Hello from Missouri!

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by Brutus, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    I like the old-time railroads the best, like the Best Friend of Charleston, but also fantasy stuff like the Halloween and Christmas trains. Little by little this is becoming an obsession! Sorry, just finding my way around these pages, but hope to get to know everyone soon! So far the only MTH I have is my transformer, which is excellent, but I have several Lionel locomotives and sets including the Polar Express, Hogwarts Express, BFOC, and several docksiders including the Halloween one, LL #1, and the Halloween General from a couple years ago. I like them alot! Wife made me take down my growing empire in the livingroom and I'm just now getting started on a new layout for the basement.

  2. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Welcome aboard! Whereabouts in MO?
  3. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    Near St. Louis - I actually work next to St. Louis Union Station, which is cool!
  4. Gary S.

    Gary S. Senior Member

    Welcome to The Gauge, Brutus. Nice to meet you, and I'll see you in the Forums!
  5. Nomad

    Nomad Active Member

    Glad you joined us, Brutus.

  6. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

    welcome to the best MRRing site on the net brutus :thumb:,cant wait to see ya on the forums :mrgreen:.--josh
  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Welcome to the group Brutus! That Hogwarts Express is a good looking train!
  8. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Spent 12 years in and around St Louis, and I remember when I was specifically briefed to stay away from Union Station (before the amazing transformation)...wow to look at it now...what a great place.
  9. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    When I was a kid, we took a train from Union Station to somewhere near Bloomington IL, where my grandmother lived - it was very scary down there! But, the train ride was great and the station and getting on the train are still with me, I remember the smell especially - that deisel smell was very strong there under the shed, and carrying a huge suitcase for my mom. This was probably like 35 years ago.

    Carried over from EBT's thread!

    The first toy train I bought as an adult was in 2005 -- the HO Hogwarts Express. Then I picked up the DeWitt Clinton and then an EasyDCC locomotive and transformer/controller. But, I really liked O gauge better, so I've switched. I have a little tremor in the hands (hereditary) and the O gauge is easier for me to work with, plus I just like the bigger size and weight of it! We had a small floor layout as a kid and I guess that is part of it too - the nostalgia factor?!

    I picked up the BFOC earlier this year and ended up having to fix a screw on a driver, so bought some little nut drivers (thanks to CSXT30 for some advice then), calipers, and some kind of surgical doohicky that actually holds stuff great.

    I got a chance to look around the regular forums this morning and a little at lunch time - will be posting and reading as much as possible! Sure thank you all for the nice welcome!
  10. mopac spkjpr

    mopac spkjpr New Member

    Greetings from a fellow MO railfan and modeler. Family heritage is MOPAC and MKT. Dad worked in Desoto, MO when they closed our shop. The surgical doohicky may be a hemostat, wonderful third hand and substitute tiny fingers if your fingers aren't tiny. I use them in my electronics work.

    Never ran into St Louis but I did take the train to Union Station in KC. Grandparents lived there and Grandma took us to the city to care for her parakeets. She raised them and since they were here on vacation we needed to go feed and check on them. So I made the trip on the train.
  11. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    I've been to KC MO Union Station a couple years ago - isn't that where they have Fritz' restaurant? The little train doohicky delivers your burger and fries!
  12. mopac spkjpr

    mopac spkjpr New Member

    Sad to say I haven't been to KC's station since they remodeled it. There is also a train engine simulator there I would like to go in. BNSF donated an old one that is used to train the crews on.
  13. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    Greetings from another Missourian!
    I'm in St. Joseph right across the state from you! :D
    I'm about an hour North of KC and I've only made it down to Union Station once. We're planning on going down this year to see the lights though. I hear it's quite a display.
  14. Brutus

    Brutus Member

    Hi Cannonball! My wife has family about an hour south of KC and right up at the border too. Did you go see the Mickey's a couple years ago? They had all these statues of Mickey that were basically the same statue, I guess made with fiberglass, but they were all painted differently - it was very cool.
  15. Cannonball

    Cannonball More Trains Than Brains

    No, I missed Mickey, but a bunch of artists did cows in a similar fashion. they had a couple of them on display when we were at the station. The main reason we went down was to see the KCS engines they had refurbished and put on display for the afternoon.

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