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  • #31
    Hi Ralph and Mark,

    Sounds like you guys really do enjoy your circle of train friends!

    Like yours, my train buddies are pretty diverse. I'm a teacher, one's a paramedic, another an engineer; there's a self-employed contractor, a painter (on canvas), a retiree working two days in a hobby store, a couple of military fellas, one is the creator of CDS Lettering Inc for model railroaders...and we even have a true railroad engineer in the crew to boot! This is just a few of the lads in the mix!

    You should hear the conversations when we meet each Friday evening! One thing's for sure...there is a lot of laughter.

    To see pics from some of the layouts feel free to visit my Friday Night Weblog listed below.
    Mike Hamer

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca

    http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca

    http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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    • #32
      Wow Mike, those are some gorgeous layouts! The experiences you describe mirror ours. Our group here is as diverse as yours, and we're all good friends. Why? Simple. We all love trains and operations. We all have an appreciation of the work the owner has put into his layout and all have a respect for that. And finally, as guests, we all have an appreciation for the hospitality the host has shown. That is evident in your posts on your site. We are all brought together by a common interest that brings each of us a great deal of pleasure!

      This thread started by asking about clubs versus round robin. Well, clubs contain all of the above, but add one important item to the list; money! A club is an organization with rules, budgets, etc. Members pay dues. Money is one thing that can divide even the best of friends. Take that out of the picture and the problems disappear. I know I am oversimplifying things, but when you get down to it, that's really the bottom line between clubs and casual round robin groups.
      Mark

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      • #33
        Hey Mike, Nice layout. How about some scenery tutorials. That is some georgeous modeling! I only got to see a little B&M in my railfan days. I would chase the D&H from Scranton up to Mechanicsville then return. Nice little RR.

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        • #34
          Thanks Mark and Ralph for your wonderful comments on the layout. (I haven't visited this thread in a while) As for scenery, I follow the motto Nike uses "Just do it!".

          Now that my layout is complete, I'm assisting others in our "round robin" group with theirs!

          I developed my scenery skills at the same time as another group of modellers...the students in my class. I got into the hobby as a result of a classroom project. Our kindergarten teacher's husband was a model railroader who loaned us some books and videos on scenery. We created a pretty darned nice layout and I learned along with the school kids. Our model railroad was written up in Model Railroader Magazine in July 1994...a big thrill for the kids.

          The great thing about building a layout with children is that there are no politics involved...I'm the teacher, so I'm the boss!
          Mike Hamer

          Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

          http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca

          http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca

          http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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          • #35
            I think its great that you spend time with kids introducing them to this wonderful hobby. I have seen a serious reduction of 'younger folk' in this hobby. I'm 48, and one of the youngest in our circle of friends! Hopefully your efforts will yield some great modelers down the road.

            Funny parallel here though; we are talking clubs and politics, you are talking about kids in school. I was the president of one of our local clubs here for years, so I guess we're both used to dealing with children!
            Mark

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            • #36
              Ohhhhhhhh! Im tellin!

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              • #37
                I thought you would enjoy that one Ralph!
                Mark

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                • #38
                  Its Steam Nut, not geek. Is the turn table done yet!

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                  • #39
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                    Originally posted by Steam Nut


                    Its Steam Nut, not geek. Is the turn table done yet!


                    Steam dork. You have not finished it yet! Hueber could have done better!

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