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Fenman last won the day on January 7 2011

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  1. I’m guessing these are on the stadium side of Thorpe rather than — as I excitedly thought for a microsecond after reading it — the old M&GN City station being brought back into service... Paul
  2. Blimey. I thought loyalty worked both ways?! I've been a Hattons customer for a similar amount of time. They have always given me impeccable service. I felt a strong pang of disappointment when they stopped using string on their parcels, but I figured you have to take the rough with the smooth. Rails has got my 4-figure order for 158/159s, the only things I wanted from Bachmann (I mostly enjoy ex-M&GN/ex-GER lines, so Bachmann has never been a major supplier). Everything else on pre-order can happily stay with Hattons. Paul
  3. You'd have thought so, though I haven’t received one. However, the Bachmann pre-orders have all been deleted from my Hattons account. Paul
  4. Fenman

    Dapol Mark 1 coaches?

    Oh, good spot, thanks for sharing. I was toying with either these or the Darstaed's, but I think that's clearly pushing me towards the latter. Paul
  5. When I moved from Edinburgh to London about 25 years ago, Clerkenwell was so unfashionable it was the only place in zone 1 I could still afford. Farringdon was like the station time forgot - and, like the area it served, it was completely dead at weekends. Within a couple of years warehouse conversions became hugely fashionable, and clubs had filled the other warehouses: Clerkenwell property prices went through the roof. I retreated to the quiet of Earl’s Court. It’s staggering to me to think that sleepy Farringdon will shortly be one of the biggest interchanges in central London. What a transformation. Thanks for sharing the video. Paul
  6. It may start at mid-day - what’s the average finish time? You may have been led to believe “they spend their time debating in the chamber”, but that’s not their primary job. Much more work is now done in committees. The constituency work has already been referred to by others. Unless you have data showing the average number of hours an MP actually works, your posts do come across to me as just bar-room sneering. Paul
  7. Fenman

    APT Resurrection?

    I’m not sure the point you’re trying to make with those two because they’re so different. Dyson has aimed to make fantastically huge profits on everything he’s produced. A few of his products have tanked (the washing machine didn’t find a market), but I don’t think he knowingly launches a product which he intends will only break even. Branson has for years argued that his fundamental strategy is to build long-term capital value, and that he doesn’t chase annual profits (hence him taking his companies back into private ownership after trying to launch them as plcs: he couldn’t work with what he saw as “short-termism”). Virgin Atlantic, to take one example, was never particularly profitable, but his intention was to build a major business that could then be sold. Which he did. I’m not aware of any model railway company that’s like Virgin; whereas I’d guess most would want to be like Dyson. Dave is the only one I’ve ever heard saying he was deliberately producing something as “not for profit” (which — given unpredictable development times, relatively large upfront costs, and forex volatility — seems like a likely way of losing money). Paul
  8. You may well be right (and I wouldn’t punt my money on it), but you seem to be missing the point. Very few of us seem to have just one interest which has a monopoly on our purchasing decisions. By actually designing a survey that insists each of us may only declare one era, you will inevitably get a distorted view of the potential market. I’m interested in early and transition BR; and 1970s blue; and in pre-war M&GN, ex-GER and ex-LSWR. I buy stuff from all those. And others. But, as far as Fran is concerned, my sole interest is in transition-era BR. I’m not at all criticising the company for going where they think the biggest market is, and there was a nice clue from Fran that it’s in prototypes which offer the opportunity for multiple runs and variations (so that class 37 might be looking more likely, then?!). But I am criticising the logical leap that says this survey proves whether or not there’s a viable market. Paul
  9. Yes, I understand that point. But Fran seems to make a leap from the fact that no-one has chosen an era to the conclusion that there is “not a huge market”. Well, it may not be “huge” (other than TTTE what model railway market is?), but it may still be commercially viable. Two different things. Paul
  10. Ha! This is *exactly* the sort of false conclusion I anticipated in our earlier exchange, when I was questioning why I was only allowed to pick one era. Excuse the shouting, but — SOME OF US HAVE MULTIPLE INTERESTS! If you make us pick only one of our interests, it should be no surprise that you are leaving commercial opportunities on the table. But to argue that because no-one has picked that era means there is “not a huge market” ... well, I would suggest you can’t draw that conclusion. An APT-E did not fit with any of my modelling interests — none. So you would conclude I couldn’t possibly have bought one, and there was no commercial opportunity there? Incidentally, even though you wouldn’t necessarily conclude this from my answers, I’d love a definitive Class 37 *and* Mk2b stock. That’s the basic 1970s InterCity train on the Fenline. If you introduced those, it would change my modelling priorities. This survey stuff is tricky! Paul
  11. And yet, curiously, when we faced an existential crisis in WW2, we were able very rapidly to alter pretty much all of society to achieve national objectives. The Total War Economy was an extraordinarily massive change that pretty much the entire population accepted and which took place in a remarkably short period of time. So the question, I guess, is whether or not you believe Climate Catastrophe is a similar existential crisis? If not, well, carry on as normal and wait to see what happens. If you do, then the question now is not whether or not we should be jumping, but how high. Paul
  12. A couple of thoughts: since we have off-shored much of our own filthy manufacturing, much of the emissions growth you see in China and others is a by-product of producing stuff for the west. We can’t just dump the dirty manufacturing on others, then argue how clean (and virtuous) we are. Those A380s are much more efficient than the larger numbers of smaller aircraft we usually favour. If Heathrow traffic consisted entirely of widebodies, we wouldn’t need a 3rd runway to cope with all the extra planes that are just transporting the same number of passengers... I’m not very persuaded by arguments that Nobby over there isn’t controlling his emissions (just go with the metaphor), so why should I bother? I was brought up to believe two wrongs don’t make a right, and you need to lead by example — otherwise everyone is just engaged in a race into the gutter. Paul
  13. Sorry for the tangent but I think one of the most chilling opening sequences in a film is in Mississippi Burning, where our civil rights heroes are driving a car at night on a lonely road with masses of hidden dips, and you suddenly become aware of one, two or more cars following, their headlights ducking into and out of view in the rear mirror. Er... sorry for the tangent. Parts of the Fen line towards King's Lynn are both very flat and arrow-straight. An other-worldly combination. Paul
  14. When I was a student (a looong time ago now) I got a summer job in one of Europe's largest frozen food processing factories. I worked in vegetables - fresh produce shipped in from all over East Anglia, frozen and otherwise processed and packaged on site. The factory produced own brand produce for all the major supermarkets; but the main difference was in the number of people looking at the veg coming in on conveyor belts to pick out ones which looked a bit manky (technical term), or to pull out stalks that had been left on, etc. M&S had the highest number of people on the line, whereas the cheapest supermarket (long before the days of Lidl and Aldi) had just one person. The most horrible experience I had was when we were packing frozen peas. The bagging machine left too much air in each bag when it was sealed (so that, say, 24 bags wouldn't fit in the box), so someone was armed with a skewer and told to make four holes in each bag as they passed - so the air could be pushed out and they would then fit into the boxes. On one of the stops where the machine had jammed and a technician was needed to clear it, I looked across to see the woman on skewer duty cleaning her finger nails... Paul
  15. Unfortunately in doing so you may underestimate the size of any market. I buy models representing a number of eras. No one era is dominant for me — and what I buy depends on both the usefulness *and* attractiveness of the model (I have zero “need” for an APT-E but I very happily bought one). And a great model can can open up a new world for me: Heljan’s 0 gauge Clayton has “made” me become an 0 gauge modeller. I’m sure you know all this. Hope the survey results are interesting. Paul
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