I don't think the current one dates from Tri-ang days, the one I had
was shorter but did have offset corridor connections.
quickest way to find a pic of one was on ebay
The Hornby one is on the standard 57ft chassis, but has the same or
similar mechanical actuation to the Tri-ang, as opposed to the electrical
operation of the 3-rail Hornby Dublo version.
I don't know about the UK, but in Germany it's been estimated that
most railway models are bought for either "the future layout" or
for the display cabinet. If they are for the display cabinet then
the loco will be the focus and any unpowered stock will simply be
in a supporting role. As the display cabinet fills the owner will
stop buying the supporting rolling stock.
(well that's my opinion)
I suppose that's feasible, but certainly the model train enthusaists I know
in Germany all have working layouts, albeit most of them still using
Marklin's antiquated 3-rail set-up.
There's evidence to suggest that the same happens here in the UK. I
remember one of the major loco kit manufacturers claiming that 90% of their
kit output never got constructed, and certainly Hornby refer to their
customer base as 'collectors' rather than 'modellers'.
Judging by pictures on ebay, of those that are 10% shouldnt have been.
Reputedly of some manufacturers eg Jidenco they couldnt be.
But for some of us now its great, a ready supply of un, part and almost
built kits of all types, sometimes at reasonable prices.
Even some of the "reputable" ones. A Crownline "complete" kit is a
case in point. it seemed to be a collection of bits for imroving a
Hornby RTR model with a few extra bits to make it "complete". Never
mind the usual "wheels, gears and motors" not included, there was no
thought whatsoever given to actually motorising the resulting
On Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:12:32 +1300, "Greg.Procter"
I know of one model shop that has a large cupboard upstairs full (and
I mean full) of locos and coaches purchased and paid for some future
layout.. For whatever reason the owner hasn't even taken a lot of his
: "Fred X" wrote
: > One of the benefits of modelling in N gauge is that you can
: > models in your pocket!
: Indeed, but there are few other benefits! ;-)
Especially for the trader, in fact being able to fit into a
pocket could well be a distinct disadvantage to the trader... :~(
Don't ever go to Dublin then!
Two or three days there in October made me grateful to be a subject of Herr
Beer - GBP5.00 a pint; fish & chips GBP12.95; Litre of Famous Grouse
whisky - GBP32.00, and don't even dream of buying a house there without a
serious Euro Lottery win! My prices assume 1GBP = 1 Euro, which isn't far
off the mark (not Deutch Mark either).
Dont go on a real train either. Sure NuneatonEuston return used to cost less
than GBP50 for peak fare and less than GBP35 for off peak 10 years ago. Now
its over GBP110 or GBP £65 respectively. By having a go at the lottery of
which train to go for (travel time and legth of journey time and change at
Rugby) got it to GBP80.
2 of those and could have a very nice sound chipped loco !
Cheapest Toronto-Montreal (335 mi.) return rail fare is about GBP105.
In the 1960s I used to travel between Bradford and Oxford (via Birmingham
and Banbury or via Penistone and Sheffield) for 52/6 single (£2.625).
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