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by Ken Shabby
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Songs about trains.
Replies: 42
Views: 675

Re: Songs about trains.

White Room by Cream
"You said no strings could secure you at the station
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows
I walked into such a sad time at the station"
by Ken Shabby
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ideas on second hand coach stock
Replies: 15
Views: 577

Re: Ideas on second hand coach stock

Although the Lima Mk1s are often slated because of their deep window frames and undersize bogies, they are extremely free running. I've just bought 2 Triang Mk1 brake coaches for £3 from a local indoor antique market. I always buy them If I find them cheap (£3-£5) , because they ideal for my son's l...
by Ken Shabby
Thu Jan 17, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How Did You Start In Model Railways.
Replies: 32
Views: 1378

Re: How Did You Start In Model Railways.

I had no interest until I was 8, then one day a mate brought the 1980 Hornby catalogue into school and I was hooked . The next year I received a Airfix 4F for my birthday , which was followed at Christmas by a rack of wagons , a H&M clipper controller (still in use) and a small loop of radius 1 ...
by Ken Shabby
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New wheels for older Hornby/Triang coaches?
Replies: 15
Views: 1027

Re: New wheels for older Hornby/Triang coaches?

I did a very easy bodge/ fix on a rake of Triang coaches with the split axles and open axle boxes. I just eased the 2 halves of the plastic axle apart and wrapped a tiny sliver of blue tack between the 2 halves to alter the back to back measurements. A little bit of trial and error was needed , but ...
by Ken Shabby
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Impressive Locos Thread (For All Your Impressively Reliable Locos).
Replies: 21
Views: 1228

Re: Impressive Locos Thread (For All Your Impressively Reliable Locos).

A Hornby Schools class Repton , which was a Christmas present from 1984. It ran most days on my childhood layout with it's less than radius 1 curves and never missed a beat. It was put into store between 1989 and 2008, when I brought it back from my parents it ran perfectly straight from the shoe bo...
by Ken Shabby
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Pocketbond Classix
Replies: 7
Views: 621

Re: Pocketbond Classix

I've got a few of them and have to say I really like them. The Austin A40 and Mk1 Consul & Zephyr are my favourites.
I don't think they've released any new models since the Triumph Herald/Vitesse , which must be nearly 5 years ago.

Ken
by Ken Shabby
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?
Replies: 61
Views: 2371

Re: If you were a model railway manufacturer, what would you make?

A reasonably priced generic tank engine with a 0-6-0 chassis, which would be cheap and robust enough. for a child to play with and have small enough wheels so that It could. be modified and. detailed into a convincing industrial loco or actual prototype of a small loco. Also. some matching . pregrou...
by Ken Shabby
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Lima can motor locos
Replies: 13
Views: 1353

Re: Lima can motor locos

The Class 20 was the only Lima loco I've owned which I had real trouble with. I bought a boxed and never used example about 5 years back and It ran very poorly, however I know now It probably only needed lubrication as It had sat in it's box for over 15 years. I sold it in bits for a fair price and ...
by Ken Shabby
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s
Replies: 8
Views: 1826

Re: Ken's workbench Triang Hornby Mk1s

Hi Kev, Sorry I've only just read your post . I have cut up some Clerestory coaches in the past, although not to lengthen them. instead I did quite a common conversion and cut windows in the end to produce a pre grouping Southern push pull set. To do this I very carefully cut the coach end out so I ...
by Ken Shabby
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern Railway loco question
Replies: 15
Views: 768

Re: Southern Railway loco question

As far as i know the P class , USA tank and the yet to arrive B4 were purely for shunting and freight work, and I think other than the Hayling island branch this goes for Terriers as well. For a S.R branch line which used push pull stock it has to be either a M7, H class or 02 tank. For non push pul...
by Ken Shabby
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann Lord Nelson, 31-409 brakerods
Replies: 8
Views: 559

Re: Bachmann Lord Nelson, 31-409 brakerods

I know the Bachmann Lord Nelson has a split chassis and there's currently no plans for Bachmann to release it with a new chassis, but I quite fancy getting one. Are they more robust than the old Mainline split chassis locos ? I recall Bachmann selling replacement chassis's a few year back, so I gues...
by Ken Shabby
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Tender drive A4 problems
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: Tender drive A4 problems

Gentlemen, thank you. It was indeed being caused by too much lubricant and gunge in the axle cut outs. It was a 5 minute job to remove the plastic plate off the bottom of the loco chassis and clean them out with a cotton bud and some lighter fluid. She's now running very smoothly indeed. This was th...
by Ken Shabby
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:58 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Tender drive A4 problems
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Tender drive A4 problems

A few weeks back I bought a cheap tender drive Mallard in B.R livery. This was the loco I really wanted back in 1980 , and now I finally have one. At first the loco ran poorly with the loco wheels locking up and being pushed along by the ringfield in the tender, but this was easily put right by lubr...
by Ken Shabby
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: New discoveries???
Topic: Easy fix for Lima diesels with loose body shells
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Easy fix for Lima diesels with loose body shells

I have 3 Lima locos where the body shells were loose which made them difficult to handle. One was a Class 37 with a very smart green Triang body shell, the other 2 were both Class 33 chassis from the spares box , one with a later Lima body and the other with a Hornby Railroad body. Annoyingly Lima h...
by Ken Shabby
Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Peco wagons
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Peco wagons

Thanks Jim, I'll give those Parkside mounts a go.
Ken

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