Maine Central, Lamoille Valley

Maine Central, Lamoille Valley
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to wish all those who stop by here to check out my model railroad blogging a very Merry Christmas, and thanks for your interest in what I am modeling and continuing to check in here to see what is new.

Although I had trains at an early age, various train sets on 4x4 and 4x8 tables, I feel that I became a model railroader in 1980, at Christmas, when my parents left a copy of Railroad Model Craftsman under the tree. It really opened my eyes to scale model railroading and what people were doing that was so much beyond what I knew about "trains".

That October 1980 issue of RMC is pretty worn out now, I know I went cover to cover for weeks poring over every word and picture. Just the front cover alone with this realistic looking coupler I had never seen before was so realistic and fascinating. And weathered freight cars, trees, a road scene - such great stuff!

And to top that off, an article inside about Whitefield, New Hampshire's ball signal. This was a place I had been to! I didn't really know much about what happened in Whitefield other than that was where we came across trains during our summer camping trips in the 1970s. This showed me exactly what was happening there.

I would start picking up back issues of RMC and later MR and absorb everything model railroading that was between the covers. It was a great education in how to do all things related to the hobby.

I still keep this issue in my office with other railroad books and special magazine issues that I refer to often. And I am glad to see RMC rise again with White River and continue on. Hopefully an issue this year will make it under the tree for a young kid interested in trains, and help them start a journey into the hobby of model railroading and all it has to offer.

Everyone be safe and have a very Merry Christmas!!!

1 comment:

Yaggerbomb said...

B.E.S.T. Trains has a kit for the Whitefield ball signal and shack JOHN CVRHS