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Although there are benefits in knowing what might be released over the next 12 months, I find that Bachmann's approach infuriates me. They appear to have very long lead times from the trailing of what they might release, to the time it hits the shelves. How far this reflects their design lead times is one thing, how far it acts as a spoiling tactic is another. How long ago was it since the announcement of an Ivatt Class 4 or the Fairburn Tank and the first delivery? Perhaps I have selected an extreme case, but some of you will know that these models have been on the horizon for a long time.

What I would like to see is a more considered approach over the fitting of sockets for DCC chips, especially on steam locomotives. If the product is DCC ready, why should it need so much dismantling? Do those of you who buy US or continental models of steam locos, have similar problems?

I would like to see some more Southern and GWR 4-6-0s, but the most surprising omisions from the main ranges are the 0-6-0 engines, which represented the bulk of UK built steam locomotives. Will there be a greater effort to produce more passenger coachs which match or exceed the quality of the Bachmann BR Mark 1s.
 
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