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How I got here.

It all started many years ago, we used to go on holiday on the continent, France, Belgium, Holland, but mainly Germany. At one place we stayed at in Germany, the son of the owner had a huge Marklin model railway layout. It had passenger and goods trains, hilly sections, electric points, lanterns and signals. This was probably in the very early seventies and I suppose was quite advanced and expensive. I could play with it while he was in school. I do not know who built it whether it was him or his dad!

As we did not have a car, we used to travel by train, and the departure from Leeds railway station always was the start of the excitement build up, as we were going to spend around 24 hours on trains crossing various countries. The trip to Harwich was usually uneventful, except on one occasion, when we got on the wrong connecting train and we had about 30 seconds to get off it with all our luggage.

We always hoped that the sea crossing was smooth, as I suffer from sea sickness, and the boat was not a Dutch one, as our spoken Dutch was not too good.

Once on the "otherside" the excitement grew. The trains for some reason seemed to be bigger. The huge locos, and the long length of coaches were so different to the ones we went on in England, and they were electric. Their diesels too made a noise at idle that made me think they could pull 100 coaches.

My sister and I would spend the hours exploring the train from front to back and try to put our heads out of the windows in the corridor.

The train journey was also punctuated by visits from various authorities. We had our tickets checked at every border crossing and our passports stamped, by the country we were leaving and the country we were entering.

The final destination was reached by local trains. For some reason, in Germany the burgundy diesel railbus left a lasting impression. I think it was their simplicity of design, or did they look cute. You could certainly hear they were coming with their distinctive diesel rasping rattle.

Where ever we were staying I tried to find out where the nearest railway line was and try to take some decent photos. I have looked through my efforts recently and came to the conclusion that I should have been a little more bold and got nearer to the tracks. A large steam engine that I had snapped, was too far away to be able to identify what it was now.

Some people in their mid life crisis turn to fast cars and motor bikes, these have been my hobbies for years. Now it is time to create my own layout I think I know where I want to be.

Martin
 

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QUOTE the departure from Leeds railway station

I was tempted to ask which Leeds station, but I'm guessing from the time references that only Leeds City was left by then.

QUOTE the boat was not a Dutch one, as our spoken Dutch was not too good.
which is probably more than most people's. I have some German, quite a lot of French and some Latin but when left on my own in a Dutch office canteen, I had no idea what was being offered!

QUOTE in Germany the burgundy diesel railbus left a lasting impression

Was it something like this:-

Trix Schienenbus mit Steuerwagen catalogue page

Trix model introduced last year?

If so I think you're going to get a lot of enjoyment out of the hobby.

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QUOTE (dwb @ 15 Jun 2008, 13:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I was tempted to ask which Leeds station, but I'm guessing from the time references that only Leeds City was left by then.

Yes I think it was only Leeds City, but from memory the west side handled freight or was it post

which is probably more than most people's. I have some German, quite a lot of French and some Latin but when left on my own in a Dutch office canteen, I had no idea what was being offered!

Ecutez et repetez !!!!

Was it something like this:-

Trix Schienenbus mit Steuerwagen catalogue page

Trix model introduced last year?

If so I think you're going to get a lot of enjoyment out of the hobby.

David

It was an old Fleischmann schienenbus that got me started. I saw it on ebay and a mate bid and won it for me. For a couple of months it sat as a display model on a short section of track. I have since then bought a Fleischmann digital start set, and 4 track packs to make one of their standard layouts to get a feel of what I need to be doing.

Yes it is going to be fun once I get my head around how DCC works.

The forum so far has been a huge learning curve.

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Martin

Welcome to a very informative forum

Have fun with modelling.

Even if the photos are not detailed, your story seems interesting and I would also like to hear more. Some 'auld' phots are also great even if you can't make out the locos

Enjoy a great hobby
 

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QUOTE (GTMartin @ 15 Jun 2008, 12:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>How I got here.

We always hoped that the sea crossing was smooth, as I suffer from sea sickness, and the boat was not a Dutch one, as our spoken Dutch was not too good.

Martin

Hi Martin

I'm quite a new member and this is a really helpful, friendly forum.

First time I crossed the Channel from Dover to Ostend (Oostende) was in a force 9 gale. Ferry took 12 hours to get there, too. Horrible! Travelling by train in Europe was a real sense of adventure, although the length of Sweden with hours of pine forest on either side was a tad mind-numbing.

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Hi Martin and welcome to MRF.

We are an eclectic bunch but normally rub along pretty well, one thing is certain you will always get a reply to any question posted here.

Incidentally would I be right in assuming that the GT relates to the aforementioned fast cars?

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Brian - The earlier exploits were really the sense of aniticipation of a hot summer holiday, who was it that said the journey is better than arriving at the destination.

Koln Dom and the railway station almost attached to it was something that I had not seen before. The way they had in such a confined space in a city centre, next to a major river integrated the old with the new and made it work.

On one of the returns home, after a long hot time in the Hartz mountains, I was on the aforementioned Railbus, a guy was sitting at one end on his own with a guitar singing House of the Rising Sun. It was early evening, the sun was low in the sky, and to a 12ish year old lad, it could not get any better.

Basil - I will borrow a scanner and scan the old photos once I work out how to do it on this forum. Cannot promise how they turn out.

Britho - GT seems to be a re occuring theme for me, firstly in '76 when my first big motor bike was a Suzuki GT750. I did not have it long as I was hit almost head on by a car driver turning right.

I bought another one in 2002 toget me back into biking, big mistake, frame, tyre, brake and suspension technology had moved on. This also did not last long as I made a driving error which resulted in the bike being written off.

I currently ride a BMW K1200 GT which my wife and I enjoy pottering around the Yorkshire Dales to get away from it all.

And lastly a few years ago I got a career break, which was very hard stressful work, but the proceeds enabled me to buy a Porsche GT3 which I use on track days I help to organise.

Hope you don't mind me rambling.

Martin
 
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