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This is the only forum that I currently post on but I do visit other O Gauge forums to see what else is happening in the world of electric trains. I still check out OGR even though they sent me packing without an explanation. I get over to MTJ every now & then to see what the grumpy old men have to complain about. CTT is pretty much quiet anymore, not much happening over there. The new forum, OGF has a few interesting posts but it is more like a social gathering than a information source. Lately they seem to have joined the MTJ mode of grumpy old men postings.

Are there any other O Gauge forums worth visiting ?

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This is the only forum that I currently post on but I do visit other O Gauge forums to see what else is happening in the world of electric trains. I still check out OGR even though they sent me packing without an explanation. I get over to MTJ every now & then to see what the grumpy old men have to complain about. CTT is pretty much quiet anymore, not much happening over there. The new forum, OGF has a few interesting posts but it is more like a social gathering than a information source. Lately they seem to have joined the MTJ mode of grumpy old men postings.

Are there any other O Gauge forums worth visiting ?

Bill
Not that I know of; but I have not been on forums as much as others. I would say though that I really have no desire to check other forums - not to be a "schill" for this one - but I have found this one to be / have everything I could want. My point is - I can't imagine another forum would have something better, or different enough, than this one.
 

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I visit here at least once daily. I lost track of the name and location of the forum where the birthday crowd went to, started. I think I am a member there, but I can't recall my sign on and password. Recoverable, I know, but it would not be forgotten if I visited more and thought it was a great resource.

I go to OGR forum often - mostly the for sale and such. I am not a member nor am I allowed to be until I at least buy subscriptions to the forum and the magazine. That is "somewhat" of an improvement over where I was 6 months ago when I was banned for no particular reason.

Since I am able to browse there and get updates, I am not in a hurry to pay to join OGR and I support OGR by buying the print magazine at least 2 times a year. I also frequent their sponsors.

I don't know the other forums.
 

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I mostly post on OGR, and check this forum daily. I don't check MTJ anymore and as for OGF, I left them in the dust last year for many reasons. I forgot all about CTT but have no desire to check them out either.

I do belong to one O gauge trains group on Face Book
 

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I’m a member at OGR and OGF, but I consider this one my home forum. There is very rarely any animosity or drama here and the few guys that have instigated that nonsense in the past have been relatively nice lately.

I am sometimes active at OGR, but not lately. OGR is the best one I know of for selling or buying O gauge trains. And I enjoy the OGR breakfasts before Allentown meets.

Some of the people that went to OGF are good guys and I do miss their posts. Seems like there is too much drama there and trashing guys that I think of as the good guys. But I must say that the only time I’ve gone there for quite a while is when someone here points to that kind of behavior.
 

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I've been on 3 forums over the past 8 years now, starting with the OGR forum, then this one, then the OGF. Seems I was active on each one for 2-3 years, then moved on to the next one. I'm sure the reasons for our "forum migrations" are varied and interesting. I guess I'm still a member of all 3.

I'm back participating on the OGR forum, where I first began, and like it there. Of the 3, it seems to be the most dynamic, with the most members, and responses come quickly. It's also very easy to post photos and videos there.

I also have a lot of respect for GRJ (even if he was a cocky PO-2 when I was a cocky LtJG back in the day 😂), and appreciate his contributions and expertise on both forums.
 

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Who on this forum was on the original O Gauge forum, many, many years ago, the AOL electric train forum. That was a ruff and tumble forum, you had to have very thick skin to survive there. Alan Miller of OGR fame was a moderator or referee for awhile. I am guessing a lot of the AOL posters back then have passed on to the great train station in the sky.

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Who on this forum was on the original O Gauge forum, many, many years ago, the AOL electric train forum. That was a ruff and tumble forum, you had to have very thick skin to survive there. Alan Miller of OGR fame was a moderator or referee for awhile. I am guessing a lot of the AOL posters back then have passed on to the great train station in the sky.

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I was on the AOL train boards. Started somewhere around 1999. Rough and tumble ? It was more like the WILD WILD WEST. There was no moderation after a while. The train wars MTH VS LIONEL. Pat Fusco, Neil the doctor, Tony Lash. Do you remember a woman that went by the name Tina Hot Mail. She was famous for saying "nailed it" Before the train wars started all these guys used to meet at York and have a BBQ, As I recall Frank Razz? used to do a lot of the grilling
 

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I think it was around 2012 that the great migration took place and they came here from OGR It didn't take long for them to concider MTF their own personal forum.They dominated it. They had MTF patches made and clothes so they could advertise their new forum at York. Had their own MTF diner with guest speakers.

Most of the time here was spent trashing OGR. When one of their buddies posted something they all jumped in patting that person on the back Just like they do on their new forum.

They say that when they started OGF they ask for corporate sponsors a one time donation. CTT an Harry Heike donated and had a logo in the corporate sponsor location. Both are now gone.

Something happened and the next thing you know they are trashing Harry Heike. They always praised him and then they trashed him. They also recently trashed GRJ.

Since you will never hear the truth from PTC. MRMuffin trains started a thread on OGR about what happened. Alan let it stand for 24 hrs before closing it so that those affected by the malcontents on OGF could have their say since the couldn't post on OGF

Sure glad I didn't join OGF

Here is the link
 

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Been on every forum at one time or the other. This one is pretty good. OGR is the most informative and active overall due to the large number of posters. I don't always agree with the moderators' choices, but it's their forum and by and large they have been even handed in their moderation over the last 5-10 years.

Participated in the MTJ forum for years, but it has become the island of the angry old men lately, with the exception of the editor of the O Scale Magazine and a few others. Not too many people participating so I mostly participate in the political carnage :).

Was on the OGF for a short time, but got tossed off because I insisted on educating a few posters as to what first amendment rights actually meant, and how they did not apply in private forums such as OGR :). A few misguided individuals seem to think they have first amendment rights on private discussion forums and in their grocery store. Don't like to be told that's simply not the case. Perhaps I contradicted one of the "elders" or Brian Vaill himself once too often. Certainly wasn't lacking in civility, just insisted on having a point of view that didn't agree with their "culture." I think they mean well, but are living in a bit of a bubble. Everyone has to have culturally approved points of view. Some folks insist on fantasies such as Lionel only makes poor products or this or that is the cause of all the world's problems. More than a little arrogance, to my way of thinking, but I suppose that is a risk with any degree of power as a forum moderator. The moderators here don't seem to be all that hostile or totalitarian :).
 

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"I am guessing a lot of the AOL posters back then have passed on to the great train station in the sky."

That's true. Pat Fusco (TRex) and Tom Grimason are no longer alive, for two. Jon Lane and Stirling Woodin died many years ago. None of us are getting any younger :).
 
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