S Scale layout

roadranger Oct 23, 2010

  1. roadranger

    roadranger TrainBoard Member

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    I'm new here, and I model S Scale with a small shelf type switching layout - it's in the building process right now. NYC circa 1963 with all ALCO power by American Models and one brass S-4 switcher. Since it's a switching layout, am using Kadee 802 couplers.
    I'm running a mix of Shinohara and Tomalco track and turnouts, preferring the Tomalco products. In the process of converting the engines to DCC w/sound - some QSI and some Soundtraxx, I'm liking the QSI's better as they have different sounds for the 539 and 244 engines. Also have a small collection of 1/64 diecast trucks for support of the railroad, but they are all models of a much newer era.

    Would like to communicate with others modeling in S Scale...
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I don't model in S scale, although I did have many years of AF tinplate in my youth. I do enjoy seeing S scale layouts. Surprising to me, there was even a scale modular layout at a recent swap meet I'd attended.

    Boxcab E50
     
  3. Greg Elems

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    Welcome Jim,

    Nice to see another S scale modeler here. NYC huh? Neat. Have you had a chance to make it out to the Palo Alto area? Ed Loizeaux's NYC layout is a sight to behold.
    What brand of turnouts are you using?

    Greg Elems
    Reno, NV
     
  4. roadranger

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    Thanks, Greg!
    I've only seen pictures of Ed L's great layout, and I sure enjoyed his 1/64 S Scale magazine while he was publishing it.
    Modeling NYC because it was nearby where I grew up in New England, and engines were offered as decorated in NYC thru American Models. I've been collecting S scale rolling stock for 25 years!
    Started out using Shinohara turnouts, but found out the weren't so DCC friendly and didn't have any specialty sized turnouts other than #6's, so switched over to Tomalco turnouts.
    I'm making the change to DCC mainly for the sound offered - found that QSI offers sound boards for the three different ALCO engines.
     
  5. Greg Elems

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    Jim,

    In reading the other posts, I don't recall you mentioning your layout size.

    I have an NYC GP9 that I aquired to kit bash. I'd hate to ruin a nice shell if you are interested in trading for it. Also do you decal? I'm going to need a set of decals for an Alco engine project and don't know what is available for NYC in S.

    Shinohara makes #8 turnouts and I've heard they are better than their #6's. I wouldn't know since I've never used one. We have a pair of #6's which need quite a bit of tune up to work under any system let alone DCC. So I bit the bullet and bought a turnout jig for a #5. Since I'm making a switching layout and will use GP's and SW's the #5 was more than adequate.

    What are you using for speakers with your QSI?

    Greg
     
  6. roadranger

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    Greg,
    The layout is 11 ft x 9 ft x 11 ft, mostly a 2-2.5 ft shelf around 3 sides of a room, based loosely on the NYC (ex- Boston and Albany) Webster Mass. branch.
    The leg going down the wall that is 'behind' you as you operate the layout is for a 3 train stage yard, so that trains can enter and exit the layout area.

    I'm working on incorporating my Maine 2 ft. narrow gauge equipment into the layout as a Tourist RR. In S Scale, 2 ft narrow gauge runs on HOn3 track. (although the tie size is not in proportion) The main yard/station/shops area will be in front of the stage yard.

    Decals for NYC are hit or miss - try Des Plains Hobbies, Champ, CDS dry transfers, or Hoquat Hobbies.

    Thanks anyway, but I'm not interested in the GP-9 - I run an all ALCO RR ;)
    What are you going to kitbash? a low short hood GP-9?

    Yes, the Shinohara's require a LOT of work to perform satisfactory. Tomalco offers several different size radius curved turnouts, and several different sized diamonds, and 3 way turnouts - all come in handy for packing more track into a switching layout.

    The speaker is a QSI 'bass' type about 1 inch round. I want to fit 2 of them into an American Models RS-3, but the enclosure for the speaker makes them too large to fit inside the hood. The FA's will be no problem installing them into.
     
  7. BoxcabE50

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    Jim-

    Any pictures of your layout we could see?

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  8. roadranger

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    It's still a work in progress, track is down and running, some basic buildings set up, but basically it's still a plywood central layout. I'll get some pics up later on...
     
  9. BoxcabE50

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    Jim-

    Don't be shy. Any pictures would be good fun for us to see. Even just bare plywood.

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  10. EMD trainman

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    Hey, neat handle. How did you come up with the handle "Roadranger". I'm a truck mechanic and when I think of the name Road Ranger, I think of those old bullet proof 10 speed truck transmission back from the day. I seen American Models S scale trains at a all scales train show and was very impressed by thier quality. I don't much about S scale however other than remembering it back from my Lionel Days as I remembered the American Flyer stuff.
     
  11. roadranger

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    I drive a tractor-trailer, my 42nd year, now. Back in the day when CB's first came out, my handle was "roadranger", for the transmission - a 13 speed. Been carrying that handle over to modern day computer forums.

    S scale is great in my book because it has more 'heft' and is just as detailed as HO stuff, and MUCH easier to see and work with!

    Right now the S layout has taken a back seat to 1/14 size Radio Control model trucks, mostly made by Tamiya. These hobbies can be addicting!
     
  12. BoxcabE50

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    And they also help keep your wallet empty!

    I'm trying to remember the Roadranger (Haven't driven semi in a million years! Gave up my CDL back about 1990.) - Wasn't it made by a firm named Fuller or some such?. Had two splitter buttons, one on the side and one on the knob?

    Boxcab E50
     
  13. roadranger

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    Yep, you are correct!
     

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