does anyone ever meet up?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by ding chavez, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. ding chavez

    ding chavez Member

    the internet is a very useful tool for all hobbies, including model railroading. when i actually can start making one of my own, would anyone (if there is anyone) in my area be willing to hang out sometimes and give me a little help? ya know, with ideas, painting stuff, most efficent ways to make stuff, things like that? im an artist but i dont know how to do a good bit of what i see on your layouts and id be thrilled if i could ever make mine look like alot of yours do. and obviously id be indebted to someone who did and they could call on me for advice/help whenever they needed it. on second thought i guess i could join a club around here, is that what you guys do? i just like the hobby alot and would like to find other people near me who do also. "train buddies" if you will.

    reading books on how to do things are kinda boring ya know? its more fun and much easier to learn and understand to have someone show you in person.
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery


    I would guess that a good number of us do belong to "brick and mortar" clubs, so to speak, but there are still those that like the lone wolf approach.

    If you are looking for a club in your area, the NMRA ( has a club listing (I believe it is international in scope). You should be able to start there. I found the clubs in my area just by asking at the local train shop.

  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Ding,I learned 90% of the hobby through trial and error experience which I found to be the best teacher after its all said and done..Why you may wonder is because you learn FIRST hand what will and will not work.
  4. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    i'd love to hang out and share a few beers, but pennyslvania is not a place I make it too often. :)

  5. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan


    I have met up with a few fellow Gaugers. NGauger and I spent one morning rail fanning. We keep trying to meet up at various local shows but my schedule keeps interfering.

    I notice you are in Philly. Well I am just west of you in Delaware County. Are you planning on going to the NRMA Convention in Philadelphia in July? Several of us are trying to arrange a meeting.

    If you want to try to arrange something PM me and we’ll see what we can do.
  6. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    Bit hard for me to that, Ding. I'm 12,000 miles away on the other side of the World. :):):)
  7. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Yeah, Ding... Tom & I are close to Phila :) PM me too if you want to :) :)
  8. ding chavez

    ding chavez Member

    yeah id like to go to the nmra meeting. i was a member years ago, when i actually had a little layout. ill be in touch with you guys.

    and there will be layouts and things there of course right?
  9. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    :D :D Yeah - go to that link & look around - theres tons of stuff to do all week,, then Saturday & Sunday the 8 & 9th it's open to the public :)
  10. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Hi all, I live in Woodbridge NJ - Central NJ, Middlesex County, and i have alot of room and supplies to build a serious railroad- If anyone local to me would like to assist and share any spare time on this railroad empire, Id welcome the help.

  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Whenever I'm working at a show I plug it on the Gauge and invite people to say hello.
    At the bigger shows, I usually find Interurban and Tingoat doing their things.
    (Next one for me is the Great British Train Show in Brampton, April 29 and 30.)
  12. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    announce1 Hey Woodie.... I also live 12000 miles away and have been fortunate to have met about 12 Gauge members, of course Robin was a friend of mine and that in itself was more than anyone could have hoped for. Being able to have time with someone who has the same interests is great
    In South Africa I belong to two groups, Live Steam every 1st Sunday of the month and a group of modelers (54 of us at last count) who meet once a month, who call themselves THE" SAG 's" (Saturday Afternoon Group) for workshops or swop meets and visits to layouts we have been invited to
    When you are a retired 75 year old what could be better, gets me from under the old girls feet Lifes a JOY :thumb: :thumb: :) :) sign1 sign1
  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Papa Bear is always there at shows to keep my head from getting too big :thumb: and I run into members of other forums as well. I'd love an excuse to head back up north---these 75 degree Floriduh winters get hard to deal with sometimes :D ;)

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