Friday, March 7, 2008


At left is the typical Frary/Hayden conversion from the '70's using the Trix FM chassis and the Funaro & Camerlengo Plymouth resin shell for the cab. It does still run well despite being dropped 48" once. :)

Here's a Jordan 1930's school bus shell on a Bachmann trolley mechanism. The rear wheel wells were filled with plastic sheet and Squadron putty and wet sanding until smooth. The idea is from Mark Rollins with a few of my own modifications. The construction is described in detail in the Fall 2002 issue of Maine 2-Foot Quarterly.

Here's a very quick and easy conversion if you can find a Kato N scale pocket loco mechanism. This one is from the yellow steeple cab. Remove the shell, remove about an 1/8" of plastic from the motor housing on each side and the Funaro Plymouth shell will fit onto the chassis.
Here's the same loco with a DCC decoder installed.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Here's a close up of Terry's tug boat that also shows the ball signal on Linekin Bay. Terry did a great job on building this from the Model Shipways kit. It's a wooden-hulled steam tug which fits the era of I model. It was only a visitor on the module. The ball signal is based on the prototypes used though out New England and specifically on two Maine narrow gauge railroads: the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington and the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes. It is functional, being actuated Switchmaster style switch machine by a toggle switch on the fascia. The construction was written up in the Maine 2 Foot Quarterly, Spring 2004 issue. There are plans to added a stationery decoder for actuation by DCC.