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(Wacky Owl)   Sixteen years. This is what sixteen years of obsession looks like   (wackyowl.com) divider line 97
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2013-07-05 08:18:00 PM  
sixteen years. what do you get?
 
2013-07-05 08:55:55 PM  
Railway modelling (UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada) or model railroading (US and Canada)

Railway modelling sounds like it should involve babes in bikinis and steam locomotives.

Now there's an idea for a calendar.

Model railroading, on the other hands, sounds like when you've put a new fashion model on a direct line to end up dying of a drug overdose in her mid-20's. Imagine the track marks.

/*ducks*
 
2013-07-05 08:56:07 PM  
I'm impressed.

Plenty of guys his age have only a square miles worth of empty beer cans to show for their 16 year hobby.

/nntawwt
//except when there is
 
2013-07-05 09:28:43 PM  

shanrick: sixteen years. what do you get?


5,844 days older and deeper in debt...because of this model train fetish that's just shy of 'It rubs the lotion on its skin' level creepy.
 
2013-07-05 09:53:00 PM  
This was the only time I thought model trains were fun.

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2013-07-05 10:00:14 PM  
Sixteen years of my obsession just looks like a bunch of photos of my neighbor checking her mail in her pajamas.
 
2013-07-05 11:04:35 PM  
Looks pretty awesome if you ask me.

/might have weird obsessions, respects others' geekiness
 
2013-07-05 11:26:07 PM  
 
2013-07-05 11:35:17 PM  

shanrick: sixteen years. what do you get?


Astounding amounts of freely offered poontang?

No?

I have been misinformed, then. Toot, toot.
 
2013-07-05 11:36:56 PM  
There is such a thing as Simcity.
 
2013-07-05 11:37:17 PM  
I'm craving some imitation crab.
 
2013-07-05 11:42:35 PM  
Very cool.  If I only put that kind of energy into writing a book I would have finished at least 8 by now.
 
2013-07-05 11:42:57 PM  

shanrick: sixteen years. what do you get?


Another day older and deeper in debt?
 
2013-07-05 11:43:26 PM  
When I was a kid, I would have thought that was so amazing. But as an adult, while I can admire the craftsmanship, it arouses no desire. It's hard to say what drives such obsessiveness, but there is a pleasure that comes from creating something, and doing it well, that's a bit like a drug. And the only way to get another hit is to do something even better than what you have done before
 
2013-07-05 11:44:12 PM  
I realize there's a huge difference between someone's hobby and a professional team of model railroad builders, but this is what 10 years of awesomeness will get you: Miniatur Wunderland

/Excellent German accent thrown in for good measure.
 
2013-07-05 11:47:09 PM  
I have a Lionel train I break out for Christmas.  It's fun for ten minutes.  What do you do after you've completed this monstrosity, just watch the train go around for the next fifteen years?   Seems like the building is the fun part.  Or something, fun may not be the right word.
 
2013-07-05 11:47:28 PM  
I'm taking a wild guess here that there was some "bad touch" in the background.
 
2013-07-05 11:47:50 PM  
Now here's a case of an amazing obsession with a tragic ending: RC B-52 crash.

The time and money that went into that, only to be turned into a patch of smoking junk.
 
2013-07-05 11:50:12 PM  
Now it's... GODZILLA TIME!!!
 
2013-07-05 11:50:31 PM  
Wait till he gets a little older and gets a hold of some fireworks.
 
2013-07-05 11:53:57 PM  
i.imgur.com

Trains
 
2013-07-05 11:54:06 PM  
thumbs.anyclip.com
What a silly man.
 
2013-07-05 11:54:13 PM  

shanrick: sixteen years. what do you get?


20 years in prison?
 
2013-07-05 11:57:12 PM  

Sid_6.7: Railway modelling (UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada) or model railroading (US and Canada)

Railway modelling sounds like it should involve babes in bikinis and steam locomotives.

Now there's an idea for a calendar.

Model railroading, on the other hands, sounds like when you've put a new fashion model on a direct line to end up dying of a drug overdose in her mid-20's. Imagine the track marks.

/*ducks*


Close! Railway modeling is actually a locomotive in a giant banana hammock.
 
2013-07-05 11:57:19 PM  
www.bestfunnyblog.com
 
2013-07-05 11:58:45 PM  
Da da da, da daaaaaaaaaa!

i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-05 11:59:12 PM  
grinandbakeit.com
 
2013-07-05 11:59:57 PM  

MurphyMurphy: I'm impressed.

Plenty of guys his age have only a square miles worth of empty beer cans to show for their 16 year hobby.

/nntawwt
//except when there is


you knew my old roomate?
 
2013-07-05 11:59:59 PM  
*looks at article*  Not bad Not that i can talk I collect Transformers.
 
2013-07-06 12:00:09 AM  

tallguywithglasseson: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2354421/Worlds-largest-model- r ailroad-draws-thousands-NJ.html
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/03/northl an dz_is_the_ho-scale_wor.html

Article was somewhat lacking in actual article-ness. Above links have a bit more info.


I came here to say this....

Pictures were awesome, but there was no farking article. It's like it was a goddammed government information brochure from the 50's on the subject of model farking railroad trains in general(except for the parts computer modeling, of course).

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Daily Mail socks. How did they ever make it to where they are?

Thanks for the link, BTW.
 
2013-07-06 12:00:44 AM  
t3.gstatic.com

Crabbe Town not Crabbeville.
 
2013-07-06 12:03:27 AM  
I see these are works of art. Like the Soup Labels of Andy Warhol, they blow up in magnitude of the
artistry of real life things. The sculpture like design in the engineering that goes into a bridges or
buildings or theme parks. Those things can be lost when the scale is so big that you have to go back so far
to take it in that you loose the detail.
 
2013-07-06 12:03:48 AM  
Oh thank god.  For a minute there I thought someone found my shrine to Ashley Judd.
 
2013-07-06 12:05:04 AM  
We have a friend who makes a very nice living building things for railroad model hobbyists. It's insane the amount of business he does each year.
 
2013-07-06 12:06:20 AM  

CruJones: I have a Lionel train I break out for Christmas.  It's fun for ten minutes.  What do you do after you've completed this monstrosity, just watch the train go around for the next fifteen years?   Seems like the building is the fun part.  Or something, fun may not be the right word.


They keep building... That's what they don't. They make new scenes and retire old ones...

CSB time: We built a house in Flagstaff for a guy who worked for Santa Fe railroad. He worked kind of like firefighter shifts, 4 days on, 5 days off, in CA somewhere, and would even ride the train to work.

Anyway, this house had a 3 car garage, and directly behind that was a room as big as the garage just for his train set. On top of that, the far stall in the garage was not for parking, he was going to have tracks run in through the walls, and it would be his repair bay...

Nice guy, was going to get me an airhorn from a train locomotive but I moved out of town before he brought it back.
The point is, these guys live this, and just keep creating and expanding, upgrading and revising.
 
2013-07-06 12:08:02 AM  
Where does this guy rate on the model train scale of crazy/obsessed?

imgick.nj.com
 
2013-07-06 12:08:36 AM  
Model trains are like boobs. They're supposed to be for the kids but it's the dads that actually play with them.
 
2013-07-06 12:09:15 AM  

Popcorn Johnny: I'm craving some imitation crab.


Came for this, but not for anything gay.
 
2013-07-06 12:09:54 AM  
No mention of who the guy is, what he did in life, why he decided to dedicate so much time to this, where he lives, blah blah blah

/shiatty
 
2013-07-06 12:10:46 AM  
If their love is tragedy, why is it their remedy? If their love is insanity, why is it their clarity?


DOOOOOOOOOO DOOOOOOOOOOOOO DOOOOOOOOOO DAAAAAAAA DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

EUNCE EUNCE
 
2013-07-06 12:12:49 AM  
My collection of empty lotion bottles and tissue boxes is much more impressive.
 
2013-07-06 12:14:20 AM  
And on her 18th birthday he found out it wasn't his?

Oops wrong song.
 
2013-07-06 12:16:57 AM  
Personally, I like obsession. I like all the Calvin Klein products, and I fail to see how this man is typical of similar-smelling long-term obsession-using persons.
 
2013-07-06 12:16:58 AM  
Considering I immediately recognized that photo #2 was the opening of the Transcontinental Railroad, I'm giving the guy props.
 
2013-07-06 12:18:53 AM  

eventhelosers: My collection of empty lotion bottles and tissue boxes is much more impressive.


It's only impressive if the Kleenex is stuck to the ceiling.
 
2013-07-06 12:24:07 AM  
I'm glad I read that article.  There is actually a hobby out there where people actually try to reproduce a railway at a smaller scale?  With minature people, buildings and cars?

What a strange, strange world.
 
2013-07-06 12:32:23 AM  
He created something with his time instead of looking down on others and making nothing. Good on him.
 
2013-07-06 12:32:57 AM  
Kind of cool, but ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XcKBmdfpWs">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=5XcKBmdfpWs
 
2013-07-06 12:34:26 AM  
I get paid for taking my hobby to new heights.  Where's MY wackyowl offbeat and lifestyle lego/toys plug?
 
2013-07-06 12:35:10 AM  
Very relevant xkcd:

http://xkcd.com/878/
 
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