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  1. Hi Chris, Thank you for the reply and the information. I really appreciate it. So apart from the horn grilles between the lights on the cab ends and some 90s having LED lights and some not, are their any other differences that you know of, or are these the only differences? I ask because I may in the future overlook these differences and have some models resprayed. I doubt that Bachmann will have allowed for different types of lighting to be fitted to the models in order to accurately replicate the prototypes, but they have may tooled for the different horn grilles between the lights. As you say their may be the different horn grilles available in the future, to change these on the models. Please can you let me know who Jerry is? Does he have a shop or is he a modeller? Also do you have an email address to contact him? Thank you very much in advance. Kind Regards, Danny.
  2. Hi all, I wonder if anyone can help me please? I really like the Orange and Black G&W livery on the Freightliner Class 90s. If Bachmann release one in the future, I have a question. Currently 90014 'Over The RainBow' and 90047 wear the orange and black livery in the updated guise, with 90044 wearing the original version with the centralised Freightliner logo on the bodysides. Can anyone tell me if their are any differences on the chassis or the bodies of ex Greater Anglia Class 90s 90003-90015 that are now with Freightliner and 90047? I ask because if for example Bachmann release 90014 or 90047, could I buy more than one model to create two locos through renumbering and renaming or would that be overlooking some differences between these different batches of the 90s? Secondly just a thought. The first batch of standard models of Class 90s included 90005, 90037 and 90042. If I ever wanted to could these models be used as base models for resprays to the ex Greater Anglia now Freightliner Class 90s 90003-90015, or are their differences that would mean that this wouldn't be prototypical? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Danny.
  3. That's true, I had forgotten about that. Yes I'm pretty sure that the Kernow sleeper packs that have been available in both FGW and GWR liveries have used the TGS tooling, and that the RFM and BSO coaches have not been produced. Have you managed to find any MK3 sleepers in GWR Green? I haven't managed to find any. Kind Regards, Danny.
  4. I was going to order the GWR 57 too, but having searched Kernow themselves and Ebay for the GWR Green Sleeper MK3s, Kernow appear to have sold out and their are none on Ebay either. I think this will be an issue regarding how many people will buy this loco. The loco is available currently with many retailers in large quantities, but the coaches are very thin on the ground. With this in mind I have decided not to buy the GWR 57. I also think that their will be a similar issue with regards as to how well the 57314 loco sells in Arriva Trains Wales Blue livery. I don't think that any Arriva coaches have ever been produced in ready to run form in OO Gauge, and 314 has worn West Coast Railway Maroon livery for years now, and typically works the Northern Belle luxury train. I suppose this is the issue when producing locos which in reality have run with a limited amount of stock, so to be prototypical in model form, this also means that their are limited items of rolling stock available to buy and run with these locos. Kind Regards, Danny.
  5. You're more than welcome my friend. I'm glad that I could be of assistance. Kind Regards, Danny.
  6. Hi, Their have been two exclusive models announced by Rails Of Sheffield. These are 92015 in DB Red with the Yiwu to London train branding and 92023 'Ravel' in SNCF Grey. They can be pre-ordered via the Rails website if you search 'Class 92' in the search bar and Rails have a thread for them on their 'Rails Of Sheffield' section of RMWeb. Hope this helps. Kind Regards, Danny.
  7. I think that we might see another batch of Class 70s for modern image modellers. It's been almost three years since the last batch arrived and Bachmann have yet to model the Colas 70 with the tilted helmet on the bodysides and the new and more recent diamond logo. The same applies for the Freightliner Class 70s. In late 2020, Freightliner began applying additional branding to their Class 70 fleet too, which Bachmann have yet to model. I believe most of both the Colas and Freightliner Class 70s have now had their branding updated on the bodysides, and considering Bachmann have only produced one Colas Class 70 so far, in 2018, it surely can't be long before we see another batch produced. I think that we also might see sound fitted Class 150s announced tomorrow, given that Bachmann have three arriving, in three different liveries in the coming months. From memory they have announced BR Provincial, Northern (updated), and GWR Green. Kind Regards, Danny.
  8. The original comment that I posted was directed to the staff at Accurascale. After Accurascale had replied to my comment, a couple of other chaps replied to give me some advice and information regarding an issue with the Bachmann 37s, which was directly related to the original comment that I posted to Accurascale. The original comment that I posted was posted in the hope that Accurascale would acknowledge it, listen to the issue that I mentioned, and take it on board whilst their Class 37 is still in development. Since then they have indeed done that and they have been as helpful as always, as have other members who have given me some useful information about Bachmann 37s which I wasn't aware of. I fully respect Accurascale, their threads and their projects including their Class 37 project, but their was little point in creating a separate thread for the sake of asking one or two questions, when this thread was already started and available to type on. If members alike myself were to do this for every new question or questions that they had, the forum as a whole would soon become full and clogged up, and it would make it difficult for members to find particular topics. Finally, as Accurascale are aiming to produce the definitive Class 37 in OO Gauge, I am sure they are grateful for any questions or queries that myself and others have, considering that they could use this information to potentially make their Class 37 even better. I am sure that the staff at Accurascale and other members realise that I was in no way attempting to disrespect them, their company, their threads on this forum, or their projects. I have no reason to do that. I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing further tooling and livery samples in the coming weeks and months. These 37s are sure going to be something special. Kind Regards, Danny.
  9. Thank you for gaining and sharing this information with us. I have been wondering about this for a few days now since looking at this thread and the image on the front of the magazine as you mention. If the loco on the cover of the magazine has been modified and it isn't 'straight out of the box' then they should really state this in the magazine and online, as they have shared a running video of the loco too. Otherwise this creates confusion and people are unsure on what features the models have, especially those who have already pre-ordered them alike myself. If the outer lights don't work, I will be a bit disappointed, but for £140 their are many other lighting features as listed in the magazine and a wealth of detail and fitted parts, so I am still really excited and looking forward to receiving the models that I have pre-ordered. Put it this way, their is quite a lot of value with this model for £140, and it will likely be the first and last time we see them available at such a low price. I imagine that when further batch/es are produced in the coming years they will increase in price. Kind Regards, Danny.
  10. Thanks for the reply and info Matt. The 37s I am referring to are from 2016 onwards, so that's what made me think that they would be identified as recent releases, regarding the lack of bogie movement going around curves. You will have to let us know how you get on when you test your other 37s. I know that this issue seems to effect a few of mine. Thank you for the reply and no worries Roy. They do seem a strange part to fit, with no seemingly obvious benefits, or positive reasons as why they would be fitted in the first place. Kind Regards, Danny.
  11. Hi James and Roy, Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. I really appreciate it. I will definitely have a look at this. Is their a purpose for these two plastic blocks other than to restrict movement and make is more difficult to remove the body? I never knew that those plastic blocks were in their or that they could be removed. I removed the bodyshells years ago now to fit the decoders, so I haven't looked at them recently, and most likely when I have done previously I wasn't paying enough attention to notice. Just a thought, do you think they will be easy enough to refit, if for example I decide to ever sell any of the models? Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Danny.
  12. Hi Fran, Thank you for the reply and for confirming that. I really appreciate it. That's excellent to hear, I'm just hoping to afford the issues I have with some of the Bachmann ones. Thank you. Kind Regards, Danny. I know what you mean and I hadn't even thought of that it might not be fully prototypical, but I'm thinking of ease when running them and to make them more diverse for a wider variety of layouts. My layout has a variety of curves but some of them are radius two and are therefore tighter, because if I had to have wider curves consistently I would have to remove some of my sidings to store the locos and stock in which wouldn't be ideal. But, as you say at the same time I would like them to be as prototypical as possible. It does appear that way, which as always from Accurascale, is excellent.
  13. Hi Accurascale, I've just had a thought and I thought I would give it mention on here, as the tooling is progressing for your Class 37. I bought some Bachmann 37s a few years ago, which I am running at the moment. Some of them struggle to go around second radius curves with them been tighter and this results in the wheels at each of the ends of the locos catching on the bodyshell, as the locos navigate curves. This slows the speed of the locos down, and they consequently speed back up after they have rounded the curves. It's quite annoying because it just isn't realistic when running them. So I just wanted to ask if you could test and ensure that your Class 37 is able to navigate second radius and other tight curves without such issues been present. I think their just needs to be a bit of gap in between the wheels on the chassis and the four corners of the bodyshell where the four front and rear wheels are. Thank you for reading and I hope this makes sense. Thank you. Kind Regards, Danny.
  14. That's excellent, thank you very much. I think it's safe to say that those of us with MK5 orders are in for a treat. Thank you. Kind Regards, Danny.
  15. Thank you for the reply. It's greatly appreciated. So am I right in thinking that if fitted with a 21 Pin DCC Decoder the DT can be programmed as a consist to run with a Class 68, and this will allow the directional lighting to be operated/work together on both the DT and 68? Also is their a specific 21 Pin DCC Decoder that you recommend to fit to the DT to give full control of all of the possible lighting functions? Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Danny.
  16. The TPE MK5s are equally as fantastic as the Caledonian Sleeper MK5s. That Driver Trailer coach is looking amazing, the detail, shape, accuracy and quality is impeccable. Just to confirm is the Driver Trailer coach un-motorised/unpowered, with the lighting controlled by the wand, alike the other coaches? I'm just thinking if we need to a buy a DCC Decoder for the Driver Trailer coach or not. Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Danny.
  17. Hi Roy, Thank you for the reply and for letting me know about that. I wasn't even aware of such services, and it's definitely something that I will look into for the Bachmann website and possibly some others too. It would be ideal for the Bachmann website with it having so many products listed and some of them been of interest to me. Thank you for the help. I really appreciate it. Kind Regards, Danny.
  18. Thank you for the update Paul. It's greatly appreciated. Whilst I appreciate Bachmann updating the expected delivery dates for products it's become more difficult to follow recently because the 'page updated on: ...' has been removed, so it's difficult to know when pages have last been updated and what estimated delivery dates have changed. It's interesting to see that their are still quite a few items in the 'awaiting' section, meaning that they have yet to be given an estimated delivery date and produced. Not sure why, but I was thinking recently that the backlog of items waiting to be produced might have been dwindling, but it doesn't appear to have significantly reduced as of yet. Nevertheless though, Bachmann are producing more items in their 'awaiting' list and they are doing their best in challenging circumstances. Kind Regards, Danny.
  19. I'm just catching up on RMWeb, from weeks ago and I have found this lovely Class 37 update. Already they are looking superb and their is so much attention to detail, from the radiator and cantrail grilles, to the different bogies for different locos and the different cabs for the different versions. I'm also really impressed with the fuel tanks been more appropriately shaped compared to the Bachmann models, and also with the fact that their isn't noticeable gaps between the bogies and fuel tanks, also alike the Bachmann models. It's all of the details, collectively added together that will make this model the definitive Class 37 that we have all wanted for so long. I can't wait to see some livery samples and running videos in the coming months, especially because we desperately need the definitive Class 37 to have more power than the Bachmann version. Whilst the Bachmann version is alright for hauling short trains like FNA wagons they aren't ideal, if suitable at all for hauling ballast, engineers or intermodal trains, all of which DRS Class 37s have worked on, so it will be excellent to finally have the ability to be more diverse with what I can run with your 37s. Excellent work as always and we all look forward to seeing further updates in due course. Kind Regards, Danny.
  20. I have to say that these are going to look fantastic behind 92s, 73s and 68s. I have pre-ordered a TPE set and these will certainly make an impressive rake of coaches behind an equally impressive and powerful Dapol Class 68. I'm also really impressed with the lighting inside the coaches, because they don't look too bright, but at the same time they aren't too dull, which makes it's noticeable that they are switched on. The amount of detailing underneath the coaches is fantastic, and even though some of it won't be seen, it provides really good value for money, and it shows the lengths that Accurascale have gone to. Well done team. Kind Regards, Danny.
  21. That's a lovely close up of a DB Red 90! Thank you for confirming the names. For some reason Jack aka 90036 is the only one I tend to remember. I'm glad that you saw the 90s on the Malcolm train. Did you manage to see it earlier this week and last week when both specials 90024 and 90037 were on it together? Kind Regards, Danny.
  22. Thank you, as always for the reply and the info. I thought it might be judging with the eye, as opposed to actually reading numbers on the controller. I know exactly what you mean, I had the same experience in 2017 when I bought my NCE Powercab controller and then I realised that the old version of the Bachmann 21 Pin Decoder wasn't compatible with the new controller. As a result every time I increased the speed step when moving each loco the lights would go on and off and I couldn't even add locos to or create a consist with the old type Bachmann decoders. So I had to buy quite a few of the new style Bachmann decoders to allow the lights to operate normally again and so that I could add locos to and create consists again. Thank you for all of the help. It's greatly appreciated. Kind Regards, Danny.
  23. Thank you very much to everyone for all of the replies and the info. It's greatly appreciated. If I manage to sort out the speedmatching I will either let the sound loco start up before moving it, speedmatched with the other non sound loco, or I won't operate any of the sound functions until the pair are moving together and then I will start using the sound features, once both locos have got moving. Thank you. Kind Regards, Danny.
  24. Thank you very much for such a detailed response. I really appreciate it. That's excellent and it has helped my understanding so much. I have just thought of one last question. So when I have locos A and B running around the track and I'm undertaking the speedmatching, should I be judging the value/s that I should be changing on the CVs for each loco just purely by judging on how fast they are going around the track and how fast one loco is catching up to the other? Or is their another way in which I should be judging on what numbers to enter for the new values? That is really bizarre that the 37s were bought from the same manufacturer, same batch, at the same time and fitted with the exact same decoder and they both required different values to run them together with speedmatching. I would have never have known these thins if you and others hadn't of told me. Speedmatching really is a learning curve. Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Danny.
  25. Thank you both very much for the replies and the info. It's greatly appreciated. I wasn't aware of the two gen sites, so that's excellent because I will be sure to check on those regularly from now to give me an insight into the workings of the DB 90s. It's good to see that they have had some varied work in the recent past, even if they may not be that busy at the moment. It's also good to hear that the Malcolm contract has been running for several years with DB now, and hopefully the contract will be renewed/extended this year. Is 90036 Jack? Which one is Bill? Thank you. Kind Regards, Danny.
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