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Re: [Z_Scale] andT gauge with lego for kids call it bait switch

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  • thomas cipelle
    hi malcomb  we run 2z layouts pus brief case z and have 19x19 T gauge lay out plus  we run Lego train set we call that bailt switch  plus now have O gauge
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 6, 2013
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      hi malcomb  we run 2z layouts pus brief case z and have 19x19 T gauge lay out plus  we run Lego train set we call that bailt switch  plus now have O gauge atlas track with  2 metal bettles going round and round both 4 foot z lay outs  run 3  trains each



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      From: Malcolm Kent Cleaveland <mcleavel@...>
      To: "Z_scale@yahoogroups.com" <Z_scale@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:49 AM
      Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: Tabletop modules

       

      Folks,

      I have a "Train Show Layout" that is specifically for train shows that allows me to run 2 trains continuously. This layout has a sturdy 10" high plexiglas enclosure on 3 sides, except for access to a tunnel. The layout is set on a table provided by the show, which works pretty well as far as viewing height for little kids and wheelchairs. You cannot guess how many little noses have been flattened against that plexiglas, but little fingers cannot grab the trains. I've even had kids do a chin-up on the plexiglas, so I know it's strong. The kids are also fascinated by the tunnel access, which is all right because for some reason they don't seem to want to grab the trains in the tunnel.

      Having had 2 kids myself, I know:
      a. They don't listen when told not to touch, even if repeated frequently,
      b. They are faster than greased lightning,
      c. They are like cats, moving things fascinate them

      I now have an oval of T-gauge that also sits on the table with the Z scale. I got tired of people looking at the Z and saying, "Oh, that's so tiny!" If they say that now, I just point to the T-gauge and tell them, "No, that's tiny." The T stuff is a big hit. I get spectators who say someone told them to come by just to look at the T.

      Since Model Railroader and Trains magazines came out with the DVDs of back issues, I have brought a box of magazines to the shows and given each child a magazine until they were all gone. In another life I might have been a dope dealer, but I hope it helps them get hooked on trains. When I was a child (were there still dinosaurs back then?) someone gave me an American Flyer catalog. I never did get any S scale trains, but I wore that catalog out just looking at it. And I've been into trains ever since, even when I didn't have any. So there is a use for excess magazines besides recycling the paper. The kids love it and many even say "Thank you!" One time I was handing a magazine to a kid and some adult (not their parent) reached in and grabbed it from him. That guy was lucky I didn't have a 2x4 handy. I gave the kid another magazine, of course, but that guy is lucky he couldn't hear my thoughts.

      CheerZ,
      -- Malcolm Z
      MCZ Models

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