What do you like best

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  1. Railery

    Railery Member

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    What do you like best to do in railroading. i know we love it all. But is there a particular interest that u like to do or a couple of them?
  2. shamus

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    Yeah Railery, I love scratchbuilding, either a trestle bridge or structures.
    I am in the middle of scratchbuilding another building for my layout at this moment in time, should have it finished next week.
  3. Railery

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    i like to plan out layouts. Form the towns, sidings, the scenery like mountains, prairie, lakes. i also like to plan out the various industries. My other favorite interest is to watch videos of model layouts or real trains. Sort of puts me into a dream state [​IMG]
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    Shamus, i thought you would have stated photography [​IMG] But your model scenes are very nice. They make me want to do more building [​IMG]
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    Railery, Photography, is not high up on my list of things I love to do. After spending years photographing, and writing for magazines and being a photo journalist, for the News Papers, I only dig the camera out to photo new items on the layout, and that is with some reluctance sometimes. However, having said that, I suppose I still find a fascination interlacing photographs with computer manipulation.
    Here's one I just finished.
    [​IMG]
  6. Drew1125

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    This is what I always refer to as the "hobby within a hobby". I've gone through several phases over the years.
    I guess the first thing I really got into, (and something I still love to do) was building scenery.(I still remember that first attempt - a 4x8 sheet of plywood, with what looked like a big green wedding cake in the middle of it) [​IMG].
    The next phase was kitbashing structures, which then led to scratch building.
    The next thing I tried was painting locomotives & rolling stock. This was something that I never quite mastered to my own satisfaction.
    About 6 years ago, we moved into a smaller house, & I became in effect, an "armchair modeler". This wasn't all bad though, I did a lot of reading, & daydreaming about exactly what I want out of a model railroad.
    Lately, I've built some dioramas, (I've actually had a local railroad museum express some interest in a couple of these) & I built a small N scale switching layout.
    But now this narrow gauge bug is knawing away at me. I really want this next layout to be my "masterpiece".
    You know, this really is a great hobby with so many facets, any one of which can take you away from work, bills, deadlines, & all the general stress of day to day living.
    Oh yeah, last, but not least, I really enjoy shootin' the breeze with all the good folks at The Gauge [​IMG]
    Talk to ya later!
    P.S. Shamus, that is excellent work!


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  7. George

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    After running long passenger trains, I like the buildings best.

    But I will settle for trouble free operation!

    George.
  8. shamus

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    Thanks Charlie,
    Going into Narrow Gauge, now that is nice. I would love to build a layout to 0N3, or 0N30, but with my present layout at 99.9% finished and at the tender age of 64, NO, I'll stay as I am. If I were yonger with a better pair of eyes, say 20 years ago, I would have changed. Still, I am happy with what I have achieved over the many years of model railroading.
  9. Steamnut

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    My favorite part is running live steam (any gauge, though 15" is the most fun). Unfortunately it's something which I don't get to do very often. Especially since we're renting here, and I really haven't had time or space to set up any gauge 1 outside in about 2 years.... (I make do with a full size traction engine I get to run about 4 weekends a year)

    I also like detailing a scene with "clutter" and "junk" to make it come to life, unfortunately there isn't much off the rack clutter available in "N" (the other size that I tinker in)
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    Steamnut, I like that lineside clutter, rust belt, urban decreptitude look too. I built an N scale diorama one time of a locomotive & bad order scrapping facility. (I finally found a use for those old Bachman steam engines) It consisted of an old brick 2 stall engine shed, overhead crane, several lines of weed-grown track, wrecked & rusting equipment, & an off-line facility for truck loading. (I called it Sanford & Son Salvage) The entire facility (roughly 12x18 in.) was littered with tons of "junk". I used barrels, drums, pipes, wheelsets, sideframes, scaps of lumber, corrugated siding, old electric motors, gears from a couple of old cheap watches, & probably some other stuff I can't remember. Everything came from both HO & N scale kit scraps. I cut everything up into small pieces, painted it varying shades of rust, & I thought it was pretty convincing.
    I guess the moral here is - don't buy detail parts until you've looked around the house first.

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  11. Railery

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    Probably scratch building but I'm relatively new to the hobby and have just finished the
    framework,track laying,turnouts & controls.
    Plan to install the DCC decoders and run the trains to debug the setup before getting into the scenery and scratch building. I am fasinated by Shamus's trestle bridge and waterfall workmanship (everything; rocks,trees->landscaping). The cost of raw material for the trestle's is unbelievable so I'm thinking of ripping my own strips. Any suggestions? Thanks, Jim
  13. Railery

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    I like that trestle bridge with the water
    falls. Jimnrose here is a picture of a trestle bridge just being constructed its a model one.
    [​IMG]

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    Hi Railery,
    Your trestle bridge on your layout? Wow, that looks great. Like to see a photo when the scenery is complete.

    shamus
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    Hi Railery!

    Thanks for the link. Looked it over but I think it would be more to Shamus's liking.

    I'm not into narrow gauge. I prefer the big mainline scene with full length varnish and freights with over thirty cars. When something goes wrong, it makes for more dramatic crashes than a runaway logger! [​IMG]

    George.
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    Thanks for the link Railery - I saved it so I can look at it some more.
    Hey guys, I like the big trains too. In fact, that's all I've ever modeled - since 1968. It's just that the narrow gauge thing struck me as something new - something that would challenge my abilities.
    And George, if you think that careening down a 5% grade winding down the side of a deep gorge in a tiny steam engine, with 6 or 8 loaded log buggies, & no brakes wouldn't be dramatic - you, my friend, must have a cast iron constitution! [​IMG] (If I, on the other hand, survived the ride, I know my underwear wouldn't) [​IMG]
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    Hi Railery,
    Thanks for the photo of your trestle bridge; it looks great. Is it made from 1/6" x 3/32" bass wood and did you purchase the stock or rip it yourself? Jim
  18. Railery

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    Yeah i like running those big trains too [​IMG]
    But without the dramatic crashes [​IMG] Thats why
    i am redoing my layout. My favorite consist is lashing up two Sante Fe Dash 8s or C 44-9s
    to a 12 car intermodal with a caboose. Thats about 10' long, which looks good on my layout
    . It would be neat to run a 30 car unit or
    more.

    i guess the HOn3 link is for Charlie.

    Shamus thankyou for the compliment, but i had to tear up the old layout but i will post a pic of this trestle saved. i built it so that
    it could be pulled out and set into another
    layout. But i would love to have the formula
    for your water and water falls. i want to incorporate them into the new layout with
    this trestle [​IMG]

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    Hello:

    I think everything in model railroading! I like loosing the small parts. Using cheap glue when the good stuff runs out. Shorts in the wiring. Don't forget derailments over 1 area of track!

    With all the swearing, I still love it. I love watching the passenger train pulling into the station. Now the next layout will feature a railroad from the late 21st Century. I will need alot of imagination for that!

    Happy modeling,
    Andy

    LOve those pics! [​IMG]
  20. Railery

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    Hi Jim n Rose, sorry for not replying sooner but i had software problems and been working a few long hours. But the answer to your question, The bridge is a Heljan model. All plastic. It is a very nice kit, i purchased two [​IMG]

    And hey kf4jqd, i bet u got lots of imagination [​IMG] to keep those trains running.

    Shamus this is the water pic that i like [​IMG]Can u describe how u did the water and water fall?
    [​IMG]