Hello all

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by frankieboy180, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. frankieboy180

    frankieboy180 New Member

    Hi everyone.

    I'm looking into getting back into model railroading after quite some time away. Over 30 years have elapsed since I was a kid playing with my Marklin trains. Now as an adult with a more spacious house, I finally have enough space to create a nice layout. I am looking forward to interacting with folks on this board and learning how much the hobby has changed since I was a kid.

    My main focus will be finding high quality sets and rolling stock. I hope to learn about building layouts and good accessories and scenery. Any recommendations on manufacturers will definately be appreciated.

    Thanks and have a nice day.

  2. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Hi Frank, welcome to the Gauge. :wave: :wave: :wave: :wave: You found the right place if you're looking for information. Lots of pictures all over the place on any scale you want. Helpluf tips, how-to's and a whole bunch of just nice folks to talk to.:D

    Keep us posted on your progress, and just ask if you need any help navigating around here or you just need some questions answered.
  3. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge, Frank:wave:

    You started out good 30 years ago with Marklin...no reason to change now. They are still tops in my opinion:thumb:

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  4. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Welcome to the best place on the web! The moderators/administrators are tops, the information is accurate and freely given, and no matter how much or little you know - you'll always find help here.
  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Welcome To The-Gauge Frank.:wave:
  6. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    Welcome aboard Frankie: Sounds like you fit the average MR person profile. Started young, got involved with real life and now coming back to trains. Its too bad that we had to give up railroading for such mundane things as raising a family, providing food and shelter and working. There should be a provision in lifes laws that puts Model railroading on a higher plane.
  7. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Welcome to the Gauge.
    Hope you stick around for awhile.
  8. ejen34

    ejen34 Member

    Welcome aboard, Frank :thumb:
  9. frankieboy180

    frankieboy180 New Member


    Thanks all. I appreciate the warm welcome.

    Trust me when I say that I will have LOTS of questions. For now, i'll just be over here reading posts. :)
  10. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    WELCOME to the Gauge, frankieboy180!!!:wave::D SO, you have LOTS of questions, feel free to ask, there are MANY GREAT FOLKS here that would be MORE then willing to help out:thumb: . :D -Deano
  11. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    welcome to The Gauge...You picked the right place to learn and talk about mrring or just "hang out". It's a great bunch of guys and gals.
  12. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Welcome to The Gauge frankieboy180.
    My 1st post on that forum was almost identical to yours, except that the "30 years" was replaced with "50 years". I received a Marklin set in 1954 when I was 6 years old.

    You selected the right place here at The Gauge , all those nice people will help and encourage you in your new life of " Born Again Railroad Modeler".

    Will you model North-American or European prototypes ?
    Where are you living ? If you are in the US or Canada, expect to pay twice the price to get Marklin or Fleischmann models here compared to the price of the "local" stuff ( Atlas, Life-Like, Bachmann, Athearn etc ... ) .
  13. frankieboy180

    frankieboy180 New Member


    Thanks BT.

    I would like to model European as I like the "Old World" look. I have not been around lately due to recovering from sticker shock: yes, Marklin is a bit expensive as are Fleischmann, Brawa, etc. I would like to try setting up a cantenary railroad but need to read more about it.

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