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  1. there has also been route restrictions that were issues that kept them but some of these have now been fixed. So expect to see less of them in the future.
  2. To be honest Im holding onto the rake that I bought. A new one will be a super model but you can guarantee that the price will be high for a wagon. Getting the rake will then be very expensive. So will settle for what I have.
  3. Sorry - its only a matter of time before you end up with a retooled MGR wagon...
  4. My suggestions would be: Class 150 DMU / 317 EMU. The DMU would be a good retool with lower floor and spec akin to Realtrack 144/156. Class 317 EMU (I think) could be the spin off... The GBRf Biomass wagons as mentioned. Class 20 - Bachmann probably working on it but it will take a decade... so you can beat them to it. Class 180 - might be a tad too big... Also rans Class 141 Class 151 class 104 HAA Wagon (which is coming somewhere) Class 40 Class 35 (I reckon this one will come from no where)
  5. Ordered from them during lockdown and items sent with no problems. Picked all items that were shown in stock on website and duly delivered. Think some people need to be more understanding...
  6. Ive got a K's version but reckon a new tooled one would be a sure fire winner. Not to mention also got the matching 14xx and set which is a nice party piece on exhibition layout.
  7. I think theres a race on as to who will next to Lion. You have the preserved example... but Titfield will be a massive selling point to. I think Hornby have the right idea. A special release limited edition set and then also a one done for general release. The challenge will be to fit DCC gubbins and have space for sound! It has been done on Rocket.... now its a case of Lion as the front runner for the next engine of this kind to follow. The other outsider is Locomotion No. 1 - but with the bi-centenary fast approaching....
  8. The wires are a bit fiddly but possible. Actually getting the body on and off was the part I was thinking....
  9. Sound set up in Hattons 66 is a massive leap forwards in terms of quality. That said... its a complete b*£$Ard to fit afterwards.
  10. Think Bachmann 66s don't like some tight corners due to the way that the shaft connects to the bogies from the motor. I have had issues where this has led to derailments but curve was tight. Suggest you check the radius and realign if needed.
  11. Most of us are going to model a fictitious station or location. It can be based on somewhere, but the compromises needed on what space we have to model often sees us choose to make somewhere up that allows us to model with the space that we have. That I think is the main reason why more real places are not done. For example, my next layout of Briganton, which is construction is heavily influenced by a large NER style station, akin to Darlington or Stockton - but the space needed to model either would be massive or that the locations would not include some of the activity that I would like to include. That's why Peters list above makes a lot of sense. What we all try to do is to achieve a lot of the objectives above on all of these layouts. We all choose somewhere with a place - put it in an area that matches our interests - and a time, that again is giving us the chance to run the trains we like. The place and time sees rolling stock need to match these objectives although there are some twists when you skew history using a similar example or quote a rare example that happened elsewhere that few others knew about. The twist that I enjoy is fictitious engines done up to match and blend in with the historically accurate stock and for those that notice them this again can be fun. What Peter then moves onto are things to do with operation and running the layout, where the track-plan and design need to have provided to allow the sense of everyday and good operation to proceed. You need to have stock mirroring what a similar real location would be like, even if you then add some interesting trains to add variety. Yes there might be charters, but test trains and inspection saloons also make that list. Fact is that even with everyday movements you need to add more interest, especially when exhibiting and these can give the viewer something more to wait for or watch. Part of the fun of watching the front when operating is to see some people taking interest in the fiddle yard and then wait expectantly for an engine to arrive - before providing it for their enjoyment. It also adds something to fit these into a railway like manner, so that there is a purpose for each movement and not just a tail-chaser style operation where the same train goes round over and over and over again. That just destroys the atmosphere and creativity that a good well built layout can provide. Which brings us nicely to that eye for the prototype - the extra small details on the layout, such as display screens, shop fronts, the cameos of people standing at locations. Its also now the extra dimension that sound can provide. Engines starting and revving to be ready for service, then moving off. Lights being used for shunting, running and standing. The extra sense of realism that a eye for the prototype can bring to model form and allow the ultimate goal of your fictitious layout being seen as a possible real place that you believe is out there somewhere...
  12. Been thinking that this was going to be coming as the engine has been climbing quickly in polls and given many are now getting electrics, this was bound to fill the niche area for the subject. Excellent timing too given that 89001 is on the come back trail. You might want to add a version for whatever its outshopped in soon as shes returning to mainline.
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