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I discovered this forum, just newly started by the staff at OGR (started sometime in the summer I think).  I trolled around for about a month and finally signing up December 30th and never looking back.   Boy as I think back over those twenty years, the people that were on it, that have moved on, or passed on to the great layout beyond, the new members over the years, how much this forum has help, educated, and promoted this hobby we love so dear.  It's just unmeasureable.  How this forum had simple beginnings to the number one O gauge forum in the amount of members, views, etc, etc.

Thanks again OGR, it's been one **** of a ride.

PS did I miss it or did the OGR staff doing anything to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the forum???

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Couldn't agree more. I joined then as well. Think I had dial-up internet. Reefer Madness was the big thread of the day. Wow! Some real memories... Purchasing Williams Golden Memories from Marty, some guy pretending to be Neil Young, or not, Frank53... Time marches on. 15 years ago my Dad passed away. 15 days ago my Mom passed away. I still check the forum daily, and subscribe to the print version of the magazine. I started out as one of the youngest members of the forum, now I'm an old fogey. Thanks OGR for the fun!

Coming up on 13 years for me next March.

I've learned that there hasn't been a question that I've had that someone online couldn't answer. Sort of my trainapedia!

I've also watched a lot of folks come and a lot of folks go, some in a huff!

The knowledge on this site, not just for Lionel, K-line, MTH, etc, but the lesser known trains like KMT, Weaver, etc is outstanding!

When I first found the forum (didn't join right away), the place was really active with what I would call the "TMCC versus DCS wars." Of course I wasn't familiar with either so had to wade in and figure it out. Also, DCS was being beta tested at the time with a release coming soon. Trying to recall the year(s) that would have been. 2003? '04?

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I joined after realizing that all my google searches about O gauge trains took me here.

It's been just 4 years for me but the wealth of knowledge, and camaraderie among everyone is second to none. Being able to connect with so many with the same passion for model/ toy trains is amazing.

Here's to another 20 years!!!! DILLY! DILLY!


Even though my join date shows 2001, I first joined about this time in 2000 too. Back in the day if you wanted to change your screen name Rich had to delete your original profile and you had to rejoin. Not even sure what my original screen name was.

I’ve never looked back. Like Bob said above, Google O Gauge and this is where you end up.

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Joined Nov 25, 2000.

For me, one of the most appealing aspects of of OGR's forum is its atmosphere and its culture, which is summed up by a sig line of a long gone OGR member (that, sadly, I can't recall the name of): "It's a great big tent with room for everyone!".

By that I mean there's 3R traditional, 3R Hi-rail, Tinplate, Marx, S, HO, G, N, Z, all persuasions of model railroading, plus there's also "specialty" forums. Further, here at OGR there's really no "wrong" way of enjoying your trains. Seems the vast majority of us here get it: There's a huge spectrum of "fun" to be found in the hobby and however a person finds "fun" is the "correct" way for them to enjoy their hobby of model trains and/or hobby of railroading in general.

So, even though my involvement here may ebb and flow... I always check OGR's forums, sometimes several times a day.

After all, OGR illustrates well that model railroading is "a great big tent with room for everyone"!


Compared to many, I'm a newcomer. It will be four years in December. I've been back into O gauge for twenty-three years but didn't find the Forum until 2016. Despite a long time with trains before then, there was much that I didn't know that I have since learned from the Forum. Although I've built and completed two O gauge layouts since 1997 (still have both and operate them often) I spend much more time reading about the hobby on the Forum than downstairs with the layouts.



I remember it well, I joined 12/18/2000. Yep, I am coming up on 20 years.

The biggest things I remember in the olden days of OGR were the raucous and very lightly moderated and sometimes heated or hilarious discussions...awaiting MTH's Mel's Diner for years, "oh, I can smell that chille now"...silly threads about the elephants at Hohenwald, and the toy train museum there with a statue of Lionel chief Gary Moreau made out of the lousy 022 switches...Bob C. and his quest for black smoke...battles over which is best MTH vs. Lionel, and the law suit...Locolawyer giving us a play by play from the courtroom...Clyde Coil and Legacy dang, Tony Lash and company, DCS and Toytrains1 then Barry B. helping people to get it working on their layouts...Marty helping people with Legacy...Hans Zimmer...Zans Himmer...and more...Scherbear waging war...joining TCA...Wifi...Thursdays at Fridays.

Getting answers quickly to problems has always made the forum invaluable. I remember early on I got TMCC and it wouldn't work, I asked the forum for help, quickly reply "make sure you command base is plugged into a 3 prong outlet" it wasn't I had a 3 to 2 adapter, got rid of the adapter and voila!

So much more to say, but thats enough for now. A big thanks to OGR for proving this forum over the years, and to the other Forumites that come up with the answers, questions, photos, movies, and funny stuff. The OGR Forum has been helpful and fun.

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