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 Posted: Wed Jan 30th, 2019 06:38 pm
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G'day all. Glad I found this group it is full of interesting things.

I am an ex seafaring Marine Engineer, now stationed in Hamburg. Flat is nice but rented and not big enough to have a model railway. Hopefully that will change when I get a real home here.

Started into the hobby at school, got a reputation for the electrical side of things and became heavily involved in the construction and operation of the school layout (it was a boarding school) Then I left school went to college got a cadetship with an oil major, got married, moved through several countries, went back to sea, worked my way up to Chief Engineer and then Superintendent, got divorced, moved to the gulf then Singapore, got married again and now have moved to Germany. So fixed modelling got kind of left behind.

Recently started to re engage with the hobby - picked up a number of locos GWR, Southern, BR era 3-5, steam and diesel, Started to design a layout based on Bridestowe Station in Devon, which will be the site of the West Devon Railway Preservation Society. That allows me to utilise Rule 1 - It's my railway I can run what I want to!

Not using DCC, too expensive and frankly I don't think the sound is actually all that good too loud usually.

Not to say electronics will not be involved, I am building PWM controllers with brake and mass functions, a electrically driven turntable with pre-select and carriage lighting that stays on for a short time when the carriages are stopped.

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:WelcomeHello Bill, welcome aboard.


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Hello Bill and welcome.  Looking forward to some electrical wisdom!!

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Hi Bill - welcome to the club.

Hamburg sounds like the proper place for a marine engineer to end up ..............

Lots to interest you on here but your electrical knowledge will surely be of use, not only to me, but also to some of the other members .....................don't rush off anywhere just yet ........... :cheers



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Hello Bill,

Welcome to the club.

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In Hamburg you don't need a layout. Just visit the Miniatur Wunderland once in a while to get your fix!  :lol:

I liked Hamburg when I visited there last September. We only had a day and a half there, but loved it.

That's a good idea modelling a preserved railway, because it allows you a free hand to run whatever takes your fancy most.




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Thank you all for the welcome.

I've been to Minatur Wunderland and it is absolutely amazing.

Working on several projects at the moment will post when I have something worth showing.

As I said ref preserved railways - see Rule 1!

Currently seeking info on a French railcar, the Renault 5150 Autocar Panoramique. I would love one - it is so ugly it goes right out the other side and becomes beautiful. Jouef made them at one time in HO so did Mistral. I want an 00 one so will have to scratchbuild if I can get a detail drawing.

I have a thing for the quirky and unusual!



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Hi Bill,

Welcome to the club.

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Hi Bill and welcome from just over the border.

Bill :)



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Welcome aboard, hope your stay is lengthy and enjoyable



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Welcome aboard Bill,
you are living at Hamburg, well than you maybe know the Hobbyshop "Modellbahn Uwe Hesse" the address is Landwehr 39 at Hamburg.
You can arrive it easily by taking the S1 or S11 into direction Barmbek when starting the journey from Union Station (Hamburg Hbf) it is the 2nd station, called Landwehr.
Use the stairs down onto street level turn right alongside the big highstreet called Landwehr. The hobbyshop has an old semaphore Arm in 45° up position.
Mrs. Hesse is the new shop owner after her husband died a few years ago. She is the sister of Mrs. Weinert the general importer for Peco Products in Germany.
Mrs. Hesse is much more friendlier than Mrs. Weinert when purchasing products from them. Buy at the hobbyshop, it is the best sorted hobbyshop of Hamburg in cause of scenic materials or parts of Weinert and Peco.



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