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Here's one for you experienced and knowledgeable OO enthusiasts
I'm being tempted, seriously tempted, I really am!

I have in mind a North Eastern Region pacific from the British Rail period after 1950 or so, with a little rake of 2-4 coaches, I'd be very happy with either blood'n custards OR Pullmans. I don't need track and I don't need any power supplies.

I am leaning towards the Hornby Northumbrian train pack from one of the featured retailers here in MRF.
But what might be alternative approaches?
A separate loco with a coach pack?
Should I consider slightly older machinery, often available at reduced prices?
I like ALL the North Eastern pacifics.
Is there anything much to choose between Hornby's A4s and their other Pacifics?
What other makes or even combinations of makes might give me my heart's desire?
What would you direct me towards?
 

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That's a VERY comprehensive reply, Colombo, particularly the cautionary advice, only a little of which I would have been already aware of. So the extras are all the more appreciated - just what a new boy needs to know

I'm raking around the net now and will probably confuse myself for a while in the excitement. I'll try not to commit to anything until after the weekend, by which time I hope my mind will be clearer as the excitement fades a little and common sense tight fistedness takes over!

BTW, I've seen your namesake many times visiting Darlington Station.
 

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This isn't fault finding or criticism but a genuine question.

The Model Rail Forum banner at the top shows an A4, Silver Link(?), with teak coaches. I'm not sure of the manufacturer but, in any case, could I ask if the close coupling distance has been slightly 'enhanced' for artistic purposes or is the very small gap representative of what can now be expected? I suspect a bit of artistic licence and no problem if that is so, but I really would like to know.
 

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I had only recently discovered the forum 'skins' - a nice touch!
Also the default being LNER is not only personally convenient but something of a giveaway as to the likes of the owner. Dim and distant history shows a Redcar connection, so it all make sense!


I much appreciate the straght and largely expected answer. That ensures my hopes are not falsely raised too high, which could only have led to disappointment. I'm still putting any firm decisions off until AFTER the weekend - well that's the intention at the moment - it remains to be seen if I can actually maintain my sensible ideals!
 
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