The Carstenbahn One Diary
How a simple cash outlay of a thousand bucks can make you feel like a kid again...
After years of satisfaction with the Carstenbahn, my H.O. scale Marklin layout, I was recently bitten by the 1 gauge bug. I think it started last November, when I attended the 2000 Modellbahnmesse in Cologne, Germany. I was very impressed with several 1-scale models, especially with the heft, detail, and the advancements in sound technology. This "itch" became an all-out infection after I attended the Marklin Modellbahntreff in Goeppingen in May, 2001. I was amazed by the assortment of models in a scale which, up until a few years ago, was more for kids to play with than for die-hard enthusiasts like me.
I picked up a trio of boxcars on eBay later that month, and finally broke down and ordered the Marklin 1 gauge premium start set on May 29, 2001. The rest of my story will be told on an ongoing basis in the pages of the CarstenbahnOne Diary...
LATEST UPDATE (12/2004): See the new information on quick & dirty weathering!