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  1. Excellent - Reading Signal Works shunter Great that Hornby have addressed a selection of minor locos (both diesel and steam) over the last few years. Good for smaller layouts and introducing people to the hobby!
  2. Really interesting read, thanks - all adds to the mystery of these impressive, unusual trains! The description also gives some ideas for people figures to add to a layout... something often missed in photos, either by wanting to only get the train in the image or by understandable Police request perhaps?! Without wanting to deviate from the thread, there used to be an air-raid siren sounded every (?) Tuesday afternoon down in Southampton back in the early 1990's... presumed to be because of the local docks but maybe some other reason? Nearby Fawley Oil Terminal, perhaps? I
  3. I wondered if my Gaugemaster/Dapol Pullman 73 had the same sound functions but when I looked, I couldn't find the sound sheet either!!! All I remember is that there was mention of electric or diesel operational sounds, though I never have heard the electric ones. So... I am a bit lost too - if you happen to get a copy of functions, can you PM me too? I know the decoder used in mine was a Zimo, so it's possible it was fitted by GM and not a Dapol original but it might just be common between models. The only other option is to try all F buttons and sequences... If I do
  4. Hi, You ask what form it will take? It is a standalone coach and the original bogies were modified to non-articulated when the coach was taken into the Research Department. I presume this will also be the case with the model, as articulated ones could look rather odd protruding from the main body! Cheers, Ixion.
  5. I see they've updated the RES 47578 advert with a photo of 47578 rather than 47776! Yay... but this time of 47578 with no nameplate... I hunted around and did eventually find a photo of 47578 in RES with the name 'Respected', so I am now convinced it did actually exist in this colour scheme with the name. Tempted as I do like parcel trains
  6. Had a few double headed 58's pulling HAAs around the Foxhall curve... <two-tone horn>-(ton-ton-ton--ton-ton-ton)--(ton-ton-ton--ton-ton-ton)--(ton--ton)-(ton--ton)-(ton--ton)-(ton--ton)-(ton--ton)-(ton--ton) ...oh wait, that's a cheaper train to model - only 6 wagons from the Power Station's cripple siding! What have I started?! Anyone got my coat?
  7. Just wait until someone like Gaugemaster releases an exclusive Waterman Range linked commission from Heljan, sold by a company like Kernow, through the Bachmann EFE Rail brand as an Exclusive Limited Special Edition! ...and if Rod Stewart were to buy one or two... (All names mentioned for the purpose of demonstration of a fictitious situation. Other suppliers, commissioners, re-branders, pop singers and producers are also available / exist) It were all straight forward when I were a lad! Liking the ROG 47 from GM though - a definite choice for me!
  8. I am sure when I used to see MGR trains going to Didcot 'A' Power Station, the wagons used to be in multiples of 7. i.e. we used to see 28, 35 and 42, though I vaguely recall sets of 45 but I may be mistaken. Were they ever treated as 'blocks' of 7 (or any other number)? If so, were there a pair of 'outer' wagons around a group of 5 regular types? I fear for my poor wallet... if I were to eventually buy a rake of 45 wagons! That's going to be some outlay but to put a camera next to a model level crossing and see a blue 56 pass screaming by with ton-ton--ton-ton--
  9. If sticking to your two options, I would say late than early. I suspect this would prevent another company stopping their announcement when you make yours, only to hasten their process to release in advance of your own. Personally though, I would say best when the first major CAD iteration is done and ideally with a 3D print to display... so neither early nor late... This shows progress beyond just an intention to make, stopping short of heavy tooling costs. It allows suggestions for popular liveries and gives people a little more time to save up. That
  10. Yes - the Class 40 was a doddle! I am very cautious about having to mill, cut, solder, re-wire, etc. a costly model and wanted a really easy option, so I chatted with YouChoos (other manufacturer offerings are available) who told me how easy it would be. So, I bought one from them at Warley a year or two ago and a day or two later, removed the Class 40 body, took the blanking plug off, plugged in the decoder, put the body back on and my N-gauge Class 40 sound fleet successfully increased by one! I am sure I could manage a much more complicated arrangement but for anyon
  11. Hi big jim I placed my order yesterday and had no problems getting through and reserving one, so I expect you'll be OK but don't hang around just in case. I would imagine many people who wanted one raced out to get the Hornby version, so probably leaving a slightly lower demand for this one. That said, I think the idea of packaging it with two aircraft relating to Colonel (Captain) Tom's efforts (I think it was a flypast for his 100th Birthday?) is a nice touch. Now having placed my order, I have already done my bit for charriddy mate but... don't like to t
  12. That appears to be correct... On Bachmann's website, it says 'Speaker Fitted' on checking a couple of non-sound 31's. It also has a Next-18 decoder socket specified. Glad this is the case because having ordered the non-sound one, it was disappointing to see I could have ordered a sound fitted one... so at least I do instead have the choice of a 3rd party option for the sound file and no worries about installing a speaker! At least any future 31 purchases with sound would most likely be a different sound file, so no 'in-synch' sounds when double heading.
  13. OK, thanks Adrian. It's probably quicker for them to fulfil payments back... maybe stock is moving fast for those who have ordered stuff. Cheers.
  14. Did they already have your card details? I'm reluctant to send mine by e-mail but if they can accept over the phone, then maybe... I think I may only have a month or less left, so it's not a big deal really but the offers sounded very good.
  15. Hi James, I saw the magazine article, then realised your interest in Didcot Parkway - my local! Your weathering is really impressive and I spent some time looking over your choice of models and whether I had seen them there myself. The realistic nature of your weathering brought back many memories though especially one specific memory of 37684 'St Blaise Church...' stabled next to the station with really tatty nameplate and heavily worn paintwork as well as rust. Perhaps a contender, though I am not sure of the year? Perhaps the only loco named after the y
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