The Guy With the Train in His Basement

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  1. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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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. 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/2013/0...with-the-train-in-his-basement_n_2424825.html
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  2. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    ahhh....ok? whatever rocks your boat....or train car.
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  3. seuadr

    seuadr Wee-stromer

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    she, your wife?
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  4. Boondoggle

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    It would be a boring old world if we were all the same, wouldn't it?

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  5. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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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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  6. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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    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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  7. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    ever since he saw the train scene in Risky Business, he had to have it..:lol3
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  8. Cal

    Cal Been here awhile

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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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  9. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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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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  10. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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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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  11. zokalr13

    zokalr13 Been here awhile

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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..:lol3
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  12. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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    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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  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Looks like harmless fun. At least he didn't build a Lamborghini in his basement.:lol3
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  14. Xeraux

    Xeraux Archvillain

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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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  15. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Wow, way cool. Not for me but cool.
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  16. The Other Allan

    The Other Allan Been here awhile

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    Does it have the VIA smell too?
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  17. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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    Stale cigarette smoke, old poutine curds and vomit courtesy of Carling Red Cap Ale?
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  18. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    This guy looks almost exactly like my best friend, and I could easily see him doing something like that! Very cool!:clap

    Jim :brow
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  19. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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    Next they, oops I mean he, is doing a sleeper car.
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  20. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    :roflI was riding them things even before Poutine existed.....still stunk. There are some old rolling stock at "Three Valley Gap" in BC, the old guy even built his own roundhouse to accomodate his trains. They all pretty well have the same smell.:rofl

    Been at sea for over 30 years, never got motion sickness but for once in a Via car. Might have been the beer.....!:lol3
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