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by Bigmet
Mon Jul 22, 2024 10:12 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw
Replies: 67
Views: 12515

Re: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw

... I have an amazing 5-pole Chinese Ringfield in a DMU. Likewise, I purchased a very cheap Chinese production Hornby s/h tender drive B17 as a non-runner about twenty years ago, for conversion to loco drive. One broken wire soldered back in place on the tender drive and it was an excellent runner,...
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 19, 2024 11:08 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: New tooling Farish V2
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: New tooling Farish V2

...He was only saying to me recently that there don’t seem to be many new steam engines coming out in this scale. I’m surprised that Bachmann haven’t decided to replicate what they make in 00 for N scale... Bachmann's announced plan when they were the newcomer to the N market was to do this very th...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 18, 2024 4:13 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw
Replies: 67
Views: 12515

Re: Ken's workbench Bagnall meets hacksaw

... Fleischmann loco looks the part. What do they run like as according to Fleischmanns adverts they claimed to have superiour products that run smooth and quietly. Do they live up to their reputation? At any given time since HO and OO model railways have been in production, up to about 2000 , the ...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 18, 2024 11:48 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: EFE Class 58
Replies: 11
Views: 1005

Re: EFE Class 58

...Seeing that EFE are offering other Ex-Heljan types, I recently purchased TWO "Hymeks" & again, happy buyer, decent quality... I was a little surprised that this one appeared in the EFE range, as it has been consistently well rated for appearance, there simply isn't an alternative, ...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 17, 2024 10:29 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: New tooling Farish V2
Replies: 3
Views: 112

New tooling Farish V2

Announced today with photos of current state of progress, looks promising, it's a huge advance in convincingly looking like a V2.

https://youtu.be/10pCUw8fAwY
by Bigmet
Fri Jul 12, 2024 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4
Replies: 1663
Views: 393268

Re: Birmingham New Street and Brettell Road in P4

Lovely model of the first example of an 0-6-0 design which BR would later rate 4F, to go into service. Guard Irons on a tender ? O.K I know little, but were these used bunker first that much ? Appears to be a standard fitting on GER classes, even their express loco tenders have them. As to the 'why?...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:37 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 16
Views: 711

Re: New layout

...I haven't been able to have a look at what space I have left to work with. Width at the moment isn't expandable so it's either dog bone style or wait until the loft is fully boarded and go around the outside. Re dogbone derailment based on radius size; I have got hornby set track. I have 1st, 2n...
by Bigmet
Thu Jul 11, 2024 10:23 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: cutting track.. razor saw
Replies: 10
Views: 381

Re: cutting track.. razor saw

The first major accessory I quickly realised was necessary with a high speed rotary tool was a flexible drive. Makes a world of difference on so many tasks, including making neat perpendicular narrow cuts through rails. A small but heavy stand to hang the tool securely is the the further necessary a...
by Bigmet
Wed Jul 10, 2024 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's
Replies: 81
Views: 3057

Re: Leopard Street, LNER 1930's

All my 'off stage' track is not for close inspection. It only has to function reliably. In the old days, club layouts out of sight storage yards, return curves, etc., were laid using soldered half track with the sleepers at 40mm or thereabouts spacing, and the second rail then soldered on between a ...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 09, 2024 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Maes Glas Riverside - A shunting Puzzle
Replies: 36
Views: 1590

Re: Maes Glas Riverside - A shunting Puzzle

...pondering Kadee couplings myself, expensive, figure start with ends of rakes...they just look so much more usable. The Kadee is beyond doubt the best RTR autocoupler, appraised for the bundle of capabilities it offers. Very reliable when correctly installed, and is my 'end of rake' coupler of ch...
by Bigmet
Tue Jul 09, 2024 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme
Replies: 592
Views: 92202

Re: Steam Trains to Sovereign Street on a 1914/1919 theme

This must be some kind of record, the Planet Industrials has been on the layout for over a week and it still hasn't had the top off. In my case only truly necessary to have the body off to install the decoder. And the operation is all as it should be, two easily identified and accessible screws, bo...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 08, 2024 8:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Too many locos? Is it possible?
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Too many locos? Is it possible?

...The last loco I bought was a Airfix Class 31 which I won for just over £15... Good choice as it gets the body form better than anything available since, I am waiting to see if either of the new announced Brush type 2 models are worthy to displace mine, which run (beautifully) on very cheaply obt...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 08, 2024 12:10 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Too many locos? Is it possible?
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Too many locos? Is it possible?

...I have a pair of N2, one black, one green... My most numerous loco, largest allocation at the country end shed of the KX inner sub mainline service where a couple were almost always to be seen between turns (and there were many more at KX and some non-condensing at Hornsey). Plenty of Swedey Met...
by Bigmet
Mon Jul 08, 2024 10:01 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Too many locos? Is it possible?
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Too many locos? Is it possible?

I cannot speak for the post-steam side, but as far as steam traction is concerned, the huge assortment of loco designs is rather fun, aided by the somewhat chaotic nature of steam operation. In RTR OO there must be 150+ steam classes with a model currently available. I have managed to restrict mysel...
by Bigmet
Sun Jul 07, 2024 3:20 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: New layout
Replies: 16
Views: 711

Re: New layout

Cannot really help you on the freight rolling stock formations, other than short groups of wagons being moved to and from an 'off scene' repair yard by an 08, 20, or another smaller diesel, might be one way of using some of them. ...I have found a double level crossing which I aim to add just before...