Author Topic: National Model Railroad Month  (Read 418 times)

rogerhensley

  • Global Moderator
  • Superintendent
  • *****
  • Posts: 902
National Model Railroad Month
« on: November 09, 2018, 06:26:28 AM »
National Model Railroad Month
Roger Hensley

When I was growing up in the 1950s, it seemed as if the railroads were a part of daily life in the U.S. Trains were everywhere. In those days it was hard not to become interested in modeling them as a hobby.

Things are different today. In large parts of the country the railroads never receive the attention of the public in the way they did for most of the nationís history. The local hobby shop has done a disappearing act as well over the past 20 years, and itís very possible that the non-model railroading public could go through most of their daily existence without ever being exposed to railroads.

It is time to show the interested public what a great hobby we have. More and more, itís up to us to give others the opportunity to see trains in action. For some people, this is setting up train tracks around the Christmas tree and hooking up engines, boxcars, and cabooses manufactured by Lionel, MTH (Mikeís Train House), Life Like or Bachmann. And for others with a basement, den or room, indulging in model train ďplayĒ is serious business all year round. It is such a huge pastime, that November has been designated National Model Railroad Month. Specialist stores, hobby clubs and magazines are devoted to this passion.

Obviously, weíre not talking about cheap plastic kid toys here, but true-to-scale models with lights, whistles, steam, and detailed scenery. There are several model Railroads in and around Anderson, and the Indianapolis area is full of them. They come in all sizes from very modest sized layouts to large expansive ones that have taken years to build. The Scenery can be astounding.  There could be railroad workers going about their business. There could be a cat in the rubbish, or a woman watering plants in a top floor window box, or maybe a wedding at the church, parking meters, and even drunks on the street. Itís all possible with model railroading. It doesnít have to be an expensive hobby. I have been at it for more than 30 years and I have assembled a number of cars and locomotives without spending my kids inheritance (as if I had one).

After having been exposed to model railroading, the allure may be the trains or the scenery or both. Finding or creating the true-to-life trees, mountains, rivers, tunnels, people, stations, etcetera to surround a train track can be irresistible. In addition to our model railroads at home, we have built several model railroads at the Museum of Madison County History (the History Center) for our Christmas Exhibit. So, it you are interested, you may stop in and look them over on and M-W-F.

C U There!

15 W 11th Street, Anderson IN
Roger Hensley

Railroads of Madison County - (NYC and More) - http://madisonrails.railfan.net/
East Central Indiana HO RR - http://madisonrails.railfan.net/eci/eci_new.html

hobodano

  • Conductor
  • ****
  • Posts: 161
  • Retired Sou/NS
Re: National Model Railroad Month
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2018, 09:30:59 AM »
What timing, recently found my old HO gauge in a suitcase and decided to layout for grandson. Old brass track, one pack was 4 (pcs.) marked $1.49 with Athearn NS GP-50 engine at $27.50. Still have my 4x8 painted plywood sheet for tree in the middle of oval track.  Oh, Iím going to Willard Library this Sat. for Evansville model club display. I was reading an article about wheels and knuckle couplers on a NMRA.org site with photos by a Roger Henlsey. By chance, would that be you? By the way, it was a very informative article!
Fairly familiar with southern Indiana trackage

rogerhensley

  • Global Moderator
  • Superintendent
  • *****
  • Posts: 902
Re: National Model Railroad Month
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2018, 02:39:41 PM »
Thank you.
Yes, that  was me several years back.
Roger Hensley

Railroads of Madison County - (NYC and More) - http://madisonrails.railfan.net/
East Central Indiana HO RR - http://madisonrails.railfan.net/eci/eci_new.html

wabash2800

  • Chief Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 501
Re: National Model Railroad Month
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2018, 06:41:14 PM »
Did my reply get deleted?

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com

Ralph

  • Global Moderator
  • Superintendent
  • *****
  • Posts: 965
Re: National Model Railroad Month
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2018, 07:16:33 PM »
Did my reply get deleted?

Roger posted this in two places - Museum Events and Hoosier railroad modeling. Your reply is on the other thread.

wabash2800

  • Chief Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 501
Re: National Model Railroad Month
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2018, 07:24:25 PM »
Thanks much.

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com