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    • December 6, 2019 7:19 PM EST
    • Bill Barnwell said:

      Interesting, but found that some of it's parts are shared by Bachmann's Connie which is suppose to be 7/8

      I don't think so.  It's a 1:20.3 model loosely based on a 2' gauge ouside-frame loco.  Yes, rubber ruler, but not 7/8ths.


      The One20point3 group is alive and well.  It just moved to due to the demise of Yahoo groups.


      There are 2 active Facebook groups that I know of, but as you hate them I won't tell you any more.

    • December 6, 2019 6:48 PM EST
    • Bill:


      I would appreciate it if you could share which F scale forum(s) that you would post this question on.  Other than Facebook (I hate FB) I have not been successful in locating such a forum that is reasonably active. 



    • December 6, 2019 5:36 PM EST
    • I agree, but I was thinking of posting something on f scale forum, and they are so picky and get piss off if it isn't 1/20th, think I'll just pass, I'm not a rivet counter

    • December 6, 2019 5:20 PM EST
    • Nobody ever accused Bachmann (among others) of using the rubber ruler.  


      The usual "if it looks good to you" or "from 10ft away" may apply, it does for me.

    • December 6, 2019 4:28 PM EST
    • Interesting, but found that some of it's parts are shared by Bachmann's Connie which is suppose to be 7/8

    • December 6, 2019 3:09 PM EST
    • It's a decent 1:22.5 scale model of the ET&WNC 4-6-0 #123 that is still operating.




    • December 6, 2019 12:59 PM EST
    • About 1:22.5 AFAIK



    • December 6, 2019 12:28 PM EST
    • So what scale is Bachmann's 4-6-0 Big Hauler?


    • December 6, 2019 12:23 PM EST
    • Nice kit bash, most of my stuff is also kit bashed as when I started in G there wasn't any American stuff, I've got one of those 2080's and was going to use the drive for my Mason Bogie but also had a beat up spreewald so I used the drive out of that instead, Bill

    • December 6, 2019 11:02 AM EST
    • Very nice conversion.


      I have looked at 7/8ths but as above, a bit too much 1:20.3.  In anything larger I am drooling at 2.5" scale.  Three foot narrow gauge running on 7.5" spaced track. 

      Maxitrak and Accucraft have some offerings that for that scale are reasonable in price. 

    • December 6, 2019 10:54 AM EST
    • I am very interested, but too deeply entrenched in 1:20 and lack the time to scratch build everything. I've been watching your 7/8's posts in the past and love whet Eric Schade has done modeling the Maine Two Footers.  I thing Shawn V. has at least some 7/8's stuff.  If you can find any of the very old threads, Bart Salmons was building logging and coal hauling equipment in 7/8's before he moved to smaller scales and cosplay.

    • December 6, 2019 10:28 AM EST
    • Let's see a show of hands. How many members here dabble in 7/8" scale?

      Except for a few locomotives and a handful of cars all my 1:20.3 builds and rolling stock and I have parted ways. The entire collection was sold to a good friend of mine.

      It was time for a new interest.

      I am a member of the 7/8"s forum, The SE Lounge.

      Latest project was a converted LGB 2-6-2.





    • December 2, 2019 3:23 PM EST
    • Mark Hadler said:

      Here's what YouTube finds for rod stewart model train


      We seen all of them, but it not the vedio one he had a few years ago running Steam Trains. It was a video running thru the maze of track in his city yard. Lots and lots of detail of the city in background. Must of got pulled off. 






    • December 1, 2019 4:53 PM EST
    • There use to be, a few years ago on you-tube, a video of his layout running Steam Trains. They were showing Trains going thru the maze of track of the high rise city main yard. Must of been taken off and not able to find them again.

    • November 30, 2019 6:29 PM EST
    • Our little podunk newspaper in Oregon had this story a couple of days ago but no pictures, WOW!!!

    • November 30, 2019 2:23 PM EST
    • Pete,

      I am glad I gave up UK railway modelling, my bank balance wouldn't support it these days.    I sold a lot of UK OO and French and German HO in 2003 which went towards the purchase of my first computer in 2003.   The computer led me to Bachmann US initially and then to Aristocraft.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Whilst I was sad to see Aristo shut their doors I have to admit my stock holding of Aristo has only increased by three cars since then -  I already had more than enough.    RM, without doubt, is the best UK model railroad magazine for the smaller scales as you know.  The only US magazines I buy are Classic Trains and their special issues, great for US railroading history.

    • November 30, 2019 12:11 PM EST
    • I have asked my sister-in-law to include a copy of Railway Modeller with her Xmas goodie parcel (mince pies, etc.) I also bought last January's issue of RM, to read about Jools Holland's empire, from an online source -  Quite a fun read, but get this - the magazine has 42 pages of adverts in the front and 30 pages in the back - over 70 pages of advertising for UK train suppliers.  The variety of models in OO/HO is mind-boggling.  There's even a supplier of O scale UK trains.  Maybe it's time I went back to UK modelling. . .

    • November 24, 2019 9:41 PM EST
    • Succeeded at drilling and tapping holes.  Needed to get my welding done when friend was available.  Realized I would have been better to tap the holes and mount the mounts before welding them to the boiler.  However, I got it complete.  I was apprehensive about drilling and taping in solid bar of the end piece of the frame, but it worked.  Moving on to next part of project.  

    • November 24, 2019 1:25 PM EST
    • I'm not a machinist either, but have had a lot of success taping both plastics and steel.  So long as you make sure you have the correct size drill bit, a good sharp tap, a quality handle and lots of cutting oil, things work out nicely. Its extremely satisfying the first time you threa a bolt into a hole you tapped yourself