An unexpected change of plans

Some sad news. Due to unforeseen circumstances I will be unable to continue with this model railway project, so I’m going to be selling off the stock and track that I have accumulated so far.

Basically, I have an opportunity to move abroad and start a new semi-retired life with my partner, something I have always wanted to do but always assumed would be many years down the line. That may sound ideal – more time for modelling, right? Well, no. We’ll be moving to Southeast Asia and our destination is just too hot and humid for a model railway to run reliably. It’s just not worth risking hundreds of Euros worth of stock going rusty and becoming worthless.

It’s sad from a modelling perspective, but at the end of the day I’m not going to deny myself this chance to realise a life-changing dream just for the sake of a model railway.

Soooo… I have to find new homes for an assortment of Swiss N Gauge locomotives, coaches, wagons and Fleischmann track.

I hate Ebay with a passion, and so I’ve decided to do it via the various Facebook groups I’m a member of. Over the coming weeks and months, I will be placing ads offering my stock for sale, in the following Facebook groups:

I’ll probably start by posting in ALL the above groups, and then look for which ones generate the most interest and focus on just those.

I’ll also look at assembling a master for-sale list to post on a separate page on this site.

Meanwhile, if you’ve seen something on this blog that you’d like to buy and don’t want to wait for it to be advertised in a group, you’re welcome to get in touch via Facebook Messaging – here’s my Facebook Messenger link. I’ll be using PayPal as the payment method.

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A social hobby

It’s always good to be able to interact with other railway modellers, to compare notes, ask questions, get or give advice, buy, sell or swap, or simply to show off your layout and get constructive criticism.

If you live where I do, the only real way to find like-minded souls is to go online. Once I had decided to get back into railway modelling, one of my first online destinations was Facebook, to see if there were any groups that might be worth joining. Daft question, really – of course there are. Here are some social links that I find useful.

Facebook Groups

N Gauge

Great group, lots of posts.

N Gauge Forum

Great group, lots of posts. Official group of the N Gauge Forum.

N Gauge Model Railway Buy Sell Swap

Lots of stuff for sale or swap. Mainly British but with some European or American gems every so often.

N’porium – N Gauge Classifieds

Again, lots of stuff for sale or swap. Mainly British but with some European or American gems every so often.

1:160 Spur N, N scale, N gauge, scala N

A truly international group. Be prepared to see posts in many different languages.

n gauge & oo gauge dcc tips & help

I only joined this recently, but hopefully it will be useful when I start DCC-ing non-DCC locos.

Modelleisenbahnshop Baumann

Facebook group for Christian Baumann’s online web shop. Good prices on second hand stock and new Fleischmann track. As always when buying second hand, ask about the condition of the stock before buying, because photos can’t show you everything.

Bernis Modellbahnshop Spur N / Z

Another ‘shop’ group but I don’t think there’s an online website to go with it. Buy via direct message to the group owner, Bernd Hagel.

Facebook Pages

N Gauge Society

Official page of the N Gague society.

Malta Model Railways

Not sure if any of Malta’s model railways enthusiasts are modelling N gauge – I should try to find out really.

Fleischmann’s official page.

Digitrains (DCC Specialists)

A British firm specialising in all things DCC.

And of course don’t forget the Facebook Page for this site! Please like it if you’re enjoying this blog.

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