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Whimsical layouts?

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 3:04 AM
I have tried to add a little whimsy but also endevoured to make it as unobvious os possible, in fact much of the silly stuff has to be searched for and some can only be seen from the train cam. Station Ostrich, polar bear and giraffe in the woods, a giant electric dog hidden in a tunnel, a rhinoscerous pulling a barnhard crane in the logging camp, several well hidden giant squirrels, 5 daleks a K9, Dr ?#5, an Armatron...need I go on?
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 9, 2003 6:25 PM
A layout shape I would suggest you look at is the "water wings" shaped layout. A good example of this is the Chippiwa Central layout that was designed but not built at MR. It was also in one of the small magazine inserts that have come out in the last 3 years, so I'm willing to bet it is kicking around somewhere in your home.

We all start out in the hobby from "where we are." And your preferences are a good place to start. Don't be surprised that over time your tastes change, in what direction I have no idea. Right now, this layout is really for you since a four year old is still young to be "right in there beside you." Also from experience, don't be surprised to hear "is the layout done yet?"

Start your layout and get something up and she will be more into the hobby. If she has to wait four years while you decide on this and that, make this and that, figure out how this and that works, she'll lose interest.

The track plan for the above suggested layout isn't that bad and affordable so you can get working on it right away...lol.

"IS THE LAYOUT DONE YET DAD"
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Posted by sparkingbolt on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 7:24 PM
Some purists (not too many) aren't happy unless they're offended. The more fun some people have, the more offended those purists are, thus everyones happier! I'm a purist. MRRing should be pure enjoyment. Dan
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 11, 2003 8:14 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by ACL Fan

Originally posted by flee307

Gotta tell ya, FRED, for someone who says he's comfortable with what he does, you sure spend a LOT of time rationalizing and defending it.
You are right in one respect, I use to spent too much time on THIS forum arguing with idiots. But I enjoy it. Some of you are such dorks. Keep up the good work. FRED
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 11, 2003 12:47 PM
I build model railroads for myself. I don't care what others think. It's a hobby not a job. That's what makes it fun.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, December 11, 2003 2:35 PM
Thanks for the tip on the Yesterland layout. I found a couple of website that had some pictures. I also found the Yesterland article in the May 2001 MR at the local library. It really looks like a fun layout.

On other issues...

I started this thread in the first place, and the last thing I wanted to do was generate any arguments or disagreements. I was just trying to find examples of a particular modeling approach, only one of many ways to go about things.

As I was leafing through the rest of that issue, I happened to notice something else that applies to this whole thread. Here it is.
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Excerpt from the “Trains of Thought” column by Tony Koester - MR, May 2001

"One of the things that makes model railroading so challenging is that we all approach it differently. I doubt that there are two model railroads, even if built from the same track plan, that look much alike. Your preferences, resources, heritage, skills, knowledge and primary objectives are quite different from my own.

We shouldn’t be surprised when we find someone enjoying our hobby in a way that seems at odds with our own views.”

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