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Old 12-11-2014, 02:32 PM   #16
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

The Hornby models have very fast motors which makes slow speed shunting nigh on impossible. At the Royal Deeside railway I drive Class 03s and Industrial Diesels, one of the class 03s in particular is very unpredictable and sometimes while under heavy loads the loco will emit rather impressive sparks from the chimney!
That's the best part about not buying online, I went to a model shop in York and wanted to buy a class A4 pacific. The guy tested the model and it didn't work, neither did the next. So I eventually got a nice working locomotive and I was very chuffed with the service, excuse the pun.
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

Living near Newcastle (sunderland to be exact) I am close to the major ECML stop of Newcastle every now and again I will catch the Tyne and Wear Metro service to newcastle central (or even the airport ) but now I tend to catch the 10p more Northern rail service on the Class 156 or 142. Sunderland even has a service to Kings Cross with Grandcentral on Class 43 or 180 adelante units.
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

Another model of mine, this time a real beauty!
This is one of the best Hornby models, the LNER L1 2-6-4T. These locos were designed just after the second world war and were used on suburban passenger services. Unfortunately they weren't very successful in service but I think they look lovely.
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

I'm a rail fan too. I have a collection of HO German trains (I have a Trix ICE, Fleuschmann RE, a few Roco locs and freight cars and a Piko Talent 2 train). My collection is currently stored due to a lack of space and time. The model I'm looking for is the Halling T4000 or T3000 tram of Brussels!

I always enjoy to ride on the Brussels tram (especially the PCC's which are sadly being retired (just a very few lines are still PCC's, however I'm lucky to leave very close to one of them). I love subways too. My favorites are the NY subway, the Paris metro and Asian subways (like HK, Seoul or Beijing). The Brussels metro isn't bad. The new train looks gorgeous (but not as much as the T3000/T4000 trams) and the stations that are renovated looks really good too. The problem is that lines 2 and 6 is operated by old trains which looks very dirty and the stations are old and dirty too! Railways in Belgium are terrible! Besides the HST's to Paris, Amsterdam, London and Kohln, the trains are always late and there are a lot of strikes! There was a strike last monday, there is one today and there will be one next monday! Also, they are building a regional commuter train service (like Paris RER) around Brussels but the construction has a ten years delay!
Well, this said, the Belgian railways aren't as bad as the French and Italian ones but nothing compared to Germany or GB!
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

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Living near Newcastle (sunderland to be exact) I am close to the major ECML stop of Newcastle every now and again I will catch the Tyne and Wear Metro service to newcastle central (or even the airport ) but now I tend to catch the 10p more Northern rail service on the Class 156 or 142. Sunderland even has a service to Kings Cross with Grandcentral on Class 43 or 180 adelante units.
The metro in Newcastle is so cool, I went from Newcastle central to the airport when I was catching my Thomas Cook 757-200 to Dalaman last year. I love class 43s they are definitely one of the most important British Locomotives of the last century. Seeing them passing through at full pelt is something else.
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I'm a rail fan too. I have a collection of HO German trains (I have a Trix ICE, Fleuschmann RE, a few Roco locs and freight cars and a Piko Talent 2 train). My collection is currently stored due to a lack of space and time. The model I'm looking for is the Halling T4000 or T3000 tram of Brussels!

I always enjoy to ride on the Brussels tram (especially the PCC's which are sadly being retired (just a very few lines are still PCC's, however I'm lucky to leave very close to one of them). I love subways too. My favorites are the NY subway, the Paris metro and Asian subways (like HK, Seoul or Beijing). The Brussels metro isn't bad. The new train looks gorgeous (but not as much as the T3000/T4000 trams) and the stations that are renovated looks really good too. The problem is that lines 2 and 6 is operated by old trains which looks very dirty and the stations are old and dirty too! Railways in Belgium are terrible! Besides the HST's to Paris, Amsterdam, London and Kohln, the trains are always late and there are a lot of strikes! There was a strike last monday, there is one today and there will be one next monday! Also, they are building a regional commuter train service (like Paris RER) around Brussels but the construction has a ten years delay!
Well, this said, the Belgian railways aren't as bad as the French and Italian ones but nothing compared to Germany or GB!
If you think you've got it bad in continental Europe, its hell here, the trains are overcrowded, old and slow. Plus the Trains timetables never line up with the buses making connections near possible. That's why although I like modern British Trains, I love the Nostalgia of the past century when things seemed to work.
But hey looking up Scotrail got a new franchise!
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

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The Hornby models have very fast motors which makes slow speed shunting nigh on impossible. At the Royal Deeside railway I drive Class 03s and Industrial Diesels, one of the class 03s in particular is very unpredictable and sometimes while under heavy loads the loco will emit rather impressive sparks from the chimney!
Well, they do say that steam locos are living beeings. They all have their own character, their own behaviour, etc. Two locos of the same class are hardly ever identical.

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That's the best part about not buying online, I went to a model shop in York and wanted to buy a class A4 pacific. The guy tested the model and it didn't work, neither did the next. So I eventually got a nice working locomotive and I was very chuffed with the service, excuse the pun.
If i do buy model railway stuff online it's either passenger cars, freight cars, or accessories. Nothing electrical, especially not second hand things.

But i agree, the best service you can hope to get is in a store.

Oh yeah, the pun is excused.
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

Yep so true. Steam loco are definitely "alive"! They also go through moods of good and bad making steaming particularly challenging. Check out the footage of the Blue peter wheelslip in Durham to see a really angry loco not being driven correctly.
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Yep so true. Steam loco are definitely "alive"! They also go through moods of good and bad making steaming particularly challenging. Check out the footage of the Blue peter wheelslip in Durham to see a really angry loco not being driven correctly.
Just looked at the footage you mentioned. Geez! That's why you shouldn't let inexperienced crews operate steam locos.
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Just looked at the footage you mentioned. Geez! That's why you shouldn't let inexperienced crews operate steam locos.
Yeah it's pretty scary. It also badly damaged the locomotive which is one of the most beautiful in the UK.
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

Just a few minutes ago i finished detailing my latest purchases, and guess what's in it? That's right, the Roco Rc6 i mentioned before.



Now, combined with the ones i bought before, shown below, i have a matching five car train plus locomotive.
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Nice train! The carriages suit the loco very well!
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

Yeah. There is one thing i'd like to do however, and that is to get a hold of another TKAB Rc6, loco number 1. That one was painted bright red! And that was also a prototypical puller of the overnight train that i've trying to assemble.
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

That would be really cool, I've got a real soft spot for sleeper trains especially the Caledonian sleeper from Aberdeen pulled by one of the incredible class 67.
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Re: All Aboard! (All things Railways).

Ok a forth locomotive, this is one of the worlds most famous locomotive, renowned for their high speed the A4 Pacific's were designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, who was the first locomotive designer in the UK to put a train through a wind tunnel.
This is my Hornby model of 60022 Mallard the ''record breaker'' in British Railways green.
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