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Offline 57vert  
#1 Posted : 08 February 2019 23:41:35(UTC)
57vert

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I'm so proud, my first Marklin layout! It's ok to laugh. Just got a delivery today and HAD to see a train going around the track!

IMG_1714.JPG
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Offline rbw993  
#2 Posted : 08 February 2019 23:46:25(UTC)
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No laughing, congratulations! How did you come by your enthusiasm for Marklin?

Regards,
Roger
Offline kiwiAlan  
#3 Posted : 08 February 2019 23:51:11(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: 57vert Go to Quoted Post
I'm so proud, my first Marklin layout! It's ok to laugh. Just got a delivery today and HAD to see a train going around the track!


I'm not laughing at you either, it was a circle of track just like that which my father used to run locos when he serviced them for the local distributor when I was a small lad that got me into Marklin.

Running something like an ST800 at full speed on a 16VA transformer could be enough to make it fall off the track with the centrifugal force ... Laugh Blink Blushing (well it wasn't my loco so it didn't matter) RollEyes OhMyGod Unsure
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Offline kweekalot  
#4 Posted : 08 February 2019 23:58:32(UTC)
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I like it too.
There is nothing wrong with a simple layout.
I have a small Trix test oval and have lots of fun with it.

Marco
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Offline TEEWolf  
#5 Posted : 09 February 2019 00:24:18(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: 57vert Go to Quoted Post
I'm so proud, my first Marklin layout! It's ok to laugh. Just got a delivery today and HAD to see a train going around the track!

IMG_1714.JPG


No laugh about your layout. Well done.
But your techniques in photography needs an improvement. They give me a stiff neck, while I always have to turn my head by 90° to look at it.Laugh

One question: where is the siding track?
CS 3 is a controller system from Märklin - not a central station.
Offline 57vert  
#6 Posted : 09 February 2019 00:50:23(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rbw993 Go to Quoted Post
No laughing, congratulations! How did you come by your enthusiasm for Marklin?

Regards,
Roger


Ok, I should probably put this in the new member area and introduce myself, maybe I'll cut and paste it there too. But my wife is the real driving force behind our new hobby. It's nice to find something we are both interested in. My wife in her late teens (mid 1960's) spent a Summer in Europe and road the trains everywhere. Then with her first husband (I'm the lucky second) lived in Germany for eight years and fell in love with Germany and again, the trains. So she's always loved the trains and looks back fondly on the travels she took on them. So she has always wanted a train set with a European theme.

Now that our children are out of the house, we have a little extra time and a LITTLE disposable income. On the TV we saw an ad for the Amherst Train Show in Massachusetts and she said she wanted to go. I tried putting her off but she would have nothing to do with that. We live in Connecticut just 45 minutes from where the show was being held. So a couple weekends ago we went to the show. We went to European Train Enthusiasts booth and spent 90% of the time we had there pestering everyone with stupid newbie questions, we had zero knowledge of trains. Everyone was SOOOOOO friendly and helpful, I quite frankly was shocked. Several people took time for us but especially Alex Leonard who answered endless questions about trains, Marklin, and the wonderful multi-level layout he was displaying.

With her desire for a European theme Marklin was the obvious choice.

So, the hobby shops in the area have either very limited or no Marklin stock so I started scouring Ebay and bought a couple lots of locomotives, cars, track etc. so we would have the hardware for when I get the layout designed.

So now I'm at the layout design stage....

Thanks for asking.

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Offline 57vert  
#7 Posted : 09 February 2019 00:55:01(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: TEEWolf Go to Quoted Post
One question: where is the siding track?


Umm, did you miss it? It's right there laying in the center of the circle! Haha.
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Offline Martti Mäntylä  
#8 Posted : 09 February 2019 23:03:33(UTC)
Martti Mäntylä

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Great start in style, congratulations! The Schienenbus is a true classic, nice that you gave it the first chance to run.
- Martti M.
Offline jvuye  
#9 Posted : 09 February 2019 23:34:22(UTC)
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I can only say welcome to the club.
You came upon my old accomplices from ETE, and you couldn't have been luckier.
Now that you have the bug, the only cure will be to build up layout and rolling stock collection.
Lucky also your wife is with it all: she ain't gonna make you feel guilty everytime you're happy with a new piece!Laugh Wink
Enjoy
Jacques
Jacques Vuye aka Dr.Eisenbahn
Once a vandal, learned to be better and had great success!
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Offline TEEWolf  
#10 Posted : 10 February 2019 02:39:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: 57vert Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: TEEWolf Go to Quoted Post
One question: where is the siding track?


Umm, did you miss it? It's right there laying in the center of the circle! Haha.


No I didn't Smile, but I am wondering as you get elctricity to the engines. I myself have still plenty of M-tracks and analogue locos form my teenager time in the 60ties. I have never seen a curved M-track power supply.BigGrin

Meanwhile I am very happy changing to a digital railyway with the C-tracks. I really have problems to fix M-tracks together, the connecting pieces are to small for my eyes now, whereas the C-tracks I put together blind. Nevertheless I use M-tracks for my side yard for train storages and connect this yard with Märklins transition track C to M track (art# 24951) and I am very happy with it.

Do you want to go digital too or stay at analogue mode?
CS 3 is a controller system from Märklin - not a central station.
Offline kiwiAlan  
#11 Posted : 10 February 2019 10:49:37(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: TEEWolf Go to Quoted Post
No I didn't Smile, but I am wondering as you get elctricity to the engines. I myself have still plenty of M-tracks and analogue locos form my teenager time in the 60ties. I have never seen a curved M-track power supply.BigGrin


They do exist, my Dad had one too for his circular test track.

Offline steventrain  
#12 Posted : 10 February 2019 11:21:17(UTC)
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Congratulations! Have fun with Marklin trains.ThumpUp
Large Marklinist 3- Rails Layout with CS2/MS2/Boosters/C-track/K-track/favorites Electric class E03/BR103, E18/E118, E94, Crocodiles/Steam BR01, BR03, BR05, BR23, BR44, BR50, Big Boy/Collection of old Marklin from 1950s.
Offline 57vert  
#13 Posted : 10 February 2019 16:35:54(UTC)
57vert

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Originally Posted by: TEEWolf Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: 57vert Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: TEEWolf Go to Quoted Post
One question: where is the siding track?


Umm, did you miss it? It's right there laying in the center of the circle! Haha.


No I didn't Smile, but I am wondering as you get elctricity to the engines. I myself have still plenty of M-tracks and analogue locos form my teenager time in the 60ties. I have never seen a curved M-track power supply.BigGrin

Meanwhile I am very happy changing to a digital railyway with the C-tracks. I really have problems to fix M-tracks together, the connecting pieces are to small for my eyes now, whereas the C-tracks I put together blind. Nevertheless I use M-tracks for my side yard for train storages and connect this yard with Märklins transition track C to M track (art# 24951) and I am very happy with it.

Do you want to go digital too or stay at analogue mode?


I want to stay analog and use M track. Just like that old metal vintage look. It harkens back to a time of quality that is lost today, at least I think.

Offline 57vert  
#14 Posted : 10 February 2019 16:37:44(UTC)
57vert

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Originally Posted by: jvuye Go to Quoted Post
I can only say welcome to the club.
You came upon my old accomplices from ETE, and you couldn't have been luckier.
Now that you have the bug, the only cure will be to build up layout and rolling stock collection.
Lucky also your wife is with it all: she ain't gonna make you feel guilty everytime you're happy with a new piece!Laugh Wink
Enjoy
Jacques


Haha, been there done that with other hobbies. The old, "Nah, that's not a new locomotive, you must have just not noticed it."

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Offline David Dewar  
#15 Posted : 10 February 2019 16:43:33(UTC)
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Well done for coming back to marklin. I would suggest C track however with the advantages it has over M track. Depends on how big your layout will be But C track givers better running and saves on wiring. Have fun and enjoy.
Take care I like Marklin and will defend the worlds greatest model rail manufacturer.
Offline Crazy Harry  
#16 Posted : 10 February 2019 18:47:39(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: TEEWolf Go to Quoted Post
I have never seen a curved M-track power supply.


TEEWolf,

M track curved with feeder wires is/was part number 5103 (30 degrees of arc, 360mm radius, similar to 5100).

Harold.

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Offline artfull dodger  
#17 Posted : 10 February 2019 20:10:53(UTC)
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No need to laugh, I am doing the same thing. I lack nearly enough track for my HO layout, but I HAD to see my Langer Heinrich train running, so a small loop of C track was set up! No layout is to small! A running train is what matters! Mike the Aspie
Silly NT's..I have Asperger's Syndrome!!!!
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Offline skeeterbuck  
#18 Posted : 11 February 2019 12:42:46(UTC)
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If you added four straight sections (2 on each side) that would be my first Märklin layout from my starter set. Happy collecting and operating!

Chuck
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Offline rbw993  
#19 Posted : 11 February 2019 19:36:51(UTC)
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Glad you enjoyed meeting the ETE group at the Amherst show. I am a member but didn't make it to the show until Sunday at around noon. Did you sign up? Some of the meetings are in Connecticut. If you are ever on your way to Cape Cod let me know.

Regards,
Roger
Offline 57vert  
#20 Posted : 11 February 2019 20:44:47(UTC)
57vert

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Originally Posted by: rbw993 Go to Quoted Post
Glad you enjoyed meeting the ETE group at the Amherst show. I am a member but didn't make it to the show until Sunday at around noon. Did you sign up? Some of the meetings are in Connecticut. If you are ever on your way to Cape Cod let me know.

Regards,
Roger


Hi Roger,

We may have been ships passing in the night Sunday afternoon, that is when we were at the show. We did not sign up, we weren't sure how deep we were going to get into the train hobby.


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