Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I’ve just come home from my annual trip to the Madison model train show, where I was doing a pretty good job of sticking to my promise to myself not to spend a lot of dough in spite of all the tempting toys.

In a room as big as two football fields, I found a vendor just inside the door that was selling a pile of passenger train cars for eight dollars apiece. In very short order, half the pile was my pile and I was heading to the checkout with a light heart and a big, happy grin on my face, even though I was practically stealing those cars. They were forty years old and didn’t have nearly the level of detail inside and out that pushes the cost of the cheapest passenger cars made today into the forty-dollar range. Models like that are the reason vendors can sell the empty plastic shells for eight bucks, but empty plastic shells are what I run on my layout, and the ones I picked up today are just as pretty as most of the cars I already have, so hey, lucky find.

Then I went and blew my steely resolve by dropping eighty bucks on a locomotive. I really don’t need a locomotive, but it looked so pretty, damn my eyes. It’s going to look especially good pulling all those passenger cars.

So much for promises. On the bright side, It’ll be a whole year before I can break them again.

broken | 1:36 pm CDT
Category: entertainment, hobby, LoCo Rwy
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  1. 1 The Seanster said at 5:29 pm on February 18th, 2012:

    Hooray for choo-choos!

  2. 2 Dave said at 9:14 pm on February 19th, 2012:

    I does love me some choo-choos.