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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Monday, July 17, 2017 7:00 PM

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The obvious answer is: if you have too many, you have too many, and don't try to convince yourself or others that you don't, you KNOW you have too many.

 

Well, actually my problem is I don't KNOW how many I have.  I'm pretty sure it's more than 50 and I think it's less than 100.  They're spread across HO, S, Sn2, On30, O scale, 3 rail O gauge, and Large Scale.  But I've lost count.  Actually, I've lost track of where some of my train stuff is in my basement.  I may even have an N scale locomotive somewhere.  Part of the problem is the little scales, N and HO, are hard to keep track of.

Oh well, it'll be fun when I move in the next couple of months - seeing what turns up.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, July 17, 2017 7:11 PM

OK... as of right now I DO NOT have too many locomotives. I have a vey strict plan for the last STRATTON & GILLETTE railroad layout, and every locomotive has a place on the layout and on the operational plan. I only need three more locomotives to complete the roster.

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1) Another GP-9 (Proto-2000)

2) Centercab Switcher (probably brass Whitcomb)

3) Streamlined 4-8-4 in brass

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So, I do not have too many (running) locomotives.

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This brings me to an interesting point. I planned my next layout with an interest in taking photographs. I also own what I will call "The Prop Fleet". These are well painted and detailed locomotives, many of interesting prototypes, but none of them run. Many were purchased for a song because they are dead. I bought some brass steamers for under $40.00 each for this fleet.

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Does the prop fleet count? If so... Yes! I have way too many.

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Posted by tstage on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:46 AM

Ten years ago I knew a fella who had over 400 locomotives...and he didn't even have a layout.  That - to me - is too many.  If you can't even break them out of the box to operate them - what's the use?!?

And, yea, I'm not one whose real keen on "collecting".  If I have it; I'm going to run it.

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Posted by oldline1 on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:04 AM

tstage
Ten years ago I knew a fella who had over 400 locomotives...and he didn't even have a layout.  That - to me - is too many.  If you can't even break them out of the box to operate them - what's the use?!? And, yea, I'm not one whose real keen on "collecting".  If I have it; I'm going to run it. Tom

Tom,

I agree...........I want to run my stuff. However, I knew a fellow many years ago who just collected cabooses and business cars. I'm not sure of the numbers but I'm pretty sure he had over 300 different cabooses and paint schemes. The business cars were in the hundreds too. His layout...........a 3' section of True Scale roadbed, code 100 brass rail and an AHM USRA Heavy 4-6-2 with a B&O business car! Didn't even own a transformer. lol

Everyone has their "thing" it seems.

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:39 AM

tstage

Ten years ago I knew a fella who had over 400 locomotives...and he didn't even have a layout.  That - to me - is too many.  If you can't even break them out of the box to operate them - what's the use?!?

And, yea, I'm not one whose real keen on "collecting".  If I have it; I'm going to run it.

Tom

Obvious answer is collecting for a layout in the future.  Not everyone is wonderful and has a nice basement or other space to build a layout, but they are working toward a goal that may be months or years in the future.  In the mean time they are often disparaged as "collectors".  Terrible isn't it?

I didn't have over 400 locomotives but I had/have around 140 and for a number of years struggled while under onerous child support and private school costs while I lived in tiny crackerbox apartment.  But during those years, I planned for the eventuality that I would be able to build a layout and get those trains out of the box.

So those of you who've been fortunate to have a stable life, and a nice basement, count your blessing and have a little patience for those who are a less fortunate but are building a roster for a time when the can run those trains.  Not everyone has "arrived" yet.

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Posted by angelob6660 on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:59 AM

tstage

Ten years ago I knew a fella who had over 400 locomotives...and he didn't even have a layout.  That - to me - is too many.  If you can't even break them out of the box to operate them - what's the use?!?

Yea I'm one of those people. I been collecting rolling stock and motive power for 11 years to build my mid-sized layout.

I almost got my complete roster for my railroads. I got a nice decent amount of freight cars.

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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 11:19 AM

tstage

Ten years ago I knew a fella who had over 400 locomotives...and he didn't even have a layout.  That - to me - is too many.  If you can't even break them out of the box to operate them - what's the use?!?

And, yea, I'm not one whose real keen on "collecting".  If I have it; I'm going to run it.

Tom

 

I shared a cubicle about 20 years ago with a guy who collected N scale.  Not for some future layout, he just liked N scale.  He would go to all the train shows and buy N scale locomotives and cars.  He favored N&W, but bought other roads as they appealed to him.  He had a circle of track and a small power pack to test run the locomotives, but that was it.

You won't find them on this forum, but there are folks who just like to collect trains.  Just like others collect stamps, coins, etc.

Paul

 

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Posted by tstage on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:43 PM

Let me preface my earlier statement.  While I can understand collecting rolling stock, locomotives - to me - is a different matter because they require maintenance to operate and run well.  It seems there's a point where having a large amount of certain things (e.g. locomotives, layout, trackwork, etc.) would have diminishing returns because you're spending so much time trying to maintain it.

But, to each his own.  What is one man's toil might just turn out to be another man's enjoyment. Big Smile

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Posted by DRfan on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:55 PM

I totally agree with you.  I have had a small layout for over twenty years.  I really slowed down my purchases of items especially locomotives. I have little free time and I barely run what I have, if I add more locomotives that means I will run what I currently have even less.  I am enjoying what I have and having fun doing it.

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:27 PM

I couple of years ago in the Southern Pacific yard in Colton California the Union Pacific had over a mile of locomotives lined up together next to the freeway. I guess they had too many after they repainted all of the old Southern Pacific units.

As for me, my collection has 57 but there are some holes which still need to be filled. I kind of model two railroads because they are located in the same area, The Santa Fe and the Southern Pacific. There are also locomotives from Amtrak and Metrolink, a stray from Chicago Northwestern, Rio Grande, and Union Pacific plus three restored steam locomotives from Santa Fe, Central Pacific, and Virginia and Truckee.

Of course the diesels never run on their own. They always have helpers. Sometimes they run in latches of up to five or more but mostly in groups of three. I like having lots of bridge traffic on my layout to go over the pass so I need lots of locomotives.

There is no law that limits how many locomotives you can collect. They don’t have to fit on your layout. It’s called a collection. The sixth tunnel motor might not be as thrilling as the first but I still need at least two more to complete the collection so I can have two sets of four. And there are so many different models that having two or three diesels of each kind adds up to a lot of engines.

Currently I am concentrating on adding to my steam collection. I want to get more from the Virginia and Truckee. I have the Genoa but I want some of the others too like the Reno, the Tahoe, and the Inyo because they are named after locations where I have been and one day I am going to build a second layout for the V&T.

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