Top posts for 2019

The editors would like to wish all the contributors a Happy New Year and thank them for their material used in the past year. We also hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.

The most viewed posts (*) in the calendar year 2019 were;-

#1- MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL.

#2– Maine On2 layouts – Trevor Marshall’s Somerset & Piscataquis Counties RR.

#3– Prototype Information – SR&RL Locomotives.

#4– Maine On2 layouts – Peter Barney’s SR&RL.

#5- MaineOn2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module.

#6- MaineOn2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module.

This is a rather familiar listing topped by old favourites of well built Canadian layouts which are regrettably no longer in existence. Bill Kerr’s layout had a surge of viewings following the “re-discovery” of a number of his own postings and emails describing the layout and how it was built which led to a blog update. This was an unintended benefit of Yahoo! groups closing.

Visitor activity this year has been well down on previous years in terms of visitor numbers, total views and specific topic viewing numbers, which are used to produce these end of year rankings. This seems to be a common trend of late with many other model railroad blogs and email groups showing reduced activity.

The number of viewings by American and Canadian visitors were particularly reduced compared to previous years, which caused the rankings of the nationality of viewers to revert to their usual pattern. The USA still leads with some 77% of the 2019 total viewings, but the United Kingdom at 6.6% regained it’s traditional second placing with Canada now coming in third with 4.7%. Next came Switzerland (2.1%) Australia (2.8%), and Japan (1.8%).

The blog has recorded visits from 53 different countries around the globe this year.

The editorial team took things easy for most of the year and we did not publicly mark the blog’s sixth anniversary. The notice that Yahoo! was intending to eliminate “user posted content” from the Groups site at rather short notice in the last quarter caused a rush of activity to protect some of our information sources or to download particular pieces of information. Some of this information has already been published, mostly as updates to existing topics, and some has been marked for review and possible publication at a later date.

We still have some topics and updates on the “to do” list and may well find errors to correct and additional information to add to existing postings, so keep coming back in the coming year.

Terry,

on behalf of the editorial team (Trevor, Matt & Terry).

(*) as recorded by WordPress, using direct visits to the topic/posting.

 

 

Maine On2 group now on io

The former Yahoo! Maine On2 group has now been copied across to the io platform. All former members of the Yahoo! group with current working email addresses at the time of transfer should have received an email inviting them to join the group on io.

All the intellectual assets of the group such as the past message board, photos and files etc have been copied across and are now available on io.

For the record, io appears to replicate the functioning of Yahoo! groups and has proved to be very reliable in the six months or so of operations.

Those members of the Yahoo! group with non-working email addresses and prospective new members should visit the group home page on io to request membership.

To access the groups new home page on io click here.

Update 19-12-2019: Yahoo! has now removed the past message board, photos and files from their site as announced.

Updated 22-05-2020.

Top posts for 2018

The editors would like to wish all the contributors a Happy New Year and thank them for their material used in the past year. We also hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.

The most viewed posts (*) for the calendar year 2018 were;-

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

#2– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module.

#3– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module.

#4– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Franklin module – Goes West – to New England.

#5- MaineOn2 layouts – Peter Barney’s SR&RL.

#6- MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL.

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This is a rather different listing compared to those of previous calendar years, but it still has a familiar look, with Trevor Marshall’s now dismantled layout topping the list again. This is the first time that all six top places have been filled by layout posts.

Activity this year has been down on previous years, with fewer new topics posted and visitor numbers being slightly down on last year. The overall viewing and specific topic viewing numbers, which are used to produce these end of year rankings, are both significantly lower than those of the last few years.

The nationality of viewers had been pretty stable over the previous years, has seen some ranking changes this year. The USA still leads with some 77% of the 2018 total viewings, but Canada came in second with 4.7% and the United Kingdom slipped to third place with 4.2%, reversing their previous rankings. Next came Australia (2.8%), Switzerland (2.1%) and Germany (1.8%).

The blog has recorded visits from 55 different countries around the globe this year.

We still have more topics and content in-process and may well find errors to correct and additional information to add to existing postings, so keep coming back in the coming year.

Terry,

on behalf of the editorial team (Trevor, Matt & Terry).

(*) as recorded by WordPress, using direct visits to the topic/posting.

We are five

It is five years since we made our first tentative public disclosures of this blog. We had been discussing republishing the old HTML version of the FAQ’s for several months and then started loading up information in WordPress on a trial basis. After about four weeks, we were satisfied with both the formats chosen and styles developed, and when several discussions on the Maine On2 Yahoo! group made reference to the old FAQ’s, we decided to go public with the new version to support those threads. We started back then with just 41 topics/posts, mostly picture based, showing some of the commercially produced brass models and a selection of historic On2 layouts.

Encouraged by the response from the group, the number of topics grew to over 110 by our first anniversary in 2014, and today, on our fifth anniversary the blog consists of 195 topics/posts and 6 pages. In our fifth year, we have passed a major milestone, that of receiving our 100 000th viewing.

This past year has seen reduced activity publicly by the editorial team for a number of reasons, and the activity which took place was focussed on acknowledging that the blog is now mature and bringing the editorial postings up to date and revising older topics, rather than publishing new Maine On2 modelling topics. The activity included adding new pages to cover topics which we previously frequently received private messages about. A number of existing topics have been updated, with errors corrected and pictures and links added to related topics.

Thanks to all our contributors and viewers,

 

Terry, Matt and Trevor.

 

Top posts for 2017

The editors would like to wish all the contributors a Happy New Year and thank them for their material used in the past year during which the blog received its 100,000th viewing.

The most viewed posts (*) during the calendar year 2017 were;-

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

#2- MaineOn2 layouts – Peter Barney’s SR&RL.

#3- Moe Example – a password protected example showing Moe Mechling’s inimitable styles for drawings and letters.

#4- MaineOn2 layouts – Bill Kerr’s SR&RL.

#5– Maine On2 layouts – Bob Harper’s Megantic module.

#6- Couplers.

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The Moe page was posted to the blog in support of a then current discussion on the Maine On2 Yahoo! group board at the end of June 2017. For copyright and other reasons, it was posted under password protection, with the password being posted to members of that group on June 29 2017.

Yet again, this is a rather different listing compared to those of previous calendar years, with three of the top placings being taken by new topics posted this year, and four of the top placings being taken by layouts, although regrettably only two still exist.

Activity this year has generally been down on last years record numbers, in terms of lower numbers of new topics posted, slightly lower viewing numbers and lower numbers of specific topic viewings which are used to produce these end of year rankings. The number of visitors was up by nearly 5% on last years total.

The nationality of viewers was pretty stable, with some 72% of the 2017 total viewings coming from the USA, the United Kingdom came in second with 7% and Canada placed third with 4%. Next came Australia (3.3%), France(2.8%), Germany (2.1%) and Japan (2.0%). The blog has recorded visits from 56 different countries around the globe this year.

We hope that our viewers have found the site of interest over the last year.
We have more topics and content in-process and may well find errors to correct and additional information to add to existing postings, so keep coming back in the coming year.

 

Terry,

on behalf of the editorial team (Trevor, Matt & Terry).

(*) as recorded by WordPress, using direct visits to the topic/posting.

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 thinly veiled request to list items wanted or for sale here.

Commercial transactions such as listing items wanted or for sale are beyond the intended 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, 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 of any particular group: it is merely provided for information.

Updated 19-12-2019.