by Anura Guruge
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I came across these two N-gauge train sets in our storage area the other day. I kind of knew I had them (and that Matthew had brought over most of our N-gauge stash a few years ago). But I had kind of forgotten about them. I do remember buying them. Bought them at the annual train show that used to be held in the Summer in Wolfeboro, N.H. at the Kingswood High School. It was probably 1995 or 1996. Matthew was 3 or 4 at the time. I was into N-gauge at the time — but kind of like now it was more a case of buying ‘kit’ for future use as opposed to actually running them. I eventually did build a fairly big set for Matthew but that was in the late 1990s.
These train sets have not been used in over a decade and in reality have seen very little use. I thought about keeping them — for the future — but the futility of that crept in. I don’t even use my existing Z-gauge and that whole setup is slowly falling apart. Plus I am running out of space. So decided to do the correct thing and TRY and sell them. They should be used and I might as well spend money on my latest ‘hobby’ (at least for the next few months) the Canon T3i camera.
I did sell that damaged N-gauge 2-8-8-2 ‘Big Boy’ (though I still have an undamaged one) and the person that bought it was very happy and thanked me multiple times. So there is a precedent. I won’t sell all my trains. That would be too hard. But these two sets need to go to a good home.