Trains

And then I derailed. Again.

I admit freely that it’s a good thing I never tried to become a train engineer. According to Railworks I would have caused millions of dollars in damage and buried many people in rubble and twisted metal. It seems I have a habit of crashing into other trains or derailing them outright.

The first goal was to couple with another train. That went poorly. I misjudged the speed and the distance and to make a long story short there was a mighty boom.

I next misjudged how to set the junctions and part of my train down one track and part of it down another. A train does not exist very well across two tracks and it toppled over. And this was after I’d been driving it for over 30 minutes so imagine the gnashing of teeth. It was total disappointment.

Obviously I have some reading to do in order to understand the controls. And I probably should go around clicking on things and saying, "what does this do?"

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A toolbox for my trains

I have pieces and parts everywhere. I think I need to clean this up before the Mrs. gives me a boot to the head. I went to Lowe’s to get a toolbox to store the trains and the track. It must be my lucky day since I found them on sale for $2.50. I thought it was a misprint but it was the right price. I snagged three of them for other jobs. This is going to work really well. I can store the track in the bottom and the trains in the slots at the top.

Have train, will travel.

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New Diesels in the station

The new trains are here and they are really cool. I’m sure the seasoned train veteran wouldn’t think so but I’m well pleased with them. I got a cool Santa Fe engine with 3 additional cars and a Union Pacific engine with 3 additional cars. Plus each comes with more track and a transformer. Quite frankly the kit was significantly cheaper than trying to buy all the parts. The Santa Fe engine alone is worth nearly as much as I paid for the whole set.

Again, these may not be the coolest sets in the world but I have to admit they really bring out a boyish glee. The engines sound really cool as they go around. There is that small clunk as they pass over the connections and the sound of metal churning away. And when you put the sets together you can make a massive line of cars that looks really impressive as it works its way around. And the kids like it too. Now there is plenty of track and a really long train. Now it looks like a real train.

I may have to admit I might be taking this train thing a little far. Not only do I have the model trains I bought a copy of Railworks 2 from Steam. They were having a sale so I bought the base program and already have 4 expansions. I bought a couple engines that match the models I have. Railworks has the Santa Fe and Union Pacific engines. It may not be Dirt 3 or Grand Theft Auto but it really is a lot of fun to play. I find it almost hypnotizing.

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More trains are on order

This train set has been a great deal of fun but Don was right. I want more. I’ve been eyeing more trains and yet more track. I’ve been toying with the idea of adding diesel engines to my train depot. I admit the urge has been too strong so I ordered two train sets and more track.

Don’t chastise me! It’s easier to order track now than to add more shipping later!

Yeah this little train hobby is becoming expensive. But dammit, those trains are cool! And the little noise they make is fantastic!

And yes the trains did come from tandkhobby.com. Those guys are awesome!

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The train is on the porch

My train sets have arrive and in a great big package too! The extra long 30 inch track pieces mean the guys and TandKHobby had to use an oversized box. But I tell you what, they wasted no time in putting this order together and sending it out to me. I ordered it on Monday, they shipped it Tuesday morning and it’s here safe and sound on Thursday evening. I tell you what, that is some pretty impressive service.

And the box is just full of goodies! I have track galore! There’s even the Royal Blue set tucked away inside there. I didn’t try to come up with anything fancy I simply made the classic oval with the extra track and set the train in motion. Without sounding too childish it was all quite exciting. All the track fits together nicely and I didn’t commit one of the classic blunders and buy boxes of the wrong stuff. There is an abundance of track in this box so I will make something more fancy this weekend but for right now I’m quite pleased with my little train. I can see why people get excited over this.

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