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Old 05-18-2009, 08:21 PM   #1
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anyone into trains here?

Anyone into anything having to do with trains?

im starting my first model layout im doing conrail & chessie
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Oh boy Where's Axver the train nerd when you need him?
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My brother likes them. He has them set up in the basement of his house. I think it looks really cool how he put it all together.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:22 AM   #5
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This.

I don't know anyone who's a bigger train nerd than our forum's biggest postwhore.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:27 AM   #6
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Yeah I like model trains, my best friend has some, and I live next to a train track and when it runs during my morning breakfast, I love the sound, it reminds me of the movie " The Outsiders" and I smile as I read my morning paper. I guess its the little things in life that can start out your day.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:02 AM   #7
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Oh hell yes, this is my kind of thread. If it runs on rails, I'm there with my camera. Or in some cases, my notepad, given that my History Honours thesis is on the role of infrastructure in the development of the New Zealand state, 1870-1908.

My primary interests are:
1. The railway network of New Zealand, most particularly from the early 1920s (when the distinctive Midland Red paint scheme was introduced) to 1993 (when the ill-fated privatisation of the network took place). I am especially interested in the rural branch lines of the South Island that were largely closed in the 1950s-60s.
2. Tram networks, especially those of New Zealand and Australia. I live in Melbourne, the only city in either country to still have a large-scale network intact (and depending on which source you look at, it's somewhere between the largest and third largest tram network in the world).

Due to living in Victoria and Queensland as well as New Zealand, I've developed more than just a passing interest in their networks too. The very attractive blue and gold livery of the Victorian Railways remains my favourite from any railway in the world.
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Let's get some photography happening in here. For the record, the image in my avatar is of R 28, a single Fairlie tank locomotive of the New Zealand Railways that took half a dive off Lyttelton wharf in 1907. Ironically, it is also the only R class locomotive to have been preserved - and reputedly it is the only original single Fairlie left anywhere in the world (although the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales is famous for its Fairlies, its sole single Fairlie is a replica constructed in 1999). Anyway, the full picture of the accident:



Now, if I may, some of my own photography. I do apologise for inferior picture quality; I did not possess my DSLR until January this year.

Two preserved trams at the Wellington Tramway Museum, 7 July 2007. In the foreground is double saloon #159 from 1925; to its right in the background is Fiducia #239 from 1939. The Fiducias are my favourite type of tram ever and I just wish I had better photos of them.


DX 5074 and DX 5016 charge into Paekakariki with a northbound freight out of Wellington on 7 July 2007.


Here's a bit of a tram parade on the LaTrobe Street bridge in Melbourne. In order: D2 5003, a C1 (I can't quite make out its number right now and forgot to record it), SW5 728 (the oldest operational tram in regular service in Melbourne, dating from 1939), and W7 1012.





Besides the W class trams, my favourite Melbourne trams are the Z3s. Here are four - Z3 126 at Haymarket Junction, Z3s 190 and 192 cross at Union Square in Brunswick West, and Z3 209 with its distinctive white bumper (since repainted black) on Abbotsford Street in North Melbourne.




S 311, and in the background T 386, at the Creek Sidings in North Melbourne.


R 761 backs out of Albury station on 14 June 2008. It had hauled the last broad gauge (5'3") steam train from Melbourne to Albury and was reversing to Wodonga to turn on the turntable there. The line it used is now being converted to standard gauge (4'8.5").
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"Who buys U2 records anyway? It's just music for plumbers and bricklayers. Bono, what a slob. You'd think with all that climbing about he does, he'd look real fit and that. But he's real fat, y'know. Reminds me of a soddin' mountain goat."
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And not to go too overboard, but I wanted to include these in the above post. Alas, there is a limit of 12 images per post. So here we go. And oh, there's a lot more where this came from - just see the link in my signature!

A Sprinter railcar charges northbound through Moonee Ponds with a service from Melbourne to Seymour.


One of my favourite pictures - a Comeng electric multiple unit leaving Prahran for central Melbourne.


Finally, some DSLR action! A couple of shots at Moonee Ponds of T 356 (front) and S 313 hauling an excursion from Melbourne to Tocumwal.

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Train porn.




Ok, raise your hand if you thought of Axver when you read the thread's title!
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Obviously. I came in here to mention him and everyone already had
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it only took me a minute to mention him, thank you very much.
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Ok, raise your hand if you thought of Axver when you read the thread's title!


Nice pics btw Ax.
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My dad used to be a big Lionel collector when I was young. He's not all that much into it now, but still has a number of his favorites.

Golden Spike National Monument is just 20 or 30 minutes outside of my home town.
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