When I talked to Simon Kohler at York at the end of May he explained that part of the delay on the T9 was lack of pulling power and that traction tyres were going to be fitted on the leading pair of drivers. Hornby certainly seemed to have sorted the problem!
The detail is stunning. Probably the best RTR loco yet. Given an overal score of 94% (The Bachmann Patriot, also reviewed, only just behind on 92%!)
As far as delivery is concerned we might get it for Christmas but don't hold your breath was the message at Warley.