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  1. If there are 00 LBSC coaches coming from A Certain Manufacturer That Is Doing Them In O Gauge, LBSC coaches are probably considered relatively low risk for them. There are already several suitable engines available or in development, and they'd be spreading the development costs over two sets of models rather than one. Less risky than, say, a full rake of Metropolitan coaches (although a chap can dream).
  2. Hence the triumphant return of the Triang clerestory coaches in the Railroad range...
  3. That still looks like plenty of space to play with. What are you thinking in terms of scenery?
  4. Sure thing. I'm actually building one myself here. The basic concept is that you have a number of different destinations that wagons have to be sent to. For instance, on my layout, there are three - an unloading platform, a warehouse and a boiler house. There is a fourth "free" space. Each wagon has a particular destination - coal wagons to the boiler house, empties to the warehouse, full wagons to the unloading platform. Wagons are selected at random using a dice, and then delivered to the destination. If another wagon is in the way, it must be moved and then returned. If there is already a wagon at the destination, it has to be moved to the free space. If the selected wagon is already on the board, it has to be removed. If all the spaces are occupied, a wagon must be removed. And so forth. You can introduce other rules - for instance, perhaps when a wagon has been unloaded at one destination, it must be loaded up at another. Or include special moves, like a passenger train or change of locomotive. With a longer set-up, you can add more destinations. This is an American real-life prototype, but it offers more possibilities. There, it's a single type of wagon, but the rules relate to the order in which wagons must be removed. Here's another.
  5. Tuning forks are very underrated in my opinion. You can create some great shunting puzzles with them.
  6. I must be one of the few people who actually liked the BR blue era on the VoR. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it was pretty, but I always found it fascinatingly incongruous to see this very corporate colour scheme on an Edwardian NG locomotive.
  7. Ashur Hazzard rode a bay charger named Dodger, but that really is as close as things got. Ashur Hazzard was known for his flamboyance, although it served him well in shareholder meetings.
  8. Hazzard Works is extensive enough to have its own passenger carriages for visitors and special occasions...
  9. Now that makes things interesting. Replacement sides with appropriate doors would certainly be of interest to me. And as I'd likely be repainting anyway, I could do myself a nice District set...
  10. For me, it's the places where companies overlap that interest me. My favourite pre-Grouping company is the Metropolitan. I doubt I'll be buying the Metropolitan generics because I know Met coaches well enough that the differences from the prototype would bug me (mostly the shape of the doors - to be honest, I could probably live with differences in panelling and suchlike). But for companies that met the Met, I'd just like a representative train. Life's too short to spend ages making a set of carriages that aren't overly important to me, when I could be working on stuff that does interest me. Therefore, I might well grab a set of Hattons LNWR coaches.
  11. I like it. Has the look of a cut-down industrial shunter a la the Port of Par engines.
  12. Well, the comic book adaptation in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had an LNWR Precedent crossing Barnes Bridge, so you might say that set the, er, precedent for inaccurate trains. Interestingly, I recall the original novel actually specified the railway companies the trains were using. I have mixed views on the whole question of accurate trains in movies. It's great when it happens, but so often it's just not practical on a reasonable budget, especially if it's just for a quick establishing shot. The one that really bugged me was Savage Messiah, set in Victorian England, filmed on the Bluebell Railway, and the engine they used was... the USA tank. I just can't believe that on a railway with a huge collection of pre-Grouping engines, they managed to pick about the least accurate one possible. The biggest howler for me was in the generally awful From Hell, which featured a CGI establishing shot of an East End street. Crossing the viaduct was a Terrier - okay, yep, that's not an awful choice for the setting - hauling a train of Hornby 4-wheel coaches.
  13. With all due respect to those who have submitted information in this thread, how do you know which enthusiasts have accurate information? Even drawings that are considered authoritative can contain mistakes. At the very least, you'd need someone to check that the information you're receiving is correct. I'd argue that if it doesn't cost any more to produce a set of accurate coaches, Bachmann's birdcages should not have an RRP double that of the Hattons' Genesis coaches.
  14. This discussion has come up approximately 2.5 million times on this thread already (I lost count), but the basic argument against is: 1. Increased cost of R&D in order to produce a model that is accurate enough to satisfy those who would be interested in the specific prototype. The tooling would likely have to be more detailed than the generic coaches would be, because you're serving the people who are only happy with accurate models, so that would also drive up costs. 2. Accurate models for one company would only satisfy those who model that company, which is a fraction of a fraction of the market. As evidenced by this thread, many of those modellers would have been happy with a generic coach. Which company do you choose to maximise your returns? Which of their coaches? 3. If you don't model the company Hattons chooses, then what you have is a set of coaches that aren't accurate for your company, and cost significantly more than £30 apiece. In other words, there's a strong possibility that Hattons could actually lose sales by producing accurate models.
  15. That one's fairly local to me, so there'd be a sale here. If they did milk tankers in the same livery, I bet they'd inspire more than one micro-layout.
  16. Progress has been made! I decided to go with a stormy sky backscene. Generally I'm quite pleased with the way the warehouses have come out - I wanted the scene to look crowded, overshadowing the trains. These six wagons represent what I need for a one-dice game - two empties for the warehouse, two vans for the unloading platform, two coal/coke wagons for the boiler house.
  17. I'm waiting for Hornby to produce this version.
  18. A couple more wagons - I’ve just finished adding loads. These will serve the boiler house. Again, the close-up is very cruel to my hand lettering.
  19. There's a video on YouTube that I can't find now by Adam Savage (of Mythbusters) where he modified a steampunk model kit using a vape pen and a fish tank air pump to create a chuffing effect.
  20. As an Underground nut, I'll second that. If they could cater for detail variations, that's about five main line railway companies, five commuter railways and I don't know how many light railways and industrial lines catered for. And think of the coach liveries they could produce to go with those...
  21. I particularly like the scenic work, although the operating possibilities have definitely got me thinking.
  22. I'm doing something similar on my current micro. It's a great space (and cost) saver, and entirely prototypical.
  23. I think the argument for the liveries they've chosen is that they all have or will soon have appropriate RTR locomotives. That being said, through workings were not unknown, so you could maybe justify some Welsh companies on a GWR or LNWR layout.
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