Hello ! My name is Christophe Chojna, I’m living in Lille, North of France. I’m working for a French TV news channel, and I’m almost 50 years old. As a kid, I used to have a small Marklin HO layout, with a handful of engines (BR 89, BR 23, BR 24, BR 50, V200 & V60). I quit the hobby around 1980, focusing as a hobbyist on 1/72 scale planes. During all these years, the idea of a coming back to train modelling came, and went… A few years ago, I planned to build a layout, focusing in my home area, during the 50’s. But in France, train modelling is very, very, very expensive. This hobby is not that popular, and rolling stock costs a fortune, as almost everything, as far as I’m concerned, has to come from cottage industry (a two axles box car costs around 130 €), and German engines were few (BR 55, BR 44). Furthermore my area is flat as the hand, without any tunnel or even stone bridges to hide a coulisse. Only straight lines all the way… I always found the DB engines attractive, and I really enjoy travelling in Germany. So my next layout will be a German one, DB Epoch III, in Rheinland Platz, as I like this region very much. I criss-crossed the Internet to gather information, pics and so on for my project. I found many great German websites, but my German is quite thin… So, I was glad to find this site in English. I find it full of information. This is why I decided to join it. I’m slowly and carefully planning my future layout. It will be DB epoch III, between 1964 and 1968, in Rheinland Platz, simply because I appreciate this area of Germany. It will be a fictional branch line, with an end station, with an accent, if realistic, on steam engines. The idea behind this line is a fictional thermal town, with a large mineral water company (à la Apollinaris or Gerolsteiner) that justifies a railroad track (a single one), for passengers and goods operations. Chris.