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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 05:05 AM UTC
Fellow Ferroequineologists,

Toy trains or a model railroad?

Prototype or freelance?

Less-is-more or super detailed?

Era-specific?

Modelers whom you emulate?

Shiny, happy finish, or weathered?

"Just runnin' trains" or operation-oriented?

What is your interest in the hobby and what kind of model layout do you have (or are planning?) Would we like to create a gallery and post your trackplan and photos?

I will post information on my lil' railroad world soon as time permits. I look forward to hearing from you.

JPTRR = Jackson Purchase & Texas Rail Road, my modeling masterpiece.

JPTRR c. 1900 (the line into New Mexico extends through Arizona, to Imperial, CA, thence Oceanside, CA to San Diego and Los Angeles. This is a more precise depiction of the route, with only a few sections no able to be traced by map makers:


JPTRR c. 1940

JPTRR c. 1960


It began 30+ years ago as my freelance model RR. It has grown from a no-nothing flight of fancy into a highly detailed archived model empire.



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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 05:17 AM UTC
model
both
both
Muscatine North and South (1800s) old RI & RI bankruptcy modern (IAIS and CRandIC)
weathered
both

My great-grandfather was an engineer on the RI and my grandpa had a HO scale layout.
I've been a train person since I cam outta my mom and I've wanted a HO scale layout since I was 8 years old
My HO scale layout is in the works and a Muscatine North and South n scale shelf layout is in the works
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Posted: Sunday, December 31, 2006 - 01:40 PM UTC
I am from the other side from Luke - i model O scale 1/48 narrow gauge- I work in 2ft 6 also know as On30 - very popular due to Bachmann - I started in 1987 in this scale - built my first kit bash of a deisel over a ho mech - have love trains since I was young - My father is one of the pioneers in Australian Sn3ft 6 and an avid scratch builder.
I have built 5 exhibition layouts with my Dad and also by myself - am now looking at using all the buildings and details to build my own empire
It is a free lanced Branch line being based on the shire railways of Queensland but also mining- peopled by 1/4 scale Teddy Bears,Dwarves, and Orks -Yes I know I am strange.
I also do a range of 1/4 scale figures.
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Posted: Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 10:16 PM UTC

Here we go.

- Modeler

-Freelance based on prototypes

-Super-detailed

-Post apocolyptic Era

-No emulation, but, a lot of respect for John Allen and George Selios

-Weathered and Battlescarred

-Operational defence of Lake Co. Illinois

-My interest stems from my 1975 N-Scale Christmas Present from Dad. A layout he didn't get to see too much of because of his dying the following summer. I'm in the process of re-aquiring all the buildings I used to have on that old layout and plan to use them somewhere on the U shaped, around the room N-Scale layout that WILL be The C.A.R.R.

Ferroequinologists? Am I correct in my translation of it being "Iron-Horsers"?

Good word! Well used! :-)


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Toy trains or a model railroad? - toy

Prototype or freelance? - not sure about the question, but these are clearly marketed to collectors.

Less-is-more or super detailed? - I like super detailed hobby models, but these are average.

Era-specific? - post '60s

Modelers whom you emulate? - Sheperd Paine, MellowMike, Steve Zaloga, BARV, . . .

Shiny, happy finish, or weathered? - weathered

"Just runnin' trains" or operation-oriented? - I'd like to have a full operational layout someday, but right now they're static, very static.

What is your interest in the hobby and what kind of model layout do you have (or are planning?) - I would like to someday complete an operational layout of different scales of trains weaving through buildings and vehicles of various scales. The entire build would be sci-fi fantasy, but each item and detail would replicate realism.

Would we like to create a gallery and post your trackplan and photos? - I don't have either of those yet for what I just described, but I made a little product review with pictures of a freight train car I recently bought and would like to buy the whole series set when I find more. They are a toy collector train series of freight cars with "graffiti" on them. The scale is not compatible with the HO and N scale pieces I already have. If you are interested in seeing the small picture review, it's here: http://www.circusspoc.com/sprueone.htm I don't work for that company, but I like the product and think they are interesting.

I will post information on my lil' railroad world soon as time permits. I look forward to hearing from you.

JPTRR = Jackson Purchase & Texas Rail Road, my modeling masterpiece.
- I looked at your MY PHOTOS and think your project will be successful.






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Posted: Friday, February 02, 2007 - 02:47 AM UTC
Okidoki:

- Model railroad 1:87

- Prototype: CFL orientated. That is Chemin de Fer Luxembourgouis - Luxembourg State railway -
It has nothing to do with Canadian Football! :-)

- Going for super detailed

- Eighties - modern

- emulate? Had to look that up in my English-Dutch dictionary!
* "The encyclopedia of Model Railways" was (and stil is) a great inspiration for my (editor was Terry Allen, about 24 contributers...)

* In my youth Rolf Ertmer published a series of books about European Model Railroads (mostly based on his Kasselhohe-Altenbeken layout)

* At the moment a copy of "303 Tips for Detailing Model Railroad Scenery and Structures" by Dave Frary and Bob Hayden is laying under my bed.
* And of course watched the video of John Allens Gorre & Daphetid dozens of times!

- Realisticly weathered, but cosy.

- "Just runnin' trains" (I'm allready happy when they just run; I'm not much of a technical engineer)

- My intrest is to build a "feel good" but realistic model railroad (in contrast of my "battered" 1:35 scale modelling)) that reminds me of sweet childhood memories and as a sort of vacantion souvenir.

- Would we like to create a gallery and post your trackplan and photos?
Why not? Sounds fun!

Paul
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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 07:59 PM UTC

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What is your interest in the hobby and what kind of model layout do you have (or are planning?)



My main interest are American RailRoads in general and more specific the Santa Fe´ Railroad during the late ´40s and early ´60s.

My layout will depict a small (free-lanced) branch of the Santa Fe´ Rail Road.
We are located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, trafficking the South Western from Texas, (New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada) to the borders of the Sierras and California.

The name of my RR are Santa Fe´, Texas & Pacific RR.

My layout will be a walk in style (open "O"), measuring about 7m x 5m (about 21ft x 15ft) and I have a Lentz 02 DCC system.



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Toy trains or a model railroad?



Model Railroad, HO (1:87)


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Prototype or freelance?



Somewhere in between, a Freelanced branch of the Real Santa Fe RR


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Less-is-more or super detailed?



Well detailed without overdoing!


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Era-specific?



Sure, I model the transition(?)-era, late ´40s to mid-´60s.


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Modelers whom you emulate?



If "emulate" means who I´m inspired of there are way too many to list here, but a few are; John Allen, Pelle Söberg (Danish), Bruno Kock (Swedish)


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Shiny, happy finish, or weathered?



Well used, but in very good shape!


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"Just runnin' trains" or operation-oriented?



For now I´m happy to be able to run the trains, later there will be some operation moves!

At the moment I can call my layout the "Plywood Central"!





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Would we like to create a gallery and post your trackplan and photos?



Maybe, I Don´t know, but It sounds fun to me!

Phew, many hard questions asked, Fred!

I found this (not so) little corner of the Aeroscale/Armorama yesterday!
But now I will be here frequently as Rail Roading is my main interest!

It was fun to read about your layout, almost the same ideas like I have!

I have to say that I have always been curious what the letters JPTRR could stand for,
now I know, a fellow Railroad-nut!

Cheers!

Stefan E
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Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 11:35 AM UTC
For our new members and visitors, I bump this thread for you. Please join in and tell us about your model railroad interests?
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Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 09:33 AM UTC
I am planning 2 model railroads both variants on the same general theme. The first is a post apocalyptic version of the Harz narrow-gauge lines. The second is a marklin post apocalyptic line in near Munich which was spared by a dud nuke. All I need to build them is more space I have the trains track and digital control systems for both.
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Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 04:31 PM UTC
Hi Scott,

Intriguing concepts! Any photos to share?

The Harzquerbahn is quite a treasure, huh?
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Yes of the lgb trains at least.


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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 02:39 AM UTC
*bump*
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I'm going to post pictures of my marklin trains here tonight.
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Here is the primary motive power a BR 85 steam locomotive. In the background are some freight cars.



Here is my freight yard with 4 cars shown.











The long frieight train pulled by the BR 85. Note the work car at the end to carry guards for the cargo.



The train to the off map mine spur.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - 05:12 PM UTC
Hi Scott,

Looks like a fun layout! I see that you weather your models - nice work!

I really like the track with roadbed that allows running on carpet. Do you have a mine model?
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Toy trains or a model railroad? Model Railroads HO, N, Z(soon)

Prototype or freelance? Freelance, always!

Less-is-more or super detailed? Super-detailed.

Era-specific? HO 1949, N 1969 (unless I find something that's really cool), Z whatever I can get away with!

Modelers whom you emulate? No emulation. Respect for Lynn Wescott, Jack Work, Earl Smallshaw, John Allen, Art Fahie, George Selios (although I personally think his stuff is over-weathered).

Shiny, happy finish, or weathered? Weathered, always.

"Just runnin' trains" or operation-oriented? Just trying to get to runnin' trains.

What is your interest in the hobby and what kind of model layout do you have (or are planning?) Would we like to create a gallery and post your trackplan and photos?
HO: San Jacinto,Gulf & Southern - Post war port modeled on the Houston/Galveston area, 3rd iteration 7' x 11' 3' wide sectional point to point switching layout. Stockpiled, no track, nothing built yet. Last one destroyed in move 3 years ago under suspicious circumstances (Wife did it but never has admitted)! It's OK, I wanted to change out to code 83 track anyway.
N: Port city in mountains, 3 level Spaghetti bowl track plan I'm questioning. Stockpiled, Atlas Code 55, MRC, thinking about DCC for the first time, benchwork finished and camoflaged in the garage.
Z: Talked the wife into a Coffee Table layout that we can "change to Winter" for the holidays. Simple track plan consisting of a Lynn Wescott triple loop spliced into a Noch dogbone, Micro-Trains track still in the package, MRC Micro-Trains modified power pack, no locomotive yet, plenty of cars, a handful of buildings. Going to the local Cedar mill next week to scrounge up some lumber for the table! WooHoo! Need more switches, make some signals, and some 1/4" plate glass. One of these will be operational this year! No more stuff accumulating for nothing.
Charlie
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Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 01:04 PM UTC
Hey Charlie,

Sounds like a fun layout. Do you have any photos ?
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Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 03:12 PM UTC
Since seven years ago I understand these questions now. I'd like to answer them again, with current status

Toy trains or a model railroad? Model

Prototype or freelance? Prototype as much as I can esp if I can get pictures of both sides

Less-is-more or super detailed? Super detail where I can

Era-specific? Modern freight post 1970s to current

Modelers whom you emulate? Mellow Mike and several modelers on Proto Modeler

Shiny, happy finish, or weathered? Weathered

"Just runnin' trains" or operation-oriented? Stand alone rolling stock right now. Someday I'd like an operational layout, maybe

What is your interest in the hobby and what kind of model layout do you have (or are planning?) Would we like to create a gallery and post your trackplan and photos? no layout right now. I like the rolling stock freight I see everyday. Autoracks and reefers are my favorites. The weathering and the giant mighty steel




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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 05:25 AM UTC
Like KS1 above, I finally have a decent answer for this thread.
Toy or Model: Model (though I like the challenge of trying to make a model from a toy)

Proto or Freelance: I have both-- mostly Milwaukee Road, Belt Railway of Chicago, and Wisconsin and Calumet (a 1980's regional RR), and my own freelance Chicago & Lannon (based heavily on the WICT and its child WSOR)

Less-is-More or Superdetailed: I do add detail, but focus on reliable operations and the handling my trains take, with traveling to modular shows and having kids.

Era-specific?: I try to focus my MILW equipment on 1975. I have a belief that most RR modelers focus on their own childhood years, but maybe it's just me.

Who do you emulate?: I often read Tony Koester's contributions to MR and to a yahoo group called "Proto-Layouts". I also love the book "Track Planning for Realistic Operation" by John Armstrong.

Shiny or Weathered?: I lightly weather my equipment.
Running or operations: Operation

What interest, layout plan, photos:

unbuilt so far-- the benchwork is in, and half the Styrofoam base, but no permanent trackwork yet.





thanks,
Sean H.
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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 11:36 AM UTC
KoSprueOne, Sean;

Thanks for the insight!

KS1: I recall your reefer for Stop, Look, and Listen campaign:


(Like that special graffiti!);-)

Sean, tell us about the dual crossing in the lower right corner? At grade on diamonds?

WICT caboose - I like the small bay on the side. What model is it?
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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 11:46 AM UTC
Link to KoSprueOne's build: http://www.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=135988&ord=&page=2
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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 11:49 AM UTC
Sean, I want to show everyone your creation again: http://railroadmodeling.kitmaker.net/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=177289#1488248
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Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 02:40 PM UTC

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KoSprueOne, Sean;

Thanks for the insight!

Sean, tell us about the dual crossing in the lower right corner? At grade on diamonds?

WICT caboose - I like the small bay on the side. What model is it?



That dual at-grade crossing was supposed to be Rondout (http://www.dhke.com/CRJ/rondout.html), but instead of 1 crossing 2, I made it busier-looking. The specific locales in my original design have loosened somewhat, and we'll see how it finally looks when everything is together.
The caboose started as a simple, old Rivarossi. I added wire details, styrene marker lights, Kadee boxes and couplers, and the weather window spare from a loco (I think my Proto 2000 GP9), and cut off the toolbox underneath.
Thanks for asking!
Sean
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Further detail on the Wisconsin & Calumet caboose.

You can just make out the "Rivarossi" partly under the air reservoir tank. I added metal wheels to the existing trucks. The screws for the coupler boxes had to be trimmed short so they didn't stick out of the walkway above.
It was actually bought by the WICT from TP&W, a Midwestern sub of the ATSF. I think they don't say "caboose" either, but rather "waycar". It still exists at the Mid-Continent Railroad Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin.
I labeled it with my initials, because at clean-up time after a modular layout show, when everyone is frantically stuffing everything into boxes, it becomes an issue whose car is whose.
-Sean
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KoSprueOne, Sean;

Thanks for the insight!

KS1: I recall your reefer for Stop, Look, and Listen campaign:
(Like that special graffiti!);-)

Sean, tell us about the dual crossing in the lower right corner? At grade on diamonds?

WICT caboose - I like the small bay on the side. What model is it?



Yeah, Sean, I remember that Chicago Surface Lines tower truck. Good stuff

Fred, thanks for recalling the BNSF 799565. My next reefer project that I need to complete is this one:
http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=160158#1344596
It will be a replica ARMN