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Hornby 00 gauge

Discussion in 'Railways & Model Raiways' started by wolfheze, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. wolfheze

    wolfheze Platinum Member

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    There HAS to be someone on here that had a Hornby train set. I kind of inherited mine from my sister when it consisted of just a couple of locos, think they were a 3 car electric local commuter train and a set of pulman carriages pulled by a magnificent 4/6/4 steam engine called if I'm right Princess Elizabeth. The collection grew quite quickly under my 'ownership' until it had enough rolling stock, locomotives and track for 13 complete train's which could all be accommodated in individual sidings. Bobs models on the Cov rd supplied most of it while some was given to my Mum where she worked, these were of a different gauge so my Dad spent hours converting the engines and carriages so they could run on the 00 track. 'Battle space' rolling stock then came out which had exploding ammunition wagons, satellite launchers etc and a 'Q car ' which the side's fell off to reveal a rocket launcher which off course fired in absolutely random directions . The whole set was still complete until my nephews came along and my sister reclaimed most of it for it to be never seen again. There are a few remaining bits of it left at my Mum's house.
     
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    As a kid I had an Intercity 125. I can't believe I gave it away to my best mate.
     
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    Ray Finkle Moderator Staff Member

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    Some of the best memories I have of my Dad are of us building our train set together.

    He got me a huge board that covered a large chunk of my bedroom (it drove my Mom crazy) and we'd spend hours tacking down the tracks and soldering the joints. We ended up with three ovals and two sidings. We had an Intercity 125 on the outside, a blue diesel engine with two Pullman carriages in the middle line and an old, rickety steam train on the inside. I remember the steam train being purely freight pulling a Texaco tanker and a Kelloggs cart.

    Over time we added stations, scenery, people and painted a road in the middle. I remember taking a lighter to one of my Matchbox cars to blacken the outside then putting it on the level crossing to look as if a train had hit it. One of the controllers was a huge metal box with a red dial in the middle numbered 0 - 10 controlling the speed. The other two were a little more modern (well in the 80's anyway) with several dials and switches.

    We talked about creating a papier mache hill and tunnel but never got round to doing it.

    It really was a great time and I hope that when my lad is a little older I can do similar with him. Obviously I'll do exactly as my Dad did and totally take over leaving him just an observer :)
     
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    I had a Hornby OO train set in the 1950s. The loco was Princes Coronation class Duchess of Atholl and coaches. My brother had A4 Pacific Sir Nigel Gresley.

    In the 1970s our son (he'll be 50 next month) went through a stage of being interested in railways and we bought him a lot of track, locos and rolling stock over a 3-4 year period. It was laid down on a big hinged board in a spare room. Gradually he lost interest and his son (now grown up) had no interest at all.

    Much of the rolling stock and locos are in our attic including an as-new HST 125 set in its box. He doesn't want it but we are keeping it in case any great grandchildren when they arrive show an interest. Who knows, but the next generation might become fed up of computer generated matter and go back to physical things that you can pick up and play with.
     
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    My dad installed step ladders into our loft and laid boarding throughout. We built a massive duel track with sideings. I remember building a massive hill with paper mache and painting it. I remember wanting to add all the scenery but my dad was less keen on doing that probably because of the cost. We'd go to the nearest Toymaster shop in Otley where they sold numerous Hornby equipment and scenery suchas trees, rocks, stations and bridges. I'd be pretty much drooling over everything in the shop. Happy days.
     
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    I'm desperately hoping that my lad shows an interest as I have big plans to do exactly that.

    I'm just not sure if I'm doing it for him or me :cautious:
     
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    I remember being around 7 years old and my Dad arriving home from work saying he had something for me. It wasn't my birthday and nowhere near Christmas. It turned out that he had bought a scond hand Hornby OO set with numerous locos and track. I remeber a US style diesel with a cab at the front and a central light on the nose, with matching carriages.
    After dinner, we set it up on the living room floor - I was in heaven!
    Additions followed, including the Princess Elizabeth (as mentioned by Wolfheze - although I'm sure it's a 4-6-2) and my Dad built me a layout in my bedroom. This consisted of a board approx 8ft by 5ft withy a central cut out. I had to crawl underneath to access this central area. The trains basically went round and round on two oval tracks, but there were crossover points and sidings.
    Other additions, were 'Sir Nigel Gresely' (an A4 class, which also included ther record holding 'Mallard') - this is metal, not plastic although the paint is somewhat 'worn'. I also have a number of metal freight wagons (open coal, fuel etc) as well as more modern plasric versions. I still have all of my locos and carriages and will try to get some photos posted, once I've repaired my main PC.

    Kevin
     
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    How could he not? it beats any video game hands down.

    Hmmm?, that reminds me. Apparently, when I was born and my cousin was 18 months old my Dad and my Uncle decided to buy us a Scalextric set. By the time we were old enough to use it, the cars were worn out. How could that have possibly happened?
    I also recall a girl that I worked with buying her husband a Scalextric for Christmas. This allowed her to have an occasional girls night out, whilst her Husband would invite his mates round and have an evening of beers and slot car racing.

    Kevin
     
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    I had a Hornby Thomas The Tank Engine set one year which kickstarted it all off; there used to be a little model shop in Lichfield and I would go in there and look at all the buildings and accessories I wanted but obviously never did because it was so expensive.

    One Birthday I went and spent all the money I had and brought a new station....it was quite the upgrade. This meant that now I had two stations so obviously they became Lichfield City a small Lichfield Trent Valley.

    My mate next door had a set two and we take it turns to take our trains round and put them on each other’s layouts as we wasn’t allowed to do it with Lego incase we got our bricks mixed up!

    @Ray Finkle you might want to take your little boy to the model railway exhibition at the NEC next year? It usually falls around the last weekend of November. If that doesn’t give him the bug nothing will!
     
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    That might be something my little lad might be interested in too. If you get a chance would you mind posting the details of that please? My lad is 5 in February so he'll be going on 6 by next November, a perfect age I recon.
     
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    I used to have a Hornby 00 my grandad started it all, but it's gone now unfortunately. I do however still have the very small N gauge and one day I want to get that working again.
     
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    I might see you there, my lad would love it.

    http://www.thenec.co.uk/whats-on/warley-national-model-railway-exhibition/

    I had a station very similar to the one on the left.

    Does anybody know of any decent model shops in the Midlands area? There used to be a great little shop opposite Stechford Swimming Baths but I think it closed several years ago.
     
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    There used to be one in Stafford. I’d also recommend popping over to Chasewater one weekend - there is a little shop on one of the stations and you can also pick up a few bits and pieces in the little museum. There are also some old carriages that have been converted into little shops and one of them has a miniature trail way layout inside.

    http://www.chasewaterrailway.co.uk/
     
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    Thanks it looks great, I'll check it out after Christmas (y)
     
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    Hobycraft stocks a fairly decent amount considering they're not specialists. (Airfix too:happy:)
     
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    You might be right about it being a 4/6/2. It's been a long time. I will have to have a sort through the remnants and see whats left. One of the trains my Dad converted to run on the 00 track was an US/Canadian diesel. Remember it was quite heavy and consisted of three cars that plugged together with rubber concertinas. There was I think a loco at each end and a single headlamp. Also from what I remember the passenger compartments were lit. Did anyone have a mail car that collected bags of mail on the move by taking them off a hook at the side of the track?
     
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    I had one but it didn't work.

    Someone my Dad worked with gave it to him but it never actually collected anything.
     
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    I used to go to the Warley model railway exhibition at the NEC with my Dad. It was a good day out, but could get very busy. The quality of many of the layouts was astounding. Many of the exhibitors ran their layouts to a timetable. The big trick was what they called a 'fiddle yard'. The public would see the model layout with a station and a town centre. The tracks would disappear into a tunnel, where 2 lines would expand to 15 or 20. This meant a train departing the station would disappear through the tunnel and be parked up. A parked on one of the many lines train would then be started, apearing out of a tunnel to arrive at the station.

    As well as taking your kids to the model railway exhibition, why not go to see the real thing. There are many preservation railways around the country that offer a wonderful day out (as Thunderchild has mentioned). I have visited the Severn Valley Railway ( http://www.svr.co.uk/) which runs from Bridgenorth (Shropshire) to Kidderminster (Worcestershire). You can join the service at either end and the line follows the River Severn through the beautiful Severn Valley. You can also hop on and off at serveral stations along the route. One special treat, is that the line passes the West Midland Safari Park (sit on the left of the train if departing Bridgenorth or the right if departing Kidderminster) - just don't tell your kids. Watch for their surprise as they see elephants and giraffes from the train.
    Most of the services are pulled by steam locamotives (although they do have a few old diesels). If the sights, sounds and smells of a steam locomotive don't interest your child, then I'm sorry but you're probably looking at a lost cause with regard to railways.

    As I said, there are many preservation railways around the country (check the web for one near to you).

    Kevin
     
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    Indeed there a quite a few railways around the Midlands area, as well as Chasewater and the Severn Valley there is also the Foxfield railway just outside Stoke on Trent and the Churnet Valley railway near Leek....and not forgetting Thomas Land at Drayton Manor!
     
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