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Hi Everyone This is my Belated 66 th Birthday present from my Partner. It left Switzerland on the 22nd of July and has been in Customs since the 28thDocuments & Emails have been going back and Forward to the Agent of Parcelforce for HMRC.
It has been very stressfull indeed . I have no idea when i will receive it.
Watch this space.
Hope the link works. The 1st link is the Real Machine at Vitzanau next to Lake Luzern.
And the second link is the set and info which the link is adobe acrobat underlined.
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New addition to my Australian fleet:




This is a New South Wales X200 Rail tractor. These were built in the 1960s for shunting duties, but have also been seen on main line services.

The model is by IDR Models, it's my second X200. Due to their small size and weight, the locos are very susceptible to power loss on track that's not 100% clean, so I had the manufacturer upgrade both of them with a decoder and keepalive, with which they run beautifully. The upgrade procedure is described online, but the loco is so small that I'd rather not do such an upgrade myself.
 

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A PKP restaurant car from ACME which resembles an example seen in a youtube video of a Nice - Moscow sleeper train leaving Nice. These trains were routed via the Brenner Pass hence my interest. I placed a reservation for this model early last year and it has just come into stock.

The sleeping cars are by LS Models. Unfortunately I was only able to get one set of three.

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Are they really worth the Extra money it just seems they are a lot more money
Just looked it up again on MSL and see what you mean at 77 Euro which is a bit higher than the 60 to 70 for most single deck 303mm long models. I did get this hit on a forthcoming Roco model which looks similar and priced at 69.90. I guess they might cost a bit more in that the body moulding is unique so will sell fewer units to recoup the tooling cost.
If you really want a budget model I got a hit on a Roco model for 34.90 but at 1:100 scale rather than 1:87 there's less raw material to pay for ;).

As for worth it? For reproducing a Moscow-Nice train where the PKP restaurant car sticks out like a sore thumb in among those distinctive sleepers, absolutely. Now at least I have a four coach train rather than a three.
Although if I'd had the option of the Roco I'd have taken it instead.
There is a lot of detail in the coach, a bag with a lot of extra bits and the printing on the coach side is neat and clear.

If you want scary prices, check out what Roco are asking for IC2020 bilevel control cabs! At Euro 180, I suspect that the second hand value of our IC2000 bilevel cab coach might be more than we paid for it - about £60 at the time.
 
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David Thank you for your reply, they have alway's been my tipping point as everytime i have looked at them they have been in Sets abd Mega Euro's so i have stayed away.
I am glad you like them and the cost suits you.
Regarding the latest Double Deckers SBB from ROCO i have not even looked at them or the price I do have 2 Sets of the IC2000 and yes the price was mega good and i do not need any further Double Deckers.
The only Ho Gauge pax rolling stock i have bought from Switzerland is a couple of Sets of the Bls silver and lime green & of course the Biscuit Train.
I have just received the replacement Ludmilla's from MSL I took two Piko Expert versions with sound instead of replacing the BRAWA versions after finding the dreaded Rot.
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I wish I could get Australian passenger rolling stock for that kind of money. What little is being produced usually sets you back AU$150 per carriage minimum (~EUR100), and even in sets they're not cheaper, it's just multiples of that.
 

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...I did not know They actualy Made Model Trains in Oz.
Everything I have seen reported about current RTR production of Australian prototype models is that the method is exactly as elsewhere in the developed world, the manufacturing is in China, using the slew of factories that deliver pretty much all North American, much European, and nearly all UK productions.

It's never been cheap in Oz, because of the smaller market size, here's a fine example.
 

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"If you want scary prices, check out what Roco are asking for IC2020 bilevel control cabs!"

:eek: I have them on reservation at MSL, the only decent looking SBB double deckers with integral lighting I could find
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And here's another Australian addition, the Victorian Railways B Class B65 from Auscision Models, in a promotional livery:



The B Class was built in the 1950s as the first mainline diesels for the Victorian broad gauge network. Based on the EMD F7 design, it is the first dual-cab EMD unit, and served as a template for the NOHAB AA16 (DSB MY class). The model is beautifully detailed and comes with sound.
 

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How does the song go? You're so fine, I'm telling all the world...

(Around 2013/14 there was a story circulating that Auscision might try the UK OO market, potentially branded as 'Austrains'. This at a time when several other entrants were looking to disturb the Hornby/Bachmann/Heljan triumvirate: DJM, Oxford Rail, Rapido, particularly come to mind. Sure they could have done well, but probably realised that they were looking at a lot of competition. Which is now active and out there.)
 

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I don't know if Auscision entering the UK market under the moniker Austrains would have flown all that well, because at the time there was an actual Australian model train maker called Austrains (The owners of Austrains retired a few years ago and sold their tooling to SDS models).
 

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I don't know if Auscision entering the UK market under the moniker Austrains would have flown all that well, because at the time there was an actual Australian model train maker called Austrains...
That's my memory malfunctioning about the identity in that case! The story died within weeks, and there's not much to quickly find on line about it now...

Edited to add: Why I couldn't find it yesterday I don't know, but here it is.

And back to HO.
 
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