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 Posted: Mon Jan 10th, 2011 08:46 pm
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Hi, guys!

Last Sunday I went with two other fellow modellers to the Museo Pampeano, in Chascomús, somo 60 miles south of Buenos Aires and pretty much in the middle of nowhere. For some arcane reason, one Mr. Benedetto, a collector from Buenos Aires, was exhibiting part of his Hornby ghosts. An incredible exhibition that brought tears to my eyes I had played with many such jewels as a five-year old. Twenty years later, while I was studying in Moscow, my parents gave my treasure (including a huge coffin-like wooden case full of Meccano material) to a charity. Here is a token of the many beautiful pictures taken by my friend Juan José Mallo, which can be rejoiced in at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/42222112@N04/sets/72157625789219288/



By the way, the signal box on the right doubles as a control (or, rather, the other way around). This is but a fragment of Mr. Benedetto's treasure. I got in contact with him and he promised to exchange visits with me: HE will show me his museum and I'll let him play with my trains.

Do take the time to visit. Many of the pieces were specially made for the Argentine market in differente local liveries (FCS = Ferrocaril Sud, FCCA = Ferrocarril Central Argentino, etc.). There are also pictures of the original 1865 station (now almost defunct, with but two trains in a lucky day). Back then this was Indian territory. Now, of courese, the original inhabitants are extinct through ruthless cavalry raids (pretty much as in the American Far West) and their lands duly usurped.

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Some history for sure , Sergio.

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You can follow this link to see the exhibition's poster and intro:

http://www.artes37.com.ar/novedades.html

The Spanish text reads roughly as follows:

On 15 January 1972 I turned five. Mi father woke me up and took me into our parlour, where, to my bewilderment, I saw a little train goning round a huge oval of tracks. It had been given to him when he turned five on April 9, 1938, and, as everything in the family tended to be kept, it eventually became the "germ" that led me to start a collection that I have been treasuring and enriching for several years. I kept it not only for emotive reasons, but because I came to understand that Hornby trains as Meccano products in general are cultural landmarks that characterized an era and contributed to the bonding between parents and children.

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