Post by burlington77 on Jan 21, 2017 0:26:46 GMT -5
This is a great discussion. I really don't know a lot about early Bachmann. I got into this during the late 80's and mostly had Life-Like equipment at first. Thank God for Athearn. If I hadn't got that first Athearn locomotive for Christmas, I probably would have burnt out on the hobby. I also remember my first rolling stock kit, an MDC/Roundhouse 40' BN boxcar. Changed my life.
Post by The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave on Jan 21, 2017 0:42:33 GMT -5
Three cheers for BB locos. As a kid, they were the Cadillacs on the layout and pulled and ran so nice compared to most of the starter locos. We though the flywheel was magical as it prevented lockups in backing off the throttle too quickly. Still love putting together "shake the box" kits. All my paper route money was spent on them.
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Post by trainstamp on Jan 21, 2017 15:14:32 GMT -5
My dear Grandmother is who I will forever be grateful to for giving me my first train (Lionel) way back in the early 1940's when I was a tiny boy. From that point on I loved all trains big and small. Thank you Grandmother Daisy! Richard Hamann in Vermont
Last Edit: Jan 21, 2017 15:17:58 GMT -5 by trainstamp
Ironic that my grandmother also got me into the model railroad hobby. Also my name is Richard except I am from New York with roots in Pennsylvania. As well my first set was also made by Lionel by coincidence.
She bought the Lionel set back in December 1966 for Christmas. I was three years old.
She also bought the operating milkman car to go with the set.
Also wanted to be a firefighter like you Randy. I was four years old.
And here I am at 56 years old last month. Still am into the hobby with fellow railfans. Should make 57 years old later this month.
Actually a few women were interested in me knowing that I am single and have money. When I told them I am determined to remain single they lost interest in me. Do look at long freight cars but I am not interested in them. Look but no touch. Will look for a flamingo hat similar to the one worn by Dave. Manhattan has every conceivable clothing item ever made. Should be relatively easy to find one as well. I hope.
An HO train set led by a war bonnet F-unit in the 60’s was my first model train. A few years later, I received a Lionel set with smoke and sound. I was hooked from then on. Model Railroader fed my model train interest, and I migrated back to HO. I loved ordering from the two-page AHC ad in MR each month. The Saverna Park article in the magazine in 1975 initiated a life-long interest in the B&O dockside switchers.
In 2004, I bought my kids a Lionel set and my interests were rekindled. We had a 10x8’ layout that was the cover piece of the February 2008 issue of Classic Toy Trains magazine. that layout was dismantled to create a video game room for the kids, who were no longer interested in model trains.
I’m back to HO, and without any layout space, I content myself building structure and freight car kits. Occasionally, I tackle a locomotive project.
How did i get into model railroading? The real question is how could i NOT have been one.
I am a third generation railroad fan, but our family's railroad roots go deep, with roots on the B&O between Cumberland and Grafton where my ancestors worked as telegraph operators. Somehow. the family eventually ended up in Pennsylvania working for the steel mills.
My grandfather was an avid railroad fan who was fascinated by switches and signals. He learned earlyn how to build his own track, back in the 1940s. I have fond memories of going to yards, Stations and junctions. Almost as soon as i could read i knew about slip switches, movable point frogs, and armstrong levers. He loved to take me places and show me those things. I learned how to read railroad signals from him.
My dad is also a railroad fan, but his style of railroading forsook the mainlines for the branches and shortlines where you'd only catch one train a day, but spend the whole day chasing it. He was an avid Western Maryland fan and we spent alot of time camping along the lines that radiated out of Elkins, WV, He was also a fan of the Monongahela Railway which was practically in our backyard, and i remember numerous shark hunting trips. One of my earliest memories is a cab ride in the 1213, one of the shraks that didn't survive.
From him i learned the fine art of layout building, and handlaid track. and he greatly influenced my approach to the hobby.
I came into my own in the era of COnrail, and had a front row seat as they dug the railroad out of the mud and turned it into a well run railroad. Sure, i lost my beloved Alcos in the process, but they live on through my models.
My first ;locomotive was an N scale Arnold Rapido FA painted Erie, with an indestructible cast metal boxy. Later, I had numerous Cheap and short lived AHM locomotives before I settled on cheap and reliable Athearns. I got alot of miles out of those locomotives. They were the backbone of my fleet until i went DCC about 15 years ago.
I can't help thinking my grandfather, who was fascinated by electronics, would have loved the modern incarnation of model railroading where you can program your system to run everything from switches and signals to the trains themselves, to run automatically.
frankenstein: I'm worried about wks now..
Feb 21, 2020 17:52:37 GMT -5
wks: Be afraid. Be very afraid.😜🤪😺😀😆
Feb 21, 2020 23:04:38 GMT -5
wks: Some names to be painted:
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wks: Ohio Fe Railroad
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wks: Penntrak Railroad
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wks: Santa Burlington Railroad🎅
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wks: Penn Baltimore Railroad
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wks: Contrak Railroad
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wks: Probably more but have to go to bed for work tomorrow☹️
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oldtimer52: How about "Santa Pee" Railroad??
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The Jade Fog, formerly: Dave: I hear TK is boogieing up to Allentown already. I’ll be heading out soon. Flamingo tote IS riding shotgun! For practice I went to an antiques mall yesterday to hone my visual acuity to spot deals from 15 yards or more. Hello Allentown!
Feb 22, 2020 8:49:03 GMT -5
wks: See if they have any Penn Fe equipment there for your collection Dave.
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