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  1. Steve, Nile is correct. Unless there is someone in the UK making US types in 009, it will all be HO scale. If going HO, there are several 3d printed conversion kits that use N scale locos as the base. There is also quite a number of 3d printed rolling stock, as well as a few kit makers who do wood laser cut kits. But again, nothing I have found if 009 of US prototypes. Jim F
  2. It came from this posting on my Early Rail .io group, which is mainly focused on US modeling. "Our local Ford dealer has a photo on their wall of the Highland Park, Michigan, assembly plant taken in 1913 showing Model-T's being loaded into freight cars that look very European. They are short all-steel 4-wheel cars with arched roofs. They have side doors but are being loaded through end doors using narrow portable ramps for each wheel. Has anyone here ever heard of such cars or have any information about them?" Jim F
  3. I've now been informed those are 1916 models, not 1912. Would autos have been mfr'd during the war? Jim F
  4. Can anyone help with the location? These are 1912 UK Fords being loaded. Thank you. Jim F
  5. Hi James. I'm in NC, and just a FWIW, if you have been shopping for Peco track here in the US. It is much less $$ to order from the UK, such as Hatton's. I've compared pricing from Hatton's, Model Railway Imports in Canada, and my fav dealer for prices when I was doing US model rail, Blue Ridge Hobbies. As example, for a box (25 count) of Peco SL-404 Mainline flex track, per piece cost is $4.77, MRI is $6.21 and BRH is $6.36. That is US prices, converted from £ for Hatton's and Can $ for MRI. I do forget if I took off the VAT from the Hatton's price, however, so it may
  6. I seriously doubt the Society directors failed to discuss most, if not all, of the points that folks have brought up in this thread. So... A) If you are a Society member, and have concerns, contact the board to discuss. C) if you are a member, and plan to buy the track, contact the sales person direct, to discuss what your postage options might be. B) if you are not a member, and have no intent on joining (whether you model in EM or not), than really, you have no say, so why comment on here? Just my thoughts. Jim F
  7. Alright, using Hatton's was not a good choice, but was easier than trying to calculate via the Royal Mail website. But my point was, for all the comments about how Peco should revise it's methods, or maybe the Society should find some volunteers to cut the track into mail friendly lengths, has anyone actually calculated out what it would cost them for postage to buy some of the track? Or again, are folks just enjoying finding negatives? Jim F
  8. Ok, so I may be way off course here, but I just went to Hatton's website, placed a 25 piece box of Peco code 75 OO flex track in the shopping cart. The postage shown, from Hattons to a Central UK address, is £4. To my address, in the US, it would be £15. Wouldn't the costs for the EM track from the Society be similar? Jim F
  9. having wandered around and dabbled in most of the UK's rail/scale combinations (N, 2mmFS, OO, OO9, EM, P4, 7mm and 7mmNG), I never could settle on just one. Each had their pros and cons. I kept coming back to OO, as being in the US, it would just be so much simpler to acquire what I needed. Yet I still hesitated, as the 'narrow gauge' look just put me off, and I wanted track that looked better than the standard Peco, but was not inclined to build my own. So I just continued on with other hobbies. Peco then comes out with their bullhead track, and the interest comes up again, but still, that NG
  10. Can I ask some kind soul who has one of the models in their possession, measure and post the overall length and width one? Thank you. Jim F
  11. Not sure about that, think they do agree it's anything prior to 1923, and probably all agree, for diesel fumes and flashy paint schemes, a truck (lorry) stop would be more interesting LOL Regarding the digital mag issue, yes, I do prefer a physical magazine/book, etc.., but being in the US, getting digital issues is much less expensive, and I does not need physical storage. And, regarding the whole 'privacy' issue, anyone who is that worried about it, should not be online, via computer, smart phone, iPad, etc.. (of course, make sure you shred all your paper mail, with addresses, accoun
  12. It's funny, regarding many of the folks who like to 'peruse" (aka read) a magazine at a model shop of news stand, then put it back without buying because "there was nothing of interest in it". They are more often than not the ones who will complain the loudest when said magazine dies off. Saw this happen with Model Railroad Craftsman, here in the states. As much as I still prefer the printed versions of magazines (and I did as John does, with my US magazines, cutting out any and all content that I felt was worth keeping), the cost of UK modelling magazines here in the US is extreme. It's a
  13. Font, to answer your basic (I think) question, regarding will a 009 Skarloey or Rheneas run after years of storage, "Maybe". A lot will depend on what the type of lubrication is used at the factory, basically it's 'shelf life', and conditions where it is stored. A better idea, would be to buy a basic oval (or circle) of the Kato N scale, and pull it and the locos out once a year or so, and give them a run for a bit. Both models are excellent runners brand new, out of the box, and a bit of 'exercise would help them stay that way. But you would also be surprised at how liitle space you would
  14. Nimbus, if the gears are the types that Bachmann USA use in their US N scale offerings, there should be no issue. They are vastly improved over the ones the used in the early days of their N scale offerings. Jim F
  15. My pre-ordered Rheneas arrived in the mail yesterday, so the new batch must be with distributors. Just FYI Jim F
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