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QUOTE (ozwarrior @ 22 May 2007, 02:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Have any of the reviews done a haulage comparison?
It would be interesting to see weight alone pitted against weight plus traction tyres!


I was flicking through the current issue of Modern Railway Modelling yesterday. They tested the haulage capacity of the Vi Trians 37, and found that it significantly outperforms the Hornby 60. This is said to be because the Vi Trains has traction tyres, almost as if that were cheating in someway!

I make a point of not buying MRM ever since the reviewer of the Heljan Western said he could not bare to have one on his layout.
I like the Western, I understand it's technical shortcomings on the cab roof, but without a review I would never have known, and I regard it as a quality model.
For that matter, I am more than happy with my Bachmann 37/4 MK1 Loch Rannoch. At the time, remember this was released before the Hornby 50, it was the first british outline diesel I'd seen with decent lighting (at least when going forwards, and I was captivated.

I bought a Vi Trains 37 yesterday, the green one 'Caerphilly Castle'. To me it is a quality model, and I collect Marklin and Roco too. It's only obvious letdown are the light grey plastic sprung buffers, but they'll get there, and it's not Chinese!

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Hi Alistair

I bought the Transrail one today, and it's cabs light up at both ends at the same time.

This is the case on straight DC or with DCC. With DCC the head and taillights come on with F0, and the cab lights come on with F1.
It would have been perfect if you could use 2 function keys to switch on the cab lights individually, but at least you can control them seperately from the main lighting.

Hopefully yours just has a loose connection inside, I have yet to open mine up, as I only got it at a show this afternoon. I was going to wait for the sound version, but I was just too tempted to have the cab lightinmg and opening doors!


Regards
AshleyH
 
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