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  1. This (other than the HST clearly being yellow on the sides) could be a scene from my childhood. Fascinating photo with no recent traction, but all those older classes doing sterling work.
  2. Unfortunately she's right in this scenario. I really love the latest O gauge releases though, and 165 of your finest British pounds for a BR Green 05 is spectacularly good value. Between this, the Jinty, 08 and Terrier, everyone should have a little shunting plank in O. To bring this back to bargains - cheapest I could find GWR HST wasn't any of the big box shifters, but a personal favourite (no connection), Bure Valley Railway http://www.burevalleymodels.com/p/12460/R3685---Class-43-HST-GWR-Green-Livery 218GBP - a few quid cheaper than anywhere else, in stock, and a lovely little business to support.
  3. I sent this to my partner with the covering note "If you really loved me..." Didn't go over well. I don't model O gauge. We buy a house in eight days and need things to put in the house that are not trains.
  4. Is it possible that the following: - the design and validation of the class 800 train, including the ergonomics of its cab, its crashworthiness performance and its resistance to derailment in collision scenarios is partly just taking the first opportunity to examine a new product's crash performance?
  5. Apologies in advance for the string of emojis below - but trying to express awe and amazement while also being congratulatory.
  6. Doesn't say in the specs if this is all-wheel drive, or is going to stay faithful to the A1A-A1A of the prototype. Despite diminished hauling, I'd be hoping for A1A-A1A, a heavy chassis and four driven axles should be enough.
  7. Didn't happen to take photos did you? I don't model O, but am extremely interested in chassis design.
  8. What's interesting to me here is how the list breaks down into two or three different groups when we think production and sales: 1. Class with large number in-service, possibly over a longer time period, spread widely geographically. For "new" one would expect something carrying multiple liveries (eg. Class 68 as opposed to Class 70). These are perfect for the mainstream manufacturers who can keep these in their ranges for years, rolling out different details, eras, liveries, special editions etc. 2. A small class, including one-off, or limited geography/time-period etc. There are some with significant support, say class 89, W1 hush-hush etc. These are perfect for commissions and crowd-funding (I know, I said it, but, like, no DJM crowdfunding...). This is why there's room for business models where crowdfunding and short runs are done properly. Or the retailer commissions. In lockstep with the major manufacturers. Thanks to the team for pulling this together.
  9. Just a thought for @Oliver Rails; now you have a special edition Evening Star 66 - maybe time for a tie-up with Dapol again (or another manufacturer) for a 9F Evening Star in O gauge
  10. Thank you - it may well have been a PRMRP build I was thinking of. Appreciated.
  11. I swear I remember a couple of years ago (before I was a member) reading a thread on a scratch build, or mod, of a Co-Co diesel in O gauge. It stood out because the builder was building the mechanism differently - it may have been one motor per axle, or maybe chain linked axles? I think I remember they were going for more authenticity in the chassis mechanism. I can't find this thread now. Does it exist? Have I made it up? Class 37? Deltic? Can someone help me out? I love looking through the kit and scratch build threads, dreaming of the day I have the space, tools and time (plus ability, but hopefully I can work on that) to do something Thanks in advance
  12. This is something that makes me shake my head... The FLIRT is in service with... 12? different countries now? With more on order. Other countries have wet rail, leaves etc. So what is it about our driver training, maintenance of permanent way, the way we order equipment, that makes a proven platform problematic? Or is it just fans looking to complain about everything new introduced? Nothing is perfect. Back on the 230s.... I really want these to succeed. The core philosophy appeals to me; proven generator unit, battery packs, and re-using a platform that still has significant life in it. As a small manufacturer you'd expect teething troubles on introduction - even the most reliable powerplant can be a problem in a new installation (different mounts, airflow, accessories etc etc). Hopefully they can be successful soon, and if not, maybe one of the incumbents will take a punt on a similar product on an existing platform (but newer) with a 75mph-90mph top speed to open up more options where they can run.
  13. They should be used in death as they were never meant to be used for in life (but often were in practice). Turn all of them into public lavatories. Enthusiasts can still go sit on a pacer reeking of piss, reliving the old times. The general public can now legally piss on a pacer. You can send the cheque for my wonderful idea through the post - I'll take a 5% cut of all pennies spent in these abominations.
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