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Old 01-07-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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The Guy With the Train in His Basement

This is my wife's boss. Took him 4 years to put this together but he's got an actual VIA rail passenger car in his basement, down to the last detail. She goes to his place and works in the 'train' once in a while. He posted the video recently and was interviewed by Huffington Post and other media today.

No ordinary train set for him! He makes my motorcycle obsession look like a passing fancy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01...n_2424825.html
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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ahhh....ok? whatever rocks your boat....or train car.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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ahhh....ok? whatever rocks your boat....or train car.
It would be a boring old world if we were all the same, wouldn't it?

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:13 PM   #4
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Very cool - no different than any other man-cave, I'm sure.

Better he should have done a 737 main cabin? Snort.

I like his style.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:38 AM   #5
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This is my wife's boss. Took him 4 years to put this together but he's got an actual VIA rail passenger car in his basement, down to the last detail. She goes to his place and works in the 'train' once in a while.
she, your wife?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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she, your wife?
Yes, my wife. Who else?

And get your mind out of the gutter- she's his accountant.

The guy sells high-end model trains & accessories for a living. He scales locomotives and rolling stock from prototypes & has them manufactured. They are beautifully detailed. These 'toy trains' sell for over $1200.00 each for a locomotive and he's done quite well for himself.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:44 PM   #7
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ever since he saw the train scene in Risky Business, he had to have it..
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:47 PM   #8
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Does your wifes boss know Neil Young? He is a model railroad buff and I think now owns Lionel. Neil Young apparently records the sounds that the locomotives make and the models use these sounds when running. Many of his rock albums have been recorded in or near his train barn.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:24 AM   #9
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Does your wifes boss know Neil Young? He is a model railroad buff and I think now owns Lionel. Neil Young apparently records the sounds that the locomotives make and the models use these sounds when running. Many of his rock albums have been recorded in or near his train barn.

He's contacted Neil about his train, If he comes for a visit, I'm pretty sure my wife and I will make a point of being there! I believe Neil did rescue Lionel from oblivion.

This thing has made the TV news and all the major local newspapers. This is the best thing that can happen to his business.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:03 PM   #10
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So, he built a train car in his basement. How many of us have a "man cave" with a fridge, tv, stereo etc. where one can tinker endlessly or just drool over our toys and hang out with friends?
How different is it really? I think the guy is brilliant and a bit nuts but why not?
If I had the resources, I'd do something cool with my own space and I'm sure my wife would be just as supportive.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:59 PM   #11
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The brutal thing is every time I'm on a train I cannot help but think how total crap the seats are.

And this guy brought them home.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:18 PM   #12
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he nailed it !! i worked at via in the early 80s and i know these inside and out..but as i recall,they where filled with stinkin humans though..
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:03 AM   #13
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The brutal thing is every time I'm on a train I cannot help but think how total crap the seats are.

And this guy brought them home.
My experience with long-haul trains has been in the UK and Europe and I thought the seats were fine. My favorite mass-transit seats are the bucket seats in the little Embraers, though. Traveling solo, I like to be on the left where there is only one seat.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:08 AM   #14
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Looks like harmless fun. At least he didn't build a Lamborghini in his basement.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:16 AM   #15
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Didn't know that about Neil Young.

Looks like he's no longer a minority shareholder anymore, though.
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