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by GeraldH
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: How to replace horrible couplings?
Replies: 19
Views: 878

Re: How to replace horrible couplings?

You can also sell on the original couplings to reduce the net cost: some people with sharp curves like them :) .
by GeraldH
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Large Gauge Model Railway - including 1, O, and S
Topic: Overlapping sleepers
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Re: Overlapping sleepers

I normally try to move the sleepers on the plain/flexi track so that they interlace. If necessary cut the webbing under the track, so that you can slightly alter the spacing. The sleepers could be cut with a razor saw.
by GeraldH
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: Linka
Replies: 113
Views: 7732

Re: Linka

The one mould that always seems to be out of stock, or discontinued[?] is the critical one S1 with 5 plain stone walls, as well as a half and quarter height one :( . Fortunately I have two of them now, but buildings look a bit weird consisting only of windows :) .
by GeraldH
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 373
Views: 68716

Re: The BNR (another way)

Heavy Bank Holiday traffic and slippery rails caused by oil deposited on the track from recently serviced locos, meant that double heading was called for. BNR No's 2 & 8 work very well together and can take 6 coaches up the steep gradient on the mainline without slipping. The only other steam op...
by GeraldH
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Platforms
Replies: 3
Views: 562

Re: Platforms

I have used enamel paint mixed with fine sand in the past. I have also used polyfilla mixed with black powder paint, which I also use for roads. Adding black powder paint means that if the surface is chipped later on, you don't get a glaring white spot.
by GeraldH
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Re: BARGAINS!
Replies: 376
Views: 146054

Re: BARGAINS!

If anyone is thinking of going to the great Dorset Steam Fair this weekend, the Hornby tent has some real bargains while they last. K1 with 3 open wagons GBP 60, J50 GBP 40, Thomas GBP 20, Roadshow wagons GBP 2, Thomas train sets GBP 25 and various other Thomas bits very cheap. i also saw a few othe...
by GeraldH
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 373
Views: 68716

Re: The BNR (another way)

In an attempt to resolve the rotten chassis issue with the Mainline 43XX, workshop staff have been picking up poorly Airfix and Mainline 61XXs as potential chassis donors. As always with the loco department, things have got slightly out of hand and a barely used Mainline model was picked up at a goo...
by GeraldH
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Lubrication
Replies: 10
Views: 348

Re: Lubrication

I have a mate that swears by WD40, yes I know some say not to use it but this guy has been into model railways since he was 6 years old, he is now 63 and has been using WD40 since the 1960s not only does he lubricate his locos with the stuff he also cleans the track on his massive layout with WD40,...
by GeraldH
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Peco code 75 track
Replies: 11
Views: 937

Re: Peco code 75 track

Code 75 track is more fragile and older Hornby stock will not run on it.
by GeraldH
Fri May 31, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 373
Views: 68716

Re: The BNR (another way)

The workshops have made some further progress on the 43XX. First the remains of the old gear spindle were removed and a hole drilled through the chassis where the previous spindle was. DrillSpindle.JPG Some 2mm stainless steel rod was then inserted into the hole to provide a new spindle for the gear...
by GeraldH
Thu May 30, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?
Replies: 47
Views: 9245

Re: Mainline - Cheap for a reason?

I do like my Mainline locos, but they are high maintenance and a very risky proposition nowadays. The one Mainline loco that I would avoid at all costs is the 43XX. Lovely loco, but a significant proportion of the production run have mazak rot :( . The four that I have had experience of were strange...
by GeraldH
Sun May 26, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Price of a Hobby
Replies: 60
Views: 2681

Re: Price of a Hobby

I've been asked about ballasting with used tea-leaves so I thought I'd share the info here in case it is useful. I have found that loose tea is best, as it seems to be slightly coarser than the tea in tea bags, but either will do. I take the used tea out of its bag (if it's not loose tea) and put it...
by GeraldH
Sun May 26, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Price of a Hobby
Replies: 60
Views: 2681

Re: Price of a Hobby

It is still possible to build a model railway on a very low budget, as long as you don't want the latest super detailed stuff. There's plenty of robust second hand locos that don't look too bad, e.g. some of locos by Airfix, Hornby, Lima etc.. Coaches/wagons are also available relatively cheaply fro...
by GeraldH
Thu May 16, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 373
Views: 68716

Re: The BNR (another way)

Thank you Mountain. There has been a recent discussion in the "other place" about brake coaches to match the Hornby 4 wheelers. The BNR workshops have had a couple of goes at this and No 1 can be seen hauling the brake alongside one of the regular 4 wheelers. It has Ratio sides grafted int...
by GeraldH
Thu May 02, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The BNR (another way)
Replies: 373
Views: 68716

Re: The BNR (another way)

The BNR recently purchased some second hand signals for their long planned extension. Unfortunately the stop, which prevents the upper quadrant arm from falling below horizontal, had been snapped off on one of them. Workshop staff drilled out the post where the stop had been and turned down a piece ...

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