Mar 15, 2019
Anyone here at the TrainBoard working in Sn3?
No. But I have known a couple of fellows who worked in this size. Fabulous stuff. Always enjoy seeing photos.....
I have visited quite a few Sn3 layouts on YouTube and this one in particular captured my interest:
PART 1: RIO GRANDE SOUTHERN WITH BILL SCOBIE - YouTube
I particularly like this one as I love the Rio Grande Southern. This You Tube link will lead you to many, many Bill Scobie Videos done by Chris Lyons up in Canada. I wish I could see a full track plane of bill's layout as I know only that it covers most of the Northern portion of the real RGS. I like the Sunrise RGS name on the sides of the tenders and K-27 Mud Hen locomotives. I have been modeling the Northern Pacific in HO for 31 years and if I were to strat over, I would model the RGS in either HOn3 or Sn3.
I was a die hard Milwaukee Road modeler for about five decades. (Major family and friend/employee connections, but not just limited to this one company.) Along the way I modeled some in On30, (just not enough space in my home, for what I really desired to create), and also HOn30. I had followed the Hayden & Frary efforts since the late 1960's/early 1970's. I finally sat down and thought about it one day. The rigid confines of a prototype had become too much. The attraction of something so whimsical as HOn30 were calling. And I have not looked back since then.
What am I suggesting? Maybe you could sit down and think about it in the same way. Perhaps it is time to boldly strike out in a new direction!
Your suggestion is certainly not a new idea to me. I have thought long and hard about tearing out my old layout and starting over in Sn3. I like Sn3 as it is what I would call a "Modeling Scale". In other words, most items needed would have to be scratch built, built from kits; or, kit bashed as there is not a lot of stuff available for this scale that is "Ready to Run". This fit's squarely in my Wheelhouse as I am a model builder at heart. My problem is, that at my age, I doubt I would get too far down the line before I might have to give up this hobby, all together! So, the long hard thinking I have done over this question has pointed me towards only being interested in the Rio Grande Southern, D&RGW, Sn3 and Narrow Gauge in general.
However, thanks for your consideration BoxCabE50!