Freelance modeling

Kittcar765 Apr 14, 2018

  1. Kittcar765

    Kittcar765 New Member

    What do you guys have to say about freelancing. I model a prototype class 1 but am thinking about adding a made up short line that hands over cars to it. Or a freelance leasing agency to add extra power when needed. This would allow me to add different colors of or different models of locos not in my fleet. I find it very interesting and am intrigued of letting my imagination wonder and play a bit. Possibly even to come up with my own paint scheme. Any responses an info on other freelance threads would be more than welcome....Thanks.
  2. dalebaker

    dalebaker TrainBoard Member

    I’d say go for it. It’s your railroad empire. Besides, there are some pretty famous freelance model railroads out there now and in years past, some built by folks who are highly respected by modelers today.

    So jump in and have fun.

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  3. Rocket Jones

    Rocket Jones TrainBoard Member

    Your universe, your fun. I'd say go for it!
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  4. Kurt Moose

    Kurt Moose TrainBoard Member

    Even today, I'm always amazed about hearing how many shortlines still connect with the Class 1's in just about every state! Even up here in Washington State, there's dozens of shortlines that connect with the BNSF and UP.
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  5. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

    I think proto-freelancing is pretty cool, but the key is to make it look realistic. If you are keeping BNSF, you want your railroad to look as if it can exist in real life next to your other models. That means the paint scheme should be sensible, as well as the locomotive models you choose. Steam might not make sense in a 2000’s era railroad, unless it is an excursion. Just because you are freelancing doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice realism. As an example, you might want to look at Tony Koester’s Allegheny Midland. He wrote a lot about in in the magazines. It’s a good example of realistic track, operations, and scenery on an imagined railroad.
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  6. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

    I use the term protolancing as I try to simply get the flavor of the prototype but make it fun for the operator/viewer. So do what makes it interesting to you and avoid being locked into the prototype to the point of not progressing.
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  7. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Freelancing is my choice for a descriptive word. It is what I have done. And loved it. Your are the CEO of your modeled world. :)
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  8. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

    If it's fun, it's worth doing. If you put your little freelance layout in a time warp to the 60's -70's you can use a variety of colored locos as leased units, so simply have the shortline be a connecting line. Nothing like having a Blue and white The ROCK switcher, or a Illinois central orange and white loco, or anything that catches your eye.

    The freedom to run whatever you want on whatever day is always appealing to me. It is what I plan for my european trains. I'm just going to run what I like.
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  9. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Also take aa look at how things run in real life. Pool power, trackage rights and loaner units all combine to make for a decidedly mixed bag.
  10. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett TrainBoard Member

    Rule One:

    When it comes to your layout, you can do anything you want.

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