Model Railroading Terms That Make Me Nutz!

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

  1. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Chessie...

    If you are referring to my post about turnouts being thrown by switch machines...

    It's all about "Model Railroading Terms That Make Me Nutz!", to quote the title of this thread... :D

  2. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Agreed Fred, I am just a big kid, playing with my toy trains, running them around a table covered with dry mud.

    When I was a little kid, I played in the back yard with wooden/metal cars and trains and pushed them around the old sand box.

    Now, my sand box is 48" high, the toys move all by themselves and the dried mud has been coloured to look a little more "real".

    Same principal, just I want it to "look" better. I have no problem with that.

    When I was a little kid, I built models, my goal then was to have the model look like the picture on the box. Now my models are 1:160 instead of 1/48 and I want them to look like the picture in the history book.

    Same thing, just my expectations are higher as I grew taller.
  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    define switch:6. A device consisting of two sections of railroad track and accompanying apparatus used to transfer rolling stock from one track to another.

    define turnout: 7. A railroad siding.

    from the dictonary, so a switch is part of a turnout, so what is sold as turnouts are really a switch with part of the turnout installed. Of course brakie has the second and final word as far as I'm conserned, so a turnout is what a fireman wears.

    a turnouts is also what we have when we vote. FRED

  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    It doesn't matter to me what you call my trains, but I think some folks get upset if htey are called toys, because they feel they have made a model of the real thing, and they therefore deserve to be called models.

    I always got a kick out of calling 1:1 airplanes "real planes" when talking to my friends who are into RC. They get noticably irritated, and politely explain that they are "full scale airplains". So they don't even want you to imply that their planes are not real airplanes!:D :D :D
  5. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    IMHO some people are overly sensitive and are taking this politically correct thing a bit to the extreme. If I think it bugs someone to call his hobby "toys" I'll go out of my way to barb him/her just like jon does his RC buddies. He's punching their buttons. If they didn't respond in negative way he would give up and that's that. If an old lady says it she don't know better and is just talking. You shouldn't get mad at someone because they are ignorant. Mom was right when she said to ignore the name calling. "Now if you will excuse me, I'm a buzy man who never grew up and I got a toy train set to play with. " Kind of sounds like Mr. Feedwater.;) FRED
  6. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

    You know what they say, "The only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys." What does that say about modelers? :D :D :D
  7. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Only difference is the size of their models.

    There is a line in there somewhere about beer and the end of the night.....:confused:
  8. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Except this old lady who's playing with toy trains too!!! :D :D :D :D

    I have yet to get a negative reaction to my model RR, but that may be because my friends already realize that I will never "grow up"! Besides, since when did playing with toys (of any kind) become less productive than sitting around watching tv all night?

    Maturity is sooooooo over-rated!

    :D Val
  9. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    You're only as old as: (multiple guess) feel act
    c. you look
    d. your birth certificate says
    e. depends on if you want a beer or a senior discount.

    But now I'm off subject of words that make one nutz.
  10. Pitchwife

    Pitchwife Dreamer

  11. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    Oh Mannnnn!!!!!! I'm moving to Missori!! I wanna know where Dash10 can buy beer with a senior Discount!!:p :p :p :p

    Always be Prepaired!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D
  12. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    I thought that was the price of their toys.
  13. Lightbender

    Lightbender Member

    I don't know if they are MR terms but I do know if I hear them in the train room they make me shiver like a freshly shaved poodle on the banks of Lake Michigan in early February. (Will Durst)

    1) Woops!
    2) I thought you had it.
    3) Was I supposed to press record?
    4) Is that supposed to happen?
    5) What's that smell?
  14. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    that's CUTE.

    :eek: :eek: :confused: :mad: :curse: :confused: :confused: :eek:
  15. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    and right up there with cute...........when I'm running HOn3 on the HO modules................oh!, he's using N scale for forced perspective.

    I don't mind biting my tounge.........I just don't like the taste of blood.

    ( echo of primal scream )
  16. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    At the AARP poolhall and tavern also known as the VFW. FRED
  17. Blake

    Blake Member

    How about "hey, does that loco have a smoke generator in it?".
  18. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    How about "ooo, here he comes" ? FRED
  19. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Or when a non model railroader looks at your in process layout and asks when you're going to decorate it.
  20. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    What? You mean you don't decorate yours for the hollidays? :D :D :D

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