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  1. Didn’t think I needed to upgrade to the latest Duchess, but the Lizzie suggests otherwise.
  2. Just received my Lizzie, initial reaction is that she looks superb, and a big advance on the previous tooling.
  3. The Mrs. knows, she's paid for it, or will have done when we are charged for it by the retailer!
  4. Anyone know when the LMS version is being released? Hornsby seem to be saying Jan/Feb, so could be any day. Asking for a friend....
  5. Great announcement by Hornby. A couple of questions:1) will it be possible to model the complete train? 2) Are the coaches specific to the Scot, or were they standard diagrams specially painted for use in the train? My Hornby Staniers look a bit boring for lack of variety formed as an express, I have to add the ex Dapol restaurant car and a 3rd open by Replica to give some variety. Noted the above comment about the kitchen cars.
  6. I suspect similar, but not as pronounced, as the layout hasn't been stored long, and is now in a converted and well insulated garage. The plain track runs well, after only a superficial clean. Multimetre has lost its leads in the move, as soon as I locate them, will use it to test. If I haven't solved the mystery first. It seems to be the whole of the point - ie. from the fishplates at the toe end, so it may be the electrical connection via the fishplates. I bought the layout already operational, so don't think they have dropper wires. Next stage is to hard wire the toe of the point into the p
  7. thanks for the suggestions. They are insulfrog, and the frogs aren't isolated, so standard wiring to the toe of the point. I'll check for dirt on the tabs as David suggests.
  8. Hi Everyone. I'm just setting my layout up after a couple of months in storage following a house move. Started track testing, and three Peco insulfrog points which all worked fine before are completely dead. Its got me foxed. My first thought was that the rails were dirty, but extensive cleaning doesn't seem to be fixing the problem. I've tried both a track rubber and cleaning with isopropyl. The layout is a shunting plank, DCC controlled with an NCE power cab. All the wiring appears to be in tact, and the rest of the track and points run fine. Any ideas?
  9. My major concern is that previous versions of the Princess have been hard to open to fit a chip. I tend to use Hornby or Bachmann decoders, and have so far had good experiences with both. My only bad experience so far has been with a couple of Gaugemaster decoders, which never worked properly. I've got quite an extensive fleet, so not starting out in that sense, but I'm still relatively new to DCC. Very much looking forward to receiving the model. Looks from the samples that they've captured the look of the loco very effectively. Especially the reversing rod and the rivet detail. B
  10. True, unless they do an upgrade to their own Jinty (unlikely). Although it could run with the Fowler 2-6-4.
  11. Thanks for the advice re chips. The fitted version looks attractive on price, the additional cost being less than the decoder, so I may start there, and then update it in the future. I'd love a Lizzie with sound and smoke, but cost precludes at the moment.
  12. Agree the Stanier Buffet looks the most likely, though I also think the push-pull has a chance. I would like both 2-6-2s and a Tilbury as well. The Tilburys were used in and around Nottingham in the late 30s having been displaced by the Stanier 2-6-4s so have wider route possibilities than just the LTSR.
  13. I'd like them to produce a new tooling of the 2P to modern standards, a Stanier period 3 buffet car, 3rd open, and a push-pull set. All would fly off the shelves.
  14. I have mine on order. I’m buying the LMS red version with DCC on board. Never having bought one with DCC factory fitted before, anyone know what they fit? Presumably an 8 pin standard Hornsby decoder in the tinder. Any ideas? looking at the decorated sample, most noticeable to me is the rivet detail, a true “corky Liz”. The previous model wasn’t as convincing to me. The reversing rod also looks correct for the first time. She’s really too large for my layout - but who cares!
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