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Over the last few years, as and when, parts of my original train set collection from the 1960's have been disposed off. I am now down to my last wagon from one of my original 1960's train sets and was about to dispose of it when a shiver went down my spine. Its as if the wagon was talking to me and reminding me of the train set action I had with it in the 1960's.

Yes its a tatty old Hornby Dublo toad brake van but it is the last reminder of my original train set collection when I was a youngster. Yes I do have a nice mint boxed example purchased more recently however it was not purchased first hand by me in 1963 during a visit to a toy shop in Willesden Green.

Its daft but I do not seem able to break the link with this wagon and therefore it will remain on the shelf as a reminder of the 1960's when I was a young lad.

To anybody else its really scrap but to me it is not! Strange.

Does anybody else suffer remorse when clearing out out model railway items?

And if you do what items are you hanging on to?

Sentiment is clearly one of those emotions that pops up now and again however for railway modellers (in the broadest sense) it possibly is the strongest emotion.

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I know what you mean. for me its my Smokey Joe model. It actually wasnt my first, I had a lima class 09 before that but for some reason the smokey is much closer to me heart. It has all the wear and tear of the years. A broken off chimny and a chip out of the cab roof but I couldnt bring myself to sell it. I keep thinking about doing it up and puting a new mech in it. when the rsailroad range comes out i will see what price the mech is. mine must have done many real miles round my garden railway in gloucester before i went off to university.

I dont think there is really anything wrong with sentiment. its something that reminds you of a happy childhood.

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Not daft at all Gary - I wish I still had my original Triang Princess (complete with pick up rollers), not because it's probably worth a few bob, but because it was my first OO electric loco.

I think that many of us regret parting with our first purchases - I certainly do.

Maybe that's why I no longer have any "sentimental" bits in my collection.


(Bet BRITHO has some bits though
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QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 22 Feb 2007, 12:48) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I think that many of us regret parting with our first purchases - I certainly do.

Maybe that's why I no longer have any "sentimental" bits in my collection.


(Bet BRITHO has some bits though
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How can I not reply to that?

A lot of my early stuff is still owned by my cousin (I sold it to him so I could buy a Scalextrix set in the early 70's). However, I still have the remains of an N Gauge Brittania I bought in 1977 from a permanant exhibition layout that used too be in a hotel in Margate. I also have a few old Matchbox and corgi toys, mostly very battered, but much loved as a child. Then again I still have my old teddy bear "Fred" now very very bald and with a non working growl, but, he's allowed to be battered - I have had him since December 25th 1958.

Yes I wish I still had a lot of things now that I had then, but I suppose one must move on.

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"I still have my old teddy bear "Fred" now very very bald and with a non working growl, but, he's allowed to be battered - I have had him since December 25th 1958."

Awwwww
i still have one of mine. if you turn the key on his back he plays Brams lullaby

"Yes I wish I still had a lot of things now that I had then, but I suppose one must move on."

I have never managed to get the hang of that.

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I have no intention of disposing of my 1966 Britannia and associated Pullman coaches which comprised our first electric train set.

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I have a Dublo Dinky Austin truck from way back...it has graced quite a few layouts.....even US outline....

Come to that, many of my modified locos and stock from way back, sit in a cupboard......too much artistry and emotional effort (read, 'late nights without sleep') have gone into them for me to willingly part company....probably not able to realsie anything like the time value I put int them....???

I probably also have a huge investment value in Kaydee couplers.....?
 

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I still have my first train set, a Hornby OO HST set. It probably wont work now but I wouldn't part with it.

When I was home last summer I was at my sisters and my nephew was playing with his toy cars. I thought I recognised one of them and had a closer look. They were my old Dinky toys which my mum had given him. They must have been in the attic and my mum decided to give them to him to play with. It's good to see them still in use after all these years.
 
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