Combining hobbies

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  1. Roger Wellman

    Roger Wellman New Member

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    Does anybody combine hobbies besides me? I have several hobbies, and several are incorporated into my layout (golf, etc) ... but this may be the first time I incorporated model railroading into another hobby. One of my other hobbies is square dancing. Over the weekend, our square dance club had its annual "Straw Hat Dance" and prizes were given to decorated straw hats ... and yes ... I HAD TO USE MODEL RAILROADING for my hat. I used a model of a model railroad for the brin, then made sign saying "TRACK tWO" ... which is a square dance call. The result ... first place! The question is ... has anyone else combined hobbies like this???

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  2. Topo

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    Being the numismatics another of my passtimes, it's funny to realize how two hobbies can sometimes overlap themselves. Several years ago, I started to collect coins and medails with RR motives, as a particular case in my collection. Any of you are 'aficionado' to this or another type of railroadiana?

    These are some examples that can be easily find in the numismatics shops (usually, they aren't expensive either! :D :D ).

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  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    That, my friend, is a serious lid for the old brain pan. :thumb:

    There was this time, some years back, when I built a G scale rendition of the Garden of Gethsemine, complete with the empty tomb and Mary kneeling before the Risen Jesus. I used a bunch of Woodland Scenics ground foam, lichen and rockwork made from acoustic ceiling tile. The coffee house kept it in their window for years, moving it only at Christmas to place the Nativity I built with balsa. Wish I had pics.
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    cidchase Active Member

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    Roger, you are one brave man!!! :D :D :D :D
  5. Fred_M

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    :D I'll never ever top that. :D FRED
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Does the train run :D :D :D j/k NEAT !!!
  7. screwysquirrel

    screwysquirrel Member

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    Well, SOMEONE once mad a hat like that where the Train _Did_ run. you can see a copy of teh old newsreel clip in Weird Al's 'Dare To Be Stupid' music video.
  8. Roger Wellman

    Roger Wellman New Member

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    Yes, the train does run on a track supplied in the box ... but I was pleased to learn that the train also fits my H-O track on my layout. But, because it is more of a "toy", I keep it in my computer room as a reminder of my layout in the basement. It was a gift from family, and has sentimental value from that standpoint.
  9. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    Roger, I like the hat so much, that I have added it & you :) to our Members "Pictures Page"


    :D :D :D

    Now, Trains take a huge amount of my collections.. Coins....License plates....and key rings. :) I have 4 train clocks, a train watch and a bunch of train postage stamps & Ruibber stamps. All these "Collections" are diversified to other genre such as Warner Brothers, planes Cars etc...
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    I haven't, but I need to put that on the list on the things I should try but never do. :p
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    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Roger:
    NMRA has a "Trains on Stamps" contest category, but I don't remember any entries.
    I devise Scottish Country Dances, and my first one was called "62430 - Jingling Geordie" after a Scottish locomotive.
    I made up a list once for the Platelayers' Ball -- all dances that had a railroady name (if you pushed a little).
  12. jetrock

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    Well, I suppose history counts as a hobby (as it's something I do for fun rather than getting paid for it)--since I model the city in which I live (Sacramento, CA) and I don't model the present day, I combine my hobby of researching local history and model railroading by trying to accurately (where I can) portray life in Sacramento in the 1950's by modeling prototype industries, commercial buildings, and neighborhoods. In places I have/will alter "reality" where practicality intervenes (the obvious selective compression/omission needed in any model railroad) as well as including a few touches of personal whimsy--but in general I am trying to capture the feel of a specific place, and utilizing my historical research to facilitate it.

    Model railroading is a natural for those who like a diverse spread of hobbies--one can include electronics, painting, photography, model kit building, architecture, sculpting, research, machining, woodworking, railfanning, and plenty of other fields of endeavor. You could even include yoga, if your layout includes a lot of duck-unders!