She who must be obeyed, thinks my 24 Locos is a bit much, even when I only
run 3 or 4 at a time.
However I don't agree (now there's a surprise)
How much is enough? How many do you guys have? and how can I sneak more in
We (men playing with trains) are looked on as Sad by the outside world as it
is, let it be known there are those amoung us who have to sneak trains into
their house and they is no hope!
I have heard of a chap who used to go to model shops / swap meets etc and on
the way home throw the boxes out of his car window and sneak the models into
the house in coat pockets. Now thats sad and I hate litterbugs.
Personally I dont anounce the delivery of every loco that has arrived but
the wife pops her head in the train room every now and again and
unfortunatley she can count (locos not in service stored on shelving). Even
more unfortunate she has an excellent memory so "I have had that one ages"
would not wash. I think after my retuern to model railways since Xmas 02 I
have aquired about 60 steam and 20 disesels, plus about 20 disesles sold
on. I will have enough when there are none I want to buy or perhaps cant
afford to buy, so on the first count there is likley to never be enough and
hopefully the same will stay true for the second.
A fellow club member who has been modelling for severalyears I guess
anounced a few weeks ago he has 450 locos!
All above "00"
I limit myself to one loco purchase per year, so in 45 years of collecting I
have ... err... umm.. about 120.
I think around the time I reached 100 I noticed that I wasn't keeping up with
In message , piemanlarger
Attack is the best form of defence!
At work, I have got my team members and the other people in my
department, both men and women, passionately interested in the latest
happenings on my garden railway.
Anyone who takes the piss is immediately "attacked" about their hobbies,
especially those who follow teams of poofters who kick pigs' bladders
around for a living. That soon gets them into defensive mode, and the
rest is easy!
A mate of mine living up in Sydney used to buy stacks of locos on his
visits here, and didn't want his mum to know how many locos he was buying,
so he left most of them down at my place and ran them when he came down on a
visit. You can say that you're just minding them for a friend.
It's an interesting question. Up until now, I've been buying one-of-each of
locos I'm interested in, but I really need to start being a little more
prototypical so another BachRat is on the cards and (if I can afford them),
a few Heljan 47s... Then again if I was being prototypical, I shouldn't have
bought a Hornby 50 AND Bachmann Deltic...
Whilst I don't make a song and dance about each new model, I don't draw
attention either. My problem is my son- he notices every new arrival...
In my case, hmmm - don't tell the wife:
British OO - between 40 & 50
American HO - about 30
British O - 6 and one being built plus a dmu
Pre-war Hornby O - about 27
That's it I reckon.
Tell her you're taking up smoking 20 a day and going out to the pub
twice a week. Then tell her you're giving up but you're going to put
all the money you save towards new locos.
Buy two the same and make sure she only ever sees one of them.
How do you cope with a joint account when SWMBO gets to see the
statement first every month?
I've got about five for my railway and a couple of HO ones I couldn't
face selling when I changed scales.
Considering I'm modelling a station that sees no loco haulage in real
life, five locos is probably five too many!
I've also got seven EMUs and one DMU, which is overkill for what I'm
modelling, but my temptation levels are too low. I'm even keeping one eye
on the forthcoming Bachmann 20, even though I'll have zero use for one. I
just love the real-life beasties.
My wife doesn't mind at all. As long as the bills are paid each month and
we have a good holiday each year, she's happy.
Currently five 'new layout' locos - with at least one, and more likely a lot
more to be added - as well as some old 'Can't bear to get rid' stuff -
Hornby A4, A3, Class 58, 9F and Three 0-4-0 tanks.
There's also a couple currently listed on eBay, so until they go into the
(less than?) capable hands of my employer (and yes, there were more than a
couple of people in our office unhappy when it was announced that there
would be no more TPO's...), they count as well.
Never enough though ;-)
In message , Rob
30 items of motive power here (DMUs/EMUs included), 2 of which are
Swedish HO and the rest are British OO. I'm expecting another one any
Most of them only see occasional use as I don't have a layout of my own
However as a single student I don't have any hassle from anyone, the
only problem is lack of space to put them.
Well.... I started out 2003 in 'N' gauge with 2 diesels, 4 steam and an
electric loco. All second hand bought a few years ago. Decided to sell the
lot as no plans were a foot to build a layout soon. They all went to trusty
purchasers on ebay. Ahhhh theres the problem...E-Bay. Hmmmmm. I now have
10 New Steam, 6 New diesels, and 4 New electrics including continental
items. There were 7 other locos that were bought and sold too. Then theres
the Z scale locos and trackage, 4 so far ..... Oh dear!!.. I think I have a
train problem. Well....I dont drink or smoke so I guess its got the ok. Ahh
yes, what did the wife say? Well being a joiner I made a 5 foot long by 18"
high display case and whacked it up in the hall to display the lot to all.
There's bold for you!! I have never disclosed the total spend to SWMBOAT
but muttered something about having to up the houshold insurance cover my
'Treasured collection of Engineering artifacts'. Got away with it so far!!