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Red_Chili
12-29-2007, 11:40 AM
So, at the suggestion of UB, I thought I would start the cool hobbies thread (not 4x4 or kid related :lmao:).

I would post some pix, but they are buried in a box somewhere. I'll have to dig out at LEAST one of the locomotives!
I've got a whole Denver & Salt Lake Railroad, brass locomotives weathered just like photos I have, and a couple locos I scratchbuilt, a kitbashed caboose I'm proud of, 30 authentic D&SL boxcars and others (including vintage beer cars, of course) and plans to build David Moffat's personal railcar, and Yankee Doodle Lake. Yeah, the whole lake, Boulder Wagon Road and everything.

Except it is all in boxes. And Yankee Doodle Lake is currently occupied with boxes and boxes of stuff I swear would be better off in the dumpster. :bawl:

Red_Chili
12-29-2007, 11:56 AM
Here's some pix of the real deal. I want to build locomotive 300 to pull passenger cars. It is not available as a kit, but I am a pretty good kitbasher and built locomotive 20, so how hard could it be? :lmao:
http://photoswest.org/photos/00070251/00070292.jpg

This is a couple of the Moffat Mallets (2-6-6-0 articulated, 200 ton) pushing a snowblower that would make your Craftsman blush, approaching Needle's Eye Tunnel. Steep! I want to at least model part of this:
http://photoswest.org/photos/00070626/00070628.jpg

This is one of the locomotives I have. She never went over Hell Hill, but is a decent running brass loco that I have digital control and sound running in:
http://photoswest.org/photos/00073126/00073163.jpg

This is my favorite, I have two modeled after 1930s trim (headlight, etc.). This is the Mallet. Mallets have one boiler and two engines, the front one articulated. This means it swung left and right to allow tighter-than-standard curves, while having 12 driving wheels for traction up to 4% grades (a lot). She looks really cool 'crossed up' coming out of a tunnel around a curve, and the external valve gear and digital sound really add to the experience. Mine are heavily weathered to reflect the lack of maintenance in the late 20s through the 30s:
http://photoswest.org/photos/00073126/00073168.jpg

Red_Chili
12-29-2007, 11:59 AM
Light Rail goes right past Moffat Station, which still stands. David Moffat was 'frozen out' of access to Union Station, so he built his own station and had buggy service to and from Union Station. Antitrust laws were not what they are today.
http://photoswest.org/photos/00073751/00073795.jpg

Red_Chili
12-29-2007, 12:04 PM
Here is the aforementioned rotary snowplow.
Side view of rotary snow plow at Jenny Lake, Moffat Road, Denver and Salt Lake Railroad, Gilpin County Colorado; standard gauge, two engines push plow with steam generated rotary wheel.
http://photoswest.org/photos/00072751/00072770.jpg

Jenny Lake, above Yankee Doodle Lake, was almost never photographed with much snowpack. I took an Aussie railfan up there, and he commented on this. Just then, the reason became apparent; a July corn snow storm blew over the divide and in the bluster he just stood there, amazed, wide eyed, saying "CRIKEY!".

The trees are one sided along that section of railbed.:eek:

You can sometimes observe an operating rotary snowplow on the Cumbres & Toltec narrow gauge. Videos are available. VERY impressive. The onboard steam engine was not used to propel the plow, but to rotate the blades. It was pushed by usually two of the Mallets over Hell Hill, with two plows operating in winter, passing each other at the top, to keep the route clear as much as possible.

Those of you who have tried to wheel the area in winter have an idea just what an undertaking that might have been like. Next time we are up there, I will point out the wyes where they turned the plows if you like. You can still find spilled coal from the coal bins.

Red_Chili
12-29-2007, 12:15 PM
I'd like to model the Corona snowshed too (at the summit of Rollins Pass). Maybe do a split view, where you can look inside. The entire town was within the snowshed, and winter photos show only the smokestacks sticking out of the yards-deep snow.
http://photoswest.org/photos/10007376/10007393.jpg

All these photos and more can be ordered from the Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado 80204.

These and more may be viewed here:
Denver Public Library History of the American West, 1860-1920 (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/codhtml/hawpSubjects92.html)

farnhamstj
12-29-2007, 06:27 PM
We took the family to see Thomas the tank engine in Golden this fall. Cool stuff. But looking at all the old guys standing around in their engineer outfits, I kept thinking to my self," I may be a litttle too much into Toyota's, but at least I'm not into trains. Sorry,Bill

Red_Chili
12-29-2007, 06:47 PM
...But looking at all the old guys standing around in their engineer outfits, I kept thinking to my self," I may be a litttle too much into Toyota's, but at least I'm not into trains. Sorry,Bill
Not my flavor either. UMMM.... Not yet, anyway. :rolleyes:

There's an artist and photographer named Rand Hood who applies his art to scale models. It's as if you are transported back to Colorado in the Moffat Road days. He is my inspiration for modeling that railroad. His scale model photos look very much like the old ones above, strikingly so in every detail. I ain't that good.

Shorty
01-02-2008, 01:23 PM
Cool info, Bill. I enjoyed the historical aspect.

60wag
01-02-2008, 01:37 PM
One of my uncles had a locomotive that I want to get my hands on. Its mostly brass and weighs at least a couple hundred pounds - its a live steam model that you can sit on while you shovel coal into the firebox witha miniature shovel. The hard part is coming up with some tracks to run it on. :)

acon40
01-02-2008, 02:07 PM
I am just getting in the smaller gauge but i have alway been into lgbs which i have

FJBen
01-02-2008, 05:08 PM
Not a train hobbyist ;)

But I'm a musician. Guitarist. Been playing for about 14 years now. Acoustic/electric kinda played it all. I've been in some alternative bands, cover bands, originals, country, blues.

I'm really a blues guy at heart, very into SRV and Jimi. My daughters both ave their middle names after them, (Ray and Hendrix) Big Head Todd is on of my favorite bands as well.

I play every night, whether I just pick it up for 3-4 minutes for a song or hours of noodling around. I have a slightly modded US fender strat and a Tacoma acoustic, cheapie no name acoustic that I use for alternate tunings and a few amps. I sold all of my high dollar guitar amps (cheapest was $2k) as I'm not playing with any bands so I couldn't justify keeping them.

I got started at the end of highschool. I'm still bitter that my parents never let me get piano lessons and let my sister do them...she quit after a year.
We wanted to form a band at the end of highschool (this is walden by the way lol) so we had a drummer and bass. So I went and sold some x-mas presents to a pawnshop for a POS guitar and I learned...nothing LOL...went to college, and had all the time in the world and learned from a kid that was very good. I can't read music...and still can't so it's all by ear for me which has been very easy for me. Kept going until I played in bands, (what an awesome feeling) and played almost every weekend out of the year for a few years. My wife and I lived off of that money as my job didn't pay well and we just had our first child.

A few years ago I called the band thing quits to spend more time with the family and take a break. I do acoustic solo/duet shows a few times during the year but would like to pick up a lot more.

I just recently bought a Ukulele (pronounced ookoolaylay ;) ) and I'm loving it. I'm incorporating it into my live acoustic gigs I play and some bars/restaurants around town. I bought a "tenor" size so it's a little bigger than what you think in terms of a Uke, but still smaller. It's a bit different from the guitar, chords are all different in terms of where you put your hands, but i can play a ton of songs, I just have to think a little ;)

here's what it looks like:
http://www.music-instruments.biz/acatalog/S-TEQside_std.jpg

We got an fullsize upright piano for the kids for x-mas, I'm learning that as well. I can actually play quite a few songs. I learned a few chords and since I already know the chords in a song, I just have to translate my brain to use the right chord on the piano.

I play the drums, full trap set...ok...I was pretty good but not having them doesn't help keep the chops up ;)

I play guitar acoustic/electic, bass, piano, drums, ukulele. My kids have a great musical desire which is awesome. They each have guitars, a small kids drumset and piano and small ukulele to learn on. They know a few chords and do pretty good. I would honestly go insane if I couldn't grab an instrument for a few days..it really drives me nuts.

thats my little schpeil...btw I'm hirable for weddings/barmitzvahs, parties, you name it ;) Cruise Moab Entertainment???

Pic of me at an old gig...

Romer
01-02-2008, 05:15 PM
Tools are always important in Hobbies. I have been able to slowley upgrade my tools so I know it's not the club holding me back

Myredyota
01-03-2008, 12:16 AM
2 hobbies for me.

Ask Shorty how this one shifts into 2nd!!!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/Packard%20Hawks/DSC_0006.jpg?t=1199344244

I got a new camera to play with. Here is a headless Hawk.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m267/myredyota/Packard%20Hawks/DSC_22.jpg?t=1199344483

Red_Chili
01-28-2008, 10:21 AM
OK, keep this thread alive? What else is everyone into?

MDH33
01-28-2008, 10:53 AM
Vintage Japanese Motorcycles are what draw funds and time away from the cruisers for me. I've been riding them and working on them since I was 16 and got my first MC license. Hard to believe it's been 18 years! I bought my wife a Honda CB350 about 5 years ago and she's been riding with me ever since. Hers is the nice Gold one in the pics below. I'm currently doing a full resto on a 1965 Honda CB450 Black Bomber. Here are some of my current bikes:

1974 CB550 K0

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/148015075-M.jpg

1973 CL450 K5 Scrambler

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/20180362-M.jpg

1972 CB350 K4's

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/75525127-M.jpg

1965 CB450 K0 Black Bomber (project)

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/47202919-M.jpg

Here are some progress shots:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/12497748-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/12497753-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/12497798-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/12497756-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/12497825-M.jpg

I'm hoping to find some time this summer to finish it up now that I have some extra garage/shop space. It's always a conflict between projects and the 40 needs some work too.

It's fun to see everyone's projects. :thumb:

Tch2fly
01-28-2008, 11:00 AM
I did model trains about 15 yrs ago, I had quit my job and was fortunate enough to be able to take a few months before I took something else. I worked 6-8 hrs a day for over a month to build an HO set-up for my then 2yr old to watch. Filled a 8'x15' storage room..... mountains, valleys, tunnels trestles. I wish I had some pics :( .
I had to cut it apart when we moved and it just didn't fit in the new house ... one divorce later I'm not sure where all the parts went :mad:.


For the last couple years (other than wheeling/camping) I got into on-line computer gaming.
First person shooters, like Battlefield 1942, Call of Duty etc. I joined a "clan" and was the webmaster for our site. We actually played competitively in Battlefield 2 and placed in the top 5% (out of more then 500 teams) in a world tournament. That led me into building high-end computers and currently I have a water-cooled Intel-based rig with all kinda pretty lights and bling. :hill:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/livnletdie/personal/comp1.jpg

That is an old pic I had on my HD, now I have a better surround sound and dual DVDs

ianacole
01-28-2008, 12:02 PM
I've got a bunch of old Lionel O27 stuff, and a bunch of HO D&RGW stuff, which just sits in a box anymore. Here's the hobby that takes most of my time and money:

http://nasarockymountain.com/gallery/files/2-USTCC0008.jpeg

Tch2fly
01-28-2008, 05:32 PM
:thumb:Nice bikes Martin! :thumb: I'd love to see them in person sometime.



.... Here's the hobby that takes most of my time and money:

http://nasarockymountain.com/gallery/files/2-USTCC0008.jpeg


Nice! I miss racing but there is only so much money in the "toy" budget.
I pull this patch off my old racing jacket the other day since it doesn't seem to fit anymore (it must have shrunk :lmao: ), the racing pic was from the 1982 Solo II Championship event in "Lil Red" my RX-2.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/livnletdie/personal/lilred.jpg

Beater
01-28-2008, 06:01 PM
jeez... not even a rx-3????? wow.

I did solo 1 with my brother when I first got my license in an alfa spider and solo 2 in my porsche... no where near champion level - I was a novice.

Let's see here.

I do art = www.forgingsdesign.com
vintage vespa's/lambretta's www.jksc.org or www.scoot.net for pics
vintage audio (nad, kef, sansui, altec, advent, marantz)
classic sportbikes (yamaha's - searching for a rd/rz350 or a srx600)
my son's sports are quite the addiction as well (volunteering and such) soccer and basketball
and last but certainly not least - flyfishing. anytime, anywhere. In fact, my thing this year will be trying to integrate nice canyon carving trips on the fzr with fishing trips!

Shark Bait
01-28-2008, 06:47 PM
I teach scuba diving, recreational, technical and professional.

Beater
01-28-2008, 09:03 PM
^ that's just screaming for a caption

Red_Chili
01-29-2008, 08:15 AM
A cool one...

RockRunner
01-29-2008, 09:02 AM
My hobbies are simple and boring compared to some of the ones listed here.

Right now hockey is on the top of my list, it keeps me in shape and my frustrations down.

Next would be woodworking and refinishing of antique furniture, settles the nerves. It brings a sense of satisfaction when I complete a piece and either sell it or deliver it to the customer. I love creating things.

Riding, any kind. Dirt or street, though dirt may have seen its last days as it kills my body. We, Sharon and I, enjoy street riding very much. That is to say we head out to places outside of Denver. Usually a quick ride up to Rampart range or Palmer Lake. Either way we enjoy the scenery and the feeling riding a motorcycle gives you.

Last is softball, more to see friends and have a beer than playing the game. Old friends is what it is all about.

All pretty low budget untill you toss in the 4Runner and all the trips we are taking this year.

ianacole
01-29-2008, 09:11 AM
Nice! I miss racing but there is only so much money in the "toy" budget.
I pull this patch off my old racing jacket the other day since it doesn't seem to fit anymore (it must have shrunk :lmao: ), the racing pic was from the 1982 Solo II Championship event in "Lil Red" my RX-2.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/livnletdie/personal/lilred.jpg

Very cool Mike!! I ran FP in Solo II the last couple years (nowhere near national caliber), only recently getting into the performance driving scene. Last year I found out about road racing and NASA (National Auto Sport Association) and have been sucked dry ever since :D Car's currently in the shop in a million pieces due to bouncing it off a bunker at the last event of the season last year :rolleyes:

Tch2fly
01-30-2008, 07:43 AM
Very cool Mike!! I ran FP in Solo II the last couple years (nowhere near national caliber), only recently getting into the performance driving scene. Last year I found out about road racing and NASA (National Auto Sport Association) and have been sucked dry ever since :D Car's currently in the shop in a million pieces due to bouncing it off a bunker at the last event of the season last year :rolleyes:

Sorry to hear it, that sucks but always a risk. I sold the RX-2 to my roommate who put it into a light pole at the first event he ran .... it was a total loss :( I bought an RX-7 to build but got distracted with a divorce and sold it before ever hitting the track.

When I saw Chris's pic I realized I never think about flying as hobby now that I can earn a living with it but it started out as a hobby (I also had this idea that I would end up a superstar race car driver and would need it to get from track to track :lmao:)

I've been lucky enough to fly over some amazing places.

This is Victoria Falls in Africa (in an ultralight)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/livnletdie/personal/01africavicfallsair.jpg

I found a way to mount a video camera in the back seat and made several videos flying in and out of interesting airports.

This is a still pic on final approach from a video into the "late" Meigs Field in Chicago
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/livnletdie/personal/meigs.jpg

I took a friend up and shot this video of my flight into Aspen (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v108/livnletdie/videos/?action=view&current=aspen.flv)
(turn sound down/off I was having problems with the connections)

waggoner5
01-30-2008, 09:16 AM
This hobby is many years old, but next to Cruisers, its what I did the majority of my adult life. I stopped so I could enjoy the rest of my adult life.

corsair23
01-30-2008, 12:18 PM
When I saw Chris's pic I realized I never think about flying as hobby now that I can earn a living with it but it started out as a hobby (I also had this idea that I would end up a superstar race car driver and would need it to get from track to track :lmao:)

Way :cool: pics and video Mike :thumb:

One my favorite flights I made was a winter mountain flight from APA down over to Ten Mile Resevoir, over Monarch Pass, up past Crested Butte, up and over and down into Aspen for a touch and go (from the back side), up through Glenwood Springs and the canyon, then over to Eagle for lunch. From Eagle we flew past Beaver Creek, Vail (after a wrong turn up Hwy 24), over Vail Pass and past Copper Mtn (:wav: to the skiers), then Breck, Keystone, up and over Loveland Pass (after a wrong "turn" up Montezuma), down over Georgetown, past Mt. Evans with a wicked looking lenticular cloud, over Kenosha Pass into South Park, and then back to APA. Total flight time IIRC was < 3 hours :)

If you ever need a co-pilot let me know :D - Haven't flown since '95 :( but it is just like riding a bike, right? :rolleyes:

Tch2fly
01-30-2008, 02:21 PM
Way :cool: pics and video Mike :thumb:

One my favorite flights I made was a winter mountain flight from APA down over to Ten Mile Resevoir, over Monarch Pass, up past Crested Butte, up and over and down into Aspen for a touch and go (from the back side), up through Glenwood Springs and the canyon, then over to Eagle for lunch. From Eagle we flew past Beaver Creek, Vail (after a wrong turn up Hwy 24), over Vail Pass and past Copper Mtn (:wav: to the skiers), then Breck, Keystone, up and over Loveland Pass (after a wrong "turn" up Montezuma), down over Georgetown, past Mt. Evans with a wicked looking lenticular cloud, over Kenosha Pass into South Park, and then back to APA. Total flight time IIRC was < 3 hours :)

If you ever need a co-pilot let me know :D - Haven't flown since '95 :( but it is just like riding a bike, right? :rolleyes:

Sounds like a blast:thumb:

Sometime I'll have to tell you a story about taking a student into Aspen:lmao:

Yes it is, :D I'll keep you in mind.:cheers: