Better Days

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Well Auntie Vi has finally let a good one rip! Unfortunately for the members of the foaming community, there appears to be not a great deal to actually moan about. There is of course the almost obligatory error on the livery on at least two of the releases, but then it wouldn’t really be a toy train without one. So far there are perhaps two of them where the crayons have been applied and gone outside the lines a bit. Me, I can live with that. Its a bit like having a young child, as they get the hang of ‘stuff’ you give them more encouragement, to stretch themselves, and temper it with constructive criticicsm.
You can see from the picture above, I’ve actually held one in my hand, this puts me in a small number of people who can now talk bollox about it, having actually seen it, run it, and taken Auntie Vi’s top off …

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Its dissapointing to report that it looks like one, and runs like one, (It pulls more than Mr Lind at a $10 wife ‘cab rank’), and has more stuff in the box than a train load of binkers are ever likely to achieve with Julia Bradbury.

Here we see Auntie Vi sandwiched between two Chinamen, the one on top being a class 57, and the bottom being a class ’57’, sorry, ’47’.
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The bottom dweller here, is in fact a modified Chinaman, yes its had the op, and I’ve taken the knife to it, and had to rebuild quite a bit below the belt. It’s something I’d rather not do. Below the belt with Auntie Vi is particularly interesting, all the bits are there, and everythings in proportion, there’s no un-needed pipework that needs removing and you get that warm comfortable feeling as the equipment just ‘fits’. The Chinaman however needs quite a few screws to make sure his bottom doesn’t end up all over the work shop floor.
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Here we can see Auntie and the Chinaman with their tops off, and Auntie is a little lower cut than the Chinaman. I don’t see any particular problem with AC/DC or even DCC fitting, in fact Auntie may even be more accomodating in this respect, whether you’ll hear the sounds of flange squeal in due course, is yet to be determined.
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I can also report Auntie’s been measured.
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Auntie did this herself, and was very pleased as she could still comfortably accomodate the box she normally offers to her ‘regulars’. There have been reports that she stands too tall, by all of 1 millimetre, but the rest of her proportions and curves appear very easy on the eye.

The Chinaman is reported to be undergoing surgery (below the belt) in preparation for a ‘release’ later this year. Hopefully this op will go well and we’ll see him with very similar equipment to Auntie below the skirt,
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I will also be interested to see if he still runs at ‘half mast’, post op, as well …

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