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  1. Hi All, Congratulations to all at Accurascale on your awards this weekend. Very much deserved. You keep making the high fidelity models, & we will keep on buying them!
  2. Hi All, Does anyone have any ‘photographic evidence’ they could share with anything else but a Class 59 hauling these O & K wagons. Thanks in advance.
  3. Hi All, I visited the Folkestone show yesterday which had a good mix of trade stands & exhibits. Footfall was possibly impacted by the torrential weather, but the good news is today the weather is fantastic. Highly recommended.
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    Hornby APT 2020

    Hi All, Don’t panic! I am sure our friends at Hornby have everything under control. Let’s see what comes through over the coming months. I am now sticking my head firmly back under the parapet.......
  5. Hi All, Went to the Folkestone show yesterday & picked up Snow King & Snow Queen ‘pimped up’ in Railfreight General livery. These are excellent model’s & will look even better with some light weathering below the sole bar. The real snow ploughs in this livery were based at Tinsley, Sheffield in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s therefore these models will make a great addition to my fleet.
  6. Hi All, Picked up my rake of these in original livery earlier today. Very impressed with these & worth mentioning the weight too. If people decide to load these, it will certainly take some ‘grunt’ to get the train moving - just like the real thing I guess. Now remind me, when is the class 59 anticipated?
  7. Hi All, Following up on this topic concerning the ‘red roof’ on the VEA’s. Looking at images on line of both models produced previously & kit variants that people have made & subsequently painted plus photo’s of the real thing, the majority of what I have found appear to have a greyish coloured roof. Granted, this could be having spent many years outside in the elements but these don’t appear to have a reddish base. It will be interesting to see these Bachmann models once produced & I dare say a significant amount of weathering will need to be applied especially to the roof….. Alternatively, maybe a re-paint of the roof. What colour would people suggest?
  8. Hi All, I have been busy today on my model railway. One of the tasks was to chip up my recently acquired class 33,052 ‘Ashford’ which was easily achieved & within 10 minutes or so she was running on my layout complete with a new Bachmann chip. She is a lovely smooth runner & the lights are a nice improvement too.
  9. Hi All, Another superb publication with some excellent reference photographs. I particularly enjoyed the articles on Satlink & Project Mercury. Thanks Terry & keep up the good work.
  10. Hi All, I wanted to recognise TMC for some excellent service recently. I placed a couple of orders last week for some Accurascale wagons & within a few days they had been supplied & very well packaged too. Thank you TMC. I see they have a 'Mayday' sale currently so maybe worth a look..... Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.
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    Hornby APT 2020

    Hi All, This looks really good & to my eye capture the feel of the real thing. Remember folks, this isn't the final version, but certainly looks very, very promising...... The next question I guess, will be when will these become available?
  12. Hi All, After purchasing the Accurascale PCA's, PFA's & PTA's, I finally had the opportunity to invest in some their HUO hoppers (packs H, J x 2 & K). After all, my modelling interest is from 1986 so I can just about get away with this. These wagons arrived on Friday & all I can say is wow.... As we have come to expect the detail is incredible. I have now ordered the Accurascale loads to compliment these wagons & once received will just need to weather these to represent the 'beaten up' appearance as they approached the end of the careers. I have the brake van sorted but what to run up top? A brace of blue class twenty's, a blue class 37 or alternatively the class 56 in blue with large logo (similar to the image that Fran shared from @Patrick shown above). Anyone else have any photo's from 1986 on that they could share showing diesel traction hauling these impressive wagons? Thanks in advance.
  13. Hi All, The sub-sector metals brace from Rails looks interesting...... I had a quick look at Paul Bartlett's informative site & see a couple of images dated 1990. That's good enough for me! Order placed.
  14. Hi All, I have had some feedback from Richard at Bachmann concerning the Rail Stores vent. vans. These are suitable for era 8. A small number were painted in this livery & as the photo's show on Paul Bartlett's site there are several photo's recorded in 1987. It was also possible to see these in multiples too as Paul's site also confirms. Hope this is of interest.
  15. Hi All, I am after some further information concerning an imminent release. The 'Rail Stores' ventilated van in it's colourful guise has piqued my interest. I have had a look at the Bachmann website but no further details are forthcoming other than the Item No. - 38-233. Having reached out to Bachmann but yet to receive a reply, I thought I would ask this knowledgable forum. I was looking for clarification on the era (7/8?). Also, was this livery for a single wagon or were there multiples & if so would they run in a rake of several combined in say a Speedlnk service or similar. Questions, questions..... All feedback gratefully received.
  16. Hi All, I had a look at this also. £39.95 for a twin axle box van...... Even with Bachmann's initial 15% discount this still equates to around 34 quid per wagon & I am after a dozen! Thinking about Accurascale's JSA wagons recently provided for the the steel industry & also their PTA's @ circa 30 quid as well as potentially Dapol's forth coming O. & K. Yeoman wagons are all larger vehicles but with a reduced NSP. Smaller overheads for these Companies maybe an influencer. I guess if I want these I best start saving!
  17. Hi All, I have been considering purchasing one of these Bachmann R & R cranes for some time..... My modelling period is from the mid 1980's so at a stretch the red variant could be considered. But what about the cost? Paying in excess of £200 for this model, could this be justified? Well earlier in the week, I decided to invest in one of these models working on the premis that further variants of these models may not be introduced and if they were, inevitably the price would be impacted. And of course, do I want to wait another few years? This model arrived yesterday and Wow. Looking at this in the flesh I have been blown away by the detail. As someone once said, quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.
  18. Hi All, Is this bookazine available in the shops or is it mail order only from Key Publishing. Thanks in advance.
  19. Hi All, I found this in my local Tesco's on Saturday & spent the rest of the weekend with my head buried in it! Excellent reference material. So much so, I have ordered some additional rolling stock on the basis of some of the images. Already looking forward to any future editions with one (hopefully) having a chapter relating to the conveyance of steel products..... Thank you Simon Bendall.
  20. Hi All, Reference the second run of these magnificent BBA wagons. There was some 'chatter' last November about an EWS variant, bauxite version & potentially some more Railfreight wagons There was also mentioned a possibility of more BLA's. Was there a definitive list provided by the manufacturer & a timeline on when these are expected? I would like to get my order in, but not sure what will be available. Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi All, These look absolutely superb. Now I am after some help in finding an excuse to buy one. My modelling period is from 1986 - 1996 & my preference would be a two tone green liveried example for Railtours etc. 'Royal Scots Grey' I was thinking off, but can not see this. Have I missed something? Could anyone provide some clarification/inspiration on which model to buy. Thanks in advance.
  22. Hi All, It will be interesting to see what Bachmann comes up with this year. Hornby has uped it's game & produced some good stuff with the likes of the APT & class 91 & others yet to appear from their 2020 anouncements & now there are there 2021 models recently announced. Cavalex & Accurascale & chipping away at market share with some fantastic items & even though they don’t have any products in direct competition, people's budgets are another consideration. Don't get me wrong, there has been some great stuff from Bachmann over the last couple of years and examples that spring to mind are the class 158 & Ransomes & Rapier crane. I am sure there are others too. Interesting times for sure. Stay Safe.
  23. Hi All, I have to agree, these look superb & will follow on from their previous successes. As before, get 'em while you can, as once they are gone, they are gone or at least until another rerun.
  24. Hi All, I see Heljan are planning to release another Dutch liveried 33/0 example in a weathered condition with 'name plates & crest removed'. I believe this is a great idea, however inevitably it will come down to the execution. If anyone is interested the Model No is 3458 with Running No. 33,025.
  25. Hi All, Compliments of the season to you all. Here is my de-branded ScotRail 47.706 ahead a rake of Mk 2 coaches in the colourful Network South East livery waiting to depart platform 2 with the 19.07 to the South West as a Crompton trundles through platform 3 with a cement train heading towards the Capital...... Enjoy.
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