Some very nice looking locos considering their age, suprisinlgly designed in
Coalville - I say suprising as they dont look depressed whereas most of the
towns residents do.
Unfortunately most run like a dog - if at all.
If you want an old cheap Scot then get airfix, however Bachmann split
chassis locos may be getting fairly cheap now. They are mildly upgraded
Mainline with better running qualities.
" Some very nice looking locos considering their age, suprisinlgly
Coalville - I say suprising as they dont look depressed whereas most
towns residents do.
Unfortunately most run like a dog - if at all. "
What ! ... the townsfolk of Coalville run like a dog ?
Since the sad closure of the mines back in December 1983 nothing much
has happened to make the people of Coalville smile.
scoot said the following on 03/01/2008 23:32:
A lot of the Mainline stuff has been superceded by Bachmann offerings -
there's quite a complicated history, but to oversimplify it somewhat,
Bachmann took over the Mainline range. (I know it's more complicated
The Mainline stuff I've had has had looked nice but run badly. I think
the body mouldings and detailing were way ahead of it's time (early to
It's better than much of the Hornby range and well inferior to most produced
On the whole the body mouldings were excellent, but were let down by some
indifferent chassis. The wheel standards were poor, which led to
derailments as others have mentioned, however the wheels are easy to replace
(I've traditionally used Jackson wheelsets) and that eliminates the problem.
However, I'd now only buy them if they were cheap, as the modern Bachmann
product is far superior, especially below the solebar.
If by rolling stock you are referring to carriages and wagons etc then
I am very happy with those which I have bought -- often superior in
performance to modern Bachmann & Hornby.
However , like the locos, there are some bummers ( after all they are
quite old now.
Most of the range is similar or identical to Airfix and Dapol ( as
they came from the same moulds.
"Peter Abraham" wrote
Not quite so Peter.
Mainline originally absorbed the Airfix (GMR) range, but when Palitoy pulled
out of the model railway market and sold out to Dapol, the latter only
acquired the tooling which originally belonged to Airfix.
Kader Industries (the owners of Bachmann) always retained ownership of the
the tooling which they originally produced for Mainline, and consequently
this didn't pass to Dapol but became the original basis for the Bachmann
In other words there were two distinct Mainline ranges:-
A) the original range tooled by Kader Industries, with the latter retaining
ownership & rights to the tooling.
B) the ex-Airfix range tooled elsewhere and owned by Airfix, which became
part of the enlarged Mainline range when they acquired Airfix (GMR), and
which was subsequently acquired by Dapol, and finally parts of which were
purchased by Hornby.
Hope that's reasonably clear.
Has anyone seen a person from Coalville run anywhere. Dont think theres been
a recorded instance of a smile either.
Not sure there was anything sad about the closure of the mines. But
Snibston apart, look at whats been done in Moira and Donisthorpe compared to
Coalville. Leafy glades and wonderful scenery compared to ...
Coalville is still a dump, just doesnt have the excuse of the pits anymore -
actually they may have improved its appearence. Only way to improve the
'shopping precinct' would be to flatten it.
"John Turner" wrote
And of course the saga was further complicated by Replica Railways which was
marked "Bachmann" before Bachmann marketed UK outline in their own right.
I believe the B1 was planned by Mainline but first appeared in the green
boxes of Replica and marked underneath as being Bachmann!
"David Westerman" wrote
Indeed - I omitted that episode to avoid further confusion.
I've not heard that before, but it is course perfectly feasible. There were
several irons in the 'Mainline fire' which never appeared under that name -
don't ask me to name them off the top of my head though.
The GWR modified hall (Graithwaite Hall) announced by mainline was not
available until Replica marketed it in their 'green box' although it is
only marked 'Hong Kong' underneath not Mainline or Replica.