Sunday, 14 April 2013

Napier Trainworld

This has been the year of New Things Tried and it's only April.  Alright so the things I've tried haven't been earth shattering but they are things I should have tried years ago.  The first was going to Cape Kidnappers about which I have already blogged and about which there is more to come.  Today's post is about Napier's Trainworld.  I've never been to a large train layout before so I have nothing with which to compare it but I was impressed.
















26 comments:

  1. How absolutely fascinating! I could spend hours there.

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    1. I managed over an hour and thoroughly enjoyed myself Virginia.

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  2. Takes me back to our Hornby 00 set up..... That is 95% more spectacular but we still had fun!





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    1. I never had a OO train set Fiona. I'm tempted now though!

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  3. It looks a great place. Mark will be drooling.

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    1. It was Adrian and I think Mark would have a ball.

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  4. That looks like an interesting layout. It seems to be a mixture of British OO gauge stuff and European HO gauge (the same track width but 4mm to the foot versus 3.5mm to the foot), not that you'd probably notice the difference unless they were run side by side. I can't see anything that screams NZ at me though. I'm guessing there isn't much commercially available to model NZ railways, especially given that they use a narrower gauge than in the UK/Europe (as we found out in one of your previous posts).

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    1. I don't really know Mark. There were three layouts. I'll email what information I have.

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  5. I especially like the steam driven roller in the second to last photo - hooray for Traction Engines!

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    1. So good to see you Mickle. Yes it was going backwards and forwards and fascinated me.

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  6. First looking at this post very small on my Android phone, I had difficulties deciding whether it was real or a model!

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    1. The photos in this one definitely benefit from full size Monica.

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  7. It's great! Is the layout meant to look like any particular real place? I can see bits that remind me of England, while others have a more central-European "feel".

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    1. Meike some of the buildings (eg the one in the centre of the 10th photo) are replicas of Napier buildings but otherwise I think it's just imaginative.

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  8. More big boys' toys. Remember one JA, who got very upset when people talked about his 'train set' ?

    Is there no end to your mid-life crisis? Apparently, the 60s have replaced 40-something for the time people have them.

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    1. Marcel I'm hoping certain elements of my mid-life crisis will carry on well into my 70s. The other elements are long since disposed of!

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  9. Well, you caught my attention with this post and I'm not a model train person at all. I do like trains though. Interesting post.

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    1. I think, Red, that it would be hard for anyone not to enjoy these.

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  10. That's a great model train set and i do like model train sets. So I now have Napier on my 'Bucket List'. We've been to NZ twice and missed Napier both times or I would know Trainworld Napier NZ.

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    1. Ah Bill I do hope that if you are in NZ again you visit Napier. It's a wonderful city: small but perfectly formed as is said.

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  11. Ah dat is mooi speelgoed daar kan je wel een paar dagen doorbrengen.

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    1. Ik heb zeker genoten van hen Nic.

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  12. That's pretty cool! Some bits looked like Napier, and others did not... Was it meant to be Napier?

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    1. Katherine some of the buildings were certainly Napier but in general I think they were generic.

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  13. Ah. Should of reddin the comments, shouldna I?

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