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upguy Apr 30, 2000

  1. upguy

    upguy TrainBoard Member

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    I happened upon this site for the first time tonight (4-29-00). It is already 4-30-00 for everyone else, but I wanted to say how much I have been enjoying lurking in the shadows. This is a GREAT site! How long have you been going? Usually I surf through Railserve, but I never came across this until I happened upon someone's "me" page on eBay. Well, more about that later....

    I am posting this in the N-scale forum because I have recently gone into N in a big way. I am working on trying to get a group going in a small community--not an easy thing to do. I have a building about 20' X 40' that I am preparing for an N-scale layout that will roughly represent the Union Pacific from Hinkle, OR to Nampa, ID. I have a lot of questions that I will be wanting to ask all your experts, but I'll hold off until I have a chance to see how many get answered in some of the other threads.

    I'll be returning to check on the continuing flow of information that comes from a terrific forum. Thanks for making this a reality--whoever may have been responsible.


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  2. rray

    rray Staff Member

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    I know a lot of modlers IN Nampa, I used to belong to the Snake River N-Scale Model Railroaders out of Boise. They model the Oregon Short Line.

    There is a convention in Boise during the River Festival this year that should be fantastic!

    I don't know how close you are to there but if interested I can hook you up with them. Great guys, the whole bunch!

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  3. upguy

    upguy TrainBoard Member

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    Boise is within driving distance, so it possible that I may attend. There are no large cities within 100 miles of the John Day/Canyon City area...we are the large city. There are about 3000 people in our "metro" area. I want to look longer at your website, but I haven't had the chance yet. With the "empire" that I am planning I expect to incorporate modules within the framework of the layout. I'm not sure yet how to build them. I have considered N-trak standards; but I want to do DCC, and all those plugs that N-trak require seem redundant. Any ideas?

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  4. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Rett,
    Welcome to Trainboard I have been a member since early March and have found the site to be very informative and enjoyable to visit.
    In answer to your question if you are installing DCC you would only need to run 2 bus wires around your layout (I am not experienced with DCC but understand the principles behind it). If your layout was stationary you would not need to use plugs but if you did you are only joining two wires. Anyway just my two cents worth I'm sure there are more experienced modellers around who can give you good advice.

    Paul

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  5. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome Aboard Rett!!

    I have also been a member since March. I am Computer Network Engineer by trade and even work for a Internet Company, DirectAg.com The funny thing is that ever since I have found this site, I spend more time here than anywhere else on the Net. I am hooked. Of course once I get out of the planning phase for my layout, I will be spending less time online.

    Just curious, I have a "me" page on ebay. Was it my page?

    Thanks and Welcome [​IMG]
     
  6. upguy

    upguy TrainBoard Member

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    I don't remember whose eBay "me" page it was because I look at too many, but it may have been. What is your eBay ID? I might try attempt to confirm. My eBay ID is rett-42. Take a look at my "me" page. How do I add the Trainboard link? I'm a novice at this computer stuff. Thanks. Time to go to work. I'll check back later.

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  7. BC Rail King

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    Thsi site is awsome! The amount I have learned here is amazing. More than at school, he he he. I spoend so much time here that me school blocked from our puters because it was 'non educational"

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  8. Maxwell Plant

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    Sorry to hear your School finds this site "non-educational". [​IMG] You should talk to the School Board about Model Railroading and it's uses as an educational tool. There's been more than one artical in the Model Railroading Magizine sector about using this hobby for education. Heck, even the Boy Scouts of America offer a Railroading Merit Badge. [​IMG] I find that Model Railroading uses, Math, Sceince, Computer Sceince, Art, Music-Audio, Industrial Arts, History, Social Studies, and many other aspests of education. But the most important aspect is the interaction with other people. The School of Hard Knocks is always a great place to get some education from, and this hobby is one of the most versital at offering courses from that school. [​IMG] Contrary to your schools popular beliefs, there's a lot to be learned from this hobby!

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  9. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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