Well after much rumour, accolade and praise from various parts of the garden railway world Roundhouse unveiled their new (?) locomotive for this year.
'Atlantic', a revamped 'Argyle' (now discontinued).Roundhouse
Without seeing and holding the model it's difficult to make absolute comments but on the face of it I think it's a pretty poor show from Doncaster.
Ok it may have a few refinements over the original model like sprung axles.
But it sure still has those loverly slot head screws at the ends, tab and slot construction and push on cosmetic cylinder covers and for a princely sum exceeding £1,600 with RC.
Not for me.
And the real thing...A bizarre very short light railway of 2' 3" gauge in an obscure part of Scotland that closed in 1931.
That also makes the correct scale for the model 1:15.2 to fit on 45mm track, very odd.
Yet again people here in France are very disappointed that a major manufacturer has failed to satisfy the desires of many.
I spoke to at least 15 people who would have paid 1,600 pounds/euros for a decent French steam engine.
Roundhouse could have created a new market if they were to have taken just a slightly bold step forward. But no.....They must be getting short of British prototypes to model now.