Gary Kohler and crew of Portland Locomotive Works continue to work on more projects. I say more, because in the past 18 months or so, they have released passenger cars, Kingfield Engine house, wood turntables, flangers, Farmington freight office, and more. Most of these are very limited run. So one must contact Gary to know what’s coming.
The most recent project in development is the SR&RL/F&M(or is it Eustis) log bunks. Currently the On2 are in development and the Sn2 will follow.
PLW On2 log bunk prototype
The model features laser cut wood frame, 3D printed journals, 3D printed bunk, 3D printed link and pin couplers. He plans to provide wheelsets too. It’s likely the Sn2 version will use KD wheelsets. The poles between cars are to be a 3D print too.
The cars tended to run as unit trains with a flat car at the beginning and end of the string of cars. The flats would have a bunk on them too.
In recent months, Portland Locomotive Works (PLW) has been producing a number of products for the Sn2 modeler (and HOn30 and On2/30). Here are some of the recent releases and in manufacture products for Sn2
- Monson Combine and like coach (check PLW for availability)
- SR&RL Passenger Cars 17 & 18 (limited production, shipped, sold out?)
- SR&RL Kingfield 3-Stall Engine house (sold out? in manufacturing)
- Maine Moose – Yes, the animals (check PLW for availability)
- SR&RL Plows 513 & 514 (check PLW for availability)
Coming soon, PLW will be taking reservations
Sn2 wood turntable design by PLW
- SR&RL Wood turntable (WW&F and a similar turntable). Wood frame to be provided PLW is trying to determine if a spider can be provided.
- SR&RL Kingfield girder turntable (in planning)
- SR&RL Steel Turntables (in consideration)
The Sn2 Crew member decided to refresh the fascia paint for the 2014 National NMRA train show. See the Sn2 Free-mo standard for the paint specs. Consider using a flat version of the paint for ground paint.
David Keith provided these images of his coupler height gauge. He made it by stacking layers of styrene to the under car body height (to measure the under body height on one end) and then adding a couple more layers and mounting a coupler.
The Sn2 coupler height standards are not the same as HOn3. See standards elsewhere on this site. Tom Troughton (sp?) made a similar gauge for Sn3. His is a bit more refined than mine.
On the left is a tab for sliding under cars to verify that the body of a car is at the proper height. At right, a KD-714 HOn3 coupler has been added.
A coupler height check. This gauge does not yet have anything to center the gauge on the rails, but that should be easy enough to add.
Click buy a coupler height gauge if you do not make one.
Portland Locomotive Works continues to support the Two-Foot market by making more models for Sn2 and On2/On30. Here are a few new Sn2 products in the works (many of which are also available in On2 and On30 too).
- Monson Combine – Currently listed on the PLW web site. See site for images.
- Monson Style Coach – Currently listed on the PLW web site. See site for images.
- The Monson never had a coach. This is a free-lanced model
- SR&RL Coaches 17 and 18 – In design. Prototype image available on PLW web site
- If you just want a roof, they are available for $30 each while supplies last. Contact PLW directly.
- If you just want a set of end railings (good for most Maine two-foot passenger cars and cabooses), they are available for $16 per pair while supplies last. Contact PLW directly.
- SR&RL Plow 513/514 – In design. This is a limited run kit. Gary Kohler of PLW is taking reservations and requires a $25 deposit. As a limited kit, this item not available to purchase via the web site. For more information check the various two foot modeling yahoo groups (Sn2trains) archives or by contacting PLW directly through their web site.
The following items are rumored to be candidates for future PLW products:
- SR&RL Flanger
- B&SR tank cars
- SR&RL RPO cars
PLW’s products are top-notch. They are laser cut wood kits with urethane cast parts as required. They do not include trucks, couplers or decals.
The 2014 NMRA National Convention and National Train Show were in Cleveland, OH. The Sn2 Crew took the opportunity to setup at the Train Show. The Train Show took place in the new Cleveland Convention Center. Quite a nice venue, but it may not have been the best place to draw public crowds.
During the show, I captured a few images with my cell phone, checkout below. One of the show attendees posted a video on YouTube, check it out here.
Overview of the Sn2 Crew setup. Many of the attendees at the train show commented on the free-form shape.
The combination of three Lee Rainey modules took second place in the NMRA module contest. The hay field module was one of those modules.
The work of Lee Rainey
Road crossing on David Keith’s South Strong Junction module. The crossing sign is from Portland Locomotive Products (PLW).
A short train waits on Frank Knight’s Alna module.
Looking across the layout, one can see three disinct part of the layout as it wrapped around. In the foreground is Frank Knight’s Alna, followed by David Keith’s Salmon Hole Bridge, and finally David Keith’s Bigelow module. All scenes from the Maine 2-Footers.
Visitors could walk into the layout in two places. The crew mostly stood here on the main isle of the layout, but visitors were allowed to enter. To the right was an area to where many visitors entered to view Salmon hole bridge and Mapplewood as well as to see David Keith’s Carrabassett River modules.
In July 2014, the Sn2 crew setup at the 2014 NMRA National Convention. The members failed to take any video, but Jeff Shultz produce a nice video.
Jeff produced many other videos from the Train Show and the convention. Look through his channel to seem them all!