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#1
Second post here. I know nothing about Model Rail Road. I have a new interest in building an outdoor G-Scale rail road. Looking for information and making connections in the Butte area.

Thanks

D
 
#2
Second post here. I know nothing about Model Rail Road. I have a new interest in building an outdoor G-Scale rail road. Looking for information and making connections in the Butte area.

Thanks

D
So glad you included that 'e'.. Not many G Scalers, but maybe you can bring them out.
Welcome.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
#5
Welcome to the Forum. I'm not far from you in Gallatin Gateway but am not aware of any modelers in the Butte area. I do get to Butte from time to time. Was there last week and had a great lunch at the Metals.

I'm also not aware of any people into G scale. I have seen many outstanding outdoor G scale layouts on YouTube. I would love to have an outdoor G scale myself but never build it.

I belong the the Livingston Model Railroad Club in Livingston, which is HO scale. In April, we usually have a train show at the old Northern Pacific Depot, which is now a museum, and the following day there is usually a show up in Helena, You might consider checking these shows out and you might meet someone there.
 

Sirfoldalot

Plucked Tailfeathers
Staff member
#6
Hey there!
Glad to have you here ... I have a G set that I run around the Christmas Tree. I wish I was younger and I would have a backyard full of it. Climate here is awesome for doing that.
I should have done it years ago, but I became involved with a guy a couple miles away who lives on 20 acres and has over 3 miles of 7.5 inch gauge. I helped him build over a mile of new track and then we started replacing his older rail with new rail and ties.
Sorry, got carried away there - welcome to the forum!
 
#7
Welcome to the Forum. I'm not far from you in Gallatin Gateway but am not aware of any modelers in the Butte area. I do get to Butte from time to time. Was there last week and had a great lunch at the Metals.

I'm also not aware of any people into G scale. I have seen many outstanding outdoor G scale layouts on YouTube. I would love to have an outdoor G scale myself but never build it.

I belong the the Livingston Model Railroad Club in Livingston, which is HO scale. In April, we usually have a train show at the old Northern Pacific Depot, which is now a museum, and the following day there is usually a show up in Helena, You might consider checking these shows out and you might meet someone there.
I lived in Great Falls for about 10 years and spent some time looking at their HO scale at the fair grounds. I was more into RC planes at the time and spent most of my hobby time with RC aircraft. I have always liked model trains, planes, and automobiles. Lots of HO cars and track when younger, short stint with HO train on a 4 x 8 plywood. I am a machinist and welder by profession enjoy all types of mechanical stuff and hobbies. I will try to check out the Livingston train show.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
#8
Back in the 80's I used to go up to Great Falls and help the club during state fair. I would bring up a number of locomotives and freight cars as they needed trains running during state fair. I also had a good friend in Cascade who was also involved wit the club and had one heck of a layout at his ranch. I was considered a member of the club even I couldn't attend any meetings due to the distance. The club is now part of the Montana Museum of Railroad History.

As soon as I find out what date the train shows are, I'll let you know.
 

montanan

Whiskey Merchant
#9
Te train show in Livingston is on April 27 in the main level of the old depot and runs from 8 AM until about 1 PM. The club layout is in the basement of the old baggage building just to the west of the main building. There is a wine bar on street level, but there are signs at the entrance to the basement.

By the way, I am quite into cars also. Have a few 1:1, about a hundred 1/24 scale Danbury Mint and Franklin Mint die casts and I have been collecting HO scale vehicles for over 30 years, try to get the most accurate ones I can. I model the transition era set in 1957. Vehicles are proably one of the easiest ways to set a time period. Here are a few photos. Click on them to enlarge.

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Hope to see you in April. You'll most likely find me down in the club because we have to have trains running during the show.
 
#10
Chet,
You really have quite the car collection. Nice pictures. April 27 is still a long way off but I will try to make it down.

Sirfoldalot,
I have been doing some research into 7 1/2 rail road also. I have 12 acres of wooded land with open parks as well as lots of huge granite rocks the size of cars. I live at the base of an abandon ski area. It would be cool to have a rail road around my property. I have lots of deer, elk, and moose that visit and have been thinking a G-Scale outdoors my get tramped on, where as 7 1/2 may withstand an occasional moose print. I am a machinist and welder by trade and have a full welding and machine shop in my home shop. Building engines, cars, and track sort of appeals to me.

D
 



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