On30 Extra Board

Welcome to On30 Annual Extra Board! Here you’ll find extra content we just couldn’t fit into each jam-packed issue. We also welcome your contributions for exclusive features related to O scale narrow gauge model railroading.

Scratchbuild a Country Depot in Six Steps

April 1, 2008

Scratchbuild a Country Depot in Six Steps

While planning the town of Bayfield on my new Texas Creek & Southern railroad, I located the site for my depot. I wanted it to be a small, branchline-type structure. After looking around to see what was available, I decided to scratchbuild my own.

Creating a Narrow Gauge Logging Behemoth

March 1, 2008

Creating a Narrow Gauge Logging Behemoth

I obtained a Banta Model Works conversion cab for the Mantua HO scale 2-6-6-2 tank engine. They are very nice kits and fit the locomotive perfectly. Mine was for the version without a tender but Banta makes both types.

Interview with Nancy Workman of Soundtraxx

March 1, 2008

Interview with Nancy Workman of Soundtraxx

You’ve heard of their products for years (literally)… Most notably the Tsunami™ line of sound-equipped decoders from Soundtraxx. Editor Chris Lane was able to sit down with Soundtraxx co-founder Nancy Workman in 2008 and discuss the history of the company, their design philosophies, and even a bit about Blackstone Models, their HOn3 manufacturing division. Here is the complete interview from the 2008 On30 Annual.

Introduction to O Scale Narrow Gauge and On30 Model Railroading

January 1, 2006

Introduction to O Scale Narrow Gauge and On30 Model Railroading

So where does the narrow gauge modeler start? Most ready-made track products are only produced in standard gauge, and handlaying track is an intimidating proposition for many. However, by using models from one scale and track components from another, you can achieve the effect you’re looking for.