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by Bigmet
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: "James Durnford & Sons" 5-plank wagon
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: "James Durnford & Sons" 5-plank wagon

Common ground, possibly construction related materials supplier, or a quarrying outfit, and I am sure there might be other explanations. Lime was typically burned from limestone, close to the limestone quarry site. The lime may have gone out sacked in the open wagon, with a tarp over; or the wagon c...
by Bigmet
Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby
Replies: 19
Views: 792

Re: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby

Or, how about an issue in lined BR black and the little bottle of Shell branded lubricating oil, with a cork stopper and a wire in it, both on display in the box window?
by Bigmet
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Fading motor...
Replies: 21
Views: 1177

Re: Fading motor...

.... was thinking of getting the X04 reconditioned anyway... Grateful for your thoughts. I would suggest moving on. This is a design of the order of 80 years old, and like most things of that design date is well and truly superseded, as also is the direct axle drive that goes with it. The efficienc...
by Bigmet
Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Swapping TTS fitted non power HST power cars between sets
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: Swapping TTS fitted non power HST power cars between sets

Consisting is one way, but you may need to find out how this works with your particular DCC system and TTS decoders combination. I have a recollection of reading that TTS decoders don't support 'advanced consisting'. My preference would be to set the trailer car's address identical to the powered ca...
by Bigmet
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol 2P tender drive
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: Dapol 2P tender drive

Almost certainly the same drive as the Airfix GMR 4F, as the 2P was another Airfix GMR product that went via Dapol to Hornby. So comparing to the 4F drive gear arrangement would be likely to help. Sketch of the Airfix GMR tender drive in this original publicity material. http://www.airfixrailways.co...
by Bigmet
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann V2
Replies: 10
Views: 1073

Re: Bachmann V2

I believe that the newly tooled J72 slots in somewhere near the top of that list too. If Bachmann fulfils this list in 2020, then that will be a turnaround, and announcements made in their usual style in March 2020 for delivery over the next 18 months will be more credible. Although not directed at ...
by Bigmet
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby
Replies: 19
Views: 792

Re: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby

What sounds the most likely reason for the Clan's absence was the report that some component of the tooling was damaged or lost in the transfer from Sanda Kan, to whatever new manufacturing outfit it was going to. Hornby should have no fundamental difficulty resurrecting it, CAD files and the cash f...
by Bigmet
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Keen Systems and automatic couplings
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Keen Systems and automatic couplings

Inside the trains, I mostly use the Roco pattern coupler; Roco's own version on Hornby, Hornby's clone (R8220) on Bachmann coaches. I also have some of the Keen 'knuckles' inside suburban sets which are 'unchanging', unlike the gangwayed stock which is quite regularly 'shuffled around' to reflect ch...
by Bigmet
Mon Dec 02, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 4 road engine shed
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Bachmann 4 road engine shed

As suggested, track raised above baseboard level is one definite possibility. Seen this happen with some very neat HO inspection pits with integral rails, scale OO locos fouled at the shed entry. Another - and it may be in combination with the raised track suggestion - is to ask 'what locos exactly?...
by Bigmet
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Keen Systems and automatic couplings
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Keen Systems and automatic couplings

It is a problem, and one I am still tinkering with to improve on. For a start I have gone 'clean break' between passenger and freight coupling systems. I have gone Kadee on passenger train formation ends, and on passenger allocated locos. 'Extra' coaches have Kadee on what will be the outside end, t...
by Bigmet
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Are These Axle/Wheelset' Suitable for Merchant Navy class ?
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Are These Axle/Wheelset' Suitable for Merchant Navy class ?

...I have run it on the Rolling-Road & it's THAT which gives me concern - It seems to jump-around on the blocks, big time. I've NEVER noticed ANY of my other (40-50+ "New") engines doing this. Fine-tuning (adjusting the Roller-clasp-wheel), can lessen it to a slight degree, but it STI...
by Bigmet
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Torch + bent wire uncoupling thing
Replies: 13
Views: 278

Re: Torch + bent wire uncoupling thing

What annoys me about Tensionlock couplers in NEM pockets is that they stick out so far ahead of the buffers... The manufacturers go for a really safe 'safe spacing' that eliminates any chance of buffer locking or other end fouling. The NEM coupler pocket is a still largely unrecognised gift in this...
by Bigmet
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Torch + bent wire uncoupling thing
Replies: 13
Views: 278

Re: Torch + bent wire uncoupling thing

The bent wire on a pen torch is a three links coupler tool as far as I am concerned, never thought to use it on tension locks. The 'spade' that lifts the coupler hooks from below is the hand tool of choice for tension locks. The only way I can see of making a bent wire uncoupler work reasonably well...
by Bigmet
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How Tall (yard lighting)
Replies: 16
Views: 402

Re: How Tall (yard lighting)

Very neat. Looks like a suitable height range for the yard space; but it is never easy to judge from a photo, you will have to make the call on ideal height
by Bigmet
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Oxford Rail offer the J27 NER/LNER/BR 0-6-0
Replies: 11
Views: 1097

Re: Oxford Rail offer the J27 NER/LNER/BR 0-6-0

The samples shown at Warley look very neat and tidy indeed. Some minor questions about detail elements (being asked sensibly!) but overall seen for what it is, a good model. Nicely different from all the other RTR 0-6-0s produced so far. This one is an example of an 0-6-0 built for slow heavy minera...

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