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Georgetown & Allen Mountain Railroad 5.0

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Monday, April 16, 2018 6:13 PM

Some more landscaping work happened today:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 6:12 PM

Today I worked a little bit in this corner of the layout:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:50 PM

Something funny happened today. Over lunch my wife suddenly told me that in case we should stay in Florida she would like me to switch back to a German H0 layout, create a bit of Germany so to speak. I was really surprised because she normally goes along with whatever I want to do as it's my hobby, not hers. She's never voiced an opinion about the railroad before.

Now what should I do (in case we don't move)???

 

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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, April 19, 2018 1:40 PM

 What about German in N? Just get some different locos and rolling stock and instead of Allen Mountain it can be Akinbach Mountain (even keeps with the John Allen thing). 

  I know you didn't think so the last time you tried it, but you do have a good space for HO. Just have to run shorter trains.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, April 19, 2018 1:52 PM

rrinker
What about German in N? Just get some different locos and rolling stock and instead of Allen Mountain it can be Akinbach Mountain (even keeps with the John Allen thing).

Randy,

The European N scale rolling stock is not compatible with the Atlas code 55 track that I have used. Flanges are too large Sad

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Posted by mbinsewi on Thursday, April 19, 2018 2:53 PM

I just had to take a quick walk through all of the pages.  I'd forgotten this was N scale!

Nothing less than incredible, to flip through all of this again.

Through many changes, including hurricane Irma!  Just excellent Michael.

30 minutes to run the complete main line loop at 50mph, wow.

I see our friend Ulrich, Sir Madog's post are now among the Anonymous.

So I'll keep watching.

Mike.

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Posted by 7j43k on Thursday, April 19, 2018 3:14 PM

michaelrose55

Something funny happened today. Over lunch my wife suddenly told me that in case we should stay in Florida she would like me to switch back to a German H0 layout, create a bit of Germany so to speak. I was really surprised because she normally goes along with whatever I want to do as it's my hobby, not hers. She's never voiced an opinion about the railroad before.

Now what should I do (in case we don't move)???

 

 

 

I am surprised.  

It's obvious that you prefer the US prototype over the European one, since you dropped the latter for the former.

And it appears she had plenty of time to signal her preferences both when you were building the European layout, and when you tore it down.

 

I think you should continue on the present path for the above reasons.

 

But.

 

If'n I was you, I would establish a little German-themed tourist town in one area.  There are such things in the US.  You could even stretch it a bit and have a German train running on a tourist loop through the town.  Most women (your wife could be an exception) like the buildings and scenes more than the actual trains.  Or so I believe.

It's a thought.

Ed

 

 

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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:58 PM

michaelrose55

 

 
rrinker
What about German in N? Just get some different locos and rolling stock and instead of Allen Mountain it can be Akinbach Mountain (even keeps with the John Allen thing).

 

Randy,

The European N scale rolling stock is not compatible with the Atlas code 55 track that I have used. Flanges are too large Sad

 

 Most all N scale equipment has flanges too deep for the hand laid code 40 on a friend's layout. He just turns them down (and considering he is 100% steam powered, it's even more fun). Although he DID give up on laying the track to fine scale standards. Far beyond what I could do, especially with my eye issues, be he even has a couple sidings with code 25 'rail' - it's really just oval section wire, far too small to actually have head and base detail). He does 'cheat' and use code 40 flex track, but all the turnouts and special work are hand built. Even crazier,. he builds little pre-1900 style steam locos from scratch, most with tender drive because he fills the boiler with weight so they can pull something, and still crams a decoder in them. It's not nearly as large a layout as yours, but it's not some little 4x8 either. I dabbled in N myself, but his mechanisms and trackwork are something else entirely.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Friday, April 20, 2018 9:53 AM

We'll see how it all goes. We will visit Germany in about 3 weeks and (have to) make a decision when we come back. It's not going to be easy, that much I do know. Thanks everybody for having an opinion!

 

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Friday, April 20, 2018 9:58 AM

Hey Michael-

I just want to say that even though you've been in shutdown mode the past few months, you're still making more progress than almost everyone here. And even if you tore down the whole shebang to the bare floor and rafters and started again in HO, I 'd still follow the thread.

Good luck.

Robert

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Posted by rrebell on Friday, April 20, 2018 10:22 AM

michaelrose55

We'll see how it all goes. We will visit Germany in about 3 weeks and (have to) make a decision when we come back. It's not going to be easy, that much I do know. Thanks everybody for having an opinion!

 

 

You could spill the beans and maybe get some honest feedback. I know what it is like to crunch the numbers both for personal and financial and it is twice as hard with emotion in play, been there done that, one than once and it dose not get easier each time.

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, April 20, 2018 1:49 PM

 Frankly, I don't think it's any of our business. While most anyone following this thread would prefer that the layout not be torn down, Michael is the only one with an emotional conenction and investment in it, and the decision is one only Michael and his wife can make based on their circumstances. There certainly are plenty of "I hopes" that a lot of us wish for, I've had to move out of necessity and not by choice myself in the past and it's only decent to hope others are spared the same thing. Even moving by choice, after having invested a lot into a home for many years is never easy. I'm sure whatever they decide, at some point we will see another layout in some shape or form. It would be a shame to see all this work we've followed along with have to be destroyed, but life is liek that sometimes. 

 In the mean time, have fun in Germany. It's one of those places I've always wanted to go (and would have, back in high school, if it weren't for a couple of idiots in my German class who ruined it for the rest of us).  Hopefully you can take some of the time to relax and not dwell on decisions to come.

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Posted by SouthPenn on Friday, April 20, 2018 3:13 PM

You could add a town like Frankenmuth, Michigan.

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, April 20, 2018 6:56 PM

 I have been there!

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Posted by tommy24a on Friday, April 20, 2018 7:48 PM

Randy...Know me? Lol...

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Posted by rrebell on Friday, April 20, 2018 8:22 PM

rrinker

 Frankly, I don't think it's any of our business. While most anyone following this thread would prefer that the layout not be torn down, Michael is the only one with an emotional conenction and investment in it, and the decision is one only Michael and his wife can make based on their circumstances. There certainly are plenty of "I hopes" that a lot of us wish for, I've had to move out of necessity and not by choice myself in the past and it's only decent to hope others are spared the same thing. Even moving by choice, after having invested a lot into a home for many years is never easy. I'm sure whatever they decide, at some point we will see another layout in some shape or form. It would be a shame to see all this work we've followed along with have to be destroyed, but life is liek that sometimes. 

 In the mean time, have fun in Germany. It's one of those places I've always wanted to go (and would have, back in high school, if it weren't for a couple of idiots in my German class who ruined it for the rest of us).  Hopefully you can take some of the time to relax and not dwell on decisions to come.

                                 --Randy

 

Sometimes people can't see the forest for the trees. Also sometime people have knowledge others don't. Hey I stopped someones $6,000,000.00 project by myself after city council approval.

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