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cathouse willy
01-03-2014, 10:49 PM
It's a widespread hobby I've just discovered. Any railroad modelers here?

01-03-2014, 10:58 PM
I'm not, although my brother is. I grew up in MD where model railroads were a big part of Christmas - lots of fire stations have them and are open to the public. Up here in New England it seems very rare. I miss them. I like the building of scale bridges and such.

Jimmy W
01-03-2014, 11:12 PM
Have you ever seen any of the videos on this one?


Jimmy W
01-03-2014, 11:17 PM
One more.


Hugh Conway
01-03-2014, 11:20 PM
more in the past than the present. What's your interest?

Todd Bradshaw
01-04-2014, 01:24 AM
I have an N Scale layout with twin 50' loops that runs around the top of the shelves in my office. At one end it runs through the wall and along one wall in the living room for a few feet on something that looks kind of like a fireplace mantle. At the other end, it has a small section of the turn-around that runs through a corner in the kitchen. There used to be a cabinet there and I had to bribe my wife by building her a new and better cabinet in order to get the easement. Nothing planned or formal operations-wise, I just like to watch them go by every couple minutes when I'm working. The total "footprint" is actually smaller than a 4x8 sheet of plywood, but since it is mostly a foot wide or less on the shelf tops, the trains actually go away and come back, rather than chasing their tails around in a circle.

Most years I buy a couple stock locomotives, take them all apart and repaint, detail and weather them and then auction them off on eBay to fund new projects, but this year I haven't done anything yet. I actually found that taking apart and rebuilding locos that are only about 3" long did wonders for my hand/eye coordination and old stiff fingers. The fun thing about not having kids is that you never have to grow up. If you want to have trains running through the living room next to an 8' tall Sasquatch, you just do it and folks just think you're a bit eccentric.




01-04-2014, 02:58 AM
OCD writ small...

01-04-2014, 04:59 AM
The main reason I never got involved with trains was my OCD (writ enormous) with model boats didn't allow time for other obsessions. I buy some of my materials and tools from a local model train shop and I spend at least 2 hours nosing around their collections each time I shop there. So I could see how easy it would be to get absorbed in that hobby and it's prolly a good thing there's no room in the budget for such ventures.

This bit of creative (homestyle) politicing had me grinning. Well played.

. . . I had to bribe my wife by building her a new and better cabinet in order to get the easement.

01-04-2014, 06:43 AM
I was at one stage, a devotee of the Fine Scale Model Gazette and hence a standard I could never reach.
I never had a complete layout, my interest was kit bashing and scratch building. Mainly logging and mining vehicles. Shays, Climaxes, homebuilt logging tractors, log loaders and steam cranes etc. Even a steam locomotive from Oregon that needed no rails. http://theoldmotor.com/?attachment_id=68363
I modelled Aussie and North American types, a book that influenced my modelling was Steel rails and Silver Dreams. and my steep layout took it's landscape from this.
I still have most of my scratch built stuff, I was looking at the crate today.

Jim Bow
01-04-2014, 10:07 AM
I never got much beyond the round the floor type RR. When I was in the navy, stationed in Yokohama, a friend talked me into going downtown Tokyo in search of the Tenshodo factory. Tenshodo made beautiful soldered brass models of steam locomotives.
I recall it was very close to the main trains station in the Ginza. Fourth floor of a warehouse where jewelry was assembled. I recall 4 or 5 guys in white lab coats putting together tiny tiny parts. One fellow had been to the states and spoke very good english and was proud to show us around, The guy I was with, bought two locomotives for about $70.00 each, and went back later to buy more. This was in 1968. I'm sure they're worth a bit more nowadays.