About

The Sn2 Modeler web site has been created for David Keith to share his adventures of modeling the SR&RL of 1912 in S-scale.

For those who may not know, Sn2 is modeled by using HOn3 track gauge (10.5mm) to represent 2-Foot gauge in S-scale.  Sn2 modelers use HOn3 track and components in much the same way as HOn30 modelers do N-scale and On30 models do HO.  Checkout http://www.sn2trains.com for introductory Sn2 modeling information, as well as standards for Free-mo modules, coupler heights and more.

Personally, my interest in the Maine 2-Footers was sparked by the 1979/1980 C&DR articles of Bob Hayden and Dave Frary.  I had only gotten a subscription to MR one year earlier, I was just 12-13 years old, so the imagery of their modeling capture my young heart.  Sealing the deal was the fact that my dad (a live steamer) had a copy of Moody’s “The Maine Two-Footers” and a copy of Temple Crittenden’s the “Maine Scenic Route”.  Those two books gave me all I needed to be hooked on the Maine 2-Foot railroads.  My initial fondness was for the B&SR, but the 2-6-0 and 2-6-2 locos and operations of the SR&RL eventually won me over.

I contemplated HOn30, and even participated/coordinated the first HOn30 module setup at the 1997 NNGC here in Cincinnati.  However two encounters at that convention converted me to Sn2.  1) George Person had an HOn3 railbus built on a HO Keystone 44 toner mechanism, proving good running HOn3 gauge diesels could be created, and 2) Bob Hayden showed such enthusiasm for setting up the HOn30 modules.  I figured if Diesels could work for him, than with George’s mechanism I could get started in Sn2!

From there the rest is history….I created an Sn2 sectional layout, other home layouts, and now in 2011 have a series of Free-mo modules that I’m working on….If all goes well, a few years from now I’ll have a grand Sn2 SR&RL layout in progress!

In late 2020 the grand dream layout was started.  Life wonderfully got in the way.  enjoyed my son growing up, coaching him and more.  Built a live steam railroad in my back yard with my dad who was 84 years old at the time.  I’ve also enjoyed other model railroad and operations activities with my friends.  Yes, I’m disappointed that I’m not further along…But I’m enjoying it now and now is…the present!

If you find this web site interesting, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or email in upper right corner of these pages and post.  If you do not know what an RSS feed is, checkout this youtube video provided by the folks at Model Railroad Hobbyist:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLXFWW3TB-8  This video converted me into a believer.  I now subscribe to many sites, enjoying how easy it is for my to find and read sites that have updated content!

4 Responses to About

  1. Trevor says:

    Hi David:
    Just found your blog. Good to see you writing about your Sn2 adventures. I’ve included a link on my own blog as well.
    Cheers!
    – Trevor (no longer two-footing but still interested)

    • narrowtracks says:

      Trevor, glad to have you “on board”. I’ve added links to Port Rowan and The Model Railway Show, two sites I enjoy!

      Once a two footer, always a two footer…

      Dave K.

  2. Jim Kindraka says:

    Keith: Just “discovered” your web site via another S scale modeler. Really enjoyed your photos of Roger Nulton’s S scale layout. It lead me to investigate the rest of the site and it was a very enjoyable visit. It’s a gross understatement to say you do good work! BTW, I thought your commentary on S scale in general was spot on and thank you for posting a couple of S scale sites for others to possibly look through. Thanks… A long time S scale (no AF!) modeler and sometimes contributor to the S Scale Resource: Jim Kindraka, Plymouth, WI 07-15-2015

    • narrowtracks says:

      Jim,

      Thanks for the positive comments on my web site. I’ve been dabbling (Collecting) S-scale stuff the past 10-15 years. At some point soon, I hope to do some S-scale modeling either for my Sn2 or independent.

      Dave K.

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