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

 

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The DROP test

Yes, we have been working on “Slow Train Down South”. However, before we started laying the rail, we conducted a “drop test”. A drop test? Yes, I am sure you have dropped a car, or wheel set or something over the years. Graham dropped the tender for our 2-6-0 and it will need to go to the shop. However, we conducted a different drop test, a layout drop test!

Yes, we dropped the layout. “Slow Train..” is supposed to be a semi-portal layout, and one of us could accidentally drop it one day. Would the frame survive. In theory it should, but I tested it anyone and dropped it on the floor….the concrete floor. This was not one of those David Letterman events were you drop something from a building. We decided to do something a little more realistic. Right now the module sits on a desk, what if it fell if Graham picked it up to move it?  It survived its’ short drop to the floor from desk top height (all of 36 inches) . Nothing happened. No ties when flying in the air. I don’t want to make a habit of dropping our modules on the floor, but it could happen, and now my curiosity is answered whether it would survive.