Am I Alone

thomas Jul 6, 2000

  1. thomas

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    How do you guys do it? What I mean is how do you model one road when there is so many good looking road names and color schemes? When I got back into N-Scale in 93 after doing other things for ten years,I loved the look and color of the C&NW,and decided to model it even though I had my eye on other roads as well. I guess it was a blessing when they folded,because now I can model whatever road I like and still feel like it's alright to do so. Am I the only one that does this? Anyway here are some pics of three different roads on my layout.
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  2. DaveD

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    No, I don't think you're the only one. Personally, I think that's why I've never finished a large layout based on one road. The closest I've come is making up a fake one. At least you can do whatever you want then. And if you make it a bridge or terminal line, you could have all the run throughs you want.

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  3. Craig Martyn

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    You know, I have the same problem (as do many people). I love so many paint schemes but just don't have a lot of time to fool around with my stuff any more. Oh well, at least I get to paint a veriety of things.

    I want to do a pair of Arizona and California GP40-2's for my self. (GREAT looking scheme)

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  4. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I guess that my recent visit to southern Cal. made up my mind. I decided to model ATSF/BNSF, and Matt has SP/UP/CNW, so we can portray the Tehachapi/Cajon scene. But to get more paint schemes, we have our own leasing company [​IMG] Now we can have any scheme we like, but with CLLX on the side [​IMG]

    I suppose that the western roads provide quite a scope for paint schemes right now, even if you want to stay prototypical.

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  5. Chris McDaniel

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    No way I could stick with one road! I deliberately picked roads that interchanged with or ran parallel to each other -- Southern, Seaboard Air Line, and Atlantic Coastline. The bonus is, each had really nice paint schemes - black/white, green/yellow, and purple/silver. The other nice thing is I can justify throwing in some Richmond, Fredricksburg, and Potomac equipment or Florida East Coast, CSX, and Seaboard Coast Line stuff as well!

    It didn't do for me to live in Colorado for a few years. DRG&W, MKT, and AT&SF looks great too! My wallet just can't stand adding anymore roads though [​IMG]

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  6. DaveD

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    Craig Martyn TrainBoard Member

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DaveD:
    Craig... A&C has GP40-2s now? I thought they just had GP38s?

    I would like to do California Northern GP15s myself though.

    Dave D.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I'm not sure if they have GP40-2's Dave. I was told by a customer they did, and subsequently he got two A&C GP40-2's. He said they did and said that the starting numbers on the GP40-2's are 40.........standing for GP40 (like GM&O did)

    Any way, makes sence but I am not sure.

    Any one know?????



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  8. Gats

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    It's always a problem with so many neat schemes that have graced the rails over the years.
    I started with BN when few were modelling it here in Australia. As the numbers grew, I branched out to the Soo. Then I noted the TC&W. It keeps me amused with the differences in locomotives (rebuilds, etc) and cars and guaranteed the layout, I will eventually build, will be located in the Minneapolis/St Paul area, and in particular Pig's Eye Yard in St Paul.
    That will give me the above roads plus C&NW/Borg and WC transfers, and a load of off-system lease and run-through power.
    Shifting the period back to early 70's gives an even greater variety of roads in the area.
    Fortunately I am concentrating my modelling to an era between 1975 and 1995. [​IMG]

    Gary.

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  9. Maxwell Plant

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    I think this has been a tough thing for just about every modeler. "Do I stay in this era or that era? Do I model this road, that road or come up with my own?" Even the "what scale do I model?". I went through all this too. As of this time last year, even though it was "present time" on my railroad, the Rock Island was still around fighting off attempts of take-over from the Borg. I finally decided it was time too stay with the real world, (well...sort of. [​IMG] ) and sold off all my Rock equipment to Ron Thrasher, a HUGH Rock Fan, and "close down" all Rock operations...sort of. One of his custom painted U28B's is sitting on the now abandoned Rock ROW in "Gridley, TX."
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    It may even be one of mine originally that he had repainted. Anyway, the only thing I ended up "fudging" was the location of my BNSF main and it's mythical subsidary, The Aransas Odessa & Western. This way I model a favorite area of mine to visit and get to run MY Railroad with MY Favorite Road names. The Santa Fe and Burington Northern, I even have interchange with the Borg [​IMG]. I wasn't real keen on the BNSF merger at first, but I knew deep in my heart that it was eventually going to happen. Long before anyone even thought it could EVER happen, I've been running Santa Fe and Burlington Northern Trains together since 1973! [​IMG] Spooky, ain't it? [​IMG]

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  10. Robin Matthysen

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    As Chris McDaniel says, the way to go is to have an interchange track somwhere on your layout. As a modeller, you can stretch this to the limit and have all your favourite colour schemes. I notice that Canadian National often has other locos pulling trains. I have seen BC rail and BNSF locos so it actually works in the real world too.

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  11. BC Rail King

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    Nope, look at the locos on my layout [​IMG] I have so many waiting to be reapinted. 6 road names on 12 locos, and they are from different eras too [​IMG]

    Happy Railroading!!

    Dane N. [​IMG]

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  12. Ron Carlisle

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    I decided to model the Colorado Joint Line, so that I did not have to concentrate on just one railroad. And what a mixture there is! DRGW, ATSF, CRIP, C&S/BN/CBQ, UP, MP and SP. And I also have my own railroad, the Central Colorado Railway, so that I run whatever type of locomotive takes my fancy, if I can afford it. I also tend to concentrate on the period 1966-1980, so that I can operate first and second generation diesels. I'm afraid the latest SD70MACs etc. don't do a thing for me.
     
  13. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    Though I tend to do a Modern Chessie and M&CRS (my home made railroad) I have power from many other roads but I have excuses for them

    C44-9W SP 8102 (SP returned unit due to low avalibility GE rebuild bought by M&CRS)
    SD45 BN 6473 (owned by M&CRS)
    U30B Chessie 8212 (no excuse. Chessie's transfer power)
    B23-7 CSX 5542 (seaboard became CSX. on long term lease)
    GP38-2 M&CRS 2700 (in green paint. rebuild. former ATSF 3500. storage. parts from 2701)
    GP38-2 M&CRS 2701 (in ATSF 3600 paint. striped for parts. storage. recomeneded for retirement)



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  14. Maxwell Plant

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    thomas,
    I forgot to say, you got some real fine motive power on you Layout! And a nicely done layout at that! [​IMG] Did you do it all yourself?

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  15. Catt

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    Well uh,let's see I model the Grande Valley (my freelanced rr),Norfolk Southern,Canadian Pacific,CSX,and soon the Superior Northern (my HO clubs free lance) gonna be in N scale of course,and the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay.(ex Ann Arbor)

    Hey I'm still havin' FUN!! [​IMG]

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  16. Alan

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    I, too, have a hard time limiting my interest to one specific road. However, it does keep my spending under control (ha ha). By picking one road name (D&RGW in my case) and a certain time frame (steam to diesel transition for me), I force myself to exclude much of the available rolling stock and locomotives that tend to zap my wallet!
    David
     
  18. Catt

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    Alan,I'm not sure one way or the other about the D&M. I will check today and let you know.

    Still havin' FUN!! [​IMG]

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  19. Alan Richards

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    Glad to know that there is more than one that would not stick to one paint scheme. I treat my trains as "my" hobby and no one elses, so I mix and match, with all the mergers that have taken place over the years, eventually they all will be one.
     
  20. virtual-bird

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Alan Richards:
    Glad to know that there is more than one that would not stick to one paint scheme. I treat my trains as "my" hobby and no one elses, so I mix and match, with all the mergers that have taken place over the years, eventually they all will be one. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Bingo.... Its a HOBBY.. for FUN..

    who cares if you run SP with NS, NW, Conrail, GN etc...

    as long as yer havin fun...



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    K, C, & Bird Butt Railroad - SP, NS, and ROCK admirer.
    Its a coal mining region of a place far far away, that runs, SP, NS, and some CSX..
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