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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 02:54 pm
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Herb,

Don't waste your pay patties by returning them. Dry them out and use to complete that scenery of yours. You'll have 'real atmosphere', especially on a warm, damp day.

Ever helpful, Michael

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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 10:20 pm
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... sorry to learn you will have more time for modeling. But somebody has to do it right?.
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 Posted: Sat Oct 29th, 2016 06:53 am
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Life flows along.



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 Posted: Thu Nov 10th, 2016 09:32 pm
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SLOW DOWN ?? !!

Nar !

Where's that skateboard ?

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 Posted: Fri Nov 18th, 2016 05:08 am
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How the heck did I miss this earlier!!!????

A little late to the party, as usual, but I just want to say Herb, THANK YOU!!!

This forum is the best, bar none.  That ain't an opinion, it's a fact.  I'm sure more than a few people would agree.

With that new found freedom though, I'm hoping to see some fine work of yours on this forum, and I'm sure others want to see what you've been up to as well.

So thanks again and happy modeling!

Si, I guess I bow to you now, right, exhalted leader?

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 Posted: Fri Nov 18th, 2016 03:08 pm
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I would like to thank you, Herb, for your enormous efforts in keeping Freerails going. As a forum administrator myself, I know how much of a job it is, requiring daily attention. Be assured that we all appreciate the Freerails forum and the work that has gone into it. It is a fount of knowledge for us modellers. And to Si: good luck!



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 Posted: Fri Nov 18th, 2016 06:38 pm
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To all that wish me well--I must say thank you immensely.

I have always maintained that it is YOU, the members, that have made FreeRails what it is.

Good people, largely left to their own, is what it takes, and a good forum attracts more good people.

So the members part is easy, and I have met a lot of very good and interesting folks that way. The hard part for me has always been the internet part, having virtually no computer knowledge. But now we have Si, who has removed an unimaginable load from my shoulders. So, Si, I must say thank YOU! Without your help, I would most likely shut FreeRails down when the ''earthquake'' came.

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 Posted: Sun Dec 4th, 2016 01:33 pm
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WOW, haven't been on for a while. What a surprise.
Glad you finally decided to let somebody else take the helm. I tried for a while but found I was spending to much time not modeling and I have lot's of projects, some for other modelers. It wasn't for me.
I'd like to thank Herb for allowing me a look inside a forum and how it worked. I had always wanted to have my own, but the amount of time it takes from other projects, including still working on a 1:1 house project was a bit to much.
Anyway, Herb I wish you the best and you deserve a rest. Now get going on those models and layout.
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 Posted: Sun Dec 4th, 2016 03:58 pm
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Yes, it's like owning your very own "hobby shop"and offering "custom painting" for "big bucks". It is neat to go into a business which includes your hobby interests, life is rosy and great. BUT THEN after a while, it becomes a JOB and you get the feeling that you want to do something else...like go back to model railroading as your hobby, not your "path to enlightenment".
We should thank Herb for carrying the torch and whoever picks it up (Si, you poor devil) deserves our support. Of course, this is written from my personal viewpoint, I am sure that many have a much different approach than me (Si, are you reading this?).
This drivel is just my take on things, and yes, I did all this which is written above. I wouldn't change a thing about my experiences but I lost my desire to mess with my hobby for a long time, I ain't gonna lose it again!

So, Herb gets a nice hasta la vista and Si gets a loud attaboy!
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 Posted: Mon Dec 5th, 2016 01:27 am
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Yes Woodie very true. No hobby shop here, but O scale trolley car bodies, and then power trucks for the same. Recovered from all that, and back to modeling for a while, discovered FreeRails about the first couple weeks after I was given a second hand computer.

Never could type, but I wanted to join in the FreeRails fun, so I hammered away with one finger.  Blinked at one point, and found out that I was a moderator. What the devil is a Moderator? I was told to just keep on doing what I was doing. OK, sounds like something that I could do, and I want along, happy as a clam.

After a bit, the system of letting folks sign them selves sign themselves up let a whole bunch of spammers in. Remember the ''Vacation on beaches in Vietnam'' Woodie? Between Woodie and I we spent time each morning banning spammers. By then, I had seen systems in place in other forums, that involved someone in charge approving new members. I approached the Administrator about setting up a system like that, but was told that he didn't want such a system. He wasn't  getting rid of any of the spammers, but didn't want to prevent them joining in the first place. Finally, he agreed to let me set up such a system--but I had to be an Administrator to make the change--so I became one, and we haven't had any spammer problems since. Sure, it meant a little work to sign up a new person, but in the long run, it was worth it I think.

Each one of these ''promotions'' was a bit of an ego boost, but after a bit the cranial swelling went down, and unrealized during this time at first was the fact that progressively less and less time was spent on the Octoraro & Eastern, and more and more, the trailer that the layout calls home was becoming a place to store non railroad detritus. Increasingly, I was missing doing some modeling--but time, and the fact that the isle way in the trailer was getting more impassable prevented that.
Advancing age was also becoming a factor, so the search for a new Administrator was begun. By this time, I realized that my almost complete lack of computer skill, was a liability--so one of the prerequisites was someone that knew computers, and the 'net.

Then disaster struck. A meltdown. What to do. Shutting FreeRails down became a distinct possibility, but was really the last thing that I wanted to do. I felt that FreeRails should go on--but short of losing all the massive amount of information in the back posts, and starting over--which also was undesirable ??? Along came a knight on a white stallion, named Si.* Si saved FreeRails. A series of negations took place and Si gradually took over.

As of now, I have gradually relinquished all control of the forum, and --

SI IS NOW MR FREERAILS


THANK YOU to all the members out there, for making FreeRails one of the best (I think) RR forums on the 'net

And THANKS TO SI for SAVING FREERAILS!!!

One thing that I have learned during my service here is how to type with two fingers--enables at least twice the number of mistakes to be made!

Herb

* the name of the rider. The animals name was Chauacarbra, I believe. (boy, that gave spellcheck a case of the dumb a$$)



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