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by GeraldH
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Preferred ballast for 00 gauge
Replies: 11
Views: 255

Re: Preferred ballast for 00 gauge

Used tea leaves and wallpaper paste on the BNR. Cheap, easy to remove without damaging the track and pre-weathered :) .
by GeraldH
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running
Replies: 11
Views: 248

Re: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running

I think there may be some confusion here? The Fowler 2-6-4 is a Hornby (not Dublo) model with a plastic body. I believe that the early ones had an X04/X03 motor with an open frame. These can be very noisy if they've not been serviced for a while, but can be quietened significantly by oiling the bear...
by GeraldH
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 311
Views: 50754

Re: The BNR (another way)

The line has some pretty steep gradients and this can cause problems with five coach mainline services. There is a particular problem at the top of the gradient on the mainline, just outside the junction where locos often started slipping. Management sent the track gang out to investigate. Trackwork...
by GeraldH
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Manor class dilemma
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Bachmann Manor class dilemma

For split chassis locos, try lubricating the axles with graphite powder. It is conductive and does not harm plastic. It also does not turn into a non-conductive gunk like supposedly conductive oils. The gears still need plastic safe oil/grease, but use it sparingly so it does not migrate onto the ax...
by GeraldH
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 311
Views: 50754

Re: The BNR (another way)

1:76 with 16.5 mm gauge which rather fortunately seems to come out at 4 ft 1½ in :) How very convenient for your fine scale railway modelling! :D Just finished the thread. I love all the conversions and swap jobs and modelling without breaking the bank (excepting 'accidental' locomotive purchases!)...
by GeraldH
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland
Replies: 759
Views: 44842

Re: Millsend Layout - OO Gauge Sixties Midland

Great work on the loco yard. One could really imagine wandering through it and getting very dirty!
by GeraldH
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 311
Views: 50754

Re: The BNR (another way)

The workshop's been a bit quiet over the summer months with staff enjoying some time off in the sun. Apart from routine maintenance, staff have been tweaking bogies :) . Bogies.JPG It was noticed that one of the Hornby Speedink wagons, which brings in freight from the mainland, was behaving erratica...
by GeraldH
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hornby replacement wheels
Replies: 20
Views: 299

Re: Hornby replacement wheels

Peter's Spares do some excellent blackened metal 10mm wheels which are drop in replacements for the Hornby Lowmac, Container Wagon, Bogie Bolster and probably the old Triang Track Cleaning Car. Although they claim to be only 10mm in diameter, they fit fine and the couplings seem to remain at the cor...
by GeraldH
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues
Replies: 45
Views: 4337

Re: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues

Mainline 43xx Chassis Replacement The only practical chassis is the Airfix/GMR Prairie chassis, with one traction tyre and a 5 pole motor, but they were very noisy, even when new. The Airfix/GMR Prairie at 220g is lighter than the Hornby at 326g, but both will pull a good load.... In conclusion:- ...
by GeraldH
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: 2721 Class:- Chassis Replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: 2721 Class:- Chassis Replacement

I slightly modified one that had the sspp Chinese era chassis design by fitting wheels with no traction tyres. Amusingly hornby set the quartering the opposite direction on the non traction tyred wheelsets compared to the sspp ones. I also added pickups on the centre wheel set and some lead in the ...
by GeraldH
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: 00 Points choice..?
Replies: 23
Views: 830

Re: 00 Points choice..?

... I have got a load of SetTrack insulfrog points and crossovers which I was going to use and cost me a lot of money. Black mark for Peco for continuing to produce and actively market a trash product. Any ideas what I can do with them?... SetTrack insulfrog points are obviously not as good as Elec...
by GeraldH
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 311
Views: 50754

Re: The BNR (another way)

No third rail planned, the 73 is running on diesel which might also explain its limited haulage :) . An extension might be on the cards in the next year or two though...
by GeraldH
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?
Replies: 61
Views: 1186

Re: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?

Cast metal lamps similar to the green Hornby canopy uprights that would plug into Hornby's plastic platform sections. A detectable plug-in base could also be produced to allow the lamps to be used in other areas. Imagine how many Hornby platform sections are in use on layouts around the world with t...
by GeraldH
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 311
Views: 50754

Re: The BNR (another way)

The British Rail services, which run through the tunnel from the UK to Ballybongle, tend to take a lower profile on the island and only run on the mainline unless there is a special event. BR Stock changes are rare, as vehicles have to be converted to island's 4 foot 1.5 inch gauge. It was recently ...
by GeraldH
Fri May 25, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Shunting ideas.
Replies: 21
Views: 675

Re: Shunting ideas.

Sounds great go for it!

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