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So the other day, I'm talking to my wife about my model trains and I'm telling her how I have to build these locomotives from brass kits and how I have to learn how to work with brass first and how I have to learn to solder properly first and how I have to hand lay track in an unusual gauge and how I have a long way to go before I'll have any sort of layout and she says, "why are you doing it like that?" "Don't you want to have some trains to play with now?" "Nah", says I. "I want to build these WDLR trains. You don't see many models of those." Then she says, "whatever, but I'd want some trains to play with first."

Humm...... Then the wheels in my head begin to turn and I remember how I'm always saying that I like to start off simple because it's the best way for me have some success early on and to keep my interest. How could I have forgotten that so soon after the Brookville kitbash success? It's a common pitfall for me. Once I get going a little bit I promptly go out and bite off more than I can chew. One good look at the Wrightlines Baldwin 4-6-0T kit told me that I had bitten off WAY more than I can chew. At least at this point in my model railroading career.

With that it mind, I'm going back to 1:35n2. That's fairly simple. I'm going to make some fun little loco conversions of Bachmann On30 locos. They won't have to look specifically like anything that ever actually existed so long as they look somewhat believable. I'm going to lay flex track and use commercial turnouts, I'm going to use commercially available DCC and I'm gonna have me A LAYOUT sooner than later. After that or maybe even a little along the way, I'll make the O14 WDLR locos and eventually that dream layout of France during WWI.

See, that's what good wives are for. They keep you grounded when you need it the most.

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haha... that's funny Mike but its so true.

My father has a similar problem. He's been buying engines and rolling stock and structures for as long as I can remember, waiting for the day he retires. When I built my first portable On30 he looked at it with great admiration and I asked him why he doesn't just do something small to get started... Unlike you though he still hasn't come to his senses and has over 100 steam loco's, thousands of freight cars etc just sitting around in cases, in cabinets... just waiting. I personally don't see the fun in that when he could be running and enjoying them already.

Oh well...

Glad you're going to get something up and running.

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Thanks, Shawn. I do like the modeling of obsecure subjects and I will get that done but im finding myself jealous of the guys that have trains to run on layouts. I have a couple little R/C projects to finish and then I'm going to start planning some type of mining layout or maybe a logging layout. I haven't decided which just yet but it's going to be one of those two.

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The title of your thread gave me a good chuckle ... not so much at your expense as that painfully familiar sort of thing! :dope:

Glad your wife had the :brill: to set you straight ... does she do consulting? :)

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SJSlots wrote: haha... that's funny Mike but its so true.

My father has a similar problem. He's been buying engines and rolling stock and structures for as long as I can remember, waiting for the day he retires. When I built my first portable On30 he looked at it with great admiration and I asked him why he doesn't just do something small to get started... Unlike you though he still hasn't come to his senses and has over 100 steam loco's, thousands of freight cars etc just sitting around in cases, in cabinets... just waiting. I personally don't see the fun in that when he could be running and enjoying them already.

Oh well...

Glad you're going to get something up and running.
Looks like he gets his fix building rather than operating. To each one it's own, I guess.... Jose.

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Well, I do like the building part but aside from running round and round a train set I got for Christmas when I was a boy, I've never operated a model railroad. And I want that now, so my focus for now is shifting.

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Let me guess.... both of you build in different scales/eras/gauges.

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Both of us? No. My wife builds no models of any kind. What she does is know me well enough to make recommendations on things she has no interest in and have them make sense to me.

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K.I.S.S.

I believe to many make it harder on themselves because they forget to keep it simple. It's a hobby. It should be relaxing. Life is to short to stress out over something as inconsequential as this hobby.Keep it simple. Have fun.

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While your wife is in a good mood, ask her for some money so you can buy track etc, for this layout she is suggesting.

Might work--

Then again-------

Shut up Herb!!

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Herb,

My layout is going to be small enough that it wont amount to too much. Besides, we have a don't ask don't tell policy about things like that... Until the cost gets way up there. At the speed I work, I'll be under that level all the time.

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Not that I want to tempt you in any way, but perhaps for later times

http://rclpublications.co.uk/b09-wdlralbum.html

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Oh that's a temptation alright. I'll have myself a copy of that. Thanks!

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Yes... I know, I know, (to quote Sybil Fawlty). I've been building my tramway for over 2 years, I have a study with 7 cars on the shelves, 3 are operational and I go to stupid lengths with detail, I spend 4 hours making a little padlock for the track cleaner car; why, I really don't know. But when I take a deep breath I realise I'm getting all the pleasure I want from actually building things, I suspect I'll be finished before the tramway is.... then I get ideas about "just knocking up a short length of track on a base" that I can take to shows to inspire others to get into this side of things...
Could be my PTSD rearing its head....
I have come to only one conclusion even if I worked 24/7 there still would not be enough time in the day....

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If it feels good, just do it...

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Tramcar Trev wrote: I have come to only one conclusion even if I worked 24/7 there still would not be enough time in the day....
And as the years go by, the days get shorter!




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Trev-BASIL! BASIL!......yes dear?

Now, back to "work".

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After I die, I want to come back as Herb's dog....

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Herb Kephart wrote:
Tramcar Trev wrote: I have come to only one conclusion even if I worked 24/7 there still would not be enough time in the day....
And as the years go by, the days get shorter!




Herb

Hye I have noticed that too also for some reason things don't seem as mamorable err memorable, I can't remember what I ate for breakfast yet meals i had years ago spring to mind with brilliant clarity...

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Tramcar Trev wrote
Hye I have noticed that too also for some reason things don't seem as mamorable err memorable, I can't remember what I ate for breakfast yet meals i had years ago spring to mind with brilliant clarity...
back to childhood: selective memory on full swing!.

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Trev is the very first person I have ever seen or heard to quote Sybil Fawlty. :apl:

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Tramcar Trev wrote:






Hye I have noticed that too also for some reason things don't seem as mamorable err memorable, I can't remember what I ate for breakfast yet meals i had years ago spring to mind with brilliant clarity...


I seem to remember some memorable mammalaries--whooops gotta watch out for the Administrator  ---Hey- wait a minute---

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Darn shame that there were so few episodes in the Faluty Towers series---

Probably Manuel died from too many blows to the head.


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I don't know what you guys are talking about.... And this is my thread. No worries. I'm just foolin around. Carry on...

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We don't know what we're talking about! Hijacking threads? Never, no, nein, of course not.
I do however know how to fool around.

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Mike--

Since you're a nice guy, we MIGHT let you have your thread back.

We'll give it some thought  L:

But if you ever see one of the public broadcast stations is posting a rerun of "Fawlty Towers"--I'm sure you will laugh like crazy.

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BASIL!

Sybil responds.......

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Honestly... You guys are fine. I wasn't using this thread for anything anymore anyway.

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So it's abandoned property. Let's start the party!. Jose.

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Wherz da booze?

Her (hic) bert

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I just Googled it... John Cleese... Gotta be some good stuff. I'll have to see if I can find it somewhere and watch it whilst building models.

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Mike-I doubt that you will build models while watching this show. You will be laughing too much to do any "work".

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It will be OK, he comes from Barcelona....

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Who comes from Barcelona?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kqyev46qyI

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Oh I'm sorry Chef's right out of waldorfs....

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OH NO...Chef put my leetle Basil in his Rat-a-touie!

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Woosh!... That's the sound of all this going right over my head.

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Here is 6 episodes to get you started

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvNNUKYukGHZyWnK8E34Iw/videos

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I'll give them a look.

Thanks!

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But the name on the sign is a lot funnier: "Farty Towels"!

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Check it out Mike...

...NO ONE makes life as difficult as BASIL !

" Something for you Major ? "

" Ar YES don't mind if I do ! "

Si.

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Ah... The wife's decided we're painting the kitchen and a few other rooms so I'm not going to be watching much or building anything for a week or two.

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...except for watching a wall or two...

...& building up layers of emulsion !

" BASIL...you havn't hired that cowboy O'Riley, have you ? "

Si (gh...)

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heh, Yeah both my brother and I noticed that our old man is a train horder from way back, even when he builds layouts, they end up sold of or broken up, and all the rolling stock ends up in boxes in cabnets.

Kind of makes me wonder when the line crosses from collecting to hording. I find that personally as much as i would love to hord, being regularly on the move stops that, I become very selective about what I keep, and most layouts tend to stay very small and portable, or end up trashed when the flaws become to obvious and I want to do it all again. If i had a perminant place to live for the rest of my life, I would definately start hording.. starting with some large 1:1 scale coaches and carrages :)


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