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The Electric Nose

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Donnie Mountjoy writes: Okay, so you think Byrnes and I are freak-show material for knowing a bit about toy trains? Well in our defence I offer exhibit A: Electric Nose. This site is run by one Steve Jones, and if ever there was a man with no life, it’d be Steve. His blog details the model railway related goings on in his roof over the past three years or so, while offering a unique, uncompromising opinion on the state of the hobby.

You see Steve is a perfectionist. He spends his time worrying about a train being 2mm too wide, or not having the curve of the peak above the window right, or having a panel printed rather than engraved on the side of his trains. He spends his time criticising one of the on line Model Railway forums as being the “we never had it so good” brigade, because they don’t share his rabid concern. His beef is that if a model manufacturer is going to make a new train, they should make it millimetre perfect or not bother (the futility of his position is best explained that British trains run on tracks that are 16.5mm apart, but should be 18.83mm apart – so every single train he has is built with this huge compromise, yet he can ignore this little fact!).

What makes me laugh the most though is following the story arc that his blog tells. He starts off in 2003 modelling British trains, then dabbles in American ones, then is back to British and recently has changed to larger sized trains. Now you won’t want to read every page – well, okay, Rob will – but when you skim the site, think about this: Each locomotive must be worth $100-$150; each new passenger coach $50; each goods wagon $25. The more exotic European stuff is triple those numbers.

Put simply, this twat has spent thousands upon thousands of dollars, but gotten nowhere. Not once does he describe running his trains and enjoying himself, or sharing the experience with his children or grand children. He is just a bitter man, with lots of money and time, who has nothing better to do than tell the rest of the world how they should be. Not related is he, Fingers?

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Reader Comments (9)

yep.. the're still freaks.
April 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDeRex
Rob 'never had it so good' Byrnes measures to the millimeter i'm sure........
April 12, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Damn straight mushie, I am also good for a major argument as to what hue, chroma and value tuscan brown is.
I also run my railway to a timetable!
:)
April 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
oh dear. I think I am happy for you Byrnesy.
April 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterWJ
I knew that would make your day WJ.
:)
April 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
This guy has no idea Donnie???
April 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterRob Byrnes
Pot calling the kettle black I feel.

You are sitting in front of a computer reading and writing this rubbish, perhaps for the last 4 years. At least electric nose and his ilk are doing something practical and more fun in their spare time.

Live and let live.
Oh and get a life
May 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIan
Exactly Ian, He should get a life. Steve Jones at least shows he has a brain.
May 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
BTW that link was dead so I've accessed the site through Wayback Machine - http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.electricnose.co.uk
May 27, 2009 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe

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