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  1. American passenger cars is a vast topic, you'd need to invest lots of time and effort if you wanted to model formations accurately. Railroads pretty much had them individually designed to their own specification so even superficially similar cars built by the same manufacturer for different railroads can be quite different. For this reason I tend to use modified/detailed Athearn cars as these are cheap and come up on UK Ebay quite often. Walthers cars look very good but in my experience are terrible runners and derail with alarming regularity. The newer Mainline ones are much better in this regard.
  2. Yup, on quite a few later streamlined cars as well right up to the Amtrak era. I don't see it modelled very often, I believe the Broadway Limited model of the California Zephyr has them.
  3. If you desperately need Horizon cars, Walthers are also doing them and I believe you can order them in the UK from Gaugemaster.
  4. This is...interesting... I remember I had a train sim game on my PC a few years ago and there was some exceptionally good depictions of Russian/Soviet bloc narrow gauge railways. I do remember quite liking the little Tu2, I believe the one you have is actually painted in Ukrainian livery but I could be wrong!
  5. This is amazing work!! Any pictures of the conversion, I quite fancy having a go myself. The last 1001 was based at Whitby to work the Rosedale incline, I believe.
  6. I would hazard a guess, that had the DHP1 been put in to production, they would have ended up in the Western Region but honestly it's quite difficult to see where they'd fit?? Given that the prototype was built in 1965, production "Clayton Type 3s" probably wouldn't have arrived until around 1967-68, when BR was already considering retiring the WR diesel hydraulics and the Class 14s were being withdrawn. I definitely think they would have had a very short working life.
  7. Another vote for the E4...honorary NER locos too as they worked over Stainmore! I did specifically note that the C12 in original livery would be an an ideal complement to the Stirling Single should Rapido ever choose to reissue that model in other identities. As for some of the other locos mentioned- as much as I'd dearly love to see a B16, I don't think we'll ever see one RTR, as they were all so different and individual. By BR days no two locomotives were exactly the same. I suspect this might be why we haven't seen an RTR J21 yet although I wouldn't be surprised if one was commissioned sooner or later with the restoration of 65033. Here's a slightly more offbeat NER suggestion- the Raven A2 Pacifics. LNER 4-6-2s are always sure sellers.
  8. Made two suggestions- the D49 and the C12. The D49 is the LNER's equivalent to the GWR Manor- widespread, numerous and very well proportioned. Rapido might well shy away from it for fear of provoking Hornby to upgrade their Railroad model but it's definitely time a new one was available... As for the C12, well, it was more widespread and therefore more useful to the modeller than the J70 which seems to have been a success.
  9. I recieved an "as-new" 67777 today and I was disappointed to find that the smoke box door handle had come loose in the box. It was duly carefully glued back on only to be immediately snapped back off again when I tried putting it back in the transparent clamshell tray! Truly atrocious packaging design from Hornby. This is about the third ex-LNER loco I've had from Hornby with this exact problem. Does anyone know where I can find those little external glass windows by the side of the cab? One of them is missing on mine and it wasn't in the box. If they're available as spares I might get a few since I should imagine they come off quite easily.
  10. Are either the late or early crest examples suitable for renumbering in to the BR batch? I had either 69001 or 69003 in mind...
  11. From the language used it does look like there will be something brand new, but I don't think it will be as expansive as the Hornby announcement. Probably one or two new locomotives at the most. Quite frankly, they've missed the boat on the Manor. Hornby could perhaps pull it off, but competing against not one but two manufacturers is a very bad idea. Their best bet would be to pop a new DCC-ready mech under the existing body and sell it at the sub-£100 mark. One thing I could see them announcing is a Stanier 8F, given that they'd just need to "reverse shrink ray" the new Farish model. That said, I hope they don't. The pool of viable steam-era models is still very deep, and I'd like to see some more pre-1923 designs, particularly small, useful, branch and secondary main line locomotives that remained widely distributed right up until the advent of DMUs. A C12 4-4-2T would be extremely useful- they were of course of GN origin but could be seen in East Anglia, Lincolnshire and the East Riding in LNER days with substantial allocations as far north as Hull. I do fear that we could see manufacturers eventually devolving in to a competition over popular subjects; so we end up with the "definitive" Black 5, 9F, Hall, etc. being announced every year without any new ground ever being broken.
  12. I'm surprised noone has noticed that the GWR ones are a fairly good match for the coaches the company inherited from the Taff Vale Railway, several of which have been restored and preserved. Granted, they're not identical, but the brake end arrangement is very similar. Not sure if there is anything suitable RTR to pull them though.
  13. So, I've gotten a pair, a six-week third and a four wheel brake! My first thoughts is that is not a "Railroad" quality product, it's good quality and quite good value for money. The four wheel brake in particular is a very useful little piece of rolling stock, good for variety on parcels/express van trains as well as tiny branch line freights. It is obviously Stroudley-esque, but in truth I'm not too fussed as long as the quality of decoration and construction is high, and it's certainly better than I could do. The six-wheel third is similarly nicely decorated, but I did notice a little bit of black over spray near the ends. Not enough to make me return it, but this seems to be a recurring problem with recent Hornby products. I'd also advise people getting the lighted ones to be VERY CAREFUL removing the little white paper tab- it wouldn't budge on mine and I was worried I was going to break the coach. The lighting itself is bright and consistent, but- and it's a big but- it actually shines through the thin plastic on the body sides, which isn't a great look. It runs well and it just about gets through first radius curves okay, but the downside is the rather high amount of drag. I think Hatton's solution to the six-wheeler problem is probably a little bit more elegant, and I'd be interested to see how a little locomotive like a Terrier or a Peckett handles a full rake of six wheelers when confronted with even a slight gradient. Overall I'd say 7/10. Good value for money, the six wheeler runs okay but not as well as it could have done, and the lighting solution probably makes more sense than Hatton's, even if it is a little too bright. That being said, if these are good value for money, then the Hattons ones at almost the same price are spectacular value for money, and whilst I'll definitely complete my crimson rake with Hornby generics, I'll probably have an LNER rake from Hattons.
  14. Unfortunately, the LBSC brakevan that Hornby have done only entered service in around 1921, I think, so only really useful if you're modelling the very end of the pre-grouping period. The idea of generic brakevans probably isn't a bad one- there were several companies that used very similar designs. I think the SECR and the Midland definitely had identical brakevans and there was a WD/ROD design that was used by a number of companies. Perhaps a generic underframe with two body styles would give you brakevans for the GN, LNWR, SECR, LBSCR and the Midland? Really, all those pre-grouping PO wagons Hornby churn out are "generic" so brakevans would be a logical extension. SECR modellers in particular have all the ingredients (assuming they're willing to do a bit of renumbering) to do an RTR layout, except the brakevan. Unfortunately if an accurate SECR brakevan were produced, it would inevitably be the Dancehall type, which, like Hornby's old LBSC van, is only suitable for post-1920 layouts. A generic, "period-literate" brakevan would look more accurate with pre-WW1 livery locomotives.
  15. Interesting choices, Bellerophon is definitely the one I'd be most curious about, but as has been pointed out, it's going to be a very fragile model and there's probably going to have to be compromises made somewhere. As for the Hunslet and the torpedo wagon...okay, interesting choices but will they sell? Yes, the railgun sold, but that was at Oxford Rail prices. I think I would have chosen something a little bit more widespread.
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