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  1. I am entitled to have an opinion on these models as much as any one else. I have stated that judging by the photos the hand rails in question just don't do the model justice. Hornby fitted metal hand rails in much the same place to their class 58 and they have stood the test of time with no damage to the rails on any of my class 58s. Heljan went with a plastic rail on their version and again it detracts from the model. Fair dues to Mr Murphy for all he has done but nothing is sacrosanct. The model has see through grills as Paddy said that is what is expected of a model in today's market.
  2. At the price point they are being sold at replacing plastic hand rails with metal ones should not be necessary. I've been in this game since 1984 so I understand about models, detailing and pricing. Any model will need to be checked and serviced during it's lifetime so knowing how to handle a model is a prerequisite for keeping your model trains running. I run my locos so they do get used. My point about the plastic hand rail is that it stands out as a plastic item and takes away from the model. I know we have been waiting on these for a long time but I do not think they should be
  3. I am afraid judging by the photos the plastic rails just don't cut it for me.
  4. Are the hand rails along the side of the bonnet self coloured plastic?
  5. From the MURPHY MODELS site "We are please to advise that the first batch of 121 locos are in transit to Dublin and will become available in stockists by mid September. We will update as soon as more information becomes available. Images are available here." No definite date but roughly what IRM have been intimating.
  6. Damn cows..then there's all of that methane too.
  7. 017 date stopped 29 09 93 027 09 06 92 A46 21 04 79 A23 30 10 91 A30 09 02 93 048 24 05 94 007 14 10 90 A42 09 10 92 056 29 10 92
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  9. A verb walks into a bar, sees a beautiful noun, and suggests they conjugate. The noun declines ................................................................................................................................................................ The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense ............................................................................................................................................................... Papyrus and Comic Sans walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Get out -- we don't serve your type."
  10. spudfan

    Why GM?

    Story goes that when the 071 class were introduced here British Rail were very impressed with the reliabilty and day to day performance of the class. So much so that they wanted to purchase them for UK operations. Seems politics intervened and they were not allowed to purchase them.
  11. P.S. It is rumoured that they are travelling overland in batches under their own power utilising the multiple unit control facility. Seems there is a delay due to bogie changes to accommodate different gauges
  12. I signed up with a supplier to be notified by email when it arrives in stock. No email as of yet.
  13. Short notice. Taking Pictures TV tonight . Tue 25 Aug 20 18:50 IWM: Shunter Blacks Night Off (1941) 1941. produced by Sydney Box. WW2 dramatised short 'based on a true' story of a shunter in a marshalling yard and his actions to save the yard and keep the trains running. Directed by Max Munden
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