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Is railway modelling green and healthy?

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With Prince Charles having a bit of a downer on McDonalds and lots of talk of carbon emissions right now its time for Model Rail Forum to have its own debate on green and healthy issues.

Is railway modelling a green pastime?

Is is healthy for you?

On the green side it has to be said that from a recycling point of view it is probably one of the top pastimes. You can model a whole layout from the contents of the refuse sac. And old models last forever and are constantly recycled on eBay and elsewhere. On the other hand the amount of metal and plastic and packaging utilised in ready to run new model production probably has the effect of making it ungreen overall if you only buy new models.

On the healthy side you do have to stretch and twist and cut and lift and run up and down stairs if you have a loft layout and it does take your mind off food and other digestive perils so it clearly it is better to be a railway modeller than not if you are seeking a healthy lifestyle. On the other hand it is all too easy to slump in your chair and watch your trains pass by if there is no ongoing project and your doctor might be alarmed at this practice.

As it is clearly in the interests of any hobby to promote its greeness and health giving properties could any of you provide examples of what you have done that you consider either to be a green or healthy practice.

Having to rush over to the end of a layout every 30 seconds to sort out Hornby Pullman coaches that keep derailing might be an example of excercise as you need to be nimble. And using the polystyrene packaging of your latest electrical goods to create an embankment would be an example of being green.

Really what we are looking for are the best examples of being green and burning calories that you can provide.

Happy modelling
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QUOTE And using the polystyrene packaging of your latest electrical goods to create an embankment would be an example of being green

Heres some proof

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It certainly does seem that the government is using global warming as an excuse for yet more stealth taxes. Fortunately, I'm in Australia at the moment and the government here doesn't give a monkeys about the environment. I had a look at that link Gary provided to the Channel 4 show, which I'd like to have seen, and a lot of the information and arguments were the subject matter I studied at university. One of the subjects which I did was “Pleistocene environmental change”, and involved analysing peat bog and ice cores and several other climatic indicators to recreate the environment and, to cut a long story short, the climate has been oscillating up and down in terms of temperature for the last two million years and the current warming trend is probably part of this process. The argument that more significant greenhouse gas inputs to the system are occurring from volcanoes etc than humans is correct. However no-one really knows the impact we have had as it is not readily quantifiable and hence the ongoing debate.

So what does all this have to do with model rail, well if it gets too hot our trains wont function correctly!
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