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Offline Dreadnought  
#1 Posted : 06 March 2018 15:54:36(UTC)
Dreadnought

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Herself and I spent a few days in Paris. As usual she did some damage to the credit cards, two weeks later they are still smouldering.

We stayed in a small flat on rue de Douai, off Place de Clichy. It is equidistant from Blanche. I was surprised to discover three second hand train stores in the one block. Herself says I picked that flat on purpose, not so, pure luck. All three had a large variety of locomotives and rolling stock from various manufacturers. All three had some Marklin. One seemed to lean more towards large gauge. All three were very cluttered, and difficult to prowl. Curiously the same man was prowling each as I was there. Listening to his conversation, I got the impression he is a professional buyer, on the lookout for special pieces.

On the south side, at 51 rue de Douai, is a shop, "Les Cheminots". It was run by an elderly gentleman. During the time I was there breathing on the glass he dealt with two people who came in to sell Marklin. My guess was that they were getting rid of stuff that had belonged to the older generation. One Item was a 44 class with two pickup shoes, so quite old. He was not impressed, whether as a buying tactic, or because there is a glut of used Marklin I do not know.

We got into a conversation. He was quite nice, though a bit gruff on first meeting. He indicated the prices were falling for used Marklin, indeed all trains. He bought little, unless it was in very good shape. He had a number of locomotives, freight cars, and carriages. He had a lot of M track. He had both Z and HO, though I did not see any large scale. (That was across the road). Marklin was but a small part of his stock. Some was very old O scale, quite possibly pre war.

I picked up a Marklin SNCF bagage car to go with my 241 class, and a TEE set, 3070 in the original box, I am debating converting it to digital, and looking for the intermediate car to complete the set.

They were fascinating shops to prowl, and I could have spent hours rummaging about. If any have time in Paris they are well worth a look.
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Offline Soest  
#2 Posted : 09 April 2018 20:27:40(UTC)
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I visited "Les Cheminots" two years ago. I bought a 3034 and 7186, both with OVP and in excellent condition at very reasonable prices. If my wife had not been with me I might still be there.

Mike
Why do grown men play with trains?
Their wives insist they are insane
But their dreams they won't let down the drain
'Cause there ain't no thing so hard to lose as those disappearing railway blues.
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Offline jvuye  
#3 Posted : 10 April 2018 16:51:24(UTC)
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Well known places.

Your observations are correct.
The 3 shops on the other side all belong to the same owners.
One is "collectors" focused, the next one is HO (mostly) and the third one is small scale (N and Z gauges)

I just hope you did not miss the Pullman, Rue d'Amsterdam just a couple of blocks further down!
*That* is a real Märklin store.

Cheers
Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
Once a vandal, learned to be better and had great success!
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Offline Dreadnought  
#4 Posted : 10 April 2018 17:19:55(UTC)
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Yes indeed, we got to Au Pullman. I now have the Marklin "Pullman" collector refrigerator car. Herself insisted on the "Paris" one too .I keep boasting of having the only ones in North America. Please, no one ruin my fantasy.

Herself fell in love with Z scale there. On return here I bought her a Z scale starter set. She is delighted, "So cute!!" I have created a delightful monster.
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Offline Soest  
#5 Posted : 18 July 2018 05:13:13(UTC)
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I went to Au Pullman in 2010 and bought a very nice 3015 to replace the one I foolishly sold when I was a teenager - paid a bit more for the second one, I might add. You can tell that romance is gone when you go to Paris with your wife and come back with a vintage Marklin locomotive.

Mike
Why do grown men play with trains?
Their wives insist they are insane
But their dreams they won't let down the drain
'Cause there ain't no thing so hard to lose as those disappearing railway blues.
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Offline Dreadnought  
#6 Posted : 18 July 2018 14:57:39(UTC)
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I would not say the romance is dead. It all works out in the end. Herself had but one regret, which was that I bought the 3070 TEE. She wanted to buy it for me. Mind you I had just bought her a pair of Louboutin shoes. Arguably she still owes me :) . Maybe the next time in Paris we will come out even.

I had the TEE upgraded with motor, and sound. It is superb. Now to find the intermediate car. Hopefully I will get to Eurospoor this year or next, and solve the problem.

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Offline Soest  
#7 Posted : 31 December 2018 19:40:01(UTC)
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Helas! Fermeture permanents pour Les Cheminot. And I was planning a visit in April. Oh, well, I can probably find other distractions in Paris.

Mike
Why do grown men play with trains?
Their wives insist they are insane
But their dreams they won't let down the drain
'Cause there ain't no thing so hard to lose as those disappearing railway blues.
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Offline Thewolf  
#8 Posted : 31 December 2018 19:50:37(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Soest Go to Quoted Post
Helas! Fermeture permanents pour Les Cheminot. And I was planning a visit in April. Oh, well, I can probably find other distractions in Paris.

Mike


No problems Cool '' Moulin Rouge '' '' Lido de Paris '' etc..etc..Laugh Flapper

Thewolf
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Offline Dreadnought  
#9 Posted : 31 December 2018 21:06:55(UTC)
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Sad news. I am hoping to be there in March. I am sorry to miss the closing out sale. He had a huge stock of all kinds of HO.
As I recall he had very limited hours when I was there.
Paris is still a wonderful city. We spent hours just walking and exploring.
Hopefully the companion shops accros the road are still going strong
Offline Soest  
#10 Posted : 02 January 2019 18:02:40(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Thewolf Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Soest Go to Quoted Post
Helas! Fermeture permanents pour Les Cheminot. And I was planning a visit in April. Oh, well, I can probably find other distractions in Paris.

Mike


No problems Cool '' Moulin Rouge '' '' Lido de Paris '' etc..etc..Laugh Flapper

Thewolf


Rue de Douai is just a can-can from the Moulin Rouge. I celebrated my latest and last purchase from Les Cheminots with a coffee at the Starbucks at Place Pigalle, just across from the MR.

Mike
Why do grown men play with trains?
Their wives insist they are insane
But their dreams they won't let down the drain
'Cause there ain't no thing so hard to lose as those disappearing railway blues.
Offline Soest  
#11 Posted : 12 March 2019 17:21:00(UTC)
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I see that Le Cheminot has been replaced by Paris Modelisme. I will be in Paris in three weeks and will check it out. Four train stores in one block - I don't know if I can take it, certainly my wife won't. This winter I have been seduced by Spur G, so I will be looking for big trains and metal Marklin buildings.

Mike
Why do grown men play with trains?
Their wives insist they are insane
But their dreams they won't let down the drain
'Cause there ain't no thing so hard to lose as those disappearing railway blues.
Offline Dreadnought  
#12 Posted : 13 March 2019 17:27:22(UTC)
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Herself and I should be in Paris in a week or so. We plan to stay in the Montmartre area. It should be easy pass along Rue Douai and see what is happening. Likely herself will insist we go to Au Pullman to see if there is another “Paris” car to add to the collection.
I will report back.

D.
Offline Dreadnought  
#13 Posted : 27 March 2019 20:24:04(UTC)
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We arrived in Paris on the Thello night train from Venice. They unloaded us in Dijon. It was three hours by bus from Dijon to Paris, and four hours late in getting us to destination. I do not recommend it at all. By all means look at the old coaches. I think they were the old DB TEN stock. Go no further. Find other transportation between Paris and Venice. I shall say no more.

Today Herself and I did the train stores on rue de Douai. Les Cheminots is closed. The windows are covered with brown paper. Next door a new shop has opened, “Paris Modellisme”. It has some Marklin, but is mainly devoted to European, and particularly French trains. It is an excellent shop, though perhaps of limited interest to Marklin fans. The owners of it have taken over the location of Les Cheminots. The two stores are internally connected. According to the new owner old Cheminots will be dedicated to model cars.

Across the road there are two other shops. One is largely N scale. It did have some used Marklin. The owner said he got used Marklin, but that it always sold quickly. There were some used Marklin items in his window.

Next to it is a store which is largely O scale. You have to ring to be let in. It had some very old pieces, possibly pre war. I wondered if they were the ones that I saw in Les Cheminots last year. They did look familiar. The store was run by an elderly, (The term applies equally to me) , lady. I asked her about Marklin. This set her off on a tirade about how Marklin was protecting its captive market. The lecture went on for some time. We managed to escape without difficulty. She is a obviously not a Marklin fan.

We then went on to Au Pullman. They’ve have a good stock of Marklin. They also had some used Marklin, which I do not recall them having on my last visits. We spent a good amount of time browsing, but no purchases.

All stores are well worth a visit. The people are very knowledgeable. It is a fun way tp spend a good part of a day in Paris.
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Offline PJMärklin  
#14 Posted : 28 March 2019 10:47:09(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dreadnought Go to Quoted Post
We arrived in Paris on the Thello night train from Venice. They unloaded us in Dijon. It was three hours by bus from Dijon to Paris, and four hours late in getting us to destination. I do not recommend it at all. By all means look at the old coaches. I think they were the old DB TEN stock. Go no further. Find other transportation between Paris and Venice. I shall say no more.

Today Herself and I did the train stores on rue de Douai. Les Cheminots is closed. The windows are covered with brown paper. Next door a new shop has opened, “Paris Modellisme”. It has some Marklin, but is mainly devoted to European, and particularly French trains. It is an excellent shop, though perhaps of limited interest to Marklin fans. The owners of it have taken over the location of Les Cheminots. The two stores are internally connected. According to the new owner old Cheminots will be dedicated to model cars.

Across the road there are two other shops. One is largely N scale. It did have some used Marklin. The owner said he got used Marklin, but that it always sold quickly. There were some used Marklin items in his window.

Next to it is a store which is largely O scale. You have to ring to be let in. It had some very old pieces, possibly pre war. I wondered if they were the ones that I saw in Les Cheminots last year. They did look familiar. The store was run by an elderly, (The term applies equally to me) , lady. I asked her about Marklin. This set her off on a tirade about how Marklin was protecting its captive market. The lecture went on for some time. We managed to escape without difficulty. She is a obviously not a Marklin fan.

We then went on to Au Pullman. They’ve have a good stock of Marklin. They also had some used Marklin, which I do not recall them having on my last visits. We spent a good amount of time browsing, but no purchases.

All stores are well worth a visit. The people are very knowledgeable. It is a fun way tp spend a good part of a day in Paris.



Hello Dread,

Thanks for your Paris shops review - I look forward to seeking them out when we are there in July.

I am so sorry to hear of your unfortunate journey from Venice to Paris. I have had great journeys TO Venice by rail from Vienna and within Italy but never trained FROM Venice - under which railway's auspices were you by the time you reached Dijon?

Regards,

PJ
Offline Dreadnought  
#15 Posted : 28 March 2019 11:04:31(UTC)
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PJ, Thank you for your kind words. The Venice to Paris was with an Italian company, Thello, who operate the night train. That I would avoid at all costs.
Our other trips have been with DB, and OBB. They were wonderful with excellent and very helpful staff. I have taken FS (Trenitalia) trains. They have been good too.
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Offline jvuye  
#16 Posted : 28 March 2019 19:40:56(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dreadnought Go to Quoted Post
PJ, Thank you for your kind words. The Venice to Paris was with an Italian company, Thello, who operate the night train. That I would avoid at all costs.
Our other trips have been with DB, and OBB. They were wonderful with excellent and very helpful staff. I have taken FS (Trenitalia) trains. They have been good too.


Venice to Päris with your love?
VSOE!! Say no more
https://www.belmond.com/...-simplon-orient-express/

How would you dare do anything else?

Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
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Offline Dreadnought  
#17 Posted : 29 March 2019 16:59:36(UTC)
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I feel the shame deeply. Herself thinks it was funny. It was my doing, against the advice of the travel agent.
Next time VSOP
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