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This is happening with every new release from Hornby, I was going to buy the farewell tour HST set until you realise it’s £363 for effectively a Loco and a coach!

I wonder if Simon Kohler has had the television series gone to his head?
Same here - on all the retailer websites they show an RRP of £329 and now its £363 on the Hornby website as you say. I have sent an email to Hornby asking for an explanation...
 

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I have bought several of the 9Fs over the years, the R861 Silver Seal Triang version for nostalgia purpose and the R2187 40th Anniversary Edition had blackened wheels and made quite a contrast to the Triang version. They are a fine looking locomotive but will not be buying the new release, esp as all these cost me around £55-60


R330​
1​
9F 2-10-0​
BR Black​
92207​
R861​
1​
9F 2-10-0​
Evening Star​
BR Green L/Crest​
92220​
R2187​
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9F 2-10-0​
Evening Star​
BR Green L/Crest​
92220​
R2200​
1​
9F 2-10-0​
BR Black​
92134​

I dipped my toe in the water with 1x Bachman version as the weathering looked very well done in deed - cost was £93 from Totally Trains at Ally Pally back in 2008


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BR 9F​
Weathered​
BR Black L/Crest​
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I had an early Hornby (ex Triang) 9F (Evening Star) that I got from a train fair for possibly £25 back in the 90's in Temple Meads, It was my favourite steam loco, but unfortunately the wheelbase didn't like one of my curves on my layout at the time and it had "Silver Seal" wheels and was also tender drive. So I sold it some years later. Anyway I got back in to the hobby recently and picked up a Railroad model (possibly 10 years old) off ebay for £50, in fantastic condition, but the drawbar bolt snapped in transit, anyway fixed it. and for £50 I'm chuffed, the railroad model is as good (if not better) than the Bachmann stuff from late 90's 00's. Hornby really have sorted it out. Price was very low IMO and I think I got a bargain. However I did recently pick up a Cock-O-The-North P2 Railroad model off Amazon brand new for £83, I thought this was a bargain too hence why purchased, something about lots of driving wheels and deflectors, anyway. Pricing is a hot topic, I'm affraid I now ignore the railways range, simply too pricey, Railroad (don't like the name much) but I like what it delivers, so always interested in what they bring to the table. I'd like to second that the current 9f chassis is a vast improvement over the old and my 9f happily negotitates 1st radius curves, granted it slows a little but doesn't de-rail. Hornby really do set the standard at the moment for chassis and drive systems, just a shame prices can be high. Unfortunatley it's railroad or 2nd hand for me.
 
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