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by minipix
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Re: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

Great advice @Bigmet. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a good price donor loco! In the meantime, I had another look at my 57xx last night, taking it apart pretty much as far as I could go. It does have 'Bachmann' on the bottom, but it's definitely the Replica split chassis mentioned above, with the 'pod...
by minipix
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Re: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, much appreciated. It sounds like there may be a number of potential issues and therefore fixes for the existing chassis, so armed with that I might take another look and see what can be done. As for replacing the chassis, from the comments above it sounds like i...
by minipix
Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

I have a Replica Railways (i.e. Bachmann) 57xx that is about 20 years old. I love the model, but it keeps derailing on my radius 1 curves, and bounces a bit at the back with every wheel revolution. I've taken it apart a couple of times, but never really got to the bottom of what's wrong with it. So ...
by minipix
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: BMR Workbench.
Replies: 415
Views: 78931

Re: BMR Workbench.

Wow. That's quite a transformation. Subtle, but a lot of little details changed. Well done!
by minipix
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 73
Views: 3590

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Just recently I've been looking into DCC++. It's a DCC controller you can build using an Arduino and a Raspberry Pi, and it's super cheap. As a professional developer, the thought of being able to 'program' my railway is very tempting, but until now I've always thought DCC was out of my budget, but ...
by minipix
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 73
Views: 3590

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Last night I was fencing. No, not with a sword. I had previously bought a fence kit that I thought would look good on my layout, but it was a little disappointing when it arrived. It was just a load of black plastic posts and a roll of plastic fishing wire. The posts are ok once painted, but the ins...
by minipix
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Rowenwood
Replies: 42
Views: 1206

Re: Rowenwood

I think I'm right in saying that every single frog needs insulated rail joiners. And that probably means every piece of track after a frog will need its own power too. Not sure from your diagram whether there are pieces of track between any of those points, but you may find you'll need a few more co...
by minipix
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby McVities
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Hornby McVities

Oooh, I've got one of those! I'm curious though, were there any real-life versions of this?
by minipix
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 73
Views: 3590

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

I've also been doing a lot of gardening recently. I got a Noch garden kit for Christmas that I've been slowly piecing together - it's really fiddly! Still, the pumpkins have come out especially well, I think, and the cauliflowers are really cute. I also scratch built a greenhouse using some offcuts ...
by minipix
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 73
Views: 3590

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Here is that wagon I modified. It used to be an old Hornby wagon like the one next to it, but I took the body off (but kept the weight). And you know those annoying bits of wire you find wound around electrical appliance cables? That's what I used to make the side supports, threaded through appropri...
by minipix
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 73
Views: 3590

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

Today I was having a play around with my rolling stock. In particular, I was trying to take apart a Hornby track cleaning coach, so that I could remove the body and have it as a flat bed truck of some sort with a weight pushing down on the cleaning pads. Unfortunately I couldn't get the thing apart....
by minipix
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Fishacre Railway, a oo layout
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: Fishacre Railway, a oo layout

Great looking layout plan! Lots of playability there. One thing I'd recommend is trying to avoid S bends. For example, top right of your plan you've got your purple tracks that 'wiggle' right left right. It would be more prototypical (not to mention more reliable in avoiding derailments) to slightly...
by minipix
Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Price of a Hobby
Replies: 61
Views: 1841

Re: Price of a Hobby

One of the things I love most about this hobby is looking at random objects around me and thinking "I wonder what I could use that for?" Honestly, it's the creativity that I love, more so than buying brand new locos. But each to their own. For example, I recently created a set of GWR semap...
by minipix
Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Model Railway Photography
Topic: BASINGSTOKE 1958-67 OO LAYOUT - Handbuilt track points & electrical matters.
Replies: 15
Views: 630

Re: BASINGSTOKE 1958-67 OO LAYOUT - Handbuilt points

Great work! Hand-building points is definitely beyond my capabilities, so it's nice to see someone doing such a great job of it.
by minipix
Tue May 28, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: And the next photo will have...(real railway version)
Replies: 1027
Views: 91476

Re: And the next photo will have...(real railway version)

A water tower, in the "fiddle yard" at Toddington.

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