Posted 04 February 2010 - 04:52 AM
As I look upon various train MOCs shared on EB, it gets me thinking, how does WHERE YOU LIVE influence your train building? Recent orange diesel trains shared by Sergio depict Portuguese trains. Others by Ashi Valkoinen demonstrate his interest in Hungarian trains. Personally, I've always liked Wild West steam trains. Does where you live influence what you build (or) do you just build trains that you like?
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:24 AM
Everything else, aside from the "Freak Show" (the big, heavy and powerful) is just practice to hone my skills for progressive refinements of NYC/PRR projects.
If anybody mentions that abomination against all that is right and proper in American railroading called "Penn Central", though, I'm gonna go postal...
Posted 04 February 2010 - 05:35 AM
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 03:58 PM
I voted very high, built / designed some trains (4 sets) and except for the Emerald Night, all are Swiss Electric Trains.
I grew up with them, with H0 scale and the real thing.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 07:17 PM
My top three favorite railroads, the Western Maryland, the Maryland & Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania RR, all ran into my home of York County, Pennsylvania and are the are the ones I model most. I love local history and the local connection these RR's all had ties into that.
When I'm not modeling those three I still am influenced by local connections. The Peach Bottom Railway Eastern Division ran in neighboring Lancaster County and it's middle division counter part went on to become part of the Ma & Pa. The Reading also ran locally and interchanged with the Western Maryland. The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie while not quite local was still a Pennsylvania line. The Norfolk & Western was an Eastern US railroad (getting farther away but still on my side of the US) and which the Pennsylvania RR owned a controlling interest of is also a favorite subject.
Even when I don't directly model something local I'm still pulling inspiration from local sources. For an upcoming project of mine I've been gathering ideas from Howard Tunnel and industrial areas around Harrisburg PA.
Posted 04 February 2010 - 08:54 PM
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Posted 04 February 2010 - 09:31 PM
especially Sweden where I live. There is a special feeling to create those trains you have a
Posted 05 February 2010 - 07:34 AM
BTW welcome ZueriHB, I'm sure we'd all like to see your Swiss models.
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 11:37 AM
I'm planning to build an another Stadler FLIRT, passanger waggons for Taurus, a V63 locomotive and freight waggons used in Hungary.
And of course, a Hungarain station. :)
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Posted 05 February 2010 - 08:14 PM
Be fore I moved to Ireland my trains were all Dutch. I just built trains that I was familiar with, or trains I remembered from my childhood. I've since built a Baldwin and a German steam engine for challenges on Flickr and there's another German steamer in the making.
I've yet to build something Irish though. Not easy as the older trains are orange while new ones are silver. Not the easiest colours in Lego. The fact that I've yet to find a pretty Irish train doesn't help either...
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Posted 06 February 2010 - 01:56 AM
I really like some of our local trains, and have been interested since high school, but eventually want to have a whole layout, and European towns are denser, and you can model a greater range of architechture, from the medieval to the modern. And I just really like the systematic nature of Germany's steam loco's. After the German states unified they tried to share components between designs to keep maintainance costs down, so their are standard boilers, cabs tenders etc. I've always wanted a round house full of uniform looking but different engines.
By contrast our local Victorian trains had an initial grand burst of track building, then a history of neglect almost ever since, with a bunch of bad technical descisions, and ownership changes thrown in just to make it sadder.
Posted 06 February 2010 - 02:24 AM
That said, there's also a Bulgarian company producing nice little shunters and I'd like to build one of those sometime later on, when I have enough space to set up my own train station. So I guess there is a tad bit of geographic influence and national attachment in me, after all.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:58 PM
Yeah, I agree about Irish trains. I grew up there, but with an eye on the more varied British system. Now living in the UK, I mix them up! Finding orange parts can be a bit pricey, and in 6-wide, the corners and angles on Irish locos can be very tricky. I've had a go though, and there are some other builders examples on this thread.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:57 AM
I've lived in Northern Cali and Southern Nevada my whole life so the Union Pacific has been a big influence.
All of my LDDs are UP or Southern Pacific and having only UP in my HO scale in my childhood helped my motivation.
I'm in process of building a UP switcher in fact and will post when it's completed.
I did in fact live near a BNSF line 20 miles away from my hometown for 13 years but the Yellow and Red had already stuck in my heart.
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Posted 18 June 2011 - 08:57 AM
But the trainstation and trains I'm going to build is going to be based on pictures of the Norwegian trains....
I have allready built one trainstation and it was based upon an old Norwegian trainstation.
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