I had the opportunity to display Ironhorse Vineyards, Strawberry Mountain and Rocky Creek layouts at a model show near Ames, Iowa this past weekend. It was very rewarding as I met several people genuinely interested in GN15 and Gnine models. Unusual in this part of the country. Many find the layouts interesting but American prototype railroads are the primary interest. I was surprized at the number of people who brought up Carl Arendt's web site. This is the first time I have run into anyone that was familiar with his work. None of the folks had ever seen a GN15/Gnine layout in person and so the exchange was great.
I have decided to begin another layout to be built this winter. I will post on it's construction in the near future. It will be a two piece module about 9' long and 18" deep.
Most recently I built a small critter based on one built by Ian Thompson. I saw pictures and could not resist making one of my own. I had an N gauge Plymouth and thus it was built as a Gnine. I ordered Schomberg models "Red" to drive it.
At the train show I found a new Bachmann HO gauge GE 44 Tonner which of course yielded two power trucks so now I am building a GN15 version.
Comparison shows that GE44 Ton mechanism is taller but overall smaller than Plymouth. I added lead weight to bring the overall weight to 3 1/2 ounces and it runs quite well and reasonably slow.