"Mark Mathu" wrote in
What if I haven't been good? Does that mean that Santa will
bring me a live steamer to go along with the coal in my
What I want is the time (and courage) to begin a new layout
after a 35-year absence from the hobby.
Man, it sure has changed over the years. When I was in the
hobby before, Ed Suydam was importing brass models of Pacific
Electric interurban cars, PFM and a number of other brass
importers had big (usually full-page) ads in MR. The Kadee
couplers were relatively new. N-scale was brand new. GE had
just tried ASTRAK (an ahead-of-its-time precursor to DCC), the
late Linn Westcott was still editor of MR, the two largest
suppliers of superdetailing parts were Cal-Scale and Kemtron,
well, you get the idea.
Any good advice for someone returning to the fold after many
years away from active modeling?
Yes I have been. In your case, I figure you are due a unit coal train.
> Have you been good boys and girls?
> [My model railroad list is pretty modest this year - a pair of Accurail
> Andrews trucks for a project I'm working on, and that's about it.]
I asked for,(and will not recieve), an Athearn ATSF CF-7, which my wife
ordered,(from an ad in the December MR by "firsthobby"),a few days before
Thanksgiving. After checking the front doorstep nearly every day since then,(to
see if the BROWN TRUCK had payed us a visit), my wife phoned "firsthobby"
Christmas Eve morning to check on the status of her order, only to learn that
they are expecting to receive their first shipment from their supplier sometime
in February,04.Bah,Hum-bug! btw, the engine is still being advertised by
"firsthobby" in the current issue of MR.
As for me.
My sister asked herself, what can I get my Brother for Christmas?
I know, a subscription to Model Railroader!
She got a shock when Model Railroader said "Thank you, his subscription
has been renewed."
I said "Hallaluleh!" Don't have to worry about renewing.
Something about "Simple Gifts"
Mark Mathu wrote: