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Surely the best people to contact on recent Hornby models are Hornby?

Pat's 3 volumes on Rovex Triang Hornby Railways take us up to 1996 and he is working on Volume 4 which takes us up to the present day. Not too sure that we should suggest that folk contact Pat Hammond as he is a busy bloke and he does state on his website that he will not enter into personal correspondence. What he might do is publish an email that requests information and see how his readers respond and publish their replies. Why I say this is that I don't want MRF visitors and members to start emailing Pat Hammond en masse as he might get a bit upset and then I get a bit of flack when our paths cross!

Pat Hammond is attending an exhibition this weekend in Oxford and will have examples of his collection on display.

Generally Hornby R numbers are sequential so that will normally provide clues as to the age of the locomotive. If you are a real collector and want to know the history of everything you buy then I would highly recommend picking up a copy of Ramsey's British Model Trains 4th Edition. It is compiled by Pat Hammond and Winston Churchill does get a mention and John has provided correct information. Pat is currently compiling the 5th Edition which should be out towards the end of 2007.

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Gary
 

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If you want to pick up one of those early Winston Churchills with smoke in mint condition in the original packaging it will cost you in excess of £100. Not bad for a £3 loco at that time! Forget Ebay for the really collectable stuff. Collectors of quality won't take the chance and want to inspect the goods before parting with money. This is where proper auctions come in.

Winston Churchill was still with us at the time of the launch of the first model. The funeral train has been modelled.

He was voted the greatest Britain of all time in a BBC poll and deservedly so. Brunel was number two and no doubt a lot of GWR fans were responsible for that result.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/programmes/greatbritons.shtml

Happy modelling
Gary
 
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