You Might Be A Model Train Nut if:

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  1. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

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    :) You Might Be A Model Train Nut if:

    • 1) You won't take a highway unless it parallels a railroad line.
    • 2) 95% of your photo collection is of locomotives and rolling stock instead of family and friends.
    • 3) You honestly think it's a capital crime to discard old railroad magazines.
    • 4) You wear a pair of striped overalls, a cap, and a red vest covered with insignia of every major railroad imaginable.
    • 5) You describe colors as Daylight Orange, Brunswick Green, Glacier Blue, Harbormist Grey, and Boxcar Red.
    • 6) You have four shoeboxes filled with discarded hornhook couplers "just in case".
    • 7) You've ever used Instant Weathering spray paint to rescue models that didn't turn out right.
    • 8) You spend $500.00 on a brass locomotive to pull a $1.95 caboose.
    • 9) You request the trackside rooms at the Fort Worth Ramada Inn.
    • 10) You eat at "Big Boy" restaurants because if just seems right.
    • 11) You collect CD's of various train sounds to differentiate between a 567 and a 645 prime mover.
    • 12) Your eyes glaze over when you hear words like SD70MAC or DASH 8-40C.
    • 13) You buy your daughter a Baldwin piano only to find out it wasn't built at Eddystone after all.
    • 14) When you see the word LIMA, you don't think of Peru or butterbeans.
    • 15) Your blood pressure rises over the centerfolds in one of the model railroad magazines.
    • 16) You think rail nippers are the best modeling tool ever invented.
    • 17) You know how to correctly pronounce Mallet, Boxpoke, and Walschaerts.
    • 18) You think a train party is a big model railroad meet.
    • 19) You have a complete set of Walthers catalogs dating back to 1935
    • 20) You camp out overnight to get tickets to a model train swap meet.
    • 21) You deprive yourself of food on a trip to buy more film.
    • 22) You think a reefer is a car you ship frozen foods in.
    • 23) You've ever run a model diesel without its handrails.
    • 24) You've ever MU'd two model locomotives with the same road number.
    • 25) You have ever walked on water to get to your favorite trestle photo site.
    • 26) You've ever run doublestacks behind a model steam locomotive.
    • 27) You've got more unassembled kits in the closet than in Walther's warehouse.
    • 28) You have superdetailed Athearn diesels that rival Overland brass but honestly don't know how to install Kadees on them.
    • 29) You've ever used rail nippers to remove low-hanging Kadee coupler pins.
    • 30) You can't do the dishes because the sink is occupied by plastic body shells soaking in brake fluid.
    • 31) You place your thumb on the most visible spot-of a model to see if your paint is dry.
    • 32) You write a letter to SANTA FE at Christmas.
    • 33) You name your cat "Chessie".
    • 34) You think dust is a pretty good form of weathering.
    • 35) You hoard horn-hook couplers. - AC
    Source: http://www.tttrains.com/tips/mikestips.htm
  2. ausien

    ausien Active Member

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    What is the reason for number 30.:confused: And what if only 30% pertain to you? are you only a part time train nut?.:rolleyes:

    Good post,:thumb: do you match all 35 points yourself.:D :D :D ..have a good one..steve..
  3. theBear

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    You learn something new every day, thanks dave...have a good one..steve
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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    LOL Good stuff!!

    36) You have ever chased a train for 4 miles, in your car - because you needed a picture of "That Engine"

    37) You can judge by the horn "crossing signals" how fast a train is going and in which direction.. Because it crosses 4 roads near your home.

    38) You know about 5 people that will call you any time of day, to let you know there is a Train on TV somewhere. They will also call from one side of a flea market (when you are on the other side ) to see if you saw the train things on a certain table...

    39) While waiting, with a camera, for a train to get to a station, you are more upset than the regular passangers are when the train is late.
  6. grumbeast

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    How about #40, you've stood outside in 25 below for an hour with nothing but cadbury's cream eggs, a camera and enough clothing to fill a store, only to have the camera freeze just when the train you've been waiting for arrives.. and you still think this was a fun day.

    Graham

    (can you spot the personal experience :) :)
  7. theBear

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    Huh, Ya can't fool this here Bear type critter, it never gets that cold out there in the gulf stream. Oh yeah and you can send that bunny here with a big basket of goodies [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
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    Gulf stream!.. hah.. we have the Labrador current.. I gave up the gulf stream when I left the Uk.. I was going to say -35 but then realised.. no wait.. that was when I lived in New Brunswick :) !!

    btw. love the avatar, I just got two beautiful books about the Maine Central,

    Maine Central in Color Vol 1 and 2 Man am I upset that I didn't get here when the MEC was operating, what wonderful railroad, and perfect to model too!

    Cheers

    Graham
  9. EL3625

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    :eek: I've never had my camera freeze up and I've been out in Massena, NY when it was -20 and snowing. But then I keep the ol' camera inside my coat til I see a train.:) :thumb:

    #41- waiting til your railfan buddies are half way across the field.......Then yelling SNAKE!!!!!!!:) :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: . Works for me.......................
    John D.
  10. jasbourre

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    He he,

    Northern Maine Junction (sort of, coming soon to a basement near me) [​IMG]. I have a plan dealing with B&A and MEC. Just a little problem with things in the way.

    My father in law worked for the MEC for 42 years other family members also worked for the railroad.

    I used to watch the trains in my home town (can't do that anymore, no track even), the yard was up the street 2 blocks. I also got to help turn a loco or two on a turntable. Heck a lot of the places I stood during deer season I got to by using the old track lines, a good number of those places are now under beaver flows. I for one would not want to be the first to ride the rails along a large part of the old mainline.

    Now don't you go fooling those others about the temp in NS ... we all know it is 75, sunny, and you are drinking a tall frosty one at the beach watching the lovely ladies [​IMG].
  12. theBear

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    #41

    41) If you stole your baby cousin just to ask the driver for "him" to ride inside the cab!!

    lol!
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    #42) You confuse being a railfan with being a model train nut... the two often run together, but not always...
  15. cidchase

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    (43) Yer readin' this thread instead of goin' home after work. :D :D
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    when people walk in your house and ask if any thing in your house (dose not )have to do with trains
  17. CN1

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    14B) When you see the word ALCO, you don't think of the construction trailers or Travel agency :p :p :D :wave:
  18. theBear

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    Whenever you see a flashing red light you cry because you missed the train.
  19. ausien

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    God, did I say :rolleyes: when 30% points to you, it should have been 60%,:D :D there`s no hope for me.. I`M A TRAIN NUT 0-4-0h sure:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: ....have a good one...steve
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    45) You've been arrested for being a terrorist surveiling places to blow up a train. :D :D :D