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JonEMDfan Dec 19, 2018

  1. JonEMDfan

    JonEMDfan TrainBoard Member

    Hello, I am just retired and now living in Florida. I was originally from
    New England, western Massachusetts specifically. I grew up near a Boston and Albany
    line and as a kid liked riding my bike to the local junction and watch the
    NYC switchers in the yard. My grandfather retired from NYC, was a car knocker
    and a brakeman among other things. I have been building plastic scale models
    since ten years old but always liked trains. So I decided to build a few static
    models of the trains I liked and grew up with. I am looking at possibly some
    NYC, B&M, Conrail, Penn Central and a few short line diesels. I don't know much
    about brands or quality but I am starting with an Athearn HO GP35, it seems to
    have good quality and wire hand rails. Any help would be appreciated. I am guessing
    my best bet is to buy undecorated, unpowered from E Bay? Thanks---John
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2018
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  2. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Hi John, Welcome. Glad to have you on board. Being in N, I don't know much about HO. Though there are many here I'm sure will be happy to help you.

    BTW, I'm slightly familiar with western Mass. Back in the late 40's and early 50's, I rode up the NYC Harlem Div. to Chatham, was switched onto the B&A to Pittsfield, then switched to the North Adams branch so I could board B&M's Minute Man. Though the last time I had to board a B&A Beeliner at Chatham for North Adams. Fun memories.
  3. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

    Welcome aboard from another NY Central fan, growing up along the Mohawk Division. You will enjoy it here.
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome to TrainBoard! Please hop over to our HO Scale forum and see what ideas those folks might have available for you.

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    Welcome to Trainboard John!

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