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by muggins
Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Two questions, Ringfiels motors and traction tyres
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Re: Two questions, Ringfiels motors and traction tyres

heda wrote:Perfect, lead aquarium weight it is and bin the traction tyres ...

Don't forget the visor, rubber gloves and breathing apparatus before you go anywhere near the stuff. The mere presence of it can apparently send you daft nowadays, even if it doesn't kill you first.

You have been warned
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by muggins
Tue Feb 25, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Berkshire class locomotives (USA)
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: Berkshire class locomotives (USA)

Zero sum indeed. And a big difference 'twixt theory and practice ...

Whatever, thank you for solving the mystery.
by muggins
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Berkshire class locomotives (USA)
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Berkshire class locomotives (USA)

Stumbled upon this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfevrCvX7l4 shot in 1929, and now wondering what on earth that "hood" thing perched on the front of the smokeboxes is. I see they're well and truly plumbed in, but what on earth were they for?
by muggins
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Southern passenger train question

Bigmet wrote:... very fine regulation is required to obtain a 'dead slow' crawl.

Ah. I use a Morley Vector Zero Two, which AFAIC is the doggie's danglers for controllability.

Oh well, so much for the gearing knocking the idea on the head ...
by muggins
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Southern passenger train question

... The loco runs quietly with a smooth gliding action, quite captivating. And so it should, what with two flywheels 'n' all. Apparently. In an effort to find a good reason not to buy one (or preferably several good reasons not to buy one), I waded through the B12 thread on Pedants' Corner. There, ...
by muggins
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Southern passenger train question

Oh crikey.

Now you've gone and done it.

I managed a cab ride in one of those once ...

:roll:
by muggins
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Southern passenger train question

Are you sure you can't overcome this eight-wheel tender thing? I'm trying. The Wife says I need counselling ... ... how about Hornby's 700 'Black Motor'? Sweet runner by general account. It's a possible, although The Wife says whatever I get should be green Wayward thought, how 'Southern' does this...
by muggins
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Southern passenger train question

In my experience 'SR Green' can mean either olive or malachite, seems to depend on who's doing the describing! Quite. That's why I'm asking which one it is when it's Hornby doing the describing :) As for the loco, I would go for either a Schools or a T9, both made by Hornby. But unless I'm mistaken...
by muggins
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Southern passenger train question

Thanks very much gents. Hmmm ... Hornby's Lord Nelson is a fine-looking thing. Would that actually look kosher with only 5 or 6 carriages behind it though? I wonder ... ETA - I'm seeing Hornby Maunsell coaches described as either "SR Green" or "SR Olive". Am I right in assuming t...
by muggins
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Southern passenger train question

Cheers Bigmet. I know this is going to sound silly, but in much the same way that Spam Cans just don't ring my chimes, alas I couldn't be doing with an N15. Lovely-looking loco, but for some reason I can't handle that 8-wheel tender. And I do realise I'm not making this any easier! Whatever, off now...
by muggins
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Southern passenger train question
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Southern passenger train question

I now have a longer storage siding on my layout, and when I'm in early BR mode, it's occupied by "the excursion train". That's 6 x assorted blood 'n' custard Mk1 carriages behind a K3, and it just "passes through" from time to time simply because I like watching it. I now need to...
by muggins
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F questions
Replies: 2
Views: 361

Re: 3F questions

Cheers Bigmet. I'd never have guessed what the speaker thingy was! Hmmm ... at least I know now to exercise caution when messing with the screw. I really don't want to get into taking the ender body off just to rescue a nut. Methinks some modification to the drawbar is certainly called for, but I'll...
by muggins
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F questions
Replies: 2
Views: 361

3F questions

I have just acquired a new 3F (31-627B) of 2015 build with which I am well impressed, but I have a couple of questions about it. First off, what on earth is this thing which comes with it in the detailing pack but is not mentioned in the destructions? https://i.postimg.cc/PqSW29Gx/3F-thing.jpg And t...
by muggins
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1021

Re: 3F or 4F?

... I have seen a couple of such crankpin bolts with too short a plain shank which promptly unscrewed, and that may have been the trouble with yours ... OK, it's my eyes. Hex heads they are, and my money would be on too short a plain shank on this one. If it was simply insufficiently tightened on a...
by muggins
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: 3F or 4F?
Replies: 11
Views: 1021

Re: 3F or 4F?

I have now taken the step required to correct the lack of the J36. And I've just bought myself a new 3F as an alternative to the two C Class locos that I've had to return to MRD. The first one derailed coming off the turntable and thereafter flat-out refused to work for no obvious reason apart from...

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