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Hi Joe, I grew up in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s; right by the Westchester Ave "el" between the Zerega and Castle Hill stations. It was a time before the internet, Facebook and Twitter. The mass media all but forgot the poorer areas of the city. If it weren't for the Yankees the media would even of known the Broxn existed. Us residents were under the siege of poverty, job loss, rising inflation and plunging wages; not to mention a police department that increasingly was transferring bad or corrupt cops to precincts in the Bronx to keep them out of the media. For us who felt we were the forgotten voiceless the daily graphiti was our one and only voice. For those of us who knew how to read it, it was the daily headlines, who dided, who had a bay, who was sent up, etc. When my 85 year old grandfather was gunned down in the 3 story walk up we lived in it sure didn't make the papers but it made the 6 train. It is an important part of the city's history and I would stand up to anyone, anytime to preserve its memory.

 

P.S., I wish I had the eyesight to model trains and structures with graphiti. If you ever want to sell any of your creations let me know.

 

Such a long time ago! I was watching some young "artists" spraying a parked train on the express track. I yelled and chased. Caught one and dangled him off the platform while an incoming train came in and pulled him back on the platform just before he got squished. Then let him go. Lessons learned. Good thing there were no cameras or I'd probably still be in jail.

ChooChoo1972 posted:

Hi Joe, I grew up in the Bronx in the 70s and 80s; right by the Westchester Ave "el" between the Zerega and Castle Hill stations. It was a time before the internet, Facebook and Twitter. The mass media all but forgot the poorer areas of the city. If it weren't for the Yankees the media would even of known the Broxn existed. Us residents were under the siege of poverty, job loss, rising inflation and plunging wages; not to mention a police department that increasingly was transferring bad or corrupt cops to precincts in the Bronx to keep them out of the media. For us who felt we were the forgotten voiceless the daily graphiti was our one and only voice. For those of us who knew how to read it, it was the daily headlines, who dided, who had a bay, who was sent up, etc. When my 85 year old grandfather was gunned down in the 3 story walk up we lived in it sure didn't make the papers but it made the 6 train. It is an important part of the city's history and I would stand up to anyone, anytime to preserve its memory.

 

P.S., I wish I had the eyesight to model trains and structures with graphiti. If you ever want to sell any of your creations let me know.

 

Wuzz up...yea man alot of truth to what you are saying. The Bronx was a war zone in those days and to be honest graffiti on trains kept alot of kids out of gang's and the gang life style that infiltrated there neighborhood's. Sadly to say that alot of people's just wouldn't understand unless they lived in those neighborhood's. Also these time's that graffiti was booming it was some magical times...a world phenomena! But I understand feelings on that subject. My condolences to your family about your grandfather. And yes a huge part of train history. Not only in NY but in Philadelphia,Chicago and LA. I do sell my work and I truly appreciate all the love! 

Tommy posted:

Such a long time ago! I was watching some young "artists" spraying a parked train on the express track. I yelled and chased. Caught one and dangled him off the platform while an incoming train came in and pulled him back on the platform just before he got squished. Then let him go. Lessons learned. Good thing there were no cameras or I'd probably still be in jail.

SOUNDS LIKE SOME BULLY BEHAIVER,LUCKLY THOSE GUYS WERE SOFT,BECAUSE IN THE 1980S.YOU COULD HAVE BEEN EASILY STABBED OR SHOT.GLENMORE BOYS WOULD ENTER THE J LINE YARD WITH SHOTGUNS.

Such a long time ago! I was watching some young "artists" spraying a parked train on the express track. I yelled and chased. Caught one and dangled him off the platform while an incoming train came in and pulled him back on the platform just before he got squished. Then let him go. Lessons learned. Good thing there were no cameras or I'd probably still be in jail.

Jail would have been appropriate.

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I model urban cars of all types. Graffiti and decayed cars is my specialties. Growing up in the city in the 70's and 80's graffiti is just a reality so I model that time and era.

Excellent work! Love the Lionel cars especially

Thank u I truly appreciate all the that. I put alot of love into my work. I'm currently working on a R16 power car now. Will post pics soon...thanx again 

 

Joe cardism posted:
Dj'sOgaugetrains posted:
Joe cardism posted:

I model urban cars of all types. Graffiti and decayed cars is my specialties. Growing up in the city in the 70's and 80's graffiti is just a reality so I model that time and era.

Excellent work! Love the Lionel cars especially

Thank u I truly appreciate all the that. I put alot of love into my work. I'm currently working on a R16 power car now. Will post pics soon...thanx again 

 

Can't wait to see it! 

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Joe cardism posted:
Dj'sOgaugetrains posted:
Joe cardism posted:

I model urban cars of all types. Graffiti and decayed cars is my specialties. Growing up in the city in the 70's and 80's graffiti is just a reality so I model that time and era.

Excellent work! Love the Lionel cars especially

Thank u I truly appreciate all the that. I put alot of love into my work. I'm currently working on a R16 power car now. Will post pics soon...thanx again 

 

Can't wait to see it! 

Here's a few pics...Howard side completed...Wackpack side characters are in the process of being painted

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Here's some white R12's that I customized.

Nice work...got to show what these cars looked like back in the late 70's threw out the 80's. Sadly to say for some it's history...lol

Thank you Yes it is history.... I got some other subway cars that I have customized. I will post pics in a day or so.

No doubt and I look forward of seeing them. I have another scrapyard car I just finished as well. That car is completely done inside and out 

Joe cardism posted:
Dj'sOgaugetrains posted:
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Dj'sOgaugetrains posted:
Joe cardism posted:

I model urban cars of all types. Graffiti and decayed cars is my specialties. Growing up in the city in the 70's and 80's graffiti is just a reality so I model that time and era.

Excellent work! Love the Lionel cars especially

Thank u I truly appreciate all the that. I put alot of love into my work. I'm currently working on a R16 power car now. Will post pics soon...thanx again 

 

Can't wait to see it! 

Here's a few pics...Howard side completed...Wackpack side characters are in the process of being painted

Thats awesome! Fantastic job. You eventually going to do the whole set?

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Dj'sOgaugetrains posted:
Joe cardism posted:

I model urban cars of all types. Graffiti and decayed cars is my specialties. Growing up in the city in the 70's and 80's graffiti is just a reality so I model that time and era.

Excellent work! Love the Lionel cars especially

Thank u I truly appreciate all the that. I put alot of love into my work. I'm currently working on a R16 power car now. Will post pics soon...thanx again 

 

Can't wait to see it! 

Here's a few pics...Howard side completed...Wackpack side characters are in the process of being painted

Thats awesome! Fantastic job. You eventually going to do the whole set?

Not this cars set this is for a collector  but I do have my own set that I will eventually do...along with an R17 and R21 set as well. All sets well have 5 or 5 cars total 

Nope, that's in Yankee land. Ick! I wouldn't dare defile my gentile Southern layout with such Yankee vulgarities, suh!

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WOW, these shots are amazing for the detail. If it weren't for that center rail and the rail heights, you'd be hard pressed to know these weren't the real thing!

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I didn't want to over do the graffiti when I built the first O subway tunnels over 15 years ago. 

I retired most of the subway modules several years ago as I switched into freight. They are all standing up in the closet.

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Wow!! The realism is incredible! You have them in a closet...crazy! I'm in the process of building a unground station for taking pics. I really like how u did yours. You can tell u put alot of love into your work. I checked out your work on that link...very nice!

SIRT posted:

I didn't want to over do the graffiti when I built the first O subway tunnels over 15 years ago. 

I retired most of the subway modules several years ago as I switched into freight. They are all standing up in the closet.

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What, what, WWWHHHAAATTTTTT!!!!! they are in the closet! This is the most realistic subway layout I've seen. Can they be resurrected for some video footage? Fantastic work! 

Thanks guys. We had a small surge of subway modelers on the 2 forums a few years ago but it never took off like some expected. MTH was also sluggish as years went on with new models and supporting items as well. Looks like Lionel quit too.

Check out Joe Franks EL for the finest NYC subway modeling!

Maybe things will change again? 

SIRT posted:

Thanks guys. We had a small surge of subway modelers on the 2 forums a few years ago but it never took off like some expected. MTH was also sluggish as years went on with new models and supporting items as well. Looks like Lionel quit too.

Check out Joe Franks EL for the finest NYC subway modeling!

Maybe things will change again? 

Than u as well. Hopefully the new subway modelers like myself keep it growing. I know Joe Frank personally...great guy. His work is incredible! 

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