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  1. Aluminium alloy surely? Mag alloy would be far too expensive for something as big volume production as VW engine blocks. Even bike builders like Honda only used it for parts of the head, for weight saving. Agree though about the fire risk; magnesium components of aircraft brakes require special foams and techniques to extinguish when they catch fire. Water is a definite no-no.....
  2. I really like this idea, the only similar concept I've seen was a Plan of the Month in the RM in the late 1980s. If it were an exhibition layout, you could build it in 1950s form to start with then every couple of years, update it to the next decade, so viewers wouldn't keep seeing the same layout. You'd need a huge range of stock though! Rob
  3. There was one Mk1 sleeper used in the Royal Train, but I think it was withdrawn before 67s entered service. It was at Southall Railway Centre for many years but scrapped recently.
  4. They're busy with Coronavirus at the moment. Once that's out the way they can address things like Corridorcompositevirus.
  5. Thank you for the polite correction Gents, that serves me right for only consulting the 1959 ABC - I didn't know the earlier 9Fs were rebuilt with D/Cs. You learn every day on Wright Writes....
  6. Note: it's Toton (one "t") between Derby and Nottingham. Totton (two "t"s) is just outside Southampton. It's that favourite British game of Confuse the Tourists. "Now pronounce, "Loughborough" and "Llanelli"".......
  7. I'd be very pleased with that, Al. I'd be interested in how you lowered the body, the old Hornby 9Fs do "ride high". One minor niggle - 92006 should have a single chimney.
  8. The Allegro was indicative of everything wrong with BL in the 1970s. Anyone who actually owned and drove one seemed to think they were actually quite good (like most BL products of the time), but then they were basically a re-bodied Austin 1300, which was an excellent car. The Austin/Morris 1100/1300 was also the best selling car in Britain, but by evolving it into the Allegro, BL managed to reduce sales by two-thirds. That really was quite an achievement but not one that anyone should be especially proud of.
  9. The vast majority of journeys will be eased by improvements to roads of much less then motorway standard. The fact that we aren't trying to build our way out of road congestion with lots of new motorways, might show that we've actually learned something as a country.
  10. Steve - There are threads on RMWeb where people have performed the "important public service" of tearing into manufacturers for having the temerity to produce a new loco but not with the exact number they wanted. I wouldn't worry about this thread not offering anything useful. I've bookmarked your last entry as a Go-To source for updating my Tri-ang Blue Pullman.
  11. I think the Festiniog/WHR build new because their stock gets worn out; it has a level of utilisation/mileage covered that dwarfs most preserved railways. It's also why they keep building new Fairlies. But they also rebuild a lot of heritage locos and stock and do use them, but sparingly. Totally agree though about enthusiasts though and how far their "enthusiasm" stretches. They will complain vociferously if an ex-main line steam loco stands awaiting overhaul for more than couple of years but are much more reluctant to fork out for a shed to protect the coaches that passengers actually pay to travel in. Full marks to railways like the SVR and the Bluebell who have managed to sell such an appeal successfully.
  12. There was no single issue that killed off the hydraulic classes but the non-standard transmission and small fleets were only part of the issue. There were roughly as many Hymeks, which had probably the best reputation for reliability of the hydraulics, as BRCW Type 3s (Class 33s). The Westerns were redundant as soon as air-conditioned passenger stock entered service on the WR. They couldn't be fitted with ETH (no space) which limited them to secondary passenger traffic or freight. Increasingly the heavy freight was air-braked and other, more numerous types with air or dual braking were available. Then of course there was the problem with almost every diesel built by North British. The problem was that they were built by North British.
  13. I remember writing much the same not so long ago, about a proposal to re-open the "Port Road" to Stranraer, on this forum. When I was young, the through trains from London to Fishguard were a HST, which replaced well-filled 10-coach trains. There are no through services now and the ferry is served by a 2-car Sprinter from Cardiff. When I was on it about five years ago, I counted less than 20 off and 33 on at Fishguard. Very, very few people will travel from the UK mainland to Ireland by rail and ferry, when they have the option of flying. Low cost airlines have killed off the business for ever; even if the cost of flying doubles, the time penalty for the surface mode will always be punitive and high-speed rail will not change that. The railways need to concentrate on satisfying the travel requirements of the 21st century, not trying to re-create the infrastructure of the 19th century. Hence, HS2, HS3 etc.
  14. Somewhere in a back issue of Model Rail magazine there was a very short article - more like a letter - which showed how someone had gone down the "shortie" Hornby Mk3 route. It seemed to have been a fair bit of work and I have heard some be quite dismissive of his efforts, but he still had a complete Blue Pullman which satisfied him and for considerably less than collecting and then cutting up a set of Triang coaches. As for Genesis kits, I can never understand why people do this. "I don't want the business, but I don't want anyone else to have it either". Why do they not just sell their tooling and close the business? If they don't want to go through a commercial transaction, then give them away, but don't for God's sake just hoard them.
  15. There's the famous story about when mountain bikes started to take off in America, a couple of guys approached a load of UK retailers and asked if they would stock these new bikes they were importing. The retailers all said there was no demand. Of course, said the importers, it's a new product, how can there be, but look at how successful they are in the States. There's still no demand for that sort of bike in the UK, said the shops. So the importers went their own way; their name was Muddy Fox. Perhaps you just need to sell Cavalex direct and cut out the unimaginative middle-man altogether? Shop owners know what already sells but most are very poor at predicting what will sell. Who would have thought there would be a worthwhile market for the prototype diesels or some of the more obscure steam classes a few years ago? Well Heljan, Bachmann and Hornby (and others) have taken the plunge and seem to have done so successfully. You also have an advantage; no-one wants ten "Kestrels" but if you want a modern freight train, you are going to need ten of the same wagon......
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