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by SRman
Mon May 17, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: bought Atlas Diesel but received some butchered gizmo!
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: bought Atlas Diesel but received some butchered gizmo!

Yes, return to seller, "not as described".
by SRman
Wed May 12, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105
Replies: 29
Views: 6718

Re: Bachmann DMU, Cravens / class 105

What with being a fast worker (ho ho ho) I have just got around to completing the motor block removal programme for the unpowering and through wiring of the required sets for the scheduled services. I had a 'flash of insight' while this was underway, and realised that I only needed six sets rather ...
by SRman
Sat May 08, 2021 2:18 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The grills on Class 25 diesels
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: The grills on Class 25 diesels

It was for frost protection on some of the ScR locos, possibly others. Not aware of an etched part but it's easy enough to do by cutting some slots in a bit of 10th plasticard. Not all of them had slots in, making it even easier, depending on the individual loco selected for the model. Best advice:...
by SRman
Fri May 07, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern loco suggestions needed (again)
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Southern loco suggestions needed (again)

I'm surprised the S15 struggled. One of mine visited a friend's figure-8 ;ayout and managed 29 4-wheel wagons up the gradient on what is approximately a 3rd radius curve - not all were free-running. I would still go with an S15. Unfortunately, Hornby have not modelled one of the class that gained 6-...
by SRman
Thu May 06, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello from America
Replies: 21
Views: 199

Re: Hello from America

Welcome, SM. If it is of any help, OO and HO use the same track gauge of 16.5mm, even though the actual model scales are different - OO = 1/76, HO = 1.87 scales. I do mix both scales by running British OO and Continental European HO trains, sometimes even at the same time! My layout is predominantly...
by SRman
Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:37 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Triang R357
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Triang R357

The bearings are necessary, just as you surmised. Without them, the armature will bind on the magnets. The ability of it to float also affects how the brushes sit against the commutator. I don't think there is any difference between white or black plastic bearings, they seem to be a standard part. T...
by SRman
Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Railway Photographs
Topic: loco class??
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: loco class??

Class 30. They became class 31 when re-engined with English Electric prime movers, although all were re-engined before they could carry the class 30 numbers under TOPS. As built, they had Mirrlees engines of various horsepowers fitted, mostly in the type 2 power range, a few in the type 3 range, and...
by SRman
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Heljan '00' 05 Lighting
Replies: 7
Views: 317

Re: Heljan '00' 05 Lighting

With my Heljan 05 and 07 diesel shunters, I have altered the lighting to show permanently at both ends. Both locos have one red and one white light at each end, but when shunting in real life, they would show both lights at both ends at the same time (the drivers don't want to be constantly changing...
by SRman
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Push-pull sets
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Push-pull sets

I didn't give examples before, but some sets have motorised vehcles at each end, but also have fairly rigid coupling arrangements so there is no overriding of couplings or buffer locking (where fitted): I have a Bachmann/LT Museum S Stock train of six cars with motored driving vehicles at each end. ...
by SRman
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Push-pull sets
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Push-pull sets

Deleted - accidental duplicate post. :)
by SRman
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Push-pull sets
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: Push-pull sets

That can work, but it depends on a few other factors besides having matching locomotives. Carriage weights and coupling types can affect such operations as well, and curve radii also. The prototypes tended to operate with a Driving Van Trailer (DVT) at the other end from the locomotive. Would that b...
by SRman
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Very odd running behaviour from a new EMU
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Very odd running behaviour from a new EMU

Mike Parkes wrote:I would think i would be very unlikely only to have 4 wheel pick up and will have pick up from unpowered bogie as well in common with other Bachmann MUs


I referred to the number of axles, not wheels: that means 4-axle pickup, i.e. from all eight wheels of the powered car.
by SRman
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Electrical & Electronics
Topic: Very odd running behaviour from a new EMU
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: Very odd running behaviour from a new EMU

I think what you will find is that it isn't actually picking up motor power from all 16 axles, and that only the four on the motored car are supplying the power to the motor. The rest are returning power from the lighting to the track, which is how they can have two functions on DCC with only two co...
by SRman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:15 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A little figure 8 layout
Replies: 18
Views: 861

Re: A little figure 8 layout

You have a very good helper. :lol: :lol: :lol: image_2021-01-11_142645.png Our late Toby was actually very good with the trains and genuinely did try to help. When testing that layout out with a larger locomotive (Hogwarts Castle), he sat and watched it going around, but when it derailed he tried t...
by SRman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:07 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A little figure 8 layout
Replies: 18
Views: 861

Re: A little figure 8 layout

Raboliot wrote:I found this figure 8 layout plan:

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I like the look of that plan. When I was designing my 'new' layout, I considered something like this but on a more ambitious scale, but rejected it in the end because I am not confident of doing gradients properly.

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