- 30 Oct 2017
I've built up my model railway collection during two main periods and just about to start on a third. Growing up in the 70's/80's my collection (20 locos) was largely Hornby with one or two Lima and Mainline models (I kept all the boxes as a kid so pleased with that). My collection is focused on GWR/WR era from 1835-1985 (OK I don't have any broad gauge but stopped at time of GWR 150 celebrations). My second period was from 2004-2008 (now with my own house and spare bedroom for a layout) and during this time I purchased a further 30 locos - new ones were Hornby, Bachmann and Heljan but I also enjoyed picking up 2nd hand versions from Lima and Mainline. This 3rd period is just starting (early retirement) and I've been shocked by how expensive new locos cost. As such I've just bought a 2nd hand GWR 0-6-2 T engine made by Mainline and it's in fine working order. I've been unpacking and testing my collection and impressed that most engines still work. As such I get most enjoyment from running what I call a heritage service with my Mainline fleet (Pannier tank, Deans Goods, Prairie tank, Manor) or the old Hornby fleet (King, Hall, Pannier, GWR 0-4-0) plus Lima GWR railcar. All these locos are coming up for 40 years old. Do others run fleets of this age and if so can you recommend any clubs that are focused on keeping the "old toys" running?