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(News.com.au)   Old and busted: Building model trains in the basement. New hotness: Building full-size trains in the basement   (news.com.au) divider line 55
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2013-01-18 10:19:55 AM
Does it come with hobo piss stains/smells too?

/Never been on a train, i always thought it was like buses
//or is this a high class train?
 
2013-01-18 10:20:17 AM
This a hobby for old people or at least old-fashioned people. You know what young people do? They ride the trains. You know, uptown, downtown. that kind of thing.
 
2013-01-18 10:20:41 AM
This is similar to my dream but it's a different kind of train I'd like to replicate in my basement.
 
2013-01-18 10:21:37 AM
Yeah. Thank God for model trains.
You know, if they didn't have the model train, they wouldn't have gotten the idea for the big trains.
 
2013-01-18 10:21:48 AM

sxacho: This a hobby for old people or at least old-fashioned people. You know what young people do? They ride the trains. You know, uptown, downtown. that kind of thing.


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2013-01-18 10:24:54 AM

abhorrent1: sxacho: This a hobby for old people or at least old-fashioned people. You know what young people do? They ride the trains. You know, uptown, downtown. that kind of thing.

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No. I'm not serious. That just popped into my head. It's probably from a movie or something. I don't know. That guy actually did a heck of a job. Good for him.
 
2013-01-18 10:26:47 AM
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"You know, if they didn't have the model train, they wouldn't have gotten the idea for the big trains."
 
2013-01-18 10:27:11 AM
But a VIA coach? Really? Should have replicated a Pullman sleeper.
 
2013-01-18 10:27:25 AM
Dang.
 
2013-01-18 10:28:37 AM
Bet he's an aspie.
 
2013-01-18 10:30:44 AM
Came for the Gibbs reference, leaving disappointed...
 
2013-01-18 10:31:23 AM
Would be awesome if a screen and projector unfurled from the roof and there was a bar hidden in the waste receptacle. Home cinema!

Perhaps also have the windows screens that show countryside whizzing past.
 
2013-01-18 10:33:18 AM
I somehow read that as building-sized trains. I was so confused.
 
2013-01-18 10:35:02 AM
I work for Amtrak. I rebuild trains all day. DNRA
 
2013-01-18 10:35:08 AM
A lounge car would have made more sense.
 
2013-01-18 10:35:18 AM

ukexpat: Came for the Gibbs reference, leaving disappointed...


Gibbs is more a fan of boats anyway. Meanwhile, a middle-aged British man with long hair and a closet of flowery shirts was seen leaving the scene with a giant smile upon his face and a camera crew in tow.

/Not obscure.
 
2013-01-18 10:39:07 AM
Now he needs to build a tunnel.
 
2013-01-18 10:43:44 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: But a VIA coach? Really? Should have replicated a Pullman sleeper.


That's what I was thinking. A guest room done up like a sleeper room.

I'd really like a caboose as a shed/workshop. Even looked into it, and the cost of transporting it a mile from the RR to here made it beyond "cool idea" into "yea, that's too much farking money".
 
2013-01-18 10:44:40 AM
So, an underground railroad of sorts then? It's been done.
 
2013-01-18 10:51:17 AM
My uncle lived in a caboose.
My dad built a replica 19th century pullman sleeper in his basement for the grandkids to sleep in.
they tore it out last month and found the original contractor's work wasn't quite NEC.
Burn marks and whatnot.
Dodged a bullet.
 
2013-01-18 10:54:00 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: But a VIA coach? Really? Should have replicated a Pullman sleeper.


Or even one of those private Pullman cars the the old robber barons of the 19th century had with polished brass, stained glass and a BAR!

My great grandfather was killed working on the railroads......he was hit by a bridge. He was working on the roof of a moving train. His tombstone even has a locomotive on it.
 
2013-01-18 10:59:23 AM
www.aeterna.nl
I prefer building virtual trains.
 
2013-01-18 10:59:44 AM

No Time To Explain: Does it come with hobo piss stains/smells too?

/Never been on a train, i always thought it was like buses
//or is this a high class train?


That would be a NYC subway or Chicago L car - or, more likely, the station outside said car.

/still LOL'ing over the "rat dispenser" headline a while back
 
2013-01-18 11:04:54 AM
I'll agree with one of the article's commenters: it needs a cab with a simulator.

Theaetetus: [www.aeterna.nl image 640x480]
I prefer building virtual trains.


*looks at image info*

*googles*

Oh, no, I think I just found a new time sink.
 
2013-01-18 11:05:07 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: But a VIA coach? Really? Should have replicated a Pullman sleeper.


It is were he is comfortable, and also it is made from a salvaged VIA rail coach. More of a restoration then a replica.

The CBC story a couple weeks ago was better...
 
2013-01-18 11:06:41 AM
Big improvement over previous attempts in the attic ...

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2013-01-18 11:09:24 AM
A coach? Little weird, a dining car like Frank Sinatra had that would be cool.
 
2013-01-18 11:10:20 AM

ukexpat: Came for the Gibbs reference, leaving disappointed...


like minds and whatnot
 
2013-01-18 11:10:30 AM

OMG! We're All Gonna Die!: I work for Amtrak. I rebuild trains all day. DNRA


Your username, coupled with your post, has extinguished my wish that I lived closer to Amtrak so I could more often partake of their services.

Seriously, what this guy did is cool. Wonder if it would have been as economical to have an old rail car moved to his basement?
 
2013-01-18 11:15:26 AM

Fubegra: I'll agree with one of the article's commenters: it needs a cab with a simulator.

Theaetetus: [www.aeterna.nl image 640x480]
I prefer building virtual trains.

*looks at image info*

*googles*

Oh, no, I think I just found a new time sink.


Train Simulator 2012 was $5 on Steam a while back. I haven't installed it yet but it looks pretty cool. Maybe when I have more time to spend on it. Some day. Or more likely I'll just give it to my kids when they're a little older.
 
2013-01-18 11:22:00 AM
I am satisfied by riding Amtrak once a year. Did not know I liked trains so much until 2 years ago when I rode on one for the first time. Never had a train set and likely will not own one. Why would you want to when there are still ones you can ride?
 
2013-01-18 11:27:34 AM
I always thought it would be cool to bury an airliner fuselage and use it as a side basement. It would be wonderful thing for a drunk guest to wake up on.
 
2013-01-18 11:35:32 AM

MyNameIsMofuga: This is similar to my dream but it's a different kind of train I'd like to replicate in my basement.


You like to party
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2013-01-18 11:40:40 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: But a VIA coach? Really? Should have replicated a Pullman sleeper.


Tom_Slick: A coach? Little weird, a dining car like Frank Sinatra had that would be cool.


My wife and I won a trip on the now-defunct Whistler Northwind, which was luxury passenger rail service from Prince George to Whistler, BC (our trip was 5 days after 9/11, which is another CSB altogether).  The cars were renoed classic cars.  In particular, the rear car was a cigar-shaped lounge car with overstuffed chairs.  Because the trip was post-9/11, and 90% of the train was empty on account of all of the Americans afraid to fly, we spent the entire trip in the lounge largely unbothered by others.  3 days on a luxury train, sitting in overstuffed chairs, playing board games and watching the scenery of the Caribou slide by, drinking Manhattans and calling the bartender by his new given name, Issac.

That would be a train car worth replicating in one's basement.

www.google.ca
 
2013-01-18 11:48:34 AM
Somebody needs a hobby.
 
2013-01-18 11:48:49 AM

Plumbledum: Would be awesome if a screen and projector unfurled from the roof and there was a bar hidden in the waste receptacle. Home cinema!

Perhaps also have the windows screens that show countryside whizzing past.


That's what I was thinking, this has a lot of potential as a train inspired home cinema. This is cool, but not really that useful for entertaining beside showing it off.
 
2013-01-18 11:52:20 AM
How did he aquire a wife and kids while spending so much time in his mom.s basement?
 
2013-01-18 12:04:22 PM

unyon: Old_Chief_Scott: But a VIA coach? Really? Should have replicated a Pullman sleeper.

Tom_Slick: A coach? Little weird, a dining car like Frank Sinatra had that would be cool.

My wife and I won a trip on the now-defunct Whistler Northwind, which was luxury passenger rail service from Prince George to Whistler, BC (our trip was 5 days after 9/11, which is another CSB altogether).  The cars were renoed classic cars.  In particular, the rear car was a cigar-shaped lounge car with overstuffed chairs.  Because the trip was post-9/11, and 90% of the train was empty on account of all of the Americans afraid to fly, we spent the entire trip in the lounge largely unbothered by others.  3 days on a luxury train, sitting in overstuffed chairs, playing board games and watching the scenery of the Caribou slide by, drinking Manhattans and calling the bartender by his new given name, Issac.

That would be a train car worth replicating in one's basement.

[www.google.ca image 640x480]


I always thought that if I ever hit it really big, I'd ride around in something like this for a few months every year.
 
2013-01-18 12:20:51 PM
Road the train a couple of times in Spain last year...they can keep them.
 
2013-01-18 12:31:27 PM

Theaetetus: [www.aeterna.nl image 640x480]
I prefer building virtual trains.


What iteration of Simcity is this?
 
2013-01-18 12:35:02 PM
My wife, 2 year old, and 3-month old rode Amtrak from Orlando to Philly for Christmas a few years ago. It was about 24-26 hours each way and we loved it (compared to air travel). Next time we go to PA, we're definitely doing it again. We went complete with cattle-class seats (which are still way nicer, bigger, and with more legroom than the comparable seats on a plane) on a fully loaded train.

One high point of the trip was this pilled-up high class-looking woman across the aisle who was on her cell-phone all night crying into it while telling whoever was on the other end about the filthy people and the horrible conditions and the ... the dirty black people! Everywhere! My God, I can't take it anymore!, while we stayed up late watching movies, eating hot dogs and popcorn, drinking bourbon which we'd brought with us, and just generally having a great time watching the world go by as it began to snow outside.
 
2013-01-18 12:42:45 PM
this thread makes me bring out my deepest, darkest secret: I thought 'soul plane' was kind of funny in a few places.
 
2013-01-18 12:45:01 PM

ukexpat: Came for the Gibbs reference, leaving disappointed...


Sorry I'm late; I slept in this morning.

i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-18 12:51:57 PM
this is going to confuse the fark out of future archeologists
 
2013-01-18 01:00:54 PM

cgraves67: So, an underground railroad of sorts then? It's been done.


i105.photobucket.com
Hipster Harriet Tubman was into underground railroads before it was cool.
 
2013-01-18 01:14:28 PM
Shron?

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"This is no hobby for pink-skins!"
 
2013-01-18 01:47:12 PM

Fecacacophany: Theaetetus: [www.aeterna.nl image 640x480]
I prefer building virtual trains.

What iteration of Simcity is this?


When I played that back in the early 90s it was called Railroad Tycoon Deluxe, but it seems they call it Sid Meier's Railroads now. Hours of wasted time to be had there. :)
 
2013-01-18 01:52:40 PM

Hiro-ACiD: Fecacacophany: Theaetetus: [www.aeterna.nl image 640x480]
I prefer building virtual trains.

What iteration of Simcity is this?

When I played that back in the early 90s it was called Railroad Tycoon Deluxe, but it seems they call it Sid Meier's Railroads now. Hours of wasted time to be had there. :)


I think that image was from an old old old game called A-Train. I vaguely recall such a game. Really old DOS game. That's not Railroad Tycoon though
 
2013-01-18 02:32:00 PM
If he's gonna spend all of that time and money on this, he might want to think about investing in a tape measure and a framing square...
resources0.news.com.au
 
2013-01-18 06:24:02 PM
That's gonna be a short ride.
 
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