HOW OLD ARE YOU MODEL RAILROADERS?

Ashpit Nov 9, 2019

  1. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    I don't like to go to the funerals of friends. I have 11 brothers and there families to attend to.

    I got interested in model railroading shortly after release from the army and the divorce that came with it. A coworker had friends that were big into Lionel more for the investment value. I had little apartments for 7 years and then a house with an almost empty basement and second floor. Was into N for my first two houses and young neighbors that were interested. I went to HO with a move and new house
     
  2. JMFerris

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    I'm 43 and have been interested in all aspects of railroading from a young age. It helps that I grew up, literally, next to an active mainline. When I was about six, I have vivid and fond memories of going to a railyard with my grandfather to do some railfanning and getting invited to ride along on a Conrail SW9 running yard duty. Something that definitely would not happen in today's world, I imagine.

    I have a few other hobbies/interests that simply do not translate to today's youth - collecting 18th/19th century US currency and collecting signed books immediately rise to the top of that list.
     
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  3. Keith

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    51 back in Oct. started with an HO set years ago.
    Tried my hand at N Scale, back to HO, then changed back
    to N Scale. Kept a few select HO pieces. Started into MTH/Lionel
    several years ago, and got into G Scale about 12/13 years ago!
    More “stuff” in all scales, than I know what to do with!
    Not enough wall space to display everything!
     
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  4. traingeekboy

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    old enough that my firstt train set was by atlas, but the loco was made by varney.
     
  5. Ashpit

    Ashpit TrainBoard Member

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    That's not old! My first HO set was a Tyco set. At that time I think that Atlas only made track, don't remember them making train sets. Along with the Tyco set, I got a Varney "Little Joe" Docksider. I still have the docksider! I have also taken old Varney, Revell, Tyco/Mantua, etc. rolling stock and added details, Kadee body mounted couplers and weathered them to the point that it's difficult to tell these cars from more modern offerings.
     
  6. Drewlikestrains4001

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    16 and honestly I feel like I am one of the few model railroaders in my generation. I still enjoy it and hope to get others in my generation interested as well.
     
  7. SOO MILW CNW

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    I have been messing around with trains since I could walk.
    Lionel was the first, then came brio. Then came Tyco.
    Progessed to more of scale railroading with HO for a bit in junior high and high school.
    I currently model in N scale, but op on various HO scale. Trains is trains.
    One thing that has remained constant..my favorite RR's ...Soo, Milw and the Cnw.
    Even worked on the 1:1 CNW after I got out of the Army as brakeman/conductor till the U.P. bought the CNW.
    Wyatt
     
  8. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    I think it was 1964, or 65.
     
  9. routeofthechiefs

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    30 years old here. Model railroading for 28 and railroading for 15!

    Started with Lionel on two 4x8s in the basement, then HO, and settled into N scale in college and beyond into working life since it made the most sense for space and long passenger trains.
     

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