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Author Topic: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.  (Read 75262 times)

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Offline honestjudge

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #390 on: August 19, 2019, 01:09:45 PM »
For me it was a case of being in the right place at the right time. At the time I was a regular at a shop in North London, past, present toys in Palmer's Green.
The owner was trying to get rid of a job lot of n gauge stuff that someone had brought into his shop. I got the 2 large boxes for 40.
It was all Fleischman. 2x motorized turntables, 20 x flexible lengths, boxes of straights and curves, lots of points with motors and lots of various other accessories which I still haven't got around to using. It was a mother of a bargain. But it all started with that.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #391 on: August 19, 2019, 01:18:26 PM »
That really was a bargain. The Fleischmann motorized turntables alone were worth far more and are excellent.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #392 on: August 19, 2019, 08:58:23 PM »
For me it was the Peco jubilee in 1971, with two minitrix BR(S) green coaches and six wagons by Peco and Grafar. I knew then what was quality N gauge and when I found a track plan in the RM in 1971 for a dumbbell layout which I combined with a track plan by Cyril J Freezer called In Disguise in the Peco Track Plans book from 1970 I was away. 96 x 2 in N and I still like track EVERYWHERE. Urban is my preference and I now have a pastiche of Ramsgate, Fratton, Eastleigh, and Southampton plus other SR/WR snippets.
But only now do I feel confident to sell inappropriate locos to be loyal to my region. And I have only kept the jubilee from my early acquisitions.
I was good and never did Lima apart from the CCT and Siphon G. Oh and BGs for my minitrix rakes.

Bob

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #393 on: September 18, 2019, 10:54:23 PM »
What a good question. I agree with all the reasons posted so far.
Having built a garden railway in 00 and in SM32, I needed a winter project to build indoors. Having got permission from domestic management and a 4' x 2' size allowed. That was last November and I am still building. I love N gauge both in the detail of the rolling stock and the detail the modeller can put into the landscape.
Totally hooked.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #394 on: September 18, 2019, 11:55:03 PM »
I had OO as a child, finally selling it all off to raise money to replace my ZX Spectrum with a QL in my teens. Once I had my own house I was tempted to have another layout, but time, money and space delayed things. In my 30s, I started buying odds and ends, second-hand and partly because of being able to fit more in, partly because I had memories of seeing and being interested in N-gauge in the '70s, it was N-gauge that I bought. Now in my 50s, it is only in recent years that I have had the space - when my M-I-L died, we needed somewhere to store things until my wife was ready to sort through them and a shed was cheaper than self-storage. Planning ahead with the shed gained me a 12'x 10' space. Time and money are still in short supply and holding thing up!

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #395 on: September 19, 2019, 03:31:43 AM »
My first proper train set was a Hornby OO gauge Flying Scotsman set with 3 Thompson coaches. I continued with OO gauge but bought a Grafar Austerity Tank set in my early 20s. I did what most would do and realised that so much more could be achieved in N Gauge. However, I was put off by a lot of the Grafar models. I always thought that, although the diesels looked pretty good the steamers were let down by those tiny pony-truck wheels with large shiny flanges which spoiled otherwise good models. Seems things have improved greatly since Bachmann has taken over.

I always admired the Continental and American N gauge models and have collected a few of each plus some 1970s era UK blue diesels which I hope to incorporate into a layout based on a fictitious private railway. This is currently being planned and I hope to start a construction thread when I actually get something concrete (which does make for exceptionally heavy baseboards) into reality. Cornwall will be the location and I am surveying Google Earth for possible places where I could site such a railway. This should be fun!
Some situations in life are like dairy cows. When you see 'em you just gotta milk 'em.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #396 on: October 02, 2019, 02:38:37 PM »
My first proper train set was a Hornby OO gauge Flying Scotsman set with 3 Thompson coaches.

Snap!

My father mounted it on the back of an old door for Christmas, I was very, very pleased.

0-300mph in the flick of a dial. Don't judge, I was 5 years old. A very fortunate 5 years old I might say!

However, a few years later I visited a friend of my father's friend, who had a N in his loft. The amount of stuff and things going on (thanks to the scale) blew my mind.

This was late 80's.

I think I was perhaps 7 years of age at the time. Anyway, I still remember it.

I went home. I planned my layout and buildings, and everything... until my parents told me, no. It's far too expensive.

Roll on 25 or so years and I can now afford it and I'm addicted to buying 80-90's diesels... and throwing sound chips at them.  :D

*whilst working on my second layout after the first didn't go too well

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #397 on: October 02, 2019, 02:45:47 PM »
Go for it Ted! :D
Some situations in life are like dairy cows. When you see 'em you just gotta milk 'em.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #398 on: October 02, 2019, 03:30:52 PM »
We started on OO when my Dad built a large layout in the loft, but although it ran it never got beyond track and platforms (and a huge amount of kit buildings) but no scenery. I got in to N because I liked the idea of the smaller scale, started with a Lima 31 and 4 coaches and it grew from there. When Farish started bringing out diesels that sealed it for me.

I never managed a complete layout, but then work, family, life in general got in the way and I only started looking at it again when I took my eldest to a local exhibition on a bit of a whim when he was about 3 years old. He's now 10 and has a small collection of his own.

Since my Dad passed away, I've sold all the OO stock (the last went a few weeks ago) which has helped fund the recent return to the hobby but I really need to crack on and build a proper layout.....

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #399 on: October 02, 2019, 05:06:39 PM »
We started on OO when my Dad built a large layout in the loft, but although it ran it never got beyond track and platforms (and a huge amount of kit buildings) but no scenery. I got in to N because I liked the idea of the smaller scale, started with a Lima 31 and 4 coaches and it grew from there. When Farish started bringing out diesels that sealed it for me.

I never managed a complete layout, but then work, family, life in general got in the way and I only started looking at it again when I took my eldest to a local exhibition on a bit of a whim when he was about 3 years old. He's now 10 and has a small collection of his own.

Since my Dad passed away, I've sold all the OO stock (the last went a few weeks ago) which has helped fund the recent return to the hobby but I really need to crack on and build a proper layout.....

And, if you do, please share your progress with us here! :thumbsup:
Some situations in life are like dairy cows. When you see 'em you just gotta milk 'em.

 

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