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Seen on fellow forum this asks whether you missed something that you regret.

I did miss a Bachmann GCR Director Butler Henderson so bought a Mons, then of course along came Butler Henderson my dad's favourite loco who he said one day he was left on the footplate to take it to Doncaster on his own. so I did buy it and have both.

I would like an SDR 0-4-4t by Bachmann but have never seen one, even the ordinary ones have sound so are expensive.
an 2-8-0 7F SDR No 88 also a miss. although the 2-8-0's were only ever black.

Otherwise not so bad I have had most of what I ever wanted that has been mass produced.
 

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I thought that I had found a counter measure for 'FOMO' (fear of missing out) by pre-ordering new models from one of the leading mail order companies. That worked quite well until Hornby changed the rules with the result that of the many 2020 new model announcements, I ended up with just the Rocket train pack.

Once I had got over my annoyance, I think Hornby have saved me from myself as my collection was getting out of control and I have not tried to source the models either direct from Hornby which seems to be their preferred method for remote buyers, or when they come into stock.

David
 

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I’ve missed loads that I regret!
Not just new stuff - back in the UK when we could go to swapmeets and the like, I was once hanging my nose over a loco I really liked on one stand, it was something exotic (foreign!) and I always spent my meagre savings on stuff I needed rather than this item I liked.
After months of dreaming about it, I could finally afford it and lo! When I caught up with that trader, it had gone.
Lesson: If you see something you like, get it.

I think I’ve always been attracted to the lovely “Prussian” blue of the S&DJR and I do have an old Dapol 4-4-0 (with a truly awful mechanism) so I too was tempted by the modern models, what to do? One cannot buy everything!
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John E.
 

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Lesson: If you see something you like, get it.
Had the same experience myself. Fortunately I am now a position to be able to indulge that 'need' once in a while.

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I could see the FOMO trap early on.
I have three strategies:
  • never buy more than one of each loco prototype;
  • never buy duplicate road numbers of rolling stock;
  • never buy at list price.
I've missed a few things along the way but that hasn't stopped my acquiring over 400 items including 35 locos.
Manufacturers are assisting by reducing the range of era 1 &2 releases. My 3 rail base further limits any random spending.

If Brexit/covid/exchange rates had not intervened, I would have picked up a couple of 'missing links' from places like Contikits.
Its weird, I was just looking at a marklin set with a Bavarian D XII loco. I already have this prototype, but could use another.
It turns out that M have changed the internals since the first incarnation and the general opinion is that the most recent version is useless. So, missing out isn't always a bad thing...
 

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For me, my regret/missed opportunity was the Bachmann 'C' in fully lined SECR green, numbered 592 per the preserved loco on the Bluebell.
At the time it was available, budgets didn't extend to it.
Bachmann have never produced the model again as 592, although they are currently doing it with another number.
Since I have a collection of 'Bluebell' locos, I want 592, not some other number.
 

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Never yet missed out on anything this time around: in my youth I never did obtain a Trix Pepp A2 which was produced in small and erratically timed quantity. However, when I started purchasing Bach's new blue riband range from 1999, the approach of my youth - ambling into a couple of model shops a week or three after the items arrived - quickly proved flawed: the new good RTR OO had evaporated from the shelves, like the dew off the grass.

However the 'firstest with the latest' tendencies of many RTR OO purchasers came to the rescue back then; the items I had missed reappeared s/h very quickly in good condition for significantly less than new price. I will always be happy to wait for what was then typically two thirds of original retail price; and happily this has continued to present day. Just wait, and sooner or later the price is right. My thanks to those 'got to have the latest' folk that supply the discount I want...
 

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I am a bit here with Adrian and as usual 34c because I dislike buying list price, I do not buy duplicate numbers although I find Bachmann ones easy to change, indeed after father passed I found I had a couple dozen duplicate numbers mainly of 9F, B1, O4 etc so of the 24 odd duplicates I sold my Austerities as they were knackered and a DCC version had appeared so I re-equipped.
Some models seem hard to find such as the Black 5, I bought one last weekend at Exeter show but it had a duff motor, I thought this was likely as the price was a bit too cheap, I only wanted a working chassis as it was an LMS one so we can get caught.
Where I depart from Adrian regards multiple locos of a single type, on small production locos then yes but on Black 5, 9F, B1 etc where there were hundreds that lasted nearly to the end then I have 4 or more but again these are a very well known types and hence they are known good performers.
 

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...Where I depart from Adrian regards multiple locos of a single type, on small production locos then yes but on Black 5, 9F, B1 etc where there were hundreds that lasted nearly to the end then I have 4 or more ...
This is very much dependent on what the purchaser wants from their model railway.

I too have at least 3 examples of all 14 steam locomotive classes that were the core traction in the last half dozen years of BR steam in the KX inner suburban area. That's because you could easily see two locos of any of these classes at any time, and also enables a range of within class variations and clean to filthy appearance to be operating. (The most numerous are the N2 and N7 tank locos, because these could easily be seen half a dozen of each at my main location which had a total of over 20 of only these two classes allocated. It wouldn't look right if the inadequate shed space wasn't rammed with 0-6-2T's outside of the morning and evening rush periods...

The other 30-some steam loco classes that did appear in the area are typically represented by single models, unless I find them really irresistibly attractive, when I might stretch to a couple.
 

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Well I have a cheat in a way because there were my originals then the ones re-allocated from my fathers railway Halderfax, so automatically I had pretty much double numbers of Black 5's B1's and 9F's and some others, in fact I sold out a few to Hattons to re-equip with less worn out locos with dcc sockets such as my austerities, so in your case 34C I would have done much the same.
 

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Nord T5 - Brawa 40191

French Era2 locos are hard to find. 3rail versions are even harder.
 

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This thread has been very re-assuring as coming back into the hobby after a short break, I did miss out on quite a few Continental locos that I would have ordered from MSL but are only around now on normal channels at near RRP. I have quite a few pre-orders back in now with MSL and the lead times allow me time to save up, plus if lucky, there have been a few items in their sale section which I have snapped up. Sticking with MSL also allows my little bit of loyalty discount to pay for the postage too...

I see Hornby will be doing their 2022 range release video this morning; I have a small bet with myself there will be at least 5 'new' locos/train packs in re-liveries at ~30% more than the previous incarnation. I have also had all 4 of their Bulleid Kitchen / Diner cars on pre-order since announcement and am fully expecting an email from my dealer to advise of a price increase from the PO price of £45 to ~£55-58
 

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+30% sounds a bit cheap you are looking at more like up to 100% in some cases the Black 5 looks about £250 and there are locos around the £300 mark. Sams Trains does a decent summary so I will not repeat that as he does it really rather well, bit of a mixed bag though.
 
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