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  1. Has anyone tried the Ree Modeles magnetic couplings? These have two magnets per coupling and so are not 'handed'. They do conductive versions too. I haven't been able to find them on the REE website, but here are a couple of versions for sale in the US: https://www.reynaulds.com/products/REE-Modeles/XB-932.aspx https://www.reynaulds.com/products/REE-Modeles/XB-938.aspx No connection to me, but they look interesting. Someone posted about them on the Hornby forum (I think) a while ago. Phil.
  2. I had a toy truck with skip in the mid to late 60s, so they must have been around. I can't remember what make it was.
  3. Another interesting development in the USA is the new Bachmann HO ACS-64 electric locomotive: http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6495 This is only available with DCC sound. List price is $359, but I bought one for $199. Several on-line stores have them for around that price. It is a joint development with TCS who provide the sound - https://tcsdcc.com/node/1723 I have no connection with the makers, but it is a nice model. I suspect that modelers of passenger railways are a minority in the USA, so this might be an effort to streamline the options. At the discounted price it is certainly a good deal. Phil.
  4. There are a couple on Ebay at the moment: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hornby-Intercity-125-Coaches/142694827739?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649 Phil. Not mine, I should add, and not clear exactly which coaches, although it won't matter if they are your first. Finding 5 x R4441 will be difficult, they sold out before the rest as the same number of each were made.
  5. Inspired by the above, I bought this bargain set of nine in the USA: https://www.ebay.com/itm/9-pcs-High-Quality-Precision-Tweezer-Set-Stainless-Steel-Anti-Static-Tool-Kit-US/172731803232?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 Phil.
  6. It looks as if the yellow panel was repainted later too - the numbers are bigger when in service and there's no black in the Vossloh logo. The pics on Hatton's site show large numbers and black in the logo. Phil.
  7. The reference to a small loco could mean it is a RTR Ivor The Engine... Only done as a kit so far, I believe.
  8. I found that the magazine was easy to download as a PDF, which avoids grappling with the user interface. Phil.
  9. The review is in the March 2015 issue of 'Model Rail'. The details are in the '3D printed models' link on this page: http://www.rue-d-etropal.com/ I haven't used them, I happen to have just read the magazine. Phil.
  10. The Orange Empire Railway Museum (www.oerm.org) here in California also runs steam, diesel and overhead electric. The electric vehicles are streetcars and interurbans, the diesel and steam are main line stock.
  11. I have a thought about the interior lighting. As the purpose, at least of the end section of the coach, is to observe and inspect the track, would the lights be turned on? Does this coach really need separate switchable lighting sections? Possibly overkill, and the example posted here does look very nice! Phil.
  12. Has anyone compared the coach with the Mark 1 that Bachmann sell in the USA as part of the Harry Potter sets? Some of the images I've seen on-line suggest that it is a simplified version, with moulded roof pipes, etc. Maybe that tooling is the source of the Hachette coach. Phil.
  13. I returned my R2420 for attention, but also have an R2421 'Dutch' version which has not had any problems so far. Phil.
  14. Mine also arrived back in the USA today, and I was surprised to receive the old body as a bonus. Good work by Hornby. Phil.
  15. I'm in the US and have received the letter discussed above offering the replacements as an alternative to waiting. I will wait until August for the repaired version to be available. I also received the earlier letter apologising for the delays. Phil.
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