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Ian Hargrave

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  1. I think I can say with some degree of certainty that Dapol’s designer did not factor in carpet running on dodgy track when he designed the Rails Terrier and I assume reasonably secure running conditions as a given in a quality model.Dare I ask how many forum members run their precious models in similar fashion ? FWIW I have two Rails Terriers neither of which has suffered a derailment.In fact the only kind of issues in that direction that occur are occasionally with a baseboard join affecting the pony truck of four coupled locos which is easily corrected. Sorry but Sam would be cred
  2. To be realistic,Sam is no normal customer and no more normal is his modus operandi in testing .TBH,of you’re going to sit in judgement on a model as he does,taking no prisoners in the process,then at least allow the product the decency of properly laid and secured track...for which it was presumably designed and manufactured to hopefully exact tolerances. The claim other models didn’t bite the carpet is frankly an argument which is difficult to sustain and unfair.Sam would be IMHO credible if he tested on properly laid track on a baseboard .
  3. Can smell it already.....black and silver are a good combination. Another duly ordered.
  4. Thanks Rob.To prove my point,please look at the rendering of the cab,firebox,chimney and overall lack of presence in conveying the somewhat brutish strength of the boiler. In the third decade of the 21stC we can surely do better.
  5. In dire need of retooling.Nowhere near current standard. Why it hasn’t been done is inexplicable.This and the Saint should be on someone’s list of “to do”.
  6. In GW terms there is also the Hawksworth County to be represented in the catalogue to current standards.An initially unfashionable but ultimately successful workhorse I think.
  7. And yes,it’s been a lousy day but the above scenes have brightened it considerably.Many thanks.
  8. Agree.James is the Rembrandt of loco dirt. The guy behind the lens also has the artistic eye
  9. That WD is really dressed for the job. I imagine the inmates of Dartmoor could hear her. At the very least,the noise would scare off the Hound. Great atmosphere.
  10. You could always hear them coming before they clanked ponderously into view.A common sight on the South Wales main line from the 1940’s into the early 1960’s. To get the real WD feeling you do of course need sound.
  11. Would strongly recommend not to try.Easier just to return it or live with it.
  12. Just had another close look at my BR black version. Looked closely for banana running plate.No sign.I must be lucky then.
  13. Tested BR Hayling Island/IOW .Looks good bit stiff out of box but exhibits none of the symptoms or gremlins Sam’s Terrier did . Stalled at low speed over one crossover so had to increase current. Suspect this will,gradually improve with more running but plague of flies in the loft forced me to spray & then bring proceeding toward close until the exterminating angel has done its work.Not however until I gave Hornby’s Brighton Works Collectors model a run. It has a far superior out of the box performance and wasn’t fazed in any way. It is of course heavier which explains why this atm
  14. On balance I’d apportion 50%/50% in the blame game.
  15. Nothing under the sun is new.Neither is this situation.Over ordering/ under fulfilling has been phenomenon for the past decade.Hattons modus operandi in dealing with it used ( maybe still is ? ) to be/ to claim that it was “no longer available “ etc. We have to live with it .Cynical ? Moi ?
  16. You have seen the Terrier run on Sam’s carpet track and Jenny’s layout.In both cases with trailing load.Sam has many followers and on the basis of what we see is unafraid of making judgement calls.He is,in the virtual reality world of YouTube,known as I believe an “influencer” and the model rail retail world is happy to indulge both him and indeed Jenny when they consider it suits. Jenny is a member of this forum.Sam is not. There is a place for both . Judge for yourself.
  17. This has indeed happened as you say before. Have you checked the Hornby website? Kernow did a special of this a couple of years ago btw.
  18. Just think,you can legitimately run it alongside Class 170,HST Scotrail and DRS 66.
  19. Had a trip behind 828 in September 2019 from Aviemore to Broomhill and return. These look to be stunning models and really one is spoiled for choice. A deposit is about to be winging its way to Rails emporium for 828 as I remember her on a sunny day in carefree times.
  20. Well that’s correct in part. Oddly enough,the last Prairie to be released,the BR l/c R 3725 appeared well after the announcement of the divorce. All gone now btw.
  21. And of course,Heljan have an excellent track record with single unit diesel railcars,particularly the 128. I’m quietly confident that this model will be successful.
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