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  • #46
    1) What State or Country and nearest City we live in

    *** I also am in Connecticut..Just moved here from Rhode Island (one year) and Maine (almost 20 years )

    I am in Sterling, wich is in the Northeast Corner..id be happy to hear from any modelers in the area!


    2) How long modeling and how we got started

    *** Modeling since I can remember..(took over my sisters Christmas train set when I was 5..im 49 now...)New Haven ran through my backyard..loved trains all my life.

    3) What lines we model

    ***WELL....Will be doing A New England "area" railroad...New Haven, Maine..CV..but ficticious line that will trade running rights with most any line..

    4) years we model

    *** Steam-Diesel transition era

    5) how large our layout is

    ZERO...at the moment. As I said, just moved in March.. house repair projects almost done.. plans underway for the basement..I envision filling about 1/2 of it with trains.. maybe end up around 20X30 ish???? Anyone that would like to help, critique layout plans..nit pick etc is welcome to drop me a line!!LOL!

    6) if we use DC, DCC or other

    *** Always used DC..but I am leaning towards DCC as I am intrigued by the sound decoders...cant afford a LOT of them.. but at least one would be nice!!!

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    • #47
      Hi

      Welcome to all the new members who have joined in the past few days.

      I am relisting the questions that are being answered here for those that are new.

      This will save you from wondering what are these people talking about.

      For anyone else who reads this post if you would like to introduce yourself here is your chance.

      Again thanks to all who have posted.

      Here are the original questions.

      1) What State or Country and nearest City we live in

      2) How long modeling and how we got started

      3) What lines we model

      4) years we model

      5) how large is your layout and what scale do you model.

      6) if we use DC, DCC or other

      7) anything else you want to add

      8) post your picture if you dare
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      <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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      • #48
        1) What State or Country and nearest City we live in: Meridian, ID–just west of Boise

        2) How long modeling and how we got started: Lived near Espee tracks in Palmdale, CA in 1930's; lived to be riding the steam locos (4-8-8-2s, 2-8-0s and all the other helpers stationed there from time to time). Some of the engineers actually let me operate the throttle and turn locos on the wye. Even though we couldn’t really afford it during the depression, my Dad bought me a me a small set. I’ve been at it ever since.

        3) What lines we model: There ain’t but one road–the Espee!

        4) years we model: 1940s and 50s

        5) how large our layout is: 10' x 11'

        6) if we use DC, DCC or other: Lenz DCC

        7) anything else you want to add: New member of this forum today (6-29-03). Looking for help finding locos of the 40-50 era specifically SD-7 or GP-7 with Black Widow scheme.

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        • #49
          1) What State or Country and nearest City I live in: I live in West Milford, about 30 miles NW of New York City.

          2) How long modeling and how we got started: I had a Lionel layout when I was in elementary school, and an HO layout in high school. I built another Lionel layout for my 3 sons in the 1970's. It wasn't until I took my grandson to see Northlandz (http://www.northlandz.com an HO display layout in Flemington, NJ) that I got back into the hobby about 3 years ago.

          3) What lines we model: I model the NYS&W and the lines interchanging with it. (CNJ, L&NE, L&HR, DL&W)

          4) years modeled: I can cover the period from the late 1930's through the late 1950's.

          5) how large our layout is: My layout is in the unfinished portion of my basement. The room measures about 13' by 26'. The layout, when finished, will be a "U" shape, with a central peninsula with loop to allow for continuous running (I have grandkids to keep happy!) Eventually, about 2/3rds will be double decked.

          6) if we use DC, DCC or other: I run DC with blocks.

          7) I enjoy building structures -- kits, kitbashing, and scratchbuilding.
          Bruce

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          • #50
            I live in the Chicago burbs.

            Been modeling (this time) for about a year, got (re)-started this time when the spare bedroom became spare again.

            I model the Chicago & North Western mainly. 8D Some UP[:-censored] and BN[}] also.

            As for era, hard to say modern when C&NW is, well, gone[:-angel]. Let's just say a time warp where C&NW still runs. :erm:

            My layout is an "L" shaped, 92in x 40in on one leg, 28in x 74in on the other.

            I am using a Digitrax Zephyr DCC.

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            • #51
              1. id="red">We live in Jennings Lodge (about 2 miles North of Oregon City) Oregon.

              2. id="red">I've been modeling railroads on and off for about 60 years. My family has a rich heritage in railroads. My grandfather was a crossing tower operator for MOPAC and Santa Fe in Lamar, Missouri, and my father occasionally ran one of the US Navy engines from Mare Island Naval Shipyard to an SP siding in Northern Vallejo (California) to transfer cars.

              3. id="red">The Norfolk & Western and the Virginian capture a lot of my interest although I have a little bit of everything. I enjoy second generation diesels mostly but also enjoy the steam-diesel transition period.

              4. & 5. id="red">I have two layouts. One of them circumvents the inside of our daylight basement walls (thru 6 rooms) and it is controlled from a center linen closet. Since it is difficult to follow trains from room to room, a closed-circuit TV camera has been set up on one of the sidings in one of the rooms to monitor traffic. Each room has a significant name; there's Allendaleid="blue">, Utilityvilleid="blue">, Bathingtonid="blue">, Charlestownid="blue">, Video Cityid="blue">, and Phillipsburgid="blue">. The perimeter is 44'X 26' and has one main with two sidings and a small yard. My other layout is in the process of being built. It is the Atlas, Granite Gorge & Northern, and it finds its home in Allendale on a ping-pong table. Sometime in the future, I hope to connect the two together.

              6. id="red">The larger layout employs a single DC cab and the GG&N will be set up using DCC.

              7. id="red">One of my favorite roads that I run is the U&SP in tribute to the BNSF. I have blended the UP and SP schemes and themes.

              8. id="red">Here we are, . .Allen, Beth, and four of our grandchildren from left to right, Ary, Zacky, Jami, and Emma.


              <font size="4"><font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color="blue">Allen</font id="blue"></font id="Comic Sans MS"></font id="size4"> []<br /><br><b><font face="Comic Sans MS"><font size="3"><i>Modeling the East in the West on the <font color="green">Northeastern</font id="green"> <font color="blue">Pacific RIM</font id="blue">, <font color="green">Oregon</font id="green">, that is!</i></font id="size3"></font id="Comic Sans MS"></b>

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              • #52
                1) What State or Country and nearest City we live in - Houston (Pearland), TX

                2) How long modeling and how we got started - Three years, two years very heavily. I have always loved trains, but was never able to get involved until I got to Houston.

                3) What lines we model - I major in Union Pacific, minor in Norfolk Southern and BNSF coal.

                4) years we model - 2000+

                5) how large our layout is - The Houston Society of Model Engineers layout is roughly 50' x 40'.

                6) if we use DC, DCC or other - Digitrax.

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                • #53
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                  Hi August here

                  1 What country? Calgary Canada

                  2 How long modeling?

                  About 25 years armchair for quite a few of those years joined club and got some experience.Finally have my own space.I had a marx train set when I was a kid.Found a model railroader mag when 17 and have been hooked ever since.

                  3 What lines I model? Well CP,CN,Bcr can't make up my mind.

                  4 What yaers I model? 1970's to present

                  5 How large a space? about 11x11ft

                  6 Dc or Dcc or other? Planning on using Dcc eventually.

                  7 Think will probably Proto freelance
                  Please remember I\'m pulling for you. We\'re all in this together.

                  (Red Green)

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                  • #54
                    I think I answered this before, but maybe not, anyway,

                    1. Colorado Springs

                    2. Not counting my Lionel years, since 1955. My original intent was to do some table-top photography with model trains.

                    3. I've had my "own" railroad since 1959, the Sandric & Lake Superior. It's now integrated with the Rio Grande's Royal Gorge Route between Pueblo, Colo., and Salt lake City.

                    4. 1954.

                    5. The current S&LS (my 12th) is housed in a 1,500 square-foot basement. There's slightly over 2,000 feet of track in HO and HOn3. Further, it's designed for operation with nine mainline cabs, two dispatchers, six yards requiring yardmasters, and four branchlines. We average 28 trains per session and move in the neighborhood of 300-400 cars. It's basically two levels.

                    6. DC.

                    7. NMRA member 38.

                    8. If you're really curious what I look like, see the cover of Paul Mallery's 4th edition of "Electrical Handbook for Model Railroads, Vol. 2.

                    Eric Lundberg

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                    • #55
                      Ok, this is probably a big mistake but I've finally got a recent photo of my wife and myself to post here. Now you can see the real Rusty Stumps.

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                      • #56
                        Here is my input:

                        1) What State or Country and nearest City we live in : I live outside of a small town called Moncks Corner, South Carolina. It is not too far from Charleston which some of you may be familiar with. id="blue">

                        2) How long modeling and how we got started :id="black"> I have just recently started modeling, in fact I don't even have my first project completed. I got into modeling because I have always wanted to have a model railroad and I have finally built a house with enough room to spare. Besides that I like electronics and trains so I thouhgt putting togehter a model railroad would be a great way to work with both.id="blue">

                        3) What lines we model : I would like to model the lines I see locally such as CSX and AMTRAK.id="blue">

                        4) years we model : I prefer more recent years. Of course it is hard to pass up the old steam locos pulling a bunch of coal...id="blue">

                        5) how large our layout is : My current plan is for a 4x8 layout with later island additions as I learn more.id="blue">

                        6) if we use DC, DCC or other: I would like to build a DCC layout. Mainly because I want to set it up on a computer controlled system.id="blue">


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                        • #57
                          Hi all

                          Thanks for responding to our little "Lets get to know each other better" section.

                          I am going to change one question since it would also be nice to know what scale you model.

                          Rusty I have been waiting for over a year for a picture and all I see is the little red Xid="red">.

                          I could make a comment but I will resist.

                          Thanks again to all who have answered these questions and welcome.
                          <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                          • #58
                            John, Rusty's photo is on my screen, and all I can say is WOW! He really is older than me! And he's a cradle robber into the bargain. His wife is obviously much younger than he is and is certainly far more attractive!

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                            • #59
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                              Originally posted by MikeC


                              John, Rusty's photo is on my screen, and all I can say is WOW! He really is older than me! And he's a cradle robber into the bargain. His wife is obviously much younger than he is and is certainly far more attractive!


                              Hi Mike

                              I had to copy and paste the picture URL to my browser in order to see the picture.

                              There he is big as life and as you say definitely a cradle robber.

                              AOL has this filter that does not allow certain photo's to pass through their site so I guess they figured this was some sort of kiddie porn.

                              I will leave the comments about age to myself as he has all his hair and it is not gray.

                              Good looking couple.
                              <img src="http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/data/bbags/20076794158_b3b.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br>John Bagley<br /><br>Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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                              • #60
                                Now, now fellas, I'll take your comments as compliments.

                                Yes I suppose I did rob the cradle but that was 41 years ago. She was 17 to my 19. They say it doesn't last and we planned to prove them wrong. She's the mother of 4 fine young men two of which are over 6'-5". I feel I had a little to do with it.[:-bigeyes2]

                                Walt

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