Here's an update on my HOn30 version of Nature's Wonderland:
The first problem in building a model railroad based on this classic Disneyland attraction is coming up with the motive power to pull the trains. The idea with HOn30 is to use N scale parts and mechanisms so that you don't have to build everything from scratch.
The prototype NWRR trains were pulled by small, 0-4-0, industrial type locomotives like those built by Porter in the early 1900s. They weren't real steam engines, but ran on electric power. Their bright paint schemes, square headlamps and other period details made them look like engines from an earlier era. To make matters even more complicated for the would-be modeler, the engines were not built full scale. Each was just 11' long and a little over 4' wide.
WED drawing of a NWRR locomotive.
Unfortunately, there is not a single N scale 0-4-0 on the market at this time that would make a suitable 'donor' for a NWRR locomotive. What's a Disney train geek to do?
If I just want something that captures the look and feel of those little engines without being an exact replica, whole new possibilities open up.
Atlas imports a great running little N scale 2-6-0 Mogul. Not the correct wheel arrangement by a long shot, but with a little cutting, painting and rebuilding one could turn this:
Atlas N Scale Mogul
Nature's Wonderland here I come.
Not an exact replica, but close enough to the cute, chunky looks of the original NWRR locomotives. Close enough for me anyway.
This is going to be a fun project.