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by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 25 misbehaving
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Class 25 misbehaving

I wouldn't recommend just cutting off the traction tyres. The wheels have grooves in them, which can adversely affect running. If you want to get rid of the traction tyres, buying (or otherwise acquiring) the trailing bogie wheel sets would be better. I have used brass wire for pickups, but better o...
by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:28 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Western numbering
Replies: 6
Views: 111

Re: Western numbering

Easily fixed if you buy some etched plates - you can rename/renumber to anything that suits you.
by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Questions about the Faller road system etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 166

Re: Questions about the Faller road system etc.

If it is of any help, the Faller Mercedes 0405 bus (sometimes found in their starter sets) has a wheelbase that matches many 30' British bus types. The tracks are a little narrow for 4mm scale, although the rear wheel can be eased outwards slightly, but the front ones have to remain where they are w...
by SRman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV

In earlier days, before the TLVs were created, you could find a few trains formed with two MLVs and 12 cars of CEP/BEP. The usual formation would be CEP/BEP/CEP, but in the absence of a model BEP, I have test run trains with 3 x CEP units plus an MLV on my layout. The Bachmann units all run perfectl...
by SRman
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 25 misbehaving
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Class 25 misbehaving

If you go the D605Eagle route, I would recommend doing the wheel swap suggested earlier to eliminate traction tyres altogether, and rig extra pickups to get all-wheel electrical pickup. That will give you a smooth and powerful loco. I went the Bigment route, and used a Hornby body on a cheap Bachman...
by SRman
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Hastings Diesel - Recreate using a MLV

What RFS said is all true. Additionally, the Hastings coaches all had a flat side profile, not the gentle curve of the standard BR mark 1 coaches like the MLV. Many years ago I started a class 206 'tadpole' unit from DC Kits (also no longer available, unfortunately). It is nearly complete but I have...
by SRman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Renumbering, The First Attempt
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Renumbering, The First Attempt

It looks more realistic with the sheen. I would extend that effect to more parts of the body. Just have a look at some photos of the real locomotives to see how they weathered, and which bits got cleaned better than other bits (or which bits got dirtier!).
by SRman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Class 25 misbehaving
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: Class 25 misbehaving

A spot of glue on the shaft to lock the gear back onto it is required. Avoid getting any glue on the bearings. All we want to do is stop the gear spinning on the shaft, not stop the whole shaft! :) I would be inclined to use one of the Loctite glues, but you may have to ask for advice as to the best...
by SRman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:03 am
Forum: Web Site Articles - Help contribute to the site
Topic: Triangle blue pullman
Replies: 6
Views: 205

Re: Triangle blue pullman

Sorry, but I disagree with you, b308: there are quite a few different silvers around. I found this when experimenting with the finish on my London Transport A Stock train, where I really needed a very flat, almost grey-white aluminium finish. A spray can of car paint (a Peugot silver) looked nice bu...
by SRman
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Rails website issue
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: Rails website issue

I am on AEDST, and am experiencing no problems with the Rails site. I would go along with the suggestion to try another browser. Internet Explorer is still included in Windows, just not showing on the start menu of the latest versions; a quick search will reveal it. With the error message in Chrome,...
by SRman
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Heljan
Topic: What sort of couplers are these?
Replies: 17
Views: 463

Re: What sort of couplers are these?

The small motor mentioned above will run on cheaper decoders. At a friend's insistence I hardwired one of the Hatton's decoders into an O2 2-8-0, and it is still going after more than a year. No amount of adjustment could eliminate some 'granularity' in dead slow movement, but that excepted it runs...
by SRman
Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Heljan
Topic: What sort of couplers are these?
Replies: 17
Views: 463

Re: What sort of couplers are these?

You wouldn't say that if you had an early release clayton class 17 ;) Yes, there's always the exception to the rule! Very prototypical though. ;) :D In all seriousness, the usual Heljan mechanisms do require a decoder with the ability to handle high power draws. As Mike said, Lenz works well, as do...
by SRman
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann LBSCR H2 Atlantic release
Replies: 17
Views: 1075

Re: Bachmann LBSCR H2 Atlantic release

Not to worry: you wouldn't believe the number of times I have to backtrack to fix up my typos in posts! :D
by SRman
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Another carriage question
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: Another carriage question

Sorry - accidental double-posting. :)
by SRman
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Another carriage question
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: Another carriage question

To add to the confusion, different railway companies used different terms for the same things. Reading and paraphrasing from the Wishlist Poll Team Jargon Buster, the LNER used 'vestibule' to mean a gangway connection between coaches (also known on some railways as a corridor connection). On the oth...

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