Not a lot of progress to actually show has been made on any project in the last few weeks. One, work and family commitments at the end of the school year have been flying up quickly and piling on top of one another. Aside from those things, the process of getting ready to build things has taken some time.
Have you ever heard the old adage that moving from a city to the country brings a slower pace, and how life slows down? The same seems to be true of moving from HO scale to O. I’m finding that the pace of everything is much slower. Perhaps that is because what I’ve chosen to model is still a niche within a smaller overall number of modelers, and perhaps some of that is related to learning curves associated with finding all new suppliers.
Having modeled in HO for so long, if you asked me “who should I get K brakes from” I would instantly point you to the Tichy Train Group website. I know others like PSC parts, but for me, the Tichy brakes are fantastic. However, in O, Tichy has a completely different line of parts, meaning that hunting down K brakes or anything else, is involved in a learning curve, and in many cases, placing small orders for parts that cam be compared to other suppliers of parts to determine which ones look best and which ones perform best in a given application.
As everything flying around is now winding down, and thankfully a myriad of parts orders are actually here or nearly here this week, it’s time to start getting to work on a couple of projects.
First, I have freight cars from my new stash of car kits selected to build. A fantastic 36’ Northern Pacific boxcar made by Rails Unlimited will be one of the first cars to hit the workbench. At the same time, should Spring/Summer ever decide to arrive this year, I have cork roadbed here now to add a dirt road to the YV module, so that will get done and then basic scenery will start going in.
One funny thing happened this week that is worth sharing, as it illustrates the mindset change necessary to move from HO to O. I bought the cork for building the base of the road I am intending to install, and then found a crossing from Scale City online. It’s a wood crossing, and while the YV crossings of unnamed dirt country roads were likely just filled earth, I wanted something to practice painting wood on, so I ordered the crossing. When it arrived, I was shocked at how wide it is. Then I realized that I am thinking in HO scenes still. The crossing is just two lanes wide. Nothing super massive, but in my HO vision, it was massive. After realizing that it isn’t actually oversized, I determined that I should probably assemble a vehicle chassis before I install the road, so that’ll get done this week too.
Anyone following along on Facebook will also have noticed a change this week. I’ve changed over to a group page instead of a simple page. There are several reasons, but if anyone is there and interested, please look up Yosemite Valley Railroad in Proto 48 and come join in.