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I understand your dilemma Bob.

Although I'm from "oop north" and therefore a die-hard LNER/LMS fan, I do like the sleepy GWR branch lines so often modelled.  The industrial north usually suggests those "dark satanic mills" of urban and industrial landscapes requiring quite large layouts to create the proper image whereas anything "south-west" can so easily conjour up pretty little villages served by the occasional shiney locomotive bringing a few passengers and collecting cheeses, the odd milk churn and a bunch of spring onions - all clean, green, dainty and flooded with sunshine as opposed to my black, soot covered noisy clanking monsters spitting nasty steam everywhere……………………..

Hmmm - I've almost presuaded myself to change to "GWR" …………………"almost" being the operative word !! :mutley

I do however, wish Hornby would get fully involved with TT120 - it should, and could be a fantastic scale to work in.

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I understand your dilemma Bob.

Although I'm from "oop north" and therefore a die-hard LNER/LMS fan, I do like the sleepy GWR branch lines so often modelled.  The industrial north usually suggests those "dark satanic mills" of urban and industrial landscapes requiring quite large layouts to create the proper image whereas anything "south-west" can so easily conjour up pretty little villages served by the occasional shiney locomotive bringing a few passengers and collecting cheeses, the odd milk churn and a bunch of spring onions - all clean, green, dainty and flooded with sunshine as opposed to my black, soot covered noisy clanking monsters spitting nasty steam everywhere……………………..

Hmmm - I've almost presuaded myself to change to "GWR" …………………"almost" being the operative word !! :mutley

I do however, wish Hornby would get fully involved with TT120 - it should, and could be a fantastic scale to work in.
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Just to add to my thinking.  Last year I decided that I would order a TT:120 Class 08 in BR Green.  While not GWR, I thought I could run it with some wagons and use it to test the track until something more suitable is available. However, looking at the latest catalogue, it is unlikely to be released until Autumn this year.  The promised GWR Castle does not even feature in the  listings.  The announcement of the J50 was very welcome news, but that too will not be available until at least November this year if it arrives on schedule.

I could buy one of the Pacifics currently on sale, but that would not really suit a sleepy branch line, nor would it really prove the track that will be used by smaller locos.
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