I was just reading the topic "Clockwork Hornby" on this site, and the memories of my first train set came to mind. It was about 1951, and my grandmother bought me a clockwork trainset. Little did I know that it would start a life time hobby for me.
For some reason, I sincerely believed that clockwork driven locomotives where long gone in model shops by the early 50s. My first clock work loco+ three coaches and an oval layout was on my eleventh birthday 1942.
Certainly John and Cameron comments have put this issue straight, in my case even after 60+ years. Thank you gentlemen.
My memories of my short life, include buying my first ever train!
I was only 6, and saving up £40 was very hard! (It was mainly birthday money)
I bought a Hornby class 142, Northern Spirit. I still have it now, but it tends not to work aswell. It might need a quick visit to the model shop for coupling repairs. The motor works fine, just the couplers are dogey.
I absolultey love my 142, despite its current condition.
My first train set was a Hornby Triang Class 37 with mail coaches in blue/grey. My second was the HST set in blue/grey. I was then given a Dock Authority shunter and a couple of Triang princesses. The shunter was an excellent runner.
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