What time period do you model?

Time Period Modeled:

Early Steam (Best Friend of Charleston, Phoenix, etc.)
1
5%
Transcontinental Era (1860's-1900's)
1
5%
Early 20th Century (1900's-1930's)
1
5%
Transition Era (1930's-1960's)
5
25%
Pre-Stagger's Diesel (1960's-1980's)
7
35%
Post-Stagger's Era (1980's-now)
5
25%
 
Total votes : 20

What time period do you model?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:19 pm

I figured after some of the discussion on newer TT motive power that it would be neat to see what time period that everyone models (or wants to model, for those planning on building a pike.).

This is more or less focused on North American modeling, based on present efforts to make a modern TT North American Diesel.

You can select as many categories as apply to you (If anyone else is trying to model early steam locomotives, I would like to swap notes with you).
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby Marquette » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:35 pm

1956.

But am probably (likely) going to go for 1975 for my Mexican project.
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby CSD » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:12 pm

1960's and 70's. For my Czechoslovakian layout this is a transition era as the last official year of regular steam service was 1980 there.
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:18 pm

Mine are easy since I'm not interested in steam - roughly 70's and up. I don't do any particular eras - I figure if the buildings and scenery are not super specific, the layout will be set in whatever era the trains that happen to be running at the time are from. Plus, there is a lot of overlap between eras anyway.
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:34 pm

ConducTTor wrote:Mine are easy since I'm not interested in steam


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True, the comment about eras blending, but there are resonable limits. A modern era layout would not have a lot of 1940's vintage cars on the roadways, then again there is Back to the Future.....
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby Marquette » Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:30 pm

If I had an apartment block all to myself and bignum dollars to play with, I would probably model everything from the American Civil War to modern Bangladesh; if it runs on rails, I love it.

To prevent things getting too out of hand is why I selected a very narrow timeframe to model with my Quebec Central project - Winter 1956/57; the choice of date was brought about by a number of factors - most power was still steam, but some diesels occasionally turned up; RDCs *just* turned up; French-language signage for station names and such replaced the English (e.g. Valley Junction officially being renamed to Vallée-Jonction); Imperial Oil tank cars were still running around; the mix of the freight car fleet was at a fascinating peak of steel and composite, and colourful cars were starting to show up.

Once I'd limited myself to a rather specific time period, I of course had to keep things interesting... and out of the exploration of what exactly was around then, my "rivet counting" and desire to model as accurately as possible emerged. And I think it's a great thing, as I've learned an immense amount about prototype railroading and railway technologies, and further, local histories, and industrial histories and technologies of the relevant industries. So that's been really fascinating, too, and often actively distracts me from actual modelling...

In recently giving serious consideration to dabbling with a bit of Mexican prototype modelling, I took a little bit of a different approach. Instead of choosing a date that interests me the most, I decided instead to find a suitable date based on what's available or will become available in TT as far as motive power goes, landing me in 1975 or thereabouts; I might fix it as 1976 - the year I was born.

As I'm currently only actively modelling the QC - and, since I foresee that being my "main focus" even if I do decide to pursue the Mexican project - I chose only "transition era", as that is the time period that *most* fascinates me.
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby scaro » Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:08 pm

The nomination of Mexican prototype got me thinking.

Given the odd mix of US and European designs, and that in TT, it's probably easier if you can nick a bit from European and a bit from the US, one interesting prototype might be Uruguay.

They have an interesting collection of Alco diesels with a bit of a Rio Grande look to the later scheme : http://alcoworld.railfan.net/uruguay.htm

But also have rather European things like these railcars which are I believe are 2ndhand from Germany:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 694&nseq=2

and even Ganz-Mavag trainsets, though not sure if there's a TT model of these available: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.p ... 04&nseq=22

Steam seems to have been a bizarre mix of German and Beyer-Peacock, but the goods stock visible mostly looks American : http://www.treindienst.nl/mon.html

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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby Marquette » Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:49 am

Wow, Ben, nice find! Very interesting shots, especially the ones from 1971. Way funky.

In contemplating the GP38-2 another option surfaced, namely the Saudi Government Railway who had one GP38-2, but I don't know anything beyond that about that area... except that perhaps Iran could also be an interesting prototype given their mix of American and European motive power...
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby CSD » Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:45 am

scaro wrote:The nomination of Mexican prototype got me thinking.

Given the odd mix of US and European designs, and that in TT, it's probably easier if you can nick a bit from European and a bit from the US, one interesting prototype might be Uruguay.

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Cuban layouts also have an interesting mix of American and Eastern European rolling stock.
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A Roco or Tillig BR120 or T679.1 could be repainted to built the second one.
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Re: What time period do you model?

Postby scaro » Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:53 pm

Yeah, those 1971 Uruguayan pics are very cool. I've always liked the GE shovelnoses, so I'd better not look at them again, lest I think of changing prototype.

The Saudis seem to have ordered from all over the place. Believe this is available in TT:

http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgur ... N%26um%3D1

Here's an RS1. The coaches I believe may be commuter cars originally on the Susquehanna, but sold when the road hit financial reversals in 1961. So they would have been used to RS1s, even if the environs couldn't be more different.

http://www.thefunctionality.com/storage ... lway-2.jpg

They also have SDL50s and SD38-2s, GP18s and FP9s. http://emdexport.railfan.net/mideast/saudi.html I like the humps which I assume are something to do with keeping sand out or cooling the loco.

I don't know what this is beside the SDL50 here, but it looks a bit like a BR232?

http://www.railfaneurope.net/pix/ne/Sau ... 3-23_A.jpg

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