IT BEGAN IN APRIL OF 1996. My wife persuaded me to visit the antique market at 5 o’clock in the morning, in Wiesbaden 60 km away from our hometown. We were prepared with flashlights. For a late-riser a maximum penalty. There stood between a lot of old ceramics and dishes an elegant small LMS tin clockwork railroad engine with suitable waggons.
The question after the purchase price was answered with 380 DM what thrilled me to question: “Why???”
The patient seller informed me in a half-hour conversation about the famous manufacturer of this train: Bing Works in Nuremberg.
My wife sent me away and came later with a little bag and beaming smile: “I have negotiated once again and got the train for 280 DM – Isn’t this great?”
This still seemed to me very expensive…I had still no notion of metal toys.