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Old 01.11.2011, 14:20
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Been Here Yonks, But Just Joined Forum

Hello Everyone,

I've actually been in Switzerland (Basel) for about 20 years now, went native (I married a wonderful Swiss woman) and have generally managed the ups and downs of living and working in CH pretty much OK.

After finding a number of useful tips on this forum, mostly by accident (search engine-to link-to link sort of thing), I thought I'd better sign up and make a contribution or two.

As for me, apart from the boring money-earning part (work), my interests are many and varied: from Science Fiction (books and film) to Food (both cooking and enjoying other people's cooking) from railway modelling to travel, and from theatre/cinema to music (making and listening to).

My only regret about living in Basel is that my tin ear for languages has significantly impaired my ability to pick up BaseliDuutsch (sp?). Mind you, I can swear like a trooper in Swiss German....
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Old 01.11.2011, 15:54
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Welcome to the forum TrainDoctor!

After 20 years here, I'd say you've pretty much got most - if not all - of it covered and am looking forward to benefitting from your wealth of knowledge and experience of life in "Swiss".
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It's Awesome that you found the search function - I tip my hat good sir



Welcome to the forum
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Old 01.11.2011, 16:09
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"Yonks"; not heard that in, well, yonks.

Welcome to EF.
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Welcome to the forum TD.

Twenty years, eh? We'll be coming to you for advice
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Old 01.11.2011, 17:04
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What trains you got?, I used to be big in that when I was younger. my uncle still has a store just for them (Marklin mostly)

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What trains you got?, I used to be big in that when I was younger. my uncle still has a store just for them (Marklin mostly) welcome
Thanks, all, for the welcome.

I don't claim to be a wiz when it comes to matters Swiss, but if I can contribute, I will do so.

As for my railway modelling, Anthony1406, I am modelling the Great Western Railway on the English-Welsh borders in the 1930s. My rolling stock is a mixture of Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol and kit built (well, you did ask )
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Hi TrainDoctor

What gauge is this stuff of yours - HO or OO?

A couple of Brits out here are into gauge 1 live steam - me in canton Lu and a guy called Joe out in the French-lang area. There's a Swiss group in Witterswil/Basle, there's Charles Simon in Basle and our group in Langnau near Dagmersellen - all live steam gauge 1 (45 mm between the rails).

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Old 04.11.2011, 07:37
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Hi TrainDoctor

What gauge is this stuff of yours - HO or OO?

A couple of Brits out here are into gauge 1 live steam - me in canton Lu and a guy called Joe out in the French-lang area. There's a Swiss group in Witterswil/Basle, there's Charles Simon in Basle and our group in Langnau near Dagmersellen - all live steam gauge 1 (45 mm between the rails).

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Hornby and English stuff is always OO... ze Germanz use HO.
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Hi TrainDoctor What gauge is this stuff of yours - HO or OO?
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Hi Martin, I model in OO finescale (4mm/foot). I'd love to do some Gauge 1 modelling, but alas space and money dictate otherwise. However, I'm always open to watching the trains go by
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I'll let you know when gauge 1 running resumes and I'm around. Track fettling taking place at the moment and I'm off to sunnier climes anyway for 3 months shortly.

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As for my railway modelling, Anthony1406, I am modelling the Great Western Railway on the English-Welsh borders in the 1930s. My rolling stock is a mixture of Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol and kit built (well, you did ask )

Cool, is your layout at home, or is it a portable one? I've been planning to do a layout for ages now but have never got around to starting. I'd like to do a portable one to take to exhibitions but I have the impression there isn't much of a train exhibition culture going here, or at least I haven't found it yet. I'm also a GWR afficionado BTW. I'm alos enthused by the concept of micro-layouts, as pioneered by the late Carl Arendt: http://carendt.us/
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Cool, is your layout at home, or is it a portable one?
It's a home layout. I've built the open plan baseboards, but still have to lay tops and lay track etc...
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I have the impression there isn't much of a train exhibition culture going here, or at least I haven't found it yet
I haven't found a model railwy exhibition circuit here in Switzerland either. The only 2 "shows" I've ever been to in Switzerland have both been "swap meets" with a lot of traders flogging off overpriced (IMHO) old Märklin models. I did go to a "plastic model show" which was indeed a showcase for modelling (tanks, planes, ships and figurines).

I wonder if any of the native Swiss EF members know of any shows in Switzerland like those at Warley and Railex in the UK or at Modelspoor in Holland?
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I wonder if any of the native Swiss EF members know of any shows in Switzerland like those at Warley and Railex in the UK or at Modelspoor in Holland?
That would interest me too. I know there is an N-track chapter in Switzerland so they must, almost by definition, do exhibitions. But I've never been to any and guess tehy're more single layout shows than free for all comers multi-gauge multi-layout exhibitions as in the UK.

You're right about the traders flogging over-priced 1970s Marklin stuff everywhere. It's all a bit sad really. That's also what seems to fill most of the magazines. I have met a couple of Swiss modellers who made some really fine scratch-built models, working to the highest of standards. But whereas in the UK, the magazines would be falling over one another to put such a guy on their front cover, the magazines here only seem to want to feature out of the box stuff, so that's what the average modeller thinks is cool.
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Do you buy old Hornby engines? I recently recovered my old engine from my mothers house. Must be 50 years old . Where might I sell it?

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Thanks, all, for the welcome.

I don't claim to be a wiz when it comes to matters Swiss, but if I can contribute, I will do so.

As for my railway modelling, Anthony1406, I am modelling the Great Western Railway on the English-Welsh borders in the 1930s. My rolling stock is a mixture of Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol and kit built (well, you did ask )
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Do you buy old Hornby engines? I recently recovered my old engine from my mothers house. Must be 50 years old . Where might I sell it?

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ebay might be a good place to start.

Assuming this is a tin-plate model there is a considerable collector's market for that type of thing if in good condition. If not it could be more difficult as there's much more battered and bruised and rusted stuff on the market than anybody wants and prices have dropped a bit too.
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Do you buy old Hornby engines? I recently recovered my old engine from my mothers house. Must be 50 years old . Where might I sell it? thx
Amogles is spot on, an "old" Hornby model locomotive could be worth anything between nothing and quite a few pounds, depending upon condtion, box/no box, rarity value etc.

Look at English web sites such as Vectis that auction such material on a regular basis.

However, I think that you may be disappointed, discovering even a rare Hornby loco will not net you much after fees, etc. nothwithstanding what they say on Antiques Roadshow
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Thx to both.
It is in excellent condition with the original box , latter is a bit damaged , but engine is perfect.
Will explore. I wondered if here in Switzerland I might get a good price. There is a train shop down the street so I might pop in there.
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