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Old 05-19-2009, 11:41 PM   #16
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Golden Spike National Monument is just 20 or 30 minutes outside of my home town.
Which is a very bitchin' place. The monument that is, not Mof's lair.

I got to drive a small loco once. It was up at the Feather River Rail Museum. For some amount of dollars (I don't remember how many) you got to drive their switching locomotive around a horseshoe-shaped track. The guy said I was very very good at it. It was slowing slightly, so I pretended I had to get the medicine through the storm.

I should go get the pic and scan it, just to show everyone how cool I was.

When I was into model trains, I preferred N scale.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:55 PM   #17
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awesome pics!!!

love old switchers specially Alcos..im modeling H.O Scale
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Nice pics btw Ax.
remember the you yangs day? i think i turned around to say something to him and he was already on the lara platform
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:43 AM   #19
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As a kid I used to be crazy about trains! On long train journeys from New Delhi to Madras I used to sit with a few sheets of paper and a pencil and draw everything in sight. Freight train cars (or goods train bogies as they're referred to in India) were especially a favourite of mine to draw. The one thing that I couldn't get enough of was sticking my head out against the bars of the window and watching the train bend.

Also, watching tracks multiply into several others as we approached stations, was up there too. lol. I think we still have this huge hard bound book on trains of the world that my parents got for me years back. I'll leave you with this big ass picture of a nice bendy Indian train:

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great bending pics! love seeing trains from all around the world
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:01 PM   #21
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I just saw a great Indie film called " The station agent" with Peter........I forget his last name, he's a little person ( I think thats the PC) anyways, its all about train chasing and he lives in a train station. Its pretty good if you like Indie films.
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The Station Agent is a wonderful movie.
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Here's a couple more I took approaching our station...



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Old 05-20-2009, 09:04 PM   #24
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these pics...il have to post some of my own
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Hey, cool stuff Zoots!

As for the discussion on model trains, I model in HO scale and have a motley assortment of stuff. I haven't really gone ahead with making an actual layout due to lack of money and space - and honestly, lack of modelmaking talent too. I'm the person you want to design a layout and devise realistic operations scenarios, but I'm legally blind and it's probably not a good idea to have me attempting to make the scenery.

The other hurdle I have is that I want to model New Zealand. Kiwi models are 1. scarce and 2. expensive. I've bought a few overseas models that are similar in design to New Zealand trains that one day I - or somebody with skill in this department - can repaint and tweak to resemble their Kiwi counterparts.

I've also been considering switching from HO scale to NZ120, a niche scale devised by some Kiwi modellers that uses TT scale tracks on N scale track to more realistically simulate New Zealand's 3'6" narrow gauge. (I've also been thinking of trying to find a way to model Wellington's 4' gauge electric tramway to scale.)
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here are some pics


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More pictures!

A C class double-deck electric multiple unit from when I was in Sydney in April 2008.


Back in Melbourne, last year tram SW6 957 was painted up to commemorate 100 years of women's suffrage in Victoria.


Bit of a parade of trams - mainly Z3 class trams - on Swanston Street outside Melbourne University.


W6 992 swings from Spencer Street onto LaTrobe Street.


From June 2008, a couple of images of a VLocity diesel multiple unit on a test run to ascertain the suitability of the previously disused Arden Street sidings in North Melbourne for storing trains between peaks.



A Comeng electric multiple unit running from Melbourne to Upfield enters the southern Royal Park cutting.


And another Comeng heading the other way through the cutting.


One of the Y class shunters, Y 156, sitting on the northern side of Spencer Street Station.


And here's Y 156 repositioning the evidently defective N 461, with an array of other locomotives and rolling stock in the sidings.
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very nice..great looking switcher!
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Love the railway yard pic and the yellow green tram, Ax. Also, I have to say that purple and green go splendidly well. Wimbledon colours.
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This are from where I use to work Pikes Peak Cog Railway I worked in the cafe area at the bottom of the mountain and I enjoyed watching the train go up everyday and come back



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