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My BCC 8624 arrived today. What a stunner she is. Running on DC round the test track is superb. 

 

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On 19/11/2020 at 04:00, bingley hall said:

 

"Straight out of the box it runs whisper quiet......." :laugh_mini:

 

That was before the sound was turned on so that people could (not) hear it running. :no:

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9 hours ago, dpgibbons said:

The BR early crest version is already out of stock at Bachmann and most retailers.

Which is kind of ironic as the Bachmann website doesn't show them as even having "Arrived" yet!

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A short running session featuring the all new Graham Farish Stanier 8F 2-8-0, edited with real sound provided by fellow Class members, recorded during visits to various preserved railways over the years. 
Here we see 48608, finished in BR Early Black hauling a short goods train.
Hope you enjoy!

 

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5 hours ago, Derails Models said:

Looks like the sound version is being shipped as we speak, they should start appearing on shop shelves by the end of this week! 

Interesting. The retailer I have ordered my sound one through says that they do not show as part of this week's consignment on the e-mail he has received - did you speak directly to someone at Barwell to establish that they are already being shipped?

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1 hour ago, Roy L S said:

Interesting. The retailer I have ordered my sound one through says that they do not show as part of this week's consignment on the e-mail he has received - did you speak directly to someone at Barwell to establish that they are already being shipped?

 

Certainly did :-) The email I received from Barwell yesterday just notified me of a few items (including but not limited too these) that were being "dropped", which means it's been sent to the pickers and packers for them to do their sterling work. The lead time between dropping an order and shipping is random depending on demand and how the orders are processed, etc, but it ranges from being on the same day to a few days later depending on where you are in the queue, how many pickers are on, etc, etc.

 

You get a delivery note and an invoice when the items are actually shipped, along with the obligatory courier email, so we're expecting that for these anytime now.

 

Hope that helps! :-)

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I managed to pick up an 8F from Tennents Trains earlier, the joys of working in the Clent Hills in the rain and trying to avoid work! I'll be interested to see how this stacks up against the Austerity given the near identical arrangement with its 8 coupled wheelbase and traction tyres. My Austerity is one of the good ones which is capable of putting in a shift with 40+ wagons in tow, so expectations are high. First impressions though are that the 8F has a really nice weight to it, so when I get home I'll have to stick them both on the scales to see which one wins out and hope that the traction tyre fitted axle doesn't suffer from what some have experienced with the Austerity.

 

Its an absolute stunner of a model, for a plain black freight workhorse Farish has really pulled out all the stops. Its right up there with the Fowler 4F for me as an absolute stand out model for the scale. Parts of the valve gear are a bit clunky, as is to be expected from such tiny parts, but no more so than is necessary and it does look like it can possibly be thinned down a touch. That cab interior for an N Gauge locomotive is sublime, but the stance the locomotive takes is its strongest point for me. I've always been a fan of the old Poole 8Fs, they just look rugged, heavy and purposeful; but this new iteration of the class goes above and beyond. I'm not looking forward to having to play the waiting game with the club re-opening before I can introduce this one to its home layout and put it through its paces. There is a 20 tank Bromford Bridge rake ready and waiting to test it to its limits, and I currently only have two steam locomotives capable of shifting that lot.

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I got round to weighing the 8F vs. the 'other' 8F. Very close indeed, only 2g between them. 

 

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I caved in and dug out my little running in oval, I decided I can't wait until I have access to the club...The Stanier 8F is a bit noisier in its geartrain than the Austerity, but at present I'd attribute that to the Austerity having over 100 hours running with typically 40 wagons behind it, rarely less. With time I fully expect the Stanier to quieten down as well.

 

More interestingly however was when I loaded the Stanier up to the point where it began to show signs of slip when pulling off. This point reached at 57 mineral wagons plus brake van on a layout which is essentially a mix of setrack curves from 4th down to 1st radius in a bit of an egg shape. The length of the train was quite literally a tail chaser as there was perhaps 14" between the engine and brake van. Then I put the Austerity on...and it walked away with no sign of slip at all! Really quite admirable on such tight curvature in both cases. Needless to say, any plans I had of dual motoring the 8F using a Black 5 tender drive are pretty much redundant. I might try and squeeze a few grams of lead somewhere, but to be honest knowing how the Austerity behaves on the club layout and how both conducted themselves on my little test loop, the Stanier 8F should manage what I'll ask of it without any extra fuss.

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Bachmann’s distribution seems to be rather sporadic at the moment. The LMS I have my sound fitted 8F on order with (& refurb 31) haven’t even had notice their stock of these is on the way yet. 
 

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