Youth in Model Railroading

swdw Oct 27, 2006

  1. swdw

    swdw TrainBoard Member

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    For those not in the Denver Area, you should visit this site.
    http://www.ymr-online.org/

    If you like kids take a good look and think about starting your own chapter. The NMRA has a youth division but its pretty much a flop. The kids in YMR have FUN.

    I've seen these kids and their layouts at the local shows. They do great work, have fun, and probably do more to promote the hobby than the clubs do. They usually have tables where people can try making trees or some other item and have a Lionel layout with all knids of operational stuff that kids stand in line and take turns running.

    They have members in all scales from N through O and Lego trains (man I wish they had lego trains when I was a kid).

    Take a look and contact them if you want to do something for the hobby in your area.
     
  2. love the a&m railroad

    love the a&m railroad TrainBoard Member

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    i wish someone would do that here!!!
     
  3. MP333

    MP333 TrainBoard Supporter

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    Cool, thanks for posting.
     
  4. Peirce

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    This looks to me to be an organization that deserves our support in one way or another, but especially we should give a warm welcome to any of their members who visit here.
     
  5. David Bromage

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    Any program which actually gets young people into the hobby is a good thing and should be supported. I have ben told indirectly that many of the team leaders become involved through a family association and have no previous background in modelling (although may have a relevant skill such as carpentry or electrics) but have become modellers too.

    The fact that major manufacturers and retailers support the program shows that it must be working. They wouldn't be backing it unless they genuinely believed the kids will stick with the hobby and become future customers.

    Cheers
    David
     
  6. xpedx

    xpedx TrainBoard Member

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    its a good club for the kids to get a start. i give them stuff i dont need

    jeff
     
  7. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

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    Never heard of this organization before, but it doesn't seem to have spread that far. Yet it does look like it has lots of manufacturer support, which is sort've the opposite of the organization I'm a part of, the Teen Association of Model Railroaders, with members all across the country, and a couple of international ones, too.
     
  8. love the a&m railroad

    love the a&m railroad TrainBoard Member

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    Im already into modelrailroading and i love it.I think i am the only person in my school who likes it.
     
  9. MP333

    MP333 TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'll bet you're simply the FIRST person in your school who likes it, not the only one. Others will follow, I'm sure, although it may be 20 years before they do! :shade:
     
  10. love the a&m railroad

    love the a&m railroad TrainBoard Member

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    Good point i forgot about the future!!!!
     
  11. traingeekboy

    traingeekboy TrainBoard Member

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    I actually had Lego trains in 60's. Yep lego had battery powered trains then. Every show I go to in Denver I make sure to visit the lego layout and see how things are running.

    I agree about how much fun those kids have. They just do trainset stuff and use model airplabnes and army men and whatever they think looks cool on their layouts.
     
  12. EricB

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    There are two modules that they have that I really like: the junkyard and the Mars layout. The junkyard consists of old Hotwheels. I looks like the kid that did it just took a hammer to the Hotwheels to make them look wrecked and and smashed. I bet that was fun to do :) The Mars module of course is all red and the structures are the bottoms of 2-liter soda bottles. That must've been really fun to do - definately different.

    I'm going to the up coming GATS show here in Denver. I see if I can take some pics to show everybody their work.
    Eric
     
  13. MOPACJAY

    MOPACJAY TrainBoard Member

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    Great website and organization! I am planning on starting a ministry at our church, sort of a "Train up a child" thing.This looks like a great resource for that,thanks for posting:thumbs_up:
     

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