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    Default Hobby "Myths and Mysteries"...

    As with most things, there seems to always be some kind of myth or mystery attached to them. What are the myths and mysteries of this hobby? For example:

    MYTH: You HAVE to have perfect track work for a train to run.
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    Mystery: Why do people insist on blaming the freight cars/couplers/wheels for derailments, when most of them are caused by poorly laid track?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    Mystery: Why do people insist on blaming the freight cars/couplers/wheels for derailments, when most of them are caused by poorly laid track?
    It's rarely wheels for sure.

    Most common causes, in my experience:

    - Bumping the layout / kidzilla; but then I do NTrak!
    - Poor train make up, like the super-light flat car with body mounts between two very heavy truck mount cars.
    - Cars that are too light (usually empty flat cars or gons), or too heavy (modelers who don't understand more weight is not better).
    - Poor track work.
    - Couplers, in particular the trip pins catching on switches, road crossings, etc.
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    Mystery: Why do people know every detail about an engine, but then run a completely different era/road name caboose?
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    MYTH - N scale is just a toy!
    Northern Pacific and Black Hills RR in N, of course!!
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    Myth: Old is bad.

    Not every old loco is trainset dreck. And not every new one glides around the rails with delusions of KATO-dom in its firebox!


    Myth: Everything must be superdetailed and superaccurate or nothing at all.

    What matters is smile factor, and for most of us, the typical Atlas/Bachmann/MTL freightcar or loco is more than well enough detailed right out of the box that we'd have a hard time even picking out discrepancies much less caring enough to correct them. And that goes for era related discrepancies. Sometimes it just puts a huge grin on our face to park our Tier IVs and lash a stacktrain to a 4-8-4, and there's nothing wrong with doing that. In the end, the hobby's about smile factor above all else.


    Myth: DCC is complicated and computery and ooooh

    ....Anyone claiming DCC is complicated just needs to compare a large analog and a large digital layout's wiring diagram. THeir tune will change real fast. Smartphones are more complicated to use than the typical DCC cab is and the wiring is 94040040395 times simpler. DCC isn't complicated. Very powerful, but not complicated.

    Myth: Brass is best and worth the high prices

    ....if Spookshow's articles are anything to go by most N Brass steamers can't do any better than Bachmann did in the late 70s early 80s. Why pay $350+ for a loco that runs like it belongs in a $75 trainset from 1982?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    It's rarely wheels for sure.

    Most common causes, in my experience:

    - Bumping the layout / kidzilla; but then I do NTrak!
    - Poor train make up, like the super-light flat car with body mounts between two very heavy truck mount cars.
    - Cars that are too light (usually empty flat cars or gons), or too heavy (modelers who don't understand more weight is not better).
    - Poor track work.
    - Couplers, in particular the trip pins catching on switches, road crossings, etc.

    Don't forget engineer mishandling, especially with analog locos that don't have any programmed in inertia. Something with a lot of grunt, a lot of top end, lashed to light cars on a curve is just begging for one errant crack of the regulator to kitestring the consist.
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    Mystery: Why is Kato so... stingy with their releases? Any other manufacturer would offer the E8 in a rainbow of colors and amfleet cars in every paint scheme Amtrak has ever had, and would still be churning out GP50s. I realize that over the past few years they've been focusing their efforts on newer models, like the ACS-64 and the new Hiawatha, but that doesn't mean they can't do more frequent runs of older products along side them.

    Then again, maybe it does. Maybe Kato Japan budgets Kato USA's factory time pretty strictly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    Mystery: Why do people know every detail about an engine, but then run a completely different era/road name caboose?
    Because it is their layout and not yours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    MYTH - N scale is just a toy!
    Just as all scales are. other then 1:1
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    Quote Originally Posted by JennyC6 View Post
    Myth: Old is bad.
    Absolutely NOT!

    Myth: Everything must be superdetailed and superaccurate or nothing at all.
    Agreed, not everything has to be "super detailed" or "super accurate". Although, I think there is only a small percentage of people who think 100% like that.

    Myth: DCC is complicated and computery and ooooh
    Personally, I think DCC is, or can be, complicated like the large DC layouts you refer to. I also believe there is too much computerization bleaching into the hobby, taking away the real hands on side of things.

    Myth: Brass is best and worth the high prices
    Never could understand why people would pay so much just because it is brass. But then again, perhaps it is the brass that makes the item expensive. Sort of goes hand in hand with:

    MYTH: Price equates to quality.

    and ...

    MYTH: Bigger is better
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    MYTH: There is a right way and several wrong ways to be a model railroader.

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    Yep, I don't think there is an "absolute right way" just better ways. Although, you might consider laying the track the right way up as a definitive "right way"
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    Myth - If you don't duplicate prototype operation, you are just playing with trains and are not a real model railroader.

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    Myth it can't be done in N scale.

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    Myth: If you don't use flex and use track with plastic ballast your layout is inferior and you're not a serious modeler. (this was actually an agreed-to subject on a N-scale Facebook page).
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    I prefer ballasting myself and nothing wrong with those that use ready track. So agreed myth on the flex track being the only way

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    MYTH: Super detailing and rivet counting are a bad thing.
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    MYTH: The vast majority of modelers believe the ONLY way to apply decals are over a glossy surface?
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    Myth: Honey, I am not playing with trains. I'm operating.
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    Myth: same freight cars must be uniquely numbered, as people can see the numbers and notice them while your train is moving pass them.

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