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Everything posted by amdaley

  1. I just got a loco from Rails & there was a sticker attached "TESTED MM" so somebody had a go. Maybe it was because the order was for outside the UK ?
  2. If its bad enough to worry you then I would send it back asap.
  3. That's great John. You were one of the lucky ones. The problems were written about extensively. Tony.
  4. The first issue of the Garratts were a disaster with multiple problems. I had three myself, all of which had to be returned. Some had a far bigger number of them. The second issue was a much improved model.
  5. I notice of the photos of the model on the Rails site, none of them show the tender top looking down on it. I wonder why
  6. Love this layout. Had the pleasure of seeing it at Railex a few years ago.
  7. There's also a photo there if you scroll to the right which shows the top edge of the tender.
  8. Those stanchions really look horrendous but I have a photo taken in preservation which shows them that thickness from the door level down. Maybe that's where the idea came from ? I don't know who took the photo so I don't want to put it up here without permission.
  9. I see International orders for these models won't be going out until after Christmas.
  10. Thanks for the photos. Are the upright cab handrails plastic or metal ?
  11. Due to arrive in the next day or two according to Rails.
  12. Update on this saga. It arrived eventually with the outer packaging battered & bruised. Fortunately the model was ok in its box. Only took a month to arrive Fitted a sound decoder from Roads & Rails. Excellent runner & very smooth.
  13. Rails say they hope to have the model in stock by the end of the month so any Rails official photos will have to wait until then.
  14. Rails were going to put up some offical photos of the model but their version of Photoshop is out of date.
  15. I contacted Rails about the questionable details which showed up in the photos & below is the reply I received. "Thank you for your email, this is only snap shots from the youtube video and not actual footage. We are hoping to release some images ourselves fairly soon. You are welcome to cancel the preorder but as stated on the website in the terms and conditions deposits are non refundable, please let me know if you wish to go ahead with the cancellation?" I will wait until I see the Rails photos before deciding whether to cancel or not. If having seen Rails photos I am still unhappy then I will cancel. Yes I will lose the £30 deposit but that is down to me for having trusted Rails / Bachmann to get the model right. If I do have to cancel be assured it will be the last time I will be pre ordering anything from them. On a side note & to illustrate what can be done I recently purchased one of these A/001 Class Diesel Electric locomotives from Irish Railway Models https://irishrailwaymodels.com/collections/a-class-locomotive The level of detail & features would put other manufacturers to shame. Below I list some of the features & details. Common Features: Highly detailed OO scale model Heavy Die-Cast metal chassis Separately applied steel detail parts, including grab handles, steps, wipers and more Correct height mini-tension-lock couplers with NEM socket Five-Pole motor with two flywheels Metal Helical Gear box for maximum performance and slow speed running Gearing arranged so locomotive can achieve a scale top speed of 130 km/h DCC ready with PowerPack capacitor for uninterrupted power Two quality speakers with large sound capsules for best possible sound Fully detailed Lighting Pack, including: Directional lighting, DC and DCC Marker lights can be turned off when train is coupled to loco high beam headlight function separately switched cab lighting and illuminated, details driver’s console Engine bay lighting RP25-110 OO wheels with provision for re-gauging to 21mm gauge Rotating axlebox hubs (with alternate axlebox covers for earlier versions) Fully sprung metal buffers Extra fine factory-fitted pipework Extra fine factory-fitted plastic and etched steel detail parts Minimum Radius 438mm (2nd Radius Set-track) Length over Buffers 203mm. That was all achieved for a cost of approx £160 / €189 which shows what can be done if the will is there. To say that the model ran like a swiss watch out of the box would be an insult to the model which I'm sure that anyone on here who has bought one will attest to. This is the level which must be achieved if people are expected to shell out £200 with non refundable deposits. I have no connection with this company other than a very satisfied customer.
  16. I've just seen close up photographs of the Bachmann Caledonian 812 which you are bringing out. What happened with the tender top which is far too thick & bears no resemblance to the prototype ? As for the cab handrails, they look like scaffold poles ? Someone obviously wasn't paying attention. Very disappointing, so much so that I will be cancelling my pre order.
  17. It's a very elimentary mistake for the price being charged.
  18. Whatever about the cab thickness that tender top edge is a disappointment. It might be possible to relieve that sharp tender top inside edge if only to get rid of that square look. This shows one of the problems of pre ordering models especially if you have to pay a non refundable deposit. Pre ordering is often made on the basis of a few photographs. Tony.
  19. Unfortunately my replacement railcar from Hattons never arrived. Hattons no longer have my model in stock so I'm now going through the refund process. Pity as I already have a Sound decoder waiting here for it Once I get my refund I may be able to get one elsewhere.
  20. I have now sourced a supply of these. Thank you. Tony.
  21. Hello Everyone. The reason I'm restricting this request to modellers in Ireland is because of the present postal difficulties between the UK & Ireland. I've got several packages stuck somewhere in the postal system. I'm looking for NCE Mini Panels & a quantity of SPDT Momentary Toggle Switches. If any modeller on here living in Ireland has any of the above that they wish to move on then please let me know. Thank you. Regards. Tony.
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