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On ‎12‎/‎20‎/‎2015 at 8:17 AM, diapered_in_wisc said:

I do "S" scale modeling, but not trains. (Mostly because trains in that scale are OUTRAGEOUS in price and I already spend enough on the stuff I do buy. LOL!) My collection is cars and trucks, but for the most part tractors and farm equipment. Hopefully someday I will get to build a layout, but until then I'll just keep detailing and building little projects.

S scale really isn't as expensive as some people think.  I have had S scale for over 50 years and it is cheaper in cost than Lionel O gauge.  Lionel actually makes American Flyer S gauge trains now, often using Gilbert's old molds and dies.  There is also American Models and The Showcase Line that also makes and sells S scale.  Often O and S guage buildings are compatable.  Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning and Matchbox cars are all "S" scale, 1/64th.  You can find a lot of good older American Flyer trains on EBAY and the price has come down in recent years.

On ‎9‎/‎6‎/‎2016 at 7:25 PM, barnburner said:

I want to get some N scale stuff due to limited room for a full train set setup, Looking at some Kato trains but they are expensive!

KATO is more expensive but well worth it for the quality.  Go with Bachmann and most likely you will have a cheap looking set with cheap looking cars that won't last.  Same for Life-Like and Model Power which I don't even think are made anymore.  Riverossi and Con-Cor are both good brands and even most Atlas engines and cars are good.  Always better to spend a little more for good quality than getting something cheap that won't last.

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i've always had trains of some sort from when i was in diapers the first time until now :P 

i've had the little wooden brio trains (about HO/S scale in size), some sweet battery powered G scale trains, and a bunch of HO stuff where i've been concentrating on. my dad started me on trains since before i could walk, and i havent really stopped.

right now, all my HO stuff is all packed up upstairs just waiting for the right opportunity to get a new layout built. but until then, i plan to get some kits built, painted and detailed, tune up, weather and detail my loco's and rolling stock, and of course, dream. but for now, i have lots of other house projects that need tending to first.

why can't i have the small, cheap hobbies!? lol

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That there would be the 8800.

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Why is there a huge lack of scale modern light rail and subway cars? :'(

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I would guess it has something to do with the economy and the fact that for alot of people the days of interest in trains has been replaced by something else and the prices on trains has been steadily increasing for some of the stuff when I was a kid you could buy a brand new 4 X 4 pickup with it today , I traded my HO models for the real thing , I live across the street and within the private test track for locomotives by GE ,last year they turned out and tested like 12 new loco's for overseas , I don't even hear them doing the horn test anymore because you just kind of tune it out , when it goes on day and night for weeks at a time, it would suck if the gates didn't work because they could lay on the horn and I would be oblivious ad the train smashed me , average speed on this block is about 53 with average axles around 380, no accidents but in the next block last year we had a derailment with a hazmat incident. Did I mention I like Trains! and "train"ing pants also.

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4 hours ago, barnburner said:

Why is there a huge lack of scale modern light rail and subway cars? :'(

i think trains are alot about nostalgia, bygone eras and technologies, and the romance of the rail. many rail fans were introduced by a family member or friend, and usually they had an older style of train/layout, usually 1950's or earlier, and then it just grows from there. i'm sure they are out there, but i dont think many folk have had fond dreams and memories of the old, rattling "L" line cruising through the city at all hours of the night lol

that being said, my uncle is more for the modern lines. he's found on several occasions subway and modern transit trains for me. didnt have the heart to tell him i prefer old steam lol but im pretty sure i still have them floating around somewhere. 

hmm... side thought, city trains are tricky to scenic. skyscrapers are MASSIVE in any scale, just google "northlandz city" (no, not a typo, that's how it's spelled) and you'll see. also, if you ever get the chance, just go see northlandz!! it's only the world's largest model railroad with deep canyons, bustling cities, quiet country roads, hidden humor gems, and everything in between!! :D and the best part- it's only about an hour from where i live!! :D:D:D:D been there a few times, myself! lol but i digress. there is something cool about seeing little trains snake their way around bridges, gullies through forests and small industries. and the urban jungle is definitely a cool and unique environment for trains to live in. but again, size and cost i think win out.

also! subways are mostly underground.... not much to model there..... i mean, i've seen it done a few times but it wasnt much to look at lol hmm.. perhaps a glass-top table or floor of sorts so you can watch the trains go through all the stops and stations...hmm.... ^_^

 

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This is the express, change here for the local, this train stops at 125th and grand central only, do not be wrong, 125th and grand central only , yes I was dragged into training by an older family member and used to chase them all over place , with a car load of roster beef subs, with real fresh roasted in the store beef from what is the original subway chain first corporate store in Connecticut. Anybody that needs to fall in love with railroads should become a writer, Amtrack will sponsor you a entire year of training over the great expanse of this country everything included meals movies scenery the sound of the rails getting your creative juices flowing, grab a radio listen to the track frequencies and enjoy ,if you don't come away inspired and loving trains well refund your year of time in some of the nicest train dome cars left still in use ,if I could write I would be going thru Alaska somewhere in the spring and out to California for the summer and spend the fall in New England. And then see they rest of the country .

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