They say it never rains, it pours, and that’s certainly the case here at The On30 Guy!
As I mentioned a few days back, I’ve joined forces with Kevin at Berrett Hill Trains and John at The Peterboro Railroad to take over the Light Iron Turnout Company, and over this past weekend, we picked up the majority of the hardware and materials to start ramping up that operation. At the same time, work is progressing very rapidly on the new throttle. And while all that was going on, we visited the big Amherst Railway Society Model Train Show in Springfield, and the Great Scale Model Train Show in Timonium. Yes, it’s been a busy time around here!
But wait, there’s more!
Over this past weekend, I finally got serious about the rolling stock project, and have started working with one of the very best laser kit manufacturers in the country to start working on that damned box car. The result is going to be a fantastic product that I’m really excited about. It’s being designed to capture the flavor of the Maine 2-footers, but could be right at home on almost any On30 pike.
For those of you who are into mini- and micro-layouts in On30, we’ve got something in store for you as well — we’ll be bringing out a line of top-notch shorty cars inspired by actual prototype 4-wheel cars! I’ve seen a couple of the early items in this line, and they’re really quite charming.
Some of you will remember the little car pictured here. A slightly re-imagined version of this will be part of the line, along with three more little passenger cars. And, there will be a full compliment of freight cars as well — box cars, flats, and tanks to be sure, and very likely more to follow — my imagination is running wild here!
As I said, while all of the shorty cars will be based on prototype 4-wheel designs, we know that 4-wheel cars typically have too much coupler swing to work well on the extremely sharp curves of a micro-layout. So, we’ll be making these kits so that they can be used with the journals that will be part of the kit, or you’ll be able to use the basic Bachmann 29901 On30 freight truck.
When can I have it? I want it NOW!
Now please, don’t ask me when all this is going to be available. Just know that it’s coming. Right now, I’m concentrating on the new throttle and working with my partners to get LITco off the ground. The Maine-style car is well-along in the design phase, and the shorty coach is actually very nearly done, since we’re using an existing models as the starting point. I also believe the Combine is shaping up pretty well. Watch this space for