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Father's day is coming
« on: June 16, 2017, 11:37:10 AM »
Gents......

I have put this up before but it bears recalling occasionally .......


 Who Got You Started?
                We are approaching a day that slips past rather freely, but yet holds a large impact on model railroading.
Each of us “crazies” that model, in whatever gauge, probably have some on e person or mentor that got them us started in the hobby.  For most of us it is our fathers.  Thus the day referred to above is of course Fathers Day. Mothers Day comes with a lot of fanfare and many memorable events.  This is however all necessary for the preservation of our hobby.  Sadly however, Fathers Day is hardly more than a wide spot in the road much like so many small towns on some back road.
                Take a moment and think about who helped you start out in this hobby.  If it was your dad, well then, read on…
Allow me to recall:
                My dad worked in the offices for the Burlington Railroad beginning in 1935 and would remain there the next forty five years.  I recall thinking what an unglamorous job it was as bouncing box cars in the Chicago winters seemed much more like railroading.  He had started with one gauge models in the 1920’s and only evolved smaller to HO gauge over the years.
                I can’t remember when there wasn’t a train around.  Home movies show me with a plastic shelled, clock work, AC driven loop on the dining room floor of our apartment when I was about three years old.  Christmas of 1951 brought an American Flyer Pacific and freight string on an oval in the dining room floor of the house we had recently moved into. Dad had been in a small group of HO modelers, 1947 to 1951, in a basement on Central Avenue in Chicago. My switch to HO in late 1954 was understandably, a given.
                Dad led me through the building of my first landscaped layout; a huge 4 x 8 figure 8 inside a full loop, raised in one part with a mountain and tunnels.  It was great!  I learned what wood fiber plaster was, and how to make gradual grade changes,  That pike never had a chance of making the back cover of Model Railroader.  Those were the days when Varney had the back cover ads and were photographed on John Allen’s layout. But it was ours and it was great.
                Now nearly sixty five years, and several layouts later, I still find myself using ideas from back then. Also 60 years later I remember my dad leading me though things that I had never heard of.  My understanding and daily use of electrics goes back to those days.
                So take a moment and remember the person that got you started, if it was your dad, give him a thought or two. 
                As for me….. Thanks Dad.
 
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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2017, 12:39:07 PM »
Great thread Bob!  I have railroads in my blood from both sides.  My Great Grandpa's on both sides worked for the railroads.  I have a  heavy steel pry bar that "family stories" tell me my Great Grandfather on my Dad's side used to re-rail cars in the yard in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has been bent a few times.


My Great Grandfather on my Mom's side of the family worked on the Manistee & Luther Railroad, a logging railroad,  here in Michigan.  One of the sidings for the RR went through my property where my cabin is. When my dad dug the hole for the basement and foundation of my cabin he found parts from a locomotive.


My dad taught me how to build things and the Railroading came from a few generations back.


« Last Edit: June 16, 2017, 07:05:03 PM by S&S RR »
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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2017, 03:10:41 PM »
The guy in the middle, my great grandfather, holding me (in 1957) was stationmaster here:



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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2017, 03:21:15 PM »
My Dad got me started. He was in the Army during my childhood.  One year a couple of months before Christmas probably circa 1964 we went over to a friend of his every week for hours, where both of them would disappear and my younger brother and I were not allowed in the room they were in.

Christmas morning there was a complete 2 line main (oval) 4x8 layout with scenery, a mountain with tunnels and a town. I also received a complete Santa Fe freight train and my brother got a Santa Fe passenger train (we lived in El Paso).

It was the best Christmas present I received as a kid and started my love of model railroading. I still have that locomotive in a display case in my current train room.
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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2017, 05:18:12 PM »
My parents bought me my first train when I was 18 months old. It was a Marx Tinplate. The loco was an 0-6-0, 1 boxcar, 1 gondola, 1 tank and 1 caboose. I still have that train track and power pack.

My father bought me my first American Flyer Santa Fe Warbonnet when I was 8 years old. Don't know what happened to that one.

However, I got my railroad blood from my mother's side of the family. Her uncle was a machinist with the Ideal Engine Works in 1903. He is marked with an X in the original photo below. Restored photo after that.





More in a few.
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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 05:22:25 PM »
In 1904 he got a job with the Big Four RR, The Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis RY.

He is forth from the right.





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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 07:02:02 PM »
I think it is in our genetics! Amazing.
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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 10:00:33 PM »
Enjoyed reading this thread.  My parents gave me a Lionel Train Set one Christmas.  The General 4-4-0 wood burner with a combine and two passenger cars.  It came with the "super-O" tracks.
Thanks,
Donato

Biding my time till I can start my layout and build nice stuff like all you folks .... (said with envy). :-)

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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2017, 10:24:50 PM »
So below are some photos of why I'm in this.

First my dad in 1939 in the Chicago Burlington office.  He was a freight rate clerk at the time.



Then there is his father on the right taken in 1903 in Chicago. His brother is on the left, a brother in law in next and Their father is the old gent in the suit.  He was a civil war vet who came to his senses and moved north after Picket's charge.



Finally  here is a photo of my grandfather standing on the platform. This photo was taken a year or two earlier on the south side of Chicago.


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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2017, 05:02:43 AM »
Awesome photos Bob! Thanks for sharing! It's great that you have these!
Bob C.

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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2017, 12:01:18 PM »
My Dad gave me my first train set in 1939.  It was a Marx, Engine, Tender, Boxcar, Gondola, Tank Car and a Caboose.  I still have it on a shelf in the Layout Room.

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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2017, 07:49:11 PM »
Growing up we spent a lot of vacations in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and we always spent part of a day in North Conway and one in Wolfborough. They both had railroad stations and trains. The first photo was taken about 2 weeks after the Conway Scenic opened in 1974. My Father in the green sweatshirt, my brother in the blue, and fat little me in the red, check out Ol'47 and the next train of the day. The second photo was taken in 2006 about a year and a half before he died out at the Horseshoe Curve of my Father and Brother. He was like a little kid watching trains with us, it was probably the same enjoyment he watched when we were kids. Happy Fathers Day Dad!

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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2017, 10:47:44 PM »
Sorry everyone, running late today. Just returning from Disneyland over the past couple of days. My new car crapped out about 5 miles from the house. The tow truck driver thought it might be the fuel pump. Not fun to have your car stop when it is 113 degrees outside. Care headed to the shop and we are home.


Bob, I always like stuff like this. My father bought me my first train when I was very young. Don't remember the exact age. I do remember taking it apart to see how it was made. It was a pre war Lionel set. Somehow during a subsequent move, any trains disappeared.


I did find this picture taken when I was a youngster. My brother is the left, my sister in the middle and my butt is in the front of the "passenger" car. Dad is in the tender. Location is unknown. Somewhere near an ice cream store would be my first guess, possibly somewhere in New England. Mt grandparents were from Maine and we would occasionally drive up there from New Jersey. Among some old photos, I ran across a very grainy photo of my old Lionel layout, probably around 1950' ish.


Both may parents were helpful with my hobby. I would also sincerely say that my wife is my biggest champion of my hobby.


Frank / Erieman

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Re: Father's day is coming
« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2017, 03:51:54 AM »
OK Frank............

Is that better ? ? ?

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