- 25 Apr 2020
After 45 years of playing (working? communing?) with model trains, mostly HO but with forays into other scales, I was asked by a local dentist to "please come see if you can get my overhead G Scale trains to run better as we are having some problems". So, silly me, I figured...ok, trains are trains, right? Gears and motors wrapped in a pretty shell, right? Well, yeah, sort of. Ever since, I have been becoming educated about the world of G Scale ( G Gauge? ha ha this discussion seems to persist). Joining this forum is a further attempt to find other people who have journeyed down this path and to possibly gain insight and avoid bad stuff that might be obvious to all of you wise, more experienced operators of this larger scale. I hope my lack of education does not test your patience. I was intrigued by a post from someone who said he had operated a "G Gauge Commercial Train Sales and Service" for 12 years. The post was from 2013. jclfan from North Carolina are you still out there? Because now a guy from a neighboring tourist town wants me to work over all HIS engines that run all day long in his restaurant. Apparently, nobody else around our area does this work. Is it because it is foolish work to take on? How many of you have tried this fixer and adviser role on for size? It is an interesting type of person to work with since they are not really modelers in the way that I am used to. Instead, they are "owners of trains" and just want them to run to add interest to their business. So their repair knowledge is limited and they turn to others for help when it all starts to fall apart. And, they do fall apart when you try to run them 10 or 12 hours a day. Lots of brass dust on all those tight corners up on those ledges they run around on. Also, while your garden may be a peaceful place to run and work on trains, the topmost corners of a hot room while you stand on a ladder is a different kind of work environment. OK, so enough about my adventures for now. More specific idiocy later......
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