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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)

I'm new here. I'm playing with HO trains now and getting to know the hobby.

Actually, I've had some HO stuff for several years but not a permanent layout. I get to put my track up after Thanksgiving and it has to be put away by Valentine's day.

My main train interest is in the golden age of steam. I'm interested in all "ALTON" stuff - Alton Limited, C&A, Alton&Southern, etc. I also like UP stuff and have 844, a Challenger and a Big Boy.

I also run the model trains at a local science museum on the weekends - I get to play with someone else's toys that way.

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Welcome to the forum! :smilie_daumenpos:

LOL, I used to put my layout up at the end of the school year and then take it down by Thanksgiving...

Union Pacific is a very cool line to be interested in, the Big Boy is too amazing... I have a pair of AC6000 diesels with the UP name, but they are in O scale...

Discussion Starter · #3 ·

Building a 'permanent' layout will have to wait until I retire and find more room. In the past, I've always had a train set that I put around the Christmas tree. They were always cheap stuff. Several years ago I pointed out to my wife that there was an "ALTON LIMITED" passenger train and gave her a little history. ALTON LIMITED is of interest to me since my first name is "Alton". Anyway, my wife did a little research and found ALTON LIMITED passenger cars from IHC and ordered them for me. We picked up a 4-8-2 locomotive (not correct) to pull them and I was off and running.

That lead to more study and an interest in UP steam since they still run 844 and 3985 on main lines - pretty cool. Last September, 844 came to Oklahoma for our Centennial clebration and I got to spend a day looking at it and talking with the crew. What a wonder piece of machinery.

So, I have the problem of making a layout that will support ALTON stuff and UP stuff and they never operated in the same area. Oh well.
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