Hornby V Hornby Railroad

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  1. STEVIEBOY1

    STEVIEBOY1 Established Member

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    Good evening,

    Can anyone tell me what is the difference between Hornby & Hornby Railroad products? Is one a higher standard than the other?. I was looking at various locos and carriages today and they did look a little cheap, there was a huge variation in carriages costs too from GBP 14.00 to aboout GBP 42.00, also two models of "Tornado" one was GBP 65.00 and another GBP 160.00.

    Tks Steve.
     
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  3. theblackwatch

    theblackwatch Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    The Hornby Railroad stuff is more basic - it tends to use old tooling from the 1980s (and includes some old Lima tooling) so it not up to the standards of more recently produced stuff.
     
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    STEVIEBOY1 Established Member

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    OH, OK, That makes sense. I will have a look at Bachmann, their stuff seems good. Tks Steve.
     
  5. hairyhandedfool

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    The use of the word 'tends' is key, I think there are a few steam locos in the Railroad range which are loco drive rather than the previous tender drive of the eighties. The class 37, although not up to modern standards, is, imo, much better then the previous main range class 37 as it is the Lima model with a new motor (like that found in the class 153).

    Comparing the Blue Rapier (Class 395 - Railroad Range) with the Javelin (Class 395 - Main Range) and externally there is little difference, the price tells you there are differences but for maybe £50-£100 less per 6 coach train, are you willing to put up with no inside detail (that you can't see most of the time) and no tail lights (that you could probably fit for next to nothing yourself)?

    Don't be put off by the terms 'basic' or 'budget', sometimes basic and budget are better value.
     
  6. bocaj

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    The Hornby Rairlroad Range is products which are for people on a budget (As Their cheap) Young people (As They don't have mutch detail to break on them) and for people to try their detailing skills on (As they are cheap and easy to replace)
    The Detail is quite low, but some models such as the 9Fs, A4s And County class are quite good.
    However, the normal range has quite alot of detail, hence the price diffrence.

    Hope this helps,

    Jacob :D
     
  7. STEVIEBOY1

    STEVIEBOY1 Established Member

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    Yes, many tks for this info. :D
     
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