On Mar 13, 2019, at 8:02 AM, Gene Green via Groups.Io wrote:
I got my start in model railroading with Varney plastic kits.I started a few months after the Tidewater Central artickles[sic] appeared in Model Railroader, building my own version, using all the products named in the artickles. Eventually I lost, in the course of several back-to-back-to-backs moves-of-quarters, my Varney Old Lady and Casey Jones, and my Tyco Big-Six, all of which ran like the proverbial Swiss watch. Several years passed during which I graduated from Ready-to-Ruin to building either from craftsman kits (Gould/Tichy tank & flat, for example) or from scratch (a few of the Jack Work freight fleet, but not the business car).
Later, when the offspring was nearing adolescence and had begun to exhibit some responsibility, I built another on L-girders with Homasote™ spline roadbed, hydrocal-over-paper-towel-over-cardboard-web scenery, flex-track, Atlas snap-switches,and a reasonably-sophisticated MRC power pack on which we ran much Blue-box equipment. We had a Black-Widow GP-9, and another with a custom-painted shell representing SP 3010 as it looked as Caltrain 3187.
 Model Railroading is always a tickle, no matter how difficult or frustrating
 Tru-Scale™ milled roadbed, whatever power pack was listed, same cars, window screen, ...
 Rebuilt the Varneys and built the Tyco with lots of moly disulphide powder in oil in the bearings, burnished thoroughly, then run-in upside down, then re-powdered and run in some more,... Motorless they'd roll almost as easily as properly-weighted cars with Delrin™ trucks; if I still had 'em, I'd swap-in can motors and add decoders...
 that's on the horizon for N-scale, or if the offspring agrees even for 1:8 for a few nearby outdoor clubs, resources permitting
 He and Jack Benny have something in common, and it's not tightwaddedness