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by minipix
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 3976

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

An update on the loco front. The 08 shunter and the bright blue 0-4-0 have both now sold, off to (hopefully) happy new owners. And at about the same time, I've taken delivery of a Bachmann 45xx 2-6-2 Small Prairie. And it's wonderful. I've always loved the look of the GWR livery, and this tank engin...
by minipix
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Frontington & Backwoods Railway
Replies: 75
Views: 3976

Re: Frontington & Backwoods Railway

If you've been following the progress of this layout from the start, you'll know that much of the track and rolling stock originally came from an old layout, dating back a good 20 years. The two locos I've currently got starring on the layout (Hornby Terrier 0-6-0 and Hornby J94 0-6-0, both in BR bl...
by minipix
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Improving low speed running for shunting
Replies: 16
Views: 335

Re: Improving low speed running for shunting

I've had a couple of locos with that 0-4-0 chassis. The best advice I can give is to keep everything immaculately clean. The biggest problem you'll likely encounter is to do with electrical contact, because there are only 4 points of contact with the rails. Make sure the wheels and contacts are spot...
by minipix
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 231

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: 231

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: 231

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: 79372

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: 75
Views: 3976

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: 75
Views: 3976

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: 44
Views: 1414

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: 327

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: 75
Views: 3976

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: 75
Views: 3976

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: 75
Views: 3976

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: 630

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...

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