manna wrote:News travels fast these days, a supposed release from Hornby for 2012 is a Thompson O1 2-8-0 and Thompson suburban coaches, could it be that the L1 and B1 have donated parts to make this possible, ( I thought that a K1 might have been the go)
Not a lot of parts on the loco front, the L1 pony truck I reckon. But that said, the research for the B1 from which the O1's boiler, cylinders, valve gear, and cab layout were derived may well have suggested this as the suitable LNER goods engine. That will be another GCR tender tooled up as well, so will it be Bach or Hornby first to the well liked 'Director'?
Would have preferred a K1 (driving wheels and pony truck common to L1, boiler, cylinders, valve gear, cab layout derived from B1 so actually more parts/research commonality with previous models) mainly because it's a smaller engine, but at least Hornby have now broken their complete 'duck' on LNER tender goods types. Does this eventually make a small LNER 0-6-0 a possibility from them?
More LNER non-corridors. Very welcome but surprising; although for sure they can use lots of underframe parts from the Gresley types. The lav composite is a very useful vehicle and will fill a gap in my BR mk1 sub sets which need a lav compo or three on outer suburban runs behind an L1 or B1.
Really thought the LMS types would be next: the later ones run on the same 57' underframe as the corridor stock, so Hornby have that all tooled up. And look at all the locos out now, suitable to haul these: 4P 2-6-4Ts by Fowler, Stanier, Fairburn, Riddles; 3MTT, 3FT, and 2MTT; Ivatt 2MT and 4MT, Black 5, even 8Fs: and loads of smaller diesels as the Stanier subs lived on to the end of the 60s.
As for the GWR freight tanks, I hope Hornby are doing something clever on the chassis; maybe even articulating the coupled wheelbase (hopefully not going for the simple flangeless centre wheelsets solution). These are long monsters for set track points, and are going to need 'some help' in the chassis to suit the large majority of Hornby's hardcore customer's layouts which as I understand it are mostly set track based...