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Oh yes! I had the opportunity a few years ago to get a load of it cheap, so I worked out how much I needed for my station layout, then doubled it. And then I doubled it again, just in case! ;)
And despite having displayed it at seven shows, I've never quite managed to use all that track in one layout. The main problem is that despite owning a lot of baseplates now, I've never owned quite enough to cover the amount of display space that all the track would take up. Also, there's virtually no UK shows which have - or are willing to give you - the space such a layout would require. The largest I did was 9m x 4m (about 30ft x 13ft) at two shows last year, but that was in collaboration with another train guy who specialises in doing scenery.
Still, at least I've never run out of track! :D
If your pieces don't have to say "Lego" on them, road plates and track pieces can be had for a substantially smaller investment.
The hole in my wallet is some magnitude larger though...
(Is that better?)
Sometimes it's amazing how much insects and ducks have in common.
The two things you CAN take to the bank? Its AT LEAST a year away and it looks NOTHING like a Metroliner rehash (despite what some people may tell you)
Same thing happened with the Emerald Express and the Christmas Train polybag.
So I am resurrecting this thread, a full 7 years after #10233 Horizon Express we are now getting #10277 Crocodile Locomotive. No idea why they took so long but this new train looks awesome.
I am just surprised that this is the train they decided to go for. I think something like the Flying Scottsman or the Mallard would be more of an appeal. Not to mention the bright colors would help it pop on the shelf.
The starter boxes for kids might be cheap - e.g. Märklin will sell you a mostly plastic ICE with track and a controller for well under EUR 100. The model for adults on the other hand has an RRP of EUR 750...
Märklin's Ce 6/8 Crocodile has an RRP of EUR 300. Their 100 year anniversary edition of this iconic train was a breathtaking EUR 1100.
Price ranges for other brands seem to be fairly similar.
Oh and it has Power Functions integrated into it.
*grabs dropped eyes and jaw*
@Bumblepants, *would buy multiples of an Xtras train kit*
That's a photo from STEAM in 2015, the first time I displayed it. Below is a photo from STEAM 2016:
Below is a photo from Bricktastic in 2016 when I did a collaboration with Tim Ross on a 9m (30ft) x 4m (13ft) display. He did the scenery and I did the trains.
I have more photos, but they're on Flickr. The ones above are the only ones I have easily to hand.
The last place I displayed it was at Cotswold Bricks and Trains in 2017. I had 7 trains running at once on the layout there.