Know anyone who likes model trains or engineering?

Fun to watch.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/ACkmg3Y64_s?rel=0

I worked at a hobby store in high school/college so I have a fairly broad knowledge of model trains for someone who’s never owned anything more than a small HO set for around the Christmas tree. The video shows a lot of Marklin which are some very high end HO trains. They use a three rail system without looking like there’s a third rail by having just a small black metal tab poke up from the center of the tie which is also black. You don’t notice it looking at is sideways, but if you see a view going down the track then you can see it. The trains with the overhead pantographs aren’t just there for show, they are the functional third rail for those trains! The trucks and cars work by having smaller scale trains (N or Z) underneath the roadway with magnets that drag the cars along. Very cool setup!
I grew up in Pennsylvania which is home to Roadside America and I remember going there several times as a kid. They had buttons all over the place that let you control certain smaller actions within the main structure. That’s also a 3 rail system but it’s O scale and probably almost exclusively Lionel. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a video for them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-5iJFVqPHk

I worked at a hobby store in high school/college so I have a fairly broad knowledge of model trains for someone who's never owned anything more than a small HO set for around the Christmas tree. The video shows a lot of Marklin which are some very high end HO trains. They use a three rail system without looking like there's a third rail by having just a small black metal tab poke up from the center of the tie which is also black. You don't notice it looking at is sideways, but if you see a view going down the track then you can see it. The trains with the overhead pantographs aren't just there for show, they are the functional third rail for those trains! The trucks and cars work by having smaller scale trains (N or Z) underneath the roadway with magnets that drag the cars along. Very cool setup! I grew up in Pennsylvania which is home to Roadside America and I remember going there several times as a kid. They had buttons all over the place that let you control certain smaller actions within the main structure. That's also a 3 rail system but it's O scale and probably almost exclusively Lionel. If you're interested, here's a link to a video for them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-5iJFVqPHk
I was born in Wilkes Barre, though I grew up in New Jersey. Nearly all my American ancestors came from Luzerne, Lehigh and Carbon Counties, with a few from Philadelphia and Lancaster. I never saw Roadside America, though. I'll have to put it on my bucket list. Lois

The hobby shop I worked in is in Gilbertsville which is on the border of Berks and Montgomery counties. Most of my family is from Reading or Allentown.

Most of my family is from Reading or Allentown.
So you know Allentown… I know it's yesteryears news, but whatcha think of the song? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4qzwmeXNQA How are things over there these days? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Hey, not to worry, I can get back on the track of this thread with my own childhood recollection of the Giant HO Train Set in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38cDQh0EnqI Though it looks like they've added to it since the 60s, go figure.
Hey, not to worry, I can get back on the track of this thread with my own childhood recollection of the Giant HO Train Set in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38cDQh0EnqI Though it looks like they’ve added to it since the 60s, go figure.
I remember seeing that layout when we visited there in the late 60's. We lived in South Bend then and since Chicago was only an hour away we visited the museums often. Always been a model train fan and I still have the O gauge set my parents gave me in the 50's. When our son got into trains he and I built an HO scale diorama and layout. My maternal grandfather was a special agent for the C&O RR and my father-in-law was a boilermaker for the N&W so we heard a lot of "train talk". My wife's a big fan also so we joined a local RR society and worked on several steam train runs into West Va. And Ohio and we had the opportunity to see "live steam" close up. Cap't Jack

sounds cool Cap’t

. . . had the opportunity to see “live steam” close up.
Cap’t Jack

Ahhh, I got lucky there too, we have the D&SNGRR; in my corner of the world. I used to live about a mile from that water tower at 1:21 for eleven years, well of course there was also Silverton the train’s destination, where I lived my first six years in Colorado. The tracks run along the highway for about ten miles below that water tank and when the traffic isn’t bad (and I’m not in a rush) it’s fun to slow down to train speed and watch the locomotive driver wheels and rods pumping away. Something mesmerizing about that.

Ahhh, I got lucky there too, we have the D&SNGRR; in my corner of the world. I used to live about a mile from that water tower at 1:21 for eleven years, well of course there was also Silverton the train’s destination, where I lived my first six years in Colorado. The tracks run along the highway for about ten miles below that water tank and when the traffic isn’t bad (and I’m not in a rush) it’s fun to slow down to train speed and watch the locomotive driver wheels and rods pumping away. Something mesmerizing about that.
Are you saying that they're running a steam locomotive in your area CC? Now that's rare! Norfolk Southern ( used to be the Southern RR and the N&W but they merged) took off all steam engines due to high insurance costs and the maintenance was super expensive. Although there is a possibility that a Baldwin engine, the 1218 may be put in temporary service to increase tourism in West Va. But then again there's Obama's "war on coal" and ... Well, thanks Obama. God, I can't wait until this election ends. Cap't Jack

Check with Sheldon on “The Big bang Theory.”

Are you saying that they're running a steam locomotive in your area CC? Cap't Jack
You bet http://www.durangotrain.com
Most of my family is from Reading or Allentown.
So you know Allentown… I know it's yesteryears news, but whatcha think of the song? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4qzwmeXNQA How are things over there these days? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Hey, not to worry, I can get back on the track of this thread with my own childhood recollection of the Giant HO Train Set in Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38cDQh0EnqI Though it looks like they've added to it since the 60s, go figure. I haven't lived near Allentown for about 25 years now, so I'm not sure things are doing there these day. When I was about 5 we lived in Allentown right behind the airport for a number of years. I did live there when Billy Joel put out that song and some people were critical of it but for the most part it was a well liked song.