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by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Cobalt point motors
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: Cobalt point motors

Yes GEM wire should carry an 'elf and safety warning. On one of my baseboards I have GEM wire in copper tube running under the boardtrapped at the end below the points by a wooden block. There's an L shaped bit of paperclip one end slides in the bottom of the block, the other sticks up through the b...
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 95
Views: 2375

Re: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.

The last 0-4-0 chassis I acquire came from a dealers stand at a trainfair, he had several which all appeared un used, no sign of them ever being put in a body (scuffing on the points of the tangs where they would have been pressed to release them; worm thread and gear pristine likewise tyre treads a...
by Bufferstop
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 95
Views: 2375

Re: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.

The speculative announcements in the Hornby catalogue have been a feature since the time it was the Triang catalogue. The phrase "Available Later" was pinned to a good many designs for many years. The AL3 electric loco only appeared after the take over of Hornby who had one ready for relea...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 95
Views: 2375

Re: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.

Smokey Joe and the other saddle tank variants were a bit different in that part of the superstructure was a large diecast footplate which also included a couple of chunks the fitted the smokebox and firebox, all to try to put some extra weight into it. I don't know whether that part put up the costs...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Latest Arrival!
Replies: 13
Views: 328

Re: Latest Arrival!

Nowt wrong with Hornby's Toby's running It's just too darned tall. Many of their smaller locos are the same, Nellie, Polly and co were, and so is Smokey Joe. Which is probably all the better for your conversions.
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Electrofrog Points
Replies: 4
Views: 130

Re: Electrofrog Points

The sooner Peco go over to Unifrog for all the better. Lets hope we don't have to wait as long as we did to get Electrofrog.
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Problems getting solder to take to copper points LED LIGHT STRIPS
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Problems getting solder to take to copper points LED LIGHT STRIPS

Use a rat tailed swiss file and cautiously file the surface of the track 'till it changes colour then apply iron and solder so that solder sticks to the copper. Then tin the end of the wire, hold a little solder on the iron and bring iron and wire onto track. I'm pretty sure the surface of the coppe...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 4mt shorting out
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Hornby 4mt shorting out

It could be a wiring fault between loco and tender, but before looking for that examine the underside of the loco and tender very thoroughly. Magnifier and strong light if necessary. Look for anything that may cause the short circuit. Pickup wipers bent and shorting to frame, loose wire, track pin p...
by Bufferstop
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Peco surface mounted point motors
Replies: 11
Views: 81

Re: Peco surface mounted point motors

Does it work with the point, with motor attached, held in the air?
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Peco surface mounted point motors
Replies: 11
Views: 81

Re: Peco surface mounted point motors

I think they are, but all the springs I've used have the two ends turned up at 90 degrees. The plastic bits and the pre formed "staple" are right.
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Peco surface mounted point motors
Replies: 11
Views: 81

Re: Peco surface mounted point motors

I'd agree, I don't know if Peco list the springs these days, when I needed some, a phone call to enquire was all it took for a envelope with half a dozen to arrive, FOC. Calling them springs is a bit grand for a little bit of bent wire with the ends turned up. I have replaced one without lifting the...
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Latest Arrival!
Replies: 13
Views: 328

Re: Latest Arrival!

@Bigmet, the ballasting was done in my usual manner, "don't try too hard", later I wiped a brush with some PVA on it, and hovered the electric tea strainer over it just long enough for some sparse grass to take root. Nature usually does things in a seemingly haphazard way, you just have to...
by Bufferstop
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Model Rail propose J70 W&U Tram loco
Replies: 32
Views: 2003

Re: Model Rail propose J70 W&U Tram loco

I did fancy one when it was first mentioned so put in my pre-order. see here I'd been following the story of Rapio and thought they would make a good job of it. What I didn't expect was just how thorough a job it would be. There's several lessons in this one that the so called big boys could learn f...
by Bufferstop
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Latest Arrival!
Replies: 13
Views: 328

Re: Latest Arrival!

Very nice, what coach is it pulling? It looks very Henrietta like... It was the Bachmanns' Henrietta, I got it on line from Tootally Thomas. True to the model used on TV it had deep battens, a scale 3" * 3" along its sides, where it should have two lines of beading. I trimmed them off and...
by Bufferstop
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building
Replies: 699
Views: 46760

Re: St. Blazey's - My first layout - Stage 3 Building

GWR chimney stacks usually went a little overboard at the top with several oversailing layers plus a fancy chimney pot. Even the buildings at our village station still have them. The station building (actually a mirror image of it) and the platform waiting room were featured in the "Prototype M...

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