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  1. Think you’ll strike gold with these ones lads, you deserve it too. A true icon of ‘modern image’, looking forward to more details and eye candy in due course.
  2. Another replacement body received here after politely enquiring by email as per Pedro32's own request. To give Hornby credit, they offered a direct replacement body, or to send the loco to them to do the swap (allowing a little delay due to Covid backlog). Really can't fault that service, well done Hornby.
  3. Oh this is so tempting! Any history of these ever having a run on the WCML??!! (apologies if been asked already)
  4. I agree that a decent precision screwdriver set is worth it’s weight in gold! Something so simple yet when dealing with such intricate parts it needs to be both functional and comfortable. This is the set I use, a throwback from my previous spell in the motor trade infact. Various bits, lightly magnetised (too strong and it becomes more of a pain), light and comfortable with a palm bearing on the top. The only time I have to switch to a traditional fixed piece precision screwdriver is if the neck of my driver is too large to reach a well sunken screw, as in som
  5. Foden

    Hornby Class 56

    It is indeed one of my personal favourites too, even if I find the roof fans a little gimmicky (easily fixed) I also have a few that have had partially seized drivetrain after sitting on a shelf and never turning a wheel in anger for many years. A strip down and clean a lube followed by a good running in on a rolling road always restores them to superb runners though. Tends to be the worm drive bearings that need attention I've found.
  6. For what it's worth, I don't think that on the whole the filtering in of young blood to the hobby is too much different over the last 30 years, but maybe the method of interest is somewhat different. At the core of it, there will always be young boys and girls that find 'big working stuff' fascinating. Go to any airport (in normal circumstances!) and you'll see as many younger folk standing off the edge of the runway fencing watching these wonderful machines take to the sky, and having as much overall interest in the operation as any older age range, I believe the same generally ap
  7. Doesn’t that knackered old Ped just fit the picture perfectly. I agree with what’s been said there is something quite sadistically appealing about grotty old run down stations and permanent way. A couple that spring to mind in the past that I visited and felt were quite eerily run down were Norton Bridge, Blackpool South, and even to an extent some larger stations like Sheffield and Preston. Bit before my time but Leicester Central (as indeed most on the GCR at the time) looked to be in a very sorry state in its final years when express trains were long gone
  8. Was there ever any concern with drivers in DBSOs and DVTs of being propelled at upwards of 100mph in a lighter carriage? After the awful events of Polmont, was it something that some drivers didn't particularly like for these reasons?
  9. Never seen any in cab footage riding in a driving van trailer, what were they like from a driver’s perspective? A lot like a coach with a forward facing window I’d have thought!? So were they generally the preferred end of the train to drive from? Something to look forward to if an outward leg was in a loco? A nicer ride and a little more peace and quiet perhaps?
  10. One assumes the benefit in the running overheads (no pun intended) must have been enough to warrant the change in traction from diesel to electric where feasible, otherwise I'd have thought BR wouldn't have bothered with the faff and added manpower of changing a locomotive part way through a service.
  11. Just thought it'd be useful to update this for anyone who searches it in future. Buffers at both ends slot into the chassis through the body, so to separate the two you must carefully pull the buffers out, this will then release the body from the chassis.
  12. In this instance the dates are actually 1994, and include a Mossend - Warrington, and another to Healey Mills in the same year.
  13. If I may creep in with a sub question (apologies Rob, no hijack intended), would it be a case that a Regional or Freight service that would normally use slow lines stay on the slow lines even during quiet periods where a path is available on the main line? Because a deviation onto another business sector's line would incur additional costs? And equally, if for example an Intercity train had to use the slow lines, lets say funded by Regional Railways, would the Intercity train then fall down the priority order when it came to pathing? It would seem harsh for an RR service to incur d
  14. Just watching a class 37 related DVD and I’ve noticed that a couple of workings mentioned were Speedlink, but after 1992. I thought Speedlink ended entirely in 1991 and trains that could not be formed as block traffic lost? Think the dates were both 1993 so would be before the later ‘Enterprise’ workings post privatisation.
  15. Give said abrasive or instrument to the mice. Work smarter, not harder!
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