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Posted by willy6 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:19 AM

I was just wondering who are the top 5 people who have been members of this forum the longest. I've been here 14 years and seen many come and go.

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Posted by softail86mark on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:07 AM

Top 5????

More like top 500!!!

I've been around a couple weeks now, mostly lurking. Nobody knows me but I feel as if I know ALL the top guys 'cause I read the forums religiously.

A lot of the top people have also passed on. Read the forums from as far back as you can and you'll get a sense of some of the fantastic modeling from the past. A few names that come to mind are Wolfgang Dudler, Jeffrey Wimberly, good heavens... I could go on for hours.

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Posted by RR_Mel on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:45 AM

I started reading the forum back in the early 2000s but didn’t join until 2009.  I had dropped from working on my layout in the mid 90s because of a very heavy work load.  I retired in 2007 and took a year off doing nothing, I felt like after working 49 years and 10 months I needed some rest.
 
I got back into model railroading full swing in the spring of 2009, I liked what I saw on the forum so I did my thing and joined.
 
The forum is loaded with great members and great information.  This is by far the best forum on the Internet.
I agree with Mark, theres a bunch more than 5 top members.
 
I want to thank everyone for their help over the years!
 
 
 
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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:47 AM

Top five by # of post?

Top 5 by # of years they have been members?

Top 5 by how good their layouts and/or modeling skills are?

Top 5 by who is the most obnoxious?Whistling

I know we have not heard from V8-Vega for a while or TomikawaTT or a couple of others whose names escape me right now. 

The trouble with a forum that has so many geezers on it is when one of them suddenly goes to the roundhouse in the sky, how would we know. While I enjoy the interaction with others that have the same interest, I often think of this cartoon as I have never met in person anyone from the forum.

 

 I do know that I really appreciate all the help I have received over the years from many, not just the top five.

Brent

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Posted by Catt on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:56 AM

I've been here since 2,003.I usuaslly don't post very much but this looks to be a interesting thread.

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Posted by Steven Otte on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:07 PM

Looking back at the oldest posts on the MR Forum, you see a lot of "Anonymous," which means those members have left the Forums and their accounts deactivated. Most of the posts with names still attached are people who haven't been active on the Forums for a long time. The oldest name I could find that I recognized is Gerry Leone, who has been a Forum member since January 2001. Since the oldest posts on the Forum are from February 2001, that's going to be a hard record to beat.

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Posted by rrinker on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:26 PM

 I know the person with the most posts, by a HUGE margin, was Jeffrey. Back in the days when there was a post count on the right side. I think I was second, but WAY behind Jeffrey. Then I was away for a few years. I doubt anyone has ever caught up to him.

 I actually HAVE managed to meet a couple of people from here, at train shows. Once I get building again, anyone is welcome to come over and help. Just call me Tom, as in Sawyer... Big Smile

 

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:28 PM

rrinker
Once I get building again, anyone is welcome to come over and help.

You cover the airfare, right?Laugh

Brent

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Posted by rrinker on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:30 PM

BATMAN

 

 
rrinker
Once I get building again, anyone is welcome to come over and help.

 

You cover the airfare, right?Laugh

 

 Sorry, rail travel only. But I do have a spare room, as long as you aren't allergic to dogs. Laugh

                                --Randy

 


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Posted by IRONROOSTER on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 12:40 PM

BATMAN
The trouble with a forum that has so many geezers on it is when one of them suddenly goes to the roundhouse in the sky, how would we know. While I enjoy the interaction with others that have the same interest, I often think of this cartoon as I have never met in person anyone from the forum.

That's the case for me also.

Love the cartoon. 

A sign of the future.  We usually don't know when someone's gone, but they live on, on the Internet. 

At least until the next crash.Oops - Sign

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Posted by tstage on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:04 PM

Paul,

It looks like you and I came on the forum around the same time.  Wow! - Hardly seems like it's been 14+ years but...I guess it has. Surprise

I've met a few forum members here through the two annual train shows in my area and have enjoyed putting faces to names.  Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to add Randy and Crandell to the list.

Tom

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Posted by cudaken on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:09 PM

The RIP Track


 

  • Barry Arnold aka BlownoutCylinder
  • Jerry Cox aka Cox47
  • Wolfgang Dudler aka Westport Terminal
  • Bob Hartle aka cmrproducts
  • Ed Murphy
  • Bill North
  • Stein Rypern, Jr. aka Steinjr
  • Andy Sperandeo
  • Jeffrey "Running Bear" Wimberley
  • Alan B

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Posted by willy6 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:13 PM

By the top 5, I meant, what person has been a member the longest, then 2nd longest, then 3rd longest...etc.

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Posted by Jimmy_Braum on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:27 PM

I miss Jeffery.

(My Model Railroad, My Rules) 

These are the opinions of a 25 year old, from the east end of, and modeling, the same section of the Wheeling and Lake Erie railway.  As well as a freelanced road (Austinville and Dynamite City railroad).

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Posted by jalajoie on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:04 PM

Member since Dec 2001, I don't post much lately.

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Posted by Bayfield Transfer Railway on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:55 PM

RR_Mel

 I retired in 2007 and took a year off doing nothing, I felt like after working 49 years and 10 months I needed some rest.
 

 

Thank you so much for saying this.  I retired last April and have been worried about how little ambition I have.

Maybe I just need a rest after supporting myself since 1973.

 

Disclaimer:  This post may contain humor, sarcasm, and/or flatulence.

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Posted by babefluff on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:58 PM

I have been here since April 2003.  I do not post as much anymore but I do check in on a regular basis.  Speaking of past members, Spacemouse(Chip) was quite active back in the day.

 

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Posted by rrinker on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:14 PM

tstage

Paul,

It looks like you and I came on the forum around the same time.  Wow! - Hardly seems like it's been 14+ years but...I guess it has. Surprise

I've met a few forum members here through the two annual train shows in my area and have enjoyed putting faces to names.  Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to add Randy and Crandell to the list.

Tom

 

I'm in western PA every year around Christmas. I forget exactly where you are. I usually get to the Cranberry Mall to the train show there - that was the club Bob H (cmrproducts) belonged to. Mostly I just went to have a bull session with him. Usually grabbed a Walthers structure kit or two as well, just so I didn't take all his time for nothing. He was always working on some structure or other, scratch built, for his personal layout.

                               --Randy

 


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Posted by selector on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:40 PM

Ken, thanks for providing that list.  I didn't know that some of those had passed....and yes, may they rest in peace.  All fine people, near as I could tell.

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Posted by selector on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:41 PM

jalajoie

Member since Dec 2001, I don't post much lately.

 

Jack, if I could have only one bridge on my layout, that one would be it.

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Posted by cudaken on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:05 PM

selector
I didn't know that some of those had passed....and yes, may they rest in peace

 Lossing Jeff was not a real shock, but Berry? None of us at the Dinner saw that coming.

 I still run some of the rolling stock I got from Running Bear.

 Your freind Ken

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Posted by tstage on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:25 PM

rrinker
tstage

Paul,

It looks like you and I came on the forum around the same time.  Wow! - Hardly seems like it's been 14+ years but...I guess it has. Surprise

I've met a few forum members here through the two annual train shows in my area and have enjoyed putting faces to names.  Hopefully one of these days I'll be able to add Randy and Crandell to the list.

Tom

I'm in western PA every year around Christmas. I forget exactly where you are. I usually get to the Cranberry Mall to the train show there - that was the club Bob H (cmrproducts) belonged to. Mostly I just went to have a bull session with him. Usually grabbed a Walthers structure kit or two as well, just so I didn't take all his time for nothing. He was always working on some structure or other, scratch built, for his personal layout.

                               --Randy

Give me a heads up if you are over this way around Christmas again, Randy.  Would love to touch base.  I'm about an hour twenty NNE of Cranberry and would gladly make the drive.

Also, if are in that area and you haven't visited it yet, the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum in Gibsonia has an open house in November & December that definitely is worth your time.  Beautiful and impressive layout of the Western Maryland between Cumberland and Pittsburgh.  Hobby Express on SR 228 is also a good stop on your way in or out of town.

Tom

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Posted by Drumguy on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:23 PM

rrinker

 Just call me Tom, as in Sawyer... Big Smile

 

                            --Randy

Hopefully your mind IS for rent (or still free) because I'm pretty sure your DCC/electronics advice has prevented me from blowing up my basement at least three times.

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Posted by garya on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:35 PM

Steven Otte

Looking back at the oldest posts on the MR Forum, you see a lot of "Anonymous," which means those members have left the Forums and their accounts deactivated. Most of the posts with names still attached are people who haven't been active on the Forums for a long time. The oldest name I could find that I recognized is Gerry Leone, who has been a Forum member since January 2001. Since the oldest posts on the Forum are from February 2001, that's going to be a hard record to beat.

 

Not every "Anonymous," is a member who left--I was on the forum starting about 2003, and somewhere along the way there was a forum update, and my account was deactivated.  I've drifted in and out over the years.  Every now and then I run into one of my old posts when using the search function.

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Posted by dknelson on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:39 PM

Some years ago a very fine modeler named Bob Grech posted pretty often.  He must still be a member because his posts are not "Anonymous" but it is some time since he showed us pics of his careful craftsmanship (and fine photography skills).  

You know you are a Forum "old timer" when you have one of the Trains.com "Forum Member" t-shirts that one-time moderator Erik Bergstrom offered for sale.  I still have mine.  Speaking of Erik, there is another guy who seems not to have posted once he left the employ of Kalmbach Publishing.  Yet he was a fine modeler and an avid railfan and I have to think has kept a hand in the game.

Dave Nelson

 

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Posted by jalajoie on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:18 PM

selector

Jack, if I could have only one bridge on my layout, that one would be it.

-Crandell

You are referring to the bridge on my avatar. Stoney Creek Bridge a landmark on the CPR, here is a better picture.

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Posted by KemacPrr on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:06 PM

I've been around here since Sept 2002. Not a lot of posts but I enjoy the forums. ---  Ken 

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Posted by selector on Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:20 AM

Yes, that's the one, Jack.  Thanks for the up-sized version.

Dave, when Bergie left, he told us he was moving over to a Kalmbach sister mag called "Foods" or something like that.  He may have moved on since then......

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Posted by selector on Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:28 AM

DonZ, UKGuy, Big John (forget his username)...some of our older members have 'graduated' and moved up to forums where the level of modeling is very high. I think Dave Vollmer did that, but in N scale. 

Remember mikelhh and his fantastic winter scene? 

Is superbe still posting?

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Posted by "JaBear" on Thursday, September 14, 2017 5:12 AM

selector
Remember mikelhh and his fantastic winter scene? 

Yes, though I see his fine photos posted to the forum have been struck down with photobucketitus!!!Angry

selector
Is superbe still posting?

Yes, as of 4 days ago.

 
Brent, it’s not only the Geezers that disappear, some fine young ffolkes have gone, some no doubt concentrating on their university studies, or starting up the career ladder, and or, more interested in fast women and cars, women and fast cars. It’s possible that they may return some day.

Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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