The goal is to merge with something larger than yourself

“The goal is to merge with something larger than yourself” – Black Box by Jennifer Egan

6 thoughts on “The goal is to merge with something larger than yourself

    1. Thank you!

      These guys are very passionate hobbyists and always very friendly and keen to explain e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g about their hobby, the miniature trains, real trains, etc. Very nice.

      A little bit strange, but nice. I like people with a passion. A passion to teach and explain. For example. Even if their subjects might be a little bit strange.

      1. There is an outdoor train museum in San Antonio, Texas which has a large “G” gauge train layout run by a club of enthusiasts. I got to know some of them. Nice guys all, and I know just what you mean about willing to explain their hobby. Some of them were ex-railroad workers who just could not get enough running trains.

        1. This photo was taken at a small Modelltrain Club – they are only open to the public one day per month, usually the last Sunday. They have a 5″ and a 7.25″ gauge and a 45mm gauge. I am not sure if you know my other blog, the scrappress. I posted a Union Pacific there for a friend’s son:

          I am not sure but I think G is 7.25″?

          disclaimer: this post was given to you by a railroad worker’s daughter and a railroad worker’s (other side of the family, though) granddaughter.

          1. Ah, the world of model trains is a fascinating one. I’ve had “O” gauge and “HO” gauge layouts. Had a friend who had a “G” gauge train. I’ve learned that this gauge was a German invention. “The name comes from the German groß (meaning “big”).” It is 45 mm between track, and a wide variety of trains can run on it.

            You have a fine photo of an F7 Union Pacific engine on your other blog. And no, I didn’t know about that blog.

            Railroading is a fine tradition of which you can be justly proud. About eight trains a day pass through Brookings on lines now owned by the Canadian Pacific. It is all freight, mostly grain cars.

          2. A little bit of trivia I found while reading about the German manufacturer Märklin:

            “In most English-speaking markets it is pronounced “aitch-oh” and written with the letters HO today, but in German it is pronounced “hah-null”, and still written with the letter H and numeral 0″

            And yes, the G is derived from Lehman Gross Bahn … and now back to wikipedia … ;-)

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