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I've been a model railroader on and off, pretty much my entire life. Like most of us in this hobby, it started with a Lionel train around the Christmas tree, or a birthday present as a young boy. Through the years, we moved from Ohio, to Arizona, then to New Mexico, and finally to California in 1990, which most of that time the Lionel trains lived in boxes, wrapped in newspaper. I worked at a huge model railroad shop in the early 90's, which happen to be inside of a drug store. I went to work for BNSF in 1997 as a trainman/conductor, on the California Division, and have been there ever since.

It seems that trains, of some kind, have been the constant for me. I modeled HO scale for many years, doing a lot of custom painting and detailing, structure building, and sold it all through the hobby shop. Also like a lot of model railroaders, being limited by space and funds, HO was a viable option for me. Later as space was even more limited, I made the switch to N Scale for about a year. Not long after going to work for BNSF, I was burnt out on trains, had no desire to do any modeling, so I sold everything, the HO, the N Scale, and all the tools associated with model railroading.

My wife and I bought a brand new house in 2003, and moved in 2004. I happen to pick up a train magazine somewhere, and flipping through the pages, I ran across an ad for the newly tooled scale F3 from Lionel, of course in the Warbonnet paint scheme. I was hooked, and dove back in to the hobby head first. Now our hallways are lined with train shelves, there is a big loop of track that runs through our bar & game-room, a switching layout in another room of the house, and my Dad and I are building The Ohio & Southwestern in his formal living & dining rooms, a 26 x 17 Hi-Rail layout. You can see our layout and many of our trains on my YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/Laidoffsick/videos All of my stuff is 3 rail, scaled sized, with big steam and a lot of Warbonnet diesels. I also like to run my trains at a couple of the clubs here in Southern, CA, because I can run 60-70 car long trains. I love the detail of the scale equipment, so I have a lot of Sunset 3rd Rail, Lionel Vision Line, Legacy, TMCC, Atlas Master Series, and MTH Proto 2 and 3. I needed a way to HAUL my trains around to these different layouts!

I spent tons of time, searching for boxes that were long enough, but yet sturdy enough to HAUL the heavy engines. Then how do I protect them? Foam from a craft store, lay it out, cut, cut, fit, cut.....lets try towels, plastic tubs, puppy pads, put the engines back in the manufactures box? NO! That takes way to much time, and normally, your engines or cars sustain damage in the process. I found some boxes years ago that were perfect, but the company that made them is longer around. I decided to tweak a couple things, to fit my needs a little better, and bring "The O Scale Hauler" to the market for guys like me that HAUL my trains around. I want them protected, but yet I don't want to spend all day packing and unpacking every time I want to go to the club.

As a fellow model railroader who has hauled his trains around using various methods, I think you will agree, these are the BEST, on several levels. Spend more time running trains, and protect them, by HAULING them around with the O Scale Hauler.

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