Make an Sn2 Coupler Height Gauge

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.

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.

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.

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PLW – New Products in Sn2 and On2/On30

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.

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Sn2 Crew – Images from 2014 National Trainshow in Cleveland

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.

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 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

The work of Lee Rainey

Road crossing on David Keith's South Strong Junction module.  The crossing sign is from Portland Locomotive Products (PLW).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Sn2 Crew on youtube! The 2014 NMRA Train Show in Cleveland

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!

 

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HO boxcar conversion

Two Moody River boxcars, one is scratch built, the other started life as a HO MDC 36' boxcar (MDC cars now come fully assembled from Athearn)

Two Moody River boxcars, one is scratch built, the other started life as a HO MDC 36′ boxcar (MDC cars now come fully assembled from Athearn)

Two Sn2 boxcar models by Tad Miyano that are inspired by Monson freight cars.  One is scratch built and one is converted from an HO MDC old-time 36′ box car.  Do you know which started life as an MDC car?  It’s #43 on the right!

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Moody River Flanger

Flanger #311 is based on a SR&RL prototype

Flanger #311 is based on a SR&RL prototype

Tad’s scratch build flanger is based on a SR&RL prototype.

The underside of Tad's model is typical of the detail on all of his models

The underside of Tad’s model is typical of the detail on all of his models

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Moody River Combine

Moody River combine #1 is based on the combine of the Monson

Moody River combine #1 is based on the combine of the Monson

Tad Miyano was inspired by Monson Railroad’s combine.  The short length of this combine is perfect for the small 2-foot gauge railroad.

Tad's added an interior and populated it.

Tad’s added an interior and populated it.

As of this posting, Portland Locomotive works has announced that it’s working on a kit of the combine and a freelanced RPO and coach based on the same roof and frame.  All Sn2 modelers can look forward to having a similar model.  Click on the Portland Locomotive Works link at right to learn more.

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Freelance railbus and speeder

Tad's Sn2 KC Jones speeder

Tad’s Sn2 KC Jones speeder

Tad Miyano built a freelanced railbus and speeder for his Moody River Railroad.

Freelanced speeder has a simple 4 wheel power truck

Freelanced speeder has a simple 4 wheel power truck

Sn2_speeder_01

Tad’s use of figures, interior details and canvas covers makes for a nice little model.

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Moody River #1

Tad's scratch built Forney based on SR&RL #1.  In "Hints for Building a Steam Locomotive" Issue #7 (Aug 1986)  and Issue #8 (Jan 1987) of Maine 2 Foot Modeler (M2FM) Tad described how he went about constructing Moody River #1.

Tad’s scratch built Forney based on SR #1. In “Hints for Building a Steam Locomotive” Issue #7 (Aug 1986) and Issue #8 (Jan 1987) of Maine 2 Foot Modeler (M2FM) Tad described how he went about constructing Moody River #1.

Tad Miyano built one of the first known scratch built Sn2 locomotives, an 0-4-4 Forney.  His Moody River railroad #1 is based on Sandy River #1, one of the original B&B locomotives.  The model appeared in in an Sn2 article in NG&SLG and then later Tad wrote a two part scratch building article for Maine Two Foot Modeler called “Hints for Building a Steam Locomotive” (Issue #7 – Aug 1986 and Issue #8 – Jan 1987)

Fireman's side of Moody River #1

Fireman’s side of Moody River #1

Underside of Tad's Forney

Underside of Tad’s Forney

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Memory lane – GDT ore car conversion

In addition to his GDT #4 shay locomotive, Darel Leedy built a fleet of Gilpin inspired ore cars.  Again, here are images and text provided by Darel in 2000.

A string of ore cars being pulled by shay GDT #4

A string of ore cars being pulled by shay GDT #4

I use Grandt Line On2 Gilpin small( early ) ore cars that I’ve modified into Sn2 large( late) ore cars. Shortening of these cars is necessary as well as some other detail modifications. I have only a half dozen of these made up right now, with about 30 more awaiting at the workbench. Someday I will scratch build the other rolling stock such as the coal cars, water cars, flats, plow and caboose.

GDT ore car #57 at Black Hawk, CO

GDT ore car #57 at Black Hawk, CO

For more Sn2 Gilpin modeling click on “Gilpin” in the categories at right.

At the time of this post Darel is modeling the C&S town of Dickey in Sn3.

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