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by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Giraffe's workbench
Replies: 2
Views: 25

Re: Giraffe's workbench

My guess is that what it needs is old oil removal. Clean it up with Iso Propyl Alcohol (or meths) getting plenty of it into the bearings to flush out the grot, then just the smallest drop from an electrolube on each bearing.
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Pulling my hair out, what's left of it.
Replies: 6
Views: 64

Re: Pulling my hair out, what's left of it.

The actual infill on UK level crossings has been just about as varied as the surfaces used for roads. Where traffic was light the infill would quite likely be timber (sleepers of various ages) tarred and gritted to form a wearing surface. Every effort would have been made to avoid resorting to concr...
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Steam loco or space rocket ?
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Steam loco or space rocket ?

The drive gear on the motor seems to be the same on them all, if you have a good magnifying glass and a decent set of watchmakers screwdrivers you can swap the gearbox to a 12v motor, at the price they charge for these things it's worth buying another motor to get the voltage you want.
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: h0 building kits
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Re: h0 building kits

The difference in loading gauge often means that US structures in 3.5mmturn out bigger than UK versions in 4mm.
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hattons Wholesale
Replies: 10
Views: 127

Re: Hattons Wholesale

I notice that they have announced a stand at the Warley NEC show too, that's a new move. Further product introductions do we think? It's had a trial run already at The Hornby Mag do at Milton Keynes. Not the sort of use once and abandon stand. Shiny glass and metal with minimalist display cases and...
by Bufferstop
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: I blame my eyesight !! How did I miss this ?
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: I blame my eyesight !! How did I miss this ?

It's like the first time you do an image search on Google and it turns up one of your own :D
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 22, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Steam loco or space rocket ?
Replies: 26
Views: 559

Re: Steam loco or space rocket ?

Chris, I spotted a motor a week or two ago which had the standard 3mm with flat shaft but apart from the first few mm had been turned down to 2mm diameter. I think it might have been a 5-6 volt type but you can always swap the gearbox with whichever voltage you want. Can't remember which dealer it w...
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Penalty fares, fare dodging and non collection.
Replies: 16
Views: 201

Re: Penalty fares, fare dodging and non collection.

If they destaff the stations they have to unlock the barriers as deear old 'elf and safety insists there's someone there in case of emergency.
by Bufferstop
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Penalty fares, fare dodging and non collection.
Replies: 16
Views: 201

Re: Penalty fares, fare dodging and non collection.

The most rigorous ticket checking I've ever seen was by two inspectors on the underground. They boarded by the two end doors of the coach, made sure the escape doors were fastened, then announced themselves as " the Two Black Mamas, here to save some money" . I'd swear they could smell the...
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Using Polysyrene sheets as backboards
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Using Polysyrene sheets as backboards

I wouldn't use polystyrene for your back boards - it doesn't take paint well - unless you use very thick sheets it lacks strength - it's difficult to fasten in place if you want it to be demountable. It's far more useful for building the scenery even if it's just a thin sheet glued over the scenic a...
by Bufferstop
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Penalty fares, fare dodging and non collection.
Replies: 16
Views: 201

Penalty fares, fare dodging and non collection.

Got into a discussion about penalty fares, and roving inspectors. Several times I've had difficulty in paying my fare as the guard/conductor has locked himself in the rear cab and not come out. I once had a showdown with a roving inspector whilst clutching my fare in my hand waiting for the guard to...
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Manufacturer?
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Manufacturer?

At one time it was Peco N Setrack whether or not it carried Peco's branding I don't know.
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How far will they go?
Replies: 2
Views: 118

Re: How far will they go?

That 100 hours is the motor manufacturers guarantee, it's meant for applications where it simply has to keep working from one planned service to the next. So the users can plan to change the motor each time they do some sort of service on the equipment. It bears little relation to the endurance of a...
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why do my locos keep falling apart?
Replies: 42
Views: 367

Re: Why do my locos keep falling apart?

Apart from wear and tear in use I think that the most stress you place on a model loco is persuading it in and out of its packing before sliding it back in the box. These days my stock if it's not on the layout is either in two glass fronted display cases or in the draws of an Ikea office plan chest...
by Bufferstop
Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Planning
Topic: One of my turns coming on...
Replies: 8
Views: 112

Re: One of my turns coming on...

The headteacher who let some of her pupils join in some "singing practice", offered by the studio went on to become our "Director of Education", but she never lived down the lyrics of The Wall.

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