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Old 12-04-2018, 03:55 AM   #301
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Yeah. The fucking train.
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Old 12-04-2018, 07:56 PM   #302
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That's the cleanest train I have ever seen. Shiny.
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Old 12-19-2018, 11:23 PM   #303
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I'm glad they put up that railing to keep train from falling in the river...
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:30 AM   #304
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But there are people, too, walking between the train and the handrail. Seems like it's more for them?
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:39 AM   #305
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They are there to cushion the train so it doesn't get scratched by the handrail.
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:48 AM   #306
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:24 PM   #307
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three to go...
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:10 AM   #308
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Model train that took 10 YEARS to build and is an exact replica of the Duchess of Buccleuch is set to sell for record-breaking £200,000 at auction

A one-eighth scale model of the Duchess of Buccleuch train is tipped to reach a record £200,000 at auction.
The 10ft model is fitted with hardwood floors, sliding fire doors, pressure gauges and even a copper boiler.
It was made in the 1970s by train builder Harry Powell who used original drawings to create a working replica.
The model is based on the real Duchess of Buccleuch train, which operated on the West Coast Main Line between London and Glasgow for a quarter of a century.
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Mr Powell used original drawings to create an exact working replica of the Duchess of Buccleuch, which operated on the West Coast Main Line between London and Glasgow for a quarter of a century

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It is a throwback to the era when steam trains set world records. But this model locomotive is tipped to break a record of its own when it goes up for auction.

The one-eighth scale version of the Duchess of Buccleuch, described as one of the finest ever built, is expected to fetch £200,000.

It is one of two models of the loco made by renowned train builder Harry Powell.
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The attention to detail is such that it is fitted with a copper boiler, safety valves, regulator, blower, whistle, brake, wheel reverse gear, sliding firedoors, pressure gauges, twin water sight gauges and a hardwood floor.

Painted in the original crimson London, Midland and Scottish Railway’s livery, it belonged to prominent model maker Ted Martin, who died aged 88 in 2010.

It is being sold by his estate at auction house Dreweatts, in Newbury, Berkshire, on March 12 with a pre-sale estimate of £150,000.

Michael Matthews, of Dreweatts, said the model is ‘as close as you can get to the real thing’ and could easily fetch £200,000.

He added: ‘Harry Powell is considered to be the Rembrandt of the model train making world. I would say it is one of the best railway models ever built.’
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It's an astonishing level of detail and workmanship.
How does anyone have that degree of patience and dedication?

More at the link.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:35 AM   #309
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Isn't that worth more than 200,000?
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:07 AM   #310
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:29 AM   #311
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If you want the real thing...

'Sister ship' Duchess of Sutherland operates mainline steam specials.
I think that it is the only one of its class remaining but am willing to stand corrected.



It is not long since it emerged from a major overhaul.
In all honesty this video will not set the pulse racing but at least you can get a good view of the Duchess.

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I've always been puzzled why they built locomotives so difficult for the engineer to see ahead, except for a couple of front cab specials. It wasn't until the modern diesel-electrics that they put the engineer up front. Maybe they wanted the engineer to keep the fireman company.
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:39 PM   #313
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How does anyone have that degree of patience and dedication?
No life to get in the way.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:28 AM   #314
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Kentucky Choo Choo...
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Old 02-14-2019, 12:12 PM   #315
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Rails for your train?

Pfft. Luxury![/Python]
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