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This new loco from Hornby sets a very high standard:-

Hornby Class 09 "Dick Hardy" Review

It is very difficult to see how Hornby could top this and in terms of the value that Hornby are offering with this new model they must now be the number one manufacturer in Europe.

If any of you have purchased one of the new Class 08/09 locos then you are invited to share your thoughts as the review seems too good to be true!


Happy modelling
Gary
 

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You have to bear in mind that these are used mainly for slow speed shunting duties and so there is not much to be gained from having the radiator forward. The slow speed purpose for the loco is probably why they have such a big radiator for the size of the loco in the first place.

It will be interesting to have a look at a few prototypical images on the web and see what they suggest. From memory whenever I see these the bonnet seems to be facing towards the mainline end in a shunting yard (thinking of the EWS ones at Walsall depot).

This actually makes sense when you think about it as the driver can then see the approaching parked wagons that he is driving towards.

I guess that if the loco is used frequently on a mainline then cab forward would be preferred.

Happy modelling
Gary
 
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