Howdy from Lancaster ,SC

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dPrasse, Jan 14, 2023.

  1. dPrasse

    dPrasse Member

    Hello , everybody !

    Long time RR enthusiast...

    Grew up on the family dairy farm , in NW IL , along the Illinois Central RR west of Freeport, IL ...

    Saw plenty of ICRR , Milwaukee Rd in hometown ...

    Had model trains since Christmas 1971 , when I was 8 (Lionel set)... then, dad and I had HO ... discovered the fun N scale when I was 12 ... had N scale for years and then purchased a persons ICRR 1:29scale G gauge collection... great fun !
    Moved from a large IL house to a SC townhouse , in 2013 and had to downsize from G for space and up-size from my N for my eyes and rediscovered O scale 3-rail ...

    Now I'm out of the townhouse and in a house building my RR empire (as much of an empire one can have in O scale in 12x16 )

    I'm not a fan of a lot of the recent mega railroads (I'm sentimental ), so my modern O scale RR I'm designing is a modern Illinois Central( no CN) , Frisco (no BN) Central of Georgia ( no Southern ... the IC and Frisco own it jointly since the 50s ... sorry Southern )

    Also will have an interchange with modern day short line/museum RR , allowing me to run locomotives of my favored Builder , Fairbanks Morse with modern consists ...

    Probably TMI

  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Welcome to the group, Dave. I always enjoyed trips over to the Union County (IL) Wildlife Refuge and the chance to see what was then the ICG. I had very little comprehension of the railroading world beyond what I would see in terms of motive power: SL-SF, MoP, SSW, and ICG.
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  3. dPrasse

    dPrasse Member

    I miss the Union IL RR museum ...
    They operate Frisco steam loco there ...

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  4. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Welcome to!
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  5. fredman23

    fredman23 Member

    As my helper's granddad used to say, "Been Nothin Since Frisco."
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  6. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Dave, Welcome Aboard!
  7. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Welcome aboard!
  8. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    Welcome to the forum. Have fun with the layout. What radius curves to you plan to have?
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  9. dPrasse

    dPrasse Member

    072 ... 36" .... like to go bigger , but 12x16 room wont handle much larger , without it being just a huge circle
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  10. skyraider

    skyraider Member

    What locomotives do you plan on running? 4 axle diesels should be ok with that.

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