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Deltics at Work
Deltics at Work
by Allan Baker
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty comprehensive, 21 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Deltics at Work (Hardcover)
Having got this a few years ago,I thought I should share a little information.
It's actually ended up very well-thumbed & a constant scource of useful reference to me.Okay,it does lack a few colour shots & only the front cover,depicting 55018 "Ballymoss",somewhere in Yorkshire,is any clue as to the livery these magnificent machines wore.
There's also a useful postscript about Napier & the background to the company who built the locomotive's powerplant.
Nice sequences appear twice,where all 22 of the original fleet are displayed through photos in numerical order,firstly in the 2-tone green,then later as per the blue era.
The combination of Allan Baker's knowledge & Gavin Morrison's photos give some spectacular insight as to the locomotive's background.Some great shots of them "onshed" at Finsbury Park or blasting down the ECML.
If you love these diesels,you really must have yourself a copy.I'm always having a look through it & a great reference to my plan of a small OO gauge TMD like Finsbury Park once was......


Ibanez SR 300 orange metallic
Ibanez SR 300 orange metallic

5.0 out of 5 stars S stands for Superb......, 3 Jan 2014
This review is from: Ibanez SR 300 orange metallic
So what can I say about this instrument? Well I have this in the "Piano White" & was tempted by a Sapphire Blue SR370 at one stage.Traded in a Warwick Rockbass,a similar bass,so perhaps I've merely traded "like for like" & lost money in the process.
The SR is also quite as lightweight,but I grew to appreciate Ibanez,having been drawn towards the "budget" Warwick originally.
Having borrowed a 6-string SR506,the build quality & general sound of Ibanez basses has grown on me.
The 3-control EQ is worthy of note & for someone like myself who likes "Top End" tones,this will deliver as much as a lowered-action RockBass.
Also,the looks of the bass are all there(the white is visually stunning & the pearl effect will catch the eye)
What does interest me is the input socket & standard leads will find themselves fitting snuggly into the jackpoint,though "L" shaped ones will be a struggle,as the socket is rounded into the body.
The neck feels superbly built & really solid.It certainly isn't as "broomhandled" as a RB neck either.
Okay,so this couldn't touch those in the higher end of the Ibanez range,but if you can stretch to an Ibanez or SDGR,I would strongly recommend it.I have added this to the other,scuzzy RB,an older 90s SL/Aria Pro II,Squier & an Epiphone Thunderbird IV.
A great technical inclusion to my bass collection & if I was to stretch to YET another bass,it would be a 5 or 6-string SDGR without any doubt...
Could I just add that an updated picture of the SR300PW is on here & currently available at £239.00.A steal,considering that a Warwick RockBass retails at a bit more.The hardware on the SR300 is a bit more versatile & whilst they're not Bartolinis,you'll notice the difference with the CAPs fitted to this bass.Good sound for an old punk like me....


Hornby R2981 London 2012 1948 Games 00 Gauge Limited Edition Train Pack
Hornby R2981 London 2012 1948 Games 00 Gauge Limited Edition Train Pack
Offered by Gaugemaster
Price: £149.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Olympic Gold, 26 Feb 2013
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Have to say that this is a lovely item,if a tad expensive,but still a little gem.
I managed to get mine at a bargain price,but if you can too then it is well worth having.
My biggest incentive in buying this was to be able to add two extra wooden/teak ex-LNER coaches to the three I already have from the Rare Bird set from the Barry J Freeman range.Those three teaks are very difficult to add to,due to most coaches being LNER & not BR.
This set means you can have a rake of five!
The detail on them is utterly sublime & they are stunning,a tenfold better than the teaks in the railroad range.If only they made a BR-numbered buffet car!
As for the lovely black British Railways N2 tank loco-well that too is a lovely item,great little runner & puller.Only drawback is that the locomotive is not digitally/DCC ready as far as I gather.Not VFM if you consider how much is being outlaid.
It comes with a numbered certificate & very attractively decorative box......
I give it an eight out of ten,with marks lost on cost & the lack of an easy to fit DCC socket...


Hornby 00 Gauge Spencer Limited Production Steam Locomotive Model
Hornby 00 Gauge Spencer Limited Production Steam Locomotive Model

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Spencer, 6 Dec 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Wow-About time too Hornby!
Some time ago,the Spencer A4 was released a few years ago & to many's dismay,he didn't stick around for very long.
One batch hit UK shores & lasted a matter of weeks/months.Years later,this model's original release nearly fetched £200 on ebay before Christmas 2011! Lot of money for a child's toy really......
By Jan of this year(2012),we'd been informed Spencer was to be re-released,though this time it was considered only as a L/E restricted to about 1000.Somehow,the model even found itself being reduced to approx £65 in some outlets.
So how good a model is this Spencer? Well,if you own or have encountered a railroad A4 60022 Mallard,then you're most of the way to knowing how good.Spencer here is based on an A4 in the series,though only making brief appearances like the 9F Murdoch,but is a great model.It is slightly less accurate than Murdoch,in that it's a proper A4,whereas Spencer in the series has a slightly more upright,less streamlined front.Furthermore,there is another inaccuracy,as this model's wheels are black,unlike the series,where his wheels match the rest of him.Perhaps one good thing about this means that replacing a whole chassis if needed,doesn't mean having to repaint every wheelspoke!!
Inside,there is moulded,not painted detailing & he has a fairly cheerful overall look.One thing I noticed in decoration is the shade of grey differs very slightly from the first version.There is also an added inspection hatch present on this,but missing from the first & the handrailing along the boiler is now black,instead of metallic.
On the track,Spencer pulls as well as a Railroad A4(mainly cos it is just that),but there really is no competition between this & the rival Bachmann version,which is woefully poor in comparison.
If you can find one reasonably priced & have a child who's into A4s(like my son certainly is-he's loved Spencer & A4s since he was nearly 2-he's five now!),then you could really do no wrong.We had an original & having been able to pick up this Mk2 now means I can keep the original for myself(very happy indeed!)
Would I mark it a ten out of ten? A nine & nine-tenths,with a small margin for the lack of accurately decorated wheels.
A tad harsh perhaps,but if they can issue Murdoch with matching tangerine wheels,where's the grey ones for this.
But overall performance,it's a faultless machine & you won't be disappointed,as at least,like Murdoch,this is loco-driven.
Nice one Hornby,shame about the wheels..............nevermind.Thank you for listening & giving this another release!
Hopefully no more ridiculous 3-figure sums for something aimed at youngsters.


Hornby 00 Gauge Locomotive Murdoch Model
Hornby 00 Gauge Locomotive Murdoch Model

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Murdoch, 5 Dec 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
How much can I tell you that I won't have already mentioned about in my 9F review(s)? Not a great deal TBQH.....
One comment could be made that this character,like Spencer the A4,seems a bit of a "cash-in",as neither is a prominent one & only turns up briefly in a few of the newer stories.Hardly what Awdry purists would call a "real" engine,but Murdoch IS based on a 9F & thankfully Hornby even grace him with an accurate look AND correctly coloured wheels(see my Spencer review).
Wonderfully decorated & with equally impressive performance,this has to be the best offering Margate have brought us in the TTTE range so far.The likes of Gordon,Henry & James are tender driven,whereas this is loco-driven & far,far better.
A 100% re-using of the R2879/R2880 9F moulds(save the single chimney),you'd be hard-pushed to find a better model of a character,even if he does resemble a Cocker Spaniel.
Ten out of ten Hornby & well done.....


Hornby R2880 RailRoad BR 2-10-0 Class 9F 00 Gauge Steam Locomotive
Hornby R2880 RailRoad BR 2-10-0 Class 9F 00 Gauge Steam Locomotive

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great For Both Kids & Big Kids Too, 5 Nov 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
How do you go about rating something you have bought several times over?
Before this seems to make no sense at all,I must explain that this isn't the first of Hornby's 9F models I have owned.
I actually own 4 if you include the green Evening Star(my first in fact),but after the 92220 model,came this inevitable follow-up.
Numbered 92221(the actual 92221 loco was cut up in Blyth,Northumberland by Hughes Bolcklows in the late 60s),it has the same tooling origins from their Evening Star & subsequently the TTTE character "Murdoch",released in 2011 just before Christmas.....
Based on a model from a few years back,the nice touches like separate handrailing,ladders etc make it a worthwhile inclusion to a collection or as a stand-alone effort for a youngster's ever-building trainset.
I have one as 92221 with a fictitious name(Northern Star plates in the Evening Star font) as well as one completely renumbered as 92203 Black Prince + 92220 & a Murdoch.I did sell another one on I'd re-bodied as 92099,but without the accurate BR1C tender.
Overall,when compared to a Bachmann version(I have 92077-a superb model,but normally twice this asking price!),there are very subtle differences,but with plenty of weathering or details applied,there is no reason why a very fussy modeller couldn't include one on their layout somewhere.A good,heavy loco easily capable of pulling a massive load of trucks(could shift 20 plank wagons with ease)& if used as a donor with the identity kit,a capable Black Prince alike which would look more than authentic hauling a nice rake of maroon or cream/crimson Mk1s.As it would happen,I see 92203 regularly on our local preserved line in North Norfolk as it is on long-term loan & David Shepherd's loco isn't available in RTR form,like the NYM Railway's Cock O'The North will be from Hornby soon.
This model provides a great opportunity to own a Black Prince of your own,with a mere 45-60 min simple alteration using an identity pack(not included) you can find online.I have done two very recently,one for a friend & the other for my son(hence the review here) to own his favourite loco when Dec 25th comes(it's already finished & hidden away!).
All in all,the model is a good performer for the money & provides a good opportunity for experienced modellers too.

If you haven't had a 9F loco before,then you could do worse than this,as although it's classed as a "budget" effort,like the A4 & blue Class 40 diesel,they offer much more scope.
A nice loco overall & about the 5th one I've purchased so far.......


Hornby R3102 BR Blue 'King Edward II' King Class Preserved 00 Gauge Limited Edition Steam Locomotive
Hornby R3102 BR Blue 'King Edward II' King Class Preserved 00 Gauge Limited Edition Steam Locomotive

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Return of the (old) King, 28 Sep 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
As my title suggested,please don't believe what you are considering here to be a nice,new all-singing/dancing Hornby King Class model,cos it isn't.
However,before you all turn away in disgust,there are one or two plusses to be had.
Firstly,the model DOES at least have NEM-style couplings instead of the ancient,outdated old "D-Bar" variety.
Secondly,this is as nicely finished as Hornby's KWIV "Royal Mail Stamp" King & the unusual livery only stands out that bit more.
Being sentimental,I wanted a 6023 having seen the real thing on it's visit to the Dereham/Wymondham Mid Norfolk Railway for a running-in period & had a tremendous day with both my dad & my son.
The only blue Kings available were the Lima type & were sometimes fetching more than they were really worth.
This loco being announced in January was a blessing & I pre-ordered the item which arrived this week.
Having reviewed it on Youtube I gave it a 7 out of 10,as there are the cost & old tooling issues to consider.If you don't own one already,it does have a very outdated pony truck & looks woeful against a brand new,updated Castle Class,which you can get for almost the same amount.
If however you are like me & just a fan of the loco itself(6023) then this is a nice model & will happily pull a fair load.Mine hauls 6 Lima Mk1s effortlessly & will no doubt move more without showing signs of wheelslip.
The blue is spot on & uses the same shade as that of Sparrow Hawk & the Kingfisher A4s in Hornby's range(the latter in the BJ Freeman Rare Bird pack).
Decoration is stunning & makes up most o the 7 points I gave the model.
So Plusses are-Great Decoration & good haulage
Minuses are-Old Tooling for a high enough price or which Hornby could do better,rather than use the Ltd Ed smokescreen.
I like mine,but felt a little stung by the price,which could've been nearer £70 to be considered VFM.
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Hornby R2827 SR Schools Class Cheltenham NRM 00 Gauge DCC Ready Steam Locomotive
Hornby R2827 SR Schools Class Cheltenham NRM 00 Gauge DCC Ready Steam Locomotive
Offered by RRR Models
Price: £119.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars School Report.........., 9 May 2012
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Well,another Hornby steam engine I've got myself & not a bad job it is too.
This was a pure one-off bit of luck,but I regret it's not perfect.
Speedy service from the seller(in this case Modelzone)& my first impressions have been good ones.Safely packaged up item,but it would seem this wasn't in pristine condition with regards to the item's actual packaging & I thought it looked "pre-owned".On a closer look,the model seemed fine but when I turned it over to connect loco to tender,there were definate signs that a screwdriver's been underneath.Just glad I didn't pay full price,as the loco itself was unbalanced with the front pony riding too high from the rails.Thankfully,at least this is fixable,but should you have to undertake this on a "Brand New" item!?
But now for some positives.....
Once again,Hornby get it spot on with their superdetailing & the cabin/boiler backhead is wonderful to look at(esp as this is a well exposed one,unlike the Stanier & L1 tank I've reviewed before).It does have the annoying plug-socket,but once this task is done,it's a good mover.One will have to take great care,as the delicate detailing on the loco/tender sides can fall foul if you aren't careful.
I've given my 925 Cheltenham an hour of running in(about 30mins each direction).
Now a very important point.
I may've said this in the past but like to put this in every story so far.
Whilst doing this review,there are FOUR references above to the word TOY.This is definately not a toy,unless you could say it's for big boys/girls to play with.
I would go so far as to suggest even some adults(inc myself) need to be wary of small parts breaking off.This can either damage vacuum cleaners or in the case of metal nameplates,be caught in some painful places(under a fingernail anyone?OUCH!).
Please be very careful,as I'm not clumsy & even I had to glue a nameplate & the tender's coaltray back on.
Overall,really is one for an experienced modeller who's used to Hornby S/D locos & therefore can physically handle them safely .
Pleased enough for the £79.99,though I'd liked to have had one that hadn't been tampered with.
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Hornby R3074 The Royal Mail British Stamps Collection GWR 'King William IV' 00 Gauge Limited Edition Steam Locomotive
Hornby R3074 The Royal Mail British Stamps Collection GWR 'King William IV' 00 Gauge Limited Edition Steam Locomotive

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite................., 13 Feb 2012
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Well if you're after a good Western tender engine,this isn't too bad.If you wanted an exceptionally superb Western engine & not fussy about livery,then save a few quid & buy yourself the Hornby Castle class instead.
This particular loco isn't much different than the newer,DCC Ready Castle in terms of price,but poles apart in terms of detail.For a few pounds less,you may not be getting the L/E extras,but with a Beverston or Ince Castle,you get detailed cabin interior & superb performance too.Both this & the Castle have a DCC socket in the tender,but for me,the Castle really DOES look & feel like VFM..
By the way-if the model you desire has to be GW & not BR era,keep an eye open for R2848 Tintagel Castle,as this has the Great Western livery on it's tender.
Glad I didn't buy this to discover that the model is a slightly improved "Railroad" budget-range locomotive.Surely a little paint on the boiler backhead would justify such a high RRP from Hornby,even if it IS loco-driven?
Overall,if you have the £100+ & want to know you've spent wisely,then get either Beverston or Ince Castle.Even better still,the Earl Cairns Pete Waterman model is money well spent.Until the day the GWR King is re-tooled,we'll have to give this one a miss.
I'd give it a 5 or 6 with a "could do better" rating........


Rare Bird' Train Pack - BR 'Kingfisher' A4 (B Free
Rare Bird' Train Pack - BR 'Kingfisher' A4 (B Free

5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Indeed.., 18 July 2011
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
As the title might say,it is rare but in more than one way.
Okay,getting the cost factor over & done straight away,Yes,it is a fair amount for something without a controller or track,but then this hobby isn't exactly getting cheaper,so where exactly does the cost lie?
Well firstly,the A4 locomotive in this case is 60024 "Kingfisher" in it's guise from approx the early 1950s,as many(if not all) of the class gained a double chimney later in that decade.The shade of blue & early pre-1956 emblem are perfectly presented,as are many of the other details.It also has a plug & wire to socket fitting that's connected to the tender,presumably where a DCC-chip is housed when you fit it.The tender is also nicely detailed & by far the best part of Kingfisher is the cab detail that Hornby seem to have got just right & continue to do so with many other efforts now(King Arthur,L1,GWR Castles etc).Granted,they don't get the running of their locos as 100% as a Bachmann,but the Hornby A4 is generally regarded as one of their best locos.Even their "budget" LNER Falcon & BR green Mallard are great models,but without the delicate touches found on the ones nearer £100/£120.
I would like to emphasise that when this product is listed as a "TOY",it would be advised that it's suitable for anyone of the age of ten upwards,for big kids or older people of my age group.DON'T BUY THIS FOR A YOUNGSTER,unless fully supervised,as the coupling hooks can be sharp & is quite delicate.......

Where the "rare factor" comes in with this set is mainly to do with the three British Railways Gresley teak coaches.These are stunning & have some really nice touches,whereas Hornby have been known to comprimise on their rolling stock with Train Packs in the past.There's nothing as disappointing to find a lovely locomotive in front of three sub-standard,older-tooling Carriages......
The paint-job on them gives the overall "varnished" finish & is simply streets ahead of those now found in the railroad range & older Flying Scotsman sets.You could not run a rake of the latter with these,as they'd look daft.All are fitted with 3-hole disc wheels on metal axles & they are well presented(brass handle fittings & smoking/non smoking signs in the windows).These also has the LNER/BR transition numbering on each coach & produce a really lovely effect.
So,given the Kingfisher is about £100 & each carriage is about £25/£30 a pop,this is where the £190 goes,leaving your Barry J Freeman print being practically free & the certificate being gratis too,as part of the deal.
Overall,it's must for either a modelrail enthusiast of the early 1950s or an addict(like myself) of Gresley's magnificent A4 pacifics.A SparrowHawk A4 in the same livery & soundchip is another £40 or so more,so if you just want the loco & can take the bonus extras,I'd recommend this.......


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