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Ian Hargrave

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  1. No you go to Curry’s for those.
  2. Alfas and Triumphs. Strangely two flawed thoroughbreds...My 1965 Vitesse suffered a fractured front n/s wheel disc which parted company with its tyre .This duly proceeded ahead of the rest of the vehicle which gracelessly but safely ground to a halt on three legs. My Alfa 147 diesel filled one with sensations of the Mille Miglia....until its clutch seized immovably and ignominiously in a bus lane in the middle of Cambridge,cost a night’s hotel expense and had to be towed home the following day. Both were great to drive.No consolation Talking of flawed propulsion in the form of 18000. .....be like H.Ford. Any colour you like etc.....Swiss technology etc...the bravura of BR black with the motley collection of Colletts and Hawksworths ,reporting number to the front. Looking forward to enjoying.
  3. When I joined the club in order to purchase their Brighton Works Terrier,I had similar experiences on both card presenting occasions. With PayPal....no such difficulties.....despite using the same card. Their problem.Not yours. I sent a complaint.It obviously fell on deaf ears. Simply this should not be happening. Why is this ....lack of joined up customer care ? If Hornby do graze this forum,then please read,mark,learn and inwardly digest .Then fix it.It is not rocket science.
  4. Let’s just say it has character. Impressions are very promising indeed in all seriousness.Enough to make this sceptic sit up and take notice.
  5. Ian Hargrave

    The Engine Shed

    And the one everybody overlooks...the B16
  6. Ian Hargrave

    The Engine Shed

    But not all retailers will mail overseas.Something perhaps we forget. I’m not a fan of pre ordering but after recent events on this occasion I did.
  7. Now that’s as heartfelt and sensible a post as I’ve read in a long time. Chronologically,Hornby have an annoying habit of releasing coaches at different times. You are hanging around for weeks/ months on end for the missing one to finally appear or it’s released in penny numbers and sells out quickly to reappear finally when some of us have fallen off the tree. I’m sure of course that production difficulties beset Hornby’s plans but in this particular case chaps can we make a plea for some really joined up delivery. A nice big box containing the complete train will do very nicely thank you.
  8. Or even two rebuilt editions.....
  9. Ian Hargrave

    The Engine Shed

    Didn’t think of it in that way....but yes I take your point.Worthy models Hornby’s GW releases in many ways but IMHO no game changers comparatively speaking..As I’m sure our resident “spokesperson “ Stationmaster Mike might agree. Now what would tempt me to review my position would be a 5 * revamp of their Hawksworth County. Oops,there I go again.....way off topic. Very sorry,Sir Nige....a disloyal Gresley country resident.
  10. Ian Hargrave

    The Engine Shed

    Hope all are now successfully tuned in. The W1 to my eyes is on course to become one of the best steam image RTR OO gauge models to date.I ‘m looking at my Roco DR Class 18 201 for a direct comparison.I believe that is its potential standard. Something to savour.
  11. But at the time what they did may have been foolhardy but not illegal thus painful though you may find it you cannot compare the two. We are all ....or most of us ...living through painfully difficult situations. I am not exempt from such pain and difficulties in the same way as you. I am now sole carer for my wife who is suffering from terminal pancreatic cancer. Sure,we have good carer support from our local hospice but our close family is divided between Rhondda Cynon Taf and Gateshead .Work that one out....not rocket science is it ? I’m on my own.Like you close family cannot help physically in any way.I just get on with it.
  12. Well utterly pointless in attempting to convince you .I actually have told you what a less confrontational way could have been.You obviously have a jaundiced view of teaching staff .Minor damage....how on earth can you predict that ?. Good experienced teaching staff are not easy to replace and are in no way sheep to be herded. It may have escaped your attention that many are struggling to secure Covid tests before they are secure to return to work. I’m afraid you sweep gloss over the surface without attempt at any real understanding of how this situation might unfold. It ain’t that simple,despite what you might believe.
  13. But there are better .less heated ways of doing it than this.There is a fragillty in leadership here which truly screams at you.Blowing things apart in such a manner will overheat a situation that needs to return to normality as quietly and effectively as possible. Believe me,the very last thing any school community needs is scrutiny by the press for all the wrong reasons,speaking as one who as a deputy head once had to firefight Fleet Street and attendant photographers when his head threw a hissy fit and went awol because she’d made a bad decision which attracted their attention in spectacular manner. You think he’s limited the damage.? Really? How’s he going to manage the returning staff who have had their professional reputations scored up for all to see and upon whose skills his school and its children depend ? The true extent of such damage we won’t know.
  14. Well he wrote a letter .Anything published is in the public domain. Had he published facts without the histrionics and overt value judgement.then fair enough ....in other words with care as when you write to parents you must always and with balance to be scrupulously fair to all concerned.....which includes his staff .He has created an us and them situation which could have been avoided by being properly managed.Beware of any protestations of truth and honesty both of which are easy prey to manipulation. ATM he appears to have set parents against teachers. What’s his own position from here onwards?
  15. This is not a populist response.But then I’ve done the job. Any head will tell you that the primary qualities in success as a head are leadership skills which should include loyalty to one’s staff,both teaching and non teaching .This head clearly expects ....and rightly so....his staff to give likewise.And indeed yes they were perhaps foolish in their attendance at that fateful knees up earlier this month but as Mr.Aspin readily admits they did nothing at that time contrary to HMG edict. Since when btw has it been mandatory to seek the advice of one’s boss for a night out ? So then we return to a question of the two ‘l’s....leadership and loyalty.This ideally is a two way traffic It has to be because if it is not there,then the organisation....in this case a school....ceases to function effectively. Out I suspect out of sheer frustration or perhaps inexperience,this head has chosen to throw caution to the wind.As I can read on this forum,he strikes a sympathetic chord and I can understand that too.This is just a single snapshot of what goes on there.The rest we don’t know. But ponder this if you will. When his staff hopefully are recovered and the school is operating at full strength again,he has to work with this staff on a daily basis. This same staff whose reputation he has thrown to the wolves by appealing to vox populi and the media in a dramatic.....and disloyal.....manner.He is the guy who is paid to carry the can and take responsibility.He is or should be an effective leader.Good heads are loyal leaders of the whole school community. This is now divided on an us and them footing. I hope he’s good at healing division.He sure will need to be. And no I would never dream of going public,especially in that way.
  16. A personal favourite from my spotting days at Cardiff General.Well it wasn’t Central then.
  17. And that was 1963 when almost anything could be seen anywhere. In “ proper” steam days ( tongue in cheek ) the largest LMR loco seen south of Salop as far as Pontypool Road-was the daily Longsight ( 9A ) out&home turn,later Crewe North ( 5A) during Manchester-Crewe electrification.which produced 7P/6P motive power .A Longsight favourite in the 50’s was 46115....now a YouTube Settle &:Carlisle favourite.
  18. Always thought their appearances on locals at Salop was for ex works running in turns....viz Crewe …Salop…Stafford. First mention of 5A turntable length reason I have heard.Interesting indeed.My first sight of a green Duchess was 46236 ex works at the front of 3 Stanier suburban stock Crewe bound from Salop,1954..Other than that,heavy North to West trains were their province,alongside Lizzies,Scots,Patriots ,Black 5’s etc.
  19. This member appears to have a steam interest only which is why I am curious to understand the tenor of his post,Roy. Modern image Dapol is a different matter entirely. I am also mindful of the circumstances in which Dapol withdrew from a direct presence on this forum several years ago. Enough said. Regards,Ian.
  20. So please evidence this swipe .Which specific models are you using as examples ? If you are referring to steam outline OO....which is what this thread is about...at this moment you have a choice of two directly on the market: namely the B4 and the Rails Terrier.Otherwise this is a damaging and sweeping generalisation of questionable value.
  21. And a reflection on online images....Take a look if you will at the images Hattons ( their own ) have recently displayed on their website of this Prairie. Confusing or what ? No wonder Little Dan opted out of a similar venture. Maybe the paint is camera shy ?
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