I want to thank all of the many people on this forum for all their help and who have put up with my questions and for their great answers.  It is truly a pleasure to belong to such a great group of people.  A big thank you to Alan for keeping the forum going.  I appreciate Lionel, MTH, WBB, and wish that K-Line was still in business and a big thanks to all of the great hobby shops that have come and gone and the ones that are still going strong, I wish you a great and continued success.  I would also like to thank Steve Nelson, Mr. Muffin, for his great business his wonderful crew who are always willing to help out.  Last but not least, TW Trainworx for all of the great custom layouts and tons of inspiration they have provided.  I look forward everyday to opening up the link to the OGR Forum to catch up on all of the latest train stuff and a special thank you to the gentlemen who started this list.

God Bless you all. 

JEM

sptrainnut

TCA 12-67009

 

Neat idea for a thread, I like this!

I'd like to thank:

  • Those of you here who have made nice comments about my postings on my layout (hey, you never know how your stuff is gonna be received until it is, right?). I subscribed to the magazine mostly because of the nice interactions I've had here.
  • Several of you who have given me assistance, and friendship online here. I don't want to start naming names as I'll forget someone and feel bad. You know who you are!
  • Allan, the editor of OGR. He's one of the nicest editors I've ever worked with (and I've worked with more than a few, in different types of magazines over the years). It's always a real pleasure working with you!
  • The Olympia, WA model train group. They're a nice bunch of guys and they totally turned me around on the hobby after being out of it for several years due to a horrible chain of incidents I endured within the hobby when I lived in the South...
  • My good friend Bob, from Florida, who's been a friend and mentor ever since I was a teen. I can't believe I've known the man for over 35 years!
  • My local pal Robert (different guy, same first name), who helped me with the track plan for my layout, the wiring, other stuff and is a one-man cheering section for my work.
  • The late Lee Riley at Bachmann. I just wish I could have thanked you in person. Without you getting the ET&WNC Baldwin ten-wheelers made in On30, I might not be in the hobby today (and for sure not in O scale).

Hey, I almost died of cancer myself two years ago, so I have heartfelt sorrow for the passing of MF.  The nicest things I can say is to enjoy every day, enjoy your hobbies and the nice people around you.  Keep it interesting.

Great forum.  Keep up the good work!

Cheers,       W1

As I thought about the passing of this forum's fonts of knowledge over the past year - Barry Broskowitz, CW Burfle and Marty Fitzhenry - a fourth name of one who is still with us came to mind:  Gunrunner John.  So I would say to Gunrunner John, "Please don't cross the street against the light!"

What, me worry?

I would like to echo the wonderful kind words stated in this thread about the Really Great Staff at OGR for this forum and Great magazine. Thru the great folks on this forum I have acquired a lot of knowledge and great tips about this great hobby of ours. Met several really nice folks both on the forum and in person as a result of the forum. Number90 love your story about your first train from your parents in 1953. I have a similar story only it wasn’t my parents it was an uncle that promised my mother(his sister) that if I walked before Christmas he would buy my me the biggest and best Lionel train he could find in Pittsburgh and I did walk 2 weeks before Christmas 1953 and still have that beautiful AA Santa FE F3’s and all of the 2500 series passenger cars made including both baggage cars. I also still have the ZW he bought to run those F Units which I currently still use on my layout. 

Rick

PRRT&HS #8473

N&W HS  #5825

State College, PA

"And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers

   Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel"

    "This train got the disappearing railroad blues"

 

Dennis Rempel posted:

What if your a old sourpuss and don't have anything nice.

Well, we could start a new thread:  "If You Have A Disposition Like A Bear With A Sore Toe, Complain About Everything Here". 

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

JohnB posted:

A big thank you to MartyE for helping me (for the second time) upgrade my club’s Legacy system. This time it was a different club The Delaware Seaside Rail Road Club.

JohnB

My pleasure John!

Marty

 

Below the Signature...

" Number One, make it "O"!"

 

A tip of the engineer's cap and a mega "Thank You" to BIG BOY 4005 who has entertained and educated many of us for years with his much-anticipated monthly updates on the progress of his incomparable layout.  What worked and didn't work were tirelessly photographed and explained each and every month--a must read for most forum members.   And he helped out frequently with ad hoc posts to help those encountering a problem or had a question he could answer.

Health problems have interrupted his continued contributions here and the fourth week or so of each month just isn't the same without his photos, how-to's, humor, and dialog.  Carry on, Elliot--you are missed.

Carl

I would like to thank Joe and the staff at Mario's Trains. Mario's is extremely helpful in finding items, both new and older items. Their prices are competitive and they offer easy to use on-line coupons which makes the deals even better. And, last but not least, Mario's has the best packing standards of any train dealer I've ever dealt with, bar none. Everything comes in protective-cushioned out boxes, such that inner carton is well-protected. This is extraordinary service that goes above and beyond.

Lionel and LionChief.  Simple control even George Jetson would understand.  

LC2+ got it the best.  Conv. From transformer, "clicker", or from any TMCC or Legacy remote.  Yes, a Legacy remote can address TMCC smaller control set.

The TEXAS SPECIAL:  The REAL RED streak of the golden prairies!

Tom,

What a great thread.  I have a lot of nice things to say about a lot of people because truly this hobby has become more about the people I have come to know than the trains themselves.   Where to start?  Tom your help with some of the more obscure ATSF locomotive information has been so important to the success of those projects.  More importantly your friendship, occasional wellness calls, and emails have really been so timely for me over the last ten years. 

I echo your sentiment about Scott Mann.  He took a huge chance way back in 2009 to involve me in a project and I've lost count of how many I have had the true honor of being involved with since.  Nicest and likely the shrewdest business person in this scale to pull of some some really interesting and fun projects.  Scott has become more than a contract employer is one of my true friends beyond just the business of trains.  Plus we both share a love for Peter Gabriel era Genesis music! :-)

Through my Sunset association I have come to know Bob Heil as not just a great resource, but a mentor and an incredible modeler.  If I have a tenth of the quality in my layout someday that he has in his that will be a true accomplishment.  Richard Dunn just knows his stuff and it is always fun to have him pop over to San Ramon when schedules align.  There are so many others I have forgotten to mention when it comes to emails and input I personally get during project development.  This role has taken my hobby to a level I never dreamed possible.

I am thankful for my TCA membership.  So many wonderful people.  I can't mention them all by name, but in my Division I have to say that Past National  President Chris Allen has always been my TCA mentor.  He's helped me through the politics when I was on the national board and never fails to go way above and beyond for Desert Division.  The only negative thing I can say about Chris due to his influence I now too spend a little too much at Division auctions and as a result have a storage unit for my trains.  Not necessarily the worst thing that can happen I suppose.  There are several others that have simply welcomed this crazy scale rivet counting railfan.  Prior to TCA I was an avid HO and N stay at home non-social modeler.  TCA has given me appreciation for trains I never had a remote interest in such as pre and post war Lionel.  I'm only a locomotive short of being able to run a standard gauge train around my tree as a result.  That 400E is just a bit out of reach for something I'd run once a year though.    

I am thankful for this forum.  My first post was in 2007 regarding a Williams T1 I purchased on Ebay that didn't run even though "it had been tested".  Through the kind help of several members at the time I was able to determine that the wiring harness was not wired correctly and I fixed it myself. 

In terms of people, I really want to give a special call out to Jack Wheelihan.  He is among the most friendly and genuine person one can meet and just knows so MUCH about prototype trains once you correspond with him in person.  While the project is a few years old, your EMD diagram of the SD7 demo scheme saved me days of work during crunch time.  Our conversations on configuration of Burlington E and F units is one I'll never forget in how patient and thorough you were with walking me through Burlington Bulletin #10.  I also have to give a shout out to the comedy duo of Kruimer and Casatelli.  Back in the early days of the 3 rail scale page, they really kept me in this scale as I was drawn to the ideas of scale couplers, non-swinging pilots and scale length cars.  

It is hard to really say all I want to say, so if I've left you out for some reason, it is not intentional.  I am better with arcane knowledge than names and always will be! Off there are so many of you that post on these pages that I am forgetting, but I do have to get back to work on GP7 and GP9 research or Scott will be after me!

Jonathan

 

This thread is indicative of Mr. Campbell's good spirit and upbeat attitude.  

After scheduling to attend a two day ranching symposium in Amarillo, TX, I contacted Tom in hopes of us finding time for a visit of any length.  He offers that I should arrive a day early and have an extended get-together (and if you like, bring some trains!). 
Having known and talked with Tom for a few years, I like the fact that our conversations start with family and home life, recent travel, our health, and musical interests.  We certainly talk about model and real trains.  Texans share an understanding that it is not polite to converse on the subjects of religion or politics, but we have found there is no need for us to steer clear of such.
Since our first meeting several years ago, I have speculated that Tom's wife and extensive family have waited patiently for his time while he completed a brilliant railroad career, and that I was not going to take any of that time away from them.  Any amount of time on the phone or meetings in person are a treasured gift for me.  "Thank you" to my gracious host.

People of faith in the Creator share a promise of spending Eternity together in His presence.  Don't be surprise if Tom and I end up building a railroad that spans the Promised Land and which strongly resembles the AT&SF.  Who else is in?
Penned with a smile.
Sincerely,  

Robert R Leese

Rob Leese posted:

This thread is indicative of Mr. Campbell's good spirit and upbeat attitude.  

After scheduling to attend a two day ranching symposium in Amarillo, TX, I contacted Tom in hopes of us finding time for a visit of any length.  He offers that I should arrive a day early and have an extended get-together (and if you like, bring some trains!). 
Having known and talked with Tom for a few years, I like the fact that our conversations start with family and home life, recent travel, our health, and musical interests.  We certainly talk about model and real trains.  Texans share an understanding that it is not polite to converse on the subjects of religion or politics, but we have found there is no need for us to steer clear of such.
Since our first meeting several years ago, I have speculated that Tom's wife and extensive family have waited patiently for his time while he completed a brilliant railroad career, and that I was not going to take any of that time away from them.  Any amount of time on the phone or meetings in person are a treasured gift for me.  "Thank you" to my gracious host.

People of faith in the Creator share a promise of spending Eternity together in His presence.  Don't be surprise if Tom and I end up building a railroad that spans the Promised Land and which strongly resembles the AT&SF.  Who else is in?
Penned with a smile.
Sincerely,  

Very nice sentiments, Rob!  I'm set for the promise of Eternity, and if we build model railroads there, the AT&SF is fine by me.

Rob Leese posted:

People of faith in the Creator share a promise of spending Eternity together in His presence.  Don't be surprise if Tom and I end up building a railroad that spans the Promised Land and which strongly resembles the AT&SF.  Who else is in?
Penned with a smile . . .

I hope I don't get reassigned to the Furnace Creek Subdivision of that eternal layout , but, if so, I'm sure you'll carry on with the plan, including overseeing the accuracy of all the cattle pens and windmills.

Our friendship started with this Forum.  And even though you and I are way out west, far, far away from most others who post on the Forum, the camaraderie here makes them seem like neighbors.  

Thanks to Rich Melvin, who had much to do with setting the no-flame, positive tone of the O Gauge Forum, which is unlike most other message board forums about trains.

Tom

 

Superintendent, High Plains Division (O Gauge) 

The Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Lone Star Hi-Railers

Santa Fe, All the Way

Fashionably late to this thread here...Id like to thank all the OGR Magazine crew, for which i never would have met them and fellow Forumites. Id like to thank my friends that hang out at the Quaker State & Loopy dinner.  And Peter for organizing the Diner breakfast...Eddie G for his "count down to York"...like a twice yearly pep rally...the NJ HiRailers for their open house generosity and helping me get fatter...lol...I missed several folks..yet, thanks. Oh yeah, and the magic of electricity applied to teeny electric motors,  and smoking cabooses...

C-57D  Pilot

I thank my late Uncle Harold for taking me with him on the Illinois Central yard switcher in their yard in my hometown when I was a kid and the rules were more relaxed.  Thanks to my dad for taking me to New Orleans on the Panama Limited for my 12th birthday.  Thanks to the nice crew of the Mt. Hood Railroad who let me ride along in the cab that time as they switched around passenger cars.    Thanks to all the friends and relatives who have, over the years, indulged my train-watching obsession.  It’s all helped fuel and keep alive my appetite for O Gauge trains.  

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