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Old 05-03-2017, 12:21 AM   #1
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Anyone had experience of Union Mills locos? There's no website, very little at all elsewhere on net. They advertise that all their locos will go round 9" curves and over insulfrog points with no problems, including 0-8-0 and 2-6-0s... I have a lot of first radius curves!

Quite fancy the Dean Goods they have in GWR Green.

So, any good, do they do what they say and what are they like model wise?
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Never heard of them till you mentioned them. Some nice vids. on the Wickness Models site.
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Very good in terms of haulage capabilities. Detail wise the metal bodies are like old style Farish with moulded on handrails and no lamp brackets but from any reasonable viewing distance are perfectly acceptable. Importantly they make models that no one else does so if you want a good replication of what ran in a certain area then they may have some appropriate models.
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I thought most N gauge would manage 1st rad curves. My dad had a lot of them and he ran a Castle class and an A3 (I think) among others without a problem.
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Thanks Mike that helps a bit. I do still run a few older locos so perhaps they would blend in OK.

WTD: you are mistaken. Farish suggest minimum Rad 2 for most of their locos, although most of the shorter wheelbases will go OK. Dapol are just hopeless!

Teedoubldee: Union Mills are based on Isle of Man and only produce N Gauge locos, but as I mentioned, no website. From what I understand, it's business via phone or post. They advertise in the usual monthlies with listings of locos.
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This was a fair old time ago Wishmaster, maybe the old Farish locos were slightly more forgiving.
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This was a fair old time ago Wishmaster, maybe the old Farish locos were slightly more forgiving.
Possibly, yes. I have a few older Farish locos (35 years+) but they are all 0-6-0 Pannier or Jintys so I can't comment directly.

Dapol don't even bother to say that theirs are dodgy on first radius but are even worse! I've just sent one back for refund stating that it is simply not fit for purpose!

Anyway, we drift..... Union Mills.... Any more info people?
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Dapol don't even bother to say that theirs are dodgy on first radius but are even worse! I've just sent one back for refund stating that it is simply not fit for purpose!

Not all your facts are correct. IMG_3579.JPG
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Dapol don't even bother to say that theirs are dodgy on first radius but are even worse! I've just sent one back for refund stating that it is simply not fit for purpose!

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Not on ANY of the ones I've ever purchased.
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Stack of pictures of them on Google
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=un...w=1366&bih=651
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