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After many years in the hobby, I still maintain that Hornby produces its locomotives for the toy market - too much plastic used. Though other manufacturers as Heljan and Bachmann are now using too many parts made of plastics and reaching a time when handling a locomotive many parts simply just fall off and with no rough handling envolved.
Going back twenty odd years, a locomotive or coach could be serviced easily by the removal of a few screws and reassemble with no breakages. Now everything is "plastic" most parts easily broken when removed - "a broken part is a manucturer's profit".
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