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When should I post to Classic Trains Forum and When I should I post to Steam and Preservation?

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When should I post to Classic Trains Forum and When I should I post to Steam and Preservation?
Posted by CandOforprogress2 on Saturday, April 29, 2017 3:30 PM

On what topics would I get better traction over there? Also how old is old to be a Classic? Here in VA any auto over 20 years is a classic and gets a discount on there plates.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, May 01, 2017 8:46 PM

Well, I don't make the rules for the Classic Trains forum, but I'd assign an arbitrary cut-off date of, say, 1965 for any topics in CTT.  Prior to that, it's classic.  Post 1960's and you're getting into the era of total dieselization, the dying passenger train, hey, dying railroads in general, and all that depressing stuff.

But if in doubt, post anywhere you like.  No-one's going to shoot you over it!

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 11:47 AM

Of course, the moving van man at Trains may decide that you need to be moved to another location.

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 3:38 PM

Is their a classic train forum too?

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Posted by K4sPRR on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 4:15 PM

ROBERT WILLISON

Is their a classic train forum too?

 

Yes, the Classic Trains site has a forum as well.  What I would suggest is seperating the catagory of Steam and Preservation.  Steam should cover conversation about steam locomotives only, posted on the Classic Train site.  Preservation should cover preservation projects of both steam locomotives and diesels.  The current format can be confusing with its crossing over of topics. 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 4:39 PM

I visit the Classic Trains magazine Forum quite often, at least as much as this one.  It's a much more laid-back crowd, and the trolls and egomaniacs seem to stay away from it.

Let me put in a plug for the Classic Toy Trains forum as well.  Pure fun, and you'll be amazed at what you'll see.  Sometimes it's like Christmas every day!

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 8:14 PM

Firelock76

I visit the Classic Trains magazine Forum quite often, at least as much as this one.  It's a much more laid-back crowd, and the trolls and egomaniacs seem to stay away from it.

Let me put in a plug for the Classic Toy Trains forum as well.  Pure fun, and you'll be amazed at what you'll see.  Sometimes it's like Christmas every day!

 

Ah, yes; the Classic Trains forum is quite interesting. I hadn't thought of visiting the Classic Toy Trains forum--perhaps because I never had one to play with and had to wait until I was grown and could play with the real thing?

Seriously, Kalmbach seems to offer something to almost everyone who has a interest in almost any kind of railroading.

By the way, this link will give you all (that I know of) that Kalmbach offers: http://cs.trains.com/f/  (highlight it and you can open it).

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 8:15 PM

Firelock76
arbitrary cut-off date of, say, 1965 for any topics in CTT. Prior to that, it's classic.

As I understood it, "Classic Trains" started as being largely devoted to reprinting, rewriting and/or embellishing stories that had previously appeared in "Trains" magazine over the years.  If that's the case, then the "Classic" in the title has more to do with "original story date" rather than any interpretation of wether or not the subject matter is considered "classic" via the accepted definition of the target audience, i.e. "us" (whatever we areLaugh).  According to Ohio you can put a "classic" plate on your car once it reaches 25 years old.  And while my red 2000 Cavalier coupe is approaching that age, I doubt anyone would call it a "classic"!  Laugh

Oh and if I might be permitted a tiny bit of nit-pickery, you've got one too many T's there!  Smile, Wink & Grin  Laugh

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 8:21 PM

Whoops!  Must have been an unconcious reflex!  Like I said, CTT's fun!

And Deggesty it's never too late to get down on the floor with some good O gauge or S gauge trains.  It's amazing, you can have had the worst day imaginable but those toy trains somehow just make it all right.  It's magic.

One more thing, and keep this in mind with summer approaching, one way I use to beat the heat is by watching Christmas toy train videos CTT readers post on the site.  Sounds nuts, but it works!

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 9:48 PM

Firelock76

I visit the Classic Trains magazine Forum quite often, at least as much as this one.  It's a much more laid-back crowd, and the trolls and egomaniacs seem to stay away from it.

Let me put in a plug for the Classic Toy Trains forum as well.  Pure fun, and you'll be amazed at what you'll see.  Sometimes it's like Christmas every day!

 

thanks guys,  maybe I'll just take a look. Like the lower key environment,snd good discussion about railroading we grew up with.

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