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by Mike Parkes
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Removing dcc
Replies: 16
Views: 582

Re: Removing dcc

The one thing to watch using a decoder fitted loco on dc is if an electronic track cleaner is in use as that will destroy the decoder. If removing a decoder to use on loco on dc check their still is interference suppression capacitor still fitted, often they are removed as they can adversely affect ...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?
Replies: 9
Views: 304

Re: New Hornby Ruston - any alternatives?

Bachmann class 04 would take you back to the beginning of the 50s, they are available in plain BR black which would be easy to convert to a non BR style. I know they are old and have a split chassis, but they don't seem to suffer the issues that the bigger split chassis kettles suffered from. Howev...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Voltage divider
Replies: 14
Views: 382

Re: Voltage divider

Voltage drop per diode is approx 0.7v so to drop 12v to 6v you are going to need to fit 16 to 18 Inside a loco that could still be a challenge and if the motor draws more than 1A when stalled you will need to use 3A rated 1N540x series didoes rather than the smaller 1N400x series. Suggest a better a...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?
Replies: 30
Views: 4870

Re: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?

Blimey Mike you are just the man we need. Now where do I send this sheet of A1 sized paper? :D Just invest in a copy of British Model Trains Catalogue, you do not need a totally up to date one - the 9th edition is latest but not error free in terms of stuff produced since 2012 (or not as the case m...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?
Replies: 30
Views: 4870

Re: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?

Further, following the 1992 acquisition of Wrenn, Dapol sold three versions - ones catalogued with WR1 numbers were totally made up from parts that had been made by Wrenn, WR2 was a Wrenn made body on a Dapol chassis and WR3 a Dapol made body from the HD/Wrenn tooling on a Dapol chassis. WR3 were su...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?
Replies: 30
Views: 4870

Re: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?

To clarify / correct Bufferstops posting the timescale of the Hornby Dublo models is that Mecanno (their owners) were bought by Lines Bros in 1964. The Class 81 and the terminus station which were consumed into the new "merged" Triang- Hornby (ie 99.8% Triang). The remainder of HD toolings...
by Mike Parkes
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?
Replies: 30
Views: 4870

Re: Dapol / Airfix / Mainline - Same Company ?

Old thread I know but reading the 9th edition of British Model Trains Catalogue the situation with the wagons was far more complex than I had thought. Dealing with the wagons originally produced by Airfix these passed to Mainline in 1981 then Dapol in 1985 with whom the LMS Vent Van remains. In 1996...
by Mike Parkes
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Tomix Track System
Replies: 12
Views: 489

Re: Tomix Track System

If the train simply goes round a circle (or oval) etc and never shunts / reverses you could try a short length of chain as a coupling if the need arises.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Tomix Track System
Replies: 12
Views: 489

Re: Tomix Track System

If the 009 is working rather than a diorama you need to be careful as locos and stock may have difficulty getting round ultra sharp curves and even if each item runs round the curve okay there may be issues with them when coupled together.
by Mike Parkes
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Tomix Track System
Replies: 12
Views: 489

Re: Tomix Track System

Code 80 - beware of the points, I purchased a 3 way to use on a layout otherwise using Kato. One of two motors built in it keeps on failing to work (have taken it apart numerous times and cannot fathom why as tested it works okay); annoyingly it a major lift of track to release it which means the wh...
by Mike Parkes
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Electrotren 0-6-0T 'Black Ajax'
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: Electrotren 0-6-0T 'Black Ajax'

Are all the pick ups correctly aligned? If they are do you have the blanking plug - it would be worth removing the decoder and testing it on dc to see if its the loco or the decoder that is causing the problem.
by Mike Parkes
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Decisions made
Replies: 76
Views: 2918

Re: Decisions made

Having RC'ed a Heljan Bo_Bo chassis for use with a track cleaning train through an inaccessible* tunnel (the RC just in case a track powered loco got stuck while track cleaning) I struggle to envisage adequate space in the Peckett as well so staying dc is probably a good idea. * the inaccessibility ...
by Mike Parkes
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Tempting fate Taiwan eBay seller
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Tempting fate Taiwan eBay seller

Bachmann UK will, subject to having stock, provide a detail pack - I acquired ultra cheap a N 2-6-0 and the cost of the detail pack including postage in the UK was £7. http://www.bachmann.co.uk/service-request/
by Mike Parkes
Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Bachmann
Topic: Airfix/Mainline/Bachmann "collett coaches" bogies
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: Airfix/Mainline/Bachmann "collett coaches" bogies

They were not a Airfix model - first produced 1983 by Kader for Palitoy (Mainline), then from c 1987 for Replica and since 1990 for Bachmann.
by Mike Parkes
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: 4 wheel locos stalling on set track points
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: 4 wheel locos stalling on set track points

Often the problem is down to the point warping at the plastic frog such that the frog is raised slightly and a loco with a pretty rigid chassis will lift the other wheel, to that which is on the plastic frog, off the rail - result loco stalls. It also obviously helps to ensure all pick-ups are corre...

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