Prototype or Freelance?

JCater Jul 19, 2000

  1. JCater

    JCater TrainBoard Member

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    It seems that these days most folks are headed toward protoypical modeling [​IMG]. Which do you prefer? Currently I freelance a fictional road, but my next layout will follow the protype of the Colorado and Midland [​IMG]. Although I enjoy the freedom of freelance, I crave the idea of running a "real" railroad. Let me know what you think!!
    Happy Modeling!!
    John
     
  2. Brent

    Brent TrainBoard Member

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    I myself am freelancing right now, but I'd prefer to model some parts of Metro-North's mainline and other historic parts. Like you said, freelancing allows you to do anything you want but running a "real" railroad is a lot more fun in my opinion. I'm only 16, so I haven't had a lot of modeling experience. I'm currently building a gigantic freelanced n scale layout. Good luck!
     
  3. Rappannahock Terminal

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    John,

    freelancing is fun, You are the CEO who runs the company. You decide on paint schemes, on the necessary locomotives to do the job.

    You are so free, you have not to search lots of pictures to see what plow was used, what MU stands, where the bell, headlights should be etc.............

    at the end I think that your own company leads to more satisfaction in the hobby.

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  4. tunnel88

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    I have a freelance system on paper that i've put a lot of effort into but haven't built a model for yet... I'm torn between what i've grown up seeing and what i envision in my mind.

    For now it looks like i'll stick to current BNSF(And other Colorado lines) but i might suprise myself by finishing that SD70BAC in Western Rail yellow...
     
  5. Maxwell Plant

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    I "Proto-Freelance". I model a mythical Road called the Aransas Odessa & Western Railway, a subsidiary-division of the BNSF. Operations are loosely based on BNSF practices. Originally, it was jointly owned by the Santa Fe and Burlington Northern Railways, that of course has changed since the merger. The area it operates in is really UP (former SP) territory between Corpus Christi and San Antonio, TX. via Beeville, TX. I have renamed Beeville, Gridley, TX. In real life, there is no UP main on Beevilles side (East) of the Guadelupe River. This is were my mythical AOW/BNSF runs. The system streaches as far west as El Paso and as far north as Austin. In theory, it links with Dave Barrows, Cat Mountain & Santa Fe(which in my time frame would be BNSF), but we have never dicussed this between ourselfs so I'm not sure where we'd junction at. (That's a hint if Dave is ever reading this Board.) I model in N-Scale and currently have no home layout. Pictures of my N-Track Modules can be seen on the N-Scale Board under "Starting Over!"

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  6. StickyMonk

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    i am also a prototype freelancer, my Montana Central, i have given all locos a history, and even found some reporting marks that have not been used b4 (MCT)although i have my freelanced railroad there is a lot of Burlington northern run through trafic and soon to be BNSF

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  7. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  8. Robin Matthysen

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    I chose freelance to get as much railroading as possible in the space I have. Prototypes can be restrictive if you do it realisticly as you can only detail a smalll part of it and make it look right. What I have done, as many do, is have an interchange with prototype railroads. In my case, it is the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific. I then can show just what I want. This will not satisfy operational purists I am sure but then this hobby is fun because we can do it the way we want.
    Robin

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  9. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    A little of both, perhaps. I myself model the MoPac in N, and find that a lot of the fun comes from trying to find photos of real equipment and duplicate it in miniature. I have also worked on a fictional road, the Knox Railway, which is an HO layout built by a Boy Scout Troop at Ft Knox, KY, as part of the Railroading merit badge. Both ways are quite enjoyable, but personnally I prefer to mix - I try to recreate real equipment, but I refuse to sweat the details (and occasionally go "out there," as with an SD60M in the Eagle paint scheme.

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  10. friscobob

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    I model the Frisco in HO scale, but I also have a semi-freelanced shortline on my layout, based on the former Northeastern Oklahoma from Miami, OK to Baxter Springs, KS. The railroad (the Oklahoma & North Eastern) allows me to run Alcos, while I run
    my Frisco power on the mainline freights. I
    model the 1970s, but I'll run some early black & yellow power (44-tonner, RS1, RS2M and a GP7) for giggles.
    My confessions may get me in trouble with the diehard Frisco rivet-counters, but oh well......2 rules I live by:
    1. This is my railroad.
    2. Prototype operations, appearances and
    situations will be followed as closely as possible; however, in case of disagreement with any of these, refer to rule number 1.
    [​IMG]


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  11. tunnel88

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    Freelancing and getting a believable motive power roster isn't as simple as just picking random locomotives and giving them a number...

    A lot of research is required to fit in your units with what were actually being built and common practices.
     
  12. virtual-bird

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tunnel88:
    Freelancing and getting a believable motive power roster isn't as simple as just picking random locomotives and giving them a number...

    A lot of research is required to fit in your units with what were actually being built and common practices.
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Does it really matter as long as you are havign fun and are happy with whats running?

    I couldnt give a flying what diesels I run together!! SP, NS, Rio G, CSX etc...

    Im in this for me not to impress anyone.

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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..
    Also some Custom RARE Bird RR sd40-2's coming!
    Era:
    Time stands still round these parts, and we have everything from Steam, to Diesels of today.
     
  13. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    I model a Modern Chessie System and my own home made road called Maumee & Cuyahoga Rail System. I would say I am VERY freelance.

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  14. tunnel88

    tunnel88 TrainBoard Member

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    You're right, it's all about enjoyment. But for me, i would like a roster that's as real as can be- but i have made concessions so it's not all rivet counting... [​IMG]
     
  15. StickyMonk

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by tunnel88:

    A lot of research is required to fit in your units with what were actually being built and common practices.
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    thats why there is a GP18 on the Montana Centrals all alco roster...... but the chief of locomotives says its only to fill in while the RS11 is being re-engined......


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    wheres all the C636's????
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  16. Gats

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by virtual-bird:
    I couldnt give a flying what diesels I run together!! SP, NS, Rio G, CSX etc...

    Im in this for me not to impress anyone.

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Part of Tunnel's fun in this case is developing a freelanced roster that is realistic. If I was to freelance, I would follow the same ideas to develop my roster.

    I am proto to this point. With locomotives that means if the Soo, BN, or the TC&W didn't own, lease, or use it, it won't be there.
    But that's what I am into and it's part of my fun. [​IMG]

    Gary.

    Like Catt!, I'm having fun too!


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  17. friscobob

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    Sounds like we have both sides of the spectrum here. Cool! I have no problem with this at all- it's what makes model railroading fun. Different strokes for different folks.... [​IMG]
    FWIW, I build my Frisco motive power fleet as close as possible, and in as close to the 1975-1980 time frame as possible, but for grins & giggles I'll run the RS1, 44-tonner, and RS2M in black & yellow. All these engines were long gone by 1975, but not on MY railroad :p
    Now, if I can find a B40-8 to paint in Frisco colors, I'm in business [​IMG] And, howzabout a P42-8 in Frisco racehorse colors...



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  18. tunnel88

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    Bob, now that Genesis in Frisco colors is way over the line!
     
  19. friscobob

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    Off the wall as it may sound, think about it-
    a P42-8 "winnebago" locomotive in red & yellow, with gold outline around the yellow
    stripes, with the name of a recent racehorse
    under the cab windows......hauling the Heartland Flyer thru Oklahoma........or a reincarnated Will Rogers between St. Louis &
    Oklahoma City.....
    Hey, if someone can paint an SD75 in full-blown Rio Grande colors(and it does look good, by the way!), anything can happen!
    [​IMG]


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    Bob T.
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  20. JCater

    JCater TrainBoard Member

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    I should have pointed out that my next railroad will be prototypical to the extent that it remains fun...no rivet counting here [​IMG]!!
    John
     

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