What's your first Train set?
Posted 25 February 2010 - 01:18 AM
Posted 25 February 2010 - 03:21 AM
When I was a kid, my dad worked away from home most of the time (he worked on big civil engineering building projects) and only came home at weekends. He would sometimes bring me little Lego sets ("impulse sets") home with him, as a treat (mainly I think it was to keep me quiet for a bit ). Once, when it was near my birthday, he brought me a bigger set: Lego 4.5V train 171!
I loved that train! I spent ages making up stories about it (including train crashes, inevitably ) and over time he also brought me extra track and the most coveted treasure, a motor!
My parents saw how much I loved the train and that Christmas I got the ultimate prize (well... I was only a kid!)... the motorised 4.5V train, 182!
What a happy Christmas that was! I had a total of two motorised trains, and enough track to run them both at the same time! I still have a picture somewhere of me sitting in the middle of a loop of track while the two trains run around me!
Those two little trains are still my favourite toys that I have ever owned; but they are long gone (with the onset of dark ages) and I don't really feel the need to chase them down on Ebay or whatever- somehow it wouldn't be the same. My dad died a few years ago and every time I see pictures of those old 4.5V trains I still think of him.
Posted 25 February 2010 - 03:54 AM
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:07 AM
When I was small boy, I have never got an engine.
The first two pieces which I had when i was a little boy,
are: set 163a , 123
for a station: set 342
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:20 AM
My first and only train set was 7715, and I rebuilt it in so many ways as a kid!
During my dark age, I dabbled with HO scale model trains when I could make the time. Now that my dark age is over, I plan to start fresh with this year's cargo train. Well if my wife agrees that is!
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 10:45 PM
So next would be 7720
and the rest is history, several thousands later, my 9v collection is complete...
Posted 26 February 2010 - 08:26 PM
As AFOL I got some 9V sets as well but I do not care much about collecting set, I prefer building my own trains designs these days.
own design? looks very much like the layout I always wanted to copy from the train ideas book from the 80's, I just never had enough track. I was always impressed by the number of points & light controllers attached to the speed regulator in Lego's layout.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 03:53 AM
You might want to check Homa's flicker and brickshelf accounts. His designs are pretty widely know. Particularly his ICE.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 08:09 PM
Shame I missed out on the 9V line...
this was my first train set
I soooo wanted the Cargo Crane set above to go with my train, but I was never able to find it
Edited by j3tang, 27 February 2010 - 08:10 PM.
Posted 27 February 2010 - 08:19 PM
All of them together at once.
I was a happy kid back in the '80s.
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 01:48 AM
My first train set after the dark ages was 4512:
It's still the only complete set I have. After that I've only got the Santa Fe, Hobby train and Emerald Night.
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Posted 28 February 2010 - 02:05 AM
While my first "blue-track era" train was returned when I was a kid (exchanged for the Yellow Castle), my first train was the My Own Train Steam Locomotive and individual cars that came seperately.
Here's a little video around the old Wild West town (was just able to locate it and upload it to YouTube).
Posted 28 February 2010 - 10:32 PM
Just recently bought the super-pack that contained: 7898 (the actual train, the rest are track-packs and the station.), 7896, 7895 and 7997.
This, in preparation for the new Power Functions trains that are to arrive later this year.
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 05:04 PM
I got the supersize pack last month to get a start on the RC rails and preparing to switch to power functions. I want to try modify the 7735 engine to run on pf power.
Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:05 AM
Other than that, I'm planning on purchasing the Factory Hobby Trains set soonish which would finally allow me to moc up an elaborate tram for our city... I know all of you guys love the Metroliner to bits, and even though it was also one of my favourite sets during my childhood, I don't see it as being a really MOCworthy set, so I'm not that keen on it.
Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:55 AM
Two years ago, I was bitten by the Lego virus again, after surfing the web a little looking for some information about Lego after my brother had given my newly born daughter a box of Duplo. I guess that was an expensive and time consuming mistake :) I now have all the gray era trains and accessories and most of Classic Town from the 80's (the only exception is that I only own one gas station, fire station, police station etc. and I'm missing some of the special ones that weren't available in Europe)....
Edited by Helmantel, 03 March 2010 - 09:56 AM.
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