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by Bigmet
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'

If it runs well, leave as is, don't get it 'serviced'.

Generally an accurate model. The simple hook to attach the tender was pretty normal at the time the model was designed, roughly forty years ago, when it was comfortably the best looking RTR OO steam loco model available.
by Bigmet
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'

Treat it very gently, especially if it has never previously been run, or has spent years since last run. The grease can harden enough to pretty much glue the gear train solid.

Anyone know when this was released? I am inclined to think at least twenty years ago.
by Bigmet
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 178

Re: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

I don't, one of those retards without a digital camera!

My favourite, simply because most people find it really improbable, is the mechanism from the Bachmann BR std 5MT adapted to power the Bachmann V2 body, after the split chassis mechanism had worn out.
by Bigmet
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 178

Re: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

...As for replacing the chassis, from the comments above it sounds like it's possible. On the other hand, I've not seen many people selling just the chassis, and if I'm trying to find a proper Bachmann 57xx chassis I might as well just buy a whole Bachmann 57xx loco and abandon my current one compl...
by Bigmet
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'

That's one good way. There will also be NEM coupler pockets on the current model, and it will be packaged as DCC ready. The copper coloured pick up wipers bearing on the wheelbacks should be visible from the underside.
by Bigmet
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Bachmann B1 'Mayflower'

Would this be for the older split chassis, or current wiper pick up DCC socket equipped mechanism, that is required?
by Bigmet
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why, sometimes, is there one long platform and one short platform?
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Why, sometimes, is there one long platform and one short platform?

That's a good question. The carriage working diagrams are the first thing that come to mind, showing the planned make up of trains for their timetabled workings. There may be books, the likes of those by Banks for LNER workings, may well have parallels for other railways, but I simply don't know. Tr...
by Bigmet
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 178

Re: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx

But the caution there is that if it has a Replica design mechanism - and this can well have a Bachmann identifier on it as they were produced by the Kader group under contract for Replica - then the parts may not be compatible. I haven't had this model to look at in split chassis form from either bu...
by Bigmet
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: First versions of the B2 Peckett 0-6-0T appear
Replies: 1
Views: 109

First versions of the B2 Peckett 0-6-0T appear

At last! A RTR OO industrial 0-6-0T that isn't a thumping great J94 but a much smaller and earlier design, with outside cylinders. I know absolutely nothing about the class and how accurate the model may be as a result: BUT, on the basis of dealer's pictures it fully has the character of the little ...
by Bigmet
Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Replacement chassis for Replica Railways 57xx
Replies: 12
Views: 178

Re: 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... ...
by Bigmet
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hornby open day
Replies: 6
Views: 194

Re: Hornby open day

That sounds like fun. Interesting reveal that they obviously don't have a few spare sleeve outers and unerected boxes sent with each pallet load to enable any external damage to packaging to be rectified in the UK. So very cheap to do, and why not in a business where many of the customers are at lea...
by Bigmet
Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Gaps in track
Replies: 12
Views: 322

Re: Gaps in track

Simply slicing off the chairs sometimes isn't enough as you have to also accommodate the thickness of the rail joiner, especially if it's an insulating one... I assume that it is the Peco insulating rail joiner to which you refer? The code 100 type was a poor piece from my first experience of it, a...
by Bigmet
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann C class
Replies: 17
Views: 442

Re: Bachmann C class

Most current Bachmann steamers are low on traction out of the box, but improve significantly with running as the driving wheel tyres polish up. I have a C class that makes the trip to my 'Ferme Park' on a cross London transfer freight, and it's good for 30 wagons on the 1 in 80 ruling gradient of my...
by Bigmet
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Lord Nelson(s) for Basingstoke.
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: New Lord Nelson(s) for Basingstoke.

Useful review of operational considerations and the 'how I fixed it' summary. It would be good to see more of these from owners who plan to operate the model doing real work. ...One possible problem did strike me however, and that was that the locomotive felt very light as I took it carefully out of...
by Bigmet
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Kaboom! Rail mounted gun from Oxford Rail
Replies: 16
Views: 781

Re: Kaboom! Rail mounted gun from Oxford Rail

For those wanting to open hostilities with any other layouts within a quarter mile or so radius, the opportunity now presents.

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