My “Tip for the Day” is that one of the greatest personal rewards in model railroading is not necessarily modeling a prototype right down to the correct number of rivets in the boiler or freelancing a never before seen Short Line (although these can be fun), but utilizing your imagination to create something in the model railroading hobby that is very personal and unique that brings you great pleasure.
This can be any number of things, but one of the easiest, and best, is a good “story” or “lore” for your layout. Let your imagination run wild and you will be amazed at how much fun and relaxation you will achieve in your hobby.
For instance, here is a quick story for the attached video clip. The management for the Sweetwater & Thunder Mountain Short Line Railroad chartered the famous Napa Valley Wine Train ALCO FP4-A Engine #72 for an “Employee and family private excursion” lunch run from Sweetwater to Eagle Pass one afternoon.
We had the bosses’ nephew, Elmer, stationed up on Eagle Mt. with a movie camera to record the event as the excursion train passed by Thunder Mt . Station. He saw a Burlington U28B rolling out of Tunnel #9 across the Martinez Bridge and got so excited filming it that he almost missed the Wine Train rolling past TM Station!
He recovered in time to get the footage and save his job! If you look closely you’ll see me standing on the rear deck of the open air observation car trying to figure out how to get a siphon hose into that tank car full of wine from the “Loos Family Winery”! (and, yes, that is an actual winery in California run by distant relatives). Anyway, that’s my story for now – it may change next week. Model Railroading is FUN! Turn up the sound and enjoy.
Raising a glass to you,
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A huge thanks to Hall of Fame member, Mark. Please do leave a comment and let us know what you all think. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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