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Model Train Blog

Community of Trains, vol. 1

May 22, 2017

I don't know why I like trains I really don't know. It is just an interest that wells up from within. And, I don't think that it is necessary to know why we participate in the hobby.  This blog isn't a call to circle the wagons and investigate inward, except that I have an observation: I have noticed that my activity in model railroading looks similar to what friends articulate as their activity for participating in their hobbies--except that, their hobbies are not trains. They describe their interests in terms that apply to me ever so much as it applies to them--except for me its trains and for them its cars, or quilts, photography, or building furniture, or any number of other pastimes.  ...

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Model Railroading is Sophisticated, Vol. 5

May 08, 2017

Story 1: I participate with a group in a movie club.  The other night, we watched Spike Jonze's Her. In a well composed scene, Joaquin Phoenix's character, Theodore, is walking among the trees and knee-deep snow. In the distant background (and not really intended for the viewer), one could make out structures on the far ridge line. Snowsheds... My mind ticks over. Intractably, "That's Donner," I wail.  A moment later, I turn to my brother and say, "in a theater full of people, only a railfan would place the snowsheds in the background." To which my brother replies, "Yeah, only the railfans and the cannibals." Story 2: The etymology of the word 'hack/hacker' (as in, "Russia hacked my email!") can be traced through...

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