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Quitting my railroad/era, shifting to better fit my current situation (video)

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Quitting my railroad/era, shifting to better fit my current situation (video)
Posted by Harrison on Monday, November 22, 2021 8:46 AM

In this slightly-more-dramatic-than-necessary video, I explain my temporary modeling shift from the D&H to a freelanced shortline. I find this makes operations much more enjoyable, and gives me the energy to keep making progress, and that certainly can't be a bad thing, can it?

https://youtu.be/QFKbIvXjvts

Harrison

Homeschooler living In upstate NY a.k.a Northern NY.

Modeling the D&H in 1978.

Route of the famous "Montreal Limited"

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, November 22, 2021 9:11 AM

Harrison:

First things first: Your skills at making videos are impressive. When you get scenery in place, your videos will be amazing. Keep it up... you are doing great!

Next: Welcome to the dark side! Modeling a ficticious roadname is great for me. I started the SGRR when I was about your age, and it has proven to be perfect for me for 40 years.

I don't want to bog down your thread with a bunch of advice, but I do have a couple of things:

1) Buy undecorated models now! These are getting harder and harder to find. Even if you don't think you will need them, you might someday. Undecorated Athearn models are going for $10.00-$20.00 each now. I grabbed all mine for $3.00-$5.00 each years ago. Undecorated locomotives are hard to get too.

2) Same for custom decals. If your club does not have them already, get a few made before all the producers go away. You can make your own in black, but if you want white or yellow lettering, you need to get it done.

OK, no more advice. It sounds like you will have a lot of fun. I love to see a young person so enthusiastic about our hobby.

-Kevin

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 rrebell on Monday, November 22, 2021 9:53 AM

I find it interesting that you use high level swith stands even though you model more modern times.

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Posted by Harrison on Monday, November 22, 2021 10:17 AM

A couple of things- Kevin, as of now I'm not going to make any "actual" (physical) changes to my equipment or railroad. I would like to get an undecorated locomotive and make some ADK&LC equipment regardless- but that has little relation to my layout. rrebell- all ground throws are temporary (as is most of the yard track). I do like the high level ones though. The one just to the north of the yard where the line goes to single track will be replaced by a dispatcher-controlled motor. 

Harrison

Homeschooler living In upstate NY a.k.a Northern NY.

Modeling the D&H in 1978.

Route of the famous "Montreal Limited"

My YouTube

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Posted by snjroy on Monday, November 22, 2021 1:41 PM

If you're having fun, you're doing it the right way!

Simon

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Posted by Billwiz on Monday, November 22, 2021 6:18 PM

You can always take existing equipment, strip the paint and paint in your fictional RR colors.  Meanwhile, Simon said it best:

snjroy
If you're having fun, you're doing it the right way! Simon

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, November 22, 2021 8:00 PM

Harrison
I explain my temporary modeling shift from the D&H to a freelanced shortline.

That's what I did.  To me, trying to model a prototype, and be accurate, could be exhausting work.  

But, to each his own. 

Mike.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:10 AM

Hi Harrison.   One train of thought  you could do.

Scenario --

A railroad company builds a line and pays the local Railroad Company  to run the trains.

 

That way  your existing fleet of locomotives etc.   are correct.   Later you can add  your own ADK&LC  stock.

When running trains ensure they  have a reason to be running  are going to real places.   That gives  realism and believability  even though it is ficticious.

Believe the ficticious railroad is real.  Believe it does exist.  Keep the belief and surprisingly it becomes exciting and fun.

Then start adding little bits that will make it individual and special.

 

Freelance Railroading  is Exciting.

 

David

To the world you are someone.    To someone you are the world

I cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought

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