Back into the hobby after a few years, pics of what inspired me.

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by ReefBlueCoupe, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    Let me start by saying that I really like this forum so far. I have been clicking around and searching it for the past few days and it looks like a great resource.

    I used to mess with HO scale stuff when I was probably 5-13 years old, but I never built a layout. When I started getting more money around 11-12 years old I began buying better equipment such as Athearn, Atlas track, etc. I just slowly drifted out of Model RRing but thanks to my girlfriend and stepdad, I really want to get back into it. I am 25 now.

    For Christmas, she got me a Broadway Limited GE C30-7 DCC loco with sound, and and the new Atlas DCC system. What kind of a man would I be if I didn't build a layout to put this to good use :D I did get my old track and powerpack out for a few hours to test the loco, as well as some of my old locos. I am really impressed with the way this thing sounds and operates. It's AWESOME.

    So in the coming months, I will be building a wall mount layout in a spare bedroom, with two main lines, a nice yard, and some industries. One of the things I plan on modeling something that is very new to Nashville and that is the commuter trains which are called the Music City Star.

    I plan on a C shaped layout with a rather large yard as I have an affinity for yards and turnouts ;)

    I will have some good help from my stepfather (when he is in town) who is an avid model railroader. He has lots of layout building experience, as well as weathering and detailing. His model railroad club has a large (probably 30x60') layout in the basement of the University in East TN where he teaches.

    Here are a few pics of my stepfather's club's layout if anyone is interested. The module with the bridge and mountain are of his making.

    Here's me trying my hand at a DCC controller for the first time. It's a far cry from the old DC pack I was used to.


    Great Site Guys
  2. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Great modeling! I really like the structures and the weathering. Excellent.
  3. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    Here's the loco she got me:

  4. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That's Great. The details & weathering are just amazing.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  5. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Awesome looking layout!

    Sweet looking loco too!
  6. yellowlynn

    yellowlynn Member

    I am awestruck. I have one question, tho. Is there any special process you used for all the leaves on the ground?

  7. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    I will ask as that is not my layout, but rather the layout I get to run my trains on. That's my stepdad's module with the bridge and distillery.
  8. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Guy Behind the Curtains

  9. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Great stuff...and you stayed with the right scale, too... ;) :thumb:
  10. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Great shots! I find them inspiring too! I especially like the pictures of that amazing trestle.
  11. martyv

    martyv New Member


    Awesome looking layout !!! But what is more amazing is that your girlfriend bought you a locomotive bounce7

    Unless there is something else wrong with that woman I wouldn't let her get to far away, if you know what I mean!! Any woman to buy a guy a locomotive cannot be all bad. :D

    Think about it.

  12. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    Coincidentally I proposed to her 5 minutes later :D (I really did).
  13. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Well, don't keep us in suspence. Did she accept??

    Bythe way, great layout and neat enging.
  14. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    She sure did :D I'm happy.
  15. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member


    :) Congratulations!!! Cheers, and may there be many happy years for you and your future wife (or fiancee?) to come! aussie

    Once again, Congratulations!!! yay!:D
  16. FiatFan

    FiatFan Member

    After reading your initial post, I was going to suggest that you handcuff that woman to your side. You are wise beyond your years, young grasshopper!

    balloon6 Congratulations on your engaement (and on the BLI).

  17. martyv

    martyv New Member


    So when is the big day? Congratulations on your engagement!! I can tell you that if you are lucky enought to find a woman that enjoys the same things you do, you half way there to a successful marriage. Sounds like you have found one.

    Anyway, since I was the first to suggest that marry this woman who buys you a locomotive I feel somewhat responsible. So i think we should plan you a "Gauge Bachelor Party". What do you think fellow gauge members? How about some suggestions for a party for ReefBlueCoupe online on The Gauge ???

  18. ReefBlueCoupe

    ReefBlueCoupe Member

    She is finishing up college.. it'll probably be another year or so, and there is no date set just yet. She does enjoy what I do.. she wants to help me get started on my layout, and told me I'm "not allowed" to sell my car :lol: Not like I ever would.. I'll have that car till I die.

    Here's a pic of the ol ball and chain while decorating our first of many Christmas trees this year:

  19. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    She is some beauty. If you let her go, I'll come over and kick your part that goes over the fence last from here to never never land.
  20. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    This is a pairing made in RR Heaven...Best wishes to both.

    So, what club does this layout belong to?? It's really great!! Maybe something to get published in one of the MRR mags. You're really lucky to be able to operate on that set up.

    Gus (LC&P).

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