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I have a Flying Scotsman set somewhere - as I recall the motor and drive mechanism are in the tender, so the loco is actually being pushed.  This arrangement seemed to work OK, but it's been awhile since I ran it.  It also came with a lot of fragile detail parts to add to the engine. 

Without knowing what "a really good deal" is (I've seen new ones at shows for $150-200), and what your objectives are, it's hard to say. 

@BenLMaggi posted:

A friend of mine buys a lot of the higher-end Hornby stuff and loves it. I don't know if Hornby "train set" quality is the same as American (Bachmann/Life-Like) "train set" quality.

Hornby has a variety of levels of quality - much like Lionel does.  The entry-level stuff is probably better than Life-Like, but it is quite a step down from what your friend likely has.  I think the biggest difference with Hornby is the relative amount of detail and whether or not it's ready to receive a decoder, rather than the quality of mechanisms, etc.

@Mallard4468 posted:

I have a Flying Scotsman set somewhere - as I recall the motor and drive mechanism are in the tender, so the loco is actually being pushed.  This arrangement seemed to work OK, but it's been awhile since I ran it.  It also came with a lot of fragile detail parts to add to the engine.

Without knowing what "a really good deal" is (I've seen new ones at shows for $150-200), and what your objectives are, it's hard to say.

Hornby stopped using the tender drive mechanisms many years ago. The biggest difference in Hornby's line is between their "Railway" line and "Railroad" line. Basically put, "Railway" is their higher end, more detailed line, while "Railroad" is their more basic/less detailed, economy line.

Stuart

@Mallard4468 posted:

Curious as to when this occurred.  My Flying Scotsman set was purchased new from Hornby USA at a train show about 5-6 years ago.

As a side note, despite setting up at shows in the US, Hornby has done a poor job of marketing their product in this country.

It may have been an older set that you found. According to the article in the link below, Hornby redesigned their "Railroad" range Flying Scotsman locomotive around 2012.

THE BRITISH RAILWAY STORIES LTD: "Flying Scotsman Railroad Model (2012): Review & Musings"

Stuart

@Stuart posted:

It may have been an older set that you found. According to the article in the link below, Hornby redesigned their "Railroad" range Flying Scotsman locomotive around 2012.

THE BRITISH RAILWAY STORIES LTD: "Flying Scotsman Railroad Model (2012): Review & Musings"

Stuart

Thanks for the article.  Interesting, as mine was purchased after 2012.  Might explain why Hornby USA was blowing them out.

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