Not being an expert on the different US based models, but there are a
number of diesels listed under O Gauge here
If the prices are right, then they are ridiculously cheap in comparison
to the Helijan model.
The Bachmann UK (American page) website is a mess and very misleading.
There are no O-gauge locos listed, although there are some O-scale narrow
gauge. The headings (in blue print) bear no resemblance to what follows
them. The Plymouth diesels listed under the O Scale heading are actually
It's been pointed out to Bachmann before but they don't seem interested in
Don't know how true this is but I was told today that the development costs
of the O-gauge 'Hymek' was 'only' around GBP80K and that Heljan need to
shift around 400 to break even.
If that is the case I think they're being terribly silly and in effect
pricing the loco out what could be a mass sale market and a real boost to
7mm scale modelling. I'd have said at around. GBP300 they'd sell maybe four
times the number they will at the projected price.
If Heljan really wanted to get into a "mass sale market" why have they gone
for a prototype with a geographic restriction (ie the old Western Region)
rather than something with a wider prototypical applicability. Disregarding
shunters, why not (for example) either Class 24, 25, 31 or 47, or even Class
40, 45 or 46?
There is no connection between railway models and mass sale markets of any
Model railways are an extremely complex and poorly served niche market.
A mass sale market is when you buy in 200,000 teddy bears from China at 24p
each delivered, pay 10p each for a snazzy bag, then pile 'em high in
department stores and flog them out at £3.99 each. All gone in two days,
phone call to China, get me 250,000 more right now, must be here before
Xmas. That's a mass sale market, and no research, development, or marketing
costs of any kind. And no-one writing reviews about how the teddy bear
doesn't exactly replicate the prototype and the makers should be treated
If I was a department store buyer, I know what I'll be filling my shelves
with this coming Xmas.
Of course strictly speaking you're right, but at the end of the day it's all
Why aim for a loco with extremely limited geographical appeal, when one with
almost universal appeal has similarly been researched and also produced in
As I recall they were remarkably well travelled and somewhere I have a load
of pictures of them around Fareham. In fact when the club gets its new
premises we will be looking to start an O Gauge project and one of these
could well be on my cards...
The other thing about them is that as a "quirk" the western region
hydraulics seem to have a sort of cult following; another reason why I will
consider buying one (but then again I have a real soft spot for lost
BTW, will you be coming to our exhibition on the 1st & 2nd of October? May
have some news about our new premises.
(Yes folks, The Druid is sort of back again)
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