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Hello, I am something of a "rare breed": a modern Lionel collector in the UK....not many of us around here in England!! The group is most informative and helpful so I am so pleased to have been allowed to join yesterday. Refreshingly, everyone who posts is so polite and friendly which is definitey good. Thanks to all who left posts which, unbeknown to them, have helped me no end. Regards to all!!! Charles

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Welcome Charles!  My great grandfather Charles Wiltshire was brought to the US with his parents at the age of 8.  He was a dispatcher on the Frisco later in life, I believe.  Devizes is I believe where the family farm was located back in 1897.

Enjoy the forum!

Hi

Devizes is not far away. Curious his last name was "Wiltshire" as thats also the name of the county! Great flight of 27 canal locks there on the Kennet & Avon canal. Regards Charles

@Scotie posted:

Welcome Charles. This is a good and helpful group thanks to the willing members and good moderation.

Where in the UK? My wife was born and raised in Southampton and enjoys her infrequent visits "home".

Hi there,

Ok, yes I know Southampton quite well. Did you meet in the UK. My wife is from the US and spent 24 years in the US Air Force serving all over the world. Regards Charles

WELCOME!!! It's about time you joined Charles!  We've been waiting for you!

You certainly seem to have gotten the hang of things around here as you posted to the 'correct' forum right out of the gate... which makes the moderators extremely happy.

Yes its quite good. over hear one can travel by steam on many mainline excursions, its a wonder they have'nt put a stop to it. My ambition is to come by sea to NY as I have done before and then go back to the early 1950's and have a lounge car on  a Streamliner to the west coast, preferably hauled by 4014 Big Boy via Cheyenne and Sherman Hill......those days must have been superb. Why not bring it back? I am sure there would be a market for that sort of thing. I have been on the Orient Express London to Venice. Popular? One has to book the previous year!! Regaards Charles

Yes its quite good. over hear one can travel by steam on many mainline excursions, its a wonder they have'nt put a stop to it. My ambition is to come by sea to NY as I have done before and then go back to the early 1950's and have a lounge car on  a Streamliner to the west coast, preferably hauled by 4014 Big Boy via Cheyenne and Sherman Hill......those days must have been superb. Why not bring it back? I am sure there would be a market for that sort of thing. I have been on the Orient Express London to Venice. Popular? One has to book the previous year!! Regaards Charles

@CHARLES D posted:

Yes its quite good. over hear one can travel by steam on many mainline excursions, its a wonder they have'nt put a stop to it. My ambition is to come by sea to NY as I have done before and then go back to the early 1950's and have a lounge car on  a Streamliner to the west coast, preferably hauled by 4014 Big Boy via Cheyenne and Sherman Hill......those days must have been superb. Why not bring it back? I am sure there would be a market for that sort of thing. I have been on the Orient Express London to Venice. Popular? One has to book the previous year!! Regaards Charles

Recently (Aug 2021) did the 60 mile (or so) one-way excursion on the UP #4014 - Out of 'The Fly' New Orleans

Obviously, I didn't shoot this... but, here she is Charles;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMp3E6sQpyg

She's a BEAST!

Recently (Aug 2021) did the 60 mile (or so) one-way excursion on the UP #4014 - Out of 'The Fly' New Orleans

Obviously, I didn't shoot this... but, here she is Charles;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMp3E6sQpyg

She's a BEAST!

Hi Dennis,

You lucky guy!! How did you arrange that? I might come over with Susan in 2022; she spends a couple of months on a ranch in the Powder River north of Cheyenne each year.

Regards

Charles

Hi Charles, another Brit here.  I live in Westbury where the Bristol to Southampton line crosses the Great Western London to Exeter route  I presume you've found the UK Lionel Collectors Club, hopefully restarting their May annual shows.  I'm a 2-railer and 10 minutes with a good choice of Lionel scale rolling stock, 2-rail wheels and KDs pays off.  There's a 2- and 3-rail show at Winchester on October 23rd: www.winchesterogaugemeet.co.uk

Dan, as you know Britain's a small place and would fit in Dallas-Fort Worth airport.  Anyway I'm just 13 miles from Devizes and the Caen Hill canal lock flight Charles mentioned.

Peter, if you're in London with a day to kill go down to the Bluebell Railway.  I took the Sebastians (Des Plaines Hobbies) there many years ago and Ron rated it up there with the York Museum.

Jason

Glad to have you aboard Charles. We have two British fellows in the local HO club in southern Indiana. One fellow goes ( or did go) back about 3 or 4 times a year. He has an apartment he rents there and can pop in anytime he wants. His son lives in the UK.. Now the exact location of "there" I cannot remember. I'll have to check. The other fellow started out operating a canal boat in the UK. He has some stories. He models in N and really has the scenery done up well for the part of the UK where he grew up. Very glad you are here. Train ON!

Jim K

Hi Charles, another Brit here.  I live in Westbury where the Bristol to Southampton line crosses the Great Western London to Exeter route  I presume you've found the UK Lionel Collectors Club, hopefully restarting their May annual shows.  I'm a 2-railer and 10 minutes with a good choice of Lionel scale rolling stock, 2-rail wheels and KDs pays off.  There's a 2- and 3-rail show at Winchester on October 23rd: www.winchesterogaugemeet.co.uk

Dan, as you know Britain's a small place and would fit in Dallas-Fort Worth airport.  Anyway I'm just 13 miles from Devizes and the Caen Hill canal lock flight Charles mentioned.

Peter, if you're in London with a day to kill go down to the Bluebell Railway.  I took the Sebastians (Des Plaines Hobbies) there many years ago and Ron rated it up there with the York Museum.

Jason

Hello Jason,

Good to know you are around. I am near Wellington in Somerset so not that far away. What are your interests? Lionel 3 rail by any chance?

Regards

Charles

@jhz563 posted:

Welcome to the forum @CHARLES D!

I am a huge tinplate fan, and while I love my mth and lionel,  I am fascinated by some of the pieces by Ace and Darstaed.  Now if they would only remember that center rail is meant for ac power, they would be even more attractive.

What type of equipment do you operate?

Hello

Good to have your welcome! Thanks. I have all current 3 rail Lionel stuff layout 55 x 23 ft.

Regards

Charles

@Bogart posted:

Glad to have you aboard Charles. We have two British fellows in the local HO club in southern Indiana. One fellow goes ( or did go) back about 3 or 4 times a year. He has an apartment he rents there and can pop in anytime he wants. His son lives in the UK.. Now the exact location of "there" I cannot remember. I'll have to check. The other fellow started out operating a canal boat in the UK. He has some stories. He models in N and really has the scenery done up well for the part of the UK where he grew up. Very glad you are here. Train ON!

Jim K

Hello Jim

Thanks for your nice comments! I am married to Susan who is from the US [Michigan UP] and retired after 25 years in the US Air Force.

Regards

Charles

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