Structures for On30

I just received a contact from Harris Blowmeyer, commenting that certain O-scale structures are too large for use with On30. In his case, he’s wondering about O scale water tanks.

Bridgeton Junction on the Bridgeton & Saco River showing narrow gauge and standard gauge trains

The trick here is to remember that, while On30 trains are in fact O scale, they’re models of much smaller trains than O scale standard gauge trains, and structures like water tanks, coaling facilities, etc., will be proportionally smaller.

The obvious solution is that one should use models of narrow gauge prototypes for water tanks, sand towers, coal towers and the like. A less obvious solution is that some S-scale structures are sized quite nicely to stand in on an On30 layout — especially for Maine two-foot prototypes.

About Geren

Also known as The On30 Guy, Geren's primary modeling interest is Maine 2-foot railroads, modeled in On30. He's in the process of building a little slice of Maine in a 15x25 foot space in the basement of his suburban Maryland home. In addition to model railroading, Geren also enjoys photography and playing keyboards in local bands. To support his habits, er, hobbies, Geren works as the engineer at the cable TV station of a local community college, as a real estate home inspector, and as a professional photographer.

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