Wednesday, October 26, 2016

November 2016 Scavenger Challenge - All Aboard!

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

DURATION: November 1 – 30, 2016

Model railroading is a popular hobby around the world, and my husband was bitten by the bug when he was a child. Somewhere in my basement are several boxes of track, scenery, "grass"-covered boards and, of course, railroad cars galore. Since November is National Model Railroad Month, we created this challenge for you as an opportunity to learn a little about the hobby. 

1. In the US and Canada, it is called model railroading; in the UK, Australia and Ireland, it is known as railway modelling. Electric trains appeared around the start of the 20th century, but they were crude likenesses. Model trains today are more realistic.
⋙ Read a book set between 1880 and 1920 (inclusive; tell us when) OR a book with a verb ending in -ing in its title. 
Chasing Dreams Nicole Edwards 11/19/16

2. Before the 1930s, there were no common standards pertaining to model railroad equipment. One manufacturer's equipment would not necessarily work with another manufacturer's or even run on someone else's track. The NMRA (National Model Railroad Association) came into being in 1935 with a gathering of model railroaders, manufacturer's, and publishers, in response to the need to bring some sort of order to the hobby. The NMRA Standards were developed as a way to help insure that equipment could be interchanged between one model railroad and another. 

⋙ Read a book with an unexpected twist in the plot OR a book whose title includes the letters N, M, R and A (not necessarily in order). 
The Flower Arrangement Ella Griffin 11/4/16

3. Model railroaders' involvement ranges from owning a train set that you set up under the Christmas tree every year to spending hours and large sums of money on a large and precise model of a railroad and the scenery through which it passes, called a "layout". Layouts vary from a circle or oval of track to realistic reproductions of real places modeled to scale. 
⋙ Read a book with a circle or oval on the cover; award circles do NOT count (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a book from a genre that you only read occasionally. 
Wait For Morning (Sniper 1 Security, #1) by Nicole Edwards Wait For Morning Nicole Edwards 11/12/16

4. The words scale and gauge seem interchangeable but in this hobby, their meanings are different. Scale is the model's measurement as a proportion to the original, while gauge is the measurement between the rails. The size of the engine and other cars depends on the scale. The most popular scales are G scale (1:24), O scale (1:48), S scale (1:64), HO scale (roughly 1:87) and N (1:160) scale. 
⋙ Read a book whose title begins with G, O, S, HO or N (disregard A, An and The) OR a book whose title contains two words that are similar but mean different things.
Getting Out of Hand Erin Nicholas 11/7/16

5. Scale models include locomotives, rolling stock, tracks, signaling and landscapes, which includes countryside, roads, buildings, vehicles, model figures, lights and features such as rivers, hills and canyons. Landscapes can create a fantasy world or model an actual location, often historic. 
⋙ Read a book with a river or canyon on the cover (must be visible in the GR thumbnail; post the cover) OR a fiction book that is based on real-life events or a non-fiction book.
Ransom Canyon (Ransom Canyon, #1) by Jodi Thomas Ransom Canyon Jodi Thomas 11/22/16

Common "rolling stock" includes the following types of cars:
* Locomotive
* Coach
* Container car
* Dining car
* Express car (a baggage or box car assigned to an express company service)
* Flat car
* Freight car
* Gondola
* Tank car
* Caboose

6. Choose one of the above and read a book by an author whose first AND last initials can be found in the name of the car. 
* Caboose
New Leaf Catherine Anderson 11/2/16

7. Choose a different name from the list above and read a book where the first letter of EVERY word in the title (ALL WORDS COUNT!) can be found in that name (2-word minimum). 
* Container car
All In Simona Ahrnstedt 11/3/16

Sources: Rail transport modelling
National Model Railroad Association

See this thread for more detailed rules for all CCC challenges.

♦ If you want to participate in this challenge, please sign up by posting at least a partial list of the challenge requirements. This gives us a post to link you to, which you can use to update your books as the challenge progresses. 

♦ Unless otherwise noted, books must be at least 150 pages long. (See the link above for rules regarding graphic novels.) Books may only be used for one task in this challenge, but cross-challenge posting is encouraged :) Re-reads are allowed, as long as you read the entire book. You must read at least half of the book AFTER the challenge begins in order to count it for this challenge.

♦ For each book you read, please post a link to the title, and indicate the author and the date you finished reading it. If a challenge task gives several options, please make it clear which option you’ve chosen. If the task calls for an item on the cover or specific author initials or name/s, you must include a link to the book cover and/or author's name, respectively.* 
PLEASE NOTE: When we say that an item must be visible in the Goodreads thumbnail, we mean the little cover that shows up in a post, not the cover on the book's main page. 
    * If you don’t know how to post a link to the book title, cover or author, see the instructions here: Add a link to the book title, book cover and/or author 

♦ When you complete the challenge, please post your entire list as a new message. If you do this while you still have the Edit window open, it will copy all of your links and formatting. If you don’t repost your list, your name will not be added to the list of those who have completed the challenge. 

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