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In the style of comedian Jeff Foxworthy"s famous "You might be a redneck" routine.

You might be an old model railroader if:

Your track is more flexible than some of your body parts.

You think "autonomous vehicle" refers to a little blue tank engine on the isle of sodor.

You care more about DCC than you do about the antics in Washington DC.

You know at least two definitions of "reefer."

You never call model trains "cute."

When you tell someone what your hobby is, they give you the look they usually reserve for the village idiot.

People are surprised that you didn't "outgrow" trains, like they did.

When someone mentions "hooking up" your first thought is couplers, not couples.

You own at least ten times more train than you can fit on your railroad.

You are more familiar with modeling scales than with your bathroom scale.

When you hear about "a hot new model" you think of trains, rather than tall anorexic women.

The most important room in your home is the basement. (garage for Californians)

Being old, you don't hear very well. When someone mentions "viagra" your first thought is of a "Niagara." (NYC 4-8-4 steam locomotive.)

You know a "frog" juicer" is not some exotic green cocktail.

When you hear the word "sectional" you think of track, not a sofa.

You realize that "stationary decoder" has nothing to do with confidential written correspondence.

You know that a "wye" is neither a question constantly asked by grandkids, nor the second last letter of the alphabet.

You know the difference between "common rail" and "common law."

You rever cabooses (cabeese?)

F.R.E.D. Is a mean old nasty guy not worth mentioning.

You enjoy being stopped at railroad crossings.

To you:

" Highball" does not immediately conjure up a mixed drink.

"Markers" may not mean the felt tip variety.

"HO" does not mean a "Lady of the evening."

"Torpedos" might not be the submarine warfare type.

"Clear board" is not a nice piece of lumber.

"Fast freight" has nothing to do with Amazon prime.

"Turnout" is not the record crowd Trump imagines.

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I recognize myself in some of those, so maybe I'm just a middle-age model railroader...
 

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To what percentage of those would one have to answer in the affirmative to be an "old model railroader".

I'm getting concerned by the portents. Though I'm only in my 30's my wife has determined that my playing (not well yet) of the Pedal Steel guitar, love of slow-moving PBS detective shows and enjoyment of model railroading has already qualified me for "old man status" as it is.
 

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To what percentage of those would one have to answer in the affirmative to be an "old model railroader".

I'm getting concerned by the portents. Though I'm only in my 30's my wife has determined that my playing (not well yet) of the Pedal Steel guitar, love of slow-moving PBS detective shows and enjoyment of model railroading has already qualified me for "old man status" as it is.
Eillif;

I'm 72. If you're in your thirties, you ain't old yet brother! Your wife may have a different opinion, but then wives usually do.

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Eillif;

I'm 72. If you're in your thirties, you ain't old yet brother! Your wife may have a different opinion, but then wives usually do.

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I agree with you. I think she does too, but she might just be getting back at me (and rightfully so) for calling her a cougar for marrying a man a few years younger than her.
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If you play with trains, you're not old, no matter how many years you have been on this earth. See my signature block for more information.
 

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If you ever used used coffee grounds as ballast, you are probably a really old model railroader .....

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If you ever used used coffee grounds as ballast, you are probably a really old model railroader .....

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Krieglok;

Or dyed sawdust as scenery. Remember "grass paper? Not the far better looking grass mats used today, but paper coated in nearly iridescent green dyed sawdust. There was "mountain paper" too. This stuff had reddish-brown, green, & tan/beige spots on it. It looked a bit like camouflage fabric, except it was coated with silver sparkling glitter too. You crumbled the mountain paper up and then partially unfolded it to make "mountainous" ( It took a lot of imagination! ) "terrain." Oh the stuff we thought actually looked "realistic" way back!

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Yes, I remember all that. That and Life Like Lichen...the standards of scenery back then. They even sold their own canned glue.

I have A Lionel handbook that suggests using asbestos plaster for scenery...from the 50’s...

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What would be the 'old train guy' equivalent to the
'MoTORE' who's legs are his motorcycle...as seen
in the latest Progressive Insurance TV advertising?

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Yes, I remember all that. That and Life Like Lichen...the standards of scenery back then. They even sold their own canned glue.

I have A Lionel handbook that suggests using asbestos plaster for scenery...from the 50’s...

Tom
Yes, I remember when asbestos was still "good". After all it protected us against fires didn't it? I can also remember playing with mercury, rolling a glob of it around in my hand! Today there would be hazmat teams called out at the mention of asbestos or mercury!

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