How many actully run there trains?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Livesteam, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    I know there are some people that dont really run there trains, does everyone here run them?
  2. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member


    ...if I didn't lose my job after 9/11 and needed to dismantled my layout- I use to run almost every morning and evening to make the commuter runs, bring the through freights to the yard and do the local freight set outs/pick-ups.

    I hope to be running a railroad again in about 2 years.

    Mark :thumb:
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Every Tuesday run night at the club, at least one of my beasties gets to stretch its legs. At 20 minutes a lap, they get a pretty good workout in 2 hours. Really feels good when a pair of one time junkers digs in their heels on the upgrade with a load of 25+ cars weighed out to NMRA standards. :thumb:
  4. seanm

    seanm Member

    My track is not even finished and I run trains at least a couple of times a week.
  5. toolman

    toolman Member

    My layout is operational with a card system, and try to keep the interchange and yard busey.
  6. theBear

    theBear Member

    I only have a small switching puzzle but I try to run the locos just to relax.
  7. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    I am planning to set up operations very soon. I have my lower level track fully operational now and have been breaking in my locos on it. That's about as far as I've gotten to date but it won't be long now! :D :D

  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I have to admit that I have not run my trains at all in the last few months. I used to have them circle around while I was doing other things, but the layout has become cluttered with projects!

    My engines are currently safely packed in a toolbox for transportation to either the modualr club (where I can do some real operating) or to friends' places where we combine some not so serious ops with other RR pursuits.

  9. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    We're supposed to actually run the trains?

    Man, I've been doing it all wrong.
  10. cpr_paul

    cpr_paul Member

    No trains running at present...they're all boxed up until the basement is rebuilt.
  11. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Always running mine, trying to get the kicks worked out of my shoddy track laying. LOL
  12. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Was that quote "Breaking In" or just "breaking", Val?

    Did you ever find out what was wrong with that one locomotive?
  13. 77railer

    77railer Member

    I run my flyers every now and then. The ho stuff gets ran at the school house, but no Ho's running around my house. No Pun Intended

  14. trainwhiz20

    trainwhiz20 Member

    Ohh! I do! I do! *Jumps up enthusiastically*

    In my life, I find running trains to be soothing, and to escape from it all. (Sounds like a cheezy cruise commercial, eh?)

    There's just something about trains. Who knows what. Inexplainable. But going upstairs and operating the trains, even if in circles, makes the world go away. It's the best kind of therapy. (And no--contrary to popular belief I do NOT talk to my trains!) ;)
  15. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    In the summer i run my ride on ones normally once a week.

    I normally run my trains every day for a month than take a month off for some reason. but when i do run the engines do get hot.
  16. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    Why have them if you can't enjoy running them! Static displays are for museums!!
  17. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    One thing I really like is to turn out the lights and just watch those headlights
    make their way across the countryside. Makes it seem almost real :) :)
  18. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I run mine almost every day for at least 15 minutes, most times much more. I took that old advice to heart about having trains running as soon as possible while constructing the layout. It kept my interest up to see trains moving even though I was still working on some benchwork. I think one of the joys of a continuous run plan is running a train unattended while I'm working on some part of the layout. I'll glance up from my latest project as the express or long freight goes by and smile. :)
  19. santafewillie

    santafewillie Member

    I try to run for a couple of hours each week. I have only laid 120' of mainline so far, stopped to finish some scenery before I continue. I have completed two industrial sections with 11 industries to switch. I do get about five or six hours a week for modeling etc.
    It's spring here in North Texas so vegetable gardening is taking about three or four hours a week out of my train running time. In a couple of months, the temperature in the non-climate controlled train room will be over 100 for much of the day and that will limit my time as well.
  20. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    At least once a week.

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