"The Box Boys"
My first train set was a Christmas present, which quickly my Granddad said he would look after, that same Christmas he obtained my older cousins OO set and to the dismay of my Grandmother, promptly set up a layout on the kitchen worktops. They soon moved to a maisonette which had its own Train Room, double track complete circuit of what seemed like an enormous room, hours spent playing trains, been taken with birthday money to the local train shop in Berkhamsted and purchasing two carriages, which I still have. About this time, my other cousins had a decent sized layout which ran through their loft and into a bedroom, I can remember it, but don’t think I was allowed to control, just watch, another memory is my uncle Dennis, had a study, in a case was a GWR locomotive and one coach, always struck me how good this looked on the bookshelf.
My Grandad works for Smith’s and would often come home with rail magazines but for a birthday, a book about the Nicky Line, led to a lifelong interest in this line and one day I will model Hemel, as for the real thing, we would often travel by train to friends and the occasional visit to London through work would always mean a walk around as many stations as possible, but is still treasure the memory of a class 25, shunting two Parcels carriages at Hemel Postal siding, on a warm summers evening.
When we had a house in the west country the loft soon became a layout, though once again this is boxed away for another time, hence I soon joined Hillingdon Railway modellers, following a test track day, that’s how I got to meet Carl and Mark and the idea’s followed from this.
Like Tony and Carl, I become very aware of their need to transport stock to and from exhibitions safely, while allowing them to quickly assemble the formations of their trains with minimum fuss. Setting up Trainsporters, following the tremendous feedback we received from the O gauge team, has been a wonderful experience. The focus of attention to detail and fitness for purpose of our product range means that we have something I believe stands us apart and will lead to even better products in the future.
As a long standing OO gauge modeller from about the age of three, I have also developed a healthy respect for the N and O gauges. My focus is on the electronics side of the hobby and I like nothing better than designing and building circuits to compliment our layouts. I look forward to meeting some of you in person at the various shows we exhibit at. Please send us your constructive feedback regarding our products and any suggestions for new product designs.
Thanks are also due to the Guildford O Gauge Group who gave us our other name “The Box Boys”