Repo Man: 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.
tallguywithglasseson: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2354421/Worlds-largest-model- r ailroad-draws-thousands-NJ.htmlhttp://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2013/03/northl an dz_is_the_ho-scale_wor.htmlArticle was somewhat lacking in actual article-ness. Above links have a bit more info.
just_another_asshole/jaa: Find a show on PBS called Tracks Ahead, they go all around the world showing off everything from full size working railroads to garden trains and all types of model layouts, made by the Milwaukee PBS station!Garden railroads go from to small to ride up to fancy ride on trains that people spend fortunes on!
Kensey: Oh yeah, those of you using the latest computing technology to make fun of model-train geeks may not appreciate that a good bit of the early history of computing revolved around the Tech Model Railroad Club at MIT. A lot of the early hackers who laid the foundations of nearly everything that came after, got their first taste of real computing working on the information processing needs of that layout.
KrispyKritter: A friend told me of childhood memories with the HO scale set up his Dad bought him. He was never allowed to touch a damn thing, his Dad would set it up and play with it a few times a year. Holy crap, you wouldn't believe the money some of the cars (with their original cartons) brought in when I sold them on eBay for him. +1 for Moms who clean out attics.
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.
SirEattonHogg: 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.
Momzilla59: just_another_asshole/jaa: Find a show on PBS called Tracks Ahead, they go all around the world showing off everything from full size working railroads to garden trains and all types of model layouts, made by the Milwaukee PBS station!Garden railroads go from to small to ride up to fancy ride on trains that people spend fortunes on!Walt Disney loved his model trains so much he built Disneyland so he could have a bigger train set.or so I have read.
rej1138: I hate to go all studman69 on a model railroad, but that one has too much vertical distance compared to horizontal distance. And some of the bridges are just huge monstrosities to show off a high bridge.This is one of my favorites of all time.http://www.horailroad.com/fsm/fsmlayout0.htmlAnd the Gorre and Daphetid was a wonder back in the day. Too bad it burned in the early 70s just a few days after its builder died.http://gdlines.com/GD_Galleries/Planning/slides/3nightlights-orig.ht ml
SirEattonHogg: There is actually a hobby out there where people actually try to reproduce a railway at a smaller scale?
SurelyShirley: 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.
Disgruntled Goat: "Actually" is the most overused word in the english language right now. It is useless word. Remove it from 99% of the sentences in which it's used and the sentences have the exact same meaning and clarity.
20/20: Does anybody know of any females doing model railroading?
SpiderQueenDemon: CSB: My favorite pastor loved model trains. He felt that building a whole tiny world and caring for the people in it gave him just the tiniest idea of how God might feel, and helped him keep matters in proper perspective. We kids in the youth group would sometimes go and help him add this or that to the layout, and he used to open up his house once a season to let anyone who felt like watching the trains come observe them, with a little donation jar for the church food bank. Some years his trains were enough to buy Thanksgiving turkeys for every needy family in the area.We had a soldier come home from Afghanistan with serious PTSD. He could not be in a room without a clear view of the door, he spooked at every noise and even his parents had trouble seeing how bad he was. I remembered him as my babysitter's boyfriend, but he came back looking like a vacant-eyed ghost. Worse, he'd been badly wounded and had some fairly serious mobility problems. Pastor and his wife found out and suggested that the young man come stay with them, explaining that Pastor's arthritis was an issue and they could really use his help. He went to stay with them, and since he'd done work with electronics and computers before and during the war, Pastor pretty much put him to work on the model trains.Six months or so later, Pastor announced that the Christmas layout was ready, and parishioners should bring any friends or loved ones they wished to come see it that weekend. I took my fiance and siblings, and when we got there, we were just amazed. The entire town, all the tiny buildings, each and every one of them had a different, special and perfectly-appropriate set of Christmas lights, something Pastor had never done before. They were all hand-wired with the tiniest of optical fibers, LEDs and similar. Artificial snow had been painstakingly added with a tiny brush. And around the corner, in the section where Pastor's old hard-wired control board of switches had once been, there was a cheap A ...
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