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Things you will never see on my ho layout

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 9:13 AM

SeeYou190
Someday I hope to score a big collection of Rail Graphics decals someone had made for a real cool roadname, and that will become the main railroad the SGRR will interchange with.

Wow! I posted that comment back in 2017.

Then I scored a collection of decals for the DAWDLE AND DELAY, and now I have a famous ficticious railroad to interchange with.

It all worked out!

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by PM Railfan on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 6:24 PM

"Things you wont see on my HO layout?".......

 

a finished layout.

 

PMR

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:03 PM

PM Railfan
a finished layout.

There have been five previous versions of my railroad, and only one of them, version #4, has been finished.

It was also the smallest!

-Kevin

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Posted by FRRYKid on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:45 PM

hon30critter

Any material that will attract mice. No papier mache

That reminds me of one of my first attempts at scenery. I used flour & water paper mache on a hill. The building where I had that layout was an old chicken coop (9000-10000 birds). I had the mice eat the scenery. The next time I made the mix, I ground up mouse poison blocks in the mix to stop that from happening again.

mobilman44

Anyway, on my 1950s era layout you won't see.........

- prisons, jails or police stations

How about a sheriff's office... next to the local watering hole! You'll see that on mine. (As an aside the name of the water hole is the "Loco Lash." I'll leave you to figure out what that is anagramed from.)

CNSF

5. Taxi, ambulance, fire vehicles, or city-style delivery trucks.

I admit I have fire trucks on mine... in the station. (I grew up around a volunteer fire department so I felt that I had to put one both the old layout which was version 2 and this current version 3.1.)

Shock Control

Things You Will Never See On My HO Layout(s):

9. 1970s-era cheap plastic glossy Tyco or Life-Like kitsch.

I will admit to having Tyco stuff on mine, but they have been repainted to something a little less shiny and the drives (for the engines) and the trucks have been changed to something better. I also have a couple of a certain type of Bachmann caboose. One is painted for a prototype caboose. The other will get painted at some point as well.

As to the things you won't see on my layout (or at least as the current plan goes):

1) Steam engines (Too old for my era.)

2) Purple railroad equipment. (I have just about every other color family though, including a pink engine and caboose as a tribute to my late maternal grandmother.)

3) Already mentioned, but I don't think anybody can say their layout is "finished."

4) Me purchasing equipment with onboard DCC. (I was given a couple pieces that I think are DCC that operate in dual mode but I'm not going to install it on the rest. Too many locomotives. >20 I fully expect to have more eventually when I get my uncle's collection.)

5) Purchased bridges. (The two that will be on the layout are both scratchbuilt.)

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:15 AM

I won't have a fire station or a police station... no room.

I do have fire trucks and police cars in my collection, and I will used them for posed scenes, but nothing will be glued in place.

-Kevin

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Posted by Shock Control on Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:34 AM

FRRYKid
I will admit to having Tyco stuff on mine, but they have been repainted to something a little less shiny and the drives (for the engines) and the trucks have been changed to something better.

Oh, I have some 70s Tyco and Lifelike, but both still continued to manufacture the occasional realistic-looking car.  But those were few and far between.

I remember, as a kid in stores, combing through all the cheap Tyco and Lifelike crap looking for the occasional gem that looked more like a vintage Mantua or Athearn, and every so often finding something.

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Posted by azrail on Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:25 PM

The Life Like cars in the 70s blister packs (remember those?) were originally Varney.

And the one thing you definitely will not find on my layout..any one wearing masks!

 

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Posted by Shock Control on Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:30 PM

azrail
The Life Like cars in the 70s blister packs (remember those?) were originally Varney.

Yes, I have some Varney cars that were packaged as Lifelike.

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Posted by rayw46 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 5:47 PM
Car Cards setting against freight cars.
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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:03 PM

 Since the title of this thread is "things you will never see on my ho layout" the answer is simple:

 O scale trains.

 Laugh

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:07 PM

I have a police station, police cars, a fire station, and a rather impressive collection of fire equipment on the drive apron of the fire station.

The little HO scale police and firefighters just don't have anything to do except eat donuts and wash the fire trucks.

My father was a volunteer firefighter and my son is Paramedic and a volunteer firefighter.

Sheldon 

 

    

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Posted by PM Railfan on Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:33 PM

Ooooh, heres a good one! How about....

 

"You'll never see a business card from a MR layout photographer on my layout."

 

Hah! I bet thats a rare one to have indeed. I have never envisioned getting to that stage with my layout. Or even getting that good.

 

Clear Ahead!

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Posted by mbinsewi on Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:50 PM

Scrolling through this thread, just to see what people are saying, I'm getting a real kick out of those "You'll never see that Tyco, or Life Like car." 

You can take a lesson on what excellent modelers, like Dr. Wayne, has done with those cars.

My 20 car raw frac sand train is refurbished Life Like hoppers, and they travel the rails just fine, at tack speeds.

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 7:58 PM

PM Railfan
"You'll never see a business card from a MR layout photographer on my layout."

Now that's funny, and it's one that applies to me, too.

York1 John       

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Posted by PM Railfan on Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:06 PM

John) I had a slew of funny-bone-ticklers to post but thought it prudent not to. So i will leave you with one more....

 

"You wont find me modelling houses on fire, or police riot scenes, or any other catastrophe.... accidents on my layout happen in real time."

 

Cheers!

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Posted by cats think well of me on Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:47 PM

No shadow keystone or other railroad paint schemes dating after 1953.

No autos after 1954 (unless it's a kind that is barely different from earlier model years.

No locomotives without DCC and sound. 

No cats that are not 1/87th scale. 1:1 cats are a hard no near the trains. 

No commercial structures that are not modified at least a bit. I don't want building models to look exactly like they're out of an advertisement. No ready to go buildings unless I really love it. 

Nothing without a coat of dullcoat, and some weathering, even very minor weathering. 

No freight cars with identical numbers.

No plastic steam engines. Plastic diesels are fine.

No passenger cars without passengers. Though that may be very challenging for many cars like BLI P70 coaches.

No Kadee or Kadee type couplers. All Sergent. 

All metal wheels on virtually all rolling stock except on those with metal trucks.

No models without being weighted within a 1/2 oz or so to NMRA standards.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, January 14, 2021 11:10 PM

cats think well of me
No plastic steam engines. Plastic diesels are fine.

I have to ask about this one.

Over 90% of my steam locomotives are brass, but I love my Bachmann 2-8-8-4 and I am seriously thinking about one of those Rapido 4-6-0 models that I still have time to pre-order.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, January 15, 2021 7:09 AM

cats think well of me

No plastic steam engines. Plastic diesels are fine.

 

Alvie

 

 

As about 95% of UK steam locomotive models are made of a form of plastic  I think a UK  style layout  is a no-no then.  Thumbs Down  Laugh

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, January 15, 2021 7:40 AM

Gray squirrels are not allowed  at all.   Red squirrels only.

 

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Friday, January 15, 2021 8:41 AM

NorthBrit
Gray squirrels are not allowed  at all.   Red squirrels only.

Red squirrels are THE most destructive.  They don't survive on my property.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, January 15, 2021 8:57 AM

mbinsewi

 

 
NorthBrit
Gray squirrels are not allowed  at all.   Red squirrels only.

 

Red squirrels are THE most destructive.  They don't survive on my property.

Mike.

 

 

The American Red Squirrel is definitely different to the UK Red. Smile

 

David

 

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Posted by chutton01 on Friday, January 15, 2021 10:13 AM

We started to get black (sable) squirrels around NY about 3+ decades ago. They sporadically wander around my backyard, not sure if they are more troublesome than the usual grey squirrels we have around here. 
I recall years ago my Dad & I planted corn in our back garden - the corn grew very well, the ears looked great...squirrels thought so too, and they got there ahead of us. That will NOT be modeled on any module I build...

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Posted by rrinker on Friday, January 15, 2021 11:31 AM

 What's wrong with squirrels? Aroudn here, they help me paint!

 That was taken with my phone, no zoom. This little guy came right up to me while I was sitting outside painting couplers.

 THat was at my old place. The ones here don't help with models, but they do tease the dogs mercilessly. They know the dogs can't get up the trees, so whent he dogs chase them, they only go part way up the tree and then turn around and laugh in squirrel at them.

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Posted by Billwiz on Friday, January 15, 2021 12:23 PM

rrinker
Since the title of this thread is "things you will never see on my ho layout" the answer is simple:  O scale trains.                                  --Randy

 

I actually can't say this.  I don't currently have an HO layout, but do have a 4x8 Lionel layout with three loops of track.  I decided to remove one loop to put an HO loop just to run a few trains as I work on them!

 

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Posted by doctorwayne on Friday, January 15, 2021 1:29 PM

rrinker
What's wrong with squirrels?...

As far as I'm concerned, they're rats with bushy tails.

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Posted by PM Railfan on Friday, January 15, 2021 8:09 PM

doctorwayne
 
rrinker
What's wrong with squirrels?...

 

As far as I'm concerned, they're rats with bushy tails.

Wayne

 

DITTO! Always digging holes in the yard to bury nuts (they cant use shelves like us?) which in summertime turns into nice homes for yellow jackets. They make good moving targets though.

Same for birds - just rats with wings. Good moving target too.

 

So no, no modelling these. They dont belong in the real world even!

 

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Posted by HVBL on Saturday, January 16, 2021 1:17 AM

There will be no ....

1. Social distancing

2. Masks

3. Empty or vacant stores

4. Sushi bars

5. Green bottled beer

6. Cold coffee

7. Chocolate or candy ( I am diabetic)

   Rich

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