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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2014 01:36 am
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Stumpy, one thing that I think MAY have an effect...Imagine on Christmas morning, the kid opens up a neat HO (etc) train set from mom & dad, a box of switches and snap track from grandpa and grandma, some more freight or passenger cars from aunt Bea (or uncle Bill), a few snap together buildings, and some other neat train stuff. The kid takes the track and lays it all over the living room...maybe a reverse loop, crossover, you know...a real spaghetti bowl on the floor. He(or she) then takes the train & cars and sets them on the track,(the batteries were charged by Santa last night) turns on the transmitter and locomotive and RUNS THE TRAIN without having to learn CV's, programming, how to use brite boys, how to wire reverse loops and crossovers, or any of the other really frustrating things that MUST currently be learned before operation can begin. RUN THE TRAIN NOW...Dad can just sit and watch the fun or even join in. OK, now the kid is interested because he can see the thing run, mom and dad can be happy because the kid is interested in something other than a video game with blood & guts & zombies and grandparents can remember how neat it was when they were kids and spent time with their parents at Christmas. Yes, this COULD be the scene, maybe not for everyone, but probably far more than we can imagine.
As for me, they will need to pry the transmitter from my cold dead hands and then they might enjoy running my trains until they need a charge.

Food for thought or otherwise..
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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2014 01:46 am
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I am pretty sure I have seen a magazine article on your on30 layout and its a thing of beauty.!!!!! Very well crafted and imagined .

I do not remember it being that big in order to require 15 people to operate, but sure sounds exciting.

I wish I wasn't 12 hours away, I would love to partake.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2014 01:27 pm
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Good morning all you,
 Mad Mike,
 This railroad, the final one, is so large that trains actually go somewhere and not chase their tails.  Since I wrote my thesis, "I have a question", this conversation hasn't gone away, in fact it is growing with a couple of friends that I model with.  Even if I lived in the middle of the ocean and I had the space I would probably have a railroad this big.  It isn't mine is bigger then yours syndrome but a case of over developed build-a-mania syndrome.  In other words creative juices that don't have an off switch.
 My wife has suggested that I should put a hot plate, spot a pot, and a hammock in the basement so that I don't have to surface too often.  I am the butt of neighbor and family jokes, "oh, what brought you above ground?" or " hey everybody it must be spring, Fisher has come up for air".  It is all good.
 I think that I am going to live with the fact that what I have for operators is what I am going to have and if the the occasional visitor turns into a regular, then all the better.
Well, the sun is shinning and it is in the 60's already, I have done my part to vacuum the house, had the last coffee for the day, so only one last thing to do, head underground and work on the railroad.
Catch up later, Mike, pack a lunch and passport and head south.
Steve

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2014 02:11 pm
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MDRAILBARON........this sounds like it should have a u tube online video done of it , for us that cannot make the trip due to distance. Sure sounds like something a whole lot of people would want to see.

I made the trip 3 times to George Sellios , Fine Scale Miniatures open houses, one of the 7 wonders of the world in my opinion, just breathtaking.

Your original smaller layout was also in the upper levels of hi-skill and taste.

I mean there is so much stupid stuff on there that yours would add some class.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2014 04:32 pm
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Mike,
 Thank you for your complimentary words, it is my goal to make the world in my image, even if it is 1/48.  If you go to a search engine and either type in Steve Fisher, Deep Run railroad, or some combination, or type in On30 Guy, this is Geren Mortenson's website, you will find two videos of my railroad.  This is the main body of the railroad not the new stuff, nor the towns of Barcusville and East Sewell, this is the rock quarry and the town that provides to the quarry the work force.  Also not shown is the town of Tolchester, Midway, or Pomona, I don't think any of that work was done at the time.  I really need to go back and redo the film since so much has been completed or new.
  Anyway, lunch is finished and the work has to be addressed.  Check in later.
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i have a loop of track and gave my 2year old the controller and let him run the r/c train  around the loop he thought it was great and so did his 4 year old brother



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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2014 08:03 pm
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here is a link to one of the u tube videos of steves layout. Its about 5.41 minutes long and another one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYfAYitX6Jc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku24D4d6VMo


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Good evening Mike and all,
 So here is an update.  I decided I had a bit of extra time, this means falling asleep at the computer, and I went back to look at the videos and decided it was time for an update.  I am not sure if the date stamp on the video is correct.  I do know looking at things, a lot has been finished and re built since it was made.  So I contacted Geren and we are going to try and get a new video put together.
 We have had dual gauge and some of the fanciest track work you will ever lay eyes on.  No, I didn't do the track work, in fact I have been told to leave my hands off of the track.  I have two guys, one of which was a crew leader on the Northeast corridor Amtrak track crews, doing the track for my railroad.  We have double slip switches (yawn), a shoo-fly dual gauge, dual gauge track work, and a couple of dual gauge crossings.
  And again if you want to see pics of this track, write me a private at: traindadders@gmail.com and I will send it to you.
OK, calling an early night,
S

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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2014 12:41 pm
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I could see by those videos why you need help operating it, its a large one, well sceniced and populated with both vehicles, people and buildings. Its always fun to add even more things and themes to a particular scene.

Roofs are and should be a prime target for change because they are the most visible on a layout. A nice brick chimney, a stink pipe, eves troughs with down pipes. More animals = dogs, cattle ect.

George Sellios at Fine Scale Miniatures, I thought when he was finished building his franklin and south manchester rr, that was it, but NO, he went back at it removing older buildings and replacing them with new ones that added even more character to the layout. Most people thought it was perfect the way it was, not George, he made it even better.

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