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  1. DMUs are an odd one; Lima produced a Class 117 which only really operated on the Paddington Suburban network, instead of the Class 116 that operated in the South Wales valleys, Birmingham and Glasgow. Now there's another Class 117 from Bachmann.... As for polls, surely they are only indicative of the wishes of the people who shout the loudest? As @Michael Edgesaid above, what people say they'll buy and what they actually buy, are often two very different things. No doubt those who demand such-and-such a model have a long list of excuses why, once it's available, they no longer want one; it's 0.5mm too short, it's not the exact number they want, it needs to be half the price, etc., etc. Rob
  2. Because locos tend to be one of the most-important aspects of the hobby, I'm not sure that yours is a safe assumption. I think it's very safe to assume that of those who attempt to build a loco, very, very few actually succeed in building it to a 'satisfactory' standard, in all departments. And, that all-department standard has been raised higher and higher with each new piece of RTR wonderment. In appearance, performance, fidelity to prototype and (particularly) livery, most RTR equivalent-to-kit locomotives are streets ahead of anything kit-built. Tony, I suspect that because building locomotive kits - for a long period and to such a high standard - is a major part of your railway modelling, you vastly overestimate how common the activity is amongst railway modellers. Consider the number of metal locomotive kits produced by K's, DJH, NuCast etc. over the decades and the batch sizes in which they were made. It may not be far from the truth that the total sales of Hornby's Caledonian Pug (a train set loco in many, many versions over nearly 40 years) exceeds the sales of all the kit manufacturers combined. I would estimate the stats to be something like this: 95% of those who have a "model railway" never extend beyond putting it on a wooden board with a few RTP buildings or perhaps some simple ones made from cardboard boxes (which his still modelling, they've "made something"); Of the remainder, 50% will build a detailed layout with ground cover, some kit buildings and few small lineside kits but probably never build a rolling stock kit; We now have the 2.5% which consists mostly of those who build some simple wagon kits (Dapol/Parkside etc.) but never extend to even metal rolling stock, let alone locomotives (this is the group I seem to have jumped to without ever really doing the first two above); The number of people who build locomotives is probably 1/1000th of those with a model railway.
  3. Imagine the length of the brush required to clean out the tubes.........
  4. I read the word "ignorant" in accordance with its original meaning, that of "not knowing". It is not the same as the insult of calling someone an ignoramus, although it is one of those words* whose meaning has changed/been corrupted over the years. As for signed models from a professional builder, surely that is like a receipt. I'm not in the market for professionally-built models but if I was, I would be suspicious of a builder who wasn't prepared to have their work traceable to them. *There are others like something being criticised as only "satisfactory", implying that being satisfactory wasn't satisfactory. Or a footballer being considered "rubbish", because they only earn their living in the second tier of football (and probably earn more than any of their critics), or God forbid, were only runner-up in a European Championship.
  5. Living in M25 country, I'd suggest that route (in fact, almost any alternative) going to take longer than just taking the M25 and (maybe) being held up. The Orbital gets an unfair reputation IMO. Yes it has hold-ups, but I lost count of the times I drive round the M25 from J12 with almost no slowing down, then joined the M1 and stopped.
  6. That episode of Morse was on again yesterday (had it on in the background when I was, ahem, "working". A young Alex Jennings playing the brewery chemist and railway enthusiast who still lived with his mother (but there the stereotype ended as he was dating the very attractive PA to the MD). I'd love to know which layout was featured; it was certainly more than a quick expanded train set thrown together for 30s on screen.
  7. Not quite; the worth of something is what TWO people AGREE to exchange for it.
  8. Living close to the Pembrokeshire ferry ports in my youth, we did a few day trips to Rosslare and sometimes on to Waterford/Wexford. It was amazing how often people came on board already anxious (or is the phrase, "tired and emotional"?) and asking the way to the bar, because they NEEDED a drink. Even as a young teenager I realised that being in the stuffiest, smokiest part of the ship, probably with no view of the horizon, wasn't going to help with their seasickness. I preferred to be up on deck if it wasn't raining, wrapped up against the cold if required and enjoying the sea air and the hum from the funnel. Never got seasick once.
  9. I remember all the mainstream media criticism of the Eurostar running on the Victorian network (in the usual "Isn't Britain Rubbish?" style), but then also siding with all the protesters against the building of HS1. I presume all those protesting sold up and left that part of Kent, once the opening of HS1 had doubled the value of their houses.......
  10. The curve at 0:28 is still visible crossing the path and in the grass. When I started at DERA Farnborough in 1996, a lot of the old RAE buildings seen in the film were still there too (and in some cases, still in use).
  11. This is where bargain-hunters like me can win, on eBay and elsewhere. I once bought a job lot of 40-odd wagons - Airfix (kits & RTR), Mainline, Bachmann, Parkside and others - for I think, about £80 and I had to drive about an hour each way to collect from the seller; no problem. What I got was about 50% EM but with lots of spare OO wheels supplied, almost all had been converted to 3-link or screw couplings and the kits had been assembled and painted at least as well as anything I could achieve. Having re-fitted all the OO wheels I then sold the EM wheels on eBay for at least £20, so effectively I purchased a full/scale-length 1950s freight train for less than £2/wagon. Rob
  12. Spoken by a woman with a wedding cake addiction.
  13. As well as the environmental balance, I think there is more than one moral aspect to this. Much of the coal imported from Poland and Russia comes from deep mines, where I'm not sure working conditions are as good as the last UK deep miners worked in. Even if they are, the health risks to workers at British opencast mines are notably lower than those of deep miners. I have a bigger moral objection to buying Russian coal, because I object to Britain contributing any foreign earnings to what amounts to a gangster state.
  14. I was a T&E planning consultant in defence, not a serviceman, but we were talking about the possibilities of exploiting swarming drones (and the even bigger challenges of defending against it) nearly 20 years ago. Interesting that our former colleagues in DSTL have been able to progress it so far.
  15. Maybe, but still nowhere near as efficient as a diesel. The specific fuel consumption (SFC) of a diesel engine is pretty consistent through the speed range; it has to run barely above idle to move a 1000t MGR train at 0.5mph.
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