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  1. They are, and its a definite minor quibble - but I’ve now paid £119 for a well tank and £125 for a J94 and I cannot store either with the couplings installed or without handling them a hell of a lot whenever I want to put them on the track or back in the box. You can pick up a model of Smokey Joe for a fraction of that and that’s got space for the couplings in its packaging. Spoiling the ship and all that... Hornby, Heljan, Dapol and Bachmann all leave room in their packaging for it, so it’s something of a mystery to me as to why EFE hasn’t. not a dealbreaker for me at all, if they
  2. to take the thread even further off topic the plan for the layout is to portray it more or less in the present day when new builds have started taking off and I have an excuse to run pretty much anything I want using either ‘new build’ or ‘repaint to imitate a classmate’ as an excuse. Furthmore the plan is to depict a steam gala, so ‘visiting loco’ becomes a thing as well. The idea being to exhibit such varied an incongruous stock in a seemingly realistic setting. To return to the topic at hand, 3298 has just arrived and will be tested pronto. If she works, she will look great on a co
  3. agreed, the full green liveried one looks damn good. I can only afford one of them though and even I would notice two locos of the same class and with the same number running together. And have vague plans for a future SR layout, so went for the one in what could have been a prototypical livery. EDIT: Upo0n reflection, i had also noiced that in some of the shots of the loco i saw on the Kerow website, the green driving wheels looked a little too "plastic" for my liking. Doesnt look like thats something that actualy seems too evident in real life though.
  4. I can pretty categorically say that the loco never carried that livery in service to SR or BR (to my mind it’s unlikely similar to this was carried under the LSWR either, but my knowledge of that railway is limited so I’m not too sure). I’ve been unable to track down the details of the loco in this livery myself, but I’d imagine that it was an early preservation livery myself.
  5. The joys of planning a model railway based in preservation . I’m hoping for it to be an exhibition layout and I can’t wait for vocal rivet counters to tell me all for the problems with it it’s also got a grey 1361, a LBSCR Atlantic, a regional railways 37, a Bulleid pacific with Stanier tender and a LNER green ‘A4’. Thinking about it, if this gets out into the exhibitions it may be detrimental to the health of the vocal rivet counter brigade...
  6. Just purchased the SR lined black example. Will look good alongside a W1 and a Stirling single
  7. Damn. Was really hoping to avoid spending money on these. With a ‘Lyn’, ‘W1’ and a bunch of Genesis coaches in my near future, I may have to give this one a pass for the time being. But you never know - Christmas is coming up
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    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    The model cetre was taking pre-orders on all versions the last time i checked - that was a couple of days ago though EDIT: yup, still appear to be taking the pre-orders for it. https://www.themodelcentre.com/r3840
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    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    I too am reaffirmed in my opinion of the model I’ve pre-ordered - ‘British Enterprise’ is the model for me. afraid I can’t find in myself to like the LNER green at all - to my eye it just does not suit the engine shape of the original loco. Doesn’t have the lines of the Pacifics and it’s just too bulbous. I also have a slight concern around the robustness of the handrail on the front of the unrebuilt esamples - it looks a mite flimsy to my eyes. Time will tell I suppose Nonetheless, a spectacular model from Hornby which will instantly get my money when available
  10. When deciding upon the name for my preservation-era OO layout which will contain virtually every new build planned and a few that arent, i wanted a plausible english sounding name that was also some kind of wordplay with the word 'Newbuild'. From my terrible terrible french i recalled that the word 'creer' means 'create'. I found that 'Newcreer' was a reasonably plausible sounding english town name (a great many use anglicised french words). I never dared to try and create awelsh town name, i would do a horrific job of it i'll stick to the english - that seems to at least be dece
  11. I was originally going to order a bunch with the lighting in myself, but decided not to on the basis that I’ve actually never been satisfied with the way that model coach lights look under normal conditions - either so dim that they may as well not be on or so bright that the passengers would be clutching their hands to their eyes. So my first rake will be for a mix of liveries with no lighting. however, among my innumerable future planned layouts, I would like to model a winters night, and this sort of lighting would be utterly perfect. So am going to purchase one or two sooner or
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    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    oh dear, so my plans for 2007 and 5551 to be there are probably not welcome... plus 10000 of course (both of them as it turns out)
  13. It’s a plastic ice cube package, as you get from Hornby, Bachmann et al. but you’re right, a sharp scalpel will sort it out. When I get round to it
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    Hornby W1 Hush Hush

    I’m planning an entire layout based around a preservation steam gala where there are lots and lots of, erm, new builds
  15. The Kato N Gauge track can be disguised and weathered to create quite an acceptable appearance, so by no means is it a lost cause on that score. A For the performance compared to Peco/Farish track - it is a world apart. I had some Peco/Farish stuff and after three or four months of assembly/reassembly (something that I admit it probably wasn’t designed for, but it is a train set after all) the connectors between track segments were so knackered that every single piece of track needed attention. Ive now had the Kato Unitrack starter set for nigh of five years and it has
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