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by GeraldH
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hattons Pre-owned - whats your experience?
Replies: 16
Views: 579

Re: Hattons Pre-owned - whats your experience?

I have a few gooduns from Hattons in the last year or so. My last one, a Mainline 43XX, had mazak rot, but they sorted it out including return postage without any issue. I'd certainly recommend them, but study the photos in detail as the descriptions occasionally omit damage that is obvious in the p...
by GeraldH
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street
Replies: 43
Views: 1243

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street

Great work, you have created a very atmospheric layout. One can imagine being 76 times smaller and wandering around :) .
by GeraldH
Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Any hints and tips when using flexi-track?
Replies: 9
Views: 355

Re: Any hints and tips when using flexi-track?

For significant and tight curves I tend to use Set-track. Now that there are four radii available, Set-track covers most eventualities. You can test it out using a model railway CAD program. When I do have to use flexi-track, I hold it in place and then mark where the cut is required with a fine tip...
by GeraldH
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New wheels for older Hornby/Triang coaches?
Replies: 15
Views: 458

Re: New wheels for older Hornby/Triang coaches?

Thanks for all the comments. I'm probably pushing my luck now, but is it possible to do similar for older Hornby DMU's? I have an immaculate (boxed) DMU set that also struggles over points, I was going to sell it but if it's possible to do this (including driven wheels) on it I'd certainly be inter...
by GeraldH
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New wheels for older Hornby/Triang coaches?
Replies: 15
Views: 458

Re: New wheels for older Hornby/Triang coaches?

Once the original wheels have been removed, new bearings can be made by glueing matchsticks into the axle-boxes with the new wheels in place. It works best if you drill a small hole into the inside end of each matchstick for the pin point of the axle. Once the glue has dried, the excess can be cut o...
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Uncoupling Hornby wagons
Replies: 25
Views: 842

Re: Uncoupling Hornby wagons

Made from an old felt tip pen, SIM card packaging, a bit of right angled sprue and some filler. Just push the wagons together to unlock the couplings and slide this underneath.

Uncoupler.JPG
by GeraldH
Fri Dec 28, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: class T9 chassis rot
Replies: 149
Views: 12715

Re: class T9 chassis rot

I have a Hornby Toby. It shows no signs of chassis rot whatsoever. It is about 10 years old and in immaculate condition. I am planning on using the chassis for 7mm narrow gauge use. I didn't know that people have found chassis rot in this loco. Would the chassis be safe to use (As it is like new an...
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 338
Views: 54682

Re: The BNR (another way)

Santa was obviously having reindeer problems and was hoping to sneak onto a service to the North Pole, via the BNR, to get ready for Xmas. He was unfortunately spotted by two young residents who were concerned that the lack of a chimney in their residence might prevent him from dropping in later :) ...
by GeraldH
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2019 Range Speculation Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 1734

Re: Hornby 2019 Range Speculation Thread

Probably more of a wish than a guess... :) Railroad Ex Lima 09 with new chassis. Railroad ex Lima 94XX with new chassis. Railroad ex Lima parcels coaches (BR GUV, Ex LMS short bogie one, Ex GWR Siphon, CCT with brakes in line with wheels). Platform lamps & other accessories that plug into the sq...
by GeraldH
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to Dispose of Used Modelling Blades?
Replies: 7
Views: 268

How to Dispose of Used Modelling Blades?

Does anyone have any suggestions for safely disposing of used modelling blades? As they are made of metal you would think they could be recycled, but I'm not sure that putting them in the recycling bin would be great for workers in recycling plants?
by GeraldH
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 338
Views: 54682

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: 338
Views: 54682

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: 588

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: 801

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: 338
Views: 54682

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...

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