Diesel, Steam, or Electric? (or Other???)

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Cannonball, Dec 12, 2006.


Diesel, Steam, Electric, or Other?

  1. Diesel

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  2. Steam

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  3. Electic

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  4. Handcart

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  5. Other

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  1. Diesel here mostly , only have a few steamers !
  2. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    The electrics will make a comback one day! ONE DAY!

    lol, i knew steam and diesle would be high, but i expected more electrics. Has everyone forgotten the GG1s? the EP5s?
  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Over the last 26 years I have modeled steam / diesel And electric.

    I love em all.
    I prefer electric,Interurbans heavy juicers now, but include the steam / diesels in a smaller capacity .
    Guess what I voted for,, you knew already!!:rolleyes:
  4. Killer R2

    Killer R2 New Member

    I love them both, but I like the diesels just a tad more. I still love the steamers, though.
  5. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    It looks like that devious diesel is still winning.
  6. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Desiel is a bad word in my house sign1 I only run steam & honorrary steam on my tracks (NKP Bluebirds)
    That being said, I love that this is a hobby in which people can readily find products to model all eras (1830's from bachmann...1850s from mantua...1860-90s from Bachmann/MDC...1890-1920 from MDC...1920+ from many manufacturers). I can certainly appreciate what modern desiel modellers do, and I don't think that my choices are in any way better than theirs...mine are only better for me.

    I can really understand the first hand experience thing. I grew up around a railroad historical society so I have seen many a people convert to steam...actually, it seems that the majority convert to steam fanatics once they've experienced mainline steam...typically they enjoy all forms of power and some still prefer desiels. In my experiences locally with railfans, the modern fans typically do not know very much about steam primarily because their interest stems from train watching and don't have too many steam engines to watch regularly :thumb: Generally I've found them curious about steam, but not curious enough to investigate. (how many american's model or follow foreign railroads?) Nothing vitalizes local railfans like a mainline steam engine coming to town...it's easy to understand why the engineers of the 20th Century Limited were given endorsement status like that of modern athletes and movie stars.

    I do like the juice though too. I would like to join a club with some juice at some point...it certainly is interesting. I really enjoy Milwaukee Road and Virginian electrics...as well as Swiss electrics.
  7. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member

    To The Gauge Moderaters. We need to get rid of this guy, homequityh. We don't neeed this great forum filled with spam!

  8. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    wow, there have been alot of spammers in this thread. you'd think you'd be able to lokc them out.
  9. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    It's a problem with a lot of vBulletin based forums lately. One music forum I used to moderate on was averaging five or six a day for awhile. Using e-mail confirmation before they could post fixed some of that but then a few got smart and started using real e-mails. Our banned list read like a New York phonebook.
  10. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    do these companies actually hire people to randomly spam forums? with things like email confirmation, a person has to sit there and go through all the processes. Why would they even waste their time? or do people do it for fun, to see what sort of anger they can extract from us? I can't imagine why anyone would waste their time spamming like that.
  11. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    A vast majority of it is just scams to gather personal information for identity theft or porn sites which have few if any scruples in the first place. I don't recall ever seeing a ligit piece of spam. It's a rather lucrative business. You would be suprised how many people fall for it.
  12. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Isn't it about tome to close this thread? It seems to have become spam central.
  13. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    I'm begining to agree with you and it's my own thread. :oops:
  14. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Steam although I have more diseles in HO I think.

    It is do to the nature of what I model, coal and lumber and the C&O. This is in HO

    I have 3 S2s, 3 GPs, 4 F3s and F7s all C&O

    In steam I have 2 Shays, a Climax, A K4 and a Berk.

    IN O ga I have a Shay, two Berks, A Uboat , an S2 and calf, a couple of starter set engines based on what ever proto type, I dont recall, a pre war electric, a prewar AF 040,a GG 1 and some post war hudsons.
  15. Seaboard

    Seaboard Member

    Steam and Diesel are in the lead! Personally I'll stick with steam.
    I don't know were this thread is headed to:confused: but I won't impose.
  16. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    1st Generation Diesel FOREVER! ;)

    I love those covered wagons. I guess it is because I love Art Deco. I've been told I have an old soul, so I guess it is from the 30's and 40's.

  17. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Bah, nothing says "Art Deco" like the Pennsylvania's electric GG1's. Raymond Loewy's Art Deco designs at its finest! :D
  18. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Art Deco passenger trains arriving in/departing from Art Deco stations like Cincinnati Union Terminal...B&O Cincinnatian streamlined pacifics...C&O streamlined L-1 hudsons...NYC streamlined passenger trains...pensy streamlined passenger trains...N&W streamlined Ks & Js...I love streamlined passenger trains!
  19. Fluesheet

    Fluesheet Member

    Definitely steam, though I have a few early deisels as well. It's frustrating that oz for oz, diesels track better and pull better - just like the real thing (minus the smoke and track damage...)

  20. RobertInOntario

    RobertInOntario Active Member

    I voted "steam" but my situation & reasons are a little complicated (or longwinded!).

    First, my main focus is on my British layout that generally depicts the 1950s-1960s. Steam was very common in Britain then. I think British steam locos are still popular in Britain today partly because they have so many fully-operating steam heritage railways. The fact that they have scores of steam locos from the 1930s-1960s makes steam still familiar to young people who grew up in the 1970/80s and later. I think this is why you generally see more models of British steam locos than you do of North American ones.

    Second, although I like diesels and do have a few (North American) ones, steam locos are just so much better! Both in real life and in their model counterparts, diesels just don't do it for me. There's nothing like a steam engine!


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