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by Zunnan
Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Earliest period Locomotives
Replies: 7
Views: 1056

Re: Earliest period Locomotives

Aren't all GWR locomotives Victorian anyway? 8) More seriously though, Dapols 45xx and 28xx are of prorotypes dating from 1905/6 if you get the correct detail variations and livery. Dapols LSWR M7 is older being an 1897 design, but their LB&SCR A1 Terrier dates back to 1872; these I think are th...
by Zunnan
Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:30 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Blue/Grey Mk's III, II and I
Replies: 4
Views: 684

Re: Blue/Grey Mk's III, II and I

On the West Coast Mainline it was pretty common at one point to see all three main types of coach in one train, particularly early on in the loco hauled Mk3 production, right down to having even different types of Mk2 in the same train as Mk1 and Mk3. In fact, catering stock was still occasionally a...
by Zunnan
Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Stannier/BR 'standard' Mk1 compatability
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Stannier/BR 'standard' Mk1 compatability

The coaches themselves weren't modified to couple Stanier, or GWR coaches for that matter, as they used essentially the same BS gangways. They used an adapter to couple BS to Pullman gangways, and it certainly wasn't an unusual occurance for there to be a mix. Catering vehicles were by and large the...
by Zunnan
Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Making a move to N gauge...
Replies: 29
Views: 2495

Re: Making a move to N gauge...

As with all things in life, different things work for different people. N/00/O gauges are no different, there will always be advocates and detractors for them all. I'm a great advocate of try before you buy, as it were. If you can't settle on one or the other, try and get yourself down to a club so ...
by Zunnan
Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Jinty and suburban coaches
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: Jinty and suburban coaches

As already pointed out, the Bachmann coach listed above is eminently suited for a passenger turn behind a Jinty, although as it lacks brake accomodation it will require an additional brake vehicle in order to provide a complete train. Given that the Mk1 coach is in the early BR livery it would be qu...
by Zunnan
Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: There isn't really a lack of R T R - is there?
Replies: 53
Views: 4227

Re: There isn't really a lack of R T R - is there?

The reality is that there are more holes in RTR than there is available, that is the crux of the OP. No mention was made of kit or scratch building, and even when considering kit building there are still more holes in availability of certain prototypes than exist in Swiss cheese! My comments about t...
by Zunnan
Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Gangway end plates.
Replies: 6
Views: 710

Re: Gangway end plates.

The first Mk2 coaches had Mk1 derived gangways, its about the only spotting feature between the early builds and the Mk2a, so would most likely have used Mk1 end plates on the (quite probably rare) occasions that they were required. I honestly can't remember seeing a single photo of a Mk2 coach of a...
by Zunnan
Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: There isn't really a lack of R T R - is there?
Replies: 53
Views: 4227

Re: There isn't really a lack of R T R - is there?

Of the mainline coaches that existed we have one, maybe 2 designs from each of the Big Four that date from the mid '30s, none of the pre grouping is represented at all, and if you model into the 1950s you really do want quite a large amount of older vehicles...and thats mainline stock. Branch lines ...
by Zunnan
Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: Carriage Platforms
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Re: Carriage Platforms

At first I was going to suggest you contact PH Designs as they do an etched kit for one in 00 gauge that you could see if they'd shrink to N Gauge, but then I looked at their site and found that they've already thought of this ;)

N Gauge inspection platform kit
by Zunnan
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol Pannier Tank
Replies: 22
Views: 7656

Re: Dapol Pannier Tank

Not as yet, I haven't needed to resort to adding pickups to a RTR model yet (the joys of not owning a Dapol 57xx :P ). However, the problems arising with this bearing pickup arrangement on recent models has had me thinking of fixes as its not exactly something you can sort out with a replacement. On...
by Zunnan
Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol Pannier Tank
Replies: 22
Views: 7656

Re: Dapol Pannier Tank

The Dapol 57xx is (so far, can't guarantee there won't be more eventually) the only tank engine that picks up in this manner, but it seems to be a method the manufacturers are starting to adopt for some bizarre reason, and not just in N Gauge; the brand new Bachmann class 40 has this arrangement and...
by Zunnan
Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Dapol
Topic: Dapol Pannier Tank
Replies: 22
Views: 7656

Re: Dapol Pannier Tank

If its what I think it is, its becoming quite a widespread problem with this model specifically due to the way it is designed rather than an issue with tank engines in particular. The symptoms you describe sound just like lubricant entering the wheel bearings, which also act as the models pickups. I...
by Zunnan
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:57 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Star class
Replies: 9
Views: 1450

Re: Hornby Star class

Brand image has a lot of sway too, and Hornby is THE byword for model railways to the uninitiated. They have been for decades and still are a toy shop brand, so by proxy perceived as toys. Their latest products disposable nature and cheap nasty construction certainly pushes them further in to the to...
by Zunnan
Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: What's wrong with Hornby track?
Replies: 11
Views: 3319

Re: What's wrong with Hornby track?

I have a (bad) habit of keeping literature when I buy stuff, a chance Xmas present for the little one has left me with the track plan book you mention so I know the plan you're looking at. Quite a nice one for just sitting back and watching the trains go by with a little scope to do some shunting to...
by Zunnan
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: What's wrong with Hornby track?
Replies: 11
Views: 3319

Re: What's wrong with Hornby track?

Dad-1 sums it up perfectly. The only real difference between setrack from Peco and Hornby is that the latter is made with a significantly larger plastic frog. More plastic for running surfaces is not exactly ideal, especially for models with short pickup areas such as steam locos that only pick up f...

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