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As a model railway collector what gets your pulse racing?

Strangely I am more into the accessories than the models and anything that permits an authentic period layout to be recreated always catches my eye. The literature from the past in nice condition is always something that I seem to negotiate over also. Mainly Triang and anything out of the ordinary.

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QUOTE (Gary @ 14 Jul 2007, 18:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As a model railway collector what gets your pulse racing?
Happy modelling
Gary

Personally "other things", but I do like to see ;

Nice trackwork (in any gauge).
A touch of humour.
Layout operators that talk to the public.
Passengers in carriages

I also like to see things that are a bit out of the ordinary (shock horror - I agree with Gary on something !)
 

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QUOTE (Gary @ 14 Jul 2007, 18:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As a model railway collector what gets your pulse racing?
Two things. A good all-round model and a killer bargain off eBay (admittedly this doesn't occur often). Perhaps these are sad things to get the pulse racing...but then we are talking about collectors!!


By good all-round model I mean that it looks exactly like the prototype (one would think this was a fairly easy thing to achieve...), has a very crisp paint finish, is elegantly designed on the inside (i.e. ease of decoder installation assuming it doesn't have a socket already), has two (or more?!) flywheels and can accelerate away at the slowest of crawls, does all this at 1:160 scale AND is keenly priced!


The only model so far that has set my pulse racing in this way is the Hobbytrain/Conrad Taurus which retails at about half the price of a Minitrix (excellent too in all but retail price) one. Many excellent N scale models fail at the last of my criterion but since the Taurus is so widespread the mould can be used to churn out endless liveries for all the many European operators (both public and private) and is mass produced at an absolute bargain price...etc. etc. more foaming at the mouth...


My second best eBay bargin has got to be this:

Minitrix 15167 - Which cost £3.50 (I can only assume that everyone elses eBay bidding-server crashed just before the auction finished...) and I should have paid £15-20 for it given that it has close-coupling (closer than as shown in the picture) and was brand-new-in-box...although the sellers item picture was dreadful!!

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A well made, good quality, reliable analogue controller, connected to a neat control panel full of switches, LEDs and studs.



O yes, and very much like Neil says, something not generally seen on other layouts, nicely blended in to the overall landscape!

 

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Well assuming we are talking about items in the model railway world and not as people who happen to be railway modellers then I can safely ignore the subject of barmaids. Personally I like to something a bit out of the ordinary on a layout, that's why St.Laurent gained a concrete gun emplacement. I also like to be well built kit/scratchbuilt stock - take a bow pedromorgan - makes me wish I had the skills.

Then theres the occasional Thomas drive it yourself layouts, some of these are actually very good.

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The kkStB/BBÖ class 310. On sale for € 199,00 at my local hobby shop, downside is that it´s the AC version
, upside I´ve already ordered the DC wheels.


Hope you like - and beste Grüße an goedel!
 

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QUOTE (ME 26-06 @ 16 Jul 2007, 20:30) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The kkStB/BBÖ class 310. On sale for € 199,00 at my local hobby shop, downside is that it´s the AC version
, upside I´ve already ordered the DC wheels.


Hope you like - and beste Grüße an goedel!


Oh she is so lovely!!

How terrible and fortunate (for my bank balance) at the same time that I model N scale...
...I have just decided that I still need one for "display purposes"! I am very jealous ME 26-06.


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Goedel,

there were still two engines left at € 199,-- when I bought mine...
 

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QUOTE (Gary @ 14 Jul 2007, 17:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As a model railway collector what gets your pulse racing?

Strangely I am more into the accessories than the models and anything that permits an authentic period layout to be recreated always catches my eye. The literature from the past in nice condition is always something that I seem to negotiate over also. Mainly Triang and anything out of the ordinary.

Happy modelling
Gary

The pre-war gauge O Hornby Metropolitan set of my uncles that I should I should not have been given until I reached an age I that would really appreciate it.
It was my fault that I pestered my Mum to let me have it.She wanted me to have it when I was older.She was right!
I destroyed it...........and every time I see pictures of it and the coaches I go back to that time when toys were scarce after the war.Always get a stab of guilt.
We did not have electricity at the time so I never saw it run.
But after all it was a toy and meant to be played with.It did not deserve to be destroyed.
That is the reason I made the Harrow Model shop's Met loco kit as soon as I could.

I agree with what has been mentiond so far on this thread.

Cheers,
Bryan but not a collector but seem to have collected a lot over the years.
 

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Gwent rail - a person after my own heart - "A well made, good quality, reliable analogue controller, connected to a neat control panel full of switches, LEDs and studs." but without the studs.
One of these days I will achieve that ideal!!

But then I do enjoy DCC on other layouts.
 

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QUOTE (ME 26-06 @ 16 Jul 2007, 22:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Goedel,

there were still two engines left at € 199,-- when I bought mine...

Hello ME 26-06,

I'm trying very hard to resist...once I get a locomotive then I will have to get some track and then some wagons and before I know it I'll be addicted to H0 and N simultaneously!! Oh dear...I think I shall the keep the AC wheels...then I can't use it and it will just be for display purposes!!

But please do tell me where which shop they are available from and what the catalogue number is?

Thanks,

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QUOTE (Gary @ 15 Jul 2007, 03:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As a model railway collector what gets your pulse racing?

The smell of a Tri-ang mech....mmmm!
Kids mastering the art of modelling.
When things go smoothly at an exhibition!
A parcel at the front door.
When models are rescued from the rubbish bin.
When forum members help rather than snipe at each other....
 

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Hello everyone. I'm back after a too-long absence.

It's really difficult. I guess what gets my pulse racing is the arrival of yet another new loco or set.

I have a beautiful display cabinet (thank you eBay) mounted on a ledge on the staircase which has some of my favourite models in it and I love to pause as I go downstairs and gaze at them; they range from Der Adler with its train (Minitrix) to Big Boy (Rivarossi) taking up nearly a whole shelf to itself.

I hope soon that I will thrill to the sight of some of these models actually running on a proper layout.

Best wishes to all,
Chris.
 

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Know what you mean Neil - I have a display cabinet in my office, but I still need to rotate the models every so often. Often a good talking point with vistors though, even if the many people think that they are Hornby !
 
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