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Djjerme

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Just joined and getting a start in Large Scale.

Brief overview of my Train nerd hobby background: Modeled in HO scale from early days until High School, during which time built a lot of diorama's, buildings, kitbashed everything..etc. Had a side hustle while working in a local hobby store of selling custom built/weathered buildings (several of mine are still on club layouts around the area). During this time was an avid photographer and spent many, many days at the rail yards documenting everything that I saw (lots and lots of dirty SP SD9E's) and hanging out with the crew working on the SP 4449/SP&S 700..

After High School, got in to cars, street racing, radio DJ'ing, club DJ'ing, putting on underground raves, back to radio, broadcast engineering, getting married, back to college, IT, software development, a kid (or two), running, wheel to wheel auto racing, and collecting 80's BMW's.

All the while, I have kept my interest in railroading in the background. Mostly just picking up books that catch my eyes, and hanging out on forums I come across. The biggest time was spent on .carendt.com. All the while, dreaming up small layout/diorama idea's that someday I might find some time to fulfill.

Fast forward to this last year, and I find myself hitting the middle ages and while I still enjoy car racing, I hate having so many car projects that require all my time/finances (anyone interested in an Alpina B6 2.8/1 project?) So I am starting to unload.. Meanwhile, my other interest (Trains and Halloween prop building) are starting to take more of my spare interest. The wife, lately, has been all about freshening up the back yard/garden and suddenly and idea pops in my head!

So long story longer, I convince her that I can take the bane of our backyard (a 50ft retaining wall with an ugly cyclone fence on top) and plop a garden railway on top! Hooray for me?

This will allow me to get my train fix, be something the girls can enjoy and help with (none of them wanted to help as pit crew for the race team for some reason...), and make that ghastly retaining wall a focal point!

I'll attach photos of what I got to work with, but the basic concept is a single track with two tight (under 4'/1100mm dia) loops at each end. I've settled on mountain traction line in the vein of Bob Hegge's Crooked Mountain Lines, which I saw as a youngster in magazines and books, and it always stuck with me. This means a lot of what I will be doing is not off the shelf; but luckily, I own a 3D printer and know how to use it (not a threat).

Any whoot, hope to contribute more as time goes on, cheers!
 

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mike

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Hi..welcome to the madhouse..
 

Djjerme

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Thank you! Already starting on some small 3D printing projects and getting ready to clear the track way.
 

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Hi Djjerme, welcome to the forum. It is refreshing to see a proper (IMHO) introduction, and much appreciated. Lots of good advice, and bad jokes here, and we do like to see photos :)
 

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Welcome to the forum Djjerme.

It will be interesting to see how your railway progresses....
 

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Welcome aboard Djjerme. Meaning no offense, I can see why your idea of a railway above the retaining wall would be a vast improvement !
 

Djjerme

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Yah, It's an apartment complex behind us. And while they are middle class apartment, the recycling bins are on the other side of that fence, so we get hear every time someone decides to go can collecting slamming the lids against the fence. I'm hoping to disguise it more with building up the background behind the tracks. Might see if I can build up some larger stones and then maybe some creeping moss or something to try and deaden the fences bounciness.
 

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Welcome Djjerme. Looks like you've had more than a head start. Have you a proper name we can use?
 

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Welcome to the forum DJ, well remember Bob Hegge's Crooked Mountain Lines in mags of old, a great concept. Good luck doing the overhead, if you need hints let me know.
 

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P Paul M - It's just Jeremy. The handle goes back to my DJ'ing days (it's my email address and so it's the default user name that gets auto filled)
 

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Oh yeah, I can see it now! Welcome to the forum Jeremy
 

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Welcome in large amounts!!! We live in Oregon for part of the year in normal times, travelling between PDX and Port Orford and Eugene in the middle. What do you fancy for the kind of railroad that interests you? Many of us here like a variety of scales and genre to ring the changes on a common gauge of track - 45mm. I'm sure you'll find many kindred spirits here to offer you help and advice, whether you need it or not ;)
 

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My interest have wandered over the years.

Growing up here, the SP was always on my list. But beyond that, I always preferred to model short lines. Particularly shortlines that used oddball equipment for switching duty.

Still a huge fan of covered wagons though I did build a few AS-616's in the old Trona railway scheme (ex SP engines). I still have on the shelf above me an SD45T model that I modified with a high hood and to run long hood forward in Norfolk Southern scheme if that gives you an idea of my sense of humor.

In more recent years, I've really gotten into the micro layout world. Never had a chance to build one myself, but I always dreamed and would sketch ideas.

As well, always been a fan of highly detailed "scenes" in a layout, so guys like Dave Frary, Bob Hayden, and George Selios have greatly influenced my model building over the years.
 

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Hey fellow PNW garden railroader! It's cool to know that there's some of us up here!
 
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My interest have wandered over the years.

Growing up here, the SP was always on my list. But beyond that, I always preferred to model short lines. Particularly shortlines that used oddball equipment for switching duty.

Still a huge fan of covered wagons though I did build a few AS-616's in the old Trona railway scheme (ex SP engines). I still have on the shelf above me an SD45T model that I modified with a high hood and to run long hood forward in Norfolk Southern scheme if that gives you an idea of my sense of humor.

In more recent years, I've really gotten into the micro layout world. Never had a chance to build one myself, but I always dreamed and would sketch ideas.

As well, always been a fan of highly detailed "scenes" in a layout, so guys like Dave Frary, Bob Hayden, and George Selios have greatly influenced my model building over the years.
Welcome on board. If you are into micro layouts you will know about the late Carl Arendt's web site:
Lots of idea there.
 

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Hey fellow PNW garden railroader! It's cool to know that there's some of us up here!

Hey, from a part-time Oregonian!!!!!! We try and get over for a month or so most years, and not having done so for the last two years we're missing it like mad! We spend most of our time around the area south of Eugene - in the hills - and around Port Orford - with friends we've had for many years. Also PDX, but our friends there have recently relocated to Tigard.

Do you know Rich Miller? another large-scale trainist, him.
 

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Oh nice! I'm south of Portland myself.
I actually just moved to Oregon a few months ago. I'm not familiar with Rich, but I just joined the northwest g scale club and I believe he is a member
 

Djjerme

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I am not either. Though I admit, I haven't really been seeking out others locally since I just don't have the spare time to be as socially active as used to be when I was a member of other clubs. Maybe this fall or winter when things slow down again (i.e. Kids going back to school..) I can reach out to some of the clubs.