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 Posted: Thu Oct 27th, 2016 11:23 pm
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Hi, everyone!

I'm Rick - I reside just south of Fort Worth, TX. I am a native Mississippian, and I have been bitten by the narrow-gauge bug.

1962 - Mississippi Gulf Coast - My early years were spent in my father's home town of Ocean Springs, where memories of the striking L&N Depot there, being served by steam and diesel side-by-side, were my earliest rail memories. Later, we moved to Long Beach, MS, where our house was directly across the street from the tracks, and I spent long hours on our porch watching the L&N consists rumbling by.

Later, my father got a job in Columbia, MD, and we relocated to Relay, within walking distance of the famous Thomas Viaduct. I have photos of my brother and myself as children at the viaduct - I will find and try to post later. Many hours happily passed watching B&O trains traversing the long, curved viaduct over the Patapsco River.

My mother was born in Westernport, MD, and my great-grandparents lived within sight of the Western Maryland tracks. Any time spent at my great-grandparents' includes fond memories of long coal trains trundling across the bridge over the river.

Fast-forward to 2016. Inability to decide between two O-gauge sets for a Christmas tree layout (enthusiastically endorsed by my better half) resulted in the purchase of two sets - A LionChief Polar Express set and a LionChief Frosty The Snowman set. Naturally, one 40x60" oval of track just would not support two trains, so (again with the BH's support and suggestion that we use an entire corner of our living room for the layout surrounding the tree) I purchased quite a lot of FasTrack. The 10x10' layout will be realized in full following Thanksgiving (a paintbashed Thanksgiving train will operate during the family visit - pics will follow), but for now it is approximately 5x9'. Not wanting to buy any buildings for the layout, I invested way more money in tools and materials and supplies than I would have spent on the completed buildings, and I am in the process of scratchbuilding and scratchbashing several structures for the North Pole village. Again, pictures of things in progress will be forthcoming.

In the process of all this Christmas layout freneticism, I got distracted by the prospect of a narrow-gauge layout. I have (nearly) decided to freelance an early 20th century south Mississippi logging operation. More to come on that tangent in the appropriate thread. :)

So that's my train/modeling background in a (large)nutshell. Personally, I'm 54, father of two/step- of three, grandfather of eight. I work from home in the health information management field. I am a singer-songwriter/guitarist/bassist with one CD under my belt. I live on the Brazos River with my gorgeous and tolerant significant other, Dawn, where we share a large crafting/modeling studio (Dawn is a fabulous painter and enjoys all sorts of crafts). We love sitting on our porch overlooking the river, and, when we have time, fishing.

Looking forward to sharing with and learning from you all!

Rick



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 Posted: Thu Oct 27th, 2016 11:26 pm
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Welcome aboard, Rick.

Nice to see another On30 guy.

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 Posted: Thu Oct 27th, 2016 11:38 pm
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G'day Rick,
Welcome to Freerails. Another new arrival! :glad::glad: May your stay here be a long and happy one.

If you are interested in narrow-gauge Down South logging, may I refer you to Don Hensley's Taplines site at
http://www.taplines.net/. Make a coffee before you start, you could be there a while,

Come on in. The water is fine and even the sharks don't bite here,



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We even have at least one other gee-tarist- Salada- here. He is in England.

You know how the English love to put extra letters in words? coloUr for example. Salada slips extra notes in now and then--still sounds good though.

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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 12:23 am
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Howdy Rick, I see that you live around here...out west. If you ever need to drive east to Dull-as, send me a PM and I can give you phone # & directions to my bungalow on the lake. I have a little train layout in my living room.
Welcome to Freerails.

Woodie



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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 01:36 am
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I am over your way often, Woodie. My daughter lives in Allen and I like the HobbyTownUSA store in Plano.



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A bassist, too.

I play in a Christian rock band. We primarily do prisons.

Mostly original stuff.

Out of date web page, but check it out... J5OM.com

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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 02:49 am
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Hi Rick

If you're dropping in at Woodies.
Take a 'Shiner' or two for the cat.
Normaly sleeps it off on the porch not the turntable then ! ;)

Narrow gauge, logging, vintage times...
...it's all here, in spades, at Freerails !
Some even like rusty ol' gas powered monsters. :shocked:

There seems to be a lot of musical talent lurking around the Site.
Michael (salada) is for sure, a Beethoven of the Bass :mex:



If you wanna loosen your fillings...
...Try one of these !



The 5th string on my Steinberger, sounds like a SATURN 5 LIFT-OFF !! :shocked:

:moose:

Si.

Watch out for the Mooses around here too . . .



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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 02:57 am
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I dunno. My SWR 400 and Fender 4X10 cab does a pretty good job of tingling butts in the back row.

:)

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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 03:25 am
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Hi Reg

Can you get a 'flat' 30 Hertz out of it ??

I was going to get an Ampeg 15 something...
...when you actually check out those reflex cabs. ...
...you find that only the harmonics on the 5th are audible.

Sometimes you don't even hear the 4th either.

That cab. ^^^ cannot be beaten, in my opinion, for ultimate performance !!

LOUD ? yeah kinda...
...it's really a studio-recording cabinet though, not for 'live'.

It'll do country OK ... Live ROCK ?, fergetabootit . . .

:moose:

Si.



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