Model Railroading Terms That Make Me Nutz!

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by MCL_RDG, Mar 13, 2004.

  1. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member


    I know it's a personal thing but, there are MR terms and phrases that absolutely make me nutz when I hear 'em. If you're going to suggest I seek professional help- too late. I'm around the bend and there's no coming back. Perhaps you'll share that special phrase you hear uttered and your blood pressure rises.

    Here's a few of the ones that press my buttons- try 'em!

    "...walked away with the whole yard"!:curse:

    "...waiting in the pocket".:(

    " the hole".:rolleyes:

    OK- it's time for my meds.

    Mark :)
  2. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Mark,Here some more before you go and take your meds.
    Coffee Grinder
    Ballin' the jack
    Chock a block
    Hammer Head.

    Well thats it..Now off to Columbus I go! :D
  3. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Great. Now I can't get the Caddyshack voice of Bill Murray out of my head..."Its in the hole!" :D
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Hump and/or humping :D :D :D

    It's a crime when the trains are doing more of that than you are! :mad: :curse: :p
  5. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    You have to kill all the golfers on the course!
  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Is it a "turnout" or a "switch"? I still throw into a 70s flashback when my train orders tell me to "pickup reefer at..." :eek:
  7. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    In this part of the world, it's a "set of points". "Points failure" is the term they use when the trains are delayed. And you "switch" the "points". :)
  8. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    be the ball, be the ball, nanananananana ......

    what a classic movie.
  9. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    Be the train, be the train, chug chug chug :D :D :D
  10. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Shaygetz,Being a old brakeman to me a track switch will be just that a SWITCH..A turnout( a coat and boots) is what a firefighter wears to a scene of a fire or accident.
  11. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    I know what really irks me is when someone refers to your layout and/or collection as a "train set". :curse: :curse:
  12. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    But, a train set by definition is track, cars and transformer.

    So a layout is really only a "train set" surrounded in mud. :D
  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Woodie-"AAaauuuuugghhh!":D ;) :p

    Brakie-"Being the son and brother of fireman (The squirtin' water kind), you can understand my quandry."

    Will-"That hurts, man that hurts"
  14. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Sorry, Shay, just funnin' with b28
  15. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    yeah i figured. didnt really have any comeback for ya though :D
  16. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    (i woulda edited my last post but i couldnt.) I think we're haveing a little too much fun with this thread :thumb:
  17. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    I still haven't heard anyone mention the worst one, when someone refers to your layout as "toy trains". :mad: :mad:
  18. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Ok, explain this....

    We have used the term "turnout" to avoid confusion between what the real world calls a switch and all the electrical switches that are/were common, especially with cab control DC.

    So why is the device that throws the points still called a switch machine? :confused: Why isn't is a (for example) Tortoise turnout machine???

  19. Chessie

    Chessie Member

    What was that all about? :confused:
  20. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Come on guys it's just a hobby. They are toy trains. The defintion of toy is at and definition #3. states; " An amusement; a pastime:". So I am proud to play with my toy trains on my muddy set. How about your toy computer set? Does that bother you? (cause it is a set and probally a toy too). Words are like buttons, and the more you have the more people will push them. FRED

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