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I love these types of discussion, and they appear regularly on many forum.

But to my mind they miss the fundamental question. How prototypical is your fleet of locomotives and rolling stock.

Yes like many others I have quite a large collection of stuff, but over the last 5 years I have narrowed it down to quite a specific period of time and in my instance a specific part of the country.

This does present a number of challenges, specifically on the locomotive side of things (it is acceptable to have several locomotives of the same class, with different road numbers of course). But the research is fun, and building a believable fleet of passenger stock, and appropriate freight stock is enjoyable. The fact that few people actually realise what you have done doesn't worry me. I obtain enjoyment out of the fact that I know.

I recently had a friend from Germany visit my railway, and he was impressed at my passenger fleet construction. In my mind high praise considering I model a German branch line. Talking to him and telling him my plans for the future to round out my fleet of freight wagons, he confirmed that I am on the right track.

Having had DCC for about 15 years now, there is no going back!

I know that not everyone is as narrow minded as myself, but to each his own.

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