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I spoke to Hornby Customer Services on Friday, to ask for a more accurate delivery estimate on the GWR Autocoach. Sorry I bothered! Originally quoted at the beginning of the year as "September", customer services are now saying "hopefully some time in November". Anyone else getting as much accurate info as me?
 

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The Britannia and Class M7 locos should be out by Xmas judging by things going on behind the scenes.

Don't know about the Rebuilt West Country/BoB or the King Arthur classes as there is a black hole in connection with any info about these models.

As for the ex Lima stuff the priorities may well be Hornby International so it could be touch and go for any British ex Lima outline before Xmas.

It seems based on the evidence that there is now a 2 month lag in Hornby delivery dates however things are appearing in a reasonable sequence so spending plans are not too disrupted.

On the Hornby Scalextric side things seem to be going well with some items appearing on or ahead of schedule but of course slot cars are not as complicated as locomotives to get right and railway modellers appear to be the group that cause the most fuss if things are not as they should be!

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Gary
 

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QUOTE On the Hornby Scalextric side things seem to be going well with some items appearing on or ahead of schedule but of course slot cars are not as complicated as locomotives to get right and railway modellers appear to be the group that cause the most fuss if things are not as they should be!

Is it just me or did this just turn into the slot forum?
 

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I was just making comparisons between the two sides of the Hornby business to demonstrate that the car side seem to be more on schedule than the train side.

Doing a bit of research the other day what I did not realise is that Marklin make diecast cars as well as model trains. I wonder if any other model railway manufacturers have a subsiduary business not linked to railway modelling?

Hornby now own the Pocher car kit brand as part of the Lima aquisition and Pocher kit fanatics keep pressing Hornby to start up production again (well, those who I am aquainted with do). Pocher kits were of high quality costing several hundred pounds each when they were last offered in the 1990's.

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QUOTE Doing a bit of research the other day what I did not realise is that Marklin make diecast cars as well as model trains. I wonder if any other model railway manufacturers have a subsiduary business not linked to railway modelling?

They do aeroplanes, live steam engines and boats too.
 
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