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    Hello All,

    I have been a lurker on this site for a while and thought it was high time I introduced myself. My name is Kevin and I am a married, 50 year old father of three. I have been an N scaler for many years, but unfortunately only an armchair Model Railroader, for most of these. There never seemed to be enough room or time for me to go from the dream to the reality of a physical layout. Real life and other interests kept getting in the way. Hopefully now that my oldest is talking about moving out of the house, I may actually inherit his bedroom and put my dream in motion.(fingers crossed)

    As I also have a great interest in the Civil War era, I have been thinking for some time on patterning my layout on a Civil War theme. Namely, the United States Military Railroad. I have been following the blog of Bernard Kempenski, (http://usmrr.blogspot.com/) and am in awe of what he has accomplished in HO scale. I would like to do something similar to his but in N scale, of course.

    I have always been a fan of Appalachain railroading and in specific, the Norfolk and Western. Originally, that was going to be the theme for my Model Railroad, but now that micro Trains has announced their upcoming release of their civil War era rolling stock, it has me excited, to say the least. Switching to the USMRR has taken the forefront. Perhaps I might do both eras and then I can switch back and forth at my whim. Anywhoo...that's a little about me, and I am thankful for all of you allowing me to be a part of this great forum.

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    Welcome Kevin and Dan


    Great site with lots of helpful folks here!
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    Welcome Kevin, sounds like the makings of a fun model railroad.

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    How's everyone doing? My name is Bo and I am a 20 yo college student. I live in SE Ohio, so if anyone is close let me know. I received my first n scale train in the first grade and have been fascinated with model railroading ever since. After years of dreaming of a layout, my prayers were answered when visiting my grandparents and notived their neighbor had one sitting up against his porch with a bunch of junk. I asked about it and then I became the proud owner of a layout from the 60s! But as you could imagine being 50+ years old, I have my work cut out for me to restore this beast. I have trains running on it, but unfortunately the switches need to be moved by hand because the switch machines are no longer working. So swapping out the switch machines is the next project, unfortunately I can only work on it durring the summer and over breaks from school. But it is a learning experience and I am up the challenge. If anyone has any tips or suggestions on restoring my layout either about electrical or aethestics please let me know!

    I have been greeted with nothing but kind people and glad to be a part of this group.

    Keep on rolling!

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    Welcome aboard Bo, I think you just bent down the average age here quite a bit
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Welcome Bo and great to have some young guys get into the hobby time to time.
    Hope you enjoy !!!!!

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    Welcome to the Site Bo!
    Yours,

    Gene

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    I'm N-Scaler in Virginia. I'm modeling the MEC/CP/GRand Trunk lines, circa '54.

    My original plan was to have a 2 level layout with the top level being Newport Rhode Island, and the lower level Lewiston-LisbonFalls Maine. It was a fictionalized railroad merger called the GRIM (Greater Rhode Island- Maine). alas, don't have room for a helix, and the long sloping run from lower level to upper just seems impossible to work out on a 2 or 3% grade with the space I have.

    so I'm just doing the lower level for now. I like the early Alco's, & bigger steam. I'd love to run really long freights and passenger runs... but doubt that'll be a reality for my layout (8X5)!

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    wrn_mal1.jpg Here's my layout/track plan. This was made by David K. Smith of the White River & Northern. I sent him my track plan and told him I was trying to modify the WR&N to fit my space - and he did it for me! He was able to combine my original plan, with my favorite parts of his.

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    Welcome!
    That layout has a lot to offer with its available real estate.
    Good luck.
    Steve - Jugtown Modeler..............Don't know enough about railroading yet, but scale modeling is my life..............Web-Folio

    The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam to a carriage on wheels will make a great change in the situation of man. -- Thomas Jefferson, 1802


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    Welcome to the site, I like your plan.

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    Welcome aboard Mec, did someone already say we love pictures.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    Welcome MEC , Glad to have you and I like the plan as well.
    Mike
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    Welcome to the site MEC!
    Yours,

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    thank you all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jugtown Modeler View Post
    Nice to have you.
    Visited the V&T about 13-14 years ago. Great little historic town and RR.
    How long ago did you work on it?
    I actually did some of the design before I was promoted. Then I managed the consultant that we hired to do the design. I did the section from Gold Hill to American Flats including the fill over the access road to Overman Pit. Very interesting project and I learned a lot. I'm really glad they are doing revenue service now. I probably was there for the last 18 months of design and during construction. The V&T commission didn't have the money for a long time and there were multiple designs advance that tried to get over the pit. Finally, they secured money and I managed the final design based on those early plans, including some ideas that I designed to minimize the fill used to cross the pit.

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    Hello to all. I have enjoyed trains my whole life. I live in sw Ga and chose the name seaboard because we lived across the street from a seaboard rail yard as a kid. Went to n scale 20 years ago. I think I am really going to like it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaboard View Post
    Hello to all. I have enjoyed trains my whole life. I live in sw Ga and chose the name seaboard because we lived across the street from a seaboard rail yard as a kid. Went to n scale 20 years ago. I think I am really going to like it here.
    We think we will like having you here !!!

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    Welcome Seaboard, nice to meet you.

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    Welcome to the site Seaboard!


    great site for N scale...
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