Prototype or Freelanced?

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by SD90, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Which do you model? Do some people do a bit of both? If you try to model a prototype, I'm guessing there will always be things that aren't prototypical on the model railroad.

  2. Agatheron

    Agatheron Member

    Considering that the smallish London CN Yard not far from my own house is a little over a kilometer in length, which would work out to being about 20 feet long and a little over 12 inches wide... I really don't have the space to model the prototype... so I suppose I'm modelling after prototype given the door-sized space that I have available to me...
  3. rguyett

    rguyett Member

    mike My son and i just freelanced and did our own thing and thats what we wanted to do. WE did not want to copy a setting from somebody else or model a peticular area or time frame
    but we feel its what ever you want to do
  4. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    The only prototype I have are 6 SP engines. Other than the engines and all the cars, my layout is strictly free lance. I have 4 engines painted and decaled as K R & T, the name of my layout.
  5. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I model the Penn Central in that I have PC engines, PC freight cars, and PC cabin cars/cabooses. I create Eastern scenary to suggest some place vaguely NY/ PA. I've created fictional towns like Kings Port and West Mill Jct. that include industries appropriate to the NE area.

    If I really wanted to get more prototypical I would chose the PC River Division and research it more to learn about operations between Enola and Selkirk, numbering my trains EV-4, etc. , and create models of actual communities like Kingston, NY. Maybe I'll do that with my next layout if there is one but right now I'm happy with a mix of prototype and free lance.
  6. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    The small bit that I've done has no resemblance to any real line except that I have track and run trains. I've named the towns and railine and sculpted the scenery out of my imagination. I suppose that qualifys me as being freelance.:D

    Oh yeah, I do have engines from several lines including UP, BN and BNSF, but they are allowed to run on my line, along with any other, since I only have one engine and one freight car painted for my line so far (Oh boy, I sure have a bunch to learn there :oops: ) and I don't want to overwork them.:eek:

  7. Tad

    Tad Member

    I'm modeling the Ashley, Drew & Northern which was a 41 mile shortline in southeastern Arkansas.

    I'm trying my best to model features that are from that area and that road. I have done a fair amount of research and am trying to get my operations setup to be as close to the prototype as possible. I try to be fairly faithful to the prototype, but as always compromises have to be made.
  8. DanRaitz

    DanRaitz Member

    My railroad, the Minnesota International Ry. is freelanced, but it is based upon a past one. The real Minnesota & International RR. disappeared into the Northern Pacific RR in 1941. But in my basement it will still be around in 1990.

  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    My layout is freelanced with my own road name but do have interchanges with the prototypes like CP, CN, BNSF but the best interchange I have to date is one with Catt's GVR
  10. Catt

    Catt Guest

    Completely freelanced,but with interchange connections with CSX,CPRail,and NS.

    I also have connections with Robin's MAT.Fact is this is where NARA got it's start.

    By the way the GVR was created in 1978 ,so you can see its been around for a while. :D
  11. Rusty Spike

    Rusty Spike Member

    My trains run predominately through vast expanses of plywood on foam road bed - guess that makes it freelance at this point.
  12. cpr_paul

    cpr_paul Member

    My goal is to model CPR operations in Sudbury, Ontario...not sure how close to the prototype I will be able to come.
  13. DaytonTrainDude

    DaytonTrainDude New Member

    Oh wow! My parents have a cabin in Spanish, Ontario, which I think is only about 45 minutes west of Sudbury. I've been to Sudbury several times. It's the best place us Yankees can go to pick up some Cuban cigars to enjoy while we fish. :D
  14. cpr_paul

    cpr_paul Member

    L'il Havana's on Durham Street? I know it well...

    Track plan for my Sudbury layout will be forthcoming once I finalize the dimensions of the new train room.
  15. Cinnibar

    Cinnibar Member


    The A & T is a short line between Alpine and Terlingua, Texas. No such railroad ever existed but the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway Co. (the S.P. Sunset Route) did/does go through Alpine. I probably should, but don't, try to use more accurate S.P. equipment for my staged S.P. through trains...........maybe someday. In the mean time, I'm happy. :D
  16. ddavidv

    ddavidv Member

    :D Sounds like me!
    The plan, and stuff being collected, is for a prototype (WM) running through a fictitious area (town yet to be named) that would be typical of what the WM would have served. Ditto the scenery.
    Hard part is staying within the time period of the late 50s-early 60s when there is very limited equipment out there. I'll learn to build my own someday. :) The nice thing about N is, you have to use a magnifying glass to tell me the C&O boxcar that just came today was built in 1972! :eek:
  17. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    I haven't built my layout yet, so for now I am neither.
  18. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    I've always built freelance model RR's...I sometimes run prototype equipment, but in a freelance setting...
    The K&I RR is a fictional RR set in the early 60's that's kind of an amalgam of all the RR's I grew up with...the L&N, C&O, Sou., & a couple of others. This way, I can include things I like, without being nailed by the 'prototype police'! :rolleyes: :p :D

    I must confess though, to having this dream of building an N scale layout based on the L&N's Cumberland Valley Div (circa 1960) between Middlesboro, KY (Sou Ry interchange) & Norton, VA (N&W interchange) For me, this was the "mother of all Appalachian lines"! :cool: :thumb:
  19. Cinnibar

    Cinnibar Member


    From this and other media it would seem freelance is by far the largest segment of layouts. I really admire guys like Jack Burgess, Tony Koester, and, and, uhhh, can't think of any others but my hat is off to them. On a brand X forum one guy asked if anybody was doing a completely fantasy type layout..........mythical towns, railroads .........a purely mythical layout. Not too many were. I think most of us fall somewhere in between pure prototype and pure fantasy.
  20. rcwatkins

    rcwatkins Member

    Re: Prototype

    And that's where we get protolance. :D

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