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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2017 11:46 pm
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Negativity = Insecurity. Does what you are modelling bring you joy ? Does the work of others on Freerails bring you joy ?If so, then you are protected from the misery of others.

On30 ? I live in a country where most of the model rail population is dedicated to running mainline trains on the track gauge of an obscure welsh slate railway, and largely seem to do it with joy. No doubt some Eurocrat in the 1970's thought we ought to harmonise with HO, but that was lost in the bitter rows over cornish pasties and Caribbean bananas. So now good old Double-O has made it to Brexit, and long may it live as the worlds most covert NG modelling scale.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2017 01:23 am
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Okay, 350 million for the picnic fund, how much for the nitpick fund? ;)



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more years ago than i can remember, there was an article in either MR or MRC by an author claiming his railroad was build on "plausibility".

it could have been Bill Livingston's Venago Valley or someoneorother's Grunt & Clumbson, but in any case it was a good nail on which to hang my hat.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2017 09:42 pm
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"Plausibility" this is how I approach my layout building no matter what scale/gauge I am working with. If it could have been, it just might have been. Maybe in some other country, maybe a different gauge, but the same basic operation.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2017 10:17 pm
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Two strips (but sometimes one) of parallel (hopefully) metal (sometimes wood) held in place on wooden (often but not always) ties going from one place to another and directing a machine (driven by steam, I/C, electric, man, animal or gravity power) generating a considerable amount of noise and muck and not much revenue (often). What more is there?

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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2017 10:21 pm
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Earl Martin authored the article "Challenge of Plausibility" in Railroad Model Craftsman back in the 1970's (?) which promoted the plausible reason for a railroad. In Mr.Martin's case, he had built a wonderful mining layout which had a "mainline" On3 line, a really cool On20 tram (this really influenced me to build On20, which runs on HOn3 gauge), and even an On18 tram. I believe the On20 tram was the "operating feature" of the layout, he scratchbuilt several neat outside frame 0-4-0t's and a bunch of ore cars for the tram. Apparently the On3 line was downplayed and the On20 was the "star".
Now why do I remember this? Probably because it influenced me so much and inspired me to follow his lead. I don't think anybody had On20 then...and from lurking on the Yahoo On20 group, almost nobody is modeling it today.
What has this to do with negativity? Probably not much except that Southpier mentioned the article.
Larry, in my years modeling narrow gauge, I have used the plausible approach until now since I am trying to model a real prototype. HOWEVER, the real SCPA&M was gone by 1907, my "plausible" replica lives on in 1920. Yep, pigs can fly also!

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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Woodie, I think "plausibility" modeling makes negativity much less likely. It's been my experience that the nay-sayers range of expertise, if you can call it that, is very limited. Plausibility takes them out of their comfort zone, like a fish out of water.
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 Posted: Mon Feb 13th, 2017 02:59 am
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W C Greene wrote: Earl Martin authored the article "Challenge of Plausibility" in Railroad Model Craftsman back in the 1970's ......
thank you!

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