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by markS&D
Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Airfix 4f, running nightmare!
Replies: 16
Views: 3205

Re: Airfix 4f, running nightmare!

The revised Hornby LMS '2p' has been released over the last few weeks, hopefully the 4F will follow soon. 'Tony Wright' reviewed the latest '2p' model and gave it the 'thumbs up', although The 5 pole loco drive models from Hornby in my opinion are usually really good runners anyway. I dont dislike t...
by markS&D
Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Airfix 4f, running nightmare!
Replies: 16
Views: 3205

Re: Airfix 4f, running nightmare!

Are you absolutely sure the problem is in the pick up area? The way I would check this is to solder on a 12V bulb directly onto the wiper strips via short lengths of bare copper wire. You will see any momentary losses of pick up at a moderate controller setting by the light flickering far more read...
by markS&D
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:23 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Airfix 4f, running nightmare!
Replies: 16
Views: 3205

Airfix 4f, running nightmare!

I have reached the point of despair with this loco. It is so unreliable, that I have now got to the point of wanting to chuck it in the bin! The motor assembly runs fine, if I could get the damn loco chassis to pick up the current correctly from the track! I have had the loco to pieces about 15 time...
by markS&D
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:09 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Bachmann A1
Replies: 12
Views: 1927

Re: Bachmann A1

I used to model the ECML, and I have to say, that I used to own a Bachmann A1, no '60158 Aberdonian', I purchased it around 2002. Personally speaking, I never had any problems with it at all, it was a superb runner, and would haul a 10 coach train without any problems. I had a Bachmann V2, an A4 and...
by markS&D
Mon Feb 13, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: CV Settings on Bachmann Hall locos...
Replies: 18
Views: 4385

Re: CV Settings on Bachmann Hall locos...

I have had this same problem with a Bachmann S&DJR 7F 2-8-0. Using the Hornby Sapphire 21 pin decoder. The loco ran like a dog at low speed, it really hated the back EMF, it caused it to jerk and stutter and struggle at low speeds, even after removal of the capacitors. I set the Back EMF to 0, a...
by markS&D
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:09 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby B1
Replies: 15
Views: 2783

Re: Hornby B1

This is based on personal experience with Bachmann and Hornby locos. The additional current collection from the tender wheels improves models ability to run over complex pointwork and crossings, without stalling. Wheras Bachmann now seem content with just providing current collection on the loco dri...
by markS&D
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:26 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby B1
Replies: 15
Views: 2783

Re: Hornby B1

I dont think you can really fault the latest 'loco drive' Hornby steam locos. They look great, and run really well, even under DCC control, on dirty track. Although the B1 is not really appropriate to the region I model, I would suspect that the Hornby version will be a much better runner than the b...
by markS&D
Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Airfix 4F, noisy when running.
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Re: Airfix 4F, noisy when running.

As long as its 'the nature of the beast' I think I can live with that. Otherwise the condition of the model is superb! I cant really afford to pay for the 'loco drive' Hornby update, hence the reason that I purchased this boxed example for less than £30 delivered. The date is on the bottom of the ch...
by markS&D
Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:00 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Airfix 4F, noisy when running.
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Airfix 4F, noisy when running.

Hi. I have just purchased an old airfix 4F 0-6-0. The model looks immaculate. I stripped the motor down, cleaned the commutator, checked the brushes, then lubricated all of the motor bearings gears etc. After doing all of the above, The tender drive unit is still very noisy when running, although it...
by markS&D
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: X04 Motor Question
Replies: 23
Views: 6337

Re: X04 Motor Question

There used to be a replacement motor made by an outside manufacturer that was 5 pole, and fitted in place of the X04 (same shape and size, and the same fitting), not sure who manufactured it, but from memory, it is in old issues of Railway Modeller, from the 60's and 70's. Dont know if they are stil...
by markS&D
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: product trucks
Replies: 10
Views: 656

Re: product trucks

They used to make an open truck with 'Bolsover' on the side.

I am sure they also made open wagons with the 'British Steel' symbol on the side.

I have a long wheelbase van, in blue, that has 'Kellogs' printed on the side in white letters
by markS&D
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:40 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Double Heading Locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Re: Double Heading Locomotives

Thats good to know. As you may or may not know, the S&D used to use all sorts of locomotive combinations, particularly on Summer expresses. One of the more Bizarre combinations that I have seen in books was a 'jinty 0-6-0 tank' piloting an original 'West Country Pacific'! on an express. Other co...
by markS&D
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Double Heading Locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Re: Double Heading Locomotives

I read somewhere about wiring a 10 ohm resistor in series with the motor, on the faster locomotive.

Would this work for DCC? presumably the resistor would need to be wired between the loco pickups and the DCC decoder?
by markS&D
Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Double Heading Locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Re: Double Heading Locomotives

I am using the Hornby R8249 4 function decoders in most of my locos apart from the 7F 2-8-0 which uses the 21pin sapphire Decoder. I can get the 7f to run comfortably with the Standard 5 4-6-0. I know that Hornby is bringing out updated versions of the 2p and 4f using the same 5 pole loco drive that...
by markS&D
Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Double Heading Locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 978

Double Heading Locomotives

I know this question has probably been asked before. How can I get 2 different locomotives to run at the same speed for Double heading. I am wanting to Double head the Hornby Tender Drive 2p 4-4-0, with a Hornby rebuilt West Country. The only problem is that the 2p runs quite a bit faster than the W...

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