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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2016 08:00 pm
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8195
I'll tell you a little story. Years ago, a buddy & I attended an NMRA regional convention and went on a layout tour. We had all sorts of "badges & tags" hanging on our shirts-meaning that we knew how to behave. We went to "the best layout" in the state, one built by rocket scientists and engineers with lots of money thrown in to make it a "masterwork"...something we just had to see. We walked in the door and got confronted by a shriveled little dude who curtly said "DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING" and walked away. We did just that, walked away, back to the car. Whatta bunch of jerks! We then went to visit a fellow who had a 5 by 10 On30 layout he was working on inside a screened-in porch. he had probably spent all the money he could on this and it was pretty cool. We stayed there three hours talking and looking at his scratchbuilt structures and RTR locos & cars. This guy was a "master" and didn't tell us he was. we had the best time at his more than made up for the "masterwork" that we didn't see.
Who was the "master" then, the rich, educated dudes who built the best that money could buy or the blacksmith who spent a little and had fun making most of his layout by himself?
Update-The rich guys lost their "lease" and had to take down their toys, the other guy still has his layout and it is still 5 by 10 and runs on the porch.


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