Hello my name is....

Christopher Lee Feb 6, 2022

  1. Christopher Lee

    Christopher Lee TrainBoard Member

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    Good morning to ALL,

    My name is Chris, my friends call me Spicoli.

    I'm from the Raleigh Durham NC area.

    As a kid of the 80s I went to train shows and always liked looking at Model Railroader at the library. I'd check out STACKS of magazines when I wasn't smelling the vinyl section of the library - Yes the library had RECORDS.

    I'm building my first 2x4 layout - the impetus was building a Christmas layout but I decided against that since my first layout should be more of an all year round piece to look at.

    I'm planning to learn DCC and the wiring, and everything one way or another.

    I'm currently trying to decide between Power Cab, Digitrax, or this Raspberry Pi set up I saw on DIY and Digital Railroad's YouTube channel.

    Here's my raw material in the attached photo.

    The hardest part for me really is the layout design. I think execution will be easy with the aide of YouTube.

    I also plan to NOT be that old cranky guy who doesn't want to help younger guys getting into the hobby like I see so often.
     

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  2. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard Chris!
     
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  3. Moose2013

    Moose2013 TrainBoard Member

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    @Christopher Lee

    Moose bid you hearty welcome to the forum!

    Regarding layout design, Moose highly recommended getting a copy of John Armstrong's "Track Planning for Realistic Operations".

    See linky for some info. on this title.
     
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  4. fitz

    fitz TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome aboard, Christopher.
     
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    Christopher Lee TrainBoard Member

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    I assume it can be had on Amazon, I will check it out.
     
  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard! Your comment about records spurs a memory for me, of checking out some of them. Those were interesting times, fifty years ago and more for me.
     
  7. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Chris, Welcome. Happy you've come on board.
     
  8. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome and enjoy the hobby. Just don't glue or nail anything down right away. You will change the plan most likely :)
     
  9. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    So, finally had it with the acting biz and decided on trains, huh?

    Good. Welcome.

    :D

    Doug
     
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  10. bremner

    bremner Staff Member

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    Aloha, Mr. Hand!
     
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    SLSF Freak Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome!
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    -Mike
     
  12. chris parry

    chris parry TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome aboard, talk about alot to learn, but dang, you came to the right place.
     
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    sidney TrainBoard Member

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    howdy hey. for dcc i would rcomend dcc++ex its cheap and works great add a screen to it and its even more wonderful. i used to recomend nce power cab . but sense ive moved on to dcc++ex i like it much better. its more work to get things set up. but it works.
    when ya can pics of plan and progress..... welcome here.
     
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  14. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
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    Christopher Lee TrainBoard Member

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    Very good!
     
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    Christopher Lee TrainBoard Member

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    I was saying how it's the only hobby I know of where you have to be:
    -Carpenter
    -Designer
    -Urban Planner
    -Electrician
    -IT Guy
    -Artist
     
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    Christopher Lee TrainBoard Member

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    Other hobbies I should have mentioned:
    -Photographer for 23 years
    -BMX collector
    -Tamiya RC hobbyist
    -Bonsai Trees
    -Coffee/Pour Over/Chemex enthusiast
    -VW/European car enthusiast
    -MOTOGP fan 46/69
    -Weekend Road Trips
     
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    Christopher Lee TrainBoard Member

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    I knew this was coming hahaha.
     
  19. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    Welcome on board at Trainboard. You should fit right in.
     

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