exception of
the lead mines, lead deposits tending to occur in
faults in dolomite beds, it is possible to fit all of
these activities, and the attendant industries, within
a couple of miles of each other. For example, at one
location, an iron mine produced iron, limestone and
coal from the same pit, while a clay quarry was higher
on the same hill, with charcoal-fired blast furnaces
and brick kilns down at the bottom. Oil was also
brought out of the ground in the same general
Why bother with Colorado when you can stay close to home?
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