The editors gratefully acknowledge a number of informative postings by Chuck Collins to the MaineOn2 Yahoo group which have been edited and incorporated into this posting;-
Here is a little more On2 history. My brother Ric and I first started modeling the Maine two footers in 1961 after reading Allan Hanson’s article “The Sandy River Goes HOn2” in the April 1961 issue of Model Railroad Craftsman. We began modeling in HOn2. In 1970 we switched to On2 so we could get more detail in our models.
These pictures were taken on Ric Collins’ now defunct SR&RL On2 railroad. Ric’s railroad depicted the SR&RL circa 1914-1918 and modeled the line from Phillips, Maine to Rangeley, Maine. The pictures were taken in the early 1990’s before Ric had to dismantle the railroad because of a move. It was never rebuilt.
The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. My name is Chuck Collins and I was the one that ran Narrow Gauge Specialties. I am still in this world for now but not sure for how long. My brother Ric Collins is also still living. Neither of us model in On2 anymore. We are both involved in small scale live steam trains.
SR&RL #9 at Madrid.
Wes Ewell, a noted Maine Two Foot fan, wrote in 2008;- “I had a chance to visit Ric’s layout before he moved and it was quite a treat to see. He ran a long curving mainline through hilly scenery between Phillips and Rangeley. Ric’s wife Alice built most of the buildings.”
Now let’s resume that trip and enjoy the scenery.
SR&RL #9 on Sluice hill.
SR&RL #10 at Madrid.
SR&RL #10 crossing Main Street.
SR&RL #19 on the bridge.
SR&RL #19 and log train crossing the highway.
SR&RL #19 and log train coming down Sluice hill.
SR&RL #20 and train going up Sluice hill.
This picture featured as the Maine On2 Yahoo! group home page heading picture early in 2008. Chuck Collins wrote “It shows my SR&RL #20 on her way up Sluice Hill. The locomotive is a Custom Brass Import which I reworked with a new micro-motor and gearbox, detailed and painted.”
SR&RL #22 passing the Phillips engine house.
Wes Ewell wrote “Ric’s layout was most impressive. When you lifted the roof off his Phillips engine house you found a full stable of On2 locomotives, most of them scratch built using Ric’s own etchings. I had long admired the etchings that he and his brother produced back in the 1970s, so was delighted and honored when he pointed out a Portland Forney sitting in front of his Rangeley engine house that he had built from my etchings.”
SR&RL #24 at Phillips.
This picture featured as the Maine On2 Yahoo! group home page heading picture in mid 2008. Chuck Collins wrote “It shows SR&RL #24 after her recent arrival from Baldwin Locomotive Works, sitting in front of the depot at Phillips. The locomotive is a Custom Brass Import which was detailed and painted by my brother, Ric Collins”.
SR&RL #24 and train going up Sluice hill.
Ric’s layout was the venue for an annual get together of West Coast Maine Two Foot fans and the last of these in 1995 was captured on home video which was posted to YouTube a couple of years ago at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDdEFAlhRng
Charlie Siebenthal wrote “I had the privilege of attending many of Ric’s annual 2-foot meets. Great layout and a rare chance to rub elbows with so many 2-footers. Bob Schlechter took up the host duties for a couple of years after Ric’s move. Last I heard Ric was into live steam garden railroading and golf.”
Here is a little digression from Maine On2 ………………….to show there is life afterwards!…………..
In the heading paragraphs, supplied by Chuck Collins, he wrote that we (he and his brother Ric) are now both involved in small scale live steam trains. Here are some pictures of Ric’s 16mm scale Mount Greta & Murieta garden line;-
The line features in a number of YouTube videos such as the Mt Greta steamup 2016 which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ug_rZp2Wwkc
Ric’s brother, Chuck, has more eclectic tastes in his 16mm scale modelling, choosing to follow South African (and other) Two Foot gauge prototypes with his Avontuur Light Railway shown here in this YouTube video;- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VnUZs4n_r0