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Model Railroading

By DeathHimself

4 years ago


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#1 4 years ago

I know there were some post touching on model railroading, G scale if I recall. Are there any O scale or HO scale guys out here? Pretty much have my O scale set and did some weathering too, now moving onto HO scale and would to hear & see from some of you other guys on what scale and line of trains, tracks etc... you are running.

Here are a few quick shots of some of my weathering, looks better in person then photos to be honest, have several You Tube videos as well.

There are O scale MTH engines and rolling stock.

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#2 4 years ago

Very nice work. Not being picky just an observation and gentle ribbing but the rails need some rust, so shiny!

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#3 4 years ago

i do model railroading!
My scale is not a common one for modelers.. 1 scale:
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Check out that realism!

#4 4 years ago
Quoted from Coyote:

i do model railroading!
My scale is not a common one for modelers.. 1 scale:

Check out that realism!

Is this in your basement Mike? LOL

#5 4 years ago
Quoted from Lovef2k:

Is this in your basement Mike? LOL

Yeah. *sigh* It's why I only have a couple games. No room for anything else.
On the downside, weather is horrid.

#6 4 years ago

I do some modeling in N scale, but its pretty limited. Most of my N stuff is Atlas, Con Cor, Rivarossi, Kato and Broadway limited. I'm a steam person so lots of articulated, shay and unique steam engines in my roster. Mostly just have small displays now, but I'm working on a coffee table with a logging layout inside it. Still in design phase though (didn't stop me from buying up all logging engines and rolling stock i would want though...).
Grew up with O guage and still have a bunch of it around the house. I don't do much with it anymore due to space and cost. Mainly used for the "around the tree" trains, a display on my fireplace mantle and I keep some on top of my kitchen cabinets to display as well. Mostly Lionel with some MTH mixed in. I was only born in 1987 so I'm still young, but I still have my first Lionel train set from 1988, my grandpa's prewar and postwar collection was given to me a year ago when he passed away, and my small group of articulated steam engines.
I somehow never got into HO. My dad started me on O guage and I started N in college when space was a bit of a problem. It's all taken a bit of a backseat now that I'm married and have taken up pinball.

#7 4 years ago
Quoted from SteveinTexas:

Very nice work. Not being picky just an observation and gentle ribbing but the rails need some rust, so shiny!

LOL, those were some early on shots, most are natural dusty weathered now lol. On another note my dirt is real dirt. I bake it at 350' for 30 minutes then let it cool and sift it through a strainer and it gives a nice dirt result . I love tossing the graffiti every so often on the rolling stock as well, gives a great touch of realism. Coyote must have some of that on his 1 layout

#8 4 years ago
Quoted from JDissen87:

I do some modeling in N scale, but its pretty limited. Most of my N stuff is Atlas, Con Cor, Rivarossi, Kato and Broadway limited. I'm a steam person so lots of articulated, shay and unique steam engines in my roster. Mostly just have small displays now, but I'm working on a coffee table with a logging layout inside it. Still in design phase though (didn't stop me from buying up all logging engines and rolling stock i would want though...).
Grew up with O guage and still have a bunch of it around the house. I don't do much with it anymore due to space and cost. Mainly used for the "around the tree" trains, a display on my fireplace mantle and I keep some on top of my kitchen cabinets to display as well. Mostly Lionel with some MTH mixed in. I was only born in 1987 so I'm still young, but I still have my first Lionel train set from 1988, my grandpa's prewar and postwar collection was given to me a year ago when he passed away, and my small group of articulated steam engines.
I somehow never got into HO. My dad started me on O guage and I started N in college when space was a bit of a problem. It's all taken a bit of a backseat now that I'm married and have taken up pinball.

Oh my eyes couldn't handle N scale anymore, not even sure if they will work well with HO but giving it a shot. In HO I decided to jump full ahead with Broadway Limited Imports, love their Paragon 2 and now setting up their Paragon 3 system with a few steamers to go with it like the N&W Y6b, UP Bigboy and PPR K4 Pre War... and in modern just grabbed a pair of NS ES44AC's which I can't waiting for them to get delivered on Tuesday. I stood away from MTH in HO scale because hell I must have 150 engines from them in O and they really don't stray to much on their sounds so it becomes very redundant. BLI gives a nice customization mix with their systems.

#9 4 years ago

So I know nothing about model trains or real trains but I've always found them very interesting. Can you give me a short "Model Trains for Dummies" explanation of what all the hobby entails and how much it costs to get started?

#10 4 years ago

I use to...a long time ago, when we had slot car tracks in basements and storefronts...1966+

Today, as my son was growing up, I added one of these, similar.

Only problem was he kept taking Godzilla out and playing Rampage on the Trees, buildings and people!

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#11 4 years ago
Quoted from GhostThruster:

"Model Trains for Dummies" explanation of what all the hobby entails and how much it costs to get started?

I'd check your area for any model railroad clubs. Or hobby shop. That would be a great start.

You can be cheap. And you can get into brass engines and spend thousands.

Like any hobby. Learn. Start small. And plan what makes you happy.

LTG : )

#12 4 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

I'd check your area for any model railroad clubs. Or hobby shop. That would be a great start.

You can be cheap. And you can get into brass engines and spend thousands.

Like any hobby. Learn. Start small. And plan what makes you happy.

LTG : )

Well said Lloyd. Although I have some very expensive engines in both O and HO, the hobby to me is not the train itself, it is the making of a realistic miniature world that surrounds the track plan. Details details details.... that's the enjoyment for me. I have a 12'x 32' O scale layout, and on that layout I have a couple (fake or course) fucking in the woods, balls ass naked but in the act. I have people over all the time and they always spot something new that they never noticed before, and finally after 5 years of these two banging someone found them and almost pissed themselves. Stuff like that I enjoy, easter eggs per say

#13 4 years ago

Someone on Pinside had sent me a detailed email about wanting to make a Train Pin.

True to the look, it would have mountains and Tunnels, with the Pinball moving through tracks, and collecting trains, with a Z scale built in to complete the animation.

#14 4 years ago

My father is building a rather large outdoor layout in his backyard. My mom is ok with it, since she gets to do the landscaping.

My two year old has developed an immense obsession with trains, and I've been kicking around the idea of selling a majority of my pins to fund a decent size HO layout in the garage

#15 4 years ago

If your selling pins...you should just go all in

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#16 4 years ago
Quoted from tdiddy:

If your selling pins...you should just go all in

I would be in heaven, then of course living in Staten Island NYC they would find someone way to make them illegal or option B- legal with ridiculous permit fee's, and if you think moving pins are heavy lol try one of those bad boys.

#17 4 years ago
Quoted from tdiddy:

If your selling pins...you should just go all in

I wish, but my house and land is small. N gauge or HO is what I have room for.

#18 4 years ago

About a year and a half ago I chainsawed my HO layout to make room for a more serious arcade. My plan has always been to take what I learned from that layout and build a much better one.

What I love about model railroading is that there are always about two or three thousand projects of varying size that you can jump into whenever you have the right amount of time and energy: Tuning up a boxcar can take 15 minutes, and building the benchwork for your extension can take a couple of days. Same with expense. You can use the free dirt from your yard, or you can invest a couple thousand in brass locomotives.

I always loved building with "unofficial" materials, like the cheap gravel from the fish section of the pet store, or making mountains out of foam insulation. It's a very relaxing hobby with a lot of different paths to take. The only part I wasn't too keen on was that there didn't seem to be too many younger folks getting into it. There were a few here and there, but I am afraid there might not be much future to it in another generation or two.

Also, I found this odd: A lot of model railroaders seem to be named "Don". Strikingly more than I generally run into in regular life. I have no explanation for that.

#19 4 years ago
Quoted from JDissen87:

I'm a steam person so lots of articulated, shay and unique steam engines in my roster.

Here is an old video I found from 2012 of my MTH Premier Triplex run by with the Big-boy sitting in standby. I love the articulation locomotives as well. I know crappy video work, what can I say...someday I get to Steven Spielberg status lol.

#20 4 years ago

I have a large collection of mth proto 2 and 3 for sale. Mostly premium. Need to feed the pinball monster.

#21 4 years ago
Quoted from Ozzy:

I have a large collection of mth proto 2 and 3 for sale. Mostly premium. Need to feed the pinball monster.

LOL, and I'm reverting backwards...

#22 4 years ago

I did lots of HO and a little N when I was young. The best thing I did was to model a 4' x 8' HO "pike" based upon one featured in a "beginning railroading" book I checked out from the school library (parents later bought a copy). I wish I could recall the title, but it simply documented everything the author did as he built the layout. It had detailed plans and methods for scratch-building landscaping and structures, and specified Tyco (ha, instantly dates me) track and accessories. It did a great job at explaining the wiring/switches needed for multiple trains, reverse loops, etc; I learned a lot from the process but I guess that knowledge is now somewhat obsolete with the advent of DCC.

I've thought of either doing O/G live steam (but don't have space for a super elaborate layout) or doing a detailed, sprawling Z-scale layout in the same or less space (but I'm unsure about availability and expense of Z-scale stuff beyond simple "train sets" in the U.S. and have no experience running the trains). Each provides a particular type of fun, but I don't know which would ultimately be more satisfying. I've built a few Wilesco and Mamod steam engines and tractors, so live steam isn't particularly intimidating, but I know nothing about Z-scale (other than the fact that it looks really cool ).

Anyone have an opinion? Is Z-scale as satisfying to operate as good N or HO or is it more of a novelty?

#23 4 years ago

Yes, we take our model railroading seriously around here.

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#24 4 years ago

I have a 4x8 that is 10 inches deep and folds up on the wall. All the wiring is in a 2 inch area below the "ground" and front panel when it's up against the wall. I run 3 trains at one time with an MRC digital control. I like action toys and designed a control panel that would allow you to do everything without ever reaching into the layout. One of these days I am gonna get back to working on it.

#25 4 years ago

I'm lucky enough to have 2 different live steam clubs within 5 minutes of my house. Always nice to go for a ride on weekends. I would love some live steam, but there is no way I have the room or skill for that yet.

#26 4 years ago

I had some live steam in G scale in my house once, yeah the smoke alarms didn't care for them all too much......

I'll stick with electric and DCS or DCC, although someday before I die I have to try those ride on live steamers or diesels.

#27 4 years ago

This is so cool. When I was 6 my parents built a HO layout on a sheet of plywood in my room. Many nights were spent falling asleep with them working on it. It had mountains a town and a switch yard. It went bye bye when I as 12 and my parents divorced. I wish I still had it and had the space for something like this. I was infatuated with trains most of my life. Lucky enough UP would put out a magazine every month with cool photos and I got to live in a town with one of their largest hubs and used to love to illegally go into the cabooses when they had them and get free water. I love the graffiti on your cars.

#28 4 years ago

Jesus Saves!

Love the detail/weathering in your work. Ive always had a fascination with trains.
Anyone in the Cheyenne, Wyoming area should stop and see the Big Boy Steam Engine on display in a local park -- biggest engine ever built and only about eight of them left around. Impressive when seen in person. . . you'd need a pretty big basement for one.

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#29 4 years ago

Warren Buffet has a pretty impressive train set.

#30 4 years ago

If one gets to Expo, just 20 minutes East are the Chicago Botanical Gardens.
They have one of the most elaborate outdoor train sets Ive ever seen!

The Gardens are out of this world too!

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#31 4 years ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

Anyone in the Cheyenne, Wyoming area should stop and see the Big Boy Steam Engine on display in a local park -- biggest engine ever built and only about eight of them left around. Impressive when seen in person. . . you'd need a pretty big basement for one.

And #4014 is being restored to run again.

LTG : )

#32 4 years ago
Quoted from LTG:

nd #4014 is being restored to run again.

Ye sir, and they are restoring it as a oil burner now in place of coal.

#33 4 years ago

https://www.instagram.com/p/BN5T63-FNQX/

Don't know if this link will work, but this one of my G scale trains. To big to run around the tree ...so I had to go under

#34 4 years ago

OMG that is amazing and great video tdiddy. Damn this thread is making me want a train set again. So cool I haven't thought about this in such a long time but takes me right back to that magical moment in my life.

#35 4 years ago

I think we may have done business on eBay OP? I run the eBay store Dans LEDepot. I specialize in LED circuits and lamps for model railroad applications. Mostly O scale items.
ebay.com link: ebay.com

#36 4 years ago

Love the graffiti on the car up top.

#37 4 years ago
Quoted from Buzz:

Warren Buffet has a pretty impressive train set.

So does Rod Stewart. As I recall when on tour he modeled Manhattan sky scrapers for his New York City HO layout.

#38 4 years ago

This is my son and I on our 7.5" gauge live steam Beam locomotive.

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#39 4 years ago
Quoted from GLSP3022:

I think we may have done business on eBay OP? I run the eBay store Dans LEDepot. I specialize in LED circuits and lamps for model railroad applications. Mostly O scale items.
ebay.com link

Yes Sir, I believe we have and will be doing again shortly as I roll into HO now

#40 4 years ago
Quoted from SteveinTexas:

So does Rod Stewart. As I recall when on tour he modeled Manhattan sky scrapers for his New York City HO layout.

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