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Poll ended at Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:18 pm

Z
0
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N
0
No votes
HO
2
33%
S
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17%
O
2
33%
G
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17%
 
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Post by DepartedLight » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:18 pm

CodeMonkey wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:36 am
Outdoors is another option.

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I have a small water feature in the front garden area. What if I added a train?

I'm sorry. I'm seriously considering adding a train thing.

Due to the obsessive part of my personality disorder, i always wait a few months before seriously planning out execution on these kinds of whims.

Wonder if I can put motion sensors in so when people walk by on the sidewalk it'll play Jimmy Rodgers songs.

The train could be locally accurate historical stuff. New Hope (town) isn't far from here. Big train town back in the day.

A New Hope Engine pulling a few log cars.

Might be way fun.

Might be way expensive.

DIY reduces costs.

Please vote on the gauge you think I should use in this endeavor if it were ever come to fruition.
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Post by hugodrax » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:27 pm

We always had HO. Smaller is a pain. Larger is easier to work with.

Either way, buy an engineer's cap.
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Post by JimVH » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:48 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:27 pm
We always had HO. Smaller is a pain. Larger is easier to work with.

Either way, buy an engineer's cap.
Ditto. I still have the hat.

If I were to do it again, I’d at least consider N.
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Post by sweetandsour » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:12 pm

"O" has always been a nice round letter.

When I was in college I had a pair of those railroad striped overalls. Don't know where they came from, but then during a visit with friends at UT in Austin I saw one of the UT cheerleaders wearing the same overalls, and I never wore them again. In fact I gave them to a girl I'd been dating that wore denim overalls, and she gave them to one of her girlfriends that was about my size, and I don't recall ever seeing them again.

Never had an engineers hat, however.
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Post by Stanley76 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:22 pm

Get one like this so I can come over and ride around on it while I'm smoking a pipe.

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Post by Fainn » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:35 pm

I only had 18 gauge rings in my ears.
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Post by Fainn » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:37 pm

JimVH wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:48 pm
hugodrax wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:27 pm
We always had HO. Smaller is a pain. Larger is easier to work with.

Either way, buy an engineer's cap.
Ditto. I still have the hat.

If I were to do it again, I’d at least consider N.
I had one when I was a kid. Didn't have a model train, but went to Tweetsie Railroad a lot.
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Post by Fainn » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:43 pm

Stanley76 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:22 pm
Get one like this so I can come over and ride around on it while I'm smoking a pipe.

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Post by CodeMonkey » Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:53 pm

I think for outdoors you would want G gauge. I don't know that you could find items in the other gauges that are designed to work outdoors.
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Post by Thunktank » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:18 am

Stanley76 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:22 pm
Get one like this so I can come over and ride around on it while I'm smoking a pipe.

FYI, I have ridden on a train like that. They run less than a mile from my home. I live next to park it runs in.

I have rented their services for business events too. Great bunch of guys.
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Post by Thunktank » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:39 am

CodeMonkey wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:53 pm
I think for outdoors you would want G gauge. I don't know that you could find items in the other gauges that are designed to work outdoors.
I used to have an HO scale indoors when I was a kid. I am not knowledgeable about outdoor model trains other than what those local guys with rideable trains told me. Basically, HO scale doesn’t have commonly available stuff that is sufficiently weather resistant. Larger “medium scale” trains also require quite a bit of electrical engineering to make the tracks and train work.
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Post by Bloodhound » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:54 am

Some folks up the road from where we live, have a set up like this...in 10 years I have only seen the train on the tracks and running one time. I am sure they use it more than that, but that is all I have seen and I drive by their property at least 2 times a day.

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I am thinking it will depend on how big the water feature and space available. sounds like a cool project
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Post by FredS » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:30 am

Grown men playing with model trains is silly. It certainly should not be conducted (ha ha, get it?) in the public eye, but should be confined to the basement. Pull the shades.
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Post by Thoth » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:55 pm

Well if ever in NJ you could always check out
https://northlandz.com/
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Post by arank87 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:01 pm

I’d say HO or N scale based on my research. They make everything ever in HO so prices are often more reasonable. N Scale is nice because it’s small without being too small so if space is a concern you can get more layout from N Scale.
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Post by arank87 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:03 pm

I’d say HO or N scale based on my research. They make everything ever in HO so prices are often more reasonable. N Scale is nice because it’s small without being too small so if space is a concern you can get more layout from N Scale. Also, sorry to be pedantic but gauge refers to the distance between the tracks, scale refers to the ratio between the model and the real object. So as far as gauge I’d go with standard unless you want to model that crazy Japanese narrow gauge stuff!
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Post by Hovannes » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:48 pm

New Hope was serviced by the Southern Railroad. It shouldn't be difficult to find locomotives in Southern livery in any gauge you desire. I'm thinking gauge should be a consideration of your garden layout and how it jives with the garden and water feature---a G scale might make the water feature appear like a quarry or pond. 0 Scale, a lake, while N may evoke thoughts of an inland sea!
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Post by DepartedLight » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:46 am

Hovannes wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:48 pm
New Hope was serviced by the Southern Railroad. It shouldn't be difficult to find locomotives in Southern livery in any gauge you desire. I'm thinking gauge should be a consideration of your garden layout and how it jives with the garden and water feature---a G scale might make the water feature appear like a quarry or pond. 0 Scale, a lake, while N may evoke thoughts of an inland sea!
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Post by Jocose » Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:25 am

FredS wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:30 am
Grown men playing with model trains is silly. It certainly should not be conducted (ha ha, get it?) in the public eye, but should be confined to the basement. Pull the shades.
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