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    Again, Welcome to the forum Wabash!
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    Hi all, I have had this account for probably years and have never posted as far as I can remember.

    I am a 22 year old college senior from the Detroit area. I have been modeling since I was around 5. Currently I have two layouts. One is a 10'x14', two deck urban layout set in modern times. This layout is less focused on trains and more focused on the aspects that make a city look like a city. There is an elevated commuter line through the entire layout, and I'm working on adding a static light rail line. I own several hundred structures and I feel like sometimes I tend to enjoy building structures almost more than the actual trains! Haha.

    My second layout is under the two decks of my modern layout. It is set in roughly '58 and is in a valley in rural Pennsylvania. This layout is smaller, however I do not have the measurements on hand.

    I look forward to sharing my posts and learning things from you all!

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    Welcome to the forum Urbanex12!

    So stop lurking and start posting - we love pix!
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    My name is Mike , new to model trains ( n scale) . I am from Indiana , married with 3 kids.figured this is the place to go to learn and get help, excited to begin this hobby.My first layout will be small (around 2x3) due to space living in a apartment .

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    Welcome Urbanex12!! Can't wait to see some photos of those layouts!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mklepfer View Post
    My name is Mike , new to model trains ( n scale) . I am from Indiana , married with 3 kids.figured this is the place to go to learn and get help, excited to begin this hobby.My first layout will be small (around 2x3) due to space living in a apartment .
    Welcome to the zoo, Mike. As I told you the other day, this is generally a very friendly place with lots of knowledge to draw from. You may upset some of the animals here if you talk diesels. You wouldn't be the first person to incite a moose stampede

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    Welcome Mike! I'm a fellow Hoosier!

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    Welcome Mike!


    best place on the net to gain knowledge and share ideas. Ask lots of questions and you are sure to get lots of replies. Oh, and as soon as you can post pix of what you are up to!
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    Welcome aboard @Wabash Banks @Urbanex12 @mklepfer! It great to have you here with the rest of the herd! As you probably already know, there are a lot of very knowledgeable, talented & helpful people on this site. We look forward to seeing your progress. Oh did I mention we like pictures? Lots of pictures, as it tends to keep our wildlife population informed & amused! Enjoy yourself here, we do.
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    Default A New Hobby

    Greetings from Austria to all N scalers! My name is Christian, I am Austrian and married, work as translator, language and intercultural trainer and executive coach in the beautiful city of Vienna (Austria). And: I am a – almost – complete newbie to model railroading.

    Slot Car Racing
    In the early 1960s, I had my first – and last – H0 model train, but I was very soon bored by its limited technical prospects. Many years later, I discovered slot car racing which I pursue till now. But I have some growing issues with my hobby.
    First of all it is the lack of creativity. Even if you change your layout every year, the possibilities are very restricted, especially with regard to the scenery, because you must have a perfect view on the track at all times. And maintaining and tuning your cars is neither very creative.
    My second problem is that many slot car racers take their hobby much too seriously. They want to win at all costs and many of them are disappointed after a racing session. And imho a hobby should not end in disappointment. It should be fun, just fun. After all, slot car racing is a competion, and with advancing age, it becomes more and more obsolete for me to compete.

    Model Railroading
    I few years ago, I went to Hamburg (Germany) and discovered the incredible Miniatur Wunderland, and I caught almost immediately the model railroading virus. Ever since, I return not only regularly to the MiWuLa, but have also visited some other big professional layouts such as Loxx in Berlin (Germany), Miniworld in Rotterdam (Netherlands), or On traXS! in the amazing Het Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht (Netherlands). For me, this is creativity, this is simply fun!
    Therefore, I took the decision to stop slot car racing and to build my own layout after my retirement in a few years. The only problem is that I don't know actually where I will live then: still in Vienna or in the South of France, where I spend my holidays for years.

    N Scale
    My approach to model railroading is first of all an architectural. Most of the private and even professional layouts depict idyllic and/or nostalgic mountain scenes. But this is not my world, I am a townsman. As I don't have Jimmi's oder TheGreatScaper's ingenious mastery of kitbashing, I have to buy kits. Of course, you have the biggest choice of buildings in H0 scale, but most of the European manufacturers have only nice little village houses or town houses from late 19th century or the 1960s and 1970s. But it is easy to find modern large buildings in Japan, where Kato, Tomix and Greenmax manufacture kits in... N scale. By now, there are even small European manufacturers of modern town buildings including skyscrapers. That is why N scale is the only option for me... with the additional advantage of much more space!

    My MR Philosophy
    For me, everything is allowed in model railroading: no rules, no constraints, no right, no wrong, just do whatever you want as long as it is fun.
    As I said before, my approach is an architectural, logical and esthetical. I am neither a playful modeler who has to operate his railroad in a functional switching way by maneuvering a hopper car from A to B, nor a „rivet counter“ obsessed by alleged perfection. I love to conceive, to plan, to design, to build, but above all I love to watch. I love to observe the action on the tracks and on the roads without constant repetition. That leads to the necessity of a large layout... which is good to look at, but bad for my purse.
    In model railroading, it is impossible to reproduce, copy or simulate nature or reality. We can only take a snap-shot of it and transfer it to our own subjective virtual reality. Therefore, it doesn't matter in my opinion if two cars have the same road number (have you ever seen the road number of a single car when it drives past?) or if the uniform of the engineer does not match the era of the locomotive he is driving. But passenger trains of 2 m length stopping at stations with 1 m long platforms or electric locomotives running on tracks without catenary poles (I am not speaking of overhead lines, because you cannot see them from a 100 meters) are contrary to my logic. But I love for instance the crude force of a cab forward or the elegant lines of a Shinkansen. So, why shouldn't they run on the same layout? In short, my layout will be freelance... or my interpretation of proto-freelance.

    And here is where nScale.net comes into play: I want and need to learn from your experience, your knowledge and your ideas to avoid mistakes and to exhaust all possibilities to meet the requirements to build my layout.

    Thank you for your attention and patience!

    Cordially,

    Christian (Austrix)

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    Welcome to the forum Austrix!


    this is a fantastic site to share info and get ideas.
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    Default Hello from the new guy

    I have been a modeler since the 1950's I dabble in a bit of everything from Radio Control to static plastic models. I had a Lionel layout back in the 50's but started to get serious in the 90's with various layouts. I have just finished tearing out my last HO layout and am starting over in N-scale. I'm not so much an operator as I am a scenery and structure builder who uses trains as my stage. The current layout has begun with Kato n guage trackage and will probably proceed in short sections, much like modules but built into a fixed layout.

    I'm retired but work in a local hobby shop one day a week selling in the Radio Control Department and filling in over in the train department till we get a train specialist.

    Thanks for your forum. It seems like a good place to come to ask questions or sometimes even offer advice.
    Starting over

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    Welcome to the forum maddmaxx!


    great place to share ideas and learn about N. Lots of knowledgeable people here always willing to help, oh and we love pix!
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    Default Hello from France !

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    Let me freshen my "Welcome" to all the new members.
    It's great to have you with us.
    Please feel free to join in the conversations (the natives don't bite).

    Cheers!
    Bryan
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    Welcome @Ol'Bandit
    you are correct that this hobby has changed since the dinosaur roamed and it has so much to offer now. you can direct your focus on the technology or keep it simple. Remember Chris it's all about having fun.
    "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin

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    Welcome to the nut house Chris!


    great place to share ideas and learn about all things N...
    Yours,

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    Hi all,
    I'm Nicola from Italy. I always liked the idea of having a railway model with a lot of trains going and coming.
    But I never approached this hobby, in part due to the starting cost, in part because I already have too many hobbies (aquarium, programming, gaming, etc.)

    Last week I went to a local fair of model making and I couldn't resist anymore. So at the end of the day I was bringing home a minitrix starter set.

    Yesterday I think I broke my loco but this is a story for another thread

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    Nicola !

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