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The question for me is always - 'Can it climb hills?' I seem to be congenitally incapable of building a railway without 1 in 30 gradients, so I never look at Mamods usually but it seems that technologically they may have come of age.
Peter in Va
Traffic Pattern? What pattern? Spuds out; grain in, but cattle, sheep and passengers are a lot less predictable.
At those prices you may as well spend the money on a RH. I agree Tom nostalgia has a big part to play as I grew up with Mamod steam engines and I am a collector of their previous stationery steam engines.
Why is everyone so quick to shout this loco down? We aren't going to encourage anyone to build better locos if we slate it before it's been properly reviewed. From my perspective it is a nice looking loco with decent proportions and decent sized cylinders etc. Yes the roundhouse basic series are about the same price but without pressure guage etc. I have recently bought a Mamod Boulton, yes it is what it is for the money but not bad for British built.
I actually rather like it. The side tanks perhaps want the pop-rivets replacing or maybe just painted, but anyone with half a brain could do as much. Here's a link to a video of one running around a small oval, with some trucks full of rocks. Seems to run freely and quietly. I think rather a lot could be done to dress this loco up- there's lots of room in the cab for a couple of figures too. I like the slanted cylinders, valve-gear inside the frames, and the smokebox is a very nice casting. I think it's a nice little British-built basic loco. Of course Roundhouse has set a very high bar in terms of what you get for your money, but I see no reason this engine shouldn't compare favourably with the "basic" series: it's nice to have a choice.
Thanks for the video link Keith. I agree that it's great to have more choice. Why should the big boys be the only ones who think they are better than anyone else. Mamod are a well respected company and should be recognised for doing some excellent builds....
Too much snobbishness in the hobby I feel..Look what I have and what you have, seems to be the norm. Just like all of the scales in model railways really. I get that from the local club we go to sometimes down the road from us. Some of the bigger gauge and some of our gauge are real snobs when it comes to others....
Flipping heck my own brother is one with his 7 1/4" engines. He has built 3 now and on his fourth...
I like it too. Although since the CVLR already has a side tank (SL3) and a saddle tank (Bertie), I'm drawn to something that looks different if I can justify the expenditure: "coffee pot" Brunel for me, I think. Would give me both water level gauge and pressure gauge for the first time, too.