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    • July 23, 2013 3:28 PM EDT
      • Austin, Arkansas
         
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      Going back to the AML 1:29 stock cars, this is what I ended up with so far:

       

       


      I think the Aristo Mikado is also 1:29 but I don't remember the scale of the USA caboose (but it looks good to me). I usually run the USA cabooses with LGB Moguls because I like them better than the LGB Bobber cabooses. If I had an Aristo D&RGW Long Steel Caboose I would run that but I don't happen to have one in D&RGW (except an Aristo D&RGW bobber caboose).


      I think the caboose is USA but it might be Delton.

       

      When it comes to cabooses I buy the ones I like the best regardless of scale.




      It looks like I am going to have a D&RGW Stock Car Train. 

       


      Jerry

       



      This post was edited by Jerry McColgan at July 23, 2013 4:52 PM EDT
    • July 23, 2013 4:56 PM EDT
      • Warwick, RI
         
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      Jerry McColgan said:

      Going back to the AML 1:29 stock cars, this is what I ended up with so far:

       

       

       



      That looks good.

    • August 3, 2013 11:45 AM EDT
      • Large Curmudgeon, Ft Gay, WV
         
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      We have discussed much lately regarding scale and gauge and other intricate things. The West Virginia & Kentucky (v 3.5) is built using a 1:20.3 ruler, that being said, I really don't pay much attention to it after that. (I actually think like Ric that I am more towards a 1:21.43567895673 scale cept that since I build most things, I don't have a mixture of manufactuers/scales)

       

      In the past I have endeavored to construct 'museum type' models that overall turn out to be quite delicate when handled and operated therefore like Bob has mentioned I have gone to an "Operations Quality" frame of mind, since that is the ultimate goal of the line, to run like a prototypical railroad.  I don't need opening doors on boxcars and I don;t need interiors in cabins (WV&K speak for caboose) and passenger cars.  I do tend to go a little bit overboard on locomotive details, but they are of a different mindset anyways.  I go for simple rugged connstructioon that will allow the viewer to see....yep thats a boxcar....and it doesn't bother me that there are no rivets on the EBT steel cars.  Its nice to know that in the event that it falls from the 24" high benchwork into the grass....I can generally just pick it back up and put it on the tracks with no harm done.....or if I'm in a hurry to get things put away after dark with a thunderstorm rolling in, I can be a bit less careful than normal

       

      When I look at my railroad....thats what I see.....I don;t think of it as a particular scale or gauge combination.....its just My Railroad, and what will be .....will be.......

       

       

      This post was edited by Bart Salmons at August 3, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
    • August 3, 2013 11:54 AM EDT
    • Jerry McColgan said:

      Going back to the AML 1:29 stock cars, this is what I ended up with so far:

       

       

       

      When it comes to cabooses I buy the ones I like the best regardless of scale.



       


      Jerry

       




      Those stock cars look sweet...I rarely see them modeled beyond my own.


      Always knew that LGB caboose was a monster...As big as my 1:20.3 stuff!  

    • August 3, 2013 11:57 AM EDT
    • Bart Salmons said:

      SNIP...

       

      In the past I have endeavored to construct 'museum type' models that overall turn out to be quite delicate when handled and operated therefore like Bob has mentioned I have gone to an "Operations Quality" frame of mind, since that is the ultimate goal of the line, to run like a prototypical railroad.  I don't need opening doors on boxcars and I don;t need interiors in cabins (WV&K speak for caboose) and passenger cars.  I do tend to go a little bit overboard on locomotive details, but they are of a different mindset anyways.  I go for simple rugged connstructioon that will allow the viewer to see....yep thats a boxcar....

       

      When I look at my railroad....thats what I see.....I don;t think of it as a particular scale or gauge combination.....its just My Railroad, and what will be .....will be.......

       

       


      Well put...Definitely the way I have moved with my builds...And even then I manage to break 'em!

    • August 3, 2013 2:43 PM EDT
      • Burke, Virginia
         
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      Bart Salmons said:

      We have discussed much lately regarding scale and gauge and other intricate things. The West Virginia & Kentucky (v 3.5) is built using a 1:20.3 ruler, that being said, I really don't pay much attention to it after that. (I actually think like Ric that I am more towards a 1:21.43567895673 scale cept that since I build most things, I don't have a mixture of manufactuers/scales)

      ...SNIP....

      It's just a shame that you don't adhere to the "true" scale of 1:21.43567895673789234891234.

      I never thought that you would ignore accuracy just to build a model that's only accurate to eleven digits. 

      This post was edited by Bruce Chandler at August 3, 2013 2:44 PM EDT
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    • August 4, 2013 11:34 AM EDT
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      Jerry,

       

      Your you tube post has a cute screw up in it and got us watching a young girl singing about enjoying Almond Joys.  Funny 

       

      Made our day, thanks for posting.

       

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g_TUAeHSs4

       

      Great review!

       

    • August 7, 2013 1:41 AM EDT
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      Bart Salmons said:

       

      ...I have gone to an "Operations Quality" frame of mind, since that is the ultimate goal of the line, to run like a prototypical railroad.  I don't need opening doors on boxcars and I don;t need interiors in cabins (WV&K speak for caboose) and passenger cars.  I do tend to go a little bit overboard on locomotive details, but they are of a different mindset anyways.  I go for simple rugged connstructioon that will allow the viewer to see....yep thats a boxcar....and it doesn't bother me that there are no rivets on the EBT steel cars.  Its nice to know that in the event that it falls from the 24" high benchwork into the grass....I can generally just pick it back up and put it on the tracks with no harm done.....or if I'm in a hurry to get things put away after dark with a thunderstorm rolling in, I can be a bit less careful than normal

       

      When I look at my railroad....thats what I see.....I don;t think of it as a particular scale or gauge combination.....its just My Railroad, and what will be .....will be.......

       

      Roger all that, Bart.  As for any scratchbuilt stuff, such as buildings, I figured 1:24 is just about in the middle, oh, and diecast vehicles are made to that scale, so I use a 1:24 ruler for most of my scratchbuilding and it all seems to fit pretty well.  So far I've managed to avoid the 1:20 point something bug, as that stuff is just too big for my RR, backyard, clearances, curves, brain, etc, etc...
      My wife painted up a pretty little O scale station for me and we put that down in a valley on the pike.  It works pretty well down there, too.  Scale, schmale....

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