A Photo Story of my HOn3 Colorado & Southern (and the Skull Valley, Salida & La Veta Pass RR in HO)
The main focus of last year was to bring all my HOn3 DC Engines to work, a Shay and 2 brass imports. That included
improved, better electrical pickup, solving mecanical problems and build in sound/DCC. (My consolidation #41 from
Blackstone is out of question, the best running engine imaginable!)
The first one was Shay #6. This was my first HOn3 engine, and during building the layout, she hit the floor
(when the plaster shell was non-existing). She was left behind in a drawer for about 12 years, unusable and
far beyond of any repairs. The only activity in those 12 years was buying spare parts for her (as they are now no longer
available by Roundhouse).
I exchanded everything, new drivers, worms on new axles, a new motor and new gears, added DCC with sound etc.
The result: a beautiful, very slow creeping, but excellently running Shay, serving the 5% incline down to the pirate
harbor lakeside area.
Then the 2 moguls where next, #4 and #21. The first one runs very well now, the second is still in the working, but
there is great progress.
And by the way: All the cars except 2 are kits or kitbashed, It‘s just more fun to do your own homework than buying
For my newest photo shooting I first added more details in the front of the layout. It still lacks water, more human beeings
and other details like telegraph or power lines.
Notheless, have fun and enjoy my layout. Isn‘t it looking great!
This is how life was 1940 in a rundown after-depression world!