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    Anyone on here do any model railroading? I have a 4x8 sheet of 3/4 osb board that i used to use for beer pong and i suddenly have a bug up my *** that i want to turn it into a model railroad. I think i want it to be a late 60's early 70s era, in a wooded area with some logging or mining going on, a small town, possibly a rail yard, and id like there to be a lumber processing plant for the train to take the logging lumber to. I originally wanted to use HO scale, but im thinking for the amount of stuff i want to put in it im gonna need to go N scale.

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    I had a Lionel train set back in the 70's. I have to admit that is as far as my experience with trains go.

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    yeah my only experience was with the lionel set my dad had around the christmas tree. Also ive been noticing exactly how many train/hobby shops keep closing around the area now. Such a shame.

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    This isn't mine but this looks exactly the size of my 1977 Lionel train set

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    For years now I've been wanting to do a whole set up. Especially as the Holiday season approaches. I never do though. However I'm always going to the hobby store with my wish list. I want HO scale but have to go N scale do to space. I may just pull the trigger and do it this year.

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    My Dad and I have, for years, built in OO scale, but that's in the UK... Here, it's a different power system, different popular scales etc. I've got a couple of old doors in the basement and a bit of space, so I might start from scratch in N scale. Never used N before, but you can get a heck of a lot on 7 feet squared.

    Also, because the basement is river rock it has a natural wall texture, so I might fgo for landscaping in a funicular system.

    Bob Ester in Millvale might see quite a bit of me over the years.

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    My Dad and I have, for years, built in OO scale, but that's in the UK... Here, it's a different power system, different popular scales etc. I've got a couple of old doors in the basement and a bit of space, so I might start from scratch in N scale. Never used N before, but you can get a heck of a lot on 7 feet squared.

    Also, because the basement is river rock it has a natural wall texture, so I might fgo for landscaping in a funicular system.

    Bob Ester in Millvale might see quite a bit of me over the years.
    If you decide to do this project, I would love to see it!

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    I used to mess with trains alot when I was a kid. Would like to do something with my sons someday but we really don't have any room in this house

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    I'm kind of big into Lionel and the o gauge. Practically every year I put up a platform 12'x 8' and next year I hope to make it larger. I have just two engines running, one gang car and three trolleys. I do the houses, people, drive in movies and a whole lot more. I was sick most of the time when I should have been setting up so, the layout was small. I use the ZW, KW, 1033 transformers and my era is for the 1940's -1950's. It is actually difficult to do the 1940's because, I have trouble finding 1940's automobiles for the scenery.
    After I had the entire set up, I've run into trouble and I think I have a piece of bad track. Next year I'll do all new fast track by Lionel. I'm north of the burgh and there are still a few train places around. Like anything, the prices are so high now a days. I plan on buying the fast track from my buddy, he sales Lionel stuff from his house. He said he can save me $1.00 on every piece of fast track that I buy or even more so, with me needing about close to 400 pieces, I'll bite. I also would like to get an engine that does all the rail sounds, smoke and programs too. I have no idea what that will cost or if I can run that stuff from my current transformers. I have all of my dads stuff from when he did it way back and as a kid and adult I have also purchased new up to date and some older stuff over the years.
    I have my train up now and the only way I ever put pictures on my computer is with my cell phone. I just got a new cell phone and haven't read up on it and how to send the pictures. I tried this morning and they didn't come through. I'm actually on my wifes computer at home and my office computer is down and has been down since November. I got a virus and it wiped it out and I have never purchased a recovery disc yet. Maybe today I'lll do just that. I'm pretty proud of my train set despite that I didn't get to do the mountains, tunnels, and many of the animation like the milk car, coal platform, etc. If I get my computer fixed, learn the phone, I'll send some pictures out if anyone is interested.

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    That'd be great, Bats!

    I'm trying to figure a way to secure anything I build from the cats - they'd have to investigate and they're big kitties to have rampage across a layout.
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    Cats will be a problem. I have my platform 27" off the floor and it makes it nice to roll under it with a mechanics floor creeper. It also allows a better view and the small children from grabbing at stuff. This year I went to the glass store and purchased plexiglass to go around my layout. I wanted it to be 16 inches by 8 foot so that I could get three long pieces from one sheet. That would have cost me over $300.00. He had several pieces 14" x 48" for $100.00 and that worked fine for me. I think I got 12 pieces like that for the $100.00. It really helped with keeping the small children away and it made it look pretty proffesional. Wow, cats are another thing if they like to jump but, I think one time landing on a train or building will probably teach them a lesson. I don't know much about cats being allergic to them.
    If you go to search engines and type in Lionel or model trains, eventually you'l start to see peoples trains they have set up in their homes. I bet youtube has some posted too. I made just a couple of my own buildings and would like to start making more. The Christmas light houses that you can buy at Lowes, Walmart,etc are just too nice I think to go through the trouble making houses. I do take pride in the ones I make but some of the detail they have and that I try to copy out of wood is time consuming.
    I have a couple of plasticville things that I wired lights into along with Lionel and MTH stuff. At one time you could buy some nice Kline stuff at a fair price but now that Lionel has taken over, the price has really jumped in my opinion.
    I hope you move long with this hobby, I find it very relaxing, others seem to enjoy it and I like creating my own little city. It's not one of the hobbies that you lose money on because once you spend your money the stuff is your to keep.
    It is also cool to connect with your kids and do it together.

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    I now have an N scale train and I've been adding on. I now have the room for my layout. Granted...the N scale is small BUT I envisioned a big setup for lot's of track and realism.
    The best thing is I found some model homes that I remember building with my Mom when I was a kid. These things have been in storage for 30 years and most have held together!

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    Had mostly HO as a kid. Still no room at my house. I kinda got the bug to build some model cars. My boy is a bit young for the glue and paint still but i know they still have snap-tite. Maybe if I quit producing music id have time but I also have a lot of projects around the house to do :-/

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    Had mostly HO as a kid. Still no room at my house. I kinda got the bug to build some model cars. My boy is a bit young for the glue and paint still but i know they still have snap-tite. Maybe if I quit producing music id have time but I also have a lot of projects around the house to do :-/
    You produce music?...i did not know that. Is that your job or a hobby? Anyway...
    Have you seen the cost of models!!!!!!???
    The cheapest beginner model (snap-tite) i have seen is $13.

    I used to builed models as a kid....AND I did use the glue at a young age...NEVER sniffed it!!! haha!
    I was into military stuff....never cars and such. I had a dozen planes haing from my ceiling.

    I went to the hobby store a few weeks back and saw that a basic Messerschmidt cost $24 !!!!!!!!!!!

    I simply can't afford that hobby at this time.

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    You produce music?...i did not know that. Is that your job or a hobby? Anyway...
    Have you seen the cost of models!!!!!!???
    The cheapest beginner model (snap-tite) i have seen is $13.

    I used to builed models as a kid....AND I did use the glue at a young age...NEVER sniffed it!!! haha!
    I was into military stuff....never cars and such. I had a dozen planes haing from my ceiling.

    I went to the hobby store a few weeks back and saw that a basic Messerschmidt cost $24 !!!!!!!!!!!

    I simply can't afford that hobby at this time.
    Well music is not my day job no. Its pretty difficult to make money off of music these days. Besides i make super underground bass music lol. I have about 20 tunes released. Own a label on our 35th release and I dj. The gigs dont pay much but its fun and I drink for free. I played at the casino last week and playing the bloomfield bridge tavern tonight. Sometimes i even get to play out of town and its good just to get out. Yeah the models are expensive but the last time I bought one minimum wage was like 3 bucks. I was into custom hotrods.

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