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Robin Brasher

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  1. The Cheltenham Model Centre was selling Hornby TT-120 models at the Swanage Railway diesel gala last weekend. It was the first time I had seen a model railway shop selling them. The owners said that the TT-120 models were selling very well. My main interest is the Swanage Railway. So far Hornby have hardly made any models relevant to the Swanage Railway but this has not stopped me buying TT-120 models so they have been attractive to me.
  2. Ran my set of Hornby 4 and 6 wheel Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway coaches with R2217 S &D JR 4-4-0 class 2p locomotive number 44 on the Winterborne Kingston test track. The locomotive is 23 years old and I have run it occasionally with some old Hornby S & DJR coaches. The locomotive ran well at the outset but it ran better after oiling. The six wheel coaches initially derailed on points and on the joint between two baseboards but soon settled down to staying on the track.
  3. As I am modelling the Swanage Railway I am interested to read that Bachmann is producing E85014 LSWR 02 205 in LSWR Urie green. According to page 221 of Swanage 125 Years of Railways by B. L. Jackson numbers 180 visited the branch in July 1890 and 208 visited in 1896.
  4. Tri-ang probably made the Merchant Navy and Castle locomotives in their TT gauge range because they were large locomotives which did not have Walschaerts valve gear so they were easier to manufacture.
  5. An interesting interview. I thought it was going off topic about the Beatles so I skipped that bit. It looks like Margate's perception of what trains will sell has changed since Tri-ang introduced TT gauge. TT gauge steam was represented by the Southern and Western regions whereas TT:120 is represented by the LNER and LMS. I write updates on model railways for the Swanage Railway Magazine and I find it difficult to write anything about TT:120 that would interest the readers who are mainly interested in the Southern Region. It has not stopped me from putting in a brief mention as the Railway has had occasional visits from the Flying Scotsman and A4 Pacific locomotives.
  6. I was comparing my Hornby Flying Scotsman with my Graham Farish Flying Scotsman. Another comparison would be my Dapol A4 Union of South Africa compared with my Hornby Silver King.
  7. The first TT:120 layout I have seen at an exhibition is the Hatley St George layout at the Lymington Model Railway Exhibition on Saturday 30 March 2024. This layout received a lot of favourable comments. I thought that the locomotives were better looking than the Graham Farish N gauge locomotives and they ran better. I also thought the Hornby points were more realistic than the N gauge set-track points. I think that TT:120 scale is the largest scale that you can take to an exhibition in one piece in a medium size hatchback, Once you go on to 00 gauge you need at least two boards and it takes me ages to align the track when taking an 00 gauge layout to an exhibition. My main interest is Southern but I have just made use of the existing north eastern region locomotives and Mk1 coaches for my own layout. I am still unashamedly playing with trains rather than counting rivets because that is what I and some visitors to exhibitions enjoy.
  8. It costs Hornby roughly the same amount of money to produce a TT:120 model as an 00 model yet their TT:120 Flying Scotsman is considerably cheaper than their 00 model. The TT:120 Flying Scotsman is a high quality model and Hornby are selling it at a low price to entice new entrants into the scale. As TT:120 becomes more popular I expect Hornby will put its prices up and their new HS 125 with just a power car and a dummy trailer costs over £200 which will not appeal to budget-conscious modellers.
  9. Hornby's latest version of the 'Flying Scotsman' as R30208A as a restored gold plated A3 in LNER lined green with two tenders as it appeared in the United States is probably the most expensive locomotive that Hornby has ever produced. The price is £534.99.
  10. I wonder what I wrote. The Railway Modeller used to publish a lot of my articles about the Swanage Railway in the 1970s but now my articles appear in the Hornby Railway Collector and the Swanage Railway Magazine.
  11. Hornby does need to improve its marketing of the Corgi brand. I was not aware that Corgi are still producing the Vanguard range although I did know about the Corgi Model Club models which, I understand, have been a huge success. The Corgi Model Club marketing does not suit me as I am only interested in a few models which I like to cherry pick. If you join the model club you get a huge discount on the first models and then you receive a model each month at around 60% of the full price whereas if you just buy the models you are interested in you know that other people are paying a lot less. I thought that at around £34 plus postage the models were rather expensive compared with a discounted price of around £11 my Oxford Diecast Rolls Royce from Hattons but I understand that £34 is the going rate for diecast cars now.
  12. Some of the Corgi Toys are useful accessories for 0-gauge layouts. I have heard that the recent Corgi replicas of the Corgi Toys of the 1950s and 1960s have been very successful,
  13. The preserved 01 is going to visit the Swanage Railway from 22 March 2024 so I will be able to run it on my model of the Swanage Railway
  14. I bought a set of three as I am modelling the Swanage Railway and I wanted to make sure that the Co-op did not run out of bananas. I should think that most people would just want one banana van so it would be in Accurascale's interest to sell them individually as well.
  15. Thank you for the advice about removing the wheels. You will be pleased to see that my banana vans have reached Evercreech Junction on the Somerset and Dorset Railway.
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