Since I got back into model railways a couple of years or so ago, one locomotive that was on my "want list" was the Hornby Dublo Deltic. It was not one of Hornby's most accurate models: the "bonnets" at each end of the locomotive were too short (as was the whole locomotive) and the underbody detail wasn't right, but it did capture the character of the original and was arguably the best looking diesel model of its era. As a young boy, it was the only diesel locomotive I wanted (but of course couldn't afford). It was also capable of hauling more than just about any layout could accomodate. My problem was that I collect HD three rail, and the three rail version of the Deltic "St Paddy" is one of the rarer and more collectable items from the Dublo range. The two rail version, "Crepello", by contrast, although still sought after, is more common and half the price or less. In order to get myself a Deltic, I waited until a two rail body came up on eBay at a reasonable price and, rather luckily, as they don't crop up very often, a Dublo three rail Co-Co chassis came up on eBay shortly afterwards. I was successful in bidding for them and they arrived today. The body is a bit better than it looked in the photos, although it is rather grubby and I'll have to clean it before I can tell for sure, but I think I will just need to touch up the silver and the raised areas of green and maybe repaint the grey part of the roof and the white window surrounds. The chassis appears to be in very good condition, but it does need new traction tyres. All in all, it promises to be quite an impressive beast once it has been tidied up - not one for the "rivet-counters" though. I'll post some pictures of it soon.