A neighbour had a photograph of a Class 141 IE 171 on a train taking pilgrims to Lough Derg. The photo showed the loco arriving in Omagh back in 1963. Tonight I managed to buy one of these boxed/new locos on eBay for £85. It will be nice to add it to my Derry Road layout which has been goods only up to now. So I guess thats my spending for this month done and maybe staying away from Enniskillen tomorrow will do no harm!
There are Chinese copies* on eBay at around four quid, but they look a bit rough. As bizarrely expensive as the US ones are, the material is top class stuff.
*a 'spring punch' search will bring them up.
There are ones out there that will take a masonry nail as a replaceable point.
I would say that, for site use, as the nail-punches would probably be used, they are a very 'losable' item, and it's no fun at the full price.
I'm also a fan of having a square somewhere on things than don't need to be fully circular.
Screwfix are good for what they're good for - and there's a shop at the end of my road now, so no 'building an order' is necessary..
I used Kadee number 5's as I had a lot of them in stock, purchased very cheaply at a swap meet. They are very reliable. They are easy to get the right height and length from buffers. I keep my number 18s for my HO stock and Murphys locos and coaches.
Incidentally what has been said by others about 21 mm gauge is true. We are not all P4 modellers. I too model to finescale/EM standards and I was very pleased at Ally Paley show the other year when an 141 class I had re-gauged using the existing Murphy wheels with longer axles ran perfectly on Valentia Harbour. You should only use P4 wheels if you have track to P4 standards, otherwise the wheels may not go through points (though should be alright on plain track.) The flange and tyre widths on such wheels are very fine.
I am an early to mid 80s' man up to Mk 3 era so am really interested.
Haven't ordered yet as was waiting to decide what to do so I will definitely buy 2 plough in CIE finish.
Likewise with the Tara's I have held off. Not so much by the colour but by the roof.