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by Bigmet
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Old tender drive A4
Replies: 16
Views: 287

Re: Old tender drive A4

...But I can't see any sign of wires or pickups, so does this mean it picks up the power through 1 side of the wheels, passes through the axle and chassis and then through to the tender? If so, I'm guessing the wheels need to go back in a certain way?... It does and they do. Look at the wheelsets, ...
by Bigmet
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 2019 Annual Wishlist Poll
Replies: 10
Views: 170

Re: 2019 Annual Wishlist Poll

What was the result of last year's poll, please? Further on this theme, I have been informally tracking the items I am interested in since 2009, and the large majority of what has been asked for appears in RTR, after a significant time lag. Quite how much of this would have happened anyway is impos...
by Bigmet
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Four-wheel parcels vans (or whatever!)
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Four-wheel parcels vans (or whatever!)

So other than a carriage that needed covering, what would typically be carried in a CCT? Any load that would fit that the railway needed to move under cover at passenger train speed. The specific capability of the CCT over a 'parcels van' was the end loading access of a drop ramp and full width doo...
by Bigmet
Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Old tender drive A4
Replies: 16
Views: 287

Re: Old tender drive A4

...So I'll be looking at the tender-loco coupling next... At least you now know it is failure of electrical supply continuity, and the problem location is on the loco. The problem isn't necessarily anything to do with the loco to tender linkage, see below. (The good news is that it works reliably, ...
by Bigmet
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Gift ideas for railway modeller
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Gift ideas for railway modeller

How subtle are you able to be? Questions around what's planned for the layout might obtain some useful information about what is on the 'wants' list. Because it could be almost anything, a sheet of plywood for baseboard construction, some specific paint, parts to detail a model, construction kits, a...
by Bigmet
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 486

Re: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches

Design input by committee does appear to be working quite well, which is 'interesting'. I can use a generic six wheel full brake, from the long gone Goole and Barbetby, now painted in BR's engineering department black. ...I really wouldn't judge all RTR 6 wheelers by the standards of the unfortunate...
by Bigmet
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Old tender drive A4
Replies: 16
Views: 287

Re: Old tender drive A4

... It could be of course a case of traction tyres loose and slipping on the wheels. See if they are tight on the wheels first before taking off the Pony. Traction tyres are the most likely cause. These are cheap rubber bands over twenty years old. They perish and go hard and slippy, even if they s...
by Bigmet
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Are there any members with a Powercab near Peterborough?
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: Are there any members with a Powercab near Peterborough?

I've tested my Powercab on another layout and get similar results. The problem seems to be that my Bachmann Type 25 runs too slow at max throttle. The speed drops when other trains are running and it becomes unrealistically slow, my next move is to research a better decoder for it as currently runs...
by Bigmet
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 486

Re: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches

... it's odd that there are no LBSCR liveries listed seeing as there are three LBSCR livered RTR loco's available at the moment (4 if you count the many second-hand E2's out there). Very early days though for this project, plenty of time for 'further developments'. What has been shown are sketches ...
by Bigmet
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 486

Re: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches

Minimum radius -- Radius 2. No tight curves then... Would you expect any different? That's the de facto standard for current OO, because the set track point has a substitution radius 2 curve, so the manufacturers quote that. You can be confident the four wheelers will manage a smaller radius, they ...
by Bigmet
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches
Replies: 28
Views: 486

Re: Hattons Announces 4 and 6 wheel coaches

...look at the locos they've matched their rakes to, a couple there that don't appear to be RTR, yet...! That's the aspect that caught my eye. LNWR Precedent and SECR Wainwright D class. Both of them quite possible as NRM commissions. Personally I am little surprised that the D class hasn't been se...
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Items Wanted
Topic: Hornby REBUILT LOCO (i.e. China) BODY CHASSIS
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Hornby REBUILT LOCO (i.e. China) BODY CHASSIS

There are four Hornby models of Chinese manufacture locos commonly tagged 'rebuilt': Bulleid's MN and BB/WC pacifics, LMS 7P 4-6-0 of the Royal Scot and Patriot classes. Which one?
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Kadee Couplers
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Kadee Couplers

.. I'm still not sure whether to go digital, I know the speed control is superior to analogue but for various reasons I'm wanting to stick with DC. For myself it's not the refined speed control that comes first, a good PWM DC controller could achieve that with a well sorted mechanism. It's factors ...
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: elink & bachman decoders
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: elink & bachman decoders

..The likely problem is not the Hornby kit as Bigmet says but poor contact with the programming track ... Unlikely. Have you actually seen one of these models? All wheel pick up on both cars, and by split axle pinpoint collection on all the undriven wheels. It's extremely effective even on the dirt...
by Bigmet
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Old Wrenn loco
Replies: 18
Views: 374

Re: Old Wrenn loco

Can I just point this out from the OP. With a little encouragement it will now run fine in reverse, but when trying to make it go forwards it won't move at all, no hint of life whatsoever... I can't figure how it can work in one direction and not the other?. The mechanism isn't seized or seriously d...

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