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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:38 pm

Just wanted to introduce myself to the members of the forum and say howdy to y'all. I've visited your forum before and decided yesterday to join up. Although I live in Texas, I am quite interested in railroading (both real and garden variety) on the continent. I own mostly LGB stock and mostly European style. I have been a railroad modeler for a long time, and I still have my first train set - a 1955 Lionel O Scale passenger set with Wabash A-B F3 Diesels and aluminum streamliner passenger coaches. My Dad got it for my Christmas present when I was 1 year old. I drifted off into HO scale stuff as a teenager and well into adulthood. Somewhere along the line I was introduced to LGB - I won a starter set in a raffle, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I am fairly well traveled, having seen quite a bit of Europe and Asia on various business trips. I have visited a couple of tourist railways in France - the latest being CFBS last year (what a great little railroad they have- I love their Corpet-Louvets). Somewhat unusual for an American, I can actually speak (somewhat) other languages, namely Français, Deutsch, and Bahasa Indonesia. Also unusual for an American, I actually like France (and most of the French folks I have met); I'm also a fan of Edith Piaf's music.

Hopefully future trips to the continent will allow time to perhaps make a visit to some garden railways as well.

Cheers,

_________________
Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:45 pm

hi Bill and welcome to the forum. I have a very good friend who lives at Mission in Texas, not too far from you. Re your user name;I thought everything in Texas was BIG

Mikey Very Happy
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:58 pm

mikeyh wrote:
hi Bill and welcome to the forum. I have a very good friend who lives at Mission in Texas, not too far from you. Re your user name;I thought everything in Texas was BIG

Mikey Very Happy
Hello, Mikey.

Carl warned me you would be the first to comment on my user name. As I told him, the Dicke part is accurate, the Kleine part not so much.

Mission Texas is actually a bit far from Houston, almost 400 miles (close to the border with Mexico). But I am closer than you are Wink .

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Bill Wray

"It is one of the happiest characteristics
of this glorious country that official utterances are invariably
regarded as unanswerable."
-Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty (HMS Pinafore)
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:03 pm

Hey 400 miles in Texas?He could be your neighbour!! You're going to fit in OK here, you have a sense of humour!!! As does Scott our other colonial friend

mikey
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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:27 pm

Bonjour, Bill:

Playing Piaf, Charles Trenet, Charles Aznavour while running trains is the essence of "tortillardisme" (hope the Academie doesn't ban my neologism!)

Phil
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Carl Hibbs
Admin


Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:33 pm

Glad to see to two getting along then. I love you


...mmm Edith Piaf music. I must admit to being a 'fan' myself and I spent some of my younger days at a café in Lille with a cellar bar called le Bateau Ivre where on Thursdays each week people used to gather for Edith Piaf recitals and a sort of Cognac and Gitanes fuelled Karaoke.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:37 pm

Bet they all wore black and smoked very strong gaulloise's Carl Its where the beatniks started!!

mikey
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:47 pm

Bonjour,

Bienvenue Very Happy

Laurent
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:52 pm

philkelly wrote:
Bonjour, Bill:

Playing Piaf, Charles Trenet, Charles Aznavour while running trains is the essence of "tortillardisme" (hope the Academie doesn't ban my neologism!)

Phil
Don't forget Bourvil.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:55 pm

I'm gonna be a real thicky now (cos all the others will know) but what is the loco in your avatar Bill?

Mikey
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:56 pm

Hi Bill. Good to see you here. Very Happy

(You no doubt know that your sign in name refers to the loco in your avatar)

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Excellent Austrian narrow gauge in North Wales.

Website http://linzgstadtbahn.webs.com/
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:59 pm

quoi? Explique SVP

mikey
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:01 pm

mikeyh wrote:
I'm gonna be a real thicky now (cos all the others will know) but what is the loco in your avatar Bill?

Mikey

Its an LGB loco Mikey - used to be supplied in the digital starter set
along with the yellow Kof shunter

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Excellent Austrian narrow gauge in North Wales.

Website http://linzgstadtbahn.webs.com/
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:03 pm

mikeyh wrote:
quoi? Explique SVP

mikey

Kleine Dick translates to "Little Dick" Shocked - the name this loco is affectionatelly known as.

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Excellent Austrian narrow gauge in North Wales.

Website http://linzgstadtbahn.webs.com/
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:03 pm

paul stainz holt wrote:
mikeyh wrote:
quoi? Explique SVP

mikey

Kleine Dick translates to "Little Dick" Shocked - the name this loco is affectionately known as.

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Excellent Austrian narrow gauge in North Wales.

Website http://linzgstadtbahn.webs.com/
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:11 pm

ah thankyou Paul! theres me thinking Bill was getting personal!! any idea why this loco attracted the name?

mikey
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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:05 pm

Greetings from a rather damp Northern Spain and welcome - pull up a chair make yerself comfy.

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Wake me up by noon please.

Patrick
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:33 pm

Hello, Good evening, and welcome, as one old entertainer says. This is the friendly forum.
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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:39 pm

paul stainz holt wrote:
paul stainz holt wrote:
mikeyh wrote:
quoi? Explique SVP

mikey

Kleine Dick translates to "Little Dick" Shocked - the name this loco is affectionately known as.
Actually, dicke means thick or fat, so Kleine Dicke means the little fat one. A reference to the locomotive's bulky look.

The loco in the avatar is LGB 2076, the Spremberger Stadtbahn locomotive affectionately known as die Kleine Dicke.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:57 pm

thanks for that. never a day passes that i dont learn something from this forum!!

Mikey
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PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:16 pm

Bill,

As the other Francophile American on the list, welcome!

philkelly wrote:
Bonjour, Bill:

Playing Piaf, Charles Trenet, Charles Aznavour while running trains is the essence of "tortillardisme" (hope the Academie doesn't ban my neologism!)

Phil

And Leo Ferré too.

cheers,
Scot O.
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mikeyh



Location : Dordogne France

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:22 pm

Personally i play the theme tune from 'allo 'allo ( I kid you not!!) cultured arent I?

mikey
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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:39 pm

mikeyh wrote:
Personally i play the theme tune from 'allo 'allo ( I kid you not!!) cultured arent I?

mikey

I like that show...............ahem..........sorry Embarassed

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Carl Hibbs
Admin


Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:23 pm

What makes me laugh more than the show is my (French) wife's totally straight faced reaction to it. The more serious she gets the more I laugh.

If you like Allo Allo you MUST watch 'La Grande Vadrouille.'

I've posted this before but it is 'Franglais' at it's best.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Grande_Vadrouille
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Bearcastle



Location : Brie

PostSubject: Re: Hello, Bonjour, Guten Tag   Sun Oct 25, 2009 7:12 pm

Hilarious, one of the most viewed film in France, a classic, got the DVD somewhere.
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