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Oh, one more hobby.  This is me grinding away on the 1225 Polar Express four years ago when it had to be rebuilt for it's 15 year ritual.  It's a little (a lot) larger than my "O" gauge version.  It's in Owosso, MI,  a short hop from here.  Spent a fair amount of time grinding away on the stay bolts of this beast.  You could stand up inside the boiler and I still couldn't reach the top.  It's really amazing what our forefathers were able to build in years past!  My wife and I use to be car host up until a couple of years ago, during it's Christmas visits to the North Pole.  This is the very same one used in the making of the movie "Polar Express" by Warner Brothers.

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1 hour ago, Dave Pursel said:

Hey DevMike.  Do you still have the little frequency flags for your transmitter antenna so that fellow flyers didn't use your frequency!

 

Yup.  Orange and White :)

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1 hour ago, Dave Pursel said:

Oh, one more hobby.  This is me grinding away on the 1225 Polar Express four years ago when it had to be rebuilt for it's 15 year ritual.  It's a little (a lot) larger than my "O" gauge version.  It's in Owosso, MI,  a short hop from here.  Spent a fair amount of time grinding away on the stay bolts of this beast.  You could stand up inside the boiler and I still couldn't reach the top.  It's really amazing what our forefathers were able to build in years past!  My wife and I use to be car host up until a couple of years ago, during it's Christmas visits to the North Pole.  This is the very same one used in the making of the movie "Polar Express" by Warner Brothers.

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Now that's a hobby you can really "get into".B):D  I'd love to see the inside workings of one of these old Iron Horses as many called them back then. 

Of all the hobbies posted, I think this one is the coolest and best one. 

Of course my love of trains has a lot to do with that and coming from a long line of family railroad workers helps. {Former L&N and C&O lines, now all part of the CSXT Railroad empire.}

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I want one of those myself!

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HO scale trains!, and photography of real ones!

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Nah, as weird as it sounds, I'd love to have a real steam engine that runs. Cost prohibitive of course and some place to make it go but hey, just a dream. I'd also like to have a cannon in the front yard but I think the POA here would have objections...lol but heaven help the zombie hoard if it ever happens :) 

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5 hours ago, bdwillie said:

HO scale trains!, and photography of real ones!

I used to go out and do that all the time too, photographing and videoing real trains.  Alas, since I can no longer drive due to vision issues, nor do I own a vehicle any longer due to that, so I don't get to out trackside any longer and do that.  But I sure do miss sitting trackside watching the real trains roll by.

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NHL Hockey STH

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Beside Ham Radio KG7VC, Electronics, and long range shooting/reloading .50 cal, I also do woodworking that nicely dovetails with making props for my light shows.

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Writing/recording/playing music (and gear whore).   RC planes, and heli's.   Electronics/gadgets/computers.

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I'm surprised at how many train folks are here! My other hobby includes working at a full-sized tourist railroad. I'm qualified as a brakeman, conductor, and engineer...which keeps me busy the 10 months out of the year I'm not setting up my light show at my house!

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HO trains and Aurora Model Motoring,  tinkering with electronics (working on a circuit to slow and then stop the HO cars at the yellow/red light), home theater (I completely finished my basement into a home theater, bar and full bath and programmed by pro-grade remote so the wife only has to push one button to fire everything up and dim the lights), woodworking (built the bar, a ticket booth and an old fashioned-looking candy counter and will be building a couple of props for this year's display).  I used to list computers as a hobby but almost all the stuff you used to have tinker with is built in now (except for OpenGL issues on old computers when you want to upgrade to S5!). 

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On 8/9/2019 at 1:18 PM, Dave Pursel said:

Oh, one more hobby.  This is me grinding away on the 1225 Polar Express four years ago when it had to be rebuilt for it's 15 year ritual.  It's a little (a lot) larger than my "O" gauge version.  It's in Owosso, MI,  a short hop from here.  Spent a fair amount of time grinding away on the stay bolts of this beast.  You could stand up inside the boiler and I still couldn't reach the top.  It's really amazing what our forefathers were able to build in years past!  My wife and I use to be car host up until a couple of years ago, during it's Christmas visits to the North Pole.  This is the very same one used in the making of the movie "Polar Express" by Warner Brothers.

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Thanks for doing this, this is a wonderful thing to visit during the holiday, and not to far from us. Tickets sell out every season!

https://www.michigansteamtrain.com/tickets-reservations/north-pole-express

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I'm still into lights but I also am into trains. Not only the kind in your basement but the kind in your back yard that you can ride. Long story but my friend that is now 79 gets me to take groups around his 1 1/2 mike long train layout that covers most of 12 acres. This thing is so cool. We take groups and organizations around 10-15 at a time for a 30 min ride for free. Most make a donation for gas and such but everybody makes plans to return. Most trips in 1 day for me......8. Very cool....

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