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Paddy Murphy was at the Bangor Show and indicated that the 121 should be released later on this year.

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Good news that the 121s are on the way soon. If they are anything like the quality of the 141s then Irish modellers are in for a treat! I had a few of the latter in Supertrain livery but unfortunately had to move them on as part of a rationalisation of stock and change of scale. Hopefully the impending release of the 121 will be a further boost to Irish modelling as another class that are synonymous with the network over the last half a century!

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Had a look at the 121 pre-production prototypes at the SDMRC show and it looks mighty impressive. You can see right through the loco body via the side grills just like the prototype.

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The word from MM's PR dept DB over on other channels was March for availability of 121 models.

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Got a message from Hatton's yesterday saying they expect to receive stock this month

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That’s interesting because I emailed Hatton today asking for an update and their reply was that they didn’t know when they were arriving.

 

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On 08/01/2020 at 17:12, StephenB said:

That’s interesting because I emailed Hatton today asking for an update and their reply was that they didn’t know when they were arriving.

 

Steohen

Yea to be honest with delay after delay and now this Chinese flu outbreak, I suspect it could be later in the year rather than the suggested deliveries in march (ie assuming delays in china). IRM have pushed the date for their A class out to autumn 2020 which hopefully won't be affected by the flu outbreak. This was good because both locos would not be hitting the market at the same time and the well is only so deep in the tiny modelling market in Ireland. Both locos will be worth waiting for. Next thing we'll be hearing a clamour for CIE/IR mk3 coaches and re-runs of MM baby GMs. Where will it all end Ted? :)

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The coronavirus thing is bound to cause delays, though completely understandably so. While we'd all love to get them yesterday, I agree with the majority that things of such superb quality are worth waiting for until the time is right.

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3 hours ago, NoelG said:

Next thing we'll be hearing a clamour for CIE/IR mk3 coaches 

 

I'm already clamouring!  Even though I am the proud owner of a tin of RAL2011 from Vinny Byrne :D

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Yes I am debating about respraying a rake of Hornby mk3 to IR livery, but as sure as Healy-Rea's made potatoes, and as the sun rises in the east, IRM may announce IR Mk3 coaches as part of their range as soon as the paint dries. :)

 

A bit modern for me but I've travelled on them so should really have a few at some stage. The IRM fab four are relatively young chaps, so they seem to have little nostalgia memory for the fantastic CIE era 1960s rolling stock when the railways were at their pinnacle both passenger and goods traffic. Hence no RTR beet wagons nor H-Vans nor laminate coaches. If I was a betting man which I am not, I'd put a few shackles on them producing a 22k ICR set before they do an AEC 2600 class DMU set. No compaints though what they have produced so far is absolutely fabulous despite my lack of enthusiasm for modern era rolling stock, just an age thing, 1955-1974 is my bag! :)

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If you fancy a 2600 AEC railcar, have a look at Silver Fox Models.  They are not cheap being effectively hand built but they might appeal. He does a range of bespoke Irish stock.

I do wonder if IRM could be persuaded to do Mk2b/c coaches of the style supplied to NIR for the Enterprise 70, and later bought second hand by IE to replace the last Park Royals.  Apart from the unique Griddle car and driving trailer 1st and 2nd class cars used on the winter push-pull set, the NIR open first and seconds would also sell in BR blue/grey which would also help bankroll the unique Irish vehicles.  Of course, we'd need the Hunslets to go with them!

Alternatively, an 80 class DEMU would be a nice one to have.  Loads of liveries including the small fleet IR borrowed to work Bray-Greystones before electrification. 

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