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I guess I have to "have a say" on the Hornby issue.

Pls take notice, I model HO and do not have a single Hornby item in my stock due it being OO.

However, there is another side of the story, which most of you already know by now (from different threads that I have posted in this very forum) that our club layout is, from A to Z, all Hornby products.

I have to say that on the diesel side at least , the move to China has brought a huge improvement in the standard of new models. The haulage capabilities of the new generation models with their centre drive to both bogies, massive weight, and 8 wheel pickup are light years ahead of the old stuff made before the move to China.

I fully agree on this statement.

What better place to test the loco's endurance, performance etc, than a club layout ? A club layout which was on display exactly 1 month and the loco's driving from 9 am till 10 pm non-stop, and I mean non-stop! ( 13 hrs x 30 days=390 hrs total.)

The locos were Hornby :R2641 BR class 50 + R2656 BR class 73 all fitted with the infamous Hornby decoder and run by the Select.

We took this layout to another (photo equipment exhibition) where the poor souls ran for another week!

Well today: they are still kicking.

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