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The Truth About Playing With Trains

I am enjoying my return voyage through the land of model railroad whimsy. Those people who do not take exact model duplication with any concern are a fascinating and refreshing group of artists. That’s what it is… an artistic interpretation of an alternate reality. To me it screams, “Why not?”

It’s not about kicking sand in the gears of the scale model fanatic, a.k.a. the rivet counters. The folks (me) who enjoy exactness in scale modeling. It’s a natural backhanded comparison. But I think it is made more as a “in fun” taunt, than a serious put down.

I enjoy both, actually all aspects of model railroading. It’s no […] Continue reading » The Truth About Playing With Trains

More Aw Nuts

I have done more investigating am it appears the the AWNUTS folks are alive and quite well, simply living independently. That’s the nature of doing things your own way. It’s fun to see what others of the same ilk are up to, but it doesn’t need a formal organization to lets say… set standards. The point of whimsical is there are no standards except those of the creator.

A place like Pinterest is a sensible home base. I followed links to some very well done web sites created by the artists. I think that is a great way to organize. Everyone can do their very own “thing” […] Continue reading » More Aw Nuts

A.W.N.U.T.S.

There used to be a social group that promoted model train building that was more whimsical than realistic. It used the acronym AWNUTS as an identity. Its meaning is Always Whimsical, Not Usually To Scale. It was model trains on a non-scale whimsical theme. It was all about having fun with imaginative model trains, with nothing sacred or necessarily realistic.

Google “awnuts model trains” and the remnants of the group can be discovered. A bunch of old pictures are published on Pinterest.

On Christmas day 2016, in conversation with my son’s father-in-law, I discovered he is a builder of such model train equipment. He had never heard […] Continue reading » A.W.N.U.T.S.

Model Railroading Hobby

A hobby interest that has been in my blood since my age was in the single digits. My parents bought me an American Flyer (brand) train set at that age. I still have that train set today. I like it because it had two rails rather than the non-prototype 3 rail (and larger size) popular Lionel (brand) train sets of that era.

Much later I discovered it is considered “S” scale and gage. That was after becoming more interested in trains as a hobby rather than just a toy.

A permanent train table was set up in my bedroom with the American Flyer train set always on display and […] Continue reading » Model Railroading Hobby

Hot Shot!

Dan Kautz – Hot Shot

This photo was created by my daughter Shelley (Shel), who as you can see is a very creative photographer. Yes, she is a professional and I am very proud of her and the work she does. So the photograph is me but it isn’t about me.

Shel shot at least 50 photos I assume. Some were kind of silly, some intense, and some are what I would call studio normal. This is not in a photo studio, but my home studio/workshop. Shel wanted an authentic background.

We both hade a lot of fun. I was honored to be the first test vict… […] Continue reading » Hot Shot!