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richg
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« on: September 21, 2011, 07:17:17 PM »

Yeah, I am bored.

Over the years, I see every so often I someone wanting rolling stock for the modern era.
What do we consider, The Modern Era in 2011?
Have fun.

Rich
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Doneldon

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2011, 01:15:28 AM »

What do we consider, The Modern Era in 2011?
Rich

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Oh, I don't know. How about 2011?

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2011, 01:22:45 AM »

1995 or so until now? Huh?
It's like the many answers you get if asking when is the transition era. I would say 1945 to mid 50's. Maybe?
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 08:42:32 AM »

Perhaps one's age is related to one's perspective of the 'modern' era.

Steam for major roads seems to have unofficially ended by 1960.  At least, it seems all the large steam locomotives were being turned to scrap by 1961.  Then I was born.  Missed the 'golden' era.  Darn.

So, in my mind anything from 1961 on I consider the modern era. 

Or perhaps the modern era relates to when locomotives and rolling stock became less artistic or creative.  Everything, to me, now looks like rolling rectangles and cylinders.  Still fun to watch, but it doesn't stir my soul.  No personality.

There's my two cents to cure you're boredom. Smiley

Regards,

Jonathan
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2011, 10:38:08 PM »

I consider the "modern era" as anywhere from 2000-2011. The 1990's, if I were to model that era, I would just simply call it "the 90's" (unless there's a certain year  Wink). Same goes for the rest of the decades, such as 80's, 70's, 60's, etc. Just my input  Smiley
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ACY


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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 10:41:13 PM »

1990 to present
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Johnson Bar Jeff

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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2011, 10:35:14 AM »

After the creation of Amtrak and the Penn Central?
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2011, 12:43:26 PM »

I think it is all really a matter of perspective.  For the 30-year olds out there, the modern era was proabably last week.  For those of us with a lot more grey, it's from the 1960's or so.  Me personally, I tend to think of the modern era as the time when the second-generation diesels began to rule, which would be around the mid-1970's. 
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2011, 06:24:10 PM »

My take on  the "Era" categories with some overlap

1) 19th century - pre 1900

2) steam -  1900 to end of WWII, diesels begin to arrive in late '30's
  
3) Transition - 1940's to mid '50's steam disappears as diesels take over

4) 1st Generation -  early '50's to early '60's  F units and early GP's rule the roost

5) 2nd generation -  early '60's to mid '70's GP 20 thru arrival of the dash 2s, also UP's bigger is better loco years

6)  Dash 2 era - formally the "modern" era, mid '70's thru late '90's, intro of dash 2  locos thru SD 60 and comfort cabs

7) Modern era (for now) - late '90's thru now, beginning with dash 8/9s, and other fuel efficient, environmentally friendly locos.
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Jerrys HO
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2011, 08:26:37 PM »

Rich,
All I can say is WOW. I thought this was going to be a "boring" topic but it seems to entertain me. Does that make me boring?
Modern era is any thing that started after I was born (62) till now.
I liked Jonathan's and rObert's replies

The best quote ever.... Or perhaps the modern era relates to when locomotives and rolling stock became less artistic or creative.  Everything, to me, now looks like rolling rectangles and cylinders.  Still fun to watch, but it doesn't stir my soul.  No personality.
also. Thanks Jonathan

Jerry
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poliss

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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2011, 09:14:37 PM »

Modern era would be the locos made in carbon fibre jelly moulds (jello molds). No character. They look the same worldwide no matter what badge is stuck on them.
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richg
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« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2011, 03:09:57 PM »

Rich,
All I can say is WOW. I thought this was going to be a "boring" topic but it seems to entertain me. Does that make me boring?
Modern era is any thing that started after I was born (62) till now.
I liked Jonathan's and rObert's replies

The best quote ever.... Or perhaps the modern era relates to when locomotives and rolling stock became less artistic or creative.  Everything, to me, now looks like rolling rectangles and cylinders.  Still fun to watch, but it doesn't stir my soul.  No personality.
also. Thanks Jonathan

Jerry


That was, "Tongue in Cheek" as I saw the discussion in another forum. It made me think of how  we repeat what we hear from others without checking what something means.
I have seen the term used quite a few years ago.

Rich
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poliss

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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2011, 08:51:54 PM »

First diesel locomotive-1912. http://www.derbysulzers.com/prussia.html
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