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examples of Metropolitan coaching stock built by skilled modellers. However, many of us don’t have the skill or the time for this so where does that leave us? The only real source of any London Transport rolling stock before Heljan gave us this model was the Bachmann 57xx Pannier and the wagons produced in The Midnight Metropolitan Set featuring the Pannier, a 3 plank wagon, 16T mineral and brake van in LT livery. Although a very popular set these wagons have been consigned to sets only and are yet to see release as a standard issue item. It must be said though even if they were, they wouldn’t really be appropriate for the Met-Vic Electric Loco. Don’t despair though; there is a light at the end of this tunnel. That light is largely provided by No.12 “Sarah Siddons” and her preservation exploits. During her time she has been paired with Mark1 coaches (blue and grey when she did her Kent railtour, Maroon for Steam On The Met) and been paired up with many classes of steam loco that are also available as ready-to-run models. An alternative solution is to have it on a depot layout, either with her classmates and maybe a Bachmann Pannier (or two) or visiting a depot for an open day. Conclusion: A very impressive, smart model with good pulling capabilities and performance. The only negative being the limited range of the prototype. 9/10 And finally: Just a bit of trivia to finish off with, locomotive No.2 was originally named “Oliver Cromwell” being renamed “Thomas Lord” in 1953 presumably to avoid any confusion with BR class 7 pacific 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” which would go on to cement her place in railway history by hauling a leg of the “15 Guinea Special” in August 1968.

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