A mystery. Why are manufacturers so obsessed with the Lynton & Barnstaple railway?
Last week, Lionheart Trains announced a new range of O16.5 models of both the locomotives and coaching stock. Before this we saw Peco and Heljan plough the same furrow in 009.
Now, I understand that the locomotives are attractive - and iconic, and therein lies the problem.
Build a layout with L&B locos and it can only be the L&B. No-where else had these machines.
Worse, the L&B was laid to mainline standards. Generous curves and long turnouts were the order of the day, and the locos were built for them. As many 009 modellers have found, they simply don't do tight curves, because the prototype couldn't. That's got to limit their usefulness.
If it were me, I'd go down the Bachmann route with the very useful Baldwin and Quarry Hunslet locomotives.
Both are really useful prototypes that can be found in many different locations. They will also handle the sharp curves beloved of narrow gauge modellers. The QH will run around a track bent around a 2p piece!
This would seem to be a more sensible investment - but then it's not my money tooling up for the L&B models and I have no reason to think that the decisions are anything other than commercially sound.
It's a real mystery to me - can anyone help?