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    While operating my B&O Capitol Dome oddessy, I got into an "argument" with a close friend about model railroading and his fleet of BLI. I am a fan of bachmann locomotives (I mean the Quality since 2011 models haha) and my friend was not at all impressed with my B&O collection for all that came out of his mouth was "anything your bachmann can do my BLI can do better!" and oddly enough when I visited the local model railroading club most of the guys there just bragged about their protos and BLI's....

    It seems a few of us have forgotten that model railroading isn't about Proto and Broadway, it's about just having fun enjoying your fleet. Personally I love the new Bachmann DCC and sound equipped locos, they are very easy to work on, and are fairly detailed these days, plus I love the fact that I can actually number and light up the number boards myself as well as add the missing details gives me the opportunity to really make the locomotive my own. And the best part is it doesn't cost me $400!!!!

    I wonder how many people out there agree with me, that model railroading isn't about all of the fancy locos, while yet nice, they;re not what brings people together is just simply the trains themselves!
    The two most powerful kinds of love is God's love, and a boy and his trains!

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    I find that there are people who turn hobbies into purchasing competitions and that ruins the hobby for me. We should support each other in the enjoyment of miniature railroading and leave it at that.

    Huzzah! Trains!

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    Hi Fly boy,
    I'll agree that MRRing should be about having fun rather than having to meet a criteria to be accepted.

    That always turned me off when individuals became critical of someone else's work work or the equipment he had.

    Personally I say it's your RR and should be an extention of your thought and ideas. Individual can be overly critical at times of anothers layout but usually don't want anybody criticizing their work. That what happens many times in larger groups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoudMusic View Post
    I find that there are people who turn hobbies into purchasing competitions and that ruins the hobby for me. We should support each other in the enjoyment of miniature railroading and leave it at that.

    Huzzah! Trains!
    I also thought model RR clubs were for the reason of love of trains, but in reality if you don't have any "skills" or trains to offer to the club they could care less about letting you join, and most of the clubs you'll find nothing but BLI and few proto and other bragging locos. In the recent years Bachmann has come out with AFFORDABLE locomotives with sound DCC, and it has opened a door for so many people who can now enjoy a hobby because they no longer need to spend $400 bucks on a loco, including myself.

    I wonder if it's possible to submit an artice about this too model RR or something?
    The two most powerful kinds of love is God's love, and a boy and his trains!

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    Just tell the guy being a jerk you heard a rumor Uncle Sam was tracking the purchasers of $400 locomotives to see who does not qualify for tax cut extensions!

    I mean seriously, any smuck with a credit card can buy something hot from the factory. The hot rod skill and impressive feat is building something yourself that runs well.

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    Every hobby has a group of "snobs" (sorry for the word choice) who are wrapped up in a brand or style or whatever and you only measure up if you fit into that mold. I've run into it in hunting and fishing and skiing and motorcycles and photography and stereo equipment.......and model trains.......just to name a few.. In some cases there might be a small difference between the hi-dollar and cheaper brands, but seldom does it REALLY matter. As you say, what matters is YOU are happy with your equipment. I deliberately buy cheap equipment to run at club events.....I have 2 ABC sets of LL c-liners that I've literally put hundreds of hours on, and I can still set them on the track and watch them roll off several more trouble free hours......in the meantime, another member is setting his 3 Katos on the track doing one circuit and having a derailment, another circuit and having an uncoupling, and a half circuit and the lead engine shorts on a switch....all the while he's telling me I should get rid of my LL crap and get some "good" engines like his Katos. I paid $45 for each of my ABC sets ($90 total for 6 powered units NIB) which is a little less than he paid for one loco. Unfortunately a high price tag doesn't neccesarilly equal a better product. If someone wants to spend twice the money to get a 10% better product, and that makes them happy that's great, but if someone else is happy with a $10 train set they got at the local flea market, that's also great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcsflyboy View Post
    I wonder how many people out there agree with me, that model railroading isn't about all of the fancy locos, while yet nice, they;re not what brings people together is just simply the trains themselves!
    I disagree. To those people that is might be what model railroading is. To someone else it is all about the track plans. To someone else it is recreation of a real railroad scene, and yet others it is operations whether it means running trains a break neck speeds or prototypical simulation operations.

    I am guessing the question, "Model railroading is?" Will be answered differently by every single model railroader out there. And not one of the answers is "wrong".

    P.S. To me a fancy locomotive is something like a brass W&R Northern Pacific Z6 (that I just used as an example in another thread). BLI steamers don't come close Of course the price tags don't come close either. Now if I could just afford one of those fancy locomotives....
    Last edited by Iron Horseman; 09-14-2012 at 09:03 PM.

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    It's a hobby and I think a hobby should be fun though at times it can be a headache if I try to take on things I just don't have the skills or know how to do yet. This hobby has taught me the value of patience though I had to learn the hard way.
    I've had opportunities in my life to make what I love and excel at (photography, art, model railroading) into a profession, but opted to keep it as a hobby. However, I often do wonder what would have been if I had pursued one of these as a career.
    I've been to a few model railway sessions and only enjoyed the ones where the members were immensely enjoying themselves and each others company while running trains. I personally get more of a kick out of watching the crew and the trains.

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    Iron makes a good point that model railroading is different for everyone and that couldn't be farther from the truth. The only argument I'm saying is model railroading just shouldn't be about showing off a price tag to those who can't afford the pricy stuff and also those who don't realize that model railroading is about doing what YOU like to do, weather it's buying the locos with all the bells and whistles or if you like to put in all those details yourself, it just shouldn't be about the price tag
    The two most powerful kinds of love is God's love, and a boy and his trains!

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    I never bragged about ANY of my locomotives except maybe to brag about FINDING ONE SPECIFIC PIECE, but that still doesn't make 'that piece' the end-all.

    I always thought just running your loco near its capacity on the club layout would make the snobs STFU. Of course I was running a Bowser Challenger with Rivarossi tender (weighted) and out pulled ALL OTHER ENGINES. I never announced what I had or anything, and just ran it.

    As far as BLI is concerned, while their locos may look OK, they do NOT articulate correctly, and therefore look incredibly stupid going around curves. The N&W A and Y6b's all look STUPID on curves with the tender not even close to the engine cab. The manufacturers and engineers who designed the running mech failed to notice that BOTH Bowser and Oriental Ltd's "Powerhouse" series of articulated engined were done correctly, with out the look of stupid. perhaps those snob's aren't as discerning as they think?

    I would rather just run 'em.

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