State railways

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Technocrates, Jan 28, 2006.

  1. Technocrates

    Technocrates New Member

    I am creating my own country and making some State Railways for them, (I am that type of guy) and I want them to be unique. Has anyone else tried modelling their own free-lanced public railway. I know of a lot of private railways.
  2. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Yeah, for awhile I had an idea about a ficticious pacific island nation, named Kalinin Maru...set in 1985, it was partial to large steam tank locomotives, and I created a complete roster of train Gif drawings for the state railway...boy that was cool! :cool:
  3. Technocrates

    Technocrates New Member

    I am sort of thinking of making it set somewhere here in NA and saying that most locomotives are hand-me-downs from railways in the US and Canada.
  4. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    A little blue tank engine perhaps? :D:D:D

  5. Don't forget the fat controller:wave:
  6. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Taking modeler's license like this really opens the door to creativity! Do you have a name for the State and any paint schemes in mind for the equipment?
  7. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Now, this is real free-lancing!! Possible CP and BN (etc.) repaints :D :D to
    a new announce1 State Railway, mucho creative options!! Good idea!!

    Now, wait, this wouldn't be the Republic of California, would it???:oops:
  8. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Nachoman- :lol: These are BIG articulated mallets, like 2-6-6-2T's and such. LOL in the suggestion, but they're green/with gold lettering. but yes,, something like that :) ;)
    I got the idea from Collin Garret's Steam book, and in there, it showed small drivered mallets, and It got my creative ball rolling....

    Badyin Macfadyi vbmenu_register("postmenu_180239", true); - yes....I believe the head of the state railways is quite portly, but no top hat, or suit, you would be caught dead yearing those in the sweltering humidity!

    Sorry it if feels like I'm hi-jacking your post technocrates...I don't intend to! :)

    Technocrates- Perhaps it could be a newly-formed breakaway of mexico, which would allow you to buy some of the hand-me-down locos you want, you could also take advantage of Athearn's new mexican-painted stuff, like TFM and NdeM stuff, not to mention that you could also use first generation diesels along with more modern stuff, which would be uber cool! also it would give you some very interesting scenery options, and one more thing, there's an abundance of untapped natural recources in mexico, that very few people can get their hands on, and with this new break away idea, the railroad could play THE major part of that sort of operation!!
  9. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    The big question: have they always been the state railways or did the state take them over (say, within 50 years before your modelling date). It seems to take that long for the railway to shake off its past and develop an identity of its own. A nationalised system could have some quite conflicting loco ideas.
  10. A Dutch modeller, Ruud Bergevoet (sp?) I think created his own Central American republic, complete with history etc. He built quite a lot of unique models in N.
    I just found an interesting article in an old magazine on the subject.
  11. Technocrates

    Technocrates New Member

    I am going to do that myself. I am going to make it sort of a banana republic so the equipment will be under-par. I saw some old passenger cars at the local train show that would have been perfect for this but I forgot to buy them!
  12. GeorgeHO

    GeorgeHO Member

    You could go with a large Indian reservation where they discovered some valuable resource and developed their own railroad which also became an interchange railroad between two or more large class 1 railroads (CNR, CP and NYC, B&O, NP, GN....) and situate it on the US/Canadian border, close to you. I was thinking of doing that in my area with the Appalacian mountains serving as a mining hotbed for the ficticious "AM" Atlantic Midland Railroad, with the diesels painted with the AM letters forming mountain peaks, but that is way way back on the burners.
  13. wjstix

    wjstix Member

    Al Kalmbach did something similar with his pioneering Great Gulch, Yahoo Valley & Northern, which served "Mintario" a country located between Minnesota and Ontario.
  14. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    I was going to take Pennsylvania off the side of my Spectrum 44 tonner, and replace it with my own markings, but i didn't. Who could have the heart to take out the old Pennsy?
  15. krokodil

    krokodil Member

    You should rather establish a privatisation office and start to privatize your State railways. After that all your problems will be easily solved....

  16. Technocrates

    Technocrates New Member

    Things do run better when private (which is why they need more competition in Amtrak, which being publicly funded does a lackluster job) but I would like a state railway for the heck of it.
  17. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    And a commuter rail to the casino.

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