Just received my issue for this month, and what a good point on the letters page!
What do other people think of applying the 'Epoch' system to Britain? The letter gave their eras as:1) 1830-1923 Pre Grouping 2) 1923-48 Big Four 3) 1948-68 BR Steam 4) 1968-1994 BR no steam 5) 1994- Privatised
Which generally seems pretty good ... although I would perhaps change the BR eras to 'Transitional' and 'Corporate', and trim down 'pre-Grouping' to1880-1923 with a 'upto 1880' as a 'Epoch 0 - Historical' category.
I know it doesn't intrinsically make much difference, but like the letter says, it makes a much better distinction than 'modern image' encompassing all diesel operation etc. Also very helpful for beginners e.g. matching stock to locos - just needs a common system to be adopted by the manufacturers (that's going to be easy :oP). Perhaps stockists could arrange shelves in these categories or offer a "sort by epoch" option on websites?
Be interested to see what people think.
Also, to my eyes at least it looks as if MR might be responding to recent criticism of their reviews? Or perhaps its just as the cl.20 review is by Darren Sherwood, but it did seem refreshingly balanced! Basic impression = chassis excellent, body average - some aspects compared unfavourably with Lima and even Dublo. Makes a change from their usual catalogue description passing for a review.
P.S - Pleasing to see Farish have finally dropped that hideous 'Hall' advert!