O Scale 2 Rail beginnings
After being in HO and N scale model railroad for nearly 40 years (off and on of course since I was 5) I decided to go a different route. Part of this decision was based on my worsening eye sight. The other part was that I am not steady with the fingers any more and it was becoming extremely difficult in attaching parts and details to N scale and HO scale equipment.
So, I sold off, pretty much, all of my HO scale equipment and used the money to start purchasing O Scale 2 rail equipment. So far I am off to a decent start, I have purchased 2 Atlas O GP35's in Milwaukee Road paint, one is powered and the other is non-powered. I have other engines in mind that I would like to purchase down the road but one has to be deliberate in their selection when you are looking at $400 for a powered engine.
Being a Milwaukee Road fan I went nuts in buying Atlas O 4427 covered hoppers. I was able to get a bunch from Petersen's Supply that were in the Yellow paint scheme as these were produced for Petersen's by Atlas O. I also got a few Lionel 4427's in the Yellow paint as well but these obviously need to be converted, which I am working on now. The rest of the 4427's are a mix of Milwaukee Road grey and other railroads. Being that I want to model the 70's most of the other equipment is primarily 50 ft x post box cars with a smattering of older cars.
I have some Atlas O flex track and two turnouts to play with. I have completed a 2 ft by 12 ft module section and the framework for another 7 ft done. I just need to add the plywood top along with the the foam based carpet pad and I will have 19 ft of space to do some work with. I am including a couple of pics. Obviously I still have a back drop to work on as well as the fascia but at least now I have something to do this winter.
What I have in place will be the lower level and my plan is to put in a small yard and some industrial trackage. It is something to do some switching with as well as work on wiring and scenery. There was a wooden pool rack attached to the wall which is why there is that brownish paint in the middle of all of the white paint.
You may notice a few cars are upside down and missing their trucks. I am replacing all of the Atlas O scale trucks with Lionel trucks but I am also replacing all of the Lionel wheelsets with NWSL wheelsets. The reason for the replacement is that the Atlas O trucks are too wide. I realize that I am basically spending about $32-$35 for each car's upgrade but I have been able to sell the Atlas O trucks pretty easily to help cover some of the upgrade cost.
I guess that is it for now. I will discuss more about what I want to model next time. I would be more than happy to answer any questions about what I have done so far and I eagerly look for any input as well.
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