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Any model train nuts here?


I've been into model trains since I was quite young. It started with a Tri-Ang set my parents got me for Christmas when I was about 5 years old. Later I got an N scale layout when I was about 7. At age 10 I got the HO bug and my parents bought me a Tyco Via Rail set that was in the Simpsons catalogue. That small oval soon grew into an L shaped layout that was 8x4x5. I sold most of it when I turned 16 to buy my first car. I didn't get back into trains for quite a while until I saw an interesting Z scale layout at a model train show. I was so impressed with how well these 1:220 locomotives ran and noticed nobody in Canada was really into selling them. I started an online business (Small Wonder-Z) selling Z scale trains. I did that for about 5 years but never really had the passion for Z like I did for HO. I sold the business last year and now have started accumulating HO pieces. Nothing is set up yet as I have one spare bedroom that I have to renovate into my "man cave"  first. I did keep one Z scale layout that is actually in a suitcase. Here's a short video I made of it. It was about 80% completed at the time I filmed this

I'm excited to get the HO layout going and have the track plans already made. There's an interesting computer called "AnyRail" which allows you to design your layout and it gives you a complete materials list. Technology has come a long way since I was last into HO. Now you can control trains with your smart phone!

 



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That is so cool Todd. You need some toy Pontiacs around your houses and on the roads. I still have a Lionel set from when I was 5 years old.
Love trains.
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Well, yeah. I had Lionels as a child, of course, and bought some HO and made some simple 4x8 layouts for kids, then later, grandkids, but discovered N (sorry, Z just too small for aging eyes and hands, plus less rolling stock to choose from) when wife, in response to "What do you want for Christmas?" said "Brother got trains, I got dolls, I wanted trains." So I built her this layout (in a coffee table that started life as a jewelry display case), complete with power pack to run 2 trains at a time, electric switches to operate turnouts with reversing loop, etc.

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And since then we have collected over 900 rolling stock, about 80% on display (only so much room without a basement, eh?), here is a small sample:

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You certainly have the bug too Dave! I really like your display cases.

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I am not a model train but but had lots as a kid and even multiple tables that my grandfather built for us. All ho scale. Now my wife an I have a Lionel large scale that runs around the Christmas tree every year

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I'm not into model trains, but I really appreciate the collections (I appreciate collections of (almost) any items).

I do have hundreds of brass train switch keys, and this one vintage Marx train that I purchased and I'm not particularly attached to:

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Wow what a great display unit Dave. I have a Marx set also nearly the same as yours Darryl. After the trains we went to slot cars.
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All of my uncles and father and grand fathers worked for CN    

I had a Lionel train set from about 1954-55    I stupidly sold/gave it up in the 70's    

I would pay Big League money for a train set similar to it  



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Here ya go Carl. smile

 

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Canadian Poncho wrote:

Here ya go Carl. smile

 

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        Thank you    My dad sold a white 33 Dodge coupe with red wheels for 50.00 to buy me the train set    I was upset...(my mom said)  I liked the car better

 

       I think I like this better  lol  

 

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I have a box with a bunch of N scale stuff somewhere. I really did love messing with them when I was young.

I'd love to resurrect them some day.

And Dave, OMG what an epic display!



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Here's the deal of a lifetime if anyone in Calgary wants to get int the hobby. A good sized N scale layout for free!

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2.5ft by 6ft N scale model railroad layout. Been in storage for 17 years. Needs a bit of work but its free!!!! Come
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This is different



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I watched the exact one yesterday as well as this one..

 



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Here's an interesting video from the late 1930's explaining how the New York Central's huge "Hudson" locomotives were maintained and operated. I had no idea these locomotives could pick up water "on the fly" and they had a primitive "black box" of sorts.



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Wow - fascinating video.....thanx for posting.

As mentioned in another thread I am reconfiguring a storage room and will put our

old '027' gauge Lionel and Marx trains back in service. Have had them since the 50's and

my son and I last ran them 25 years ago.

Will post pics when done......might be a while though.



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I still have the Tyco HO train I got as a kid. Thinking it's mid '70s. More into slot cars of the HO scale. At the last house I had built 22x4 ft 4 lane race track. Still have lots of cars even though I've been selling them off whenever I can.

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What Tyco train do you have? My first set was a Tyco Via Rail freight set (even though Via was strictly a passenger railway!). I also had a number of slot car sets. My favorite was an AFX set called "Blazin' Brakes". The set consisted of a Trans Am and a Corvette. There was a thumb switch on the controller. When you activated it the cars would come to a halt and the brake lights would come on. I loved that set!

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