I've been an HO modeler for a LOOOOOOOng time, pretty well content with it. But many years ago my interest in British railways was piqued by seeing, of all things, Derek Carter's "Tales from Turkey Bay" cartoon series in RMC and a column in MR I think, of a British prototype steam engine being imported at the time by Chester Holley.
That locomotive was a Triang BR M7. How odd it looked to me compared to U.S. stuff. The strange 0-4-4 wheel arrangement and the massive hook and loop couplers were so different from what I was used to ,and I had never seen European trains in person so it was hard for me to imagine running one with my equipment. Plus,in 1982 where would I get one?
Fast forward to a few months ago. I saw an interesting British locomotive listed for sale on this forum, and through some dealing with my now friend Wolferz, I had the beginnings of a OO collection. That's how I got the LMS train.
An LMS compound 4-4-0 and 3 coaches with passengers, Beautiful! Runs very nicely. Hornby with Tender drive, Coaches are Bachmann. A little too much train for our little layout!
So here we go! Bug Bite. I then stumbled across a British Railways (BR) 2-6-0 "Ivatt" at an Antique mall and struck a deal.
Neat locomotive that reminds me of a Pensylvania G5, and it runs very well. It runs along kind of slowly and has a nice gait. A real joy to behold. And naturally there had to be some goods wagons.
Now the snowball is rolling , so I started looking for my old friend, The M7. Dug around a little on Ebay and what do you know? A mint Hornby BR M7 courtesy of train shop in Derbyshire!
The first trip around the layout was very interesting and my little gem didn't disappoint. really strange watching it chug along balanced on the front coupled drivers. Of course a coach was required so I found this Hornby Ex LMS BR Brake coach at my favorite train shop.
Did some research and found one of the prototype M7's was at steam town for a while before being taken back to England.
Now it starts getting tricky. Eras. The bane of my OO existence. Equipment has to be era correct, and coupler correct.
The first three engines are Hornby, couplers match. Now comes the Fowler 0-6-0. Cool little locomotive made by Airfix, British OO but with the smaller Euro couplers. Runs great!(You were right, Cycleops). Now starting to gather wagons for this one.
Now a Tri-ang class 36 diesel, later era lettered for BR intercity.
And........Coaches! Coaches are Lima, again found at my favorite Hobby shop. See how this goes? In case you missed it, this is how I "thin" my collection.
Now I'm certainly no expert on these things, so feel free to comment on these car types and correct eras, etc. For storage sake I'm holding to rakes of 2 coaches, and I will need to add 1 coach to the M7 rake.