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Re: Model railroad club without politics

Big_Boy_4005 ·
Well Josh, I think you have the right idea. I've been in a number of clubs with layouts, once you have money, rent and property, politics naturally follow. I've found that round robin groups are usually the most fun. Unfortunately, I don't live in your neighborhood (about 600 miles away), or I would join right away. BTW, I've always felt that one of the major shortcomings of this forum is the inability to find members by location. I would love a way to identify others living in my area to...
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Dennis ·
Round Robin Clubs are good. You can find out you may need some rules though such as, does everyone have to have a layout and take a turn as host on a regular schedule? Does size matter, i.e. are you going to want a 15 member club and a guy hosting who only has an 8 foot single track loop? Things like that . . . . Dennis
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jim pastorius ·
Good luck. Politics has driven me out of several organizations from trains to cars to the theater and, finally military re-enacting.
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p51 ·
Yep, I agree with Jim 100% here. There is a round-robin group that has very little politics that I can see, but that's the only such group I've ever seen (and maybe I'm not looking hard enough to see the politics in action). Frankly, politics and some downright schoolgirl-levels of drama caused me to quit the hobby in utter disgust from a HO module group in Florida (that I helped found) in the 90s. I didn't come back for almost 20 years due directly to that.
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Josh Morse ·
Well our group has been in action for the better part of 50 years I have only been a part for the last cupple. We don't focus on the this that are listed above like layout size or number of people. All are welcome. So offer food or snacks some you bring what you want. Those of use that want to work on layouts help each other. The ones that want to run trains run trains and the ones that want round house talk talk. Any scale any size or level of completion. If you invite all and some don't...
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david1 ·
I would join a round robin group in my area but will not join another modular group or a club layout due to the issues named above. In our area it is almost impossible to get a modular a group going. I tried 3 times and each and every time it ended in bad feelings, people complaining and finally everybody stops coming.
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rogerpete ·
many moons ago I suggested to the moderators to have a map posted where you could put your location & code it such as "visitors by appt only", good places to visit or off the beaten path hobby shops. Never went anywhere that I'm aware of. I would have found this invaluable when travelling on vacation.
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mikey ·
We have a round robin group and each hosts dinner once a month and every member has a layout and live within a 50 mile radius and there are eight members. Mikey
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MichRR714 ·
Round Robin groups are a great way to enjoy the hobby. Keeping things simple are my only advice.
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Jim 1939 ·
Our club group works well. No dues, no officers. We do have a member that sets up our annual host list. The club is popular enough that it has been difficult holding the membership down so that all can be accommodated at a host home.
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bigdodgetrain ·
if everyone put their locations like you and I we would know where everyone is.
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Mike H Mottler ·
An informal "brown bag" train hobby group that meets over a McD meal (or something of their own making) in rotation at the homes of group members/hosts sounds great. Talk trains during mealtime, and then adjourn to the train room for a work session on that member's layout or an operating session. Some hobbyists would probably be satisfied with that modest level of engagement with little or no money involved. Others seeking participation in a grander enterprise may gravitate to an organized...
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Big_Boy_4005 ·
True, but that's not exactly what I was referring to. The forum has a feature where you can view the membership as a map. The problem is, that only tells you how many members live in a given state (or country). It doesn't tell you anything about which which ones. Without going through every profile you can't tell who's your neighbor. Total needle in a haystack! Maybe I'm just used to the TCA directory. They made it easy, but they are a private club, and the forum is far from it. I'm sure...
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Moonman ·
When on the member page, there is an advanced member search feature on the top right. There is now a search feature by postal code. There are two members in Josh's postal code. It seems like the forum listened. One may need a few postal codes of the area in reasonable driving distance. Then, as bigdodge mentioned, the results are dependent on each members willingness to make profile data viewable or provide a contact email.
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rogerpete ·
Where is the map page?
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Moonman ·
well, you don't really need it to do an advanced search- but, here is the answer Select members from the blue menu bar> members page - on the right is a blue context menu that reads "sort by name">hover the cursor over that and the rest of the menu appears>select "view as map"
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Michael Hokkanen ·
Any place without politics sounds good to me. Sadly - in my area, there are far too few people, let alone model railroaders, to have a club.
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Alan Rogers ·
I absolutely agree. I have found that there are folks out there who care little what the club is about. They merely view it as a vehicle to assert personal power over others. I took a look at your website. AWESOME layout!!! ALAN
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gunrunnerjohn ·
Looks like PA is a good place to start a club, it's the only state in red on the map!
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J Daddy ·
If it wasn't for all those Pesky NYC fans trying to repaint and re-letter all our locomotives it would be a peaceful club! You would be surprised how many "closet O railroaders there are out there that have come out of the wood work. Never thought we would have to limit our club member list. What is nice though... is our guest list just grows and grows!
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DoubleDAZ ·
If you just View As Map, you get the map that was posted above and all it does is show how many in each state when you hover over a state. If you do a Members/Advanced Member Search, you get options to Search By Geographical Area that displays actual member locations as a List or Map by entering the Country and Zip Code with more options for Exact or Within 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles.
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Big_Boy_4005 ·
Carl, THAT'S IT!!!! Very well hidden. I wonder if that showed up with the forum software upgrade. Thanks!!!
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bigdodgetrain ·
that is very cool. click on the balloon and see who it is. lots of forum members live around me. now to get them to join our clubs. https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/a...emberResultsType=MAP
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rogerpete ·
I would have never found the map feature in a million years!
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paul 2 ·
Josh, I have been in a Round Robin group that meets once a month at each others homes. No dues, no politics. But over the years guys have passed away and as to layouts, a few do not have one at all and it is a mix of gauges, some HO, one O gauge two rail, one On-3 and a couple of three rail. There have been times when there was not a month someone was hosting so we would get together and do a dinner. I have also joined a group of guys in the Cleveland area called the Tuesday Night Crew. It...
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jim pastorius ·
To some model railroaders it isn't necessarily a social hobby.
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Mark Boyce ·
I agree Roger! Both the list and map work like a charm! Thanks Carl, Dave, and all! I agree Jim, the hobby doesn't need to be social for everyone. I was a loner in the hobby for decades, but like being able to share the hobby with others.
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p51 ·
Thanks a lot. Alan, you made my day with that comment! As for it not being a social hobby for some, Jim is of course correct. With all hobbies, there's going to be a few that would rather go it alone, or use everything as a conduit for assert their will on others. Think of Sheldon from "Big Bang Theory," trains and all, and I can tell you I've seen people exactly like him... ...only much older.
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brianel_k-lineguy ·
Trouble is ... humans are political animals by nature and issues may soon arise even in a small group. However, it's supposed to be about the fun of sharing the world's greatest hobby. New group members should demonstrate a suitable hobby-related purpose, eagerly participate in group meetings, and host an occasional meeting as expected. Anyone could signal waning interest (or they "got what they initially came for") by simply not coming to a few meetings and quietly dropping out without...
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jim pastorius ·
Diversity ?? I have modeled in 7 gauges, three in scale and I still hate politics.
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p51 ·
Neat! The only thing lacking is far more figures, especially ones standing in your shots...
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Doug W. ·
Tried the search by zip, cool feature. Used my zip and came up with quite a few as well as someone who had been a club member but has been deceased for quite awhile.
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p51 ·
They can also be saying, "I don't want anyone to decide how everyone else is going to do something" and there's nothing wrong with that. In many groups, 1-2 guys will tell everyone else how it's going to go, and there often is little fun in that. I almost joined a On30 module group before I realized I could build my own layout, and what stopped me was when they decided all modules had to be locally themed. Problem is, I only got back into model trains to model a specific RR that is nowhere...
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Penn-Pacific ·
Starting a club sounds like fun, providing it generates interest with more than a couple people. But how does one do that without "the politics"? I don't belong to one myself but I'm curious, how should a club be run? I mean there's got to be a yard master or some semblance of order, doesn't there?
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SPIKE ·
Starting or participating in a club or organization is quite fun and rewarding. I am a member of two different organizations and I have made new friends and acquaintances that I would not have met any other way. I have also met some that I keep my distance with. Keeping an open mind and remembering why it is that you joined will go along way. Anytime you put two people together, you are going to have differing views. Multiply that by how many ever members there are and now you have that many...
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Model railroad club without politics

Josh Morse ·
Hi, I am located in westernKentucky and am looking to find more people in my area (around Madisonville) that are in to running and trains and modeling. I have a small group of friends that run trains together without a club. We have no club layout and work more on the "Round Robin Group". Just looking to see if there are any ppeople around who would be interested in creating a group with no dues, no by-laws, and NO POLITICS. If anyone is interested in such and endeavor please feel free to...
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WTB - Broken Western Hobbycraft Trolley for powered trucks

illinoiscentral ·
Have a K-Line South Shore interurban set that the contact rollers shorts on any switch I have tried. Thought about buying a WHT from Walt' son but I know once I open the box I won't have the heart to tear it apart. I have something from Electric RR to make it work with TMCC (I hope!), and I will take the risk that the mechanics don't work out. So ... if you have one that is damaged "on the top" or "the electronics don't work", lemme know. New WHT are still $150 here , and the price on ebay...
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The West is the Best (for the moment)

Arnold D. Cribari ·
I mostly run Northeastern locomotives. Being from NY, and enamoured with the New Haven, Pennsylvania and NY Central Railroads since I was a young child, I have acquired mostly Northeastern model trains. But I also have some Western locomotives that I occasionally run on my layout. This evening, I noticed on my layout the billboard shown in the short video below, that mentions the West and the Grand Canyon. This billboard inspired the name of this Forum topic. And I did a quick Forum search,...
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mikey ·
Here is some Western RR Action
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
Mikey, I love the look of the Western Pacific livery in your photos.
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
Love the look of this MTH Proto 1 Burlington Northern diesel hauling oil as it passes the ballpark. I think something like this may happen in real life at the Seattle Mariners ballpark. Arnold
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juniata guy ·
Arnold; apropos of your topic title; are you by chance a Doors fan? 🤔 Curt
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OddIsHeRU ·
Mikey’s pics look a lot like the Western Pacific Museum in Portola, CA. If so, six of us went there after Sacramento’s Railfair 99, and we bought two hours of run time. We split it six ways so we each got to drive 10 minutes on the F-Unit, and 10 minutes on one of the switchers. I found it just as enjoyable watching the other five guys get the hang of it. Our instructor was a young lady of about 20, herself a qualified engineer. Can you imagine six, albeit very well behaved, gentlemen in...
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
Totally, and when I posted this topic, I knew that "the west is the best" was a lyric in one of The Doors' songs. I believe that song was The End. It was not one of my favorites. My favorites: Light My Fire, Touch Me, LA Woman, When the Music's Over, Roadhouse Blues. Arnold
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Arnold D. Cribari ·
How about this Great Northern smokin' diesel, which is an MTH Proto 3: IMO, the Great Northern also had gorgeous livery. Arnold
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mikey ·
Oddisheru, You are right our train club went to Portola on Saturday and rode the train,I have been there several times and the ride through the canyon is very nice and you can watch BNSF action at Keddie heading to and from Oregon. Mikey
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MELGAR ·
Pictures of some of my Western locomotives. My scenery and most of my trains are from the Right Coast... MELGAR
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Randy Harrison ·
Though we are the Great Northeastern Railway, we are occasionally visited by the Santa Fe Super Chief. It must have made a wrong turn leaving Chicago.
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Adriatic ·
I am the Lemur King! 🤣🤣
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Adriatic ·
Oopsie! (...laugh now!)
 
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