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QUOTE You have to ask yourself: why, if Vitrains can put a centre drive chassis into a European built model diesel model, and sell it at 'Railroad' price, can Hornby with the benefit of Chinese manufacturing not put centre drive into their Lima reintroductions?

ViTrains are not offering their locos to stockists at trade Railroad prices. The stockists are having to mark the locos down to shift them eating into their margins. Not much profit in that for the poor old stockist is there?


You would have to question the viability of the ViTrains UK models long term if this trend continues.

Conversely Railroad stuff is actually selling very nicely and everybody seems content with margins.

Hornby have listened to their customers and now fit traction tyres to their more recent ex Lima model releases to improve hauling. Its good to hear of the top service that ozwarrier got from Hornby.

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QUOTE all of the dealers who trade in used/second hand UK items (we don't fortunatly for us) were complaining about the Railroad Range

Secondhand traders should be keeping their eye on the ball.

I wonder what plans Hornby have for using their massive archive of tampo printing?

Hornby need to be a little careful though as they don't want to upset the collectors who do make up a fair proportion of their customers. If collectors believe Hornby will reissue stuff at some later date in the Railroad range then it makes new wagon (and loco?) liveries in the normal price range less desirable.

Of course there are those here who believe that it does not matter if Hornby upset collectors but the fact is it does matter as collectors do spend a thick wadge and provide liquidity!

If Hornby focus on reissung ex Lima stuff in the Railroad range then it would be impossible to upset Hornby collectors and Lima collectors are already very upset (Lima collector =
) so it would be almost impossible to upset them further!


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Gary
 
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