If one was to collect the full set of A4 locos including all the livery,
renaming and renumbering variations how many locos would this amount to and
are there any published lists with this information
Thanks in advance
I started to collect 00 gauge A4s about 2 years ago and have 53 so far, and
they are only Hornby and Bachmann. I haven;t even begun to scratch the
My bible on collecting is Ramsay's British Model Trains (3rd Edition) 4th
edition is now available, this will give you information on most of what is
Given all the various model makers and gauges, who knows how many there are.
spoke to a guy at a fair once who claimed to have done just that.
He said he had about 250 (he gave a more precise figure than I recount) of
There are various articles on the topic online at the the Gresley society's
So did I and loved them. Whilst I can comprehend collecting to a point
(after all I collect pre-war Hornby O-gauge) I fail to understand the logic
of wanting 50-odd near identical locos.
Suppose it beats going to soccer matches! :-)
Why do any of us have more than one model, you can only drive one at a time,
and watch it!
Good job he is not colecting Spam cans like myself, 110 of those, or will be
when Hornby do the re-builds!
I got 12!
Too true, and John would be unemployed with out it?
Exactly where is the logic in buying model trains of any description?
(written while sitting amongst the results of 45 years of collecting)
Why would anyone in their right mind do that?
"Gregory Procter" wrote
I suppose at the end of the day it's all about filling one's leisure time,
and I tend to think that a constructive hobby like model railways beats
sitting in front of that ludicrous thing called a television.
I wasn't criticising Thorodin (good combination of a pair of class 47s
there) just curious as to why collecting A4s helps float his boat.
I've got to say I like having my O-gauge collection around me. There's some
history with each piece, and whilst I know a little about the background of
some of the models, the rest allow the memory to wonder to some long past
Christmas, and to imagine some small child's face light up when one of the
locos was unwrapped.
Phil: Only one train running at once? - You need to change over top dcc!
Although my existing layout is an 'end to end', it also includes a
'test' loop for running in or background running (a concept which many
exhibition layouts don't understand - the idea that any one attending
would actually like to SEE a MOVING train whilst shunting is 'going on'
(or not), and also an independant 'high level' (eye level) pair of loop
tracks (dc/ ac overhead).
The revised version, for when the extension is completed, will double that
to 2 'test loops' to allow trains running in the background whilst other
activity takes place (excluding the trams and narrow gauge and cars)
dcc - DYNAMIC CREATIVE Control?????
dc - disabling complexity ? 8-)
In message , Brian Watson
Some time ago, my psychiatrist asked me about my hobbies, so I told her
about my model railway in the garden. She wrote down that I was still
had a tendency to be a bit childish, as a result of this. I complained
that that was rather unfair, as there were plenty of other people who
also had model railways, including a few well-known celebrities. So she
asked me what I would say. "It's my way of conquering the stress of my
job, and staying sane," I said. She accepted that.
I would think that the same thing applies to everyone here.
"John Sullivan" wrote
Or more likely consider the loss when everyone dumps their old models and
buys the superb *new* Hornby A4. Already had an influx of the old tender
drive A4 which no-one now seems to want!