This past weekend I once again had the opportunity to attend one of the larger train shows here in my neighborhood. The United Northwes...
Playing with trains
Sometimes I spend all my time working on the layout that I don't stop and take time to just run trains. So that's what I did today! The above photo shows a new addition to my fleet (review coming at some point in the future) which also represents my first Italian locomotive!
Here's another shot:
An old friend, the Minitrix Class 1800 is shown here approaching the Hack Brucken (bridge), and the prefabricated Faller (?) marshes down below. It turned out quite nice after all!
Here's the same locomotive passing over one of the Busch laser-cut paper underpass model. This was a pain to install (easy to build), but its coming along. I still need to do some work on that roadway obviously.
And finally, I love to watch the CC72000 bring a rake of coaches alongside the Kato station platforms 'downtown':
That's all for today! Well, not really....I also attempted to repair, fix, or finish about a hundred little things that were left unfinished earlier or were not done propertly the first time around, but too tedious to write about - much less read about!
I'm into N Scale to have fun. Growing up my Dad was really big into HO (U.S.A. of course, mostly Western U.S. roads like Great Northern, Milwaukee Road, Northern Pacific, etc...) and he built me a small N Scale layout which I enjoyed as a small boy. Of the various trains I had at the time, the brand 'Minitrix' stuck in my head. As the years passed, N Scale was forgotten as new interests took my time.
As a new parent, I got back into model trains through O Gauge (Lionel and MTH). However, the cost of this scale, and the space needed for the sort of layout I wanted, made it a very frustrating hobby. Then one day at a hobby shop in California, I came across the Trix 2003 catalog; Inside this catalog were beautiful models of trains across Europe shown on beautiful layouts - and I was converted! It took a few years, but most of the O Gauge was sold (or stored) and I used the funds to start my new fantasy in N Scale.
Soon, I also discovered the amazing trains of Japan in N Scale, and begin my quest to build an interesting urban layout in a complete fantasy setting where the great trains of the world can run side by side!