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Offline lewistrain  
#1 Posted : 10 February 2019 09:34:12(UTC)
lewistrain

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They are just such a silly thing, especially for those of us over ten but we still love them.
Some like to collect and keep them in a box, others like to build their own from old biscuit tins and plenty of us like to just play around modify and tinker with them.
For me its about heavy old locos fitted with decoders and super super quite motors, or drilling holes for lights and stuff, or just generally tinkering with something.
So go ahead and tell us why you love your trains and what about them brings you such joy.
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Offline Dave Banks  
#2 Posted : 10 February 2019 10:48:36(UTC)
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Well for just a few hours I get to play "God". I can create whatever comes to mind & get to control all that moves on that layout & I get to be a kid all over. Some take to alcohol / drugs to escape reality. Well that escapism is Model trains for me & what great joy it brings Cool
D.A.Banks
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Offline RayF  
#3 Posted : 10 February 2019 11:29:48(UTC)
RayF

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What's not to love? BigGrin
Ray
Mostly Marklin.Selection of different eras and European railways
Small C track layout, control by MS2, 100+ trains but run 4-5 at a time.
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Offline JohnjeanB  
#4 Posted : 10 February 2019 11:39:38(UTC)
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Well, for me model trains are educational in a non-boring sort of way.
This passion pushed me to dicover relay logic, software (learning new s/w languages), modelling, landscaping, architecture, painting, starting with ultra small electronic components.
Dave is right to some extent. I am not God (of course) but this is about creating a little world of fantasy
And of course what a way to evade from every day worries.

Cheers

Jean
My lay-out videos
General operation
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Offline lewistrain  
#5 Posted : 10 February 2019 11:56:02(UTC)
lewistrain

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Just had a look at your layout video Jean, very nice with the little Faller vehic,es and such.
Plenty of room to escape everyday right there.
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Offline petestra  
#6 Posted : 10 February 2019 12:15:14(UTC)
petestra

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I have loved this hobby since I was 11 and it's the best. It has taught and continued to teach me so much over the many years, and it's so much fun. I usually


spend mornings with my hobby and those hours just fly which is the only thing I don't like. Peter. BigGrin
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Offline utkan  
#7 Posted : 10 February 2019 12:36:46(UTC)
utkan

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I usually spend with them 12 hours but my wife is visiting a friend of hers meaning I am with them 24 hours...Wub
Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you...
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Offline river6109  
#8 Posted : 10 February 2019 14:40:53(UTC)
river6109

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Location: On 1965 Märklin Boulevard just around from Roco Square
Where did you get the idea from I'm enjoying it ? every time I like to run my trains something is wrong, got the ÖBB Rh 4010 going, no worries but the drivers cab 's light didn't work and the headlights or marker lights, so I took it apart and found a wire was loose and to operate the headlight and marker light there was no slider underneath it.
than I found the bogie just fell out of its socket., so I got rid of the broken split plug and superglued a coupling into the same spot, cn't use it straight away because it has to dry.
than I found the lights in the carriages went on and off, so I took some apart., the way they've constructed the light contact is ok for a view years but not 20 years, the copper just oxidizes and you loose the contact.
and there is the new Roco BlS Re 4/4 its housing is moving like a swing from side to side, than there is my SBB RABDe 500 "ICN" I've worked on this one of and on and I don't seem to be able to get the wires sorted out., and than there is the heat we've experiencing at the moment, like 36-38°C most probably 40° in the garage.
So it is now 9.30 pm this is 5 hours now I've fiddled to fix all these little annoying problems., Oh I've forgot about enjoyment, I did enjoy the dinner my wife cooked but this is about it.

I always look on the bright side there is always tomorrow.

John
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Offline Elsleuth1  
#9 Posted : 10 February 2019 15:56:08(UTC)
Elsleuth1

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I agree with John, there are lots of problems to solve. Figuring out how to put passengers in 4000 series cars, mending an engine, making a new structure. There are a lot of things to learn which is great fun.

But every day or night I take a few minutes and watch my five trains march around the layout automatically. My wife says it is like watching fish in an aquarium.

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Offline kiwiAlan  
#10 Posted : 10 February 2019 19:35:06(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Elsleuth1 Go to Quoted Post
I agree with John, there are lots of problems to solve. Figuring out how to put passengers in 4000 series cars, mending an engine, making a new structure. There are a lot of things to learn which is great fun.

But every day or night I take a few minutes and watch my five trains march around the layout automatically. My wife says it is like watching fish in an aquarium.


But just as mesmerising (says Alan who has just finished watching an hour and a half of cab ride at night from Brenner in the snow).

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Offline artfull dodger  
#11 Posted : 10 February 2019 20:08:51(UTC)
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For me, they are the reason I am still here above the dirt, according to my therapist. I am autistic, but was not formally diagnosed till I was into adulthood. But struggled with extreme bullying and suicide thru my teen years. But when I got stressed and overwhelmed, I could retreat to my model train world(my safe place) to get thru those tough times and not go thru with ending my life. My model trains and have many of them, are my primary tool to survive living on the spectrum as a adult. While the socializing part of going to train shows and meet ups to run my G scale live steamers is overwhelming for me, I enjoy it way to much to be a hermit and stay at home. After starting with mostly Lionel trains(most common here in the USA), I shifted to LGB and European meter gauge after getting a starter set from my German relatives upon thier return from a trip to the home country. I got into Marklin in my late 20's. I still do both, Marklin HO and a bit of Gauge 1(mostly Maxi items) and my LGB narrow gauge trains. So for me, model trains are the farthest thing from pointless, they are/were literally difference between life and death for many years and now are important to my mental stability. Mike the Aspie
Silly NT's..I have Asperger's Syndrome!!!!
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Offline W3Machinist  
#12 Posted : 10 February 2019 20:45:26(UTC)
W3Machinist

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For me steam locomotives are living breathing beings to be cared for. It started when I was about 6 years old and my Father got me a ride in a steam locomotive cab with the fireman and engineering showing me everything. I got the steam train disease.

At 8 I got my first train layout a 4 x 8 foot green board with Lionel trains. A steam freight, and a diesel passenger train. I learned respect for my equipment from this.

Next about 12 years of age, I think, I got my Marklin start with an early 50's heavy steamer (2-10-0) and a crocodile. Both had been in storage for so long they had some zinc rash, so I gave them new skin(paint) over the rash.

My trains got packed away from college through raising a family(still dreaming of a layout and buying more equipment)

We now have a house with everything for living on the ground floor and I got a TRAIN ROOM up stairs! I have a room 17'(5.2M) x 16'(4.9M) about and I have built a modular 4'(1.2M) x 4'(1.2M) squares, to a total of 12'(3.7M) x 12'(3.7M) table. So far I have created 10+ layout renditions for my table, unfortunately what my mind see's and what I design have yet to come together.

I truly enjoy repairing, upgrading, and building MY WORLD(not there yet, a true work in progress) but as I retired at 70 last year I have the time to work on it. I just pray god gives me time to complete it.

Best wishes to all and thanks to all for the help I have received,
William Henry "Woody" WoodwardLove Smile ThumpUp
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Offline hxmiesa  
#13 Posted : 11 February 2019 10:15:39(UTC)
hxmiesa

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Playing with Märklin since I was 8 years old.
For me it has primarily been fascination with modelism and miniatures. I can stare at models and dioramas endlessly.
Unfortunatly my own abilites of building something beautiful are rather limited, but I try, and can usually get results that are "OK". -at least to me.

But it takes too long.

"It takes too long", because the OTHER thing that I like about building train layouts, is to go BIGGER EVERY TIME!
Bigger and more complicated. More ambitious. Always optimizing and exploring all posibilities in a given space.
I´m now on my 4th layout, and it´s now in a room of 30m2 dedicated exclusively to the train. (You can even say that this particular HOUSE was bought with the layout in mind!)
Now, a densely optimized track-plan in a 30m2 room is quite a big deal, and the whole thing represents a huge amount of work.
Howver, instead of working on teh decoration, most time is currently spend just watching the trains go by.
Best regards
Henrik Hoexbroe ("The Dane In Spain")
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Offline Levent  
#14 Posted : 11 February 2019 14:13:15(UTC)
Levent

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Its kind of hard to explain but it has been a passion since i was a little kid
It could also be a untreatable diseaseBigGrin
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Offline jvuye  
#15 Posted : 11 February 2019 18:27:48(UTC)
jvuye

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Originally Posted by: artfull dodger Go to Quoted Post
For me, they are the reason I am still here above the dirt, according to my therapist. I am autistic, but was not formally diagnosed till I was into adulthood. But struggled with extreme bullying and suicide thru my teen years. But when I got stressed and overwhelmed, I could retreat to my model train world(my safe place) to get thru those tough times and not go thru with ending my life. My model trains and have many of them, are my primary tool to survive living on the spectrum as a adult. While the socializing part of going to train shows and meet ups to run my G scale live steamers is overwhelming for me, I enjoy it way to much to be a hermit and stay at home. After starting with mostly Lionel trains(most common here in the USA), I shifted to LGB and European meter gauge after getting a starter set from my German relatives upon thier return from a trip to the home country. I got into Marklin in my late 20's. I still do both, Marklin HO and a bit of Gauge 1(mostly Maxi items) and my LGB narrow gauge trains. So for me, model trains are the farthest thing from pointless, they are/were literally difference between life and death for many years and now are important to my mental stability. Mike the Aspie


Hi Mike.

For me too , my trains have always been a psychologically "safe place" albeit for different reasons , as I moved from childhood to adulthood, then the latter with "retirement" added as a qualifier.
Spending life as an engineer solving problems cannot just come to a "dead stop" simply because of going into retirement.
I was told that keeping the brains challenged and stimulating the imagination are the best preventions for old age brains decay.

Cheers



Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
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Offline artfull dodger  
#16 Posted : 11 February 2019 18:45:56(UTC)
artfull dodger

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That and not spending to much time in the one's chair sitting on our arse. Staying active, both mentally and physically is very important thru our whole lives. But as was posted before my first post, its the escape from reality, and for someone on the autism spectrum that can be a hostile and confusing place. Where as the world in miniature with my trains was a safe place, with everything in order. Like right now, I have my Marklin Maxi UP F units with 2 freight cars and the caboose circling on the overhead loop in the living room as I type this. I glance at it from time to time, admiring the Mars light circuit I added to it, listening to the wheels click over the rail joints. Thinking I really need to get the Chessie System decals and finish the custom repaint of the non powered unit(my wife's fav railway with its cat logo). Mike the Aspie
Silly NT's..I have Asperger's Syndrome!!!!
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Offline rbw993  
#17 Posted : 11 February 2019 19:21:37(UTC)
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So if a model train layout has 1 or more turnouts it definitely has a point.
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Offline jvuye  
#18 Posted : 11 February 2019 20:12:11(UTC)
jvuye

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Originally Posted by: rbw993 Go to Quoted Post
So if a model train layout has 1 or more turnouts it definitely has a point.


Good one!
Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
Once a vandal, learned to be better and had great success!
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Offline lewistrain  
#19 Posted : 12 February 2019 10:23:06(UTC)
lewistrain

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Originally Posted by: Levent Go to Quoted Post
Its kind of hard to explain but it has been a passion since i was a little kid
It could also be a untreatable diseaseBigGrin


It is absolutely a untreatable disease.
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Offline NS1200  
#20 Posted : 12 February 2019 12:05:17(UTC)
NS1200

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The only difference between men and boys is the value of their toys.
Have more than you show,speak less than you know (Shakespeare).
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Offline river6109  
#21 Posted : 12 February 2019 13:47:18(UTC)
river6109

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When you're young you get all these extreme ideas of doing something and mine was to buy a 40 ha property and make it into s theme park with a model train layout but guess what this dream never eventuated except the model train layout, at the time my business was able to support such extravagance but than things started to change business wise and otherwise but 2 important points stayed with me, my wife and my layout,
over the years it became a white elephant but just to let it go I couldn't do it, so its been on my back since than (approx 36 years) and since my retirement and the extension of the garage has taken most of my free time., I always have been active so it was relaxing thinking I'll never get bored, I don't drink or smoke and this gives me another advantage one knows and is alert what goes on around you but it has taking its toll over the last 2 years with a never ending workload and it looks like we are at least a year away before I could confidently say, I've achieved my goal (which wasn't in my thoughts with sound decoders, high efficiency motors, ball bearings and Led' and the ever changing electronic technology) creating braking modules and opto couplers., with gardening I'll get a lot of satisfaction and it is also relaxing but there is a limit how many weeds you can remove in a day when you're 74 years old and I don't think Peter or Paul in Heaven will commend on the good work I've done because these weeds are back next year at the double rate.
One project we're almost finished and this was reconstructing the layout to a simpler formation with less turnouts (originally there was about 200), my son made the recommendation and this refurbishment alone took about 10 years and is still ongoing (HOe).
although a lot of changes had been made to the layout and there is a lot of room for trains but I don't have a shadow fiddle yard and it would have been impossible having a module layout this would have been viable., in the last 34 years my collection of locos and carriages has increased and this means I need more room which I haven't on the layout, so for instance I want to run Swiss or BLS trains I have to get rid of all the other trains on the layout and this is not a choice I would like to continue of doing because every time you handle a loco there is the risk something will come off or you damage something and this brings me back to my previous post, maintenance and fixing things will be here for ever and most probably at a high rate I didn't anticipate.
As much as you may admire my layout don't go down my path and if you do make sure its bigger than mine

John

Edited by user 13 February 2019 01:57:22(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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Offline Elsleuth1  
#22 Posted : 12 February 2019 14:37:30(UTC)
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About 25 years ago Dr. Thomas Catherall, Märklin Digital Consultant in the USA, constructed a layout for Allied Trains in Los Angeles. It was totally automated Marklin with signals, trees, trains and buildings. It also had two Fleischmann cog railroad cars going up and down a mountain. When I could, I went back to see the layout. I was mesmerized. It was a world I could control. One day I went to see it and found it had disappeared. I was later surprised to find out it was bought by a UCLA professor.

From that day to this I have wanted to construct an automated Marklin layout with cool looking locomotives and cars running around a richly decorated environment. I bought a simple starter set and ran it with my elementary school students. The modular layout sat on 5 tables. Each summer I'd cram the tables into my 1982 Honda hatchback and run them to school. I set up the tables and track and let the students add buildings, trees, people and make it theirs. The children were very respectful of the expensive locomotives. We had two independent circuits so the trains couldn't collide. After retirement I permanently installed everything in a dedicated room in my home. It took me all these years but I now have five trains running automatically around my 95 square foot layout. Recently I added MSD decoders and 5 pole motors to my favorite locos. I love watching the trains dance around the layout, listening to the chuffing steam locomotives and adding little touches here and there. But sometimes I wonder, is that UCLA professor still running that beautiful layout lovingly created by Dr Catherall?

Marklin Modular Layout
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Offline Franklin  
#23 Posted : 12 February 2019 17:21:13(UTC)
Franklin

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What's the point?

To escape the real world. In a place where I have control - until things go wrong hahaha! While the process feeds my addictive personality. All while I attempt to curate a small vision of a world which has disappeared.

And, to confirm that I am not alone !!
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Offline vgokhale  
#24 Posted : 12 February 2019 18:42:25(UTC)
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I have marklin's since I was 12 yrs old. Started with Starter set them the old Externsion sets blue transformers. etc. I recently bought digital trains and a starter set. My kids don;t undersatnd why I keep watching my trains go around and around for hours !!!!
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Offline TEEWolf  
#25 Posted : 12 February 2019 21:51:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: vgokhale Go to Quoted Post
I have marklin's since I was 12 yrs old. Started with Starter set them the old Externsion sets blue transformers. etc. I recently bought digital trains and a starter set. My kids don;t undersatnd why I keep watching my trains go around and around for hours !!!!


Laugh Do you understand your kids, why they keep gazing on a small screen at a computer to see where somebody or something only goes piff-paff-puff for hours, only agile fingers needed to press buttons? Never stops, never break down, never needs any challenge to the brain!

A digital MRR is completely different, even meanwhile you have a computer screen as well where you gazing on it, sometimes. But then you need a brain.Laugh
CS 3 is a controller system from Märklin - not a central station.
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Offline river6109  
#26 Posted : 13 February 2019 01:53:43(UTC)
river6109

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Elsleuth1 wrote: I love watching the trains dance around the layout, listening to the chuffing steam locomotives and adding little touches here and there.

in this case you better put new rubber tyres onto your wheels. LOL

John
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Offline river6109  
#27 Posted : 13 February 2019 01:59:08(UTC)
river6109

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Originally Posted by: rbw993 Go to Quoted Post
So if a model train layout has 1 or more turnouts it definitely has a point.

do you mean a point of interest ? BigGrin
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Offline rbw993  
#28 Posted : 13 February 2019 18:35:25(UTC)
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That too!
Offline DigitalNZ  
#29 Posted : 15 February 2019 09:50:08(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Franklin Go to Quoted Post
In a place where I have control


I know that feeling... I wish I had more control over the trains I took to work every day.

When it happens a few hundred meters away from where I live, it takes a couple days to fix. When it happens on my layout, it takes me a couple of seconds to fix via the hand of God. BigGrin

To be fair to our infrastructure, it was 28C that afternoon...


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Offline kiwiAlan  
#30 Posted : 15 February 2019 12:17:54(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DigitalNZ Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Franklin Go to Quoted Post
In a place where I have control


I know that feeling... I wish I had more control over the trains I took to work every day.

When it happens a few hundred meters away from where I live, it takes a couple days to fix. When it happens on my layout, it takes me a couple of seconds to fix via the hand of God. BigGrin

To be fair to our infrastructure, it was 28C that afternoon...


Woa, i wouldn't want to be the driver of that! Your whole life would be flowing through your mind thinking the loco is going to end up on its side!

Scared Scared Scared Scared Scared
Offline river6109  
#31 Posted : 15 February 2019 13:18:07(UTC)
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I've been telling people for years: don't take a short cut

John
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