Real railroad workers and model trains

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by A. Pa » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 02:41:05



Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
railroading?
 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by arailfa » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 03:17:08


Quote:

> Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> railroading?

It's funny because at many public showings of our club's HO scale
modules, we often get people asking if any of us work for real
railroads.  We had one fellow who did work for CPR, but he moved away to
follow his job.  I think he's about the only one I personally know of in
our area.  Some former railroaders are railfans, but that is different.

As for myself, I was with the Canadian Coast Guard for 35 years in shore
based technical positions.  I have never had any desire to model ships
or lighthouses.   That was work, trains are for fun!  About the only
thing I did that was work related was make a few model helicopters like
I used to ride in.  One ended up in a local aviation museum.

Bob Boudreau
Canada

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Daniel A. Mitchel » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 03:29:13


We have, or have had, several "Real" railroaders in our local hobby
group. These include a couple GTW or CSX locomotive engineers, and the
head and two other employees of our local 3' gauge historic steam
tourist railroad.

My impression is that the number of model railroaders in the railroad
profession probably isn't greatly different than that of the public as a whole.

I certainly have met a bunch of railroad professionals that have NO
interest in model trains. To them, it's just a job.

I think there are rather more 'railfans' or railroad history buffs than
model railroaders in the profession. It's not unusual for a train crew
to be taking pictures of their own, or nearby, equipment. Several of
these type show up regularly at out local 'railroad slide fest'
presentations given three or four times a year. Most are NOT model
railroaders. Even a very high ranking BN/GN executive is active with the
GNRHS, as are several other ex GN employees, and they attend most of the
society's meetings. Such persons are EXTREMELY helpful and useful in
dealing with the company, and is one reason the GNRHS is on pretty good
terms with the existing railroad.

Dan Mitchell
==========

Quote:

> Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> railroading?

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Daniel A. Mitchel » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 03:36:41


A poorly worded sentence to be sure ...

 I, of course, meant PERCENTAGE, not total number. It should have read:

"My impression is that the percentage of model railroaders in the
railroad profession probably isn't greatly different than that among the
public as a whole."

Sheesh!

Dan Mitchell
==========

Quote:

<snip>

> My impression is that the number of model railroaders in the railroad
> profession probably isn't greatly different than that of the public as a whole.

><snip>

> Dan Mitchell
> ==========


> > Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> > laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> > men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> > railroading?

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Jim Hollan » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 05:07:15


Good Morning!

Quote:

> Do real railroad workers build models of trains and
> layouts.......

        Yup  --  Right Here!

Quote:
> .......or just laugh at those who do?     Do they
> think it is a *** type of thing for men to play
> with trains

        Very Possibly many of these.

Quote:
> or do they also enjoy the hobby of
> scale model railroading?

        Very Possibly many of these.

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Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by SleuthRaptorma » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 07:43:36


Quote:

> Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> railroading?

An Assistant Superintendent (Don't know how that compares to hierarchies
of other companies but he has access to the executive fleet) of a UP
Division is a member of our club.  He provides many insights into
prototypical operation which we incorporate into our models.
 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Jerr » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 10:59:52



Quote:
> We have, or have had, several "Real" railroaders in our local hobby
> group. These include a couple GTW or CSX locomotive engineers, and the
> head and two other employees of our local 3' gauge historic steam
> tourist railroad.

> My impression is that the number of model railroaders in the railroad
> profession probably isn't greatly different than that of the public as a whole.

> I certainly have met a bunch of railroad professionals that have NO
> interest in model trains. To them, it's just a job.

> I think there are rather more 'railfans' or railroad history buffs than
> model railroaders in the profession. It's not unusual for a train crew
> to be taking pictures of their own, or nearby, equipment. Several of
> these type show up regularly at out local 'railroad slide fest'
> presentations given three or four times a year. Most are NOT model
> railroaders. Even a very high ranking BN/GN executive is active with the
> GNRHS, as are several other ex GN employees, and they attend most of the
> society's meetings. Such persons are EXTREMELY helpful and useful in
> dealing with the company, and is one reason the GNRHS is on pretty good
> terms with the existing railroad.

> Dan Mitchell
> ==========


> > Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> > laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> > men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> > railroading?

I know several who are into photography etc and attend historical rail
society functions.  I only know of two, both locomotive engineers, who
have operating layouts at home.  I find it amusing with the anti 3
rail attitude found on this forum that these two engineers have 3 rail
layouts for as they put it "fun".  They both commented on seeing scale
layouts at trains shows on how the operators, headsets and all, did
not appear to be having fun.  Interesting.

Jerry

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Mark Newto » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 12:51:17


Quote:

> I find it amusing with the anti 3 rail attitude found on this forum
> that these two engineers have 3 rail layouts for as they put it
> "fun".  They both commented on seeing scale layouts at trains shows
> on how the operators, headsets and all, did not appear to be having
> fun.

Oh, well, we'd all best pack up and go home then, if two engineers
reckon that scale model railroading isn't fun.

Funny how the "It's your layout, do what ever pleases you, model
railroading is about having fun" crowd get all sniffy when the scale
railroad modelling crowd do exactly that.

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Jim Stewar » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 13:40:39



Quote:

> > I find it amusing with the anti 3 rail attitude found on this forum
> > that these two engineers have 3 rail layouts for as they put it
> > "fun".  They both commented on seeing scale layouts at trains shows
> > on how the operators, headsets and all, did not appear to be having
> > fun.

> Oh, well, we'd all best pack up and go home then, if two engineers
> reckon that scale model railroading isn't fun.

> Funny how the "It's your layout, do what ever pleases you, model
> railroading is about having fun" crowd get all sniffy when the scale
> railroad modelling crowd do exactly that.

I heard rumors that a crew takes its lunchbreak and goes inside a famous
manufacturer of
scale models and comes out with owner's samples. They judge the realism....

Jim Stewart

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by JCuningt » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 15:38:09


Quote:
>They both commented on seeing scale
>layouts at trains shows on how the operators, headsets and all, did
>not appear to be having fun.

What? They should be swapping jokes over the headsets and laughing it up? Nope.
Probably trying not to rear-end the train in front or overrun their warrants
and such. I've seen role-playing gamers also take their "games" WAY too
seriously. But if it wasn't fun, would they be doing it? That's why I left the
Bristol Renaissance Faire. It just wasn't fun anymore.

Jay
CNS&M North Shore Line - "First and fastest"

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by JCuningt » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 15:40:58


Quote:
>Funny how the "It's your layout, do what ever pleases you, model
>railroading is about having fun" crowd get all sniffy when the scale
>railroad modelling crowd do exactly that.

I hardly think the two engineers were getting "sniffy". Probably just reporting
their impressions based on the looks on the guys faces. How many of us are
smiling broadly while running trains? Somebody'd probably try to lock us up for
sure if they saw it.  Running trains is a satisfaction in life. Not an openly
displayable satisfaction, but an inward satisfaction, private, if you will. At
least for me. Your mileage may vary.

Jay
CNS&M North Shore Line - "First and fastest"

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Pac Ma » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 16:13:47



Quote:
> Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> railroading?

    Depends...  some do, some don't.  At my model railway club, we have or
had an CR/Amtrak/MBTA engineer, two Amtrak Conductors, one MBTA conductor,
two Amtrak Red Caps, one NECR trainman, one Amtrak electrician, and one
shortline engineer/conductor.  More or less, all at the same time.  These
guys vary.  Some just like trolleys, some only like scenery, and some just
like to operate.
    Heck, my neighbor is an ex-towerman for the NH, B&O and MEC, and his
ba***t is full of American Flyer.  I know a couple of retired NH guys that
collect trains and run them.  They might not be big on modeling, but they
still go to train shows, etc.

Paul A. Cutler III
*************
Weather Or No Go New Haven
*************

 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by Fritz Milhaup » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 20:40:30


Quote:

> Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> railroading?

Some of them go to rather great lengths, including a friend of mine who
not only has a sizeable HO railroad in his ba***t, but a good-sized
3-3/4" scale railroad outdoors on his property (see http://www.FoundCollection.com/ ).

At the operating session I attended at his place on Saturday, eight out
of the four*** guys who attended worked for one of the major railroads
or another. These men are engineers, conductors and a signal maintainer
in their "day jobs". Other guys who operate there regularly include one
of the area FRA inspectors, and an Amtrak claims agent.

Operating there has been a great opportunity to learn how it's done on
the real thing and to hear the war stories from the field.

-fm
Webmaster, Rails on Wheels, Washtenaw County, Michigan's HO
Modular Club, at http://www.FoundCollection.com/

The address in the header of this message is deliberately bogus to
foil address-harvesters. See my web sites for my real address.

 
 
 

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Post by Mark Newto » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 23:06:23


Quote:

> Some of them go to rather great lengths, including a friend of mine
> who not only has a sizeable HO railroad in his ba***t, but a
> good-sized 3-3/4" scale railroad outdoors on his property (see
> http://www.FoundCollection.com/ ).

A lovely looking railway, Fritz, thanks for posting the link.
 
 
 

Real railroad workers and model trains

Post by <wkai.. » Wed, 14 Jan 2004 22:16:59


Quote:

> Do real railroad workers build models of trains and layouts or just
> laugh at those who do?  Do they think it is a *** type of thing for
> men to play with trains or do they also enjoy the hobby of scale model
> railroading?

I'd seen a few articles about RR shop men who had built live steam model
locomotives.  People who build locomotives may consider themselves to be
live steamers rather than model railroaders, though.  

--  
Bill Kaiser

There are three ways to do a job: good, cheap, and quick.
You can have any two.
A good, cheap job won't be quick.
A good, quick job won't be cheap.
A cheap, quick job won't be good.