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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 02:38 am
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Hope it's ok to post a link to a video that I was really impressed with. The guy has a backyard train setup that is to die for. Love these malletes. Just couldn't help posting the second one. I hadn't seen that one before and it's incredible. There are about 8 or 10 of these videos of this layout if you care to watch them.  Pete

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl22e1yQ7ZQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFKvmtMlR4U&feature=related

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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 03:07 am
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I see plenty of this type of outdoor railroading on MLS. Honestly doesn't do much for me. Very sterile and lacking character.

I get a kick out of those of us in large scale who play with little critter engines running down narrow rails. The folks in England have this approach for the most part.

But of course this is just my viewpoint. Fortunately I'm in the minority on MLS. Kinda why I prefer hanging out here on Freerails. :)



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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 03:18 am
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Wish i had that kind of money!


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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 03:36 am
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I suppose that the trains are alright. However, that doesn't do much for me. To impress me, I would like to see a funky little narrow gauge locomotive and cars that somebody built with some TLC, not something that a rich dude bought so he can impress others with his "layout". NO SOUL. I am sure that I am in the minority and my opinion don't mean s^%$, but there it is. Besides, all that noise is annoying and doesn't sound like the real thing at all. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 2.5.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 04:41 am
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Geeze! You guys are tough. Sure that RR cost a lot and the cost of the engines alone would keep me going for a long time. However I was impressed by the quality of the detail on the engines,the sounds I thought were pretty good for  a model and the track work looked well done and solid. The trestle was interesting too especially where it comes out of a building inside which there are a ton more trains running if the weather is bad. I would imagine that the sterile look will be replaced with buildings and such eventually but your right about the narrow gauge trains having more character. One that I particularly like is the Dymchurch RR in Dymchurch England. It's a functional RR that really does serve the few communities it goes through and it was used in WWll to move supplies for our troops after D-Day landing in France. The fact that my family comes from there originally increases my interest too. I'd love to go there sometime and ride that little 50 mile train.   Pete



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The RH&DR is actually 13 1/2 miles long but much is double track. It is a miniature line rather than narrow gauge. During the war there was even an amoured train which shot down one aircraft!

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This is more my style...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kWH_LZAwAo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

This gentleman built his little line on a shoestring. It has character and soul.

I can guarantee that the line with it's big engines and sterile look will likely never be more than what you see. Modelers like that only want BIG and QUANTITY...not soul. It's a common theme that I see prevail on the large scale scene. It's a sad truth I read and view daily on other forums.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 03:02 pm
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I see your point DW. I see the scenery and the trackside buildings and all the clutter that goes with a railroad and that all looks great. The man did a very fine job with it all including the rolling stock. Where I differ in opinion is the designs of the rolling stock. It all looks so whimsical to me and not prototypical. For me it's the rolling stock  that is the point and I like them to be real looking. The scenery and the buildings are secondary. I like modeling the railroad as opposed to the buildings. After all it is "model railroading" isn't it? Guess I would call the actual railroad the spirit of the layout and the scenery and buildings the soul.  Pete



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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 03:29 pm
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I suppose it comes down to one's perspective. If it were just about the 'train' then millions of HO & N scalers are wasting time and effort on adding scenery and details to their table tops.

Since my interest is in narrow gauge shortline, industrial, lumber and mining railroads on handlaid track... these big engines running across yards of grass hold zero appeal. The engines are marvels, but lack the soul Woodie mentioned.

I'm also of the opinion that for many of these modelers it's about staying ahead of the Jones. This is reflected in the insane prices the manufacturers are charging for their product. Bigger prices, bigger profits. Toss KISS aside and appeal to human nature of reaching for more and more.

Of course I see this in just about every facet of life where people place importance on their possessions. Such people tend to be insecure and lack understanding of what life really is about. The ironic thing is that my ffellow man's greed for more and more provides me with a decent income bringing him his nik naks. :)



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 Posted: Wed Aug 25th, 2010 03:59 pm
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While I am not a fan of of caricatures in model railroading-some of which are as bad as Thomas- I'm with Woodie and DW.

What's next after you buy 3 Big Boys and a hundred hopper cars? 4 and another 50 hoppers? Oh look at me!! I can BUY BUY BUY!

Well, BYE BYE!

I will take build over buy any day.



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