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  1. Yes, the information that came with the negative stated it was the 10. 0 am from Marylebone. Note the rear carriage is missing. At some point the Up and Down designations, at least on the London Extension, were changed as BR era WTTs give Up as towards Marylebone although I suspect like much else the old designations would have lived on in practice.
  2. Here is 60104 on the Woodhead route: 60104_Dinting_1000-Mar-ManLR_8-5-54 by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  3. I have been looking at parking and other travel arrangements. York Road multi-storey car park is very close and is £1.30 per hour Mon-Sat and £1.50 for 3 hours on Sunday. It appears that the Spectrum Leisure Centre car park about a mile from the shop is only available for park and ride on Mondays to Fridays, not at the weekend, but the bus stops Mon-Fri very close to the shop. The other Park & Ride services also operate on Saturdays and the buses go to the town centre, which is not a very long walk from the shop. The Merrow Park & Ride bus Mon-Sat (number 300 every 15 minutes) stops by the library, which is not far from the shop. Or, park at Waitrose and do some shopping there, making sure to spend at least £10. Most of the on-street parking nearby seems to be permit holders only, so of no use.
  4. I trained with a firm that was called Touche Ross!
  5. Hence why I wrote "If you want RTR". If engine kit building is beyond you, £220 is a lot less than you would pay to have a kit built.
  6. My rebuilt West Country Plymouth had its split gearwheel cut in half and glued back together by Brian Kirby a few years ago. It worked the last time I ran it. However, I now have some spare sets from Peters Spares so replacement is possible if the repair fails. Mazak rot is more difficult but, as noted elsewhere, there are some solutions in certain cases. I had a Royal Scot that disintegrated so completely as to be a write-off. I have kept the bits as spares as the motor still works. Hopefully someone will make replacement pony trucks and bogies for the L1. One of mine is fine but the other is not. Truth is the L1 is peripheral so the one that works is enough. The worst problems with Hornby seem to be products of around 10 years ago. It could be that the problems with the newer ones simply have not manifested themselves yet. Having said that, I have plenty of other Hornby locos that are fine. Bachmann is not immune from Mazak rot but seems much less affected. Their mechanisms are much sturdier too.
  7. A much better solution for the B1 is to buy the Hornby one, which is a very good model. For the V2, if you want RTR, wait until the all-new Bachmann one appears, if you live that long that is...
  8. My D601 has horizontal grilles: P1080485am by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  9. My D602 has arrived: P1080504am by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  10. Bachmann Mark 2f test run: https://youtu.be/mBotKr9Regw
  11. 'Bits Falling Off' is I believe also airline slang, where it is often abbreviated to BFOs. I have a small box for BFOs on my layout. For steam models, in general, I find that Hornby's are much more flimsy than Bachmann's with bits much more prone to fall off or break off. They also tend to be harder to get apart, although the Bachmann Austerity is a challenge until you know how to do it - hopefully not having broken something along the way. On the whole, diesel models are easier to get apart, but Hornby's are usually much more awkward than other makes. Some years back there was a whole thread on this forum's predecessor dedicated to how to get a Bachmann Mark I apart, so they are not immune. Wires between engine and tender are a bit of a nuisance but a plus point for Hornby here is that their engines have tender pick-up as well as engine, whereas Bachmann's don't usually, although they still have the wires. DCC is the way forward for much of the market, so those like me who are still analogue just have to live with it I suppose. At least there seems to have been some move away from just doing a particular model with DCC sound and not the more basic version, although there are still exceptions. In my experience, Bachmann locos tend to be more reliable and more durable than Hornby ones, with the latter suffering far too much from the dreaded mazak rot. split gears and wheels going out of quarter. My first Austerity is approaching its 20th birthday and still gives good service. Some of my Hornby steam models are nearly as old and still work. The problems are often with the newer models it seems. Pulling power isn't a problem for the vast majority of modellers. My engines will happily pull 8-9' long freights or 9 car trains, which is all they need to do. I have a layout without any gradients (at least in theory). Modern-day diesel models are usually in a different league though, and are often able to shift 20 or more carriages, and possibly many more than that. Hornby detailing parts are generally finer and more fiddly than Bachmann ones but often fit better. I have spent much of today bringing my eight new Bachmann Mark 2f coaches into service. None of the ETH detailing bits fits without chipping off the paint from the spigots because whoever designed them probably forgot that the orange paint adds a few microns and means they won't go into the holes. Once in, they really help to finish off the models, which at around £46 a go for the ones without lighting are in my view good value as they are the first air-con Mark 2s that actually look the part after three previous poor efforts by Airfix, Lima and Hornby over the past 42 years (yes, it really is that long since the first Airfix ones appeared). As I don't fit the brake hoses, I now have lots of spares. Similarly with tail lamps, as each carriage comes with no fewer than four, although two are the more modern type that are out of period for me. The bodies are easy to get off on the 2f stock, by the way. One irritant with current Bachmann coaching stock is that the metal inside the bogies, which gives very good bearings, and that is designed for lighting, means that one wheel is linked electrically to the other one on the same side of each bogie. This is an absolute pain on an analogue layout as it means bogies bridge section breaks. Hence, I have had to take apart 16 bogies to alter them to break that link. I had to do the same with the Porthole and Thompson stock too. Apart from being bulky, I think most RTR loco packaging is better than it used to be as we no longer have expanded polystyrene so I think models are easier to get out of packaging than they used to be. Once detailing parts have been fitted, one problem is that engines won't always fit back in their boxes without hacking off bits of packaging. In spite of a few irritants and areas where manufacturers could do better, I think we are in a very good place right now in terms of overall quality and range of models. I type this with 10203, D601 and D836 sitting next to me with paint drying from a bout of weathering. All are superb models with little, if anything to complain about. They can all shift a long train too, as 10203 demonstrated round Little Bytham last year. Not that long ago, who would have thought that we would have such high-quality RTR models of these three types, and many others?
  12. There is another thread on the Bachmann 2 Hap but it is in a different part of the forum. Probably belongs in this section.
  13. The 3301-3311 series of 4 Caps would be fine as they were all from the Kent Coast Phase I batch.
  14. Bachmann were informed, by me and quite a few others, that 4322 in NSE was not appropriate for the batch they are modelling as it was from the Kent Coast Phase II batch. Very few of that batch survived long enough to gain NSE livery. There were lots of differences, such as discontinuous gutters, Commonwealth inner bogies, external window frames, no vents in the toilet windows and no tank filler pipes on the roof. The Bachmann model is suitable only for the Kent Coast Phase I batch, 6043-6105.
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