For Sale

For Sale? ………Not here!

Buying and selling?

At fairly regular intervals, the Maine On2 FAQ’s receives questions about buying and selling Maine On2 items, many of which appear to be a request to list items wanted or for sale here.

Commercial transactions as listing items wanted or for sale are beyond the scope of this FAQ, and for a number of reasons, the editors have no desire to become involved in facilitating 3rd party commercial transactions.

There are many potential venues both online and offline for buying or selling Maine On2 models. This FAQ is not one of them.

For those looking to buy or sell Maine On2 models, and if you are not already a member, then the easiest way to make contact with a large number of potentially interested parties is to join one (or more) of the special interest news/discussion groups and to post there. The resulting discussions could lead to up-to-date suggestions for suitable online auction sites, hobby shops, or even a private sale. Note that some sites, for example Yahoo! Groups, specifically discourage trading via their services, hence you will often be asked to complete any transaction off-board by cognisant vendors.

Some such groups are listed in the sidebar of this FAQ’s home page. This listing is not exhaustive nor is it an endorsement: it is merely provided for information.








Casual viewer with research questions?

Are you a casual viewer with research questions? – then why not join a group?

We frequently get interesting questions about Maine two-footers and modelling them via the “comments” facility.

Often, the answers are already in the FAQ, and a search of the site will find them. You can find a search box on the home page at the top of the sidebar. You may also find what you’re looking for by scanning the extensive “Categories” list in the sidebar.

Sometimes, we (the editors) do not have the answers. Providing them personally could require us to undertake a substantial research project.

The MaineOn2 FAQ is essentially a repository for peer reviewed knowledge provided by fellow enthusiasts to be shared within the group and the FAQ for the benefit of all, on a self-service basis – the FAQ is not a research bureau.

Therefore, if you can’t find the answer here and if you are not already a member, then we encourage you to join one or more special interest news/discussion groups and ask your questions there. Hopefully this will result in information and discussion from members knowledgeable about the particular topic, and may even result in information that can be added to the MaineOn2 FAQ. In this way, the person posing the question is likely to get a better quality answer, than if the editors replied to the limit of their own knowledge.

Some such groups are listed in the sidebar of this FAQ’s home page. This listing is not exhaustive nor is it an endorsement: it is merely provided for information.


100, 000 viewings!


This blog has just received its 100 000th visit/viewing, which we believe is a significant milestone for such a narrowly focussed blog, and we Thank You for your support and continuing visits.

The all-time top favourite (most viewed) topics, determined by the WordPress statistics are:-

1/. Maine On2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL; click here to view.

2/. Maine On2 layouts – Trevor Marshall’s Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR; click here to view.

3/. Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module. Click here to view.

4/. SR&RL; Historic list of plans; click here to view.

5/. Custom Brass – SR&RL locomotive #6; click here to view on another page




on behalf of fellow editors Trevor and Matt.


We are four, ……… with 4000 revisions!

It is four years since we went public with this blog. On that day, we started with just 36 topics/posts, mostly picture based, showing historic On2 layouts and some of the brass models that had been produced commercially.

The number of topics grew rapidly to over 110 by our first anniversary in 2014, and today, on our fourth anniversary the more rounded blog consists of 185 topics/posts and 4 pages.

What does not show publicly, are the numerous, often small additions and changes that occur as a result of additional information or understandings after a topic has been published. According to information contained within a management file, the Maine On2 FAQ’s blog is now close to having had some 4000 revisions since it was started.

While we try to identify and publicise major revisions of existing popular topics, these constant small revisions are one of the reasons why we encourage viewers to call back at intervals, as new information or pictures may be presented and errors or omissions corrected.

Thanks to all our contributors,

Terry, Matt and Trevor.

ps;- for those viewers who have not been exposed to the UK’s favourite TV Comedy sketch, and wonder why the heading sketch shows garden forks under the birthday cake, we would suggest clicking here.

Top posts for 2016

The editors would like to thank all the contributors for their material used in the past year, our most viewed so far, and also to wish them a Happy New Year. Visitor and viewing numbers for 2016 were the highest recorded within a full calendar year, both being up by more than 25% on the previous years figures.

Here are our most viewed posts for the calendar year 2016;-

#1 – Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module; published 15th February 2016.

#2- MaineOn2 layouts – Trevor Marshall’s Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR.

#3 – Library of Congress – Vintage Aerial views; published 1st January 2016.

#4 – Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module; re-published on blog 26th   February 2016.

#5 –Maine On2 Layouts – Bob Brown’s Wiscasset dock.

#6 – Minimum radius and big Forneys – On30 version.

Yet again, this is a rather different listing compared to those of the previous years, with three of the top four positions being taken by new topics posted this year. Bob Harper earned a well deserved top placing with his new module Megantic which has now been shown at a number of UK venues, and he also placed fourth with his older Franklin module which made it across the pond to the National Narrow Gauge Convention at Augusta, Maine in September. In October, back in the UK, Franklin was awarded the David Lloyd Trophy for the “Best Layout in Show” by popular vote at the Expo Narrow Gauge Show held at Swanley, Kent. This is the biggest show in the UK devoted to small scale Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling.

The number of specific viewings of Megantic this year sets a new record for the highest number of views recorded within a calendar year, and it scored more than second and third places combined.

The nationality of viewers was pretty stable, with some 74% of the 2016 viewings being made from the USA, with the United Kingdom in second place with some 7% and Canada in third place with 5%.The blog has recorded visits from 73 different countries around the globe this year.

This year has seen the largest number of new topics posted within a calendar year, apart from our start up in 2013. This can be attributed to our chief scribe using his last year’s Christmas present to himself (50 years of the Gazette on DVD) to satisfy his own curiosity about the early days of commercial On2 in the 1970’s and sharing his findings on the blog.

We hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.

We have more topics and content in-process, so keep coming back in the coming year.





Photo setup 1 – a simple plain background

This topic is posted to support a current thread on the Maine On2 Yahoo! group.

One of the things that makes preparing pictures for this blog easier is if the subject has a simple plain background.

Take this picture as an example;-


This is an example of what we call a “model documentation” type picture, where the aim is to show the model and it’s details. Note how a plain background does just this.

Note also the dust spots shown by the yellow arrows – which only appear when the DSLR that took this picture is used in aperture priority mode and takes pictures at f/32.

And here’s a picture showing the wider view of how that was achieved;-


Note that the background and base to the model are clean sheets of white paper, as used by the computer printer. The background sheet is held in position by Scotch tape and a cardboard box (on edge). The base sheet is held in place by the weight of the model, supported by a familiar box from an SRCS kit, and drapes down to the table, giving a soft rolled over edge.

The lighting is simple summer sunlight, as shown by the garden behind.