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#4536067 - 09/06/20 07:03 AM Model Railways  
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Probably a bit of a stupid question I know.....

When I was a kid, like most kids of my generation, I had a model railway, eventually leading to having a layout set up around all the walls of the garage back in England. My father used to like it more than me, as a result he decided to model American trains. But that was long ago.....

Recently, I was thinking, and wondering, if these kinds of hobbies are also going to fall by the wayside, due to computers, VR, and all of the associated technology. What I was considering doing is buying an N gauge train set (don't have to be a big one) and just wrap it up and store it, so that in future years I can show this kind of thing to my grandchildren.

What does the community think? Will this kind of hobby last, or will my fears come true?


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#4536071 - 09/06/20 09:43 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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I have just started an N gauge set, and I think it will last. It will not be as popular as it was, but enough people find pleasure in working with their hands and creating something that there will always be a place for 'manual' arts.

#4536075 - 09/06/20 02:11 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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Still popular in UK. There was a recent TV series called "THE GREAT MODEL RAILWAY CHALLENGE" on Channel 5. Delayed series this year due to the obvious.
Then there was the awful vandalism of many thousands of pounds but priceless in effort and dedication of a society's clubroom, resulting in the yobbos' parents facing £30k compensation.
Rod Stewart, an enthusiast himself contributed some £10k to the devastated members.
Both these events , plus James May's programme about Hornby have revitalised the hobby I believe.

My silk screen printer I employed in my Visual Marketing company used to print livery onto rolling stock model components. The customer was a most exasperating and demanding perfectionist I ever had to deal with in all my years of business! But he paid well and on time. smile




#4536091 - 09/06/20 04:47 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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Railroads charge an arm and a leg to have their logos on model RRs which increases the cost of an already costly hobby..

Model R/C airplanes see not too many self built a/c, Ready to Fly being the norm. For me it was the journey (building) not the final destination that was fun. If it flew/floated that was a bonus.


There was only 16 squadrons of RAF fighters that used 100 octane during the BoB.
The Fw190A could not fly with the outer cannon removed.
There was no Fw190A-8s flying with the JGs in 1945.
#4536096 - 09/06/20 07:33 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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Took me about a year to build this N gauge railroad. Had a lot of fun wih it. Ran it for about three years and sold it for 1500 dollars.

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#4536115 - 09/07/20 12:04 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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#4536207 - 09/07/20 11:33 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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Very nice Pooch. cheers

Anyone do garden rail roading?


There was only 16 squadrons of RAF fighters that used 100 octane during the BoB.
The Fw190A could not fly with the outer cannon removed.
There was no Fw190A-8s flying with the JGs in 1945.
#4536852 - 09/13/20 04:47 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NEuu4XTJuo&t=39s
Here's a video my wife took of the layout before I sold it. And I don't think the hobby is dead. As a matter of fact they came out with some new technology that I wish I could have afforded to put into my setup. Wireless, remote control units inside the locomotives. They don't require any electricity going to the rails. You place a computer type board inside the loco.
And FishTaco, my wife was trying to talk me into garden railroading to get me out of the house. Instead, I got back into radio control airplanes.


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#4536889 - 09/13/20 09:18 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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Real nice Pooch!

All you have to do is have a peak on YT to see how many folks have videos on the hobby, alot recent, others not so...



As I say, "if you dig in enough, you will be surprised at what folks are into" smile2


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#4536902 - 09/13/20 11:57 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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It is so cool to see an amalgamation of craftsmanship like that.

The table itself was just awesome, ass the rest and wow.

Thanks Red2112 for another rabbit hole...



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#4537203 - 09/15/20 10:17 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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#4537233 - 09/16/20 06:03 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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That is some pretty amazing stuff right there.

Strange, even though I'm in I.T, it's tended to pass my mind as to the effects technology may have had on things recently. That is awesome to be able to run an N gauge layout like that.

I will probably get flayed for this but.....many years ago, all of my HO scale equipment I gave away. My dad had a fixation with American trains, so it was mostly Athearn (Are they still around?) and Rivarossi. I found out much later that some of the Rivarossi rolling stock were collectors items, although I recall seeing a few years ago that there may have been re-releases. I also remember first hearing about 'chipping' a loco when Hornby released (what at the time) was a super sophisticated controller called the Zero-1. Ah, the days of soldering the smallest pieces of wire onto tracks, attaching switches, and knowing how to electrify your 'sections'. Would like to see if I could remember how to do that today. It's only been 40 years!


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#4537234 - 09/16/20 06:06 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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That's a nice layout Pooch :-)


Kindest regards,

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#4537243 - 09/16/20 10:06 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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A bit off-topic but in a way It also fits the hobby...

For those who worked in construction like me, know what this is about. smile2





Things have gone digital now...


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#4537256 - 09/16/20 12:31 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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And for us that don´t have space, or what ever it takes to build/buy a layout, we then go the PC route...

Here´s a video I did with a pre-made layout and a payware loco:



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#4537362 - 09/17/20 06:28 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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There was only 16 squadrons of RAF fighters that used 100 octane during the BoB.
The Fw190A could not fly with the outer cannon removed.
There was no Fw190A-8s flying with the JGs in 1945.
#4537528 - 09/18/20 09:01 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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My late uncle was a keen model railway enthusiast back in the 1960s, he was a member of the Clydeside Model Railway Club who are still active https://www.clydesidemrc.com/

One of the things I remember him doing was making a mould of the inside of the locomotive and then casting a lump of lead in the mould to increase the weight of the loco and then putting on little rubber tyres on the driving wheels of the loco to also help adhesion so the loco could pull a lot more weight, they had competitions to see whose loco could pull the most.


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#4537746 - 09/19/20 09:52 PM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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Virtual kit is great, as you can have many huge virtual layouts, including local railways...



...but there's something tactile and satisfying about having a physical model. No layout, but still have a fair bit of kit, including collected Tri-ang Railways from the '60s items and some of my own conversions or scratchbuilds of UTA/NI Railways stock, 1960s-1990s.

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#4537789 - 09/20/20 11:13 AM Re: Model Railways [Re: FishTaco]  
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I had HO and O scale when I was a teen. The O scale was bought from a Salvation Army thrift shop, and other Flea markets. I also did a diorama course workshop were I learned various crafting methods for mountains, layouts etc. Me and my dad had alot of fun doing so, and it´s been in my heart ever since.

We mostly have Marklin here in Europe but I remember Lionel from my time in the US.



I think the N scale is real neat, and would like to get into that scale as it´s easy to hide under a bed if space is a issue like in my case.

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Back in the days most of this was done with mosquito mesh and Paper Mache.



But like I stated earlier, you don´t need that much space for a cool N scale layout.

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