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Further on the Oxford Rail J27 which has now completed its acceptance test running; good as it was on DC, yet better on DCC with a Zimo MX638 decoder. No surprises there, but it is still very welcome to get such fine performance so easily, compared to what effort was required in the days of kitbuilding as the only way to obtain good scale models.

One minor 'finding'. OR have obligingly provided a scale distance coupling option on the loco to tender drawbar, which I have used for the benefit to appearance. This restricts the loco to curve radii greater than 30", and ideally 36" or greater, if the fall plate is resting on the tender step. Hinge the fallplate up a little and it will tackle smaller radii, but how far it will go I cannot at present determine.
 

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I have now filed a little clearance in the rear of the fall plate to clear the stanchion of the tender brake handle, which proved to be all that was required to allow free movement between loco and tender down to a 30" radius with the 'scale distance' setting provided for on the drawbar in use.
 

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I liked mark 2D stock, good ride, first class partitions and nicely raked seats, just too late for my railway early mark2 was in the maroon livery until 1966 onwards so maybe if I push it but really I need afew more Bachmann mark 1's as I am behind 34c in stock levels in that regard.
 

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Currently 'whining' their way across the North Sea, the Brown-Boveri gas turbine loco model made by Heljan, commissioned by Rails of Sheffield. Looks neatly done, capturing the very distinctive appearance; and since Heljan definitely know how to make a twin bogie drive that does all it should in the running and pulling department, it is likely to please most buyers.

So that's only the Metrovick left of UK gas turbine locos, without a RTR OO model. Anyone prepared to bet against that being announced within the next two or three years?
 

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I see reports from the first few owners of the Rails/Heljan 18000 gas turbine model. And one of them discovering it won't go round a 3rd Radius curve due to fouling of the bogies and/or wheels inside the bodywork (with the body off it sails round no trouble). This was entirely predictable, even though the model's body shape has been significantly distorted*, in order to win more width for the bogies to swing. Wait for the whining from those that don't realise that geometry is inflexible in such matters.

*The prototype had side frames set noticeably narrower than the body sides, and much of the top half of the 4 foot diameter driven wheels are inside those frames. The model appears to be entirely flush sided, and thus the frames are set further outboard than they should be, which will 'pass' in most folk's eyes. But it appears that this compromise may not be enough for set track curve capability.

...So that's only the Metrovick left of UK gas turbine locos, without a RTR OO model. Anyone prepared to bet against that being announced within the next two or three years?
Quelle surprise!, Rails are now dangling an OO model ...
 

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It's a fair bet now that my personal 'newly introduced loco of the year' award goes to Oxford's J27. It's the only one such that sprung the money from my wallet; and has done all it should on the layout, well pleased and especially at the price. (Looked at a Hornby A2/3, and decided that it wasn't going to make the cut, just not as pretty as the much superior Pepp A2's which I already have and which more than adequately represent the A2 group.)

Now a question, will the J27 (and closely related J26) be the last newly tooled locos released under the Oxford name, since it is now fully owned by Hornby?

There were quite a number of wagon announcements I should have liked to buy, Accurascale win the prize for actually getting their items on sale, and very good too (BR 21T and 24.5T minerals).
 
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