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2013-07-05 11:37:17 PM  
3 votes:
I'm craving some imitation crab.
2013-07-06 12:36:15 AM  
2 votes:
Here are some photos of a spectacular and incredibly detailed model railroad installation. But let's ignore them while we present this high school report on this hobby which is enjoyed by many people across the world in many countries. Some of them use 3D modeling software which we are not going to show you. In conclusion, some people have model trains big enough to ride. Thank you.

/That article was bad and the scribbler should feel bad
2013-07-05 11:57:19 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-07-05 11:44:12 PM  
2 votes:
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 11:43:26 PM  
2 votes:
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 08:18:00 PM  
2 votes:
sixteen years. what do you get?
2013-07-06 01:03:38 AM  
1 vote:
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.
2013-07-06 12:52:23 AM  
1 vote:
When I was a kid I used to love going to Mike's Trainland, in Suffolk, VA.
2013-07-06 12:37:36 AM  
1 vote:
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!
2013-07-06 12:32:57 AM  
1 vote:
Kind of cool, but ...
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2013-07-06 12:06:20 AM  
1 vote:

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 12:00:44 AM  
1 vote:
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Crabbe Town not Crabbeville.
2013-07-05 11:50:12 PM  
1 vote:
Now it's... GODZILLA TIME!!!
2013-07-05 11:42:57 PM  
1 vote:

shanrick: sixteen years. what do you get?

Another day older and deeper in debt?
2013-07-05 11:42:35 PM  
1 vote:
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 11:26:07 PM  
1 vote:
2013-07-05 09:53:00 PM  
1 vote:
This was the only time I thought model trains were fun.

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2013-07-05 08:55:55 PM  
1 vote:
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.

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