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Hi from Melbourne
« on: Today at 08:21:46 AM »
Just wanted to say hi from a sweltering Melbourne (still over 40 degrees outside at 7pm).

Grew up in the West Country in a village on the old Bristol to Exeter railway from which the disused strawberry line (then just overgrown trackbed, now repurposed as a cycleway and footpath) started.

Had an oo gauge layout in the loft, and holidays to Devon each summer always included a visit to Peco and the purchase of a loco or rolling stock; never had enough for both back then. Anyway, by late teens, other interests had taken over and my dad ripped out the layout and stored everything away, turning the loft into his home office. On moving to Australia, I received the final ultimatum regarding the junk my dad had stored for 25 years. I was happy to just get rid of it, but my wife thought it was cute, so it came with us.

After another 11 years in boxes, I recently rediscovered the few engines, coaches and wagons left which set me thinking, and now the bugs well and truly bitten again. Whilst Id love to build an oo gauge railway, Id only have space for a BLT or an extended train set type layout. Nothing wrong with either, but I want real trains in the scenery and something that at least approaches reality. So have been lurking here and elsewhere for a fair while discovering n gauge.

Is still not quite ready to pull the pin on heading down the n gauge route, but Ill do more research and reading. My wife calls it procrastination, I call it planning. Shes probably right.

Whilst Im lucky enough to have access to a decent space for a layout, I m still thinking n gauge mainly because its the only gauge Ive seen

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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #1 on: Today at 08:45:24 AM »
Welcome aboard Blinddog.
Enjoy your stay and have a good look around.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #2 on: Today at 08:57:06 AM »

G'day from Wollongong, Blinddog, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:
Wollongong hospital, actually, but that's another story!
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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #3 on: Today at 09:04:55 AM »
 :hellosign: :welcomesign:
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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #4 on: Today at 09:13:37 AM »
Hi Blinddog and welcome to the forum. When you are ready, start asking questions - plenty of talented and knowledgeable people here.
David.
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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #5 on: Today at 09:36:21 AM »
Welcome aboard.

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(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)


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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #6 on: Today at 09:47:52 AM »
Hello Blinddog, and welcome to the forum :wave:
A small experience of N gauge will show you anything bigger looks very 'toylike' but much depends also on your physical capabilities as you need steady hands and fairly good eyesight in an ideal world but much depends on how 'in depth' you go
Please ask plenty of questions as this forum can, and will, save you a lot of money, wasted time and frustration.

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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #7 on: Today at 09:49:40 AM »
Hello there!

You'll fit in a treat here. There's an awful lot of planning. I myself am a mere beginner, having only been planning for two years, during which time I've amassed twenty locos, two rakes of coaches and a multitude of wagons.

There's plenty of advice and assistance available on here so crack on with the planning.

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Re: Hi from Melbourne
« Reply #8 on: Today at 10:46:33 AM »
Welcome to the forum!  Definitely stick with N gauge.  :)

I don't envy that heat.  I like the cold, so I would be collapsed on the ground in Oz right now!!!  :D

 

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