Railway modelling in Malaysia and Singapore isn’t cheap. If anything, it’s always known to be the hobby for the rich, usually between VIPs and some of the Malaysian royal family members.
I got my first HO scale(1/87 scale) trainset off Lelong. It was a second hand Lima TGV set for only RM200. Came with a TGV trainset, tracks and power supply. It was a great way to start in this hobby! I love the set, the trains were reliable and smooth, my only complain was the tracks were not enough and the train was extremely noisy. Then again, it’s a starter set. From here i had my first taste of running trains. Also found out HO scale is too big for me. I dont have the space and the stuffs are abit more pricey compared to N scale.
I got a taste of N scale(1/160 scale) when i saw another train set for sale at Lelong. This time it was N scale Life-Like Little Joe trainset. It came with Little Joe(0-4-0 Saddle Tank engine), 1 box car, 1 stock car, a caboose, 3 trees, 12 telephone poles, “Stop” and “No Entry” signboards, a booklet(beginner’s guide to this hobby!), tracks and power pack! And it only cost me RM88. I was fascinated by N scale. It looks so detailed and runs smoothly/quietly yet it uses way less space. If that was not enough, my fellow modeler, Jimmy Low, brought his N scale collection to my house for testing on my tracks. His true mission must have been to convert me from HO to N scale, and he was successful. Today, I am a devout N scaler and i play everyday, haha.
I made my first layout in N scale about the size of 2ftx3ft. It was a fun little project but running trains on it got real bored because it only had one loop with a siding. I have dismantled the layout in mid 2013 in preparation for other layouts, including a HO scale one.
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