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Kit Building / Re: backwoods work train
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:11:00 PM »

Hi, Pete here. I have yet to build either set of the work trains, but I have purchased all the 'extras' needed for building both HO and HOn3 sets. In the instructions, Brett suggests very specific trucks and couplers for each gauge. Since you are working with HOn30, I would start looking at Fox Valley wheelsets and Shapeways truck side frames. They are not cheap! As for couplers, again, follow Bretts suggestion. I have both wheelsets and side frames that I'd be happy to sell to you at a discounted price if that is what you are looking for.


Rolling Stock / Looking for Shay how to book
« on: January 14, 2017, 11:00:17 PM »
Hi Guys,

I am looking for the MDC Shay Handbook by Jeff Johnson. I purchased a two truck shay this week and heard that this is THE book to successfully put it together with. Amazon wants $140.00 for a $17.95 soft cover book. If anyone has one, may I borrow it? Thanks


Selling Kit... / Re: Craftsman kits for sale
« on: November 27, 2016, 05:28:57 PM »
Last chance, I put this list on the "other" site, got a bite on one particular kit, JUST wanted to make sure everyone saw this again. Looks like its selling season on the auction site, geesh! Lots to pick from. Thank you all for looking.


Selling Kit... / Craftsman kits for sale
« on: September 13, 2016, 10:35:02 PM »
Hi everyone. I would like to offer everyone here on the forum these kits before I send them over to E-bay. Prices are firm, we can talk shipping after I get a commitment from the buyer, all are in mint condition, if you would like photos of anything, please email me:

Bar Mills:

Dunphy Hardware $110
Oakleaf Storage $70
Schmidtchens $125

Whistle stop junction $32
Crown crate company $35

Avram's Baking company $280

Best trains:

Sawyers river station $65

Scotty Mason:
Backwoods round house $310

Rail scale miniatures:
Delwins net storage $300

Micro scale models:
HJ Zane merchantile $245

Laser Modeling 3D:
Adam krist wholesale produce $58
A.R. Gilmore grain and feed  $100

FOS scale:

Engine house at Caldwell junction           $175
Degraws poultry market             $200
Barlows smoke house          $90
HT gordons brassiere and corset company $400

Hi guys! Pete from Vermont here. Yes, I too am a daily lurker. I haven't much to share with daily builds, I am in the middle of Georges Oatmans Merchantile, but with a 18month at home, there is little time to share on the forums! Thank you all for posting daily with your current build threads.


Kit Building / Re: backwoods work train
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:25:13 PM »

But then what to do with them?


Kit Building / backwoods work train
« on: February 25, 2014, 09:09:33 PM »
Hi Guys!

I managed to pick up both HO scale and HOn3 versions of Sierra West's backwoods work train. I am curious what you all think of what the better of the two are? I will end up building one whole set, then sell the other. I have opened both boxes, both seem fantastic. I am leaning towards the narrow gauge version, only because it will fit my "theme" better than the standard gauge one would. BUT….my thoughts on owning the standard gauge is because the detail is so much better.

Has anyone out there built both? Opinions?


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