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by GeraldH
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 336
Views: 52918

Re: The BNR (another way)

The line has a long history of Mainline motive power. The J72s were the only locos that could take two coaches up the lines extreme early gradients. The lines two J72s are still going decades later, although there was a break for several years when services were temporarily suspended. The line has a...
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 336
Views: 52918

Re: The BNR (another way)

The BNR's technical drawing team deserve an extra mince pie I say! Its a nice terminus to fiddle setup, the branch expanding past Ivygale then? That CAD program does have quite a learning curve! The plan is for the branch to be extended to Pewsley. The mainline may also have a diversion via Movitch...
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Model Railway Men
Replies: 19
Views: 439

Re: Model Railway Men

Hi GeraldH - If you haven't already tried them, Alibris and Abebooks online might be worth a visit. Thank you Firefly. I've been watching these sites for several years and picked up all the other books. I've even trawled second hand bookshops in Sydney and Wellington, as well as the UK :) . The boo...
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Impressive Locos Thread (For All Your Impressively Reliable Locos).
Replies: 21
Views: 630

Re: Impressive Locos Thread (For All Your Impressively Reliable Locos).

Despite the floppy couplings and invisible headcodes, my two Heljan Class 33s have been outstanding performers from day one. The Heljan Class 16s and Class 23 have also been trouble free. The Bachmann 56XX is another goody, as is my Hornby Legends Evening Star. The recently arrived Hornby Black 5 ha...
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 336
Views: 52918

Re: The BNR (another way)

Very impressive Collet fleet. Looking forward to the new extension build. The line currently goes around two walls? Thank you. The Mainline Collett Goods do have a certain charm and are one of Mainline's slightly more robust models. The network is U shaped. Engineering staff have been getting in so...
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Model Railway Men
Replies: 19
Views: 439

Re: Model Railway Men

A reprint of "Telford Saves the Line" would be nice. I've got all the others, but that one seems to be impossible to find, despite a worldwide search, Even Cambridge University library doesn't seem to have a copy :) .
by GeraldH
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 336
Views: 52918

Re: The BNR (another way)

BNR No 11 has now re-entered service after a visit to the paintshop. The rear wheelset has been slightly sprung which has removed its tendency to stall on the points. It is now one of the best runners on the line and operating staff are pleased to have it back. No11.JPG Meanwhile someone in the loco...
by GeraldH
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Future Concepts and Traditions.
Replies: 24
Views: 452

Re: Future Concepts and Traditions.

I pretty much agree with all these sentiments. A new loco gives you a hit for a week or two and then it sits on the layout not doing much, along with all the others. I get as much, or more, fun from creating my own items from what are effectively cast offs. I'm a reasonably competent modeller, but t...
by GeraldH
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Impressive Locos Thread (For All Your Impressively Reliable Locos).
Replies: 21
Views: 630

Re: Impressive Locos Thread (For All Your Impressively Reliable Locos).

Mountain wrote:I will make a start by mentioning the Hornby Dublo/Wrenn class 08...


I'll second that, my Wrenn version weighs a ton, will haul anything and has heavily plated wheels, so they never seem to need cleaning. The only slight negative is that mine sometimes stalls at slow speeds on insulfrog points.
by GeraldH
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 87
Views: 1730

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

Mountain wrote:A budget version of a budget loco. :D Do you have a photo of BNR number 8 GeraldH?


Here's No 8. I replaced the chassis with a Bill/Ben one which was a better runner. Some of the original chassis can be made to run reasonably'ish if you get a good one and add some weight.

No8.JPG
by GeraldH
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley
Replies: 49
Views: 962

Re: Accurascale to announce UK OO loco at Warley

I must confess that I'm struggling to see the need for models with even higher levels of detail, fragility and cost, but then we're a broad church and we all have our own leanings. Personally, I'd rather see new models of previously unavailable, or very poorly modelled, prototypes. Some useful acces...
by GeraldH
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: Miniature Wunderland - Hamburg

It's an excellent day out and worth a trip to Hamburg just to see it. The behind the scenes tour is fascinating.
by GeraldH
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: The Triang and Hornby 0-4-0 Loco Thread.
Replies: 87
Views: 1730

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

Second was similar but with square axles. (The only real design that I was less enthusiastic about. They worked but...) Square axles??? have you got a picture of one of these? I had one of those too :) .I seem to recall that mine had strange circular metal bearings pushed onto the square axles wher...
by GeraldH
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: "Previously Owned" via certain big on-line shop
Replies: 16
Views: 378

Re: "Previously Owned" via certain big on-line shop

I've bought three used locos recently from them and quite a few new items over many years. All three used locos were fairly described, in fact two of them somewhat better than described. I'd still check the photos carefully though, as they do occasionally miss bits of cosmetic damage. When things ha...
by GeraldH
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 336
Views: 52918

Re: The BNR (another way)

Though it may take a bit of work, would it be an idea for you to make a new chassis using brass frames? Would one be able to design it in such a way as to sit the gears and motor in the right place? I realize that it would not be easy with the double reduction gears. If it is do-able, it could be y...

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