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by Mike Parkes
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Lowmac

Bufferstop wrote:It survived through Dapol and on to Hornby, and currently the match truck to the little Barclay carries its b'stard child on the inboard end.
That was a Airfix designed mount, the slots in the rear sides were to retain a strip spring that the original AIrfix tension lock relied on to centre.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Lowmac

There is also a Hornby ER-lettered version of E260863 - Lowmac-EP - R6240A. From the standard Hornby ex-Airfix RTR stable, seems to be a nod to its parentage, region-wise. Referring to the most recent edition of Ramsays British Model Trains Catalogue Hornby have also produced the ex Airfix model al...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Birdcage question
Replies: 8
Views: 76

Re: Birdcage question

https://grahammuz.com/2017/09/08/the-fi ... ts-arrive/

"No internal lighting is fitted but each bogie includes wiper pickups so this might be a potential option in the future."
by Mike Parkes
Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Cost of going to DCC?
Replies: 23
Views: 297

Re: Cost of going to DCC?

I use the Roco Multimaus and agree it is one of simplest handsets to use. The one downside to most versions of is the lack of being able to read back CVs but I have a SPROG a piece of mdf with lengths of OO and N track that connects via a USB lead to a PC or laptop running Decoder Pro which I use fo...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Cost of going to DCC?
Replies: 23
Views: 297

Re: Cost of going to DCC?

Whilst the like of Lenz Standards are not to be disputed some locos do require specific decoders to fit in them due to differing sockets and /or space limitations so invariably you end up with a assortment of decoders. One thing to consider at some point is hard wiring a decoder rather than using a ...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Lowmac

Ramsays British Model Trains Catalogue lists the Hornby Dublo model as appearing in 1961, ref 4652, running number B904631. Apparently for the HD collector the ballast weight on the underside are either gloss or matt brown. Wrenn produced it with the same running number as their W4652, W5103 with a ...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Uncoupling
Replies: 8
Views: 158

Re: Uncoupling

I have seen grass tufts be used on a siding for uncoupling, of a height sufficient to lift the couplings when non in tension.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Lowmac

Airfix RTR Lowmac 25 Ton 'EU' B904662 Diagram 247 of which 13 were built. Hornby RTR Lowmac 25 Ton 'EP' B ?????? Diagram 242 of which 38 were built although some were coded 'SC'. The Airfix and Hornby RTR lowmacs are from the same tooling; its not unknown for wagons in particular to be passed off a...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lowmac
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Lowmac

An easy load to replicate - bottom right photo at https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/lowmac245
by Mike Parkes
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: LNWR Precedent 2-4-0
Replies: 11
Views: 363

Re: LNWR Precedent 2-4-0

Hardwicke can authentically be run with blue/grey mk 1s, although it probably would need the cab roof being painted black and have MR 1000* between it and the coaches (*or on a couple of notable occasions Flying Scotsman (1 May 1976) or Evening Star (19 June 1977))
by Mike Parkes
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: So this is why Bachmann have been so slow...
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: So this is why Bachmann have been so slow...

There are four new Bachmann locos en route from China currently; the 94xx, MR 0-4-4T, 45/0s and 20/3s according to the current Bachmann Club magazine while currently in production are the 150/2s with toilet window modifications. At the same stage of development as the Precedent are the V2, CR 812 (f...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Planet Industrials, new RTR OO 0--6-0T industrial loco
Replies: 5
Views: 114

Re: Planet Industrials, new RTR OO 0--6-0T industrial loco

Monies made from larger / longer production runs fund R&D. There will also be an element of pricing to match the market.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: Bachmann Midland, LMS, LMR 1P 0-4-4T

The Collectors Club has a delightful version in SDJR lined blue.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann 158. older version
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Bachmann 158. older version

There were body parts coming loose issues with the early ones. Review in the Spring 1998 issue of Model Rail comments "I missed out on the original Bachmann Class 158. I did feel that I ought to have one to fill the gap in my DMU collection but by the time I'd decided, the problematic first bat...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Oct 28, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Peco Y points Electrofrog
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Peco Y points Electrofrog

All Peco points were like the small Y; the rest have been retooled and maybe the small Y will be altered in due course.

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