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by Bigmet
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Abandoned Railways and Cyclepaths

...Which route is best? I am naturally enough inclined to favour the one minutes from my home, a former branchline which rambles along from the ECML toward Wheathamstead through some Hertfordshire countryside still with something of the appearance of times past. The drivers at Hornsey who worked th...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: sticking wheels
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: sticking wheels

The steam footplate crew overalls started out a dark (near navy) blue, which faded with the very necessary regular washing to a pale sky blue, if they lasted long enough without terminal damage! The crew didn't necessarily match of course, and a few wore items - jackets in particular - of their own ...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Weathering Removal.
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Weathering Removal.

...The original owner said that the weathering is some powder and acrylic paint with a light spray of Matt varnish. How do I get this off? This is usually a choice between total removal, including the original paint under the weathering, using a paint stripper; or trying solvents to selectively rem...
by Bigmet
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Start voltage adjustment TTS decoder (rebuilt MN)
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Re: Start voltage adjustment TTS decoder (rebuilt MN)

... what effect if any would lowering the start voltage have on the top speed of the loco?... None at all, if available from the decoder. (Characteristic of pulse width modulation for the speed control.) ...I would like my model to run slower, to try and make the chuff sound appear a bit more in sy...
by Bigmet
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC Sound Problems
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: DCC Sound Problems

One obvious thing to ask is if the two units are supplying two completely electrically isolated track loops. Any electrical connection between the loops may cause trouble. Try both the units independently, with the other switched off. If everything works perfectly when only one is powered, the loops...
by Bigmet
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Help identifying locos and stock
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Help identifying locos and stock

...it was surprising the difference in size (between OO and HO) when you actually put them next to each other. For every seven OO vehicles, you can fit in eight HO, is the effect. 'If only' RTR wheel standards had been as refined as the best current RTR, back in the day when the divide between OO a...
by Bigmet
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ideas on second hand coach stock
Replies: 11
Views: 324

Re: Ideas on second hand coach stock

The 'preserved line' aspect gives you a free hand in stock selection; if you like it you can run it. Whether you actually need a brake coach at all is a good question, may well depend on the characteristics of the operation and passenger demands. (If passengers bring bicycles for example, a guards b...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Help identifying locos and stock
Replies: 8
Views: 193

Re: Help identifying locos and stock

Marketed in the UK as 'Playcraft', made by the French business Joueff. No idea of values at all, not very evenly distributed in the UK is my impression. Never saw it in 'my' model shops zone North of London, but the son of family friends had a very compete set, they lived in Kent... Good site. http:...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Where's the Hornby R3615 Peckett gone?
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: Where's the Hornby R3615 Peckett gone?

That means that Hornby have no stock, all sold either to retailers or individual owners. Because their website works so quickly and easily I always go here first to see what's still available new: https://www.hattons.co.uk/304920/hornby_r3615_class_w4_peckett_0_4_0st_560_in_peckett_works_leaf_green_...
by Bigmet
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:29 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: sticking wheels
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: sticking wheels

Clive, Don't worry about the time, one of the real joys of the net is that it enables easy communication as and when convenient. I am going to guess that the main problem from what you describe is at least one of the driving wheel axles really gummed up with old lubricant that has dried out. The usu...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to replace horrible couplings?
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: How to replace horrible couplings?

... I might also mention that Airfix GMR wagons are good ... But didn't they all have plastic wheels? Yes. But they can often be very cheaply obtained, and cover several very useful subjects not otherwise available RTR. Replace the wheels and make the simple coupling upgrade and you are probably lo...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to replace horrible couplings?
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: How to replace horrible couplings?

If the original coupler is held by a central screw, the wagon will be a design from the "Mainline" range which found its way to Hornby via Dapol, ... While if the coupler of a Hornby wagon is a clip fit into a pocket moulded on the vehicle underside which is 'not an NEM pocket' (Lowmac, g...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 43 - RC?
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Class 43 - RC?

...With regards to the RC class 43, I'll have to look up the single motor bogies etc not sure what that is, or which era of models each is fitted to... Which I now see is the HST and not the weird hydraulic blob. Simple enough, Hornby and Lima HSTs have single motor bogies, dependent on traction ty...
by Bigmet
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Failed attempt at the D of S, then NVR and Railworld.
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Failed attempt at the D of S, then NVR and Railworld.

Buelligan wrote:...the 'Hovertrain' looking a little sorry for itself...

Betcha I am the only poster here who actually saw that operated. The acceleration on the short test track was something else.
by Bigmet
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to replace horrible couplings?
Replies: 19
Views: 372

Re: How to replace horrible couplings?

... Any idea when Hornby went over to small tension-locks? It had certainly begun by 2000 when their first all new Chinese production in the form of the Merchant Navy pacific emerged, unless my memory is way off! Now, nineteen years on the process isn't completed! Still producing wagons with the ol...

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