Model Railways

@owlwings (40033)
Cambridge, England
November 6, 2006 4:30pm CST
Did you have a train set or a model railway when you were a kid? (Or maybe you still have one!) I had a Gauge 0 clockwork set with loads of rails. We used to make layouts in the garden in the summer and in an outhouse in the winter - and maybe all down the long hallway from the front of the house to the back!
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@nannacroc (4049)
7 Nov 06
I desperately wanted a model railway as a child. Unfortuneatly my parents didn't beleive it was a suitable present for a girl, (it was a long time ago). I got a doll and my nephew got a train set. When my daughters were small I made sure they had cars and trains as well as dolls, mainly because I would have preferred those to dolls.
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• Anderson, Indiana
7 Nov 06
That's too bad. My folks got me plenty of dolls but, also, a model train set. Unfortunately, as you will find out by reading my response here, my desire for instant gratification one evening brought my railroading days to an end.
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@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 06
Awww ... that's sad! It's never to late to start, though! Go, ladies, go! (Isn't it odd that most of the answers on here so far have been from females?)
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@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
7 Nov 06
Model railroad - boys working on model railroad
This may sound strange being female but i have always wanted a model railway . Everyone thinks i am silly but it is something as long as i can remember.I would love to make all the scenery, buildings, mountains, bridges stations but i honestly dint think i will have one . Do you still have it and set it up .I would love to have it set up permanently.
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• Anderson, Indiana
7 Nov 06
I'm female, and I don't find that odd at all, as I feel exactly the same way!
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@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 06
I don't think it's strange at all! Scenery building is fascinating and really a hobby in itself! I must say that, since our system was a big one (Gauge 0 is much bigger than most people would even think of, these days), we had very little scenery, except for the jungles of flower beds, the prairies of the lawn and the 'badlands' of the sandpit (and, yes, that didn't do the clockwork a lot of good!). If you have a bit of spare space, Grandma's Railway could be really quite a fascinating and special educational tool for the grandkids!
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@AJ1952Chats (2340)
• Anderson, Indiana
7 Nov 06
I see that we have both trains and outhouses in common! Before they moved to Indiana in September of 1962, my grandparents, aunt (didn't move north, as she and my uncle were about to get a divorce), uncle, and cousins lived on a farm about a dozen miles from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Although they also had indoor plumbing, they also had an outhouse that everybody still put to good use. It was a fairly large outhouse with a long bench containing three holes of man, woman, and kid sizes with a long door that closed over the holes when they weren't in use, forming a bench, and we kids liked to use it for a playhouse/clubhouse. The grown-ups used to ask us how we could stand to stay in there for such a long time, as it, naturally, had an odor, but it never bothered us. For one thing, the odor wasn't that bad because it was one of those places where everything you did was dropped down into an area with no back so that it could be shoveled out and put onto the burnpile, and we "flushed" it, in the meantime, by covering it with lime. Anyway, we never ran any trains in there. However, back home, I had, among my toys, a wonderful Lionel train set. At three or four, I was unable to operate it without parental help. One evening, the last place I had used it was upstairs in my playroom, and I now wanted to play with it in the living room downstairs. My folks arranged to work different shifts so that at least one of them would be home with me at all times, and my dad's turn was in the evening. We had been watching TV when I suddenly got in the mood to play with my train set, so I asked my dad to come upstairs and help me to bring it down. He told me to wait until the program that he was currently watching had ended--but I wanted something more immediate, so I decided to get the train set down to the main floor all by myself. Since I had been instructed to always hold onto the banister when going up and down the stairs, I couldn't very well carry the train set easily, so I decided to throw it down the stairs. Unfortunately, that made the train unable to operate, so my railroading days (at least, with my Lionel train set) were over. We still have the train somewhere in some box, but I couldn't tell you where at the moment. I bet--even with its imperfections from being thrown downstairs--that it would be worth a mint these days. The question is: Should I pay for repairs and keep the train set for my own fun or should I sell it and buy another train set when I'm able to afford one? If it means several thousand much-needed dollars now, I would probably sell it and buy a new one when I was more financially able to. But, first, I've got to find it! LOL
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@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 06
Ah! When I spoke of our 'outhouse', I wasn't meaning the 'Chapel of Ease' that a lot of country households had! (We had full indoor plumbing AND our own artesian well water.) The house had at one time belonged to someone rich enough to own a horse and buggy and a resident chauffeur/gardener. It had a truly enormous garage, big enough for four cars, I should think, and an inspection pit (in which we stored potatoes and in which us kids used to hide when we didn't want to come in for dinner). Running down from the back of it was a range of rooms which had once been the chauffeur's quarters and one of these was our playroom (or schoolroom, depending on the time of year - my mother taught a dozen or so local kids from pre-school till 10 or 11). What a sad story about your train set! You say nothing about how exasperated your dad must have been! I see that the Lionel site ( http://www.lionel.com/CentralStation/Findex.cfm ) actually sells parts - I wonder if your set is repairable?
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• Anderson, Indiana
31 Jan 07
It would be nice if it were!
• United States
8 Nov 06
I love the railroad. I never had a train set when I was a kid but my Great Uncle had model trains everywhere! He used to work on the railroad. Then he developed Alzheimer's and couldn't tell me stories anymore. When I worked as a personal care aid at a nursing home I discovered that one of the residents there had worked with my Great Uncle and I would listen to his stories about the railroad.
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@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 06
Ah! You are bringing it all back - that indescribable smell of steam and hot oil, the sulphury smoke, the insistent, subtly changing rhythms of the engines and rolling stock. I think I must owe a lot of my musical ability to the songs we used to sing in time to the clackety-clack of a train journey! Hey! This was about MODEL railways! Bring me back from my reverie! Oh yes! we used to lie down with our eyes at scale height to watch our trains thundering towards us!
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@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
7 Nov 06
I never had one, but my brother did. It was a Lionel set that I would imagine is worth money now. I'm sure he still has it amongst his things somewhere. What I remember most about it is how we used to have marble races down the tracks. Shows what kind of a train buff I am!
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@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 06
Lionel Train Catalog - Lionel Trains are still going strong!

Here's the Lionel website: http://www.lionel.com/CentralStation/Findex.cfm
Lionel is a very good kit, I believe. The equivalent of Hornby over here! Your brother may be sitting on a little goldmine, you never know!Here's the Lionel website: http://www.lionel.com/CentralStation/Findex.cfm
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@pumpkinjam (5800)
• United Kingdom
6 Nov 06
Not as far as I remember. My 6 year old is mad for trains though, he must have loads of different types of sets, it's an advantage for Christmas and birthdays though, we've got a pretty big choice of sets which we can just add to!
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@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
8 Nov 06
6 is a very good age to start getting serious about it! It means that dad (or mum) can legitimately take an interest too!
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• United Kingdom
8 Nov 06
What do you mean "start"? He's been collecting all his life, he was an avid collector by age 2!
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@vipul20044 (5798)
• India
11 Nov 06
Well i never had one, though how i wish i would get one!
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@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
12 Nov 06
Put it on your wish list for Christmas!
• United States
11 Nov 06
I have entire room dedicted to O gauge trains. Most of them are new, but I have a few pieces I've collected from the 1950's that are Lionel classics.
@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
12 Nov 06
WOW! That's impressive! O Gauge takes up a lot of space and not too many people use it any more! I'm glad it still has its devotees.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
10 Nov 06
I have a set I never was able to set up never had room, or had family that would not respect it. So it sits in a box. I sneak down to the basement about 2-3 times a year.. take them cars and engines out to this cannoball set drool over them... wipe my drool.. then out them back into the box. :) (not literally drooling ;) ) .. So that is as close to model railroading I got. I love drawing train pictures though.
@owlwings (40033)
• Cambridge, England
10 Nov 06
That is such a sad story! Miniature things are just so attractive, though. I can understand your drooling! Can't you make a place to set them up in the basement?
• United States
24 Jan 07
I had one when I was a kid. Dad did it with me. I had so much fun playing with it with him. And, as an artist since 2 years old, I loved painting lakes and making trees, instead of buying them. It was set up inside the garage.
@suscan (1955)
• United States
18 Jan 07
My father and grandfather always used to have large displays with multiple trains running. I remember one year father got this neat passenger car that lit up and silhouettes of people showed up. He was so excited. My garndfather carved a lot of his display,he was very artistic. it sounds like you had a great display
@ukchriss (2103)
16 Jan 07
No, I and my sisters never had one, but I do have a trainset now, we keep it under the setee for when my grandson comes to stay.
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
13 Jan 07
Yes I have a HO Marklin M track model railway with heaps of track. I bought it in the seventies and I am in the process to put it back together.
@webster76 (152)
22 Dec 06
Whrn I was younger I got an InterCity 125 trainset, unfortunbately i was far too young to appreciate it an it got broken, but ever since I've always wanted to get a new one. Now my son is 6 I think i might set up a track in the attic.
• Brazil
20 Dec 06
I have one, in HO scale, that I'm building. I buy a used train set from Frateschi (brazilian manufacturer) and get the old train that my father bought in middle of 60's, it's still working :) I get one room of my house to put the table of the model.