Hobbies and Interests
My lifelong hobby is model railroading; in particular S-Scale. S-Scale or S-Gauge is at the scale of 3/16" = 1'-0". This is the size made popular in the late 1930's by The American Flyer trains manufactured by A.C. Gilbert Company. Below are some photos of a few pieces of my equipment and my layout module from the train club I have joined.
Engine number 350
This engine is called "The Royal Blue" after a similar engine that was operated by the B & O Railroad. It was manufactured in 1946 but did not make a "chuffing" noise or produce smoke. I acquired the engine in 2009 and then converted it to include "choo-choo" sound and to produce smoke.
Lumber Unloading Car Number 25016
This lumber car is also called the "Moe and Joe" as that is supposed to be the names of the two workmen. When the car is stopped over a special electrical contact, the workmen will throw the individual pieces of lumber off of the stack and onto the area next to the track. I received this car for Christmas in 1959 and it has increased in value such that I won't take it to any of the train shows our club take the layout to.
My layout corner module - "The Mountain"
This is a photo of the layout module that I am responsible for. It is the tunnel at one corner of the assembled layout. I recently completed a complete renovation of the "Mountain" to make it a permanent part of the module instead of a loose piece that had to be set in place when assembled.