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(Boing Boing)   House for sale: Meh. With a ride-able scale train that goes completely around the entire property - complete with trainyard, trestles, the works: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY   (boingboing.net) divider line 72
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2014-01-23 10:17:39 PM  
WANT
 
2014-01-23 10:30:25 PM  
That's cool as hell.
One potential problem, though.
Midget hobos.
 
2014-01-23 10:39:21 PM  
You know who else liked trains? No, not him.

drop.ndtv.com
 
2014-01-23 10:40:30 PM  
It's called live steam. Very cool stuff.

/Garden railroader - my trains are too small to ride on - but they are real steam engines.
 
2014-01-23 11:01:37 PM  
The trains are very nice but the track (and that gorgeous bridge!) is really incredible. Someone had a lot of fun making that.
 
2014-01-23 11:12:36 PM  
imagizer.imageshack.us

Milhouse: Cool train! Where does it go?
Bart: Beats me. But it won't be back for three hours and forty minutes. Once it had snow on it.
 
2014-01-24 12:19:29 AM  
No Erin Gray pics? I am disappoint.
 
2014-01-24 01:19:27 AM  
Sir Topham Hatt approves
 
2014-01-24 01:58:39 AM  
Would like a ridable rocket sled though.
 
2014-01-24 02:01:34 AM  
The trestle was the jaw-dropper.
That was incredible.
 
2014-01-24 02:03:31 AM  
Nice tree growing out of the middle of the driveway.

This would probably have been amazing when I was 13.
 
2014-01-24 02:03:45 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Milhouse: Cool train! Where does it go?
Bart: Beats me. But it won't be back for three hours and forty minutes. Once it had snow on it.


I was left thinking about Reverend Lovejoy, embezzling church funds to build his train fantasy.
 
2014-01-24 02:03:48 AM  
Walt Disney had one of those on his property.  It was one of the inspirations for Disneyland.
 
2014-01-24 02:04:06 AM  
Unless I'm buying from Rod Stewart, I'm not buying.
 
2014-01-24 02:12:45 AM  

urger: It's called live steam. Very cool stuff.

/Garden railroader - my trains are too small to ride on - but they are real steam engines.


The locomotive wasn't exhausting, and the few seconds of live sound at the very end sounded a lot like electric. The model it was of, wasn't steam either, so it wouldn't have made sense to make a steam model of a diesel engine, though I'm not as up on my Railroad Tycoon to ID the engine model at a glance as I used to be.
But it looks like he has multiple locomotives, though some of them are maybe just display pieces instead of functional like the electric he demonstrated.
 
2014-01-24 02:19:30 AM  
http://www.oerm.org
above should be a link to the railroad museum in southern california. Turn
 
2014-01-24 02:25:26 AM  
They are only asking $3.5m. I can't fathom the upkeep to keep the place looking that way.

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/18055-SW-Seiffert-Rd-Sherwood-OR-97 1 40/2111694440_zpid/

http://tours.tourfactory.com/tours/tour.asp?t=1035655&idx=1
 
2014-01-24 02:29:26 AM  
11 minute ride on the train: http://youtu.be/6eGFF5s_Du4
 
2014-01-24 02:30:51 AM  
Meh. I don't want that property, I want the one next door. And the schedule of the payroll shipments!

/Don't know if it's true, but family lore is that I'm a descendant of Jesse James
 
2014-01-24 02:33:10 AM  
You know who else liked miniature trains?

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-24 02:37:12 AM  

morg: You know who else liked miniature trains?

img.fark.net


That guy had a pretty sweet life up until he married his assistant Kate Summers. Then away went all the video games and other fun stuff, the ratings plummeted, and the show was cancelled. The End.
 
2014-01-24 02:38:19 AM  

bearded clamorer: Midget hobos.


That's a synergistic combination of two of my favorite things.  Alone neither a midget nor hobo is much but a midget hobo is a rare creature of legend.
 
2014-01-24 02:42:58 AM  
Wonder what maintenance to keep that thing up runs. Or for that matter, what such a thing does to your homeowners insurance?
 
2014-01-24 02:46:06 AM  
The train seats one.  Because you will never need more than that if you own it.
 
2014-01-24 02:50:32 AM  
Yeah, the only problem is that it's in sherwood oregon.  Which is a shiat hole that doesn't even have the distinction of being an actual suburb of Portland.
 
2014-01-24 02:51:08 AM  
If I bought that place I'd rent a Godzilla costume and lay waste to it.
/Not a train person.
 
2014-01-24 03:16:17 AM  
That's in a class by itself.

Wow.
 
2014-01-24 03:30:41 AM  

TV's Vinnie: morg: You know who else liked miniature trains?



That guy had a pretty sweet life up until he married his assistant Kate Summers. Then away went all the video games and other fun stuff, the ratings plummeted, and the show was cancelled. The End.


If I remember correctly, she was hot
 
2014-01-24 03:31:13 AM  
Gomez Adams would love that.
 
2014-01-24 03:35:29 AM  
What, no Sheldon?

/slackers...
 
2014-01-24 03:57:32 AM  

dopekitty74: What, no Sheldon?

/slackers...


Yeah but you can't fit those in your mouth. Well, expect your mom can of course but that goes without saying...
 
2014-01-24 04:31:19 AM  

Kahabut: Yeah, the only problem is that it's in sherwood oregon.  Which is a shiat hole that doesn't even have the distinction of being an actual suburb of Portland.


Sherwood isn't THAT bad.  Have a bad experience there?
 
2014-01-24 04:43:08 AM  

starsrift: urger: It's called live steam. Very cool stuff.

/Garden railroader - my trains are too small to ride on - but they are real steam engines.

The locomotive wasn't exhausting, and the few seconds of live sound at the very end sounded a lot like electric. The model it was of, wasn't steam either, so it wouldn't have made sense to make a steam model of a diesel engine, though I'm not as up on my Railroad Tycoon to ID the engine model at a glance as I used to be.
But it looks like he has multiple locomotives, though some of them are maybe just display pieces instead of functional like the electric he demonstrated.


It sounded like a small gasoline engine to me.
 
2014-01-24 05:16:20 AM  

scottydoesntknow: [imagizer.imageshack.us image 800x474]

Milhouse: Cool train! Where does it go?
Bart: Beats me. But it won't be back for three hours and forty minutes. Once it had snow on it.


img.fark.net

Fun fact: the train has the number 97 on it. The song 'Wreck of the Old 97' is about a train that derailed at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia in 1903.

Obscure fact: the train engine involved in the wreck was engine #1102 not #97.
Also...

www.founditemclothing.com
 
2014-01-24 05:47:39 AM  
it just shows with unlimited resources one can have anything.

that being said, that is so cool it's almost painful for me to watch.

did you see those steam locomotives in the beginning? looked like a challenger or a big boy.

if it's real steam, I wonder how he deals with the smoke in the tunnel.

maybe he has a cab forward too.

I hate being poor.
 
2014-01-24 06:18:26 AM  
I can assure you that the engines all run as their larger counter parts once did. Those steam engines are painstakingly built by hand, as are all of the other cars. The diesel electric as well.
 
2014-01-24 06:28:52 AM  
Who am I kidding? It's O-gauge or No-gauge.

I like trains. Not as much as this kid. But pretty darned close.

img.fark.net
 
2014-01-24 06:47:56 AM  
That would make me infinitely happy to have. All I need is a sugar daddy/momma who'd buy me this and other silly things.

/equal opportunity golddigging.
 
2014-01-24 07:02:39 AM  
Want It ALL.  The train is awesome, and the land gorgeous.
 
2014-01-24 07:11:49 AM  
Imagine the fun your neighbors will have, calling lawyers about the constant train noises.  Get some neighbor who moved to a quiet area, away from all trains and airports, only for you to set that thing up and play the crap out of the horn.  Not saying this shouldn't exist, just pointing out a hidden benefit.
 
2014-01-24 07:37:09 AM  
 
2014-01-24 07:42:26 AM  
Fark is beginning to disappoint.

Where are the progressives condemning this as an evil rich person wasting resources that could have gone to help the poor, been paid in higher taxes, is somehow harmful to the environment, or isn't high speed rail.
 
I wonder what the inspection schdule is on his trestle/bridge?

Real coal/steam would be cool.
 
2014-01-24 07:44:46 AM  
 
2014-01-24 08:20:19 AM  

hubcity: Ah, but a backyard monorail...


thats more of a shelbyville idea...
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-01-24 08:26:01 AM  
Awesome, but like boats and in-ground pools: great things for friends to have.
 
2014-01-24 08:26:46 AM  

starsrift: urger: It's called live steam. Very cool stuff.

/Garden railroader - my trains are too small to ride on - but they are real steam engines.

The locomotive wasn't exhausting, and the few seconds of live sound at the very end sounded a lot like electric. The model it was of, wasn't steam either, so it wouldn't have made sense to make a steam model of a diesel engine, though I'm not as up on my Railroad Tycoon to ID the engine model at a glance as I used to be.
But it looks like he has multiple locomotives, though some of them are maybe just display pieces instead of functional like the electric he demonstrated.


The scale/hobby of ride on model trains is called live steam regardless of the power source.
 
2014-01-24 08:34:47 AM  
southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com


images.starpulse.com


/  Climb the tree!!!  Climb the tree!!!
 
2014-01-24 08:53:07 AM  
Lovely! I assume the train in the video was diesel electric (you wouldn't want to be on a gasoline powered train in a tunnel). The static engines in the shed had real coal on board, so I suspect that they are live steam. Pity we couldn't see one of them running.
 
2014-01-24 08:59:46 AM  

Hermione_Granger: Who am I kidding? It's O-gauge or No-gauge.

I like trains. Not as much as this kid. But pretty darned close.

[img.fark.net image 500x375]


Z-scale fo' life, yo!
 
2014-01-24 09:03:07 AM  
My friend's father has a very similar setup. He owns over ten acres and spent 20 years building train tracks all over the property. He can ride that train for hours without seeing the same place twice.

To each their own, but no thanks. I rode on it once in my teens and was bored to tears. I can't imagine doing it daily like he does. But he obviously enjoys it, so I think it's cool that he built something he enjoys so much.
 
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