Hello from Arizona!

Big4Paris Apr 12, 2018

  1. Big4Paris

    Big4Paris New Member

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    Hello fellow rail fans! My name is Greg, I’ve been a rail fan as long as I can remember. My Great Grandfather and Grandfather both worked for the NYC railroad in Paris, Illinois where I was from.

    When I was very young my Great Grandfather passed but my Grandpa still worked on the railroad
    and did until he retired. Paris is a small mainly farming community on the eastern side of Illinois approximately 20 to 30 miles west of Terre Haute, Indiana and 35 miles roughly south of Danville, IL.

    I wasn’t born in Paris (I was a Navy baby). But, Paris was where my family was from. Most of my family lived in Paris. We also lived in Ridgefarm during the 1960’s however, it seemed like we were always in Paris and around family.

    By the time I was able to remember anything the railroads and Paris's “glory” days where fading.
    At that time my Grandfather was working for Penn Central. And I remember my Grandpa “hanging” out of the caboose waving to us. If we were at the crossing.

    I have been out of modelling railroads for a long time. And obviously looking to return. I would like to (evidentially) model (what else) Paris, IL. between the 50’s to 60’s. I’m considering either N or Z scale. This model is likely well over my head currently considering I’m basically starting over in the hobby. I’m looking to start something that my grandchildren can related too. Basically Arizona and Union Pacific.


    Anyway, I’m looking forward the learning the modern in’s and outs of the hobby from the TrainBoard you my fellow TrainBoards the members. Thanks!
     
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  2. jpwisc

    jpwisc TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome Greg!

    You have some great options for modeling, we look forward to your upcoming ventures.
     
  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard! Hope your kids will enjoy whatever you create. New model RR blood is always great, and it can be a great family bonding tool.
     
  4. JimJ

    JimJ Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard! I live in Illinois but a few times a year my company sends me out to work in Arizona. We have facilities in Yuma, Kingman, Prescott and Lake Havasu. I love the Kingman/Oatman area and it’s inspired me to begin a small mining layout in Nn3.
     
  5. fitz

    fitz Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome aboard, Greg. I can see by your sig that Paris was on the Big Four. I'm a NYC fan, too, from the Mohawk Division in NY State. It was a great railroad and many are modeling it today.
     
  6. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome, Greg!
     
  7. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    Welcome to Trainboard Greg, glad to see another N Scaler from Arizona. I am in CG
     
  8. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Greg, welcome. Happy to have you on board. I think your modelling concepts are great. I'm sure you'll be overwhelmed with good advice and help. Just ask away...remember, there are never any "dumb" questions. We all were ignorant at one time, and there were many folks who guided us along the way.
     
  9. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome! Always good to have another N scale person.
     
  10. Big4Paris

    Big4Paris New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! Really looking forward to getting to know good people with common interests. Seems like there are tons of knowledgeable, helpful members. Looking forward to years of rr modeling with ya.
     
  11. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome aboard, and here's hoping you make some great memories with the grandkids. Great way to introduce them to their family history!
     
  12. subwayaz

    subwayaz TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome aboard Greg. You ought to like model railroading in AZ. Lots of abandoned Rails to model from the SP days and UP all over the state. I was in Tuc for years where the Hump yard was at. Nice times. Enjoy


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