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New On30 material in MRR Planning 2009

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  • John Stokes
    Just a teaser, sorry, it is about On2 1/2. Iain Rice has a nice article and a plan for a 10 x 15 layout. The title is Bigger Trains in less space, and has a
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 5, 2009
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      Just a teaser, sorry, it is about On2 1/2. Iain Rice has a nice article and a plan for a 10 x 15 layout. The title is "Bigger Trains in less space," and has a good discussion of the merits of designing a layout with "the currently available equipment in O scale to run on HO gauge track," a gauge "known as On2 1/2 (also called On30)," which he described as "a bit narrow for three-foot-gauge trains, and a bit wide for the Maine two-footers."

      Hey, at least the term On30 crept into an MR publication. I personally think the others should be called On36 and On24 to be consistent with our On30, but as they say, consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds (a convenient saying when you just want to be contrary).

      Seriously, the article, with his commentary on the contrasts often between American and British approaches to layout design and such, plus the track plan, is well worth the 7 bucks for the mag, and the other layouts are fun to think about.The On30 (oops, a slip) is focused on a Maine type freelanced layout, something popular here and in GB, but with ideas that could be used in another setting.

      John Stokes
      Bellevue, WA


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