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Hi, new to this forum. I'm 25 married with 3 kids, I work in the garden centre industry so wages are quite low but I own my own home on the island of Anglesey in North Walse. I've been interested in trains from a very young age but only recently decided to build a layout in the loft of my first owned house. I'm generally crap at modelling and since the house needs so much work, my budget for the model railway is zero pounds. I started with an LMS hornby set featuring an LMS pug of smokey-joe design but in red, great loco for it's size, pulls a lot and very reliable. Since then I have aquired track from freinds and customers from the Garden Centre I work at since I made a lot of freinds with enthusiasts since we stocked Hornby for just over a year.

With limited resources this is what my layout looks like now...



And a video

 

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Welcome to the forum, you'll get loads of help and inspiration from these parts.
Could you clear something up fpr me? With your "name" RAF all in capitals I assumed you had some connection with the Royal Air Force, is RAF a Welsh name ? I've not come across that one before.
If you can get going on a budget of £0 your doing rather well and definitly headedfor good things as and when that budget goes the only way it can, up.
Enjoy the forum and I look forward to updates on how your layout progresses.
Andii
 

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No 1. I am Welsh, but that is not where my name comes from since my surname is decidedly lancastrian.

No 2. RAF is simply my initials, which is great for paperwork and signing cheques.


and No3. If the budget and interest rates continue the way they are going ATM then none of us will be able to afford a layout, god damn bank of england
 

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Welcome RAF, my daughter (4) thinks your layout is "really cute"! High praise indeed!

If only our current woes were down to the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street alone. Ultimately the Government set the rules that the Bank is expected to abide by and the BOE only has interest rates as a tool to control perceived inflation! If only there was a simple solution. Emigration?


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Hello RAF,

we all started somewhere, I remember mine was a Thomas Tank set as a christmas present! still got the loco although it is now repainted and 'restored' back to an E4 in Southern green. My first layout was a shared one when I combined Thomas with Arethusa's (my brother) Stewart and Lloyds set and we just added to if over the years, now some 15+ years we are on to layout mark 4 Milldale, 30' x 4'

Hope you get as much fun as we have from creating a railway

Brian

p.s as your a loft layout, I would suggest in buying a decent fan/ fan heater, its not a great summer this year but lofts get very hot which make uncomfortable modelling, and very cold in winter
 

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Nice layout indeed and as you say, achieved with £0 finance! My own layout is not much bigger with number of track and points in comparison to your layout shown in the video on YouTube.
I certainly did not achieve my layout on £0 output, I think customers at your work and friends are most generous in helping you to build your layout.
In a few years time, you should have a much larger scale layout and proud to show it to other modelers enjoyment - good luck!
 

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Welcome to the forum RAF,

There's noyhing wrong with a zero budget layout. I once built one for exhibition purposes which actually cost about £45.00 - and most of that was for a H&M Duette which I still have. Don't forget it's meant to be fun and your project will allow for expansion as money becomes available.

Regards

John
 

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I am saying "Hello" because I am also a 1-day new member. Your layout looks fine to me. At least you're close to your subject. It is hard to be in the middle of Ohio and model the north of Scotland.

But I've been doing it for many years.

The advantage is that there is no one within a 100 miles that can critique me.......besides I'm over 75, so I can pretend just as I did at 5.

Best of progress to you
 

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QUOTE (dublohio @ 24 Jul 2007, 05:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I am saying "Hello" because I am also a 1-day new member. Your layout looks fine to me. At least you're close to your subject. It is hard to be in the middle of Ohio and model the north of Scotland.

But I've been doing it for many years.

The advantage is that there is no one within a 100 miles that can critique me.......besides I'm over 75, so I can pretend just as I did at 5.

Best of progress to you
I'm in Ozz and model the West of Scotland, mail order is the solution.

Welcome to the forum to both of you. I'm sure you''ll both find plenty of interest.
 
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