Did you have that ultimate dream job you wanted to do as a kid? I did, not that I ever pursued it.
For me I wanted to be a train driver, I can’t remember why I did, but I did.
It is not that I am so old that I had a romantic notion of driving steam trains.
When I was growing up in the UK, the local train service, and yes we had a local train service, was a very boring electric train service. It wasn’t that, that inspired me to be a train driver.
I did get excited when we were stuck at the level crossing, providing we were at the front and I got the best view of the trains as they went passed.
Probably one of the influences on my early career choice was being bought up on the original Thomas the Tank Engine Books. Yes Books. As a kid I had several of the Thomas the Tank Engine Books and was enthralled by them.
The first Thomas the Tank Engine TV show was produced in the UK in 1984 at Shepperton Studios in England. Actually close to where I lived at that time, by some sort of coincidence. I had graduated University by the time Thomas had hit the magic box!
I am not quite sure when I had my first “Train Set” but it was a wooden oval with a wooden engine and carriages.
As I got older I had my first electric train set. I think my grandparents got it for me for Christmas. It was the little Red Engine , I still have it, it is in the middle of the picture.
Overtime the collection of trains and rolling stock grow. My father traveled abroad and he bought home trains that would work on my system.
You can see a US train on the left hand side of the picture.
Serious about Model Trains
When I got to my pre-teens and younger teen years I was really serious about my model trains. I had a model railway all around my bedroom. It was sophisticated, multiple stations, different types of trains, steam, electric, diesel, British, American, European, a working mail train along with signals and a rail yard.
Most of the trains were manufactured by Triang which was taken over by Hornby which still exists as a manufacturer of model railways. They manufactured all types of model trains including Passenger Trains, wagons, coaches and buildings.
I spend many a day building and playing with this train world around my room. The funnest thing is that the train was a complete circuit and so went right across the middle of my bedroom. At this time I also would sleep walk and I always manage to bend down and walk under the railway in my sleep.
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