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7 responses to “General discussion

  • Morethan Freeman

    Now the burning question is, will “Harvey” be doing a demonstration of a Bachmann Class 70, as now arrived, being dropped by crane into the hold of a ship aka “Brokeback Newport”! Or perhaps just a 20 foot drop to see if the crush proof packaging is still effective! Well it is a really ugly model just like the real thing!

  • John Cherry

    THE “LION” THAT ROARED!

    D0260 “Lion” was built by a consortium of three major companies, Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Cop. Ltd (BRCW), Sulzer Brothers and Associated Electrical Industries at BRCW works at Smethwick to BR ER operating requirements. Lion was formally unveiled at Marylebone on 28 May 1962. After successful tests on the Lickey Incline hauling 15 and then 20 coaches unaided, Lion was allocated to WR Wolverhampton Stafford Road Depot and used on the 7.25 am Wolverhampton to Paddington and 12.10 pm Paddington to Birkenhead. A second round trip was made on the 3.35pm Wolverhampton to Paddington and return on the 7.10pm Paddington to Shrewsbury.

    In June 1962 Lion was reallocated to Swindon and worked the 10.26 am Cheltenham to Paddington, from Swindon, returning on 13.30pm Paddington to Plymouth parcels. On 24 July 1962 Lion made a test run from Paddington to Bristol with the WR dynamometer car situated behind the loco. During August 1962 Lion was reported working over the South Devon banks to Plymouth.

    For much of late 1962/early 1963 Lion was back at the BRCW works but made more trials over the Lickey Incline from late April until August 1963. On 3 September 1963 it passed to the ER being allocated to Finsbury Park Depot and was confined to local stopping services to Peterborough with occasional runs on the “Master Cutler” and “Yorkshire Pullman”.

    Sadly Lion was taken out of service in October 1963 and dismantled by the end of the year.

    However the brand new Heljan model of Lion is excellent and hopefully the above information may encourage the purchase of this fine model. It will look particularly fine hauling a rake of Hornby’s BR Maroon Hawksworth carriages and a mixed array of parcels vans.

    John Cherry

  • John Cherry

    James May New Toy Story

    I did not know that James May was going to have another go at a model railway between Barnstaple and Bideford, so last Sunday’s programme was a complete surprise. What a cracking programme it was; my wife and I thoroughly enjoy it.

    It was a great advert for the new Hornby HST unit which did a fantastic job, only to be eclipsed by the trusty and now historic Tri-ang Flying Scotsman, with ‘chuff chuff’ sound, the pride and joy of James May; tremendous stuff. Let us not forget the Hornby R603 long straights, which more than stood up to the task; although I dread to think how many pieces were actually used.

    An excellent programme and I have never seen Simon Kohler so emotional!

    John Cherry

    • The Hobby Shop

      I did manage to catch the programme on one of it’s re-runs.

      Although everyone is congratulating Hornby on beating the Germans, they should have paid more attention as the German trains were actually Rivarossi, ie Italian, or actually Hornby too!

      Hornby are currently offering the R603s used on the programme at a special price – the rep phoned asking why I hadn’t ordered any. One, the 6 boxes I have in stock will see me through awhile, and secondly, you can’t be sure what nature “happened” on the track whilst the cameras weren’t filming!

      • brian

        I wonder if the results would have been different had the Germans been using Fleischmann? Everything is probably made in the same factory in China though…

  • John Cherry

    Railway Modelling Magazines

    Without prejudice, I would say that currently Railway Modeller; Model Rail; British Railway Modelling and Hornby Magazine are the principal magazines that attract the biggest audience. I have always felt the Model Railway Journal is for the more “professional” modeller rather than average, although I fully appreciate its merits.

    Personally, although Railway Modeller has greatly improved I tend to purchase only if it features a layout or project which “catches my eye” or for an update on the advertisements. Similarly Model Rail has recently changed to the point that I no longer wish to purchase every copy, but again buy if I see something that appeals to my own modelling interests.

    I currently have British Railways Modelling on a good subscription but I have been disappointed with the way it has changed and it does not seem to feature the best layouts these days. In addition, that railway modelling “idol” Tony Wright no longer seems to contribute his excellent articles, although remains as an “editor”.

    So at present I feel the best magazine is Hornby Magazine to which I eagerly look forward to each month. It has the most up-to-date reviews plus good coverage of the prototype, in the case of new locos, and has featured some superb layouts and some very interesting and low cost projects and kit construction. It would be good to hear how other customers of the Hobby Shop see the current scene in respect of magazines.

    John Cherry

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