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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.
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Dangerous things memories.............

I know mine have a habit of being wrong!

Having said that my first train set was a Tri-ang clockwork set which I received for my fifth birthday in 1963!


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.
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I think the "O" gauge tinplate ones were gone by then, but I'm certain that Triang (as it was then) did an 0-4-0 or 0-6-0 clockwork OO set till quite late.
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.
QUOTE (dbclass50 @ 3 Jan 2007, 19:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>but I'm certain that Triang (as it was then) did an 0-4-0 or 0-6-0 clockwork OO set till quite late.

You are quite right Brian, Mine was a blue 0-4-0 diesel which I believe was also available as an electric one in green. (If memory serves it sort of resembled an 04)


I got my first train set three years ago i asked for the main line traffic that was advertised in argos it had a B12 no 8544 and two coaches i also got a j39 wich is now the Burnam market goods train.
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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