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Georgetown & Allen Mountain Railroad 5.0

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Posted by tedtedderson on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:05 AM

Michael, 

Assuming your question isn't rhetorical, I'd say (and hope) that you keep the G&AM.

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Posted by rrebell on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:41 AM

Land is land. A forest in Germany dose not look much different that one in the U.S. Change a few buildings and wayside details and you have a German layout. In fact the thing (that not everone models) that is most different is that in Europe, right of ways seem to be cleaner looking. 

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 9:54 AM

rrebell

Land is land. A forest in Germany dose not look much different that one in the U.S. Change a few buildings and wayside details and you have a German layout. In fact the thing (that not everone models) that is most different is that in Europe, right of ways seem to be cleaner looking. 

 

 
A forest in Germany does look different, as we have hardly a "natural" forest left in this country. But that´s not the issue, as Michael has not yet "planted" any trees. The track plan may require adaption to some peculiarities of German railroading, like trains running on the right side and not the left side, sidings secured by "catch" track and maybe more emphasize on passenger trains. No doubt that this could be done without a major rebuild.
 
However, Michael´s German trains are in HO scale, while the layout is N scale.

Cheers,

Ulrich (aka Herbert The Tin Man)

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Posted by rrebell on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 2:47 PM

Nature can overgrow anything, I have seen some German forests that you could swear were in North America, that being said it is true that alot of his stuff is HO.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:06 AM

Today the mailman delivered another short German H0 train so there seems to be a certain tendency...

 

 

 

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:24 AM

Today must be a special day!

UPS just stopped by with another train laugh​. It looks like somebody is seriously working on my list of backorders!

 

 

 

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Posted by rrebell on Thursday, May 24, 2018 5:39 PM

Not to question your decisions but how could anyone have so many fogotten backorders? Just wondering. Like those German short trains by the way.

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:11 PM

rrebell

Not to question your decisions but how could anyone have so many fogotten backorders? Just wondering. Like those German short trains by the way.

 

It's simple, really. The importers of German models do not often have stock so whenever you order something you might get it in a few days - or in a few months, sometimes it takes more than a year. Right now my backorder list goes back to 2015 Big Smile...

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Posted by rrebell on Thursday, May 24, 2018 7:34 PM

wow, that is a long time, though I remember back in the day people waiting that long or longer for a certain brass engine to be built.

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Posted by tedtedderson on Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:40 PM

Michael-

Is your layout still N?

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Posted by michaelrose55 on Sunday, July 01, 2018 3:50 PM

I'm getting emails from members asking me when I will start working on the layout again. So I thought to post my answer here for everybody to see.

After watching the layout collect dust for several months I decided to take it down. I've packed all the rolling stock, structures, and track in moving boxes so nothing bad can happen to it. 

I still have the bench work in case I would want to start a new layout. I've even created what I believe is a good plan for a German H0 layout which might make my wife happy but I don't have any interest in building it. So for now it looks like I'm leaving the hobby. Maybe at some point in time I'll be back, maybe after I retire. We'll see. In any case it was a lot of fun being here and getting to know all of you. Thanks for all the friendship, support, and advice.

 

 

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Posted by 7j43k on Sunday, July 01, 2018 7:09 PM

Michael,

If ya don't wanna, ya don't wanna.

I was out of model railroading twice, for several years at a time.

Take care of yourself,

 

Ed

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Posted by tedtedderson on Sunday, July 01, 2018 9:29 PM

Good luck, Michael. 

You're certainly talented. Hope you get back into it later. 

I really enjoyed seeing your work on the most recent iteration.  Thanks! 

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Posted by rrebell on Monday, July 02, 2018 12:34 AM

Thanks for the feedback, you can always keep in touch with this thread even if you aren't doing anything.

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, July 02, 2018 5:56 AM

Wow, I have to say, we could certainly see this coming.

I guess that I shouldn't be all that surprised.

I did the same thing with tropical fish breeding. Got into it big time, and then, for whatever the reason, I pared back and then exited the hobby.

I really hate to see a guy as talented as Michael leave the hobby, but it happens. Maybe too much, too soon, too all encompassing. Michael accomplished so much more in a year than I have accomplished in 14 years, and I thought that my efforts were ambitious.

Rich

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Monday, July 02, 2018 7:01 AM

As much as I regret Michael´s decision, it did not really come as a surprise. When he posted pictures of those German trains that kept coming in, I somehow knew that his N scale layout was doomed! His interest in German railroading was just too obvious.

His decision to pack up everything for the time being - as sad as it is - may be the right decision for the time being. Stepping back for a while and doing other things will help to clear the mind.

I am sure we will see more from him - when the time comes!

Cheers,

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