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by Bigmet
Fri May 07, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to improve the free running of my carriages?
Replies: 6
Views: 39

Re: How to improve the free running of my carriages?

GT85 PTFE spray, just a tiny puff into each pin point location (can has an applicator tube). I won't accept for use on the layout any vehicle that doesn't roll away from rest on a true 1 in 100, a standard that I got from my first MRC experience, now over 50 years ago; and this has served me very we...
by Bigmet
Fri May 07, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern loco suggestions needed (again)
Replies: 6
Views: 72

Re: Southern loco suggestions needed (again)

...I would still go with an S15.... A second go at an S15 seems worthwhile to me too. It was clear that many purchasers got good ones, so they have been available, and such a handsome loco too. (I am very tempted but can find no evidence that one ever made it to the ECML; I have a Bulleid Q1 becaus...
by Bigmet
Fri May 07, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: S15 woes
Replies: 5
Views: 103

Re: S15 woes

... However, after running faultlessly for maybe an hour, it started slowing down every now and then. After another 20 minutes it was slowing to a crawl and then picking up again, so as none of the obvious checks gave any clues, my money's on the motor - which I now see is reckoned to be a known is...
by Bigmet
Thu May 06, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello from America
Replies: 9
Views: 87

Re: Hello from America

... Still, there is a Hornby US website and since this is an exercise in nostalgia I'd like to believe I'm on the right track... And then there is this organisation, 'British Railway Modellers of North America'. http://www.brmna.org/ Have fun, and ask any questions that occur without fear of ridicu...
by Bigmet
Tue May 04, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Railway carriages - which ones?
Replies: 21
Views: 190

Re: Southern Railway carriages - which ones?

...if the S15 that's on its way here is a good 'un and will manage those five up my gradient easily, I'm hoping I might after all eventually get my six-coach train. We shall see ... Do tell how you get on with the S15. This is an overall good model by general report and traction should be satisfact...
by Bigmet
Tue May 04, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: locomotive "full service"
Replies: 12
Views: 274

Re: locomotive "full service"

... how about a brand new Athearn loco which was sitting in its box, unassembled for the last 15-20 years? loco runs quietly and smoothly. should i open the bogies and lubricate?... No need to do anything since it runs well. Is this is a centre motor with drive to both bogies type mechanism, of the...
by Bigmet
Tue May 04, 2021 12:11 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: are toy fairs a good place to buy trains?
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: are toy fairs a good place to buy trains?

For some of us (I live in the South East) the answer would be 'they might be if they existed locally'! The closest thing in this part of the world are the club and trade stands at shows - when they can operate once again! The club stands tend to be good, and at any trade stand I always enjoy offerin...
by Bigmet
Tue May 04, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Railway carriages - which ones?
Replies: 21
Views: 190

Re: Southern Railway carriages - which ones? UPDATED!

... not sure that I'm ready for a train of white-roofed carriages with one grey roof in the middle of it... This is a separate question. It's your model railway, and if you want the coaches looking in 'as new' condition - which I am sure the SR and indeed the other companies would also have preferr...
by Bigmet
Mon May 03, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Railway carriages - which ones?
Replies: 21
Views: 190

Re: Southern Railway carriages - which ones?

The link in my post is for the Maunsell kitchen diner. While I generally treasure my ignorance of matters Southern, Bulleid's coach designs didn't appear in the old olive livery TTBoMK. More here: https://sremg.org.uk/home.shtml
by Bigmet
Mon May 03, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Railway carriages - which ones?
Replies: 21
Views: 190

Re: Southern Railway carriages - which ones?

For the SR's own stock in olive, if you want these coaches to be different from those you have already, then - as above - it's Hornby's Maunsell coaches to his own design, rather than the rebuilds you have. These were the SR's first line vehicles until Bulleid arrived in the late thirties, and with ...
by Bigmet
Sun May 02, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: stay Alive query
Replies: 17
Views: 368

Re: stay Alive query

I also considered the Bachman 07, or 08. The reviews I saw say the power pick ups on the 08 are on the wheel tread, which get dirty quickly... Questionable information. The only RTR 07 I am aware of is a Heljan product. Bachmann's 08 initial releases circa 2004 had the pick ups bearing on the wheel...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Scratch and Kit building
Topic: Which Bogies?
Replies: 9
Views: 244

Re: Which Bogies?

First requirement, hard metal tyred wheels. Kit wheels, brass at least, bronze, nickel-silver, steel best. Ideally on polished steel pinpoint axles. Best ever bearing material I have knowledge of in OO/HO model railway: UK Trix, while owned by Courtaulds. Moulded the whole bogie in a super slippy po...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 30, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: stay Alive query
Replies: 17
Views: 368

Re: stay Alive query

Mine was 5.5 ounces as received, and now seven ounces with three pieces of sheet lead distributed within. Piece under the decoder, piece behind the radiator, thin piece 'draped' over the motor and ballast block after tidying the wiring. I am far too mean to pay for a decoder installation! And this o...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: stay Alive query
Replies: 17
Views: 368

Re: stay Alive query

I am thinking of buying a Bachmann 03 ...Does anyone have any ideas please. I have had one of these some years now. My DCC layout is all live crossing points, and this little beauty hasn't ever hesitated, and I would class myself as fussy about reliable running and dead slow capability. I would sug...
by Bigmet
Fri Apr 30, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!
Replies: 6
Views: 196

Re: Good condition Mainline Dean Goods couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding!

One more item to check. Are the unpowered wheels of the loco and tender all free rolling? These are a thief of what traction is available from the tender drive if not. It could be a combination of any or all ... Improvement. My primary suggestion would be not to bother beyond trying replacement trac...

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