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NP2626

Well-Known Member
#1
Lately, it seems I have been involved in to much stuff I don't find fun to do; Installing decoders, attempting to learn how to use JMRI's Decoder Pro, determining that my new Digitrax DCS 51 Zephyr Xtra has a problem and needs to be shipped back to the manufacturer for repairs, electrical hook ups for building lights, posting at the ANPL Coffee Shop, etc., etc... Since Saturday afternoon; however, I have been building an Atlas Signal Tower Kit and I am once again enjoying this hobby! All the time I've spent working on stuff that I don't particularly feel is fun to do, was making me think this is stupid, I need to find a better hobby!

Makes me think it would be interesting to find out what others think is the funnest part of the hobby?
 
#4
I've found that the areas of interest rotate for me. Most of the time I'm putting together buildings. Because I do several projects at a time, I end up not accomplishing (more accurately finishing) for a while and feel kinda burnt out. So, I'll pull out an Accurail car kit that can be done quickly. Or I'll work on a locomotive. Something to change things up and hopefully gain a quick sense of accomplishment to overcome the burnout.
 

rlundy90

Armchair Engineer
#5
I am like Railrunner. I bounce back and forth between different projects. I like building any type of model. I currently have about half dozen or so railroad projects, 2 RC planes and 2 wooden ships on the go. I get tired or bored with one, I jump to another one. Everything gets finished sooner or later. lol
 

NP2626

Well-Known Member
#6
I pretty much do the same thing. I have been active in hobbies my entire life except when in the U.S. ARMY. Built sailing ships in plastic and wood, Model Railroading in both HO and S and built and flew R/C Airplanes for 20 years lost interest because no body was building there models anymore, then switched back to Model Railroading which has been my primary since 1988. I switch back and forth between projects and the only one I never seem to get done is installing decoders and I have done around 20, so I know the process. Having been in this hobby heavily, since 1988, it certainly could be that it has simply run it's course for me!
 

Y3a

Stuck in the 1930's
#7
I got sick of all the DCC stuff and fitting decoders into small brass steam locos and wiring. I would rather be building Jordan Miniature vehicles or weathering cars and putting those teeny details on structures. The electronics and wiring made me pretty much give up the hobby.
 
#8
I like operating the railroad the most followed by building structure kits. I get frustrated when something doesn't work as it should, or when needed components are not available. My biggest problem is not completing the structure, because a component is not readily available.

Boris
 
#9
The electronics and wiring made me pretty much give up the hobby.
Not for nothing, but DC wiring is relatively simple. DCC requires a lot of patience when programing and speed matching etc. are taken into consideration, not to mention the additional cost of a DCC system. I have returned to DC for my current layout and have not had any desire to reinstall my DCC controls.

The whole concept of this or any other hobby is for relaxation and enjoyment. Once , it is no longer relaxing or enjoyable, the hobby becomes burdensome or tedious, it's no longer a hobby, but a burden.

Boris
 

NP2626

Well-Known Member
#12
Not for nothing, but DC wiring is relatively simple. DCC requires a lot of patience when programing and speed matching etc. are taken into consideration, not to mention the additional cost of a DCC system. I have returned to DC for my current layout and have not had any desire to reinstall my DCC controls.

The whole concept of this or any other hobby is for relaxation and enjoyment. Once , it is no longer relaxing or enjoyable, the hobby becomes burdensome or tedious, it's no longer a hobby, but a burden.

Boris
However, there will always be tiresome, burdensome, boring, things that need taking care of before you will have a fully functional, operable layout, the necessary evil! Just need to do them in small doses!
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
#13
I also move from one project to another which helps relieve boredom. I do enjoy putting building together, but I anm to the point on my layout where I really don't have any more room for them. I often go down to the train room with all good intentions of working on some minor project and just end up running trains. I probably have over 90% of the scenery done, but some older parts of the layout could use some refreshing. Adding smaller details is where I am on my layout as after many years, the layout is operating just the way it was planned. As I have mentioned many times, I have no interest in DCC as I really have no need for it with a switching layout. Joe, sounds like you are also not in need of DCC. I do have a few DCC locomotives that I run at the club, but I can't count how many times I have seen the members having problems with it. For a layout like we have at the club, DCC is really a necessity, but it sure can be a pain. I like things simple.
 



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