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by Ken Shabby
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Heritage line shunting plank
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Heritage line shunting plank

Afternoon, All being well you should see a photo of my latest project, which measures 179cm by 31cm and is designed to stand on end when not in use so that it does not take up too much room in the loft bedroom. It inspired by the Rev Heath's piano line layout , and is intended to be a small station ...
by Ken Shabby
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hoarding - Do I really need to keep so much ?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: Hoarding - Do I really need to keep so much ?

A while back I decided to cut right back on buying new locos as I was disillusioned after buying a succession of troublesome locos. But this just made my collection grow 3 times as fast because where once I would spend around £100 every few months on a new loco , I instead used that £100 to buy 3 or...
by Ken Shabby
Thu Feb 27, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Hoarding - Do I really need to keep so much ?
Replies: 19
Views: 745

Re: Hoarding - Do I really need to keep so much ?

I think I'd keep the rolling stock providing it's neatly stored and not stacked in the door way like on those hoarders programmes. Even If you have stock you rarely run, It could come in handy If you have some major crisis like a huge garage bill or the boiler packing up. and need to raise some cash...
by Ken Shabby
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: HST formations and liveries from 1991 to privatisation
Replies: 1
Views: 112

HST formations and liveries from 1991 to privatisation

I never thought it would happen, but i've just bought a couple of Lima HST power cars, which are in intercity Swallow livery. I'm trying to firstly find out if I can run these power cars with Mk3 coaches in the earlier mid 80's intercity livery which has 'iNTERCITY; in the earlier font, and secondly...
by Ken Shabby
Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: We need to talk about costs
Replies: 55
Views: 1639

Re: We need to talk about costs

Although I wasn't happy about the rising prices I would of been prepared to accept them If it wasn't for the decline in quality control. For the last decade this and other model railway forums have been full of posts about mazak failure, locos arriving with detail parts broken off or badly super glu...
by Ken Shabby
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: What was your first model train?
Replies: 28
Views: 970

Re: What was your first model train?

In 1976 aged 4, I had the Hornby clockwork set, with the continental style tank engine, 2 basic looking open wagons and a shell tank wagon. The track was a radius one oval which was completely made of plastic, including the rails. There was also a level crossing in red plastic and 2 Minix cars, a An...
by Ken Shabby
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby
Replies: 29
Views: 1853

Re: Hornby 2020 Speculation Thread - 100 years of Hornby

I've probably suggested a few of these in previous years,
A retooled J83
BR Palvan
1938 tube stock
For the Railroad range,
Bagnall shunter in black Dock Authority livery
Ex Lima 117 DMU, flush glazed and the sides re worked so it no longer has 2 guards vans per set.

Ken
by Ken Shabby
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol 2P tender drive
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Dapol 2P tender drive

This week I bought a cheap Airfix 4F , which came in at well under £20 including postage. After a test run it took about 20 minutes to fit the tender drive unit into the 2P tender. I fitted the tender wheels from the 2P to the repalcement drive unit, as they were in far better condition to the the o...
by Ken Shabby
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Old Triang wagons
Replies: 22
Views: 2731

Re: Old Triang wagons

I've again started buying up these early metal underframe Triang wagons after enjoying Oscar Paisley's Triang Hornby Youtube channel. In the past I used to change the wheels, and in a few cases I fitted spare Triang wagon bodies to kit built chassiss. Recently I bought some unboxed but near mint mid...
by Ken Shabby
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol 2P tender drive
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Dapol 2P tender drive

I have 2 Airfix 4Fs and they are both reliable runners, however I do recall one of them had to have a new tender drive unit about 8 years back, because I'd taken the old one apart and had not been able to get it back together :roll: . You'd think I'd of learnt my lesson. Because of this I decided no...
by Ken Shabby
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol 2P tender drive
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Dapol 2P tender drive

I recently bought a very cheap Dapol LMS 2P , which appears to have hardly ever run. I decided to dismantle and service the tender drive motor as it made a screeching noise and I thought that maybe some lubrication was needed. The problem is I can't get to go back together. There are 2 small white c...
by Ken Shabby
Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Songs about trains.
Replies: 45
Views: 1795

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: 1058

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: 1828

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 ...

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