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  1. The first photo looks like it is a 38-130A, sometimes Bachmann use a photo of a previous release in their catalogue when announcing a new variant of an existing model and it looks like this is what happened. The first Sealions (1970s) were built dual braked, a batch was also built air brake only (but vacuum piped) and called Seacows. The later Seacow (1980s), as produced by Hornby, was also air brake only. TOPS codes for Sealions were YGH (dual brakes with AFI) and YGX (dual brakes). Seacows were YGB (air brake, vacuum piped).
  2. ISTR that there were some supplied in train sets that had no coupling rods so best to avoid them.
  3. The Hornby Dublo 08 was also produced by Wrenn, they may be easier to find than genuine HD. One problem though, if you use DCC they are not the easiest to convert as one of the brush housings is earthed to the chassis and needs drilling out and insulating as per the other one. I have a couple and that has put me off running them.
  4. Like anything nowadays made in batches you have to pick them up when available. However, blue/grey coaches are about, here for example: https://www.hattons.co.uk/stocklist/1000389/1000588/1000636/1446728/hornby_oo_gauge_1_76_scale_coaches_era_7_br_corporate_blue_post_tops_1972_1982_1972_1982/prodlist.aspx Edit: I notice you refer to pre-tops, there isn't really much difference pre and post-tops as far as coaches are concerned.
  5. My screwdriver is slightly magnetic so it held the screw whilst I inserted it into the hole. It helps if you don't turn the loco fully upside down as well.
  6. Just tried mine, removed the six screws and the body comes off. You're not undoing the screws on the bottom of the bogies by any chance? The inner four screws are buried deep down through the bogies.
  7. They were used in passenger trains in Scotland into the 1970s: https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4371300 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyle_of_Lochalsh_railway_station#/media/File:Kyle_of_Lochalsh_9_73407_1.jpg
  8. They survived in revenue earning traffic until the early 80s, blue underneath all the muck. I don't think many would have lasted in crimson until the late 60s as green came before blue. If they did they would be very dirty.
  9. Found one of my packs, the missing sides at the bottom are from an FO, not sure where they went: The types are: Dia 701/702 RK (the notes that came with the sides says that the red/cream ones are dia 700 SK/SO/TSO BCK FO
  10. I'd agree they are PC, I've got a couple of packs of blue/grey somewhere which include full kitchen cars. ISTR that the kitchen car in blue/grey pack is a later diagram than the red/cream ones. There are four different coach types in each pack.
  11. Nice closeup of a tablet catcher on a 24 on David Ford's Flickr site:
  12. Don't know if you are aware but the first dia 24 RB wasn't built until 1960 so never carried blood and custard in BR days although some may have in preservation.
  13. Some of the RU restaurant cars had them.
  14. You might find these links on the 'dcc, sound and lighting updates' website useful if you haven't already seen them: http://s374444733.websitehome.co.uk/class-153/index.htm http://s374444733.websitehome.co.uk/class-153nutec/index.htm http://s374444733.websitehome.co.uk/class-153sound/index.htm
  15. It's definitely the RBS symbol though, isn't it. Some of the same batch seem to have the Procor symbol there instead.
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