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LET'S GO RIGHT BACK TO THE START

 

When I started work at age18 way back in 1968, I was still playing around with TRIANG trains. While they were good for the era, they were still toys. Working in the city (Melbourne) I soon discovered "THE MODEL DOCKYARD" and real prototype models. This was an amazing hobby shop to me at the time, where I saw models of locomotives from all over the world. The only problem was that most of these were brass and cost half a years wages.

Also, at the time I had been buying "RAILWAY MODELLER", a British magazine and had seen several OO9 layouts (that's OO scale or 1/72nd with narrow gauge trains running on 9mm gauge track - that's about 2'6" wide in the real thing). "THE MODEL DOCKYARD" had a range of "Hon2" models of steam locomotives and rolling stock, and when it was explained to me that this was close to the OO9 that I seen in the magazines, I started to consider them. I didn't matter to me that they were German, French, British and even some American prototypes, I just loved them all, and more importantly they were close to my price range.

After acquiring a fair range of these locomotives and rolling stock, I built a few small layouts, most of which were never fully finished. The only surviving photographs can be seen below. The quality is poor compared to today's digital cameras, but it's all I've got as memories.

All the building in these images were scratch built using cardboard, balsawood,  printed brick and roof papers and clear plastic from a shirt box - an indication of things to come . . .

Also see "SOME OLD STUFF"