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by Bigmet
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR blue popularity
Replies: 27
Views: 309

Re: BR blue popularity

...steam is the draw at the moment, not diesel, ... Steam will remain the draw forever. For the simple reason that diesel traction will remain in use on the national network for the foreseeable future, there's no romance, it is simply a utility. As a result preserved diesel traction - and potential...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running

IF the owner's date of acquisition was - as mentioned up post - from new in 1998/9 then I would expect a type 7 motor. That could be well ragged by now. Are replacement motors still available? (Wouldn't want to raise hopes if they are not.)
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ringfield Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 218

Re: Ringfield Issues

Based on above descriptions the motor is clearly a goer once it gets power (and a full complement of brushes). The ever present problem with this mechanism is maintaining good pick up. There's only the four wheels to use with pick up wipers, and you may do best to remake these from new as the last s...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: BR blue popularity
Replies: 27
Views: 309

Re: BR blue popularity

On the description above I grew up with it (my spotting days were mid 60s to late 70s) but I find the most boring era to model, all the same colours and to make matters worse that shade of blue is so dull and everything was so run down... My expectation is that BR blue is completely over. The overa...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues
Replies: 45
Views: 4252

Re: Bachmann 43XX split chassis issues

Getting sufficient weight into smaller tender locos is a factor on which Hornby have recently made good progress. They have achieved this by casting much of the loco bodies in metal, so that the recent smaller tender loco models I have purchased (B12/3, D16/3, J15) are all tractively very competent ...
by Bigmet
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Fowler 2-6-4t quieter running

... This was my favourite engine as a kid. I don't think it's ever been serviced, and my adult-self' s finds it's noise levels somewhat annoying... I would tend to the thought that you got your money's worth of running from it when you were younger, and now having got it running well enough with a ...
by Bigmet
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives

That aspect of the blanked off cab doors and windows is worth a further mention though. On 'Thomas' the cab roof is retained by clips that are part of the blanking off. So opening up the 'blanking off' frees the cab roof and clears space in the cab which is a handy location for a decoder. (Cannot re...
by Bigmet
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Bachmann "Junior" locomotives

As you already know, they are basic, but they surely work. What really tickled me was finding five pole skew wound motors inside. I have done a couple of Thomases to entertain kids using the Bachmann Thomas sold as 'anonymous', before the rights holder stopped Bachmann doing it. Part of the entertai...
by Bigmet
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2018 Range
Replies: 69
Views: 6110

Re: Hornby 2018 Range

... There was no pressure on Hornby to drop the 0-4-2 auto tank, or any other loco which got the Thomas makeover. That had to be estalbished though, quite a while ago. As I recollect it there was a 'land grab' attempt by the then TTTE rights owner to assert rights over Terriers, and it had to be ma...
by Bigmet
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Stuttering Bachmann Class 66
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Stuttering Bachmann Class 66

What decoder? Some low cost decoders have discontinuity somewhere in the middle of the speed range. Can you try a different type of decoder in this mechanism?
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2018 Range
Replies: 69
Views: 6110

Re: Hornby 2018 Range

...Could Hornby profit by producing yet more bodies for the 0-6-0 and 0-4-0 chassies. The 0-6-0 'universal' mechanism seen under Thomas will doubtless go on being churned as Jinty, Pannier, J52, J83, sort of 350hp shunter, for just so long as there is demand. Hornby have all the body tooling long a...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Decoder/controller incompatibility
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Decoder/controller incompatibility

I have a Bachmann 4575 fitted with a Hornby decoder. It works fine on a friend's continuous loop layout with a Gaugemaster DCC01 controller. On my end-to-end terminus layout with Bachmann EZ Command the loco just won't start. I have to give it a nudge for it to move. I've set the starting CV to 2 (...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2018 Range
Replies: 69
Views: 6110

Re: Hornby 2018 Range

It is just such a bummer that Hornby will be discontinuing the thomas range again this year. Hornby's TTTE is pretty much dead in the water at retail, in none of the toy retailers and John Lewis toy departments that I happen to see. Apparently been shoved out by the likes of Brio which is more appr...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Ivatt 2-6-2t 2MT front pony axle
Replies: 16
Views: 176

Re: Ivatt 2-6-2t 2MT front pony axle

Bachmann have subtly altered the body fixing points on the few re-chassied (ex-split chassis) models I have so far looked at, other than the V1/V3. But that said the old B1 and V2 bodies were very easy to alter to make fit on the new chassis: a little plastic carved away here, a new plastic boss to ...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: First radius
Replies: 12
Views: 262

Re: First radius

The set up of the original Lima 20 was daft. Geared at only 4:1 with traction tyres on every wheel of the driven bogie to drag along the heavily braked cab end bogie which had very efficient pick up obtained by brass plates running in what looked like a pulley on the wheelbacks, but which pickups al...

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