Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for May 14, 2022

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    I once went to pick up a train set for my nephew at model train shop in Brooklyn. It was quite a shock to find another customer who had flown from Colorado to pick up a train set.

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    willispate  5 months ago

    well, at least Goat and Pig found some common ground for a second.

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    Packratjohn Premium Member 5 months ago

    Simple is good

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    DennisinSeattle Premium Member 5 months ago

    My FIL had a major interest in model trains. He made some of his own, as well as all the scenery in his layout in his attic. Don’t know where all his trains have gone now.

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    sirbadger  5 months ago

    I saw one train set where somebody put a mousetrap under a building to simulate an explosion.

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    Imagine  5 months ago

    Or the models in the swim suits.

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    ronaldspence  5 months ago

    you are well trained Pig!

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    Cornelius Noodleman  5 months ago

    I like to go to the park and climb on the old steam engine.

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    Jesy Bertz Premium Member 5 months ago

    And try to keep it cheap! It’s a wonderful, but expensive hobby.

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    nicka93  5 months ago

    Which you drive the train around in circles.

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    L'Europeo Premium Member 5 months ago

    H0 is the best

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    blunebottle  5 months ago

    Goat, it could have been TT or S scale. Or even #1 Garden.

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    blunebottle  5 months ago

    I even had a little Z scale.

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    iggyman  5 months ago

    I’m with you, Pig! When I was being “put together” instead of brains they put in trains!

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    rshive  5 months ago

    In days of yore, it was almost as much fun to set up Plasticville.

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    Ricky Bennett  5 months ago

    When I was a kid, I had one made of bubble gum. It went “Chew chew”…

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    dlkrueger33  5 months ago

    My first husband (RIP) had his bachelor apartment decorated completely in “train” motif. Railroad lanterns as lights, paintings and huge panoramic black and white photos of special engines (Big Boy), and had made holes in the walls, laying tracks so the trains could run from room to room. Kinda cool but of course, not what every woman dreams of in home decor. He had O gauge. Cool stuff, though.

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    Procat Premium Member 5 months ago

    Gomez Addams had a wonderful train set.

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    Doug K  5 months ago

    IC? How wide is that? (Am I off track here? Gone off the rails?)

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    Ellis97  5 months ago

    Pig is a pig of simple pleasures.

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    uniquename  5 months ago

    Fun for the fun of it. Nice to see it.

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    MS72  5 months ago

    At least it’s modeling and not just “toy trains”.

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    TampaFanatic1  5 months ago

    I thing Pig’s train might be the type that is made of wood blocks as scale tracks from Tyco or Lionel are a bit over Pig’s head.

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    Zebrastripes  5 months ago

    Was it Thomas?

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    Goat from PBS  5 months ago

    Simplicity, I can respect that. No need to overcomplicate things, unless one wants to.

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    2Goldfish  5 months ago

    Has anyone priced model trains lately? They’re expensive!

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    SusieB  5 months ago

    I’m with you Pig, I like simplicity. My refrigerator is a basic model, freezer on top, no ice and water maker. Less things to break.

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    Snolep  5 months ago

    The KISS principal is always best.

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    Linguist  5 months ago

    I think Pig’s train of thought has left the station a looong time ago!

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    Pgalden1 Premium Member 5 months ago

    Wherever possible, Pig, wherever possible

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    Fontessa  5 months ago

    One that goes “Choo Choo” if you say choo choo yourself.

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    raybarb44  5 months ago

    He has one for fun, which is the right reason. He has no plans on obsessing or making a life’s work out of it…

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  5 months ago

    I’m with you, Pig.

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    Queen of America Premium Member 5 months ago

    One of my former boss’ owned a model train store in La Mesa. I’ve been in it twice since we both retired just to visit him. I couldn’t believe all of the stuff in there! He sold it a few years ago.

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    JudyAz  5 months ago

    “East is east and West is west,

    and never the twain shall meet…"

    …unless they’re both on the same twack.

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    Coocalici  5 months ago

    At first I thought this was gonna be one of those strips, because it started off so randomly.

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    knight1192a  5 months ago

    I’ve got one that goes choo-choo. It’s O scale.

    Actually, even without sound effects there’s something very soothing about just running a model train. It’s in the sound of the wheels on the tracks.

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    oakie817  5 months ago

    coo coo ka-choo

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    willie_mctell  5 months ago

    Does the engine produce smoke?

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    Buoy  5 months ago

    When I was a child, my mommy played choo-choo with a spoon of food-food. Choo-Choo! Here comes the train, into the tunnel, choo-choo! Choo-choo, I would say, and chew chew I would do do. I was a monster! All those poor people…

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    AndromedaMike  5 months ago

    Pig got the one that sounds like a real train. The others don’t make any noise. They’re imposters.

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    WCraft Premium Member 5 months ago

    Hmmmm – I had one as a child and pretty sure it didn’t go “Choo Choo”…

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    DaBump Premium Member 5 months ago

    And it “goes ‘Choo choo’” because you make that sound while pulling it along its widdle pwastic twain twack. Ah, the memories! Maybe in my second childhood…

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    MissyTiger  5 months ago

    Did he pick a Pikachu choo choo?

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    Sisyphos  5 months ago

    “Simple” is appropriate for you, Pig. The simpler, the better.

    Way, way back, when I was in high school, a friend invited me over to his house to see his model train layout; I don’t recall what scale, though….

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    ElVez2  5 months ago

    Simple would describe the drawings. Same ones for 4 panels

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    pontiac59  5 months ago

    As someone who sells them for a living I appreciate this because those are exactly the two types of customers you get. Goat, who understands the details, and Pig, who has no idea of any of that he just wants it to make noise.

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    Mycroft holmes  5 months ago

    pastis has done one like this before…

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    DannyDonkeyHatesPeople  5 months ago

    Lazy Stephan ran this strip already

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