“In a bold new initiative, Airfix and Hornby entered into a joint venture partnership to develop, (in consultation with the Minerals and Energy Council) the first ever hybrid coal powered model train. Released at the Shitsu- Tonka Toy Fair in 2015, the product was swamped with advance orders and sales looked very promising indeed. Most encouraging was the public delight in the first ever ‘square wheeled’ carriages, faulty crossings, and numerous other design defects built in with the standard kit. However, it soon became apparent that numerous incidents of domestic house fires were attributed to the models tendency to “Cook off” when access to renewable energy upset the delicately balanced power train. Sadly, the item was removed from sale, and this description is the sole survivor of the little train that chuffed, puffed, and exploded”
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