n00b alert—incoming silly questions!!

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by jeff_in_tx, Nov 7, 2004.

  1. jeff_in_tx

    jeff_in_tx New Member

    Hello, all. I recently rediscovered the hobby after about a 20-year absence. Here’s my story…

    I remember Santa bringing the family an HO set when I was maybe 6 or 7 years old. He set it up for us to play with on Christmas morning. Though my two brothers quickly grew bored, I thought it was about the coolest thing I had ever seen. Every year around the holidays the train would come out and I’d play and play and play and play. The rest of the year my Dad would take me to see the occasional layout in the Youngstown/Cleveland/Pittsburgh area where we lived.

    When I was a pre-teen, Dad and I set out to build a cookie-cutter layout together—the Plywood Summit Lines, if that rings a bell with anyone. Actually, I don’t think he was all that interested in building a layout so much as he didn’t want me operating the table saw. :) We, for the most part, finished up the benchwork, and I bought all the track, a couple of locomotives, and some rolling stock. I even painted some cars that looked pretty good. Me, the most non-artistic guy in the world, painting models! Things were looking great, we were gonna finish the layout, and I would be the happiest little model railroader in the world. But it wasn’t to be.

    At this point you’re probably thinking, “Great, now Pop’s going to die in a tragic boiler explosion or something, leaving the kid to swear off model railroading forever.” Nope. Happily, Dad’s still going strong these many years later. But we never got around to finishing the layout. I probably discovered girls or something silly like that and was no longer interested, who knows. Anyway, during the next two decades (!) I didn’t really think about the hobby. Until…

    Recently my Mom decided to sell the house so she could move into something more manageable for her. I went home one final time (I live in Texas now) to claim whatever stuff was important to me and found… you guessed it… my old train things. By the end of that day I’d decided that I WOULD be starting on a layout soon.

    So now, after all these years, I'm back into the hobby. I feel like a kid again. I’ve started on the venerable “Southside Connecting” layout, which is a 1.5x10 switching layout from one of the Atlas books. I lie in bed at night and think about my next layout (and how I’m gonna get the wifey to go along with it ;) ), even though I’ve barely started this one and I don’t know what I’m doing!

    Anyway, it’s the 21st century now so I set off on an Internet quest to see what resources are available to help newbies like me and I came across you good folks. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks browsing the archives and seeing how things work, and I have at least 527 stupid questions to ask. So… brace yourselves. :)


    Jeff Sherer

    Houston, TX
  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    LOL....Welcome to the gauge as a posting member. Ask away. Fred
  3. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan


    Welcome to the Gauge! Fire away. The only silly question is the one that is not asked. When I got back into the hobby a few years I asked a ton of questions around here. With the wonderful help of the folks around here I have expanded my knowledge and increased my modeling skills (I hope).
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Welcome Jeff, ask away! :D
  5. jeff_in_tx

    jeff_in_tx New Member

    Heh... yeah, well, I get that a lot. But you watch my posts for the next couple of years. Eventually you will say to yourself, "Dang, that really was a silly question. Who is this moron?" :)
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Jeff, don't worry about the silly questions; just watch out for the silly answers!
  7. NYC-BKO

    NYC-BKO Member

    Welcome, Jeff, and as for the questions, what Tom said!!!:wave:
  8. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Jeff,Welcome aboard. :wave: Ask away.We love to answer questions. :D
  9. FiatFan

    FiatFan Member

    Hi, Jeff

    Welcome (back) to the hobby.

    I would respectfully disagree with those who say there are no stupid questions. I have so far found at least one - when your offspring is standing with his/her hand on the door to the dishwasher and asks if the contents are clean or dirty!

  10. rcline

    rcline Member

    hello Jeff!
    Welcome to the "House of Clickity Clack" - Don"t worry about the questions, it"s
    the cash flow that the wifey has to ok! I'm a new kid myself, I have learned a lot in here just by reading questions and answers of others and asked a few myself. There are a lot of really intelligent ladies and gents in here.
    I had to make a choise, horses or hobby? With my wifes approval, I waived goodby to two of the horses this morning. "Long live the Rails"
    Welcome aboard !
  11. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Welcome Aboard The-Gauge Jeff. :wave: Ask away Jeff. We will be glad to help you out.
  12. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Oh man - you're a goner!!!! Sounds like the bug has bit you hard!!!

    Welcome to the Gauge, and like all the good folks have said - ask away!


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