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Old 04-03-2016, 11:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Brighton Belle all Pullman electric (5 BEL) from GAM

I finally took delivery of the new Golden Age Models 1/32 scale Brighton Belle all Pullman electric set on Friday. The five car set is produced by F.C. Models in Korea. The cars are fabricated brass and follow the same construction techniques as GAMs locomotive hauled British Pullman cars. The cars come with full interiors with battery powered lighting. One Motor/Brake has a single power truck, more than sufficient for moving the five cars. The powered unit comes with NiMH batteries and a Peter Sporoer motor controller card using a Spektrum AR400 receiver. A Spektrum compatible hand held transmitter and battery charger are also provided. The power car has a switch for 2 rail track pickup or R/C operation.

The set ran flawlessly right from the box although I charged the batteries for about an hour while I inspected my track before taking the train out on the line.

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Old 04-03-2016, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jim;

Those cars are beautiful! Years ago (aw heck, DECADES ago) I lusted for the OO version of that train, which was manufactured by Wrenn. At the time they were way above what I could afford. Would be a different story today, but Wrenn are out of business, and my OO is displayed in a china cupboard.

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Jim,
Very nice.
However, I do wish that Golden Age would take a little more care in their research though and get all the details 'correct'.
Things that unless you have an interest, you would not notice, but since I was going to build a set 'once', I do tend to spot such things.
Ah well, they still do look nice though.
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Beautiful! I have seen the cars are various exhibitions and marvelled at them.... the great news is that there will soon be a restored 5-BEL back on the main line.

The down side, Jim, is that you now have to lay a third rail!

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Very nice!
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Old 04-04-2016, 11:41 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Jim,

That set looks just great! But you will have to add a third rail for power pickup!!

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Graham / Mike

In 1997 I visited Robert Head and his beautiful GWR layout. He had someone [probably Tenmille] custom make plastic ties sections that were for 7 ft 1/4 in gauge and 4 ft 8 1/2 in dual gauge in 1:32 scale. He offered me all the ties strips I was willing to ship home to promote Brunel's proper track gauge. IF I had taken him up in it I would have my third rail, although not really correct; and bad enough to stir David L's juices.

This is one case where I think my vivid imagination will have to do.

I have investigated David's observation that the sets are "not quite right", and being a RIVET COUNTER, may fix a couple of the more obvious things because they are easily accomplished.

Quentin brought in a total of 19 sets. There are a couple on the shelf if one has a desire to have one of them. Just remember, the real Brighton Belle ran with two 5 car sets coupled together Monday to Saturday, and used only a single set for Sunday between London and Brighton, so to be correct you could only run it one day each week. LOL!!!
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Hi Jim,
The Golden Age Models web site is a little lacking in details.
Do they come with all the battery 'stuff', or did you have someone fit it for you?
5875 per 5 Car Set = $7913.46 plus shipping.
A lot less than an Aster Challenger, AND it's much longer in length!!!
On one of the Gauge 1 tracks that I visit in the UK, he has a London Underground train running and has the correct four rails.
I always thought that I would be fun to fit a bright led under the outside pickup to be triggered when coming into contact with the power rail to represent the vivid flashes that I remember.
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David
As I stated in the original post; all the batteries and R/C are already fitted and it is ready to go "out of the box" except for charging the batteries in the Motor Brake. The PSME motor controller and transmitter, along with the Spektrum AR400 receiver and batteries were shipped to the builder and all the installation was done in the factory.

Unfortunately, the web guy screwed up and the prices for both 0 scale and Gauge 1 have exactly the same prices. The Gauge 1 price is a bit low on the web site, because it reflects the original 2 rail track powered ONLY version of the model. The price was raised when R/C was made standard. The price is not for the budget-minded modeler, but is consistent with short production run brass models in 1:32. Just look at the current production price of J&M coaches [if and when produced] and models by folks like Peter Rogers.
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Jim, that is a pretty train you have there. Certainly much more class than the dingy Hudson & Manhattan cars I rode as a kid from Jersey City NJ to New York City.

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