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  1. Hmm yes, the description isn't specific enough on the website. Drop the guys an email or message. They do two specific types for the two types of HST trailer, but this does now make a 3rd? The other two types DO include couplings for the power cars. Best to ask before ordering.
  2. Got as far as getting one in my cart. Can't get to pay for it. Website down now. Amazingly high demand.
  3. Yep, I think you've summed it up quite neatly. Of most use with modern fixed rakes of stock, either passenger or freight. Potentially of great use on an exhibition layout 'roundy-roundy' with a fiddle yard where one wants to move one, say faulty item, out of a fixed rake. Where I guess it can be a real annoyance to separate items in anything like a short period of time without much cussing and gnashing of teeth when using alternative couplings. I am very pleased with them on my HST sets and my Oxford rail blue Mk3s. Both of which operated in fixed rakes. Tension lock couplings are the work of the devil!
  4. I have fitted a spare pair of the Hunt HST couplers to my Airfix Coronation stock as they have the same type of coupling sockets fitted to them. Not very prototypical and I probably won't keep them on, especially as they are reasonably close coupled to start with. The corridor connections are quite long on Centenary coaches. They were very, very good for their day.
  5. Mine arrived Wednesday and they were rapidly fitted to my HST stock. These had the old Hornby wide coupling. I've been waiting for a product like this for years and had pondered with butchering some Hornby couplings by gluing some Kadee's to them. I saw an article or a Youtube on it somewhere... There is maybe a tiny bit of bodywork clashing between the buffet and W42285 on the 4th radius curves I have on my lashed up layout. But nothing to be to worried about... I've attached some photos of parts of the completed rake. There is a slight variation in gappage - I think the ex Lima TGS has the coupling socket mounted further outbound than the others? I'm really delighted with the results. I shall be ordering at least two more sets when they can ramp up production. I've even toyed with having a look at some Airfix Centenary stock that have the same coupling sockets. I could be ordering gazillions of them...
  6. 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...
  7. Full fat WHSmith with franchise Post Office counters upstairs. Two failing organisations together?
  8. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Fair bit of clag coming off that 68, thought they were supposed to be more environmentally friendly than the old diesels?
  12. 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.
  13. Yes, me. I enjoyed the scanning party. So there is such a thing as a free lunch! ;-)
  14. 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. :-)
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