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 Posted: Sun Jan 26th, 2014 07:20 pm
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Ride-on train on 20 acre lot, has live steam locos, freight cars, one gas loco, shop, station, etc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdQ-2mnODCo
comes with some sort of shack. Jose.



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 Posted: Sun Jan 26th, 2014 09:21 pm
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I WANT IT,but first how much?:2t::2t: If I have to ask the price I guess I can't afford it :sad::sad::sad::sad:

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2foot6 wrote: I WANT IT,but first how much?:2t::2t: If I have to ask the price I guess I can't afford it :sad::sad::sad::sad:Or you have one of those no-limit credit cards........ Jose.



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I want that house, have enough money to buy no matter price. But I'm not moving again, so I'll someone else have it.



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The railroads were open to visitors as part of the 28th National Narrow Gauge Convention held in Portland, OR in 2008. The F scale layout has been widely seen in the "press". The live steamers were quite special. All quite impressive. It looks like the first $3.5 million takes it, although it is not clear exactly what equipment might be included, and I don't really need to know.
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It's not the buying price that would concern me as much as how much would it take to maintain the property.

I'm working on something like that here on my 5 acres of land. Un fortunately I don't think I have that much time left. I think I'd need two or three life times to get that far and I'm only working on my first life time. :bg:

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I was excited, but then I realized two things:

1. It's not 1:20.3 :doh:

2. Because it's not 1:20.3, it will be a looong time before I have the space for it.

Regardless, that would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a collection as large as that. If I had the space, I'd be heading to the bank tomorrow for discussion of a loan. But alas it is not meant to be. I wish the buyer of this collection luck and a great time.

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Another thought. I don't think he's leaving the equipment behind. I just can't fathom a person doing that. You don't just build up something like that and sell it all. I wonder what's really behind this sale and why. Call me suspicious. It's just doesn't make sense.

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As a "been there, done that" --except for every mile of track that he has, we had a foot, there are a couple things that the rosy glow of having your own ride on railroad overshadows at the onset.

1--It's a H*LL of a lot of back breaking work in the beginning, and doesn't get much better, as maintenance is a lot more than you ever thought it would be.

2-- After you ride around 37 times this way, and 42 times that way, it becomes very boring.

3--Yeah, you can drag all the stuff out when you have visitors, and give them a ride--but if you are thinking steam remember that you have to start something like an hour ahead to get steam up, and probably a couple hours after to drop the fire, blow out the tubes, and wipe everything down. All that for how long a ride? That's why most people with backyard railroads have some sort of an gas powered "diesel".

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I had thought about getting involved in one of those speeder/motorcar clubs that ride around the country. I figure that I would do that only on two conditions:

1. I have a chapter of the organization nearby to run with other people on tracks across the country

2. I'd have a 1/4 mile or 1/3 mile loop (or less) to test and run the motor car on.

I even calculated costs, it would be about $9,000 dollars for the motorcar ($4000), used 40lb rail($3,500), 900 railroad ties($1 apiece), and spikes($600). Seems expensive, but to put it into perspective, a ride on live steam locomotive such as what was shown is anywhere between 10 and 20 thousand dollars. So I could own a real piece of history, have a place to run it all the time, have the ability to ride the nation's rail network with fellow enthusiasts, and I'd still be paying half as much as ride-on live steam. Not to mention that membership to the organization NARCOA is not much more than a magazine subscription.

Don't get me wrong, ride-on live steam is still very cool, but I think having a motorcar with a small section of track to run it on would be more fun.

For now, as I said earlier, I'll stick with my 1:20.3; it's expensive enough as it is. But if I ever get the opportunity...

...we'll see.

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