Okay, here goes...
As you know, I like to build... um... "different"... kinds of routes. (Yeah, "different", that's the word!)
If you'll notice through these pages of my drivel, there seems to be one recurring theme that runs among my MANY route attempts: TOC19 steam. (Yeah, I'm a sickie, I know.)
Downside to this is: There ain't but a handful of equipment available for such a route ANYWHERE... with the largest selection available having been VSC commissioned (out sourced, to use a current "term") over the past several years.
This scarcity has really put the crimps on some of my creativity and desire to have a COMPLETE route theme, either personal or commercial endeavors.
(Are you sitting down?)
I think I'm going to try to learn to build my own steam engines.
Yup, you read correctly. I want to learn how to build my own steam engines. I may crash and burn, giving up in frustration... but I won't know until I try.
Fortunately, the TOC19 era that I like most, the engines (for the most part) were simplistic: Stephenson valve gear, sparse plumbing, etc.
This weekend, I have purchased 3D Canvas Pro, have now downloaded the Paul Gausden plug-ins for it... and have some excellent tutorials available in which to commence. I am HOPING that I will be able to have the time tomorrow evening to install and start getting familiar with 3DC.
I already have my first subject(s) selected, and have amassed the data I need to get started. I haven't a clue how this will turn out... but man... I really want to be able to build my own equipment. Might as well jump in with both feet, eh??
OH... and below you'll find a pic of what I am hoping to build first. The gritty, mountain railroading pic taken at one of my all time favorite RR locations, Winslow, Arkansas, has been a temptation to me for many years. Now I'm gonna' try to replicate those hogs therein.
Wish me luck!!!