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Author Topic: Hobby or a phase  (Read 571 times)

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Offline Intercity

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Hobby or a phase
« on: April 17, 2017, 04:12:56 am »
Not sure if these can be classified as hobbies or just passing phases that come and go, however being such a train geek (my wife's words) my other hobby is collecting and restoring full size railroad signals and locomotive horns, it's not exactly cheap to pursue, and extra care has to be taken to make sure your latest asset isn't being looked for by railroad police!!! (A very unfortunate reality of these hobbies)

Also being in an apartment (flat) space is a big problem, some of these signals are 5ft tall and weigh alot (2 people to move them), if I can figure out the picture gallery thing I'll try to post some pics.
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Re: Hobby or a phase
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 04:36:44 am »
My grandfather had a (probably) apocryphal story of a friend who collected manhole covers.....

Perhaps a more immediate impact on the general public   :hmmm:

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Re: Hobby or a phase
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 04:44:47 am »
There are two houses reasonably near where I live which have front gardens literally festooned with railway artifacts, including semaphore signals and station name boards.

You're not alone, buddy.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Hobby or a phase
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 06:32:58 am »
I do hope your collection is not too heavy for the floors.
There was someone Birmingham way who collected sailing magazines though he never sailed., The ceiling gave way under the weight.

Go for model railways a lot less weight!!!l

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Re: Hobby or a phase
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 08:08:34 am »
I collect pound coins , when my collection gets too big I go to the pub.... :beers:

Seriously though not far from where I live there's a bungalow where the front garden
is full of old  flatirons , bits of ploughs, old kettles etc, all painted matt black, just don't get it .

However as the silent movie star Harold Lloyd said "everyone should have a hobby", when
he retired his was taking 3D colour photos of glamour models.

Beats old rusty signals.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2017, 08:13:02 am by broadsword »

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Re: Hobby or a phase
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 05:37:22 pm »
There are two houses reasonably near where I live which have front gardens literally festooned with railway artifacts, including semaphore signals and station name boards.

You're not alone, buddy.  :thumbsup:

It's collecting the trains that's the real problem. You can't get many A4 Pacifics in 3-bed place.

:D
How about the nameplates though.... They'd fit very nicely.
Might cost a bob or two...
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Re: Hobby or a phase
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2017, 08:32:20 pm »
My grandfather had a (probably) apocryphal story of a friend who collected manhole covers.....

Perhaps a more immediate impact on the general public   :hmmm:

reminds me
  When I used to work for BR in their buying dept., we used to send out invitations to tender using a numbered list of approved suppliers and the typing pool had a similar list. Well we were going out to tender for sanitary towels for vending machines in the ladies toilets and failed to notice that instead of going to Southalls Towels the typist had used the next number on the list which was Stanton & Stavely. We got a very nice reply from them saying that they regretted that they were unable to meet the specification but could offer cast iron manhole covers!
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Re: Hobby or a phase
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2017, 10:11:28 pm »
You could use the horns on your pick up


Wonder if I could do this to my Honda Civic?
Just need roof bars, compressor, air tank and a horn set. I'm sure it would be perfectly legal.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2017, 10:14:48 pm by Chris Morris »

 

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