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  1. Then there are Swanage (still there and still in use), and Ilfracombe, But it is arguable whether Ilfracombe is actually a branch line terminus or the very end of a secondary main line. Throughout the 1930s the LMS had a policy of making economies by closing small sheds (including ones at through stations!) and transferring their work to larger ones if this could be done without incurring excessive empty mileage. Of course this wasn't always possible. You could also look at the number of branch line termini that actually existed for each (pre-grouping) company, and how many of them had passenger services into the BR steam era. As soon as all you had was goods traffic, the cost saving of running services from the main-line end became irresistible.
  2. Terry Essery tells this story in one of his "Firing Days at Saltley" books - the loco was the Birmingham New Street Midland side station pilot, and the occasion was Christmas Eve, when everything was closing early and travellers had little hope of finding any food until they reached their final destination.
  3. D for all LNER 4-4-0s or SECR 4-4-0 class or Deltic, D for Drummond or Dean, D for Doncaster Works or Derby Works, D for Duchess of Hamilton? You're in a cryptic mood again.
  4. Yes you can, but don't underestimate how long it takes that influence to take effect. You might successfully exercise a negative influence in persuading Bachmann to cancel some or all of the models that won't arrive until 2020 or later, and write off anything they've already spent on developing them. But you can't get them to bring arrival dates forward, because for that to happen they'd need to be further along right now than they actually are. This week I read an interview with Simon Kohler of Hornby, who said that when he returned to that company as part of the new management team, there wasn't much he could do about the 2018 model release programme in terms of adding new items, all he was able to do was to delay some of the models already under development so that they appeared in 2019 along with complementary items. I imagine one of the projects he had in mind was releasing a new GW Large Prairie and the non-corridor coaches for it to pull, all in the same year. Now lots of people posting here had always said that matching locos and the stock for them to pull was what ought to have been happening all along. Nothing happened until someone who already agreed with that got into a position where he had enough power to make it so.
  5. The thing is, Bachmann production has never ever been in the UK so they can't "bring it back home". Bachmann Europe has always been a subsidiary of Kader Industries, a Chinese company, who do the manufacturing. Kader was Hong Kong based, and got involved in UK model railways by doing the production for Mainline, the model railway brandname of Palitoy, Palitoy never made model railways in the UK either. Kader got left with the tooling when Palitoy was taken over and the new owners decided to exit model railways, and Bachmann Europe is the result of Kader's attempt to turn the tooling into an income stream. Kader own the factory that the models are built in, so "ride out the storm with their current manufacturer" is really the only option that exists.
  6. This probably isn't the best place to discuss the Hornby range, given that there is a separate section of this forum for each manufacturer, and this is the Oxford Rail section. However one thing that is common to both Hornby and Oxford is that they start work on developing new models a long time before they announce them, so that they can actually deliver them in the same calendar year that they announce them. This doesn't always work, but they've been pretty good at it recently. So Hornby might well feel that other manufacturers are duplicating the models they intend to release, not the other way round. They can't easily substitute different models if someone jumps in and makes an announcement part way through the development cycle, and indeed why should they if they can bring their own models to market sooner. It's also fair to point out that the GW Large Prairie and the Terrier were already in the Hornby range, this is a re-tooling, so who is actually duplicating who?
  7. As a Loughborough resident, I should point out that the model and antique/curio stalls are in the marketplace on Fridays. Thursdays is given over to food, clothing, household requisites etc.
  8. In fact Bachmann via Andy York have provided us with that in another thread. This thread is meant to be about new announcements!
  9. I think some people are failing to understand how Bachmann, and indeed other manufacturers, compile their catalogues. There are three groups of models that they include: New tooling or reissues/new liveries on existing tooling just announced, as detailed in Andy York's initial post for Bachmann 2019 Models announced in previous years that have yet to arrive (less any that have been cancelled) Models that have already been delivered by the factory but have significant stock still unsold in the warehouse. So when people complain that there is no new 4mm steam, for example, that's wrong - the catalogue will include the 1P 0-4-4T, the retooled J72, the retooled V2, and the 94xx. Just because we already knew they intended to make them doesn't mean they won't be new when they arrive. If the scaled back selection of newly-tooled announcements allows for toolroom and production capacity for the new/retooled steam and diesels also already announced, that's surely a good thing?
  10. Not in the Birmingham area, where a fair number of these coaches were allocated from new. Diagrams including Birmingham-Stourbridge Junction-Wolverhampton-Birmingham or Birmingham-Stratford upon Avon-Leamington Spa-Birmingham were bread and butter work for non-corridor stock, and later for the dmus. Both take the train round three sides of a giant triangle.
  11. Well yes, but if you preorder say Hornby or Bachmann from a model shop, you don't pay up front, you pay when they supply the goods. The objective here is to ensure the shop orders enough units from the manufacturer to meet the demand. It is totally different to ordering from smaller manufacturers or commissioners who are indeed using a prepayment system to fund production. I don't see even that as an issue if it means something is made that would otherwise never see production. I've certainly pre-ordered Hornby, Bachmann, Dapol and Heljan from retailers and never been charged up front. I've also ordered models or parts from small suppliers that are effectively made to order, and I did pay up front for them. I haven't ventured into pre-paying or crowd funding for batch-produced models, not because I have any objection, but because none have been offered yet that suit my scale/period/location.
  12. It isn't as simple as all that. The 57xx and 8750 classes are different bodies on the same chassis - that's fine, because the real things are basically the same, the most obvious difference between the two series is the cab. But early Bachmann pannier tanks used a split-chassis design. These are fine when new, but over time the bearings wear and the axle-muffs that join the stub axles together split. You will find both 57xx and 8750 series panniers like this. Later they developed a conventional chassis which is much better, and again you will find both 57xx and 8750 series panniers with the conventional chassis. Added problems happen when previous owners have mixed-and-matched bodies and chassis, to avoid repainting or renumbering their locos, and you will also find Mainline 57xx bodies on Bachmann split chassis - they sold the chassis separately to help people who wanted to do this because the Mainline bodies are excellent and the chassis are dreadful. All the Bachmann 57xx and 8750 Panniers that I own are on the modern chassis, and I'm very happy with them. Because of people mixing and matching, there's really no substitute for looking at the model before buying. Take the body off, if there's a motor in a white pod, it is a Mainline chassis. If there's a huge cast metal block with a motor almost hidden in it, that's a Bachmann split chassis. If the chassis looks "normal" then it is a later conventional chassis. If the model is described as DCC ready, then it must be the conventional chassis, but it has been round for long enough for conventional chassis to be have been produced without DCC sockets - I have some that I've hard-wired, and some perverse people will have hard wired DCC decoders into split chassis examples.
  13. That wasn't the end of NSE liveried Northampton line trains being used for reliefs though - it just got harder due to traction knowledge being needed for the units. I can remember seeing 12 cars of 321 units sitting in Platform 3 at Preston on a relief to Euston
  14. The description of how the UK model railway market changed is pretty close but misses out how Bachmann function. You can trace their development back to Palitoy deciding to enter the model railway market in the UK in the 1970s using the Mainline brand, and commissioning Kader Industries, then of Hong Kong to supply them with models. So no manufacturing was moved from the UK, because Palitoy never made railway models in the UK in the first place. The tooling for Mainline models was owned by Kader, who were thus in a different relationship with Palitoy than other Chinese manufacturers were with the UK companies that commissioned models from them. When Palitoy got into difficulties in the 1980s and was sold to a company that wasn't interested in the train market, Kader was stuck with the tools and had no outlet for products made with them. Replica commissioned some re-runs of former Mainline models and some nearly-finished new projects, such as the B1, were completed and sold under the Replica brand. But Replica wasn't awash with cash and Kader wanted more sales. They formed Bachmann Europe in conjunction with some of Palitoy's former sales and development team, it has always been a Kader subsidiary, but it is no coincidence that Bachmann Europe is based in Leicestershire just as Palitoy was. Kader has far less product made by subcontractors than the other Chinese model-assemblers, and indeed is putting the finishing touches to a new factory designed to bring even more work in house. It can do this because it also owns Bachmann USA, Bachmann Europe owns Graham Farish and Lilliput, and models are also produced and sold for the local Chinese market, so there are considerable economies of scale. There is a much higher degree of vertical integration than with anyone else involved in the UK model railway sector (except I suppose PECO).
  15. Don't forget that "route knowledge" workings weren't and still aren't just for loco crew. The guard also needs to know the road, in fact in the days of loose coupled freights it could be literally disastrous if the guard didn't know exactly where he was on the railway so could use the van brakes to avoid breakaways or runaways.
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