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by markS&D
Sat May 26, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Seaton Junction
Replies: 108
Views: 17305

Re: Seaton Junction

Its been a while since I posted any updates on the layout, here are a couple of shots of the nearly completed eastern end of 'Honiton tunnel' section. The tunnel is a wooden framework, with removable black inner liner, the tunnel mouth is made from 2mm thick mounting card, with the brick paper downl...
by markS&D
Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish 4MT 2-6-0 issue's
Replies: 1
Views: 676

Farish 4MT 2-6-0 issue's

Hi folks, posting on behalf of my father again. My father recently purchased the Farish BR class 4 mogul. Looks great, however it has an issue that appears to be a design fault. The locomotive has a ridiculous amount of coupled axle side play, which is causing the valve gear to lock up. Basically th...
by markS&D
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Farish A2, tender wheels

I do believe that these are fitted with the Gaugemaster decoders, the 2 models came DCC fitted, I advised my father that this might be the easier option for him, as I was unsure (being a 00 gauge modeller) how difficult fitting DCC chips into N scale locos would be. As it turns out the bachmann tend...
by markS&D
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby discs
Replies: 6
Views: 888

Re: Hornby discs

You might be able to make some by putting some thin plastic card in a hole puncher. I've done this before using clear plastic packaging/glazing, which can then be painted white. You can do this, with fine white plasticard, readily available from a well known auction website. I have used this method...
by markS&D
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Farish A2, tender wheels

In case you were thinking of trying Dapol... I stopped buying them early on after having a lot of trouble with one in particular. I have always bought Farish since then, though to be honest I think I have had just as much trouble with them out of the box. The one I had was their peculiar system wit...
by markS&D
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Seaton Junction
Replies: 108
Views: 17305

Re: Seaton Junction

Very interesting reading, it appears that express trains through "Seaton Junction" were allowed to go as fast as they liked, although I did see an ex SR steam driver on a program about "Clan Line" say that 90mph was the official maximum. the line was a constant descent down to a...
by markS&D
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Farish A2, tender wheels

Unfortunately though, this only solved the problem with the A2, my father also has: Farish Black 5 - Which will only haul 4 coaches on the gradients Farish 4MT 2-6-0 - Which will only haul 3 coaches on the gradients Farish J39 - which will only haul 13 + 1 guards van, 16 ton mineral wagons on the gr...
by markS&D
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Farish A2, tender wheels

I ordered 4 traction tyred wheelsets, which I was very specific about when I rang Bachmann spares, however when the package arrived yesterday, they had sent 2 wheelsets with traction tyres, and 2 plain wheelsets without! The upshot of this meant that the A2, would have to manage with 3 traction tyre...
by markS&D
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Farish A2, tender wheels

Sorry, yes we did have a look, he is considering it, but initially he just wants to see if the extra traction tyres work, before he disturbs all the track that he has laid on the gradients.

It is an interesting concept, similar to the "magnadeshion" from Triang/Hornby.
by markS&D
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Farish A2, tender wheels

I contacted Bachmann spares on my father's behalf, they are sending us 4 tender axles with traction tyred wheels fitted, £5 each. Hopefully, the loco will do what he wants.

if not, he might have to alter the entire layout :cry:
by markS&D
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Re: Farish A2, tender wheels

OK, thank you for the reply. My father has spent a lot of time planning this layout, he wanted to run scale length expresses, this has thrown a spanner in the works, he has got an original Minitrix Brittania, and it hauls the same train easily. Don't think the tender drive is a particularly good ide...
by markS&D
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Railroad 'Southern' coaches
Replies: 23
Views: 1895

Re: Railroad 'Southern' coaches

This thread fits in nicely with one that I raised a while back, about Dapol Stanier coaches. In an age where some modeller's such as myself are on a tight budget, I simply cannot justify spending £30+ for one coach, just because it has flush glazing or table lamps that light up. I make use of a lot ...
by markS&D
Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Farish A2, tender wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 1959

Farish A2, tender wheels

Hi all. My father is in the process of building an N scale layout based on Lner practice, he recently bought a farish A2 pacific, but due to the fact he wants to run 10 coach trains, and his layout has gradients, of 1:40, the A2 slips to a stand. This model only has traction tyres on the rear tender...
by markS&D
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Unrebuilt bulleid poor haulage ability
Replies: 17
Views: 1949

Re: Unrebuilt bulleid poor haulage ability

It is a good method, and with kit built loco's, that use an etched gearbox, vertical compensation can be employed on the center axle even if the center axle is motor driven. I did used to own a Bachmann Jinty, and found it was a superb runner, even on insulfrog points, with its sprung center axle. I...
by markS&D
Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Unrebuilt bulleid poor haulage ability
Replies: 17
Views: 1949

Re: Unrebuilt bulleid poor haulage ability

Best to make the rear driven axle fixed in my experience. I agree with this, or even better, have the front and rear drivers fixed, have the motor drive the front driving axle, and mounted with its body in the loco's smokebox, there is then room to put plenty of weight over the driving wheels, and ...

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