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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by CN1, Dec 23, 2003.
What era (year, decade, century?) do you model?
I realy like this Polling option:thumb:
There ya go H O Traction (of course) 1940ish
Right now I model a period between 1945 to 1985 so I responded on specific year. I have my locomotives and rolling stock organized into the various eras that they belong. I also have some period vehicles that go with the era of the trains that are running. Lately, however, I seem to acquiring more 1950ish items than any other era.
I model two eras..The C&O in 65/66 and the C&O/Chessie in 78/79..My C&HV is set in 78/79 as well.
All of the above
My era is officially described as "1829 to 1959", or "Stevenson's Rocket to Evening Star".
But I have a concentration of the 1930s and the 1950s.
Most of our rolling stock and buildings are 1945-1960, but we do have a few items that are just a bit later because a, they were a real bargain, or b, they were of a type or design that I have an interest in. Nothing real new, only a few, but just stretching the era a tad. When my sons and I began construction about 30 years ago, we hung a small(just as ajoke) sign over the center of the layout. It notifies all visitors that, "This railroad is 100% privately owned and is not regulated by the ICC or any other government body or outside group"! Over the years I think the sign has the unintended effect of reminding anyone with a potential comment about any minorprototypical error or slight inconsistency that it IS our railroad!
We enjoy it, visitors, especially kids, enjoy it, but it is not the Smithsonian. Dave
When I started my current layout a few years ago, the plan was to model logging in the Missouri Ozarks, circa 1910. Within the last year, however, I have changed from trying to model a specific year to simply modeling an entire era. I won't bore everyone with how and why I made the decision, but now I'm modeling Ozarks logging c. 1900-1928. (By 1928, most of the hardwood and yellow pine had been harvested and the last of the big mills in southern Missouri had shut down.)
I also decided to bend history just a bit. So, among several things, Prohibition never happened :thumb: and my little loggers can head to town on Saturday evening and imbibe a little at Eben Flood's tavern.
I like to model the early 1990's to the present day. Its all I can relate to!
i am modeling the Southern Pacific in 1993-1995 or so. that way, i can use D&RGW stuff and some of the new GE and EMD wide cabs.
at least thats what i am doing right now..........
Eastern Kentucky(centering around Ashland) 1920 to 1925.The internet is such a wonderfull tool,that you can get an amazing amount of info on anyplace from just about any time that you like.
It's 3000 miles away,but I would like to visit there some day.
August 12, 1970, 2:30 PM between milepost 101 and 105 on the PC's River Division. JUST KIDDING! I model the Penn Central years after 1968 with a vague representation of NY/PA scenary.
I am going to be modeling the Chessie System. I am a huge Chessie System Railroad Fan and a Pennsylvania Railroad Fan.
I model the diesel era of the AD&N which is from 1948-1996. But I'm getting a couple of steamers for excursion trains/railfan runs, a 2-6-0 & a 2-8-0. I initially was going to concentrate on just 1978-1979, but decided that I couldn't be that strict.
I am mostly concentrated from 1975-1990, though.
My HO scale RR is set in the 1990's. Whereas my Sn3 RR is set in the 1920's.
MM,When I lived in Ky while working on the C&O under the Chessie banner. I been to Ashland more times then I can recall.Ashland is a beautiful city that sets along the Ohio River and one that is rich in railroad history..One of my all time Kentucky railroads is the Lexington and Ashland Ry.The L&A became part of the C&O.It ran from Lexington,through Morehead,Olivehill,Grayson and on to Ashland.There is a very good book by Elmer G.Sulzer "The Ghost Railroads of Kentucky" that deals will all the old railroads of Kentucky..Students of the history of Kentucky railroads will do well by adding this book to their library. And yes I own a copy..My late wife was from Ky and insisted on me buying that book.:thumb:
And as they say in Kentucky- Kentucky Wild Cat fever-Catch it!
BTW that's the name of UK's basketball team for those that may not know.
I try to model the last ten years or so of the Frisco's existence, but with the presence of an RS1 and a 44-tonner, I stray a bit back to the 1950s. The "foreign" power (UP, Santa Fe, etc) also reflects this era. No Dash-8s, Dash-9s, SD50s or AC power on my road.
Brakie. Thanks for the info,I can almost picture it. Who is the"ghost railroad's" published by,as I NEED a copy.