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Tue Dec 29, 2020, 05:54 PM

A Complete Video Tour of my Model Railroad 'Empire' - compressed into 10 minutes

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Good afternoon DU'ers - Hope you are all having a Happy & Safe Holiday/Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Diwali/Festivus - whichever applies!

Since I have a few new acquisitions to my model train collection, I thought I'd share my most recent video showcasing my 8 x 9 foot Lionel O-gauge three-rail layout and my O-gauge model train collection – featuring engines & rolling stock from Lionel, MTH, Weaver, Williams, Atlas-O, K-Line, RMT & Buffalo Creek Graphics. Steam, diesel & electric power. Passenger & freight. Over 150 pieces of rolling stock, plus structures, scenery & accessories.

This is the most extensive tour of my layout & train collection rooms yet, however I've managed to squeeze it into a short 10 minute video. Lots of train operations, operating accessories and - IMO - plain old sh*ts & giggles!

Here is the vid:
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Plus, for the most recent still images of my collection, see my website at https://northamericabyrail.info/model-railroading/

Hope you enjoy!

Best Regards,

Pete

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Reply A Complete Video Tour of my Model Railroad 'Empire' - compressed into 10 minutes (Original post)
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Dec 2020 #1
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #4
safeinOhio Dec 2020 #2
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #5
randr Dec 2020 #3
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #7
Backseat Driver Dec 2020 #6
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #8
Chainfire Dec 2020 #9
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #11
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2020 #10
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #17
JDC Dec 2020 #12
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #18
SeattleVet Dec 2020 #13
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #19
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #14
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #20
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #15
Stuart G Dec 2020 #16
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #21
denbot Dec 2020 #22
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #23
ThoughtCriminal Dec 2020 #24
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #25
malaise Dec 2020 #26
Hiawatha Pete Dec 2020 #27

Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 06:13 PM

1. Wow, my dear Hiawatha Pete!

That is one truly amazing video of your collection. You have obviously spent (probably) hundreds of happy hours, constructing the set and playing with the trains on it.

The array of trains and all their attendant pieces is truly astonishing. Who knew there were so many rail lines? And the variety of individual cars blows me away.

It's a labor of love.

Thank you for all your efforts and for sharing them with us.



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 06:51 PM

4. Thanks CaliforniaPeggy!

For the compliments and for checking out my post.

It's always a pleasure to share my work with the wonderful folks here at DU, I could not ask for a better audience.

My collection, for all its variety, can only scratch the surface of the multitude of lines that cross or once crossed the U.S.A. and Canada - makes for fun and interesting collecting.

Thanks again for checking out my vid - Keep well & safe!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 06:34 PM

2. Very cool.

I spent years working in a rail yard driving autos on rail cars. Mostly “tri levels” 3 decks and a few “bi levels” 2 decked for trucks. I remember the Track Mobil for moving strings of rail car around.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 06:56 PM

5. Thanks for the compliment!

And for sharing that snippet of your career experience, how interesting! I have a tri-level in my collection however it's the older open style. The best thing they did was to enclosed them to save the cars from rock throwers...

Thanks again. Pete.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 06:46 PM

3. What a thing of beauty!

You must have spent hours. Great job!

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Response to randr (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 07:02 PM

7. Thanks for the compliment & for checking out my post!

I haven't kept track of the hours I spent tinkering with the layout - maybe that's a good thing as if I knew the actual amount of time spent I might end up re-evaluating my choice of hobbies!

In all seriousness though, I have no regrets, it's a labor of love.

Thanks again.

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 07:02 PM

6. That's awesome! n/t

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Response to Backseat Driver (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 07:04 PM

8. Thanks Backseat Driver...

...For the compliment & for checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 07:27 PM

9. Thank You!

I did enjoy it. It is a very nice layout! It looks like a labor of love.

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 07:35 PM

11. Thanks for the compliment Chainfire!

It is a labor of love as you state, been into model trains pretty much my whole life...

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 07:34 PM

10. Very cool!

My brothers and I had electric trains (HO gauge) when we were kids, and our dad built a table for us in the basement. It wasn't anywhere near as elaborate as yours, but we had a great time putting together the "set," with all the little buildings and houses and trees and so forth. I thought it was a lot more fun than Barbies; even though I was just a girl I really loved that train set. It's great that you can still enjoy the hobby.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:49 PM

17. Thanks Velveteen Ocelot!

For the compliment and for sharing that interesting snippet of your family history. It's great to have those types of memories.

Yeah, I've been into model trains pretty much my whole life, it's an ongoing labor of love...

Thanks again! Always a pleasure to share a my work with such a great audience.

Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:09 PM

12. Fun. Love the sound of trains on the track(s)

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Response to JDC (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:52 PM

18. Thanks for the compliment & for checking out my post!

It's a hobby that's provided me with countless hours of fun.

Regards, Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:18 PM

13. Very nice!

I remember spending many happy hours with my O-gauge setup in the early 1960's. My grandfather build a base layout for me using 2 sheets of plywood.

Most of the stuff is probably still in boxes in the basement of the house my parents bought after I went into the Air Force in 1972. (I don't think there's anything of any real value - it was all pretty well used, beat up, and worn out by me as a kid!)

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:14 PM

19. Thanks SeattleVet!

That's neat that your grandfather built a layout for you that provided so much fun and enjoyment.

The 1957 Lionel catalog had a really neat plan for a layout built on two 4x8 sheets of plywood, I've always wondered if anyone had recreated it.


Cheers, Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:18 PM

14. Besides how impressive it is and how much pleasure it has obviously given you, there is an added

Bonus to this hobby! I NEVER know what to give my husband when it's gift giving time...NEVER! So frustrating! If he had a hobby like yours, I'd never be at a loss... and would actually enjoy hunting around for the perfect little addition!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:37 PM

20. Thanks for the compliment, Karadeniz!

Yes, my layout and collection have given me countless hours of enjoyment.

I wish I could offer a suggestion. Sometimes it's a case of reconnecting with what you enjoyed in your youth or as a child - model trains in my case. I know what you mean though, some of my family members are really hard to buy for... way I figure is that's the reason money, and now e-transfers, were invented

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:18 PM

15. Besides how impressive it is and how much pleasure it has obviously given you, there is an added

Bonus to this hobby! I NEVER know what to give my husband when it's gift giving time...NEVER! So frustrating! If he had a hobby like yours, I'd never be at a loss... and would actually enjoy hunting around for the perfect little addition!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 08:45 PM

16. Kick....wonderful layout...time to put mine up..HO Guage...lots and lots of stuff..

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 29, 2020, 09:56 PM

21. Thanks for kicking my post, StuartG

Good to hear from you!

There's such a wide variety of stuff available in HO, as your collection attests, that sometimes I wonder if I should have switched scales. However in my case my vision is not as great as it was - with O scale it's easier for me to see the wheel flanges when trying to place the locos & cars on the track. But I always enjoy seeing other train collections and layouts, regardless of scale.

Thanks again,

Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 02:26 AM

22. That was mesmerizing..

Really cool collection, and layout. Thank you for sharing your hobby with us.

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Response to denbot (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 11:19 AM

23. Thanks Denbot!

It's my pleasure to share, especially with such a wonderful audiences as yourselves

Cheers, Pete

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2020, 10:34 PM

24. Now that I'm retired

I may dust off the N-gauge trains I put away when I left for college.

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Response to ThoughtCriminal (Reply #24)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 12:09 PM

25. N gauge is awesome

I stuck with O gauge for the childhood memories and cuz I'm too lazy to clean the track more than once a year, but I love seeing the N gauge trains at the local model train shows. So much bang for your buck in regards to space. And if you have room for a larger layout like some I've seen at the train shows... well I'm sure you've seen for yourself....Thanks for checking out my post!

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Response to Hiawatha Pete (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 12:35 PM

26. Stunning

I'm betting this collection has kept you out of trouble for decades - beautiful

Happy New Year to you and yours

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Response to malaise (Reply #26)

Thu Dec 31, 2020, 01:17 PM

27. Thanks Malaise!

For both the generous compliments & for checking out my post.

As you've alluded to, it has in fact been a labor of love for decades, pretty much a lifetime hobby for me.

And it has indeed kept me out of trouble...and so has following DU, first as a lurker then as a member.

I love reading your posts BTW: truthful, colorful, & so very entertaining to read - much needed in these during these dire times. Keep up the good work!

Likewise, Happy New Year to you & yours as well!

Best Regards, Keep Well & Safe

Pete

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