Which era is easyest to model?

Discussion in 'General' started by Iantha_Branch, Jan 25, 2009.


Which one of these era's are the easiest to model?

  1. early steam

    1 vote(s)
  2. mid steam

    1 vote(s)
  3. late steam

    5 vote(s)
  4. early diesel

    22 vote(s)
  5. late diesel

    25 vote(s)
  1. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    James, it is great to see that you got the second steamer completed. Hopefully, I will be able to make another trip sometime next year.
  2. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Editorial Position From "FMIG Lines" Issue #113 (Jan. 1994). :)

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    SAFN SAAP Member

    That's because it is a moot point. We all know who is King of the rails... :D
  4. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Obvously the modern era is the easiest to model, then the first generation diesels due to the massive amount of models available and lower cost, but steam, along with all the structures on the railroads at that time and smaller cars is by far my favorite.
    Modern era to me is frankly, boring. No depots, towers, water tanks, roundhouses and no real "presence" in rural towns. Used to be a station agent or somebody who put a face to the railroad.
    However, opinions are like a certain anatomical item, everyone has one. Whatever you do that makes you happy is all right.
  5. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I think I've asked you before but not sure I remember the answer. How did you come to select 1943 as your era "date" to model?

    A peak traffic year due to WW2 demands, with all the big steam running and only a few "dismals", and Newburg at its apex?

  6. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I have a spot engine (19) and the other one being built (40). 1943 will allow me to have them along with the 4500s and few if not no diesels. Lots of WWII traffic, roundhouse, wood depots (I did cheat and didn't build the Texaco version of the Newburg depot. I don't know for sure when they remodeled it, but they ruined it for all but architects and fans of wierd depots), limited CTC, semaphores etc etc.
  7. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    How are you building your spot engines? I built three by highly modifing three bowser 2-10-2's.
  8. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Back when Overland was importing the 4400s, I managed to acquire two of the superstructures (boiler/cab) and a couple of 2-10-2 mechanisms from I don't remember where. Scratchbuilt cylinders, tenders, ets.
    In other words, I did what the Frisco did backwards, converted 4400s into spot engines.
  9. w3hodoug

    w3hodoug 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Now, just how cool is that?

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