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Not too sure what the DCC means. Clearly locos are DCC ready but are they going to have pre fitted chips?

There are 3 brand new digital sets and the new Hornby Digital system does look pretty simple to use.

And the Skaledale range gets ever better and larger with a complete canal system and a complete road and sign system!

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Its now 00:25 and the Hornby website is down!

Seems like the only place to get the Hornby news for the moment is at Model Rail Forum!


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There are certainly a lot of surprises including recent newish models where there are apparently a very limited number of new additions to the range.

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Hornby website still not showing any news at 01:15am.

There will probably be some "specials" for sets and train packs available through the big chain stores so its best to keep eyes peeled.

There may well be further news at the London Toy Fair later this month.

I do understand that the 2006 Hornby catalogue is almost twice the size of the 2005 edition!

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Having now had the chance to absorb the information on the Hornby website, and the interesting observations and comments on the new Hornby range by Pat Hammond, I have to say that Doug has done a splendid job and possibly provided us with the best presented coverage of the lot!

On behalf of all Model Rail Forum members and visitors I would like to say Well done Doug!


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PS Like Don above the 2006 range is my sort of thing so well pleased!
 

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Its is clear that the list of new models is dominated by those designed by engineers of Southern Railway however we should not forget the withered arm and the South West of England.

GWR and Western Region modellers are one of the largest group of modellers and these new locomotives, certainly in BR form, may well appear on their layouts as GWR and Southern did share many lines on the rail network. So in terms of the wider picture its not just Southern Region modellers who will be looking at the new models with interest.

Or am I wrong?

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QUOTE One or two of the retailers with links on this forum have already got the range priced up and on their websites.

Having had a look at the prices and given the reworking of the former Lima items it would be difficult to argue that the pricing is anything but fair.

The DCC pricing however seems very reasonable indeed for what is on offer and it is definitely going to make me an early adaptor!

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QUOTE If I understand it correctly the Pendolino will only be available with DCC chip (both train set and pack). What about those of us who want to run non DCC?

Just to clarify, the Pendolino train pack will be available without decoders only but will be DCC ready. The Pendolino Digital set will include 2 decoders. We will modify the train pack page over the next 24 hours to reflect this.

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Regarding the King Arthur Loco this link may help. The Southern E-Group are included in our links section. The Hornby model of "Sir Dinadan" (R154) produced 30 years ago that I have been running over the last day or two looks like the version in the Hornby picture although with a different tender :-

http://www.semg.org.uk/steam/n15class_1.html

Hopefully one day "Sir Gareth" will arrise!


"Sir Gareth" shown in the image in the link does have a different cab to "Excabilur"

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QUOTE There is not really anything new - all the prototypes have been seen in model form before

The same arguement could be applied to the Blue Pullman and yet that is often requested!

Polls carried out by a number of publications have placed a number of the new subjects at the top of wish lists.

You can't blame a company for developing models that people seem to want!


The desire to have something that better represents the prototype than former models appears to be strong among hobbyists and collectors.

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QUOTE I wonder how much of the original King Arthur (and M7) will be used on the new releases?

If you had the original models you would know what the answer to the question would be!


What I am really curious about is that Hornby have this habbit of introducing new working features. The old M7 had an opening boiler door which showed some inner workings and a light in the cab firebox to represent the glow of a fire.

Now I wonder what surprise (if any) Hornby have up their sleeve in connection with the new models?


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Apparently a certain gent from Hornby popped in today and has taken onboard your comments.

Please keep them coming.


The Hornby 2006 catalogue will be out shortly and Model Rail Forum will be giving this full coverage. Its going to be the biggest Hornby catalogue ever!

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Noting Tim's comments about the Skaledale road system I suspect that there are many modellers out there who simply like playing around with scenery and don't wish to fix things permanently. They will have a blank canvas on which to paint their model railway and once the painting is finished and they have had their fun then it all gets cleared away and a fresh blank canvas is created.

Skaledale is an ideal range for this class of modeller and the road system will have an appeal due to its modular structure and the ability to reuse the items over and over again. Once purchased it is for life.

One omission I have noted though is the lack of a level crossing. It may not be possible to do something resin based but surely something plastic based that has a similar look and feel to the Skaledale road system could be produced?

Modellers who build roads do like their level crossings and it could well help support sales of the road system.

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Hello Orient Line. Welcome to the board.

Hornby have been in touch with Pat Hammond and have advised that following comment received all rebuilt Bulleid light pacifics released this year will have the late totem. It does seem that Hornby do reflect on feedback received from customers and make adjustments to their proposals if deemed necessary.

I guess this was deemed necessary!


Hope this helps.

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QUOTE I thought it would have been nice to see the return of the 4-4-0's to the range in super detail remotored form ,you know ,the Schools, D49, 4P & the GWR one

I have a sneeky feeling that Hornby may have plans for the chassis of the new M7.

Turn it around and with minor modifications what have you got?


In February after the London Toy Fair and the release of the Hornby 2006 catalogue and the Bachmann 2006 catalogue Model Rail Forum will start a new "Wish List" thread. The dust needs to settle first on the new range or else we might start requesting things that Bachmann are going to offer!


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