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Spending Christmas Cash – 2 new locos

I was very fortune to receive £50 cash from both my father and my mother in law this year so a trip to one of my favorite models shops was in order – Alton Model Centre. I needed to pick up a few bits and bobs for the new layout and took the chance to have a look in their superb second hand section. I had seen a Graham Farish Garth Hall in there on my previous visit and it was still there this time. A 49xx Hall class was an obvious admission from my loco lineline and this one would fit the bill nicely I thought. A quick run on their test track showed that other than a light oiling and a decent running in session, this hardly used specimen was well worth the £45 asking price.

Graham Farish 49xx Garth Hall 5955 BR late crest

Graham Farish 49xx Garth Hall 5955 BR late crest

But how to spend the remaining money? Well I had two likely candidates to choose between – a SR Q1 class or a A1X Terrier. I just love the look of the Terrier “Waddon” in its very pretty livery and at £60rrp it was within budget and was therefore duly purchased.

Dapol A1X Terrier 'Waddon'

Dapol A1X Terrier ‘Waddon’

Garth Hall has now had its first running session and is quietening down a treat but I am yet to let the Terrier have a run. Once the new board is a bit further progessed and I have a proper running session, it will be let off the leash.

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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Purchases


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Early pressie and new model shop

Early pressie and new model shop

Christmas came early for me today with a trip out to Alton. My neighbour and fellow N gauger, Ray, his wife Jean, my wife Georgia and I took a drive over to Alton Model Centre, somewhere I’d never been to before. Its a great model shop predominantly laid over to model railway gear. I had heard they have a second hand ‘catacomb’ and wanted some more GWR coaching stock. I also had an inkling to get another loco. (Not that I am suspicious, but I had 13 locos and was keen to get to 14).

Whilst browsing through their display, the very friendly and helpful assistant pointed out a box of newly arrived stock and gave me a sneak preview, a dcc fitted Peco Collett, Br black late crest. The last two Colletts I’d been following on ebay went for £130 and £170, way more than I was prepared to pay. This beauty needed a bit of a clean and service, which the shop did there and then before we parted with £105, my wife buying it as an early christmas present for me.

Peco Collett 3216 BR black, late crest. DCC fitted.

Peco Collett 3216 BR black, late crest. DCC fitted.

I also bought three 2nd hand GWR coaches, a SR pillbox brake van, a scale ruler to use for scratch building and a sheet of 2mm stone plastic card. All in all a very worthwhile trip and a model shop I will definitely be visiting again and can thoroughly recommend to anyone in the Surrey / Hampshire area. And as an added bonus, its right next to the Watercress Line.

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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Purchases


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