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PostPosted: Sat 05 May 2012 16:32 pm 
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This is a follow on from the Understanding Spouses thread where I said my wife lets me display models in the front room. She is not so keen on my trains however so these are relegated to the back of the house in the passage outside the utility room (which I have half of as my modelling area). The trains are on display because I have no room for a model railway at the moment but couldn't bare to just keep the locos packed away in boxes, so I built some very rudimentary track bases for them and put my favourites out on display. They range from very old Tri-ang models (The Lord Of The Isles and Southern 2-BIL EMU) to some recent Bachmann releases (Deltic, 4 CEP) and Heljan (class 17).

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Bachmann Class 55 Deltic
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Hornby Class 52 Western
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Mainline Class 42 Warship
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Bachmann 4-CEP (Corridor, Electro-Pneumatic brakes) EMU
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American GG-1 diesel loco (HO scale) - Rivarossi I think - haven't got the box any more and can't remember to be honest - but definitely one of the better quality versions of this loco compared to some that are available.
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Heljan British Railways Class 17 - the newest addition to my collection
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Hornby Merchant Navy class 4-6-2 Pacific "Clan Line"
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Tri-ang 2 BIL (Bi-Lavatory) EMU
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HO Scale (Bachmann) Spectrum 4-8-4 "Daylight Pacific" loco (I have two of these but one is a non-runner)
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And finally my favourite - HO Scale Rivarossi 4-8-8-4 Big Boy loco. Bought second hand on eBay for a three figure sum but a superb slow speed mover (2 motors).
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So, let's see yours then...

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PostPosted: Sat 05 May 2012 16:56 pm 
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Oooh! A class 17. Didn't know anyone did them. Thing is that my railway is all packed up at my parents house back in England, sadly. We don't have anywhere to put it here in France (shame!)

Is that Western the Hornby Western Courrier limited edition? I have that one tucked away in a box somewhere... Paula can't get her head around why I like diesels but does understand the steam 'thing'. I can't explain it either but I do like those 1950s standard Type designs and would like to get hold of a few as and when I get the set back up and running again.

I'm sure these a Zero-1 Master, Slave and handheld Slave controller in there somewhere, too...

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PostPosted: Sat 05 May 2012 18:02 pm 
Ayup Al...

What classy Big-Boys Toys...

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I like Train just dont have the room

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Really cool 8-) . I've got a few of my locos displayed like that (Mallard (LNER blue version) City of Nottingham (BR maroon), 9F, Ivatt 4 ect.). I love those big US locos. SkyDiver is cool too.


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A good display there :thumb:

Clever how you raised the back track to maximise the display area :nod:

I was briefly into trains as there was a train track running along the school grounds, but as 99.9% of the trains were DMUs or EMUs it got a little tedious :oops:   But still appreciate a nice collection  :)

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Lovely trains, good idea for displaying them. I was extremely lucky to inherit a full set of Marklin trains from my dad's cousin, I'll try and get some pics up for you. He obviously remembered I enjoyed playing with them as a kid, we had to be very careful! :wink:. They are the ones with 'real' steam, so cool. But I don't have a layout (yet) so this would be a great way to get some enjoyment out of them, as you say much better than being stuck in the boxes.


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Paula & Dan:436562 wrote:
Is that Western the Hornby Western Courrier limited edition? I have that one tucked away in a box somewhere...


No Dan, just a cheap as chips,second hand off eBay version. I lightly weather most of my locos with chalk pastels as you can possibly see in the photos. I often buy non-runners off eBay - usually very easy to repair - then a quick paint job and new decals, numbers etc. and Bob's your uncle.

The Triang Lord of the Isles was £15 from the local model shop bought as a none runner. Even in the shop I could see that just the copper strip that touches the wheels and collects the current for the motor was missing. I replaced it with a straightened out paper clip, cleaned the motor, put it on the layout I had at the time and it shot off so fast it jumped the first bend in the track it came to - but landed softly fortunately - a beautiful little runner!

It sounds like there are several frustrated railway models hereabouts like me without the room to have a nice layout permanently established - but at least that gives me more time to spend on my kits!

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I'll try and get some pics up for you.
Please do, I'd love to see them.

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Isn't the Western the old Lima loco  :think:

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Isn't the Western the old Lima loco  :think:


No chance - I wouldn't touch a Lima Western with a barge pole - they looked awful compared with the Hornby offering - which in themselves were not exactly an exercise in accuracy! Both were released in 1979 by the way.

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Cheers Al, I have a Lima one (forgot Hornby did it too) and Hornby now own Lima (don't they)  :?

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I don't actually have a layout, though I do have a few trains. I have one of those GG1's, definitely not a Rivarossi though. I also have one of those Big Boy 4-8-8-4 monsters and also the rather unusual 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward. I think mine is Southern Pacific Lines. I found a picture online of a Southern Pacific version...

http://digilander.libero.it/Rivarossi/R ... orward.jpg

And, for something different I have one of those Hornby real steam Mallards. I have yet to pluck up enough courage to unleash the thing being unsure of the best place to run it, as this web site I just found points out some of the drawbacks...

http://www.scottpages.net/ReviewOfLiveSteam.html


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 Post subject: Re: Trains
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Well, Paula bought me the Heljan Class 17 for my birthday. I have managed to set up a temporary layout and was all set to run it in. 6 circuits and it went up in smoke. I am seriously unimpressed! It's been returned to Hattons!

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Its that dodgy French electric you run it on Dan :joker:

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Here's my train 3 1/2" gauge live steam currently bing built from plans.
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http://modeleng.proboards.com/index.cgi ... hread=6809 includes video of the chassis running on air :clap:

I am currently working on building the boiler. If all goes well it should be able to pull me around the clubs track :P Possibly around this time next year!

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 Post subject: Re: Trains
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Ratch wrote:
Its that dodgy French electric you run it on Dan :joker:


:mrgreen: In the words of Marty McFly, 'That sucker's nuclear???' We're about 80% nuke over here! Having read about it on 'tinternet, it seems I'm far from the first and there's a lubrication problem. And yet, after a small service, my 32 year-old Hornby 'Battle of Britain' flies around with a rake of 7 coaches behind it. Modern technology, huh :roll:

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And yet, after a small service, my 32 year-old Hornby 'Battle of Britain' flies around with a rake of 7 coaches behind it. Modern technology, huh :roll:
Stop teasing us Dan, get some pictures up (please!). I particularly love the BofB/West Country loco as I used to live next to a 4 track section of the Southern Region main line through Cove (Farnbouough, Hants) as a 6 year old and from my ground floor bedroom window would watch these thundering up and down. They physically shook the house - my dad was a railway linesman and the house was called The Railway Cottage. The noise, speed and vision of BR Green painted streamlined casings are an image that has indelibly imprinted in my memory since then.

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Its that dodgy French electric you run it on Dan :joker:

You do know that much of our electricity is purchased from the French don't you Ratch, so you are probably using the self same stuff :shock:

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l was kind of deprived in my childhood. My cousins had a decent electric train set, but all I had was one that ran on batteries on an oval track about 18" long. Nowadays, I'm envious of good train layouts, knowing that I'll never have one myself. I used to really look forward to seeing the NSWGR exhibit at the Newcastle Show, because they'd set up this HUGE train set in a barn. I could watch that for hours. My next door neighbour when I lived in Torbay, on the North Shore of Auckland, had a big train set that occupied a whole room, but that was his only hobby apart from soccer. I don't have any electric trains to share with you, but I will enjoy your photos (and videos) if you upload them. :)

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I don't actually have a layout, though I do have a few trains. I have one of those GG1's, definitely not a Rivarossi though. I also have one of those Big Boy 4-8-8-4 monsters and also the rather unusual 4-8-8-2 Cab Forward. I think mine is Southern Pacific Lines. I found a picture online of a Southern Pacific version...

http://digilander.libero.it/Rivarossi/R ... orward.jpg



It would be a long walk with a shovel of coal for the fireman on the cab forward design.


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The GG1's were an electric loco designed for the fast traffic between Washington and some of the other larger north eastern cities New yYork was one i think. Allways liked them myself as well :D


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