Ties for the Northern Maryland

Ties, what to use.

In the past I have used On3 ties for On30 layouts, why change? Well, I have been testing Sn3 ties under On2 to see if the arrange looks like the Maine two footers. I briefly thought about doing the same, but with S standard gauge ties. A while ago, I started a test module in On30, “Slow Train Down South”, and I used On3 ties on it. So back to the test module to see what worked. Great think about having a test module to see who thinks work!

A view of the Slow Train Down South from above
A view of the Slow Train Down South from above

From above, looks okay, but what about close up?

A close up of the ties with a little bit of ballast
A close up of the ties with a little bit of ballast

I like the height of the O scale tie because it gives the ballast a deeper bed. Yes, I will be using more ballast, but I am also use HO cork sub-roadbed, so the On3 ties go right to the shoulder of the sloop. After all, this is narrow gauge, we are not making a wide sub-roadbed. Next question, what about the black ballast I will use on the Northern Maryland? How will it look?

Not bad, at least I thought the ballast looked good with the On3 ties. I think the “Slow Train” ties look a little to red though. So, it will be Mt Albert 5″x7″x 6 foot ties

Black ballast
Black ballast
I went with the On3 ties
I went with the On3 ties
Mt Albert, 5"x7"x 6 ft
Mt Albert, 5″x7″x 6 ft

 

A new type of C

The first module for Beckleysville is using the new  C design that can be transported or attached to the wall (once a French Cleat is applied to the back). Why the change? I wanted to have a little more flexibility in both layout design and where the layout could be located. The freedom to set up in a room, or even outside, or even at a train show was too much of an opportunity to pass. I wanted to post a photograph of the first module under construction on its legs. I will post more about the construction of this new type of C section in the coming weeks as I get

The New C on its legs
The New C on its legs
It has legs!
It has legs!

ready to build module #2.