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How was your Saturday Shopping Experience?

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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 On line searches show a few at Antics and others, but when you phone it turns out the websites are out of date.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..........................

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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!

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.


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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Thanks for finding the thread BRITHO.

My two most recent purchases have seen a return to Marklin, and the start of selling off my Hornby (again). Both the Marklins ran perfectly straight out of the Box, an E10 with sound for £140, and an Re4/4I again with sound for £130. So each roughly twice the retail of a typical Hornby, but cast metal and with the Softdrive Sinus motor, with flywheel, sturdily mounted to the metal chassis. Metal bodies on both, of course.

Going to need some serious convincing to spend any more of the hard earned on Hornby (steam, at least), will probably go for a Class 56 though, based on the fact that Hornby new generation diesel chassis seem fine (50, 31, and 60).

Seriously considering what to do with the majority of my Hornby 'Super Detail' steam locos, most are unrun, and even if they run correctly, a lot of the value goes out of them once you have used them, and the long term durability of the 5 pole motor mount is seriously in question.

No plans (or cash) for any immediate purchases, just received my updated Marklin Central Station back from Germany (It's now effectively an ECOS, but for Marklin MFX, Motorola) and I'm keen to try out the shuttle train feature using my s88 decoder.

Have fun
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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 23 Nov 2007, 17:03) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Always happy to oblige - how are you getting on with the softdrive?


Very impressed with the Softdrive Sinus, so far anyway. I have a limited test oval at the moment due to a recent house move. I'm aware from other users I met at a Marklin training event that there have been some 'issues' with the compact/softdrive sinus, but both mine appear to run faultlessly. The motor itself is near silent, all you can hear are the pickup shoes. At last Marklin are outperforming Roco, its taken many years for them to get to this point IMHO.

Always been a sucker for metal bodies, which is probably why I was prepared to put up with 14 speed steps and dated decoders until MFX came along.

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