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by Mike Parkes
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dismantling a 1438
Replies: 6
Views: 137

Re: Dismantling a 1438

Dapol provided the 14xx with a new chassis which all models of 1438 had so the Hornby service sheet not the Airfix one should be relevant https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/servicesheets/index/download/id/131/ Looks like two screws to remove from the base plate and at a guess if it does not drop off it be...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Definitions of (G)WR Van terms?
Replies: 9
Views: 191

Re: Definitions of (G)WR Van terms?

And at the end of the day what was available would have to be used so I would take that description as being the minimum sizes of stock to be used.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem
Replies: 30
Views: 511

Re: Frog Juicers - Light Loco Problem

First thing to check is that those locos have their pick upscorrectly aligned,
by Mike Parkes
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 387
Views: 147934

Re: BARGAINS!

End2end wrote:I searched for a good 2 hours the other night to find the cheapest Peco ST-240 and 241 points.
This was the cheapest seller by far at only £9.45 each. Everywhere else was over £12 upto over £15 each.

£9.50 seems quite common, Rails, Track Shack etc
by Mike Parkes
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Choosing a DCC Controller
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: Choosing a DCC Controller

Would recommend trying out a system before buying. Some are not that readily intuitive to use and require good knowledge of the manual. Would have said visit a nearby exhibition and talk to layout operators who may let you try theirs out particularly if a quite time but those are probably non existe...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Which turntable would you choose for DCC
Replies: 6
Views: 192

Re: Which turntable would you choose for DCC

What about the (very long in the tooth) Airfix model? No idea what it's based on though. Its a GWR styled turntable with its over girder design. I have the Peco one powered by a Locomotech motor running off the DCC bus through a decoder - pity you cannot choose address 0 !. Model Rail some years ag...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Testing decoders
Replies: 7
Views: 176

Re: Testing decoders

Use one of these http://www.esu.eu/en/products/decoder-tester/ I wouldn't be without mine. Test & configure before fitting. No need for a test track, etc. Dissassemble your loco once, to fit. The ESU tester certainly is a valuable piece of kit but you should still test a decoder fitted loco on ...
by Mike Parkes
Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Fitted brake vans
Replies: 18
Views: 337

Re: Fitted brake vans

muggins wrote: is the LNER one (37-527) kosher with number 260922?

The upright vac pipes are correct for LNER ones.
by Mike Parkes
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Fitted brake vans
Replies: 18
Views: 337

Re: Fitted brake vans

The arrangement of the vacuum pipes was changed from lot 2206 to be below platform level so the only BR standard brake vans with upright vacuum pipes were those built under lot 2136, 950616-950865. Bachmann are therefore correct in not supplying a vacuum pipe with most of their BR standard brake van...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Evening Star wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: Evening Star wiring

Two wires does indicate its the original version - it should have traction tyres on both sides of the tender wheels and the two wires are the leads from the pick up arrangement on the loco to the motor in the tender. Hornby later changed it to pick up on side of the tender with an electrical connect...
by Mike Parkes
Tue Feb 25, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Evening Star wiring
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: Evening Star wiring

Which version do you have - loco drive or tender drive>?
by Mike Parkes
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 966

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

The 1P apparently has traction tyres :evil: It is priced actually slightly less than Hornbys M7 which for some reason has always been a high price.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 966

Re: Bachmann, no new OO announcements for 2020

Other than the nice green boiler banding and an awful lot of money, can anyone tell me what the difference is between 31-464A, the new C Class announced with an RRP of £199.95, and 31-461A, the plain black Southern one I bought brand new from MRD last week for £59.99? The price of 31-464A looks a b...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?

PL-14s are very fine and easily bent, best fitted holding them in a set of small pliers and do not be surprised if a lot do bend; their ease of fitting depends largely on what material the baseboard is.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Peco PL-11 Points - screws to fit?

Just looked at time and I would say I used normal track pins on them, Peco do sell very fine track pins SL-14 but the ones I use look more like Peco ST280s / Hornby R207s / Gaugemaster GM66s - from memory there are slight differences between those so one type may work but not another

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