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KanpaiKeith
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Hello From Sunny Norfolk

Postby KanpaiKeith » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:17 am

Hi guys and gals just signed up to this great site.

I’m going to describe myself as a complete novice as I’ve never done any railway modelling previously. Roll back a few ahem, years to when I was a nipper and received my first set in the 70s. It was a battery operated Lima freight set IIRC had an early BR green diesel shunter, and some wagons and I was bitten. My first Hornby set arrived to following Christmas containing a charming 0-4-0 tank and 3 4 -wheeled coaches in “Highland Railways” livery. I found out shortly after that a friends dad on our estate had just built a layout in his garage. Needless to say I was round there like a shot with my rolling stock in hand.

A few years after starting work and buying a home with my now wife I wanted to rekindle my love of model railways. I stuck a savings jar on the side and put in any loose change I had (remember these where the days of 17% mortgage rates). Eventually I had enough to Hornby’s Highlander set, saddle tank, 4-wheel coach and 2 wagons. I loved it! The Mighty Mallard and suburban passenger sets soon followed.

I wanted to build my own layout so set about acquiring track and rolling stock. Unfortunately we never really settled anywhere long enough to make a start and then the kids came along and everything was shelved.

Which brings me to now. I chosen to start with a clean slate and an open mind and chose the scale and type of railway that I want as there is much much more available that there ever was before. With a somewhat heavy heart I have sold off most of my OO stock to fund my venture....... Japanese layout in N gauge.

I’m sure many “beginners questions will follow, so thanks in advance for your help and patience.

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Re: Hello From Sunny Norfolk

Postby Ex-Pat » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:32 am

KanpaiKeith wrote: With a somewhat heavy heart I have sold off most of my OO stock to fund my venture....... Japanese layout in N gauge.



That explains your username - I learnt the Japanese for "cheers!" from some ladies at a winery in Italy last year.

Welcome to the Forum - you will certainly notice the difference from your beginnings in model railways.

Kanpai!

KanpaiKeith
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Re: Hello From Sunny Norfolk

Postby KanpaiKeith » Sun Aug 02, 2020 12:37 pm

Ex-Pat wrote:
KanpaiKeith wrote: With a somewhat heavy heart I have sold off most of my OO stock to fund my venture....... Japanese layout in N gauge.



That explains your username - I learnt the Japanese for "cheers!" from some ladies at a winery in Italy last year.

Welcome to the Forum - you will certainly notice the difference from your beginnings in model railways.

Kanpai!


Did a tour a Japan last year for the RWC awesome country and wonderful people. Great railways too and beer :D. We made the most of our JR railpass.

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Re: Hello From Sunny Norfolk

Postby Mountain » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:40 pm

Hi and welcome to NRM Forum.

Sounds exciting! Japanese N gauge. Unusual for us in the UK. Out of interest, have you been to Japan? Those lovely long trains do need a small scale to get the most out of them as Japanese passenger trains are pretty long!

I am now an 0-16.5 modeller. More about trains half lazing about with an atmosphere of being looked after but having not having much funding... Almost a preserved scene but not quite! (I am yet to actually decide on things but this is the way I am heading in my thought patterns).

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Re: Hello From Sunny Norfolk

Postby glencairn » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:45 pm

Welcome on board KanpaiKeith. Japanese N Gauge eh! Will they be travelling like a bullet? :lol:

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Re: Hello From Sunny Norfolk

Postby KanpaiKeith » Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:57 pm

I’ve been to Japan and riden the Shinkansens including the fast ones.

I’ve seen some very nice compact N gauge layouts that fit much into a small space ( typical Japanese). The long term goal would be the have one of these urban layouts at one end of my loft and add a long separate Shinkansen line around the perimeter of the loft. But that’s all some way off yet. I’m starting small and use set track to start.


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