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  1. I think Hornby did the right thing ditching the Thomas franchise. Here's why... I believe Thomas is really only popular with the smaller children. Children who are probably not dexterous enough to assemble and run Thomas and his friends. By the time they get to an age where they can handle the products and re-rail the vehicles, I think they've moved on to other things. Eg super heroes, Lego, Minecraft etc. I'm fortunate enough to be blessed with a grandchild who at the age of 7 says Thomas is 'Babyish', peer-group pressure I presume? He even said the maybe we could repaint some of the stock so it isn't Thomas any more. I'd bought him Percy and the mail train two or three years ago. He loved launching it round the track at high speed and delighted in accidents. There's an awful lot of accidents in the Thomas TV programmes! Now after watching the Great Model Railway Challenge TV show he delights in using the mail train to deposit a model person on the track. It always has to be a lady! Have we produced a serial killer? ;-) I have a colleague with a 3 year old son who is infatuated by Thomas - maybe the Thomas set will have to be moved on. I too think the Thomas prices are a 'bit toppy' - £30 - £50 for a coach! I guess that's partially due to the licence fee. Also as an aside DCC is a must for children, they insist on running more than one train on the track. I do think Hornby are barking up the wrong tree introducing the analogue controls that they did this year. They really need to produce a value for money DCC system. Railmaster does appeal to my grandson. I'd be interested to hear what others think...
  2. Full fat WHSmith with franchise Post Office counters upstairs. Two failing organisations together?
  3. WH Smith are hopeless. I'm in Stafford. As last year the tills are not programmed with the discount. Same happened to me last year and I paid the full price. This time I abandoned the transaction at the auto tills and insisted on the discount at the staffed till. The exasperated staff member had to put it through manually whilst a huge queue was building up. I was not the first to claim the deal that day, so why don't they get it fixed? I assume Key Publishing have actually mentioned this deal to Smiths?
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    Hornby RailRoad HST

    I expect the artwork has been prepared for at least 12 months, long before the model itself actually existed. Hornby are big users of Photo-shop and renders for prospective models. Most people won't notice the difference between the box lid and the model. Those that do will be pleasantly surprised.
  5. Hi, A really enjoyable show again this year. Switched back to going on Sunday, much, much more pleasant and enjoyable. I arrived just before 10 and stayed until kicking out time. I'm sure looking at everyone's pictures and videos I've missed stuff again this year. I go with a plan, and then just wander round aimlessly for hours. A bit late to the party with the photos. I will get round to naming them and captioning them. But I was concerned that they would never get posted. The following is a link to my Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/trickymundo2009/albums/72157712034901118
  6. Fair bit of clag coming off that 68, thought they were supposed to be more environmentally friendly than the old diesels?
  7. Glad to be of service. Although as a disclaimer I hadn't actually paid at that point as Dave had his Paypal 'difficulties' at the time. I paid by credit card when he had the new website.
  8. Yes, me. I enjoyed the scanning party. So there is such a thing as a free lunch! ;-)
  9. I have checked the on-line account for my M&S Money credit card and I have had £248.99 credited to the account yesterday (26/06/2019). I posted off the proof on the 17th June. So rapid work by HSBC the ultimate owners of M&S Bank. :-) Good news as I've already spent some of the money on a Hornby APT from Ebay. Should arrive on my birthday. :-)
  10. I wanted Leicester North, then this turned up! :-)
  11. I visited the show yesterday. It was very, very good. Two big regrets, well three. 1. I didn't arrive early enough 2. I shouldn't have spent so long riding up and down on the trains. :-) 3. Perhaps I should have gone for the two days. I only got there at 11:30, that was an hour and an half missed opportunity. As I'd never been to the GCR before (to my shame) I wanted to see the railway too, so that was more time not looking at the wonderful layouts. Got chucked out with the rest at 5:00pm. So perhaps two days next year? The show was huge, see attached image.
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    DJM, the end.

    It looks the wrong shape to me... I'll get me coat! :-)
  13. My impression was that to save money all documents will be published on the portal and not posted to people. Whether that includes not sending further emails in future, I don't know....
  14. It was still quite warm. But you can pop in and out to get a breather. Unless you are on a stand of course. Great show again this year. My satnav found it really well. Free parking diagonally opposite outside the old council depot. Quite a strong smell of wee on occasions, hope it wasn't me. :-)
  15. This model works very well on the move for me. Better than some of my locos for sound retention. I suspect that the wipers/pick-ups are really tight on the wheels of mine as it is not a free runner at all. Maybe be some (careful) adjustment of the remaining pick-ups would do the trick?
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