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by Bigmet
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Welcome / Terms And Conditions / Guest Book
Topic: Hello from Italy
Replies: 21
Views: 286

Re: Hello from Italy

Welcome Alex.

Your English is massively better than my Italian, and that of most on this site!
by Bigmet
Thu Apr 22, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Two different motors in one loco!
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Two different motors in one loco!

... if it's a Frankenstein job it's a very good one, the bogie plastics seem to match! Interesting, never seen that pattern of motor bogie with a vertical can motor before. It's a matter of luck with two motor bogies taken at random: when twin motoring I tried for a reasonably matched pair (ran sim...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Two different motors in one loco!
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Two different motors in one loco!

Variable scale even! My understanding is that Trix' UK OO product introductions of the 1950s were usually 3.8mm/ft - then quite common in contemporary HO - and progressively 'slid' to 4mm/ft in the 1960s. (This 'variscale' within a range was completely normal amongst European HO manufacturers.) The ...
by Bigmet
Wed Apr 21, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Two different motors in one loco!
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Two different motors in one loco!

That's clearly feasible from the assembly diagram, the bogie frame is the same on the trailing bogie as the powered, so with the motor and other fittings both could be powered. http://www.ttrca.co.uk/D1000%20Class%20-%202%20Rail.pdf Trix was a class act in terms of product design, the weaknesses app...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Thankfully never produced
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Re: Thankfully never produced

Steam was dropped from Lima's OO range because Riko (Richard Kohnstam) - which was the commissioner and distributor for their OO products - quite rapidly discovered that new liveries on diesels was the winning formula, and they made this niche their territory. Lima's tool makers consistently achieve...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Two different motors in one loco!
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Two different motors in one loco!

Most of the production Trix A2's were I believe loco drive; certainly the case with the one I saw operating on 'Havil' in the 1960s (de Havilland MRC's big layout, which still exists in slightly reduced form and is operable) and of course as seen on the BBC's famous 'Blue Peter' layout. But accordin...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

The Stephensons, George and Robert, over a relatively brief period 'put the railway together' from the best of proven techniques of the day, and the 'technological stretch' of advancing the engineering of the traction, rolling stock and the track and its supporting infrastructure. This was 'bleeding...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Two different motors in one loco!
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Two different motors in one loco!

I almost bought a Trix prototype model locomotive of an A2 that had a motor drive in both the tender and on the loco. The reason for this was that as a prototype model (which was really well made) it had to be appraised and they needed to see both drive units at appraisal... OF course Roco have thi...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 43
Views: 3204

Re: Dcc loco issues

Like me, you might regret saying that. :wink: My view, the DCC system cost spread over that time is now nearly down to £10 a year. I have had my money's worth and more using it for hours a day, almost every day I am home. As for the accumulated £2000 spent on decoders, the few infant mortalities on...
by Bigmet
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Two different motors in one loco!
Replies: 17
Views: 293

Re: Two different motors in one loco!

...When I opened it up I discovered a vertical motor on one bogie and a pancake on the other, wired together !!!... Strange motor arrangement though! DIY job to improve pick up and traction. If done optimally, it allows all metal driven wheels for reliable pick up and as much of the model's weight ...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Display storage for OO gauge rolling stock
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: Display storage for OO gauge rolling stock

Let me distract you: no space for more tracks in the fiddle yard?
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: New to DCC
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: New to DCC

If going OO, use Peco Streamline track so you have the option of live point crossings which are very helpful in maintaining good electrical pick up, especially valuable if you plan to have any short wheelbase locos. Currently manufactured OO locos are overall pretty good; but some don't make it easy...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
Replies: 2
Views: 73

The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

A sensible BBC article on railways. The significance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway outlined.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-56168296
Get ready for the bicentenary...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc loco issues
Replies: 43
Views: 3204

Re: Dcc loco issues

...all works wonderfully but can be a bit expensive! ... In first cost, possibly; measured over service duration it's cheaper. Haven't needed to buy a single replacement for any of the Lenz or Zimo DCC kit purchased, and I am fast approaching 20 years use. For consumer grade electronics, this is ve...
by Bigmet
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Other Model Railway Manufacturers and Gauges
Topic: Thankfully never produced
Replies: 11
Views: 650

Re: Thankfully never produced

There's stacks of these 'might have beens' from Triang Hornby too. I think it was Pat Hammond who curated the original MREmag in the early 2000's that provided a very good reference article in the history of RTR OO section, which must have described twenty or more steam models which T-H had mocked u...

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