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It's just coming up to 10:00 and I'm sat here thinking that this was not one of my best modelling Saturday's. It will all come out in the wash no doubt, but for now it's not been a good day.

I had been looking forward to the weekend, and had two main objectives (from a model railway point of view).
Firstly, firstly to find a Bachmann 32-040DS Class 20 with sound. No joy there I'm afraid tried every shop within a 2 hour radius, all gone or never had one in the first place. I have one more lead to try thanks to a fellow forum member, but it looks like they've all gone now. On line searches show a few at Antics and others, but when you phone it turns out the websites are out of date.

Second objective was to buy a Hornby R2614 'Lorna Doone'. These are like gold dust too, because of course, there is no demand for the return of old classics from the Tri-ang range. None at all, a Blue Pullman, a Rocket, an EM2, no people only want newly tooled super detail models. Anyway, spot of luck a shop that is only about an hour away has 2 left, and will put one aside. Jump in car.

Get to shop, find 3 items of interest, new Pendolino pack, but as has been reported in the thread for this model, literally all the boxes are ripped. I think they must have been opened after manufacture, perhaps to fit the decoders? Anyway, decide to pass, which as they are fitted with two R8215s, probably means that this is the only decent decision of the day.

Come away with one R2614 ' Lorna Doone', and one R2625X 'DCC Fitted' (cough, cough , cough... see thread in DCC forum) Southern Olive Green M7. I'll say no more on the M7, other than I should have known better. Carefully remove 'Lorna Doone' from the box only to find that the screw fixing the body to the chassis at the rear of the cab has been over-tightened, resulting in a cracked body. A fault you have to look out for sometimes on the older Triang-Hornby ones, but not one I was expecting to find on a 2006 edition.

By the time I get a chance to return it, the sole remaing example is likely to have sold, if it hasn't already.

I'm reminded of many of the reasons that I abandoned British outline OO a few years ago and switched to continental HO. I know nothing is perfect in this world, and I do occasionally, very occasionally have to return a Roco or a Marklin. But I've never had quite such a bad day.

I'm cheering myself by running a recent Roco 3 Rail Digital purchase of an East German V200, complete with ESU load regulated Decoder(DCC and Marklin Motorola) for the princely sum of 91 Euros. I can recommend these to anybody. When I get chance I'll be happy to do a review. Even by Rocos usual high standards this is amazing tooling, even the fuel tank/battery box is cast metal.

Anyway, hopefully you all had a better Saturday than me, do tell..........................

AshleyH
 

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QUOTE I'm reminded of many of the reasons that I abandoned British outline OO a few years ago and switched to continental HO. I know nothing is perfect in this world, and I do occasionally, very occasionally have to return a Roco or a Marklin. But I've never had quite such a bad day.

You're not alone there Ashley,

I switched to HO for the same reason. I tend to try a couple of the more recent UK OO models each year to see how they are progressing. They are getting better in some respects but they will never match Continental HO until the budgetary constraints are raised. If you are going to keep costs down you have to make cuts somewhere. At least externally the OO models are looking good!
 

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I am torn.
I greatly want to support my local model railway shop who has always been very good and supplies Bachmann product at a much more reasonable price than most other retailers so I enquired about how much it would cost me if he could obtain Bachmann 32-002 Hall class 4-6-0 5960 "Saint Edmund Hall". It's a Black hall class and I'm going to name it The Black Adder :^)

Anyway he went ahead and got one in then quoted $220 (£90)

Currently Hattons are selling them on special for £56 ($136).
Even with postage that's so much cheaper so I really had no choice but I don't feel good about it. Perhaps karma will come and get me and the order will take weeks to arrive or get lost in the mail.

oh well.. I'll still be buying the decoder from him.
 

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QUOTE (ashleyh @ 24 Mar 2007, 23:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I'm reminded of many of the reasons that I abandoned British outline OO a few years ago and switched to continental HO. I know nothing is perfect in this world, and I do occasionally, very occasionally have to return a Roco or a Marklin. But I've never had quite such a bad day.

Pretty much the same story here as well !

I bought a Hornby Rebuilt Bullied recently, because it looked like a great model & the Bullied's were one of my favourites. After discovering that it would only comfortable pull 3 or 4 very free running Fleishmann coaches I got rid of it. Turns out that they may have been something wrong with it, but I have not yet had the confidence to try another one.

As for yesterday, no purchase's - finished off refurbishing (or rather my mate did, with me supervising) no.1 daughters bedroom & seriously thought about assembling another rolling stock box.
 

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Spent quite a bit yesterday - Got a RTC coach pack for £50 still sealed and in very good condition (Bargain!), A Bachmann HHA, And renewed my Hornby collectors club membership and joined the dapol club.

Mind you got a bargain from Hornby when renewing my membership - Got the loco and roadshow wagon AND 2 Royal train mk3s AND a Virgin HST (Power cars and 2 coaches - Ex-Trainset) for £10!
 

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QUOTE (ashleyh @ 24 Mar 2007, 23:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I had been looking forward to the weekend, and had two main objectives (from a model railway point of view).
Firstly, firstly to find a Bachmann 32-040DS Class 20 with sound. No joy there I'm afraid tried every shop within a 2 hour radius, all gone or never had one in the first place. I have one more lead to try thanks to a fellow forum member, but it looks like they've all gone now. On line searches show a few at Antics and others, but when you phone it turns out the websites are out of date.

AshleyH

Ashley you may be interested to know that Hattons expect to get "a few" more 32-040DS Class 20s.

My shopping for the weekend was to pre-order one (second and perhaps last chance), even though this example is out of my period (I'm thinking of swapping the bodies with a more modern livery if the internals permit).
 

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Didn't actually do any shopping - to busy decorating and helping my mate find his workbench. This did lead to one result, the discovery of the long missing bufferbeam from my Fleischmann Warship in a box of assorted spare parts and electrical gubbins.

Next week I actually might buy something next week as it's payday


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QUOTE (Paxman @ 26 Mar 2007, 12:57) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ashley you may be interested to know that Hattons expect to get "a few" more 32-040DS Class 20s.

My shopping for the weekend was to pre-order one (second and perhaps last chance), even though this example is out of my period (I'm thinking of swapping the bodies with a more modern livery if the internals permit).

Many thanks for the help on the Bachmann 20. I'm hoping that I have managed to secure one via Ebay yesterday evening.
Reasonably priced at £110, I was prepared to pay more. The seller looks reliable, but I'll believe it when I have it in my hands!

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Boy, I wish there was a shop close enough to shop/browse every Saturday! So this week has been another good 'ol website order (Kernows this time).
 

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QUOTE (ozwarrior @ 27 Mar 2007, 09:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Boy, I wish there was a shop close enough to shop/browse every Saturday!

Totally agree with you there Ozwarrior... some people can walk to a shop, others get in the car... I have to book a flight!! Instead I spent my weekend on Hattons Website... and bought:

1 Bachmann 32-137 4575 2-6-2 Prairie tank loco 5500 in BR plain black with early emblem
1 Bachmann 33-805 20 Ton brake van in BR grey
3 Bachmann 37-157 8-plank wagon "Stewarts & Lloyds Ltd"
1 Bachmann H576 Pack of 4 x 37-656 14 ton tank wagons "Imperial Chemicals Industries"

One step nearer to my first layout of late 1950's industrial West Midlands in 00

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Well. it all came good in the end.

Managed to get another Lorna Doone, and this one is fine, have'nt had a chance to run it yet though.
I changed the 'DCC Fitted' M7 for the 'DCC Ready' one and have not yet got round to putting a decoder in it.

And the Bachmann DCC Sound Class 20 turned up a few days ago in perfect order from an Ebay seller.

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Last Saturday I managed to get a Hornby 'King Arthur' which is a truly wonderful model
, but is already in short supply. My localish shop and Rails had both sold out before the weekend, but I managed to track one down locally for a little over the odds. So if you want one, act sooner rather than later.

Think I might be taking a little breather on the purchases for a while, as my credit card has gone into meltdown
 

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No weekend shopping here, but today I retired my old Panasonic and bought me a neat new digital camera.

"Test" pics coming up soon...
 

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Managed to "acquire" another bookcase - this means I can now expand the railway library even more.

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And that would be Ray at well you know who. Yep he got me the same loco. It is unfortunate but the price is fixed by the importer who I think are Zimblers in SA so if you take into account customs duty , freight and GST well $220 isn't so bad . After all if you buy local it can't get lost in the post. I also got Hornby Princess'Queen Maud, BoB "Sir Keith Park" and M7 30031, Bachmann Jubilee, Crab, K3, Ivatt double chimney class 4, Fairbairn tank a couple of dozen Dapol 21T hoppers and 6 6wheel milk tanks. On the way from UK are a Comet rebuilt Royal Scot, Comet chassis and tender for the Bachmann Jubilee and a DJH LNER A2. I was hoping to have the the loco kits before the easter break but alas I'll just have to satisfy myself by fitting decoders to the other lot.

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PS anyone got a Hornby Britannia "Oliver Cromwell" they want to part with. Can't get one for love or money.

QUOTE (ironduke @ 25 Mar 2007, 14:18) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I am torn.
I greatly want to support my local model railway shop who has always been very good and supplies Bachmann product at a much more reasonable price than most other retailers so I enquired about how much it would cost me if he could obtain Bachmann 32-002 Hall class 4-6-0 5960 "Saint Edmund Hall". It's a Black hall class and I'm going to name it The Black Adder :^)

Anyway he went ahead and got one in then quoted $220 (£90)

Currently Hattons are selling them on special for £56 ($136).
Even with postage that's so much cheaper so I really had no choice but I don't feel good about it. Perhaps karma will come and get me and the order will take weeks to arrive or get lost in the mail.

oh well.. I'll still be buying the decoder from him.
 

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I finally found this thread after a long search, it's been ignored for so long.......

Over the last few weekends I have purchased 3 Marklin 3 plank wagons - look enough like BR when weathered and wheel changed also purchased an SAI track cleaning wagon from the Model shop in Woodchurch. It's similar in principal to the Roco one but is a much shorter wheelbase which makes it suitable (when repainted) for older epochs. excellent value at £8.00.

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I guess I'll join in. I got some Lokpilots V3.0 decoders from Nathans Trains N'Toys as he has them on special for $50. I ordered a couple of extra coaches for the Caledonian Sleeper set. I actually received the Caledonian Sleeper set yesterday although it was ordered a month ago. It looks very good, way better finish than the Pendolino. Will have to hard wire a decoder into it at the weekend. I got a couple of Midlothian buses last week. Oh and 9 Fife coal company (Leven) wagons from Bachmann. I almost bought that new BR maroon Collectors club loco but was warned off in no uncertain terms by my wife.
 

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Only a used HAG SBB Re6/6 with Bussigny coat-of-arms here.
 

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QUOTE I'm after one of those too. Is it any good?

Knowing HAG, you're asking the wrong question; especially in the light of your recent "warning off"


The models I've seen in shop displays look really nice but as SBB is not my primary interest they're just a bit too highly priced for me.

David
 
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