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  1. Our plan is to wind down the UK web site and just have one Rapido site. We're slowly working on that. -Jason
  2. We're trying very hard to have them finished before Chinese New Year in January. -Jason
  3. We need more photos in this thread!!! In addition to getting these from Rails, the Wythall Transport Museum will be selling the buses at our booth at Warley. So if you are coming to the show, your purchases will support the museum. Look for the real Brummie New Look in the exhibition hall. We are very appreciative of Rails for stepping in to distribute the buses. Hopefully they sell out quickly and we can do another run. More information in the newsletter: https://conta.cc/36iXsEJhttps://conta.cc/36iXsEJ Best regards, Jason
  4. Thanks! The stuff they are doing now doesn't photograph well as it mostly takes place at outside vendors. I will ask the factory to send photos once they have something to show. -Jason
  5. Hi all, The latest Rapido News - the first in a really, really long time - has been sent to subscribers. Bill gives an update and confirms that we do indeed still exist! You can read it here: https://conta.cc/36iXsEJ Thanks for reading! -Jason
  6. I've seen them and they are HUGELY helpful. Thank you for sharing these and thank you James for leading me to Tony's bridge. -Jason
  7. Our pleasure! It was fun having the Fleetline in the hall, and it was a convenient place for us to have meetings. The designs are not finished yet, but we will be doing several fronts - early indicators, later indicators, and later indicators with no vents. We also intend to do other buses using the chassis and interior of the Fleetline but with new bodies. It will be a while before these come out. The buses don't actually make us much money - I am doing them because I love them. So we squeeze them in between other production runs. We want to get the Guys out before we properly a
  8. Hi all, Bill, Gareth and I are all in the UK, but we're all in different cities! I think Gareth is in a swamp near Norfolk, Bill is still standing at the station at Bridgnorth wondering why no train has showed up all day, and I am in a very tiny hotel room at Heathrow. I can go from the bed to the desk to the bathroom without touching the carpet. Bill and Gareth (and Terry and some more friends) will be at the Rapido stand all weekend. I will be in the stand occasionally on Sunday, in between various meetings. We've got a really tall stand this year so you should be able to find us.
  9. I've been enjoying reading this topic and sorry I am late to the table with my input. A couple of thoughts. First, to Ben's comment and a couple of other posts which mentioned our Prime Movers line. We actually upset a lot of people with that. While we have brought on some new customers with our HO scale CN/BCR Dash 8 locomotive, in the end it was not worth it. We've basically poisoned the market for anyone - including ourselves - to bring out a super detailed Dash 8. Because we sold so many of them, it would seriously affect the viability of a Rapido-level Dash 8. That means that the
  10. Speaking of burned-out cars, we passed a weird thing around Aston. There was a row of seemingly new houses surrounded by a fence and obviously unoccupied. Within the fence was a burned out caravan. Anyone know what that was about? -Jason
  11. Here are the photos I took in a back garden in Betchworth...
  12. I wouldn't shut up about VIA Rail Canada so they kicked me off the plane...
  13. Air Canada knows how much I love the UK, so they have decided to keep me here. Here's the view out the door just to my left. I am stuck on the tarmac at Heathrow. The one cool thing is that this is what is outside my window, on the right: My wife flies from Toronto to Winnipeg tomorrow at noon. I hope I land before she takes off..... -Jason
  14. When I got off the M25 at junction 9 to get to some place called Betchworth, the roads soon became very narrow and country-lane-ish. So I got a feeling for what it must have been like before. -Jason
  15. I asked a lady about my flight and she said it was "boarding soon." So I headed to the loo. And then I hear "last call for Air Canada flight to Toronto." So I ran like mad and was the last person on the plane. And now we've been delayed so we're still sitting here. Hurry up and wait. The story of a railroader's life. -Jason
  16. Hi all! I am at Heathrow, recovering from my five-mile walk from the near part of Terminal 2 to the far part of Terminal 2. I think I've just walked to Hounslow. Where was I? Oh yes - I had just survived Noah's Flood (Birmingham Edition) in a Nissan Qui Quae Quod. Or Cash Cow. Or whatever you call it. I noticed two things about this car: 1. 0 to 60. Yes, in a while. Whatever engine was in the car they rented me would be better suited to a skateboard. I would get on the motorway and floor it (yes I was changing gears at the appropriate times), reaching 70 MPH after about a minute.
  17. Hi Keith, So it looks like it will be rubbish weather tomorrow in Dungeness. I think I will give it a pass this time. I've been going nonstop for over a week. I'll post an update on this thread tomorrow. All the best, Jason
  18. Andy York just gave me the heads up about the heart attack, Kit. I wish you lots of strength and an easy recovery! -Jason
  19. Oh definitely! I can imagine the conversation with the BCLM retail manager. "We really like that new bus you are making. Now can you make it so we can retail it for £9.95 please?" Well we can if we make it a Walsall bus stress toy... -Jason
  20. We were originally going to go to Bury until we found out Peter's bus would be at Sandtoft. Bury has buses AND trains so is very high on my to-do list! -Jason
  21. I forgot to mention Simon also drove the Leyland - he's got a coach driving licence! That is so cool. -Jason
  22. Well I narrowly dodged a couple of bullets today. Read to the bottom to see what I had to deal with at the end of my trip. Today I headed to Sandtoft. As it is the spring Bank Holiday weekend and every heritage railway and bus museum in the country is putting on a special event, it was only logical that I go to the exact same bus museum I went to last time I was in the UK. Right. Actually, it was a wonderful day out, and the weather was co-operative. Check out this line-up today. It really was the past brought back to life. I was there for meetings with Peter Crichton and Simo
  23. OK - I've survived getting from Dudley to Wythall to Edgbaston. And I only left one tiny bit of molten clutch on the Pershore Road. Well it was stop and go on a 75% incline... Today I met with a bunch of people from BRM at the Black Country Museum. Sadly, we couldn't have our meeting on a trolleybus or a tram as it was pouring and the nice people at the Black Country Museum didn't seem keen on bringing out their forms of mass transport for the four of us. Phil and I did Manage to tour around in the rain and we had a jolly good time! We even got to ride a West Brom Guy single decker.
  24. So here's the trip so far. I have to be quick as I'm leaving to meet with Phil Parker in a few minutes. Because I didn't get enough of him in Canada last month. Flying sucks compared to the train. That's all there is to say. I'll take a Voyager over a 787 any day, but I like rumbly bums, vibrating tea and the sweet perfumey smell of the chemical toilets.... The flight arrived 15 minutes late and then I experienced the joy of Heathrow border control. Morning or night, summer or winter, it's always an hour wait in a crowded hall kept at a cool 30 degrees. Celsius, of course. I came
  25. So... I am indeed planning to ride the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch next Thursday 31 May. If anyone lives in the area and would like to go for a ride on a little train, I would love to meet you! Please let me know. Best regards, Jason PS I'm hoping to get to ride behind their latest engine.
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