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  1. This is something where the smaller suppliers, such as Tim Horn and Grainge & Hodder, have the advantage as they, presumably, have an existing relationship with a local supplier of wood and can take the time to ensure that they are getting the right quality every time. But that doesn't scale up to the mass market level that Hattons will have been hoping to sell at. Having to rely on high-volume wholesalers of wood does somewhat leave you at their mercy when it comes to quality.
  2. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    No, unless there's an emoji for irony. I'm just a bit annoyed that Hornby seems to have so drastically underestimated demand for these. And I'm really annoyed that they've decided to make them a limited edition, which not only precludes another production run (unless the next is significantly different) but also contributes to the inflated demand from collectors.
  3. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    Well, I successfully ordered one from Hornby. I'm beginning to wish I'd ordered ten, now, so that I could sell nine of them on eBay and end up with a free coach and some extra money.
  4. The comments do still have IDs. If you click on the three dots at the top right of an article and select "share", the number at the end of the URL is the comment ID. And you can then share that link to show somewhere where it was discussed. But, of course, that's no help if you're simply scrolling through the pages looking for a number that someone has simpley referred to in passing.
  5. Wow. There's a lot that's changed since then, and not just the size of the hall! You can't imagine a ticket seller with a cigarrette in one hand and a programme in the other, now Are any of those layouts still in existence?
  6. That's a good question, and it's one that's not unique to RMweb, of course. Almost all online forums, mailing lists, newsgroups etc can have a problem with long-running threads that go on for so long that people have forgotten what was said at the beginning (and newcomers never read what was said at the beginning). I don't think there's a simple answer, though. One forum I'm in solves it by having a maximm open time for every topic - once it reaches that limit then the thread is closed, and anyone wanting to continue discussing it has to start a new one. That does have the benefit
  7. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    I hope so, too. It's not unreasonable - they're not being advertised as a limited edition, so there's no reason not to do another production run. I supose the main question is when they can find a suitable production slot. Mark
  8. MarkSG

    New Hornby Rocket

    Well, I've also had an email from Hattons to say I won't be getting mine. Which is rather annoying. Is there anywere that is still has them on sale at RRP? I'm not prepared to pay over the odds to an eBay seller.
  9. I don't buy "ordinary" locos that I have no intention of using. I have bought some locos (and rolling stock) for projects that never got completed (or never even started), but that doesn't mean I won't return to that idea some day and give it another go if the mojo returns. I have bought a few specials that are really just for the play value, as I can't imagine myself ever having a layout on which they'd be appropriate, but it's nice to see them tail chasing round the oval nonetheless . Things like the APT-E and the new Hornby Rocket, for example. But they're very much a minority o
  10. That headline is straight out of the Sub-Editors' Little Book of Railway Cliches. Anything to do with trains, full size or model, depending on whether it's a positive or negative story, either steams ahead, is on track, goes off the rails or hits the buffers. Or, sometimes, just by way of change, suffers a signal failure.
  11. Here's a link to the ST article: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/trainspotters-last-refuge-ian-allan-book-model-shop-puffs-towards-its-waterloo-sunset-j3t5cwpd6 That's paywalled of course, so for the benefit of those who can't read it, here are a couple of quotes. The author of the article is, apparently, the daughter of a trainspotter, and she writes:
  12. My observation of eBay and other auction sites is that good customisation, particularly weathering and/or detailing, can actually increase the value of the item to a modeller, but will decrease its value to a collector. So a lot depends on how and where you plan to sell them on, if resale value matters. Having said that, I don't really care about resale value for the things I buy. I buy them with the intention of keeping them and using them, and on the rare occasions that I decide I no longer need something then I'm happy to get whatever I can for it. The thing that puts me off ext
  13. Aha! So I was wrong about the location, but right about the fact that the main (public) station is an island platform on a double track line. Melton Constable would make a good basis for a layout, particularly if you're willing to use a lot of modeller's licence to compress it. A double junction, and associated locomotive (or, later, wagon) works in an otherwise rural location would have a lot of operational and modelling interest. The private platform would be a lovely cameo.
  14. No idea where it is, but I suspect that's a goods or mail platform - it's too short, even for a branch line, for passengers. And I'm not convinced it's a single line - I think that the platform on which the photographer is standing is part of an island in the centre of a double track line. In the distance, there appear to be two tracks heading off round the curve. It's difficult to tell from the photo, as it's so low-res, but I have a feeling that the low-level signal immediately in front of the bridge is lower-quadrant. And the water column looks, to me, to be a GWR version.
  15. Apart from the typical train set mix 'n' match of BR and Big Four (and fictitious), that's not a bad train set. Seven wagons, a decent sized oval of track (with a siding) and what looks like a level crossing and a building in there as well. That's plenty of play value included in the box. Even the most expensive of Hornby's current sets only has four wagons, and none of them have any additional accessories. But I wonder if train sets in general are a less important aspect of the range than they used to be.
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