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Hello members of PT, I'm new here and I was wondering if anybody here is interested in railways, railroads, steam engine preservation or even the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends kid's show? :D
 

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I used to watch Thomas as a little kid :D lol. And i have a train set that runs on a remote control :) Fun stuff...plus there's a real train that passes my school everyday at Lunch time :)
 

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Yeah, I love the Thomas show & books. I have a huge collection of the merchandising.

Now I'm an admin on this site, the Thomas wiki: http://ttte.wikia.com/wiki/User:ZEM

I also have started my own forum and blog about Thomas and a similar series named "TUGS":

http://newtugboatsthomas.forumotion.net/forum.htm

http://tugboatsandthomas.sosblog.com/index.htm

I always thought that I was the only teenager that liked the show, until I searched the web and found that there are actually thousands! :)

I am also interested in reading about real railways also, like the Talyllyn and Bluebell Railways. These two railways are directly referenced in some of the Thomas episodes and books. :)
 

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I'm not necessarily an enthusiast but I have loved trains all my life. My dad was with two different railroads in two different states. Now, I'm over 70 years old so my memories go back to the old trains - those with cinders. :D Some of my best memories involve trains, particularly during WWII when so many troops were on board. As a child, I was handed off from soldier to soldier throughout every trip from North Carolina to Georgia or Alabama. Most of the soldiers had children and missed them terribly so my Mother would let them hold me.

The train stations and roundhouses were a treat to me too.

I'm familiar with Thomas the Tank too but not an expert. My husband and I did volunteer work for a while at a kid's museum and Thomas and crew made a couple of stops there.
 

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Okay, let's see....

My grandfather was an engineer back in the 1920's out of Hoboken, NJ.

My husband's former boss was a member of the New Jersey Live Steamers:
http://www.njlivesteamers.org/index.htm

We have a respectable collection of 50+ year old Lionel model trains and track.

And, my 20 year old son was a huge fan of Thomas the Tank Engine when he was little. And I'm talking about the episodes where Ringo Starr was the Conductor! LOL (Not that I don't LOVE George Carlin, RIP).

Linda:)

PS: Many years ago on vacation out in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

We rode on the Strasburg Railroad:
http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/

And checked out the Red Caboose Motel:
http://www.redcaboosemotel.com/
 

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We have many Thomas the Tank tapes and DVD'S and Thomas books as well.Also in storage is my 7 year old grandson's (Hawkmaster on PT)Thomas the train ride around toy train complete with track. It is time to get it back on track and ready for little Drakie. He should be near ready for it now.

I am fortunate to still have my old Lionel train set that I got when I was 7 years old, and it still works, including the headlight and the smoke produced by still available drops, which replaced the smoke tablets.

Another one is a 1996 smaller scale diesel type.

When the weather permits, on Friday nights we drive to the near by AMTRAK tain station and walk the boarding area and wait for the 10:45 train to pull up and enjoy its 30 minute lay over.Afterwards, we stop by for doughnuts on the way home.
 

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I have always been a fan of Electric Railways, in particular the iner-urbans and street caars. Used to ride the BIG RED CARS in southern california during the 1950,s before they wen away in the early 60's.

If any of you ever get a chance, check out the Perris (CA) trolley museum. many working and restored electrics and a couple locomotives as well.
 

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I enjoyed reading all of your stories, and looking at the websites. I have always loved trains of all sorts. :)
 
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