But any layout with its salt really needs a station where the trains will stop and collect their imaginary passengers. For the young lad there was, intially, a choice. If you had loadsa pocket money (or generous assorted relatives!) you could buy Hornby Dublo.
Or you could buy slightly downmarket plastic from Tri-ang.
In those far-off halcyon days of pocket money purchases, an Airfix kit at 2/- (10p) came to many an aspiring hobbyist's (and fbb's) rescue.
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