Model railroad on a festival for gay youths

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FIRE AV MINE BESTE KOMPISER | BEST FRIENDS | BESTEN FREUNDE | Foto: 0rvik

MATES RELAXING WITH MODEL TRAINS IN THE SUN

 
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EN LITEN MODELLJERNBANE | A MINI MODEL RAILROAD | EINE MINI MODELLBAHNANLAGE | Foto: 0rvik

NOT EXACTLY WORLD’S LARGEST MODEL RAILWAY, BUT IT WORKS

 
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I constantly try to get more people to begin with model railways. It’s the perfect hobby for anyone with an interest in technology and gadgets, good concentration and patience, and creativity and imagination. I stand inside with all. But one can not deny that model trains glory days belong to the past – or? An increasingly technical development and attention to details has resulted in a new and growing interest for the railway in miniature. The hope must be that the youth of today are interested in activities outside the PC.

Begining with such a hobby as 30-year-old student at an elite school, made ​​most people more amused than to show interest when told about the model railroad hobby. Especially when you are a faggot, as it not goes into the most gay area of ​​interest (no, I do not mean as opposed to makeup and clothing). For most gay guys are ordinary boys, yet few people are interested in trains and model railroad, and technical toys. Fair enough, some buddies build and collect the Lego © Technic series.

The surprise was still great when I created a Model Railway Group on the site Gaysir (a kind of MySpace / Facebook for gay people), and the group had 100 members within two weeks. Norway is a small country! In other words, as it turned out quickly, I was not alone. And when I was thinking, I have gays friends who both work at the National Rail Administration, as metro and tram driver at # Router (Oslo public transport company), electrician at Mantena (railway workshop), and so on. And when I look at the Instagram of my queer friends, there’s a lot of trains, trams and metros.

In other words, I was struck by my own prejudices, which I had to disprove. Model Railway is a perfect hobby for all boys and men (yes, and women also)! And due to moving this summer I had to suddenly bring some of my model railroad equipment, when I was to hold a photo course for a week at a festival for 200 queer youths. When one of the female participants got ecstatic meeting me and showed her enthusiasm for my website about model railroads, so I had to unpack my model trains!

And suddenly I’m sitting there, on a deserted island in Østfold, with a bunch of buddies playing with model trains. Though not a big installation, it was fun to see the interest. There sat one architect, an upcoming fighter pilot, an upcoming composer, an upcoming psychiatric nurse and a primary school teacher and drove trains on a patio in the sun. Not only does it bring hope that prejudice is about to break down, but also that the hobby has a good future! One only need to spread the good word!

As I even call myself … an architect, photographer, cake monster, and gay model railway enthusiast with a car mania! ;)




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