As far as I understand it, all the ex-Lima range will be re-engineered with 5 pole scew wound motors and more will be equipped with working lights. I think that Hornby have sensibly decided to phase out the Ringfields.
There has been an awful lot of discussion in the railway press concerning the authenticity of "Flying Scotsman" - the NRM is currently overhauling the spare, A3, boiler which many regard as a retrograde step (4472 carries an A4 boiler at the moment) but fitted with this she'll be less of a hybrid. I can't understand why they are going to the huge expense of repairing the old one when for very little more they could have a new one made alongside "Tornado's" in Germany which would last 30 -50 years..... The NRM says it would be slated for using a "foreign" contractor as if Britain's railways never did... apart from Borsig, Dubs, Henschel, Lima, Baldwin - and those were just the steam manufacturers!
Mian line boiler certificates run for only 7 years and although extensions have been granted you can't bank on them! Main line running is getting more and more expensive so my advice is make the most of it while you can.....
Just had a round robin from Hornby that states that the loco to be included with the Devon Belle pack will be No. 34030 "Watersmeet" and not "Yes Tor" - I wonder what made them decide to change the choice.
I'll have the chance to quiz Simon Kohler at the Ontracks / Hornby Live Steam Day on Saturday - I'll pump him to see what they are proposing next! Shame about the twin tender Scotsman - I loved the warning the "the second tender does not carry water" as if a live steam injector (or even an axle pump) was likely in this range.
However, the over burden of LNER types needs addressing....
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