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What should Hornby produce next?

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Which of the following should Hornby produce?
Class 26/27 Diesel Loco75.15%
SR/BR Schools Class 4-4-0 Loco2417.65%
LNER/BR Q6 0-8-0 Loco1410.29%
SR/BR M7 0-4-4 Tank Loco42.94%
Blue Pullman2719.85%
Class 156 DMU1712.50%
GWR Dukedog 4-4-0 Loco107.35%
GWR City of Truro 4-4-0 Loco1511.03%
Thompson/Peppercorn A2 4-6-2 Loco1813.24%
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I'm surprised to hear talk of a hornby pendolino especially as i think dapol still make it in limited numbers. It would be nice to get some reasonably priced overhead catenary to go with it even if it is unpowered.
I voted blue pullman but wouldn't mind seeing an A2 just to complete the lner pacific set. Surely to be going on with hornby could do to the pullman what they did to the triang hymek and re chassis and motor it with a few body upgrades.
My only experience of the hornby APT is watching the stupid amounts of money second hand sets fetch on ebay. The only dapol pendolino i've seen running had an alarming wobble at one end. Probably just like the real thing knowing the bad reputation some of these wonderful Fiat products have!!

Its amazing that the APT and blue pullman both went the same way in model form as the real thing at around the same time.
If hornby redid the apt it'd have to go round the track for a couple of laps before remaining tilted and being dumped in a siding.
Interestingly I visited the NRm last year and saw the poor thing sat in exactly the same place outside and open to the elements as it was when i visited with the junior school 20 odd years ago just a bit greener in places.
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Aside from loco's i wouldn't mind seeing a part roundhouse in the skaledale range. Probably a quarter would be most practical size wise something good to fill a corner of the layout and of course would go with the somewhat prehistoric turntable they still produce. The place where i work in Leeds is at the side of a full roundhouse, a half one and there used to be another full one at the end of the yard.
The blue pullman is widely regarded as the precursor to the HST or inter city 125. The triang model of the 1960's and 70's is now somewhat unusual in the fact that the carriages are invariably worth more that the power and dummy cars despitetheir inaccuracies and their being only one or two types made. They were phased out on the rail network in the late60's and early 70's and none were preserved due to them being full of asbestos a fate which befell a lot of early dmu types as well.

The reason it may be popular could be the nostalgia of the real thing or the somewhta cack running of the old triang models, mine wqhich i sold recently howled like a banshee and sounded like it was derailing due to the wheel flanges running on the sleepers, not ot mention the sparks that it produced. A full train set is worth a mint as is the lord of the isles set which doesn't seem to have been greeted too enthusiastically by the looks of it.

If hornby is going to resurrect some of its more archaic types i suppose there is still hope in the future after all they remotored the hymek in the late 70's and surely the ringfield motor wouldn't take too much aggro to fit.
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QUOTE (martin_l_jones @ 12 Jan 2006, 21:50)I notice within your poll is the Class 156 DMU, Hornby are going to produce that in three liveries in 2006, ex Lima models.

Personally I would like to see an upgrade Class 86 and 87 including a powered and dummy in Freightliner to haul these fabulous new Bachmann intermodals that are available...

Hornby could produce 3 class 156's and only cover the variations in the Northern rail liveries, i don't know what it is with rail companies up here they are forever tinkering with colour schemes, just think of all the money they waste in repainting stock time and again.
As for the class 86 and 87 (and 90) this could be one area where hornby could produce a common chassis as to look at the hornby and lima types side by side there isn't much difference. Maybe this could lead to the earlier electrics being produced too.
See it seems to be a large number of people on here agree then. Pullman goood
, Pendolino Baad
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I wonder if hornby will look at reintroducing the class 87's with mk3's while the pendolino is being developed given their love of all things virgin. Much like virgin are looking at while the real pendolino's go in for yet more improvements, this time sanding equipment upgrade to help with adhesion problems and wheelflats! I wonder if the mainland european variants are as problematic as these seem to have been.
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Perhaps the next diesel hornby look to super detail should be the class 58 given that the original is very dated to look at andhas the same piddling little motor as the hornby 0-6-0 tank engine range, presumably due to the restricted body width of the thing.
I wonder if they'll bother with the lima n gauge range all 30 odd items of it
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I think the best thing for n gauge at the moment is if dapol and farish stop playing silly buggers and competing for the same buyers with duplicate items like the class 66. There is more than enough in the british outline to go for without pointless duplication however good the products may both be. There will be a winner and loser and sadly i can see which will be which. I've never quite figured dapol out as a manufacturer, they could've sewn up the pendolino market long before the new hornby model was announced but didn't bother as they seem happy to release very limited editions at very infrequent periods. Then they go completely off track and seemingly dive headlong into another scale altogether admittedly there is less competition in n scale but its a risky venture in my opinion as there are also fewer modellers(he says not wishing to offend any n scalers who may read this).

As i say the best thing is to sort it out before hornby decide to take the plunge and possibly outstrip the both of them.
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QUOTE (Chrisgus @ 10 Feb 2006, 09:47)OK Great aim but from what we've seen on this forum will anyone be prepared to pay for it?
Err no!
I'm loath to pay £160 for a pendolino set which hornby admit is going to be bog standard by comparison to their previous releases.Especially as they haven't given any thought to a realistic and affordable overhead catenary system or are we all going to model the line to Holyhead?
I wouldn't take the failure or otherwise of the pendolino as a gauge of the level of interest in DCC over here more a possible reflection of the choice of prototype used. A set used on one line in the UK as opposed to maybe a good crack at the HST which lets face it is the one modern passenger set which has a. been crying out for a facelift for years and b. would be more at home on more layouts than a pendolino. Instead you have a glorified EMU with one colour scheme so far, no effective method of propulsion available and no frills. I'd sooner have a pair of voyagers.
Incidentally has anyone noticed that bachmann have dropped the voyager and super voyager apart for the 3car train set or was it absent from last years range too?

How do the detail levels compare on the continental diecast locos to a uk plastic model? I always tend to think of diecast as heavy, basic items but indestructable. like the old hornby dublo stuff( he says awaiting the avalanche of screams from dublo fans)
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