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First off all, It's been over a month since my last post due to me studying for my university finals which are now done and dusted (at last!!!
) So I will spend a fair bit of the next few days trawling through the last months worth of posts to see what I've missed! Its good to be back in the land of the living!

Now, in July I will be traveling from New York down to Florida with my girlfriend. As yet we haven't set a route. I would like to take in a few railway orientated sites on route and visit some model shops. So, if anybody has any advice on what to see or what not to see, or good sources of information, I'm all ears!

Thanks,

Rob
 

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Some good ideas there! Plenty of food for thought!

Cheers,

Rob
 

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Thanks guys, I've added all the suggestions into the mix! We've (I've been told more like!!!) decided that we will use the train service between NYC and Washington before hiring a car for the rest of the trip that ends in Key West. This may make visiting some of the places north of Washington difficult, although I see the Baltimore museum is close to the railway so should be very possible!

Any suggestions south of Washington? Also any model shops worth visiting?

Cheers,

Rob

PS Yes Basil, we will be seeing as much of the Appalachians Mountains as possible, we have already booked a log cabin close to the Great Smokey Mountains for one night. Can't wait!
 

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Thanks David, you're the second person to recommend that book so I had better check it out!

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Right....

Well after almost three months I am back to modeling! I got back from the states in August but for personal reasons wasn't able to afford any time for the hobby until this week, and to top it off I've had no internet access until today! I'll start with a brief update on the holiday...

Had a fantastic time, I would recommend anyone who is thinking about visiting the states to do so sooner rather than later due to the current exchange rates. Was lovely to be able to simply divide prices by two everywhere! Ended up spending time in New York, DC, Baltimore, Chesapeake bay, Virginia beach, outer banks, myrtle beach, great Smokey mountains, savannah, Orlando, Miami and last but not least key west. Enjoyed them all. As it was a driving holiday we only used trains twice, once to get from NYC to Baltimore and also on a scenic trip on the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad which was stunning. Visited quite a few model shops and picked up some lovely stuff, the main item being an Athearn Genesis Challenger with sound and twin smoke units fitted:



All in all it was a wonderful trip but I'm glad to be home! Will not spend forever trying to catch up on all the threads I've missed!

Rob
 

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Normally every purchase I make has been thought out over time. However, as soon as I saw this challenger I knew I wanted it. The grey stood out when I saw it in a display cabinet. Sounds very good too and with both smoke units firing at once in a minute or too the entire layout vanishes!

Rob
 
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