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Hi Everyone,

Kim's the name, I'm a 24 year old guy currently living in Belgium. I've been into trains and anything revolving around trains since as long as anyone can remember. Even before I could actually say train correctly I was already obsessed with them, or so my parents say.

I've moved across continents a couple of times (Europe to US and back) and whilst I was in the US I started a very basic layout, only to have it torn down when we moved back to continental Europe. That kinda killed my interest in model railroading for a while, but my interest got peaked again a couple of months ago when travelling on a train and reading a model railroading magazine because I had nothing else to do...

So now I'm sorta back into it, getting all serious, have the basic of a layout design on paper (still isn't scaled)... I've negotiated with my parents a floor of one of the annexes that their farmhouse has... So I have a very lovely 100 sqm approximate space to work with... or 1100 sq. ft for those who don't do metric
. Of course I have to get flooring in there, and all of that... thank goodness I earn a salary now, 'cause I don't know how I'd have done it before then!

Anyway, looking forward to meeting y'all and learning loads of things here!

See you around the forums!
 

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I'll be freelancing a railroad in an imaginary European continental kingdom that I've aptly named the Kingdom of Rosebourg. Geographically it'll be located along the Luxembourg/Belgium/Germany/Netherlands border area, which should allow me to bring in plenty of rolling stock from that region whilst giving me the discretionary freedom to include many other things. Definetely going to be doing modern 'cause I'm hoping to have a few full-length TGV sets running.

As in most respects I'm still a beginner modeler, I think this is going to be a massive & long-term project for me.

I'll be doing this in HO, and am hoping to model a fairly urban scene (hoping to model this kingdom's capital city and a few sattelite surburb towns)... I'm hoping to have a two-track mainline throughout, and am also hoping to do some modeling of a light-rail/tram network, though I need to do a lot more studying of that (i.e. best track for that sort of modeling, etc).

So far my hand-drawn layout calls for the centre-piece to be a 20-track central station in the heart of the layout... Don't think I'll be needing a fiddle yard for this one hehe!
 

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Oops! Mind my manners, pleasure to meet you both Robert and Stracyznski -- and yeah, I'm really fortunate to have such a huge space to work with!
 

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Not sure yet for the station, or for anything else really.
I'm inspired by the Brussels South Stations (am 10 minute walking distance from it, and have a great view on the incoming trains to it from my apartment) - but Brussels' stations are notoriously ugly, so I may be more tempted to modify some existing kit i.e. the Bonn station.

I'll post the basic track plan on a thread in the layout forum, since that's more for that kind of thing I imagine!

See: http://www.modelrailforum.com/forums/index...amp;#entry40932
 

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If this is your first serious layout then I would advise you not to start on something so complex. It would be too easy to get diheartened at the slow progress you would make especially as unlike me you are not retired. My advice would be to start something much simpler (which doesn't necessarily mean much smaller) and if you complete that go on to something more complicated later.
 

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QUOTE (Robert Stokes @ 2 Dec 2007, 21:48) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Welcome. With that sort of space available there are going to be a lot of people green with envy on this forum including me!

Hi Kimbo.
Yes it's going to be fun watching your progress with all that room!
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It's good to have another Continental modeller too even though I model UK.
 

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Thanks for the nice welcomes!

My sister who is into photography's already volunteered to document the whole experiment, so I'll definetely be happy to report in on all of the developments - it's also the best way to get help anyway!
 

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Hi Kimbo & welcome to the forum,

You are certainly lucky with the space you have for your layout & I like the "crossroads of Europe" format (very similar to a future plan).

As you can tell from my signature I model SNCB with help from BRITHO.

There is plenty of advice available here (sometimes conflicting !) as there is an absolute wealth of experience from the members.

I hope to visit Belgium in the new year & visit a few model shops.
 

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Welcome aboard Kimbo and let the fun begin,

As mentioned above I am the other half of the St. Lauren en Ardennes modelling team. With a bit of luck you may be able to assist us as we try to assist you.

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I've seen a couple pictures from your layout - really impressive stuff!

If ever you're in Brussels, we should definetely meet up and have a drink!

I haven't been very impressed with the model railroad shop availability thus far... in Brussels there seems to only be one shop which is barely the size of a bedroom!

If ever you need picture of the SNCB rolling stock, be happy to get some for ya
- that said, I gotta say our French and Dutch neighbours have much better looking stuff!
 

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QUOTE (Kimbo @ 3 Dec 2007, 18:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've seen a couple pictures from your layout - really impressive stuff!

If ever you're in Brussels, we should definetely meet up and have a drink!
I haven't been very impressed with the model railroad shop availability thus far... in Brussels there seems to only be one shop which is barely the size of a bedroom!
If ever you need picture of the SNCB rolling stock, be happy to get some for ya
- that said, I gotta say our French and Dutch neighbours have much better looking stuff!

Thanks for the compliments on S.L. & we will take to up on the drink.

There is a good shop in Brussels (never knew the address but it is not far from the city centre), although, as a lot of european dealers has a lot of Marklin. Another shop on my visit list is http://www.vanbiervliet.com/ not far from Brussels. There is (or was) an excellent one in Ostende - at the end of the main shopping street on the left about 50m from the end, although his prices were all full retail & opening hours odd.

Appreciate the offer of SNCB pictures & may very well take you up on the offer - we have managed to acquire quite a few books & information so far. Although I though SNCB stock very dull at first it has certainly grown on us.

BTW - S.L. was originally built by Bill Roberts - we took it over 2 years ago to save it from "demolition" (because it was always one of our favourite layouts) & have given it a makeover. (must take some up to date pics & post them).
 

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QUOTE (Kimbo @ 3 Dec 2007, 18:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've seen a couple pictures from your layout - really impressive stuff!

If ever you're in Brussels, we should definetely meet up and have a drink!

A dangerous invite if evr there was one! I am very partial to the Belgian Trappist beers. Many thanks for the offer of photos, they are always useful.

As an aside the scenery uses a Belgian landscaping product!

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Hi guys,

How very cool indeed! Look forward to chatting about model railroading over a Belgian beer then
- I'm really curious to hear how you've done it, etc. etc.

I think the shop you are speaking of in the town centre, Maison Brandt, has closed down. Its owner went into retirement I was told.

I'll be going to the Christmas markets in Aachen though, and there they seem to have hobby shops out the gazoos, so I'll definetely grab all the info I can whilst I am there.

From what I can tell there are a couple of large hobby shops just not in Brussels dangit...

Anyway, definetely, definetely post pics of the layout - the two I saw were simply not enough!
 

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QUOTE (Kimbo @ 4 Dec 2007, 21:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi guys,

How very cool indeed! Look forward to chatting about model railroading over a Belgian beer then
- I'm really curious to hear how you've done it, etc. etc.

I think the shop you are speaking of in the town centre, Maison Brandt, has closed down. Its owner went into retirement I was told.

I'll be going to the Christmas markets in Aachen though, and there they seem to have hobby shops out the gazoos, so I'll definetely grab all the info I can whilst I am there.

From what I can tell there are a couple of large hobby shops just not in Brussels dangit...

Anyway, definetely, definetely post pics of the layout - the two I saw were simply not enough!

I'm certain we have some "progress" pics, so I will see if I can find them & post some more layout pics as well, probably over the Christmas break.

If the shop you mention was in a narrow street on the left going up that could be the one - the guy in there when I was there a few years ago did look quite old, but then again some people do look older than they are !

Good luck with the Christmas shopping & hope to see you soon.
 

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QUOTE (Kimbo @ 4 Dec 2007, 21:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>How very cool indeed! Look forward to chatting about model railroading over a Belgian beer then
- I'm really curious to hear how you've done it, etc. etc.

I'll start saving then...........

Regards
 
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