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Old 10-14-2019, 03:02 PM   #31
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My first train was a Lionel set in 1948. My grandfather got it for me and built in on a 4 X 8 foot table. He built a 2" green fence all around the layout so it wouldn't fall off the table. I had the depot, the tower lights and and 4 turnouts that had lights to tell which way the turnout was thrown. It had smoke pellets for the engine and the only car I remember was the red search light car. I was 4 years old then and really wish I still had it.
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Old 10-14-2019, 04:25 PM   #32
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Mine was the Marx set below.
I was playing with it on our back porch in 1952. I forgot and left the box out all night, when the trash man came the next morning and took it. I'm sure he knew it was not trash. I finally got another set about 20 years ago. I have never set it up. I'm afraid I might forget it again, my memory is about as good as it was in 1952..

Beautiful train set! Always nice to see the original box as well!

If you bring the snark - expect a bark!!!
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:26 PM   #33
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Mine was a Tyco Switcher set with 3 cars and 36” circle of track at 7 years old , and transformed itself into a half of a basement layout. 3, 4x8’ 2, 4x4’ and a 4x5’ layout in a e shape and run 7 trains at once. But this took years and a lot of leaves being raked, lawns being mowed, and digs being walked, until I got a real job and then had to take it all down because of company Christmas parties for my moms employer. But ah the memories!!!
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:45 AM   #34
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Beautiful train set! Always nice to see the original box as well!

Thank you very much, and hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Old 10-15-2019, 08:44 PM   #35
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What a great topic, Doug. I don't know why I'm posting here because the truth is I don't really remember. I can't even remember if it was for Xmas or a birthday or something else... and many of you even have pictures! I'm jealous

Anyway, I'm pretty sure my first one was an HO oval with some piers to elevate one side of track. An F Unit engine (Santa Fe, I'm pretty sure) and probably 5 cars.

Enjoyed reading this thread so I just wanted to join in!
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:17 AM   #36
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Mine was given to me at Christmas in 1984 by my Aunt. It was a Model Power HO set. IT had a Blue Conrail F9 Diesel, an orange Tropicana Reefer, a red tank car, a black gondola, a brown swine car, a brown Conrail boxcar and a caboose. I remember that the engine broke several days later. I have since re-purchased the train set individual cars from train shows.
Trains are meant to be fun! Not high priced, limited availability, complicated and cost more money than my first car!
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Old 10-16-2019, 11:52 AM   #37
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American Flyer S Gauge, about 1957. I still have it but not set up.
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Old 10-25-2019, 06:50 AM   #38
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First Train set

My first set was a Marx steamer around 1952 when I was 10 years old.. It was a full layout, but was set up and taken down on every occasion it was used. It somehow was lost in a move or two. Next set was an HO for my boys. Sold it at a garage sale. Then about four years ago, we got back in; me with HO and O, and my wife with HO and N-scale. It is a great hobby.
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Old 10-25-2019, 02:52 PM   #39
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HO set in late 1950s. Cannot remember the brand, but had dock with milk car and it would unload milk cans with an electric button.
On30 Gauge
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Old 10-26-2019, 09:44 AM   #40
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It was 1980, when i was 10 years old.
Santa brought me a Ho scale tyco silver streak train set.
I will never forget how just about every month dad would have to run to the hobby shop to get me a new gear " the small one on the loco drive motor ". That gear stripped out more times than i can remember.
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