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Dorsetmike

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Any railway modellers out there?
« on: May 13, 2019, 09:35:21 PM »
I had a browse through the hobbies and interests and only found a few mentions of model railways about 7 years ago, so thought it might be an idea to see if anybody out there is "playing trains" in their second childhood.
Like many others my first experience was a Hornby gauge 0 train set for Christmas when I was about 5, that lasted until I was about 15 when I discovered girls, then joined the RAF at 17 and 6 months. Next was when I had sons of my own, yep trainset for Christmas. Their interest didn't last as long as mine so not much happened until 1974 when my Father died and left me a couple of locos, some wagons and track; I left the RAF and we bought a house near mum.
Since then I've started a number of layouts, none of which got completed for one reason or another,like divorce, moving house marrying again, more house moves; one house we had a proper floor put in the loft and stairs up to it, all for the layout an L shape 17'x25' which in N gauge (scale of 1:148 about 2mm :1') is a lot of railway, after 5 years, redundancy so moved back to Dorset, luckily my wife still had a job and I had my RAF pension. A few small contracts and jobs kept us going until I retired in '99. I had managed to do a bit of modelling between jobs, I was able to do a bit more after retirement. My wife passed in 2008, I managed to keep the house going until about 4 years ago when I downsized to this retirement flat, not done much modelling in the last 18 months, lost my voice, turned out to be cancer on the vocal chord, a months rsdio therapy last May seems to have sorted that, but it knocked me back a bit. Maybe I'll start another layout!
 My layouts have all been based on the Southern Railway as it was in the mid to late 1930s, I went to school alongside the Bournemouth - Weymouth line and discovered train spotting which has influenced my modelling.
A few locos, some bought ready to run, some built from kits others modified from what the manufacturers intended.



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zoony

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Re: Any railway modellers out there?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2019, 12:11:35 AM »
Might've known it was Southern Rail...All stationary..
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Michael Rolls

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Re: Any railway modellers out there?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2019, 06:36:19 AM »
When I was at St. Olave's there was a magnificent model of the School Class 'St. Olave's' in the school hall - can't remember for sure but it must have been something like three or even four feet long.
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Johned

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Re: Any railway modellers out there?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2019, 09:27:59 PM »
One of my interests Dorsetmike.  I started with a Hornby Gauge 0 clockwork set with a few extra wagons dad bought me for Christmas 1937 when I was three.  I added to this after the war and went 00 scale electric after National Service in 1955!  Many years ago when I was recuperating from illness my elder son and daughter in law bought me a complete 00 layout on a baseboard and I have developed this but have nowhere, literally, to put it being short of houseroom.  My interest shows no sign of flagging but I am definitely stuck in the steamage.  When I win (ahem) the lottery, I want an ACE trains 0 gauge system but need to win the former first.

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Re: Any railway modellers out there?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2019, 10:42:32 PM »
Space is the main reason I chose N gauge, another is more to do with how far one can reach, assuming the layout is against a wall anything over 3' wide gets to be a problem, a 6'x2'6" in N is doable but in 00 curves would be a bit sharp.   I've got a second bedroom about 10'x8', an "L" shape on 2 walls  leaves room for a work bench and storage space on a third side.
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Re: Any railway modellers out there?
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 11:27:38 PM »
I know nothing of that of which you speak but the obvious answer, as an outsider would be some gradients. More track in less space, no?
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