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Old 10-02-2019, 10:38 PM   #11
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Great thread.

My first layout was a Triang Hornby, probably the late 60s / early 70s from my Uncle George. I kept the steam locomotive and will eventually put it in a place of honour somewhere on my latest layout

I also had the Triang Hornby book of layouts. I had Layout 1 (or maybe 2) and dreamed of one day having Layout 20 (or whatever layout was at the very end of the book!)

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Old 10-02-2019, 11:20 PM   #12
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Great thread.

My first layout was a Triang Hornby, probably the late 60s / early 70s from my Uncle George. I kept the steam locomotive and will eventually put it in a place of honour somewhere on my latest layout

I also had the Triang Hornby book of layouts. I had Layout 1 (or maybe 2) and dreamed of one day having Layout 20 (or whatever layout was at the very end of the book!)

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Old 10-03-2019, 12:13 AM   #13
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My first train set that I remember was a Lionel 3 rail. It was an oval mounted to a board that folded up against the wall. It was always there according to my memory. That was in the early 60s and thanks to my mom. Later mom got me a Marklin HO set which disappeared over the years.
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Old 10-03-2019, 08:39 AM   #14
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I barely remember it but mine was a yellow wind up strange looking diesel and some cars. Later I got a Marx NYC steamer and some freight cars. We lived in a small apartment so it only came out at Christmas.
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:09 PM   #15
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There are likely few of you who can remember
the annual Sears Christmas catalog...it was full of
toys, decorations and other gift ideas. Us 'kids'
always looked forward to it and it became the
'wish book'.

For me, that 1941 Sears wish book showed a
$10.98 Marx electric train with 2 turnouts.
Hardly a day passed without turning to the pages
to that train. And, it came to pass, come
Christmas Eve, there it was in all it's tin plate
glory. A very happy little 11 y/o Donnie.

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Old 10-03-2019, 03:30 PM   #16
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"that 1941 Sears wish book"
20th century Amazon! Good story Don
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:19 PM   #17
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I didn't get a set, just a couple of boxes of what I suppose was a dismantled layout at a yard sale. Bought it with a weeks worth of lawn mowing money, so it didn't cost much. I think I was about 12 y/o, so that would have been 1975. With the next weeks "pay" I got what I needed to make a couple of sawhorses, a sheet of 4x8 plywood, some green paint for grass and went to town. I don't remember what locos or cars I had, but I had enough track to make the oval with one siding and one spur. I do remember that styrofoam mountain/tunnel. More lawn mowing begat buildings, trees and other scenery.

Then we had to move and the layout couldn't go. Sold it to a kid from church. He wanted it "as is", so his dad came with his pickup (with camper shell) and slid the whole 4x8 sheet in the bed (minus locos & cars of course) and away it went.
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Old 10-03-2019, 06:55 PM   #18
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My first would be a bunch of wooden Thomas the Train I played with as a toddler. As I got older, I was allowed to play with my fathers trains he had as a child in the 50s. A few years later when the interest peaked, I was gifted the Polar Express as my first official train set, which was expertly tested and hidden by my father right before christmas morning. Along with that came a bunch of Atlas track, to help get a layout up and running.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:02 AM   #19
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My first set was the Hogwart's Express. (first release somewhere around 2007, without the bluetooth) It's seen a few minutes runtime here and there over the years but mostly just sits in it's box, waiting for Salma Hayek to move me into her mansion where I'll have space to set up an O gauge layout.

I never had a train set as a child!
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:45 AM   #20
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About Christmas 1956 or 1957. A Lionel Scout 027 set. This is a photo of me in April of 1959
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