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Hi to all,

This is Harun Yamanlar from Turkey.

Model trains is one of my hobbies which now became my business as well by importing Hornby group model trains to Turkey since 1999.

We have a new forum like yours to share our ideas and experiences since last September. Before collapsed by a mistake of mine we had about 350 members and was grooving by 5-6 new members everyday. Now we have more than 100 members again after the recovery within the last 15 days.

These days we are establishing the first model train enthusiasts' club in Istanbul, Turkey.

Today we have we tested the new digital systems with club members which arrived on the last day of 2006.

We are all fascinated by the new digital system and the quality and details of new generation diesel locos from Hornby.

I have seen your forum by chance and became a member a few days ago.

As model train hobby might be considered as a new hobby in my country, I hope to learn from your discussions and share them with our friends in our club.

Below are a few videos from our first runs of Live Steam and testing digitals.



I wish you all a happy new year surrounded by your trains.

Harun
 

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Welcome Harun.

I think I can claim to be the first member to welcome a new member from Turkey!
Good luck with your modelling, you are at the right place for advice.
 

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Hi Harun & welcome to the forum,

Thanks for the links to the video's - they were good to watch.

It's good to hear that model railways have support in Turkey !

Turkey was, I believe one of the last countries to use the ex DB Class 50 steam locomotives - one of my favourite locomotives (my "nickname").

If you have any questions at all - just ask away.

Happy New Year to you all in Turkey.
 

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Hi Harun - and welcome,

I hope you enjoy your visits, perhaps you can show us how to model Turkey.

Regards

John
 

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Thanks to all of you for a warm welcome.

Below is our first video for testing Hornby digital.


You can take these activities as the first steps of a baby model railway club
 

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QUOTE (Dennis David @ 7 Jan 2007, 07:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Harun

What made you choose selling Hornby over Marklin? Are British trains more popular in Turkey than German ones?

Hello Dennis,

We have started with Scalextric in 1999. Slot cars was a hobby for me and became a business.
And we also imported some some Hornby sets as it was the same company.

But you are right there were only a few British trains like Stainer 8Fs in Turkey but lots of German models.

We are now happy that Hornby Group having German, Italian, SWiss and French locos bu Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef brand.

Marklin is the most known brand in Turkey. And we have a forum located at http://modeltrenciler.com and it seems that there is always a fight between AC and DC users or in other words Marklin fans and other DC brand fans.

But we are trying to gather all brands even we don't import or sell to help creating and helping this hobby in Turkey.

Harun
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 8 Jan 2007, 03:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Some things never change.


LOL.

its nice to have an eastern person on the forum.
Which part of turkey are you in?

Some pictures of your local stock would be great. if you cant post them from turkey (i have trouble with website censorship when i am in china and i dont know what its like in turkey.) by all means e-mail them to me and i will post them for you.

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QUOTE (pedromorgan @ 10 Jan 2007, 12:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>LOL.

its nice to have an eastern person on the forum.
Which part of turkey are you in?

Some pictures of your local stock would be great. if you cant post them from turkey (i have trouble with website censorship when i am in china and i dont know what its like in turkey.) by all means e-mail them to me and i will post them for you.

Peter

Thanks Peter,

I am living in Istanbul.

I don't think it would be a problem to add pictures from Turkey. And at least I can hotlink them. But I will try to post some pictures from a layout we have just started a few days ago.



















This guy is a member of our club and his mother is British. He is a technician at Turkish Railways.

His experience is mostly in steam engines.





















These are pictures of the last 3-4 days. If you liked I can continue as it grows.

Harun
 

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 11 Jan 2007, 04:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>That would be great Harun. It's good to see other peoples layouts develop.

I'll go along with that......keep up the good work!!


Nice to see an 8F.

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Hi Harun

Looks like you are having fun!!

A question for you, what is the roadway system? - it looks interesting

Regards

John
 

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 17 Jan 2007, 09:47) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Harun

Looks like you are having fun!!

A question for you, what is the roadway system? - it looks interesting

Regards

John

That is the new Hornby Skaledale system. They seem be be getting that right at least!!
 
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