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QUOTE it would seem reasonable to conclude that the problem lies with Hornby design

I would hate to make the assumption that there is some design flaw. I would much prefer it to be a manufacturing problem that can be fixed with the checking of gauge, adding weight, coupler height or binding or bad track that effects the Hornby locomotives more than others. It is true howevre that Germans locomotives have out of scale wheels compared to American locomotives and from what I have seen they also do operate them at a faster speeds and more often unattended. The US is the capital of Cab Control and slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww moving trains.
 

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This is what I have been trying to get across since I joined this board. I have been lucky in the fact that I travel quite often and can see what the different groups (Continental, UK and American) are up to. The American hobbyist can be quite a fanatic when it comes to flange depth and track code. They'll just work to get it right. I and I think Neil are more interested in watching the trains run where in the UK they are somewhere in between. They I think are more about staging and running their trains through a scene. I only say this because the majority of layouts I saw in the UK were very small and had scenery only in certain places with fiddle yards and what have you in areas where you were not to focus on.

We have an organization in the United States that's quite large called the ETE or European Train Enthusiasts. Whenever I have seen their layouts in operation they seem to run their trains at 100 mph and yes passenger trains are very popular with them.

These differences also lead to what features are important in DCC. Multi-train consists are very important in the US. In Europe they are into automation so computer interfaces, and things like RailCon are very important.

Hopefully we can all learn from each other and more importantly find enjoyment in seeing what each of us is doing.
 
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